Coal House

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Post: #76269 Super.Niki
Mon Nov 12, 2007 12:34 pm

Anyone see this, I think 4 or 5 families "traveled" back to 1927 in a Welsh mining community, I've only seen the last 2 episodes but thought of all you ishers who'd probably survive quite well!!

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Post: #76284 Silver Ether
Mon Nov 12, 2007 1:43 pm

I have seen most of them and on several times I got ratty with them. The one woman moaning because she hadn't washed her feet since the prog had started because of the lack of hot water for a bath ...grrrrrrrr whats wrong with a soapy rag? that doesnt take a lot of water and the kettle was permantly of the range then and in wales theres no shortage of water.

I am happy enough to resort to a sink of water with a flannal it quicker and uses less water than baths or showers.

I was also confused about the amount of bread that they bought? again I felt that was something a lot of the woman would have made ...
themselves....AND Fancy killing the best laying chucks for meat :shock:

AND as for the dirty homes ... they deserved the rent increase the mucky buggers. Keeping home was their job after all..

ok I'll get my coat ...

I think ishers would cope with bells on ...and a few bows :flower:

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Post: #76285 ina
Mon Nov 12, 2007 2:07 pm

I didn't see that programme - no TV in my house - but honestly, it sounds like they had a better house than the one I grew up in, and that's not that long ago: 5 people in two bedrooms, no bathroom. a tiny kitchen - no range with the kettle on all the time, so basically never hot water! How did I survive the first 4 years of my life? :shock:
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Post: #76289 Annpan
Mon Nov 12, 2007 3:38 pm

Sounds better than the house I have now :lol: :lol: :lol:

I don't have a TV either, and I am sure I would just get wound up by watching the programme, though it does sound interesting.
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Post: #79176 Thurston Garden
Tue Dec 18, 2007 12:55 pm

Another TV free house :lol: but these are the kind of programmes I kind of miss.
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Post: #79278 ina
Wed Dec 19, 2007 12:17 pm

Thurston Garden wrote:Another TV free house :lol: but these are the kind of programmes I kind of miss.


We didn't have a telly when I grew up, so I never really got into the (bad?) habit...
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Post: #79285 Shirley
Wed Dec 19, 2007 1:46 pm

Didn't see it - we do have a telly but I rarely watch it because, quite honestly, I get bored with it.
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Post: #79292 ina
Wed Dec 19, 2007 2:17 pm

Shirlz wrote:Didn't see it - we do have a telly but I rarely watch it because, quite honestly, I get bored with it.


And anyway, somebody is usually watching rugby on it... :roll:
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Post: #79359 Karen_D
Thu Dec 20, 2007 12:49 pm

I haven't seen the show (no telly) but it does seem to me that when they do this kind of thing they pick people who don't have a clue to make it more "entertaining" rather than informative.

My Dad is part of a historical society and a woman was doing research for something and asking the older members (dad is 75) about Christmas before the war. She was shocked to discover they used real candles and not fairy lights - Dad had to gently explain that they didn't get electricty until the 1950s! This was in Birmingham, I know some rural areas didn't get it until the 70s and 80s. People forget how recently arrived a lot of things we take for granted are.

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Post: #79360 Welsh Girls Allotment
Thu Dec 20, 2007 12:50 pm

My husband applied to go on it, we had an interview, but when we explained how we live our lives, allotment, trying more traditional ways of doing things wanting to move to a small holding, wood burning stove making clothes for my daughter etc we didn't get any further.

After watching the series I am glad we didn't get on as they just wanted people to squeak and whine but it was still interesting :lol:

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Post: #79365 ina
Thu Dec 20, 2007 1:32 pm

Karen_D wrote:She was shocked to discover they used real candles and not fairy lights


We always used real candles on the tree, despite having electricity - and for all I know, my family still do! I hate electric lights on trees; it's just not the same. But then, that was (and is) Germany, and they are not quite so paranoid about H&S... :roll:
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Post: #82052 Amaranth
Thu Jan 24, 2008 6:39 pm

Welsh Girls Allotment or any other ishers, I started a new topic about a sort of dream programme made up of isher sorts in the Swiss Family Robinson Village topic. I'd be interested in hearing what people would like to see.

I didn't get to see the coal one. And I missed the 1940s one too though I was able to read several articles about it.

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Post: #82061 mrsflibble
Thu Jan 24, 2008 7:20 pm

I wish I'd seen this. i only saw the victorain house one and the one where they sent an american family to live as a frontier family. that one sucked 'cos all the people in it were just too "precious".
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Post: #82070 camillitech
Thu Jan 24, 2008 9:27 pm

It's so refreshing to see so many of you without a TV, I hate the friggin thing, AND would quite happily throw ours in the sea but there would be a riot. Mrs C has just gone for a bath and told me not to switch it off, the dude's in bed she's in another room and Jamie Oliver is talking to no one :roll: I'm not worried about the co2 cos we're wind powered and it's blowing a gale but I just hate it being on when nobody is watching it :( so many households just leave it on all day, I know one couple that leave it on for the cat and my sis in law leaves it on even when she goes out, and it's nowt to do with burglars cos nobody even locks their doors here :shock:

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Post: #82072 Annpan
Thu Jan 24, 2008 9:37 pm

camillitech wrote:It's so refreshing to see so many of you without a TV, I hate the friggin thing, AND would quite happily throw ours in the sea but there would be a riot. Mrs C has just gone for a bath and told me not to switch it off, the dude's in bed she's in another room and Jamie Oliver is talking to no one :roll: I'm not worried about the co2 cos we're wind powered and it's blowing a gale but I just hate it being on when nobody is watching it :( so many households just leave it on all day, I know one couple that leave it on for the cat and my sis in law leaves it on even when she goes out, and it's nowt to do with burglars cos nobody even locks their doors here :shock:

Cheers, Paul


Sorry you have to be subjected to it

I am so glad we don't have a TV... and we won't be getting one again (our plan is to eventually get a projector - we are film buffs :oops: ) there is a song, I'll need to find out who it is, the lyrics say

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