Tuesday, September 22, 2009


My mum was an Air Raid Warden during the war. Not that we ever had an air raid in our village .... that link wasn't very helpful was it? However, she got a lovely uniform, and a rubbery gas mask and this box which was for storing valuables.

I hasten to remind you that this was long before I was born. But my parents always stored passports, driving licences and important documents in the box.

And I still do.

Last week I was searching for something or other and - in between the birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates - I found this.

I'm sure that (through the medium of this blog) my lovely friends Vivien, Carol, Joan, two Jeans and two Barbaras would like to join me in sending an unreserved apology to our form teacher Mr.G.
We hope his enforced 'holiday' helped and that he was reunited with his wife before her fertile years had passed.



Blogger Rog said...

That's you bottom left isn't it? Or Bottom right?

In any case it's either of the ones waiving their Heapey nickers at the camera.

7:49 am  
Blogger xl said...

Bobby socks!

7:57 am  
Blogger dinahmow said...

This looks so much like some of my old photos it's scary!

8:07 am  
Blogger Dave said...

You haven't changed at all.

My grandfather was an Air Raid Warden. As my family come from north Kent, he did have some work to do.

8:10 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Knickers? Me?
Expect to hear from my solicitor.

We just called them white ankle socks over here.
They were compulsory.

Perhaps it's the grainy black and white?
More likely the hairstyles.

I've changed for the better - especially in a very dim light.

8:47 am  
Blogger I, Like The View said...

suave, surely. . .


9:28 am  
Blogger Scarlet-Blue said...

Oh please tell!!! Which one are you?
I still have my grandad's ARP badge.

9:43 am  
Blogger Vicus Scurra said...

What a pleasant reminder that our young people were so much happier before the invention of rock and roll.

10:51 am  
Blogger geraldgee said...

All good wardens had stirrup pumps for puting out fires and watering the garden.

11:08 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Oh Dear
Shurely shome mishtake.

How can I resist?
But though I am tempted to tell - I am also tempted to lie!
You and Dave could be cousins?

These comely virgins are waiting patiently for The Beatles to be invented.

It's too late to find out about that - but it probably rusted away in the back yard.

12:04 pm  
Blogger Geoff said...

Mr Geography 1962?

Our teachers would never be pictured with us. Especially Mr C and Mr K who did, however, have lots of pictures of their lovely boys.

12:05 pm  
Blogger Scarlet-Blue said...

Oh my goodness! No, my grandparents were Londoners.

12:09 pm  
Blogger Emerson Marks said...

Alot of proto-type beehive hairstyles?

12:13 pm  
Blogger savannah said...

we were all the same, sugar! innocent, but so ready to cross the line! or maybe that was just us catholic school girls! ;~D xoxox

3:24 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Mr G was our RE (scripture) teacher - which explains a lot.
But I bet you were a 'lovely boy'

I'm afraid it's all much the same to me South of Crewe.

Eat yer heart out Amy Winehouse - I wonder if she saw this picture?

Not Catholics - but indoctrinated with a strong sense of conscience.
And spending most evenings in detention.

4:12 pm  
Blogger Kerrie said...

So much hairspray you and your friends must be partially responsible for the hole in the o-zone layer.Looking good ladies.xx
Mr G looks slightly nervous.

4:24 pm  
Blogger tony said...

What Is The Collective Noun For Marouane Fellaini's Hairstyle?

4:47 pm  
Blogger Steve said...

Adopts Austin Powers'esque voice: Oh beehive...!

8:11 pm  
Blogger garfer said...

That's only a half Bobby Charlton.

I bet he was he was a Physics teacher and drove a Morris Minor.

10:27 pm  
Blogger Tom said...

What's dangling fron Mr G's bum?

2:34 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Yes - no amount of recycling and compost will ever make up for it.

Sort of Arabic Afros.
I don't think his requires half an hour of backcombing activity.

Very good.
You should have seen those beehives when we put our school hats on top.

Which half?
No he was RE - and tried to be true to his maker.
But you are right about the car.

That's Barbara's foot.

8:42 am  
Blogger Betty said...

... are you sure that's not a picture of the original cast of Hairspray?

*runs away*

9:43 am  
Blogger Istvanski said...

No Betty. It's the original line up of The Wilsations.


Lovely pic. Just what I always wanted...to see.

12:05 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

None of these "do's" are spiky enough to be yours.

12:49 pm  
Blogger zIggI said...

Like Rog, I was going to say I bet you were one of the front runners flashing her Knickers. None of you look like potential Chemistry teachers tho . . .

2:39 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

I saw the John Waters version with Ricki Lake, Debbie Harry and Devine.
There's a couple of Ricki Lakes in the photo - and we were all devine of course.

When I first clapped eyes on Mary Wilson it was like seeing my life flash before me.
But - don't worry - I will never revisit that style.

Thank God for the spikey dikey - it's so low maintenance.
Those in the photo required sleeping in huge rollers every night and 20 mins back combing every morning.

Remember I used to be a sultry brunette.
I am delighted that no one has ever guessed or predicted that I study or teach Chemistry.
I cultivate the arty farty look.

3:32 pm  
Blogger DÖNN w/2 'N'z said...

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4:15 pm  
Blogger DÖNN w/2 'N'z said...

Rubbery gas masks
were a gas-gas-gas

I dare not ask about the particulars of Mr G's "enforced holiday" but I am inclined to believe that he may have been warm for some girl's form...

am I getting warm?

4:17 pm  
Blogger Macy said...

So Elnette was invented in the last century then? You lives you learns!

6:17 pm  
Blogger Rog said...

Just popped back to find out which one is you Kaz.

Don't say it's the goofy shortarse in the middle at the back????!!!!

6:19 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

The Brits are the only nation to have the rubber fetish. This is explained by the fact that every man, woman and child was given a gas mask in the 40s.

Some girl's uniform?

Everyone called it Laquer (pronounced Lacker).

I always suspected you were mathematically challenged.
You can't have a middle of six.
So it can't be me.

7:54 pm  
Blogger I, Like The View said...

how's the weather where you are, KAZ. . .


9:32 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

Happy Birthday, KAZ!

There's cake for you over at mine.

4:17 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Warm - a bit breezy.

You are too kind.

7:37 am  
Blogger Clippy Mat said...

well it's got to be front row on the left. she's patsy's double.

1:55 pm  

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