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moorsy

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Dunderin Ins
« on: March 10, 2008, 04:29:25 PM »
 Oul, d,Da Da Dempsey spits and stutters
 His mangey dog lies in the gutters
 White washed yards and outside lavies
 Bookies crammed with greasy navvies
 Shuffing home with batin dockets
 Tappin mates with empty pockets
 Ha,penny chews and pokes and sliders
 Rusty prams make hand-made gliders
 Cabbage bacon smelly nappies
 The homely stench of Jean Mchaffies
 Scores a, childer gettin, fed
 Sardine packed to five a bed
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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2008, 05:16:02 PM »
 Mangle grinders washboard scrubbers
 Spinners, doffers clad in rubbers
 Body washers tick collectors
 Mitchers duke the school inspectors
 Scrubbed half-moons and shiny knockers
 The heavy trudge of weary dockers
 Poucey shawlies laughin singin
 Chapel bells and washin wringin
 Money lenders faces trippin
 Countin,cursin tempers rippin
 Josie,s man who likes to punch her
 Staggers home in oily duncher
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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2008, 05:28:00 PM »
 Willie Wino hugs the lamp-post
 Bares his soul and sings his utmost
 Damns the pubs for closin Sundays
 Yellowed blinds shut out the daylight
 Pawns are bunged til friday pay-night
 Drunken men are given batins
 Annie Sweeny,s had her sixth son
 Wee Ma Black has breathed her last one
 Cobbled streets and Rag o, bone men
 Gurnin weeins runnin pantin
 Snattery noses piggin faces
 Holey jumpers untied laces            Belfast, my childhood :-\ :-\

 
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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2008, 05:33:58 PM »
Brilliant poems moosry.  That last one was sad but for some of us it all we knew. The poverty in some families was just terrible :(
" Tell them for their tomorrow, we gave our today"
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In memory of my grandfather, James McGimpsey. 9th Royal Scots.

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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2008, 05:36:40 PM »
 Kathleen, aye it was just as well we did,nt realise how bad of we were.
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« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2008, 05:49:08 PM »
I can remember when I first became aware of the differences. I and my friend had joined the choir and had been invited with the others for a tea at another members house. When I walked in my jaw hit the floor :o I had never seen anything like it before. Big spacious rooms ( in comparison to my parents little kitchen house that is ) and beautiful furniture. We had tea out of delicate little cups with matching saucers and the conversation was about the hostess last trip abroad. Now I had never been any further than Donaghadee so I was amazed. That's when I began asking questions such as how can they live like that and we can't. My mother told me to stay in school and get an education as this was something she was denied. She left school when she was 14 to go and work in the mill :(
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« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2008, 06:00:32 PM »
 My gran worked as a doffer in the Linfield Mill, died way too young of pouce(lung disease) caused by dampness in the mills. She grew up in the Gorbels in Glasgow,tough life. Your mum was typical of the girls then,going to work in the Mills.
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« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2008, 03:32:29 PM »
Oul, d,Da Da Dempsey spits and stutters
 His mangey dog lies in the gutters
 White washed yards and outside lavies
 Bookies crammed with greasy navvies
 Shuffing home with batin dockets
 Tappin mates with empty pockets
 Ha,penny chews and pokes and sliders
 Rusty prams make hand-made gliders
 Cabbage bacon smelly nappies
 The homely stench of Jean Mchaffies
 Scores a, childer gettin, fed
 Sardine packed to five a bed
  WELL DONE MOORSY  O0  so many memories in my head right now  ;)
family names... Kelly, Connor

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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2008, 03:47:14 PM »
     

                    THE     WAY     WE     WERE.
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Re: Dunderin Ins
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2008, 02:14:24 PM »

 off ta school at the crack of dawn
 stop at the bakery fer a wee cream horn
 bertie,the watch-man has limped home
 his wee coke fire sits all alone
 cobblestones are be,in lifted
 new street lamps are be,in fitted
 the air raid shelters are all gone
 nay much left from my ould home

 a new day on Carmel st.
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« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2008, 03:06:01 PM »
Moorsy I'm really enjoying reading your poems. They bring back so many memories of the old days and your descriptions are very vivid.
" Tell them for their tomorrow, we gave our today"
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« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2008, 03:40:32 PM »
Kathleen, remember the watch-men in there wee sentry boxs when the corporation were fixing the streets. they sat there all night with the coke fires going. Mostly old soldiers.us kids loved to hang around before bedtime and listen to there stories about the war.
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« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2008, 03:58:59 PM »
I remember them well moorsy and when you mentioned about the new lamps being fitted I thought about one of my uncles. His job was to light the gas lamps. I can't remember what his route was but he did tell me many years ago. After that I think he went to work in Ross's lemonade factory.
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Re: Dunderin Ins
« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2008, 06:08:26 PM »
Moorsy

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Kathleen, aye it was just as well we did,nt realise how bad of we were

Growing up in Belfast ( born 1942 ) In my naivety, I thought most of the

Western World lived the same kind of lives as us.

Unknown to me, Ireland had the lowest standard of living in Europe, at

that time, I suppose we were happy in our ignorance.

Most people did not have the money to holiday in Foreign countries, so

they did not know any better.

When I came to Canada in 1971, it was a case of Culture shock.

Even in the smallest Restaurant, each table had its own salt / pepper /

Ketchup / vinegar / paper serviettes, and  " FREE " glasses of water  :o

At lunch time, I would go to a nearby Greasy spoon type Chinese

restaurant still wearing wearing my overalls, and at the next table were

Business men with their briefcases and 3 piece suits.

Coffee was 25 cents a cup, refills 15 cents----------nowadays coffee is

about $ 2.2, with unlimited free refills.

There was less class distinction, and one did not need University entrance

qualification, to become a clerk / typist.

When you left School, one did not have to sign a form that you understood

that you could not return at a later date.

Night Schools are open until late at night, you can go back to school no

matter what age you are.


You can start an Apprenticeship at ANY   age

Churches are for the people, none of this " having to dress up to go to

church ", you can see jeans / t shirts, and at Christmas Eve the young kids

 might be wearing pyjamas.

It is a more easy going lifestyle here, with less of the " keeping up with the

 neighbours."

At one time I had 4 cars, all taxed and insured, one car was only for taking

the dogs down to the [censored] for a swim. ;D ;D
Soldier F Supporter, equal Justice for all.

When will the I.R.A. pay Compensation to their Innocent Victims or Relatives.

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Re: Dunderin Ins
« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2008, 07:25:37 PM »
 One of the fella,s in our street was a lamplighter.his family name was Symington,he had his route on the albertbridge rd. around templemore ave.

 His brother Brian.runs the deaf & dumb institutsion on Wellington Place

 Bloom,same age as myself,born in july. very true what you said.
 
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