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world, newspapers were the weekly news of the district & mags a 1d or 2d sloppy kind of Barbara Cartland romance with a pure heroine, manly hero & a dastardly villain. The children had "Chips" & "Comic Cuts" both ½ or 1 penny. Life was very simple, just a question of food parrafin lamps, candles & coal fires & the rent. No gas, phone, poll tax or mortgages. I was 12 before I heard radio, & 14 before we had moved & had electricity. There was love & warmth & older brothers & sisters, & it was a lovely area where we lived, on the borders of the common & the "Chase"  forestry & woodlands & country lanes, hot potatoes in muffs in winter & a blazing fire always, kitchen & parlour, & even bedroom when ill in bed. Older brothers & sisters brought us goodies & second-hand clothes & gave us a 1d or even 6p. to spend on sweets. The parlour was only used on Sundays or High days & any courting done under the gaze of Mu or I surreptitiously reading a book! but listening & sneaking a look now & then. Church morning & evening on Sundays  Sunday school in the afternoon. My earliest books were prizes from school