ea games mobile daily spin casino table roulette the price is right slots online goldfish slots yahoo
online roulette deposit bonus spartacus online slots slot machines mafia 3
get easy money now lobstermania online slots palace casino biloxi calendar monopoly now and here roulette game table for sale casino dealer school nj
no deposit bonus hotforex gre slot booking online 2018 no deposit bonus netent 2018 casinos slots games black friday 2018 uk shops involved
make money internet business grand reef casino no deposit bonus codes casino vancouver area caesars online slots online roulette win real money top 10 online gambling sites
casino slots mod apk any casinos in panama city beach gambling addiction treatment play casino without deposit online blackjack legit uptown casino codes new online casino sites uk
online blackjack real money app crystal palace online casino ru vegas slots online aristocrat buffalo
casinos in michigan casinos zagreb
slotomania hack ios 7 casino online hulk casino dealer jobs in las vegas nv telkom mobile coverage in south africa no deposit casino slot madness club world new casino edmonton
vintage slot machine for sale canada olg online casino slots casino announcement upstate ny best 777 online casino no deposit bonus online casinos 2018
t mobile payg sim unlimited data casino table games in arizona buffalo slots jackpots monopoly slots online european roulette online system
genting casino knightsbridge quasar mobile casino no deposit bonus code europa casino eve online more factory slots how to make money through internet radio

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Leerie, Leerie, Licht The Lamp

On the night the clocks go back an hour and we enter a period of winter darkness, we thank Blogger Dan for his reminiscences of lighting up and putting aff.
casino table poker vip casino no deposit bonus 2018 video slots rtp bonus mania slots pack 5 best ways to make money online quora
A source of great pride to me as a child of eight years old, was my hairstyle – fashioned by my ‘Lamplighter’ Auntie, Maggie. It was usually before we set off for school, probably about 7.30 am, that Auntie Maggie would call in from her lamplighter round, to spend time with her older sister, my Mother. There would be a contest between myself and two brothers to see who could get the ‘putting-off’ pole and run up all the closes in nearby Burndyke Street, and a few in Govan Road, to switch off the gaslight on each of the three-storey landings. The job would take about thirty minutes and we loved the thrill of it. The pole was about three feet long with a metal end. This had a slot which fitted into a metal piece below the gaslight mantle and we would turn this to switch off the gas.
Disappointingly, we were not allowed to do the even more exciting job of switching on the gaslights in the evening – obviously, earlier in winter than the long, light summer nights. The lighting-up pole was about five feet long; bigger to reach above the mantle and it had a round metal box attached which held carbide, kind of like a blowlamp and a nozzle which was lit. There was a slot similar to the switching-off pole, needed to switch the gaslight on before applying the flame to light-up. casino video blackjack odds myvegas slots rewards rules slots machine play for fun online juegos de casino para android sin internet
As children we used to look in the gutters in the evening, as it was a common practice for the leeries to empty the used carbide near to one of the many big metal ‘stanks’ by the pavement. I remember the pungent smell the carbide gave off -- and when placed in a puddle it would fizz for ages. I don’t recall any accidents from the probably very toxic white powder, but I’m sure it wouldn’t be allowed nowadays.

Auntie Maggie was a big favourite with our family – not only because of her lamplighting job. I was one of five brothers and two younger sisters. My Mother, I’m sure, didn’t have time to fuss over five boys getting ready for school – but Auntie Maggie would wet my hair and put waves in or just the one big wave right at the front of my head. Sounds crazy and a bit jessie – but it made me feel, well, as I said,  kind of proud. When I think about it now, I’m sure that ‘Oor Wullie’ would definitely not have let me into his gang -- behaving like that?
The Lamplighting Depot was in Broomloan Road, close to the ‘Potted Heid’ Bank, just behind where the Orkney Street Police cells were. It was quite a sight to see the army of Leeries almost marching along. They carried their lighting-up sticks as if shouldering arms, setting-off on a designated route to bring light to dark and dingy closes around Govan.

I don’t know if there is any truth in the story that a politician of that day made his manifesto the following: a promise that blind people would not have to pay for the stairheid gas; hot water pipes throughout the cemeteries; a glass roof over Glasgow to give carters an inside job.


westender said...

Lovely stuff!

Ellen said...

I was transported back in time for a bit there! Still remember the hissing of the gas lamp in the landing outside our door.

verizon cell coverage map canada big fish casino slot tournament winners slots of vegas newest no deposit codes royal vegas mobile casino online casino russian bull casino casino avec bonus gratuit sans depot francais
poconos casino poker chips set malaysia yahtzee video slots
no deposit coupon no deposit tv casino 0 slots open duolingo video slots live chat largest mobile network in ireland