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Thursday, 7 April 2011

Men on motorbikes drinking tea!

The post-war magazine 'Guernseyman' has attracted a great deal of interest since several original copies arrived recently at my Lancashire home.

Started in 1947  by my late father Harry Brown, along with fellow Guernseyman Roy Falla, the magazine took a lighthearted look at island life with the aim of stirring the odd conscience, too.

Back then readers complained about too much traffic, not enough housing and the ever-spiralling cost of living.  But my favourite letter comes from the gentlemen who despaired of 'young men on motorbikes riding around in groups and drinking tea.' Now that's something we don't have to worry about these days...

I am indebted to Deputy Janine Le Sauvage who heard my appeal on BBC Radio Guernsey asking for anyone who might remember the magazine. She put me in touch with a friend on the island who very kindly donated the above copies.

Ps - if you'd been around at the time you could have sent for some Government Surplus RAF Flying Boots (as new), Real Box Calf Fronts- No coupons required - for only£4.00 a pair.  No wonder they complained about the cost of living....


Elaineyross said...

I've always liked men on motor bikes - not sure about the tea drinking variety though!

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Hello Marilyn, I am so honoured that you thought my scribbling worthy of a comment! AS YOU ARE THE REAL DEAL! I am thrilled that you enjoyed my rabbit post, thank you for taking the time to leave me a comment. I love your "About Me" the line "I am the man from the Gazette!" is priceless.

Happy Easter,
Sarah x

Guernsey Girl said...

Thanks Sarah - look forward to your next blog!