Maries February Article
27 Jan 17
When T.V. adverts started they were a novelty as before the B.B.C. was the only programme and they just had intervals between some of the programmes. Those first adverts were almost as good as the programmes. You wanted to try the Birds Eye Peas (as fresh as the moment when the peas went pop); you were tempted by Cadbury Flake and of course Fairy Liquid which made your hands feel soft as your face. There were many more but they were short; not like today when the adverts take up about one third of every programme and they are so depressing, advertising funerals and insurance. I am not tempted by today’s adverts but I have never used anything but Fairy Liquid since.
Did you know that 2016 was the warmest year for many years, and this we could believe as we had a mild winter and muggy summer? The only thing we needed and still do is sunshine to brighten up everyone.
The Editor of a National Newspaper wrote a great article on Church Halls and Village Halls and how they have played a very important part in people’s lives, from Brownies, Cubs, Scouts and Girl Scouts through to women’s clubs and Darby and Joan Clubs, with the millions who have given their time and energy voluntarily to pass on crafts, to make endless cups of tea and some things still continue in Church Halls and Village Halls all over the country. The Editor said we should endeavour to prioritise these Halls and not let them enter the list of endangered species, and we can honestly say this is being done in Ansley Church Hall and St. John’s Hall.
B.T. are now thinking of taking out all the red telephone boxes as they are rarely used and many are vandalised. When Dave was in the army stationed in London we would arrange a time when he would ‘phone me on the red telephone box opposite Arbury Hall entrance. But then not many people had ‘phones in their homes, and mobile ‘phones had never been thought of. Still, I suppose we must move with the times but the telephone box will always hold a special place in many people’s hearts.
“The Eskimo has 52 names for snow because it is so important to them; perhaps there ought to be as many for love.” Margaret Attwood.