Throwback Thursday #39 – Reading Culture and Books

Welcome back to Throwback Thursday Maggie and Lauren’sd, Brainchild. This week we are going to tackle the kind of reading culture you grew up with. Should be fun.

This week it’s Maggie’s turn to pick and this week’s prompt is: Reading Culture and Books.

Who were the readers in your family?
We all were avid readers encouraged by Mum and Dad. It was only my next brother who was not a reader. It turned out he is dyslexic… Not known in those days. He is an avid reader now!

Were there some people who did not like to read or could not read?
Yes as I said above my next brother. School was no good for him and how ever hard my parents tried they could not get him reading. The army sorted him out and he did well.

Did your family subscribe to the newspaper?
I don’t remember….no I don’t think we did… My Dad did take the Catholic Herald.

If you did get the paper, was your Sunday newspaper considered special? What part did you enjoy?

I really don’t remember, but when I got older I always loved the quizzes and crosswords.

Did your home have books strewn around? Hardbacks or paperbacks?
There were books in every room mostly hard back but paper backs too. Always tidy though never seen around. Dad loved books he always told us never throw books away always pass them on ….we all do to this day.

Did you frequent the library at school?
Yes we all did .

How about the local community library? Did you have a library card?
I loved the Library, it was quite a long bus ride away. We all had library cards. I used to help out at the children’s on Saturdays and during the summer holidays..I loved having somewhere to go and a job to do everyday. I always felt very grown up!


What was the first book you remember reading?
A beautiful illustrated book of The Brothers Grims Fairytales.

Did you have a collection of books (Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Happy Hollisters, etc?)
Enid Blyton’s Famous Five also her Noddy Books, and Rupert the Bear.
Originally by Rupert Bear ; Mary Tourtel (1920–1935) then
Alfred Bestall (1935–1974)
Freddie Chaplain (1965–1978)
James Henderson (1978–1990)
Ian Robinson (1990–2002)

Did you read comic books? If so, what titles?
Yes, Dandy, Beano, Bunty, and Jackie.

Did you end up a bookworm, a casual reader, or someone who read only when required?
I am a casual reader but if a book takes my mind I wl read it cover to cover in one go!!

Is there a book from your childhood you would like to read again? If so, what book?
What Katy Did.

What book or books have been extremely meaningful or influential in your life?

A Thousand Splendid Suns is a 2007 novel by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini.
And
The Devil’s Arithmetic a historical fiction time slip novel written by American author Jane Yolen and published in 1988. The book is about Hannah Stern, a Jewish girl who lives in New Rochelle, New York and is sent back in time to experience the Holocaust.

BONUS QUESTION: What book(s) do you frequently gift to others? Why?

A Thousand Splendid Suns.

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Throwback Thursday, Discovering Your Musical Tastes.

Maggie is at the helm today. We are back to our usual groove with lots of things to think about. Hop on over to Maggie’s post to read all the guidelines, questions, and ways to join in. Don’t forget To check out Lauren’s post too.

This week’s prompt is: Discovering Your Musical Taste.

What music were you exposed to in your family – genre, artist, or style.
Music in our childhood home was very eclectic because there were so many of us!
Mum and Dad though both deaf could still apricate music…. It was very loud so we all endured or enjoyed it! Dad loved opera especially Kathleen Ferrier . Mum loved show music, South Pacific, Oklahoma and Carousel. Brothers and sisters loved, Pat Boon, Frank Iflield, Dusty Springfield, Bobby Vee, Buddy Holly, Adam Faith, Jonny Mathis, Helen Shipiro ect.

Loved Adam Faith.


Did you enjoy that type of music or did you rebel against it?
So, so, love Buddy Holly, Adam Faith in fact all my siblings music, it took years to stop rebelling and finally appreciate classical and opera!
How did you listen to music in your childhood home? Radio? Record player? Television?
Radio mainly, Radio Luxembourg and pirate radio, and our old Dansette record player eventually T.V.
Did you buy records, tapes, cassettes, 8-tracks or CDs?
Started off with records and moved with the times. First record bought was Come On by the Rolling Stones.


What performers were you drawn to most as an adolescent?
The Rolling Stones, The Monkeys, The Hollies, Beach Boys, Adam Faith, zombies, well everyone really!
Who did you go to see for your first concert?
The Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds. It was at the Albert Hall London.

Who did you go with?
I went with a neighbour’s son . It was my 13th birthday, my parents bought two tickets and asked their friend’s son to chaperone me. He was very nice, liked both groups so it was win, win 😁

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What concert has been your favorite concert to date?
That first one really though there have been others.
When do you listen to music?
Whenever I can.
In the car?
Yes.
At work?
Yes when I first started work as a widow dresser in a boutique, there was always music. I am retired now.
While studying or doing projects?
Yes 💜
Did the music you listened to affect your attitudes, way of dress, or view of the world?
Yes I think it did and it still does.
How has your choice of music changed over the years?
Not a great deal because I still have an eclectic taste.
What is your genre of choice at this phase of your life?
Almost anything! Imogen Heap, Queen, Alanis Morrisette, Tori Amos,
Bonus Question: What band or group posters did you have hanging in your room?
Rolling Stones, Yardbirds, Monkeys, Small Faces.
Extra extra bonus points if you can share a copy of it or a link to it.

EXTRA EXTRA BONUS: Care to share a playlist from Spotify?
I am not doing Spotify at the moment 💜

Throwback Thursday #36 – Gone But Not Forgotten

Its Thursday again and time for Lauren and Maggie’s Throwback Thursday. This week Lauren has chosen Things I don’t miss.

I don’t miss being cold most of the time! We lived in a mid terrace council house. No central heating, there were two fire places, one the living room and one in front room. The one in the living room also had a back boiler and heated the water. In the winter our bedrooms would be so cold that there would be ice on the inside of the metal window frames. We had to wipe them dry when the ice melted. We all learned to be proficient at getting dressed and undressed in bed!

I dont miss being teased by my brother’s. I don’t miss seeing my sisters and brothers going out when I was not old enough to . I don’t miss being the youngest of a large family by eight years and feeling like an only child most of the time.

I don’t miss school I won’t go into that I have tackled that before.

I dont miss waiting for the bus! Or two arriving together! I don’t miss freezing, getting wet, or frying at the bus stop!

l don’t miss Ballet and Tap lessons I was a fairy elephant!

I don’t miss not being able to have new clothes or shoes.

I don’t miss feeling , insecure or frightened .

I dont miss taking the weekly wash to the launderette, sometimes my eldest brother would help me carry the laundry bags, it was quite a long walk. It was a boring couple of hours even with a book and dark in winter. If my brother came he’d leave me at the launderette and go to the pub to meet his friends while I stayed with the washing. He would come back when it was all ready and help me home with it .

Gosh I think I will stop there before I bore you all to sleep!

If anyone else would like to join in you can at Lauren page.

Throwback Thursday #35 – Going, Going, Gone

Maggie is back this week with our prompt for Throwback Thursday.

This week’s prompt is: Things I Miss.

This week Maggie says : This week think about objects or places you miss having in your life. It could be a favorite toy, a photograph, a favorite hang-out, a favorite store or shop, a collectible, a favorite pair of jeans, or old movie ticket stubs. It can be anything your little heart desires. Write about one thing or write about a few. You’re running the show this week!

Throwback Thursday the Brain Child of Maggie and Lauren.

Now there are a lot of things I miss some are tangible and some are more feelings. Where shall I start. Maybe the things I took for granted but are now gone.

Mum and Dad, our old house in London…., Having meals cooked for me, my washing and ironing done oh! so many things I miss.

Let’s now go for the tangible.

1

I had a beautiful suede coat full length, huge collar and a belt. It really kept me warm in the winter….I don’t know when or where it went! I can’t find a photo of it but I also miss my smelly Afghan coat!

2

The first telephone we had in the family home it was green and so cool! They don’t make them any more. But I think you might be able to buy them.

3

Three outside our house that would blossom white on the left and pink on the white. Infact I also miss the gate it was wooden , painted green and someone was always shouting “shut the gate” to keep the dog in! My next sister my cousin and I the gate and the tree( sister sitting on the gate the tree just in view but not in blossom)

© willowdot21

4

After I broke my back the second time I relearned to walk listening to Imogen Heap on my head phones. I emailed her and told her who much she had helped me. She took the time to email me back she was so supportive and sadly I lost that email.. I honestly really regret that! My fault. There other things but I can’t think of them now.

Here is song by Imogen Heap about missing childhood. The last train home.

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