By Doris Calder
Skipping to varsity is the real tale of a formative years spent in Liverpool sooner than, in the course of and after the second one international struggle. It remembers the cloth of lifestyle at the domestic entrance and the influence of battle on either relations existence and the local people. At domestic in Walton, Doris and her buddies discovered slogans resembling 'Make Do and Mend', 'Dig for Victory' and 'Careless speak expenses Lives'. They amassed shell caps from bombs and did swaps for greater, shinier ones. They made skipping ropes out of the twisted silk cords of German parachutes. They have been taken with the arriving of yank squaddies stationed on Aintree Racecourse. And, regardless of the raids, they lauhged and had fun. Read more...
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Once we’d bought the food, we spread a paper tablecloth over a three-legged stool (made from an old wooden washing dolly), then we sat and ate our feast of meat paste sandwiches, iced fairy cakes, heart-shaped biscuits with coloured icing and bottles of lemonade. Our dolls came to the party, sitting propped up alongside the stool, and we would pretend that they were real people, asking them what they would like to eat and drink. If there was any money left over after we’d bought our food for the party, for a couple of pence we would buy a Chinese novelty in a small packet with Chinese writing on the outside.
Every spring I used to break out in large pink lumps, called heat bumps, which were incredibly itchy. To ease the itching, I used to dig my thumbnail deep into each of them to form a cross. These heat bumps were due, apparently, to the overheating of my blood and I had to have doses of Brimstone and Treacle to cool me down and clear out my system. This time the thick dark yellow doses came by the tablespoon from a huge brown jar. I dreaded having to take this mixture, as the smell of sulphur seemed to ooze from every pore in my body.
My mother was a firm believer not only in the power of sleep to heal, but also, love, warmth and a good cuddle. We managed to survive all our childhood ailments and in the process we built up our antibodies, which stood us in good stead as we grew into fit, healthy adults. There were two illnesses which we really feared – diphtheria and polio, which thankfully neither my sister nor I ever caught. ’ A child with diphtheria was often put into the isolation ward in the Fever Hospital, until they were no longer infectious.