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    I was reading Ged`s intro in his book "In A City Living 3" he is telling us about games he played as a kid. it was a great read and got me thinking of my own childhood games. it really brought it all back to me. I had a chat with Ged telling him a few of my own memories. its a great topic, so has anyone got any old memories to share?

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    curby was very popular as was sardines and Hide and seek. I remember playing football in the dark, you could not see a thing. we also had Childwall woods with the Old Childwall house. a wall still stood and we of course called it a Castle. it had a moat as well. i remember a gravestone in Childwall woods to a Dog? i wonder if its still there and what the story was? We also played in All saints church( though always had respect). around aged 12 you would sign up as a helper at Childwall riding stables. you would clean horse poo all day for a few free rides. i liked it so much i was still working with Horses aged 26. and Wheathill farm was amazing. we would run through the Cornies(corn field. not sure if it was corn like?) it was about 6 feet in height and you would run for ages and then fall over on your back, we felt like we where in an american movie. we would fish for the sticklebacks in the farm ponds. one year we built a raft(loonies i know) it lasted all summer.

    In the holidays i would stay with my grandparents for a couple of weeks. they lived in Northumberland Street in the Dingle. all my cousins lived in the area so i had ready made mates. i loved to watch the ships on the river. we would go to the Albert dock. all downtrodden then. i still remember playing on most of the things there. The docks where full to the top of some horrible sludge and had dead pigeans in them. i remember playing in the Piermasters house, it had no upstairs. we also played in the Dingles Bombdies.

    School days out where Southport, Ness Gardens and once they took us to York.
    I was Tiny Tim in one school play and the Artful Dodger in another. Right show off i was(still am)


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    We used to hide by the flyover in Hunter Street and tie an old purse to a length of cotton. People would walk down Hunter Street on their way into the tenements, look around, and seeing the coast was clear bend down to pick up the purse. We would then yank it away with a tog on the cotton (as long as a car didn't drive over it at the crucial moment!). It was only then would they see us hiding, who needs Trigger Happy TV?

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    I love this thread!

    I used to play curby as well! Also red rover where you would be in 2 teams and have to break the barriers!

    we used to play shadow tick in the street when it was sunny and also used to play football in the summer on the astro turf on upper warwick st.

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    LOL, u learn something new every day here and correct misconceptions - I always played Kirby as I thought it was called .
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    British Bulldog was a fav in our school. No one actually knew the rules, just two lots of groups trying to make it across the yard to each other's side.

    The more kicks you gave in the melee the better

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Gardens View Post
    We used to hide by the flyover in Hunter Street and tie an old purse to a length of cotton. People would walk down Hunter Street on their way into the tenements, look around, and seeing the coast was clear bend down to pick up the purse. We would then yank it away with a tog on the cotton (as long as a car didn't drive over it at the crucial moment!). It was only then would they see us hiding, who needs Trigger Happy TV?
    Very Naughty, but very cool

    Kick the can..... imagine asking kids now to play with an old can

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev View Post
    LOL, u learn something new every day here and correct misconceptions - I always played Kirby as I thought it was called .
    I played what I called Kirby too

    I also played nick-knock.... knocking on peoples doors and running away, found that very funny in my youth...

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    still see some kids playing curby. but too many cars now and in some roads the tarmac is up to the curb

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    Erm... *finks back.... Footy, Kerby, Wallee, playing war .. pram/go-cart races... (we had a black one with a swastika painted on the side)... and best of all.. mass stone fights ...

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    Off ground tick...statues.

    Drawing goals on walls and fences.

    Ollies or marbles( i thought that was poo)

    throwing sticks for conkers...scrumping

    we played on the old loop line"The Ralla" at first the track was still there and we would put our ears on the track to hear the train coming.(cool little indians) but off course the trains had gone. making rope swings and ending up in the brambles or nettles at the bottom of the ralla.

    having races up the stairs to the top of the high rise flats. i could`nt do it now.

    I remember once we heared there was a reward for the Yorkshire ripper and we went to catch him in Childwall woods( i was about 10 ok )

    having to pick a grand national horse for your Tanner each way bet.

    washing cars in summer for money to go to southport, got as far as the sweet shop. by the way what the hell was a nutty bar, i see its now gone.

    The youth club disco...yaaaaay what a hoot. all the girls dancing and the lads laughing or running through the dancing girls. and if you dared to do a slowey you would get ripped by your mates.

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    'Kick the can' a great game until some sod put a brick in the can.

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    For all those that played in Childwall Woods, did you also go frogging in Jackson's Pond?

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    where was the pond? i only knew the ones on wheathill farm. but i always heard of jacksons field

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    Head up Barnham Drive and there used to be a massive pond on the left hand side just before Escor Road by the CLC Line. I'm too young to remember it personally

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    What's Kirby ?? Don't know how come I havn't heard of this game !!

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    Well there's Kirkby, Liverpool's 60s overspill (where Z cars was shot though it was renamed newtown for the series) and there's West Kirby over t'water.

    But Kerbie the game as in throwing a ball to the kerb on the opposite side of the road so it rebounded to you and you scored a point each time is what we're on about here I think It was also known as gutters, presumedly after the gutters that ran in the street to grids just roadside of the kerbs.

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    Thats the one Ged.. we used to use a footy rather than a tennis ball...

    Does everyone remember those little multi-coloured rubber balls, that when you threw them they would bounce forever ?

    Or those plastic clackers? the kids used to have in the 70's.. they always eneded up wrapped up on the telephone wires, along with somebodies left shoe

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    We used to collect ly ice sticks from the floor - collect hundreds and then your Mam would go mad and make you throw them all away. Used to post them down the grid then! If you played in the grid you got the fever!!

    I used to play two-balls for hours - I tried to teach my little girl but she is left-handed and I had trouble explaining it to her - she got it in the end though! We used to stretch the skipping rope across the street and the Mam's used to "turn-up". There was no traffic then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    Well there's Kirkby, Liverpool's 60s overspill (where Z cars was shot though it was renamed newtown for the series) and there's West Kirby over t'water.

    But Kerbie the game as in throwing a ball to the kerb on the opposite side of the road so it rebounded to you and you scored a point each time is what we're on about here I think It was also known as gutters, presumedly after the gutters that ran in the street to grids just roadside of the kerbs.
    no .. I'm afraid I havn't heard of this game before.

    the only game I recall that involved kerbs was something about ''froggy froggy can I cross the water?'' '' to marry your daughter'' .. someone would be 'froggy' and had to try and stop you reaching the kerb ... a bit daft really ! ha,ha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetpatooti View Post
    We used to collect ly ice sticks from the floor - collect hundreds and then your Mam would go mad and make you throw them all away. Used to post them down the grid then! If you played in the grid you got the fever!!

    I used to play two-balls for hours - I tried to teach my little girl but she is left-handed and I had trouble explaining it to her - she got it in the end though! We used to stretch the skipping rope across the street and the Mam's used to "turn-up". There was no traffic then.
    yep, we did all that. Two balls, skipping ropes, as for collecting ly ice sticks .. I used to collect caterpillars in a jar - hundreds of 'em !! I'd spend hours picking them off the trees.
    Come to think of it, why don't we see these 'catties' these days ??
    There used to be literally loads of them crawling up the tree trunks. They were yellow with black, or was it dark brown spots, and a little black face
    I thought they were lovely and I'd have hundreds of them in a jar. I probably would have let them all go free again eventually knowing me!
    They seem to have disappeared - perhaps they were wiped out as a being a pest by the forestry commision or something !
    Anyway I spent many an hour carefully picking them off the trees. .

    The other thing I collected tons of was dandelions. I'd pick hundreds of them and my mum had to put them in jam jars all over the house.

    'pee the beds' they were known as. Why were they called this does anyone know ? ha,ha.
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    Lindy, those catties are wiped out cos of you !!!!

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    !! I asked for that didn't I !

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    I remember coillecting the twist tags from the bread and putting them on the break wires of me chopper. looked so cool , i had hundreds of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindylou View Post

    The other thing I collected tons of was dandelions. I'd pick hundreds of them and my mum had to put them in jam jars all over the house.

    'pee the beds' they were known as. Why were they called this does anyone know ? ha,ha.
    Hi Lindy

    Dandelion is known medicinally and herbally as a diuretic. According to one herbal site, the uses are:

    "Diuretic, hepatic, cholagogue, anti-rheumatic, laxative, tonic, bitter. It is a general stimulant to the system, especially to the urinary organs, and is primarily used in kidney and liver disorders."

    And from the same site:

    "Dandelion is a common meadow herb of the Asteraceae or sunflower family, closely related to chicory. There are about 100 species. Its name is a corruption of the French 'dents de lion', meaning 'teeth of the lion.'

    "Folk names include lion's tooth, bitterwort, wild endive, priest's crown, doonheadclock, piss-a-bed, Irish daisy, blow ball, yellow gowan, puffball, clock flower, swine snout, Pu gong ying, fortune-teller, and cankerwort."

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    thanks Chris. You learn something new every day.

    ha,ha .. there are some names there .. Swine Snout, Pu Gong Ying, Cankerwort !!

    although they are a weed, I think they are pretty in a bright gaudy yellow kind of way.


    When I was little I used to love the purple/pink Clover too.
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    Two balls. The girls on the tenement blocks used to play this against the wall whilst reciting mantras. Hopscotch, an old Victorian street game seems to have disappeared these days.
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    we used to "skip leggers" that was jumping on the backs of lorries as they came up from the docks heading towards scotland road and the world beyond..the best leggers were the big blue sugar tank lorries from tate and lyles.There were just enough grips to hang on the back and there was also a small ventile that could be opened causing a stream of brown sugar to come pouring out.This was collected off the deck into cans(maybe used kick the can jobs) a fire was lit, usually on a "holler"and the can and its contents were heated until we made what we called toffee!This was a dodgy concoction but sweet and free.

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    You really need to get my books Jimbo, In a city living, they're full of what you talk about.

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    Just tried to upload some pictures of those lorries parked in Pall Mall by Chisenhale Street but the management thingyo couldn't handle a file that size it said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindylou View Post
    The other thing I collected tons of was dandelions. I'd pick hundreds of them and my mum had to put them in jam jars all over the house.

    'pee the beds' they were known as. Why were they called this does anyone know ? ha,ha.
    Oh that just reminded me...
    We used to pick buttercups and hold them under your chin, if your chin reflected the yellow it meant you like butter (or something ??? strange thing to do but hey )

    And daisy chains, make them until they were dead long.

    And them pee the beds Lindy, I remember when they were in seed you would blow the seeds saying 1 o'clock, 2 o'clock etc until the stem was bald. It was supposed to give you the correct time of day

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