Memba When …

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Let your mind take you back to those days (In Jamaica) ..

At primary school – an icy mint was 1 cent
– a fudge was 5 cents
– free vegetable patties, free cows milk, cherry milk, free uniform material

Walking through the Malls in Constant Spring at Christmas, lighting sparkles..
The song “Arlene a mus’e dream yu deh dream”
Far less crime and poverty
Ring Ding when it was in black and white, or Colgate Cavity Fighters club.
Sunday Matinee in black and white.
Running between the roller-coaster, tilt-a-whirl, scrambler and bumper cars at Coconut Park.
J.O.S. buses.
Paper fifty cents.
Hello, my name is Tamara Dobson.. even though you may know me as Cleopatra Jones.”
The radio soap opera “Dulcemina”.
CeeBert Toppsi and Epiphany night clubs.
A.P.I. TV programming, shortly followed by JAMAL – Into the Light.
When splinter was called grass bottle and mirror was looking glass.
When travelling after SIX the only thing to be afraid of was DUPPY
When people went to parties to dance with each other and not to cut pose.
When school children looked like scholars.
“The Fortunes of Floralee” radio soap opera.
“Please ah beggin u sumting for my two children dem mam” …
Schools Challenge Quiz with Dennis Hall, or Dennis Hall for that matter.
Fun-For-All video game house.
Ina Pine’s weather forecasts: Kingston, 85 degrees and sunny;MontegoBay,85
degrees and sunny, Negril 85 degrees; Port Antonio, 85degrees and sunny;
Spanish Town, 85 degrees and sunny; Mandeville, 70 degrees and partly
cloudy”.
Skateland.
The New Market floods
Shouting repeatedly at the tuck-shop: “One patty an’ coco-bread an’ a box
juice an’ a drops!”, until you were acknowledged.
Buying paradise plum, icy mint, sky juice, suck-suck or busta through the fence.
Black Heart man stories.
Anansi and Bredda Rabbit stories.
The Back Tax Axe TV commercials.
Lawd, Ah confused”…”Ello, Carltons..”
Shelly-Ann Jeans: No one can, like Shelly-Ann.
When “Roaches” were the shoe fashion; a “Napoleon” was the hair style of
choice for guys (who could grow enough hair);
“Big League Football” on Sunday afternoons.
Peter Red and Peter Blue
The revolving Craven ‘A’ box at Tom Redcam Avenue and Old Hope Road (Carib Theatre)
The Kentucky ‘turtle’ building in Cross Roads
Getting up Harry? Yes ma,……. Laaad a feel peckish!!!
When “T” shirt was called ganzee and soda “airated wata”
Maskita one, maskita two, maskita jump inna hot callaloo
In the middle of a fight ” HOT PATTY ,HOT PATTY box it nuh if yu brave”
“I’m a Horlicks kid, soon I’ll be Horlicks big…” (one of my all time favourite ads)
“Pass the dutchie pan di lef’ han’ side…”
King Kong kisko pops and cherry milk
“Spider man, spider man, does whatever a spider can”
“Love is all I bring, inna mi khaki suit an ting”
Uptown Top

SIGH!!! SIGH!!! SIGH!!! SIGH!!! SIGH!!! The Good Old Days!!!!!

Enjoy the Weekend!!

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8 responses »

  1. Did you say ‘paper’ fifty cent?

    Epiphany! Blood cleebos! That was the hottest night club! Absolutely the hottest. There were many others I liked, I will have to post about it.

    All those things you brought up… priceless memories. Good stuff!

  2. Wait, let me pull up my rocking chair and will remember together. Oh can’t do it, I’m not from Jamaica. Its good from time to time to remember where and when we came from. But we still need to keep moving forward making new memories for future times in the rocking chair.

    BTW, I get my weather from western Kansas so I can’t share or look forward to your rain.

    Glad to hear you had a “good time” on your birthday.

  3. Great reminiscing(sp)….I grew up in Westmoreland (in the country area) for the first 9 years of my life, I remember getting 50c for my lunch money and buying curry chicken back and white rice served in “chiffon” container. ‘suck-suck’ was for 15c; walking to school, which was probably a couple miles but it didn;t seem long at all because we walked in groups made up of friends met along the way. I remember being told that a mermaid (river mumma) lived in the river that ran along the road we took to school and that the the “golden table” ( a popular story from our school books) really did exist and it was guared by the river mumma with her golden comb. Of course we believed all this because older kids told us and whatever they told us we believed. I miss those days. Thanks for taking me back.

  4. CD, I think you and me are around the same age…I remember most of those things: I especially remember how horrible the vegi-buns used to taste! But I don’t remember Ring Ding and the Cavity Fighters programs on TV. The bumper cars still up @ Coconut Park btw?

  5. Hi CD great post. I can remember all of that stuff and more. So much good stuff passes by us. So much to come as well.

  6. Wow, you have actually got me to comment. Angry Dog is obviously a yute….him nuh know Ring Ding wid Miss Lou??

    You forgot a few CD….
    Romper Room with Aunt Sheila! (Yes, I’m showing mi age now!)
    Going to Dairy Castle to buy ‘SLUSH’.
    “Two Tone” pants….I had a red and blue one! (Shame to seh so now but it was a shock out then)
    Bucking Broncos…a type of cowboy boots that they used to sell at Bata…as I remember that Bata Bouncers.
    Joe’s Bubble Gum…extracted a filling of mine…dem was so tough.
    Got a paper 50c myself.
    Did you know when meal deal at KFC was $13 ? I used to save up my lunch money and buy that on a Friday sometimes in 6th form.
    Aaah…we have progressed and retrogressed at the same time! Dr. D.

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