Sunday night in Hunstantons KIT KAT

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Postby Tresagreen » 01 Dec 2019, 09:52

A small but fascinating insight into Thai culture Boston. No wonder tourists are confused!
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Re: Sunday night in Hunstantons KIT KAT

Postby 8 boston square » 01 Dec 2019, 10:59

EWW you are right if there are 50bts to the pound, at the moment its down to 39 so not so good but work on 1000 to 20 pounds then add a few pounds. Local whiskey here is about 250-300bts, THai rum ( actually comes from Spain ) is 280 bts a 70cl bottle. Not much of a beer selection but a 63cl bottle of lager is between 46 bts and 63 bts, Guinness in tourist areas is about 210 bts a pint otherwise you don't see much apart from local lagers 5% abv. Petrol is good though and goes up and down a lot quicker than the UK currently 26.90 a litre. Community charge including water is about 150bts a month but you don't get much apart from water ( not drinking) and rubbish collection. Electric is about 2000 bts a month.
Here is a rum one but remember this not the UK, chicken breast is about 60bts a kilo, chicken feet are 125 a kilo, makes nice soup apparently! Pork we never see leg, unless you recognize the cut, shoulder, loin and belly and belly is about 25 bts a kilo more and the fattier the better. Lamb from NZ is about the same price as the UK but rarely see beef, they don't eat here its a working animal and when I have tried cuts its tough as old boots. Fish are relatively cheap a fish for 2 ( Red Tilapia) would by 65-85 bts. Tea here is usually only Lipton Maids Water unless you are in an expats centre then you will get Tesco, Waitrose, Twinnings. Coffee is usually the 3 in 1 powder mix and decaf is rare, Bread size here is 600g loaves so a bit of a let down.
Plenty of Boots here though we have 4 in town here although much smaller and a restricted number of lines with no chemist to ask.

If anyone has time have a look at www.thaivisa.com this will reveal a lot to you and take a look at some of the videos of Thai driving, some of the things they get up to are shocking and you will then know why a Thai driving licence is not recognized in the UK and why the roads here are rather dangerous.
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Re: Sunday night in Hunstantons KIT KAT

Postby EWW » 01 Dec 2019, 11:44

I can vouch for the driving standard there boston from my short stay in Bangkok....frightened me to death :?
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Re: Sunday night in Hunstantons KIT KAT

Postby 8 boston square » 07 Dec 2019, 03:31

One unusual thing about the early 1960's which was reflected at the Kit Kat was the almost total absence of female solo artists getting to number 1 in the charts, it was a man's world as far as pop music was concerned. that changed from the mid 60's and even more as time went on. Looking back 1960's we had to wait for Pet Clark in early 1961 to put "Sailor" at the top and later that year Helen Shapiro had two number ones "You Don't Know" ( always like that one - a sound of the time ) and of course "Walking Back to Happiness" it was then a long wait for another one when Cilla Black hit the top in mid 1964 with "Anyone who had a Heart." I suspect a lot of that success was due to coming from Liverpool, chums with the Beatles and in the same stable with Brian Epstein! So, we did not really get much in the way of female tracks on a Sunday night, the only 2 I can think of were from Billie Davis "Tell Him." and Brenda Lee with "Here comes that Feeling." Two excellent tracks which I liked very much. At the time, a sign of the times I guess, if a man sang a female song they changed the gender so Tell Him became Tell Her, now don't forget that half way through ok! As time went on they left the gender thing alone but it was a way off from the early 60's that's for sure.
It just was not the done thing to have a female lead vocalist at the time was it then along came Sony and Cher, the Mamas and the Papas, Fleetwood Mac, The Carpenters, ABBA, The Bangles etc etc and who saw that coming!

This morning when you get up I guess it will be pretty cold in the UK right now, well it is 7th December ( a Day that will go down in infamy ) and here I have to tell you, I am 100' east and 16' north and this morning it was 12'! It will be warmer from about 1000 but by 1600 it will be going down rapidly and we have no fires only air cons so we don't get away with all the time still the strawberries are in season and they are good, anyone fancy sending me out a Turkey?
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Re: Sunday night in Hunstantons KIT KAT

Postby 8 boston square » 14 Dec 2019, 04:34

As this is an election weekend I hope you don't mind me recollections of a very special event for me in 1964, something I did not really appreciate at the time, being just 18, too young to vote - you had to be 21 then, but now looking back it was an immense privilege to take part and attend the count, at 18 what did I know? Votes at 16 should never happen, IMO.
So its 1964 I have left Tech and got myself a job as a trainee Conservative agent on 4 pounds a week, 1 pound for travelling, one pound to mum for house keeping and 2 for me, not much then, after about a year a job came up at the TSB in Hunstanton, just under 7 pounds a week and no travelling to Lynn so 1 pound saved, but, in between that time a General Election was called so I was expected to do my duty at a time when the Conservatives were not expected to win. I remember the Prime Minister coming and seeing him in the Tuesday Market Place but did not meet him.
We had some rather strange folk calling in to the office at 27 King Street saying that anti monarchists had been seen at Castle Rising and you have to give them the time of day as well as the letters from around the area telling you the word on the ground and I could see then all the different factions that you had to keep on side all the time, I was thinking this is not the job I thought it was!
One day this chap turned up in Humber Sceptre with loudspeakers mounted on the roof and I was going out with him to announce meeting where the locals could meet the candidate, had to make it up as we went along, no schooling or ideas, off you pop, this where you going today!! You may remember that at the time there were local brewers the major one was Steward and Patterson and the second one was "Bullards" ( Bullard are Best ) so as our candidate was Denys Bullard well we thought we would make the most of it. It was really nice driving around in the Humber, it had overdrive on 3rd and 4th gears and really nice flashy car, twin headlights to boot!
The count was at the Guildhall and was only for the invited and you stand around waiting for what seemed like hours and in the end Derek Page won it for Labour with a 1764 majority I think it was and now what I remember the most and I was 18, most everyone else was twice my age or more, I felt sad we had lost but everyone seemed to just take it in their stride, so with a clap of his hands and a smile on his face, our agent said " come everyone treat you to lunch" so we all went down to the Globe ( Berni Inns) for, well I remember I had steak and chips! Why were not sad though?
I see it now that all politicians on all sides are all part of the same sector, different 9-5 in different views and chums away from the media after that, very much like Danny Ford and the Offbeats would always try and out perform Denny Raven and the Sabres on stage, or vice a versa, but off stage all great mates and that's how it should be, the world carries on.
I have I think mentioned it before but I also remember working later one night in King Street and hearing the Kinks practicing nearby before they got to number one with "You Really got me." that is what they were playing which how I knew who it was.
So the GE is now over, Christmas is not far away and I was pleased at this time of year when our local bands stuck to their normal play lists and did not start playing all the Christmas tunes because there are not too many that worth listening to in my opinion, there are only two that have stood the test of time for me and they both came out in the 1980's Wham's "Last Christmas" and Chris Rea's "Driving home for Christmas." I think we should put both of them in the UK Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as well.
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Re: Sunday night in Hunstantons KIT KAT

Postby 8 boston square » 21 Dec 2019, 04:24

Another Christmas approaches, in the 60's this might mean in Hunstanton that there might be extra dances in town but would the Kit Kat be open if the big day was a Sunday? Would I be diddled out of a Sunday night with the boys on stage and all of you on the dance floor, I don't think I got diddled at the time but Hunstanton was a bit like a ghost town at this time, everyone stayed in and shops stayed closed, it was a time of the year when I could buy a 50 box of Gold Leaf ciggies with incoming funds. Christmas time is viewed differently at different times in our lives, a time to get together and especially where children are about, it their time really to see whats in the sack at the end of the bed. Its also a very stressful time for the cook who produces the festive lunch, everything has to go just right, keep out of the way and wait to be called. I recall going to a relatives house a few years ago and they forgot to light the oven, I can only leave you with that to think about, is that the ultimate disaster?
So now I will leave you with a little poser to think about over the coming days and its to do with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, go and have a look at the complete list, there is an American Band missing, one that was very big for about a 2 year period in the 1960's, I don't recall Danny Ford and the Offbeats playing any of their numbers although there was one I would have liked them to. Name that band!

Enjoy the festive period, stay safe, take care and see you in the New Year, temperature today is 25-28 not very seasonal, no sign of snow here or rain, don't remember the last time it rained not like jolly old England eh?
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Re: Sunday night in Hunstantons KIT KAT

Postby Tresagreen » 21 Dec 2019, 10:24

You ask if forgetting to light the oven on Christmas Day is the ultimate disaster Boston. I can tell you, almost! Our oven broke down a couple of years ago ( on Christmas morning) so had to rely on my sister to cook everything for me. All well and good. My son came to fetch me from her house in his van ( my husband said he didn't want turkey fat all over the back seat of his car! ) and as we turned the corner onto the main road, the back doors of the van came open, turkey , tin and all the trimmings sliding about all over the place. There is a very steep hill just outside of town and I had visions of my Christmas dinner shooting down the road and ending up in Corby. Everything turned out OK in the end and we had a good laugh about it. Have a good one. T
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Re: Sunday night in Hunstantons KIT KAT

Postby 8 boston square » 28 Dec 2019, 03:05

Christmas is now just a memory and I guess some now look forward to the New Year and then we can get back to a normal life, whatever that really is.
The American band that mysteriously is not as yet in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame then, very popular from 1966 to 1968 and had their own TV show on BBC1 Saturday evenings at 530 to 600, any thoughts yet? Think of the Beatles, that's where the inspiration seems to have come from a manufactured American band fronted by a bloke who used to be Coronation Street, Hey Hey Its The Monkees! Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork and Mickey Dolenz. I think Danny could have handled " I'm a Believer" and "Daydream Believer" well but I don't recall Danny and the Offbeats ever covering any Monkees tracks.
Peter Tork certainly thought that the band were being black balled by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for some reason and I would have to think he has a point there.
I have been listening to random275 on youtube recently he does guitar covers of popular songs from long ago and vast arena choose from in the Shadows style he uses a Fender Stratocaster or Gibson acoustic and his amplier choice is the sound of the 60's a Vox AC 30 so if you fancy a relaxing trip down memory lane, grab a drink and sit back and enjoy you wont be disappointed.
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Re: Sunday night in Hunstantons KIT KAT

Postby 8 boston square » 04 Jan 2020, 04:29

Well a new year and a new decade and 60 years since the 1960's do you remember those wonderful happy times? Were you listening to "Cathy's Clown" , "Poor Me". "Please Don't Tease". "Apache" "Walk don't Run" or maybe Elvis's latest? As I said in my first post in 2010 going back to the Kit Kat on a Sunday Night about 1962/3 would be my chosen time, life was good, simple but happy and it worked. I went to the Tech in Lynn in 1962 and had go by train from Hunstanton to Lynn along with over 100 other young people who also went to the Grammar School and the High School for girls, I went down the ticket office and purchased for cash a pink card about 2" by 3" which was my travel card for the term it used ink stamps and pen, I could claim the cash back after filling out a form at Tech. I dealt with the ticket office employee, no one else, there were no cameras then and I used that card every Saturday to go to Lynn or on some occasions to go further, a train out of Lynn that turned west just past Magdalen Road and went via Wisbech to March. Wait for a train to Peterborough East ( long gone), walk up the steps turn right into London Road, over the River Nene and into Bridge Street to John Colliers half way up on the right in time for tea with my brother! Lynn station was a busy place then you could get places, now its just the hourly service to London, a good service but no Hunstanton or Swaffham.
When I joined the Kit Kat Sunday Club I got a card for a shilling, no one ever asked to see the card, I wondered why I had bought it and again no cameras and never any trouble. The bank tellers had no grills or cameras, it was a very different world, the only worry we seemed to have was with the threat of nuclear war with Russia reminded on Saturday with the testing of the sirens and at that time I could lose myself among the dunes on Holme beach, the cricket field at Snettisham or the woods at Wolferton, no one knew I was there we had our freedom to go where we wanted and say what we wanted but the signs of the future were beginning to rise in the mid 1960's.
Who remembers "Dangerman" Patrick McGoohan? Who morphed into "The Prisoner" what do you do with retired spies who resign? Will their secrets be safe? The Prisoner found himself in "The Village" where there were cameras everywhere, the TV was for "Village" consumption only and could watch you as well, the radio could talk to you as well as let you listen, there was no escape from the village, but who ran it was it us or them, they wanted "information" and "you are number 6" I am not a number I am a free man!." Total surveillance, look where we are now cameras are everywhere, you are lucky to escape them.
The "Village" was actually Portmerion in North Wales near Portmadoc, well worth a visit.
The 60's also introduced to Captain Kirk and his amazing "communicator" with no wires, blimey that was good, if only well in the 1980 they arrived along with personal computers and they are a real benefit but they have their downsides as well, they track you, somebody knows exactly where you are and data protection does not apply to those in ultimate power, we have lost some of our freedoms and there is no going back so was it worth it?
The 1960s also we had no "Health and Safety" we had common sense and we also had not seen "Political Correctness" turn up erode even more of our freedoms.
When I first came east I was pleased to see no "Health and Safety" or "Political Correctness" unfortunately there is also no common sense either, the things I see on a daily basis would surprise you.
Democracy arrived here in 1932, an administration term is 4 years, there have been 17 coups since then to date. They use a complicated formulae of proportional voting that took 6 weeks to be pronounced and although the party supporting the ruling junta did not get the most seats they ended up forming a coalition to remain in power!
2 or 3 years ago the Junta came up with a scheme where everyone with a mobile phone, who does not have one, had to register a address with the number and there latest scheme they want to do is to fit GPS trackers to every new motorized machine. In Germany now vehicles are having their exhaust emissions monitored and sent to the relevant Government agency along with what other data?
A lot of this surveillance is sold to us to combat terrorism which took over from the Russian threat and I completely understand that, the Russian threat is back though along with others as well, the world is a fragile place much more so than in the 60's so we have to have places like GCHQ in Cheltenham, its no secret its there and what it does and I guess we have to be thankful it is there doing what it does but did anyone know that there is a second GCHQ in Bude which was paid for by our cousins across the pond?
The world moves on there is nothing we do, we did not invent this world we just live in it but those simple happy days of the 60's were and are a golden memory of a time gone by that we were lucky to have enjoyed.
Lets say that the mobile phone and the personal computer have given us access to things but have also given others access to us, I hope they use it carefully so as we move into the new decade let us hope for some good memories to accumulate for me a week tomorrow I am off to Kanchanaburi which is where the "Bridge over the River Kwae" is, never been before so I wonder what I will make of it. Happy new year and a happy peaceful decade ahead, I do hope so.
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Re: Sunday night in Hunstantons KIT KAT

Postby Tresagreen » 04 Jan 2020, 09:41

All the best for 2020 to you too Boston. Have heard of Kanchanaburi,apart from the bridge. It's supposedly where the best blue sapphires come from.
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Re: Sunday night in Hunstantons KIT KAT

Postby EWW » 04 Jan 2020, 10:00

My brother bought me a book back from Kanchanaburi all about the camps last time he was there.
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Re: Sunday night in Hunstantons KIT KAT

Postby 8 boston square » 11 Jan 2020, 04:35

Does anyone remember that American series called " 77 Sunset Strip"? Ed Byrnes who played "Cookie" died this week. I liked the cars and the flashy lifestyle of that period, in glorious black and white of course, he go tot 87 so not bad I guess.
Before I got a car in 1966 there were 3 main things in my life non of which are likely to surprise you girls, music/dancing and football! Music and dancing took prime place on Sunday at the Kit Kat and maybe during the week as well if I was lucky. Football was Saturday and maybe Tuesday nights, my team of the time and still is Nottingham Forest and then there were girls well they could come to the fore at any time, no what I mean!!?
They were very different times then in the early 1960's and getting your leg over ( a popular pass time for centuries worldwide ) did not present itself that often but one had to prepared and hope for the best but how could you in those more prudent times when the "pill" had not arrived on the scene. All down to the virile young buck to take precautions, seemed straight forward enough but it was not. You could not go to the barbers every week and hope he said "something for the weekend Sir?" Not if you are teenager so how about popping down to Boots to be confronted by some lady who was old enough to be your Mum, maybe was your Mum or one of your mate's Mum, Oh the embarrassment of it, it was not easy but someone spotted this situation and devised a clever solution.
We al remember Tower Street, its still there! Wheelers of Tower Street, the FW Kings car sales and the Model Shop, opposite was the Sandringham, keep going down the same side as the Sandringham and you eventually came to "Dawsons Book and Toy Shop" I think it was number 27, behind the counter a man probably in his 30's black wavy hair, glasses, below average height and he spoke through his nose if you know what I mean, ringing any bells yet? This man had little cardboard cards in that generic colour of cardboard like a cross between grey and brown. they were about 1" by 2" and stamped with Dawson Book and Toy Shop, 27 Tower Street. Show him this card, he told me he understood the situation, the embarrassment, so just show the card and He would know what you wanted. Pack of 3 for 3 and 9 in a white paper bag and away you go and hope for the best. If you were at Tech you had no money for maintenance and probably no prospects, the last thing you wanted was someone's dad turning up and asking about his daughter's future! Well we did have the coal shed, the summer house and the general shed, neither of which were very appealing as a future pad!
Somehow I guess we all got through that period unscathed.
I am off to the Bridge over the River Kwae tomorrow wonder if I will bump into Colonel Bogie?
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Re: Sunday night in Hunstantons KIT KAT

Postby EWW » 11 Jan 2020, 11:15

I wonder how many combs Cookie got through during the making of that series as he was forever combing his hair. I do not have that problem now :roll:
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Postby 8 boston square » 18 Jan 2020, 10:56

Something that always amazed with respect to Sunday Night at the Kit Kat, why did no one notice in Kings Lynn, it always surprised me that somewhere in Kings Lynn did not do a Sunday Night or was I just no aware of the venue?
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Re: Sunday night in Hunstantons KIT KAT

Postby 8 boston square » 01 Feb 2020, 03:06

I knew this chum called Reggie Ransome, always had a smile on his face and I think he went to King Edward 7th Grammar School in Lynn? No idea how we met bur Reggie worked away from Hunstanton during the week, came back Friday night, I think he worked at PYE in Ely or maybe Cambridge, he used to come to the Young Cons although his views were more in tune with the opposition, who cared, he was our goalkeeper when we went play football on Sunday afternoons at Potts School in Ingoldsthorpe or Heacham at Heacham Recreation Ground, come Sunday evening we would meet up down the Kit Kat for more entertainment and "keep fit"! Reggie had a panache for that dance the Russians do when they squat down and kick their legs out you know the one? "Hava Nagilia" or was it "Czardas" Reggie used to get down in our circle fold his arms and away he went, always left that to Reggie, I had no leg strength to do that sort of thing, even as a teenager it was too much for me, although I could dance the night away normally like the rest, everything was so easy and simple then and Reggie had played football maybe that afternoon as well, life was easy we took everything for granted, our fitness we could do anything I can remember one weekend riding my Trent Tourist Raleigh bike to Mepal and back ( sore bum time afterwards )but we could do anything health was never an issue now I can still do the Shadows Walk for one track and that's about it!
Growing older brings health firmly into focus as the most important thing in life as time goes by, we had it in abundance once and now its as precious as time, thank goodness for the NHS it was always there and it might take its time but it always got the priorities right when it was needed, I now don't have that luxury I am in a country, like most where you have to pay as you go and this week I had to pay as I went. I started to get a problem on Tuesday and went to bed with tablets but it was obvious by the next morning I had a problem out of nowhere, a prostrate problem so we went down to the hospital at 900 saw the doctor at 945, blood/urine test and saw the doctor again at 1010 with the results. Tablets or surgeon, your choice? Surgeon. Saw the surgeon at 1710, collected at 1810 to the operating theatre back in the overnight room 30 minutes later all done! But I have to pay and I have to go back on Monday and to see the surgeon again on Wednesday, if you are wondering I expect it going to cost me just over 1000 pounds but all done in a day and 2 nights in the Hospital. I have had an infected bladder, infected from the prostrate, the prostrate gland is enlarged but not a problem as yet so tablets to keep it under control, so relief its not the dreaded PG but just goes to show how unexpected events occur out of nowhere. The PG gives you few clues that there is problem chaps so if you have a week stream or pain when going get down there fast its the UK's number 1 cancer for us blokes so don't be shy.
Got up to see us Leave the EU, something that happens once in a life so not to be missed, I think we will be fine but with my experience last week who knows what the future holds? Be positive about life and enjoy it like we did all those years ago.
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