Thursday, August 17, 2006

Times Change

We had our chimney swept yesterday and the sweep found a newspaper that had been stuffed up the chimney some time since the last time the chimneys were swept.

The headline referred to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's maiden budget. The paper in question was the London Evening News and Star. The Chancellor had inherited a £800 million deficit, which he said was "disturbing". The chancellor's name was James Callaghan and the paper was dated November 1964.

The back page, by the way, went on about how badly Leyton Orient were doing so I don't suppose everything's changed. (Although if the paper was a year later, I believe Northampton Town would have been enjoying their one and only season in the top flight.

Not related to sweeping but still with football, I was reading about the so-called Matthews final, when Blackpool won the FA Cup 5-3. Stan Mortensen scored a hattrick for Blackpool but despite that, it was still "the Matthews Final". When Stan finally died, some joker was heard to say at his wake, "I bet they'll be calling this the Matthews Funeral".

4 Comments:

Blogger IsobelMagsBuchan said...

Oooh, do you have real fires then? How lovely if you do. Nothing better for toasting.

Thursday, 17 August, 2006  
Blogger Alcuin said...

I'm afraid not. We have to have a certificate from a chimney sweep so we can fit a gass fire. At the moment we have gas central heating with one thermostat for the whole house.

Friday, 18 August, 2006  
Blogger Span Ows said...

I remember exactly that 'strange feeling' from having the chimney sept! Mind you it was back in the 70's and the paper was 1953 if I recall...but the same goes for cleaning the attic or other long forgotten draw lining! nostalgia...

Sunday, 20 August, 2006  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

We have a real fire. I can't imagine Christmases without it; the letters to Santa ritual and the ceremonial burning of the tree on twelfth night.

I can tell you those Christmas tree branches don't half go up with a crackle...

Reminds me, I must get it swept.... johnny's getting a bit big though, I wonder wherre I can borrow a small boy....

Saturday, 02 September, 2006  

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