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INSIGHTS ON IVOR   Part Twenty One      In May 1950 petrol rationing finally ended after 10 years. People were tearing up their petrol rationing books and dancing around their cars. The Whitsun weekend of wonderful weather saw thousands take to the roads in celebration. The next month, in typical Government fashion, they put up the price of petrol to three shillings a gallon. The first self-service shop in Britain opened in Croydon, south London in June 1950. Sainsbury’s described this type of shopping as ‘Q-less shopping’ meaning shopping without waiting in line to be served.  Part of the...

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INSIGHTS ON IVOR   Part Twenty      When our Teleprinter training started at Compton Bassett the first thing we had to learn was how to, not only type but become a touch typist. This we did on a manual typewriter with the aid of a record which provided a rhythmic beat too which we endeavoured to hit the right keys in unison. As any typist knows there are certain phrases which are used as typing exercises for learners. Phrases such as ‘Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party’ being probably...

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INSIGHTS ON IVOR   Part Nineteen     For some people the 1950’s in Britain were dull and grey but for others it was the start of a new beginning. We were still recovering from the war years. Austerity, rationing, bombsites, some of which still had hidden UXB’S (unexploded bombs) buried deep within the rubble, there were plenty of old air raid shelters still in evidence and concrete hexagonal shaped look out shelters strategically placed around the country and from which solders or Home Guardsmen would watch through narrow slits along each side of the shelter for any enemy parachutists....

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INSIGHTS ON IVOR   Part Eighteen        After the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games had finished, the next games, scheduled for 1940, should have taken place in Tokyo but due to political reasons they declined and Helsinki was substituted. Unfortunately the advent of the Second World War (1939-1945) intervened and no games took place until 1948 and London was the chosen venue for their return. Germany and Japan were banned from entering and Russia declined the invitation. But despite of this there were still over 4,000 competitors – of which there were 355 women – representing 59 nations. The...

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INSIGHTS ON IVOR   Part Sixteen      When Dad, Bert and David were working at the Hazel Press there was a part of the building rented out to a Mr Walter Phillips. He was a designer and marketed photographic mounts which were printed by the press for him. He told Dad that he liked his work and insisted on Dad doing his printing. He also told Dad that, one day, he intended to have his own printing press and would like Dad to come and work for him. His dream became reality in 1947 when the Walter Phillips Unicorn...

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