Toilet Rolls Are The New Newspaper.

Hello,

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So it is Wednesday, or as some of you Canadians out there would say, it’s Humpday.

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When I awoke this morning, I found myself to be unwilling to actually leave my deliciously warm bed, although I was not sleepy at all.

It is most definitely Winter again, and the older I get, the less I like to be cold, although I still love it when the snow arrives.

It is all very weird how things can change over the years.

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I remember when I was young.

There was no central heating at all in the area where we lived, there was just the one fire in the living room.

All of the old ladies I knew, used to have bright red webbing lines and marks on the front of their legs.

They got these from sitting up too close to the fire all winter, to try and keep warm.

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We used to all have just one bath every week….whether we needed it or not!

In the winter it was dreadful to go into a freezing bathroom and take all of your clothes off.

The oil cloth on the floor would be ice cold  on your feet  too.

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You would end up sitting in about six inches of hot water, so that the bit of your body under the water was bright red, and the bit sticking out of the water looked pale blue with cold.

Oh my goodness, it was a miserable bloody business!

Not to mention the unbearable chilblains.

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If you add to that, the fact that there was a horrible spidery outside toilet, and that the toilet paper was actually cut-up newspaper tied together with string and hung up on a nail, then you can see all the fun you lot are missing out on these days.

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There was actually a brand of toilet paper called Izal, which was bought by those who could afford it.

It was really strange paper because it was hard and shiny…. and it scratched!.

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There was however, one good use for Izal.

You could tear a sheet of it off and wrap it around a comb to make a Kazoo.

That truly was the poor man’s musical instrument….and it was cheap and useful if you got caught short away from home.

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I also remember being in a shop with Big H when we first got married, and seeing a family who were all grumpy looking with little pursed-up mouths, as if they spent all of their time going ‘OOOOOOOOOOOOh’

Big H and I looked at each other and said ‘Oh my goodness, look at those faces, they must all use Izal!’

Imagine how we laughed when we saw them actually put Izal in their basket.

We were lucky we did not get ejected by the manager.

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It is amazing how times change for the better.

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Except for dreams.

When there is no television and not much access to ‘paid for’ entertainment, then you become rich in dreams and imagination.

A book could truly open a door to another very realistic place, somewhere you could totally escape to and have adventures.

For me, it still works just as well now as it did then.

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This is particularly effective with erotica….which is good….and legal!

I have been given a copy of my old favourite ‘Forever Amber’ by Kathleen Windsor.

This is a rollicking read, which has a courageous, beautiful, highly sexed, daring and free thinking heroine….the Amber of the title.

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This excellent book of over 900 pages, was published in the 1940’s and immediately became  popular, ending up as a worldwide bestseller which was banned in many places because of it’s sexual content and frankness.

The descriptions of Amber’s involvement in the Bubonic Plague are superb.

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I am dying to get lost in that story again and accompany Amber on all of her adventures.

If you have not yet had the pleasure….try it!

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J,x.

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If you are interested, the great Otto Preminger made a film based upon the book, which starred George Saunders and Linda Darnell, but nothing beats reading the book.

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