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Second World War Rhymes By Gwen B Jones

May 2, 2010 Leave a comment

This lady was quite a character and her poetry reveals much of the thinking, as well as the frustrations, experienced by civilians at that critical time. Many subjects are covered including: clothing coupons, wardens, the blackout, rationing, shirkers, allotments, queueing, black market and beer.

I have my favourites and here are two – as printed:

[1] Pay As You Earn

After several years of War,

In April, Nineteen Forty Four,

Income tax was changed about

All previous methods put to rout.

You have a code and separate table,

Your payments are not always stable.

For instance, if you have a rise,

Deductions then, increase in size.

But if your weekly pay is small,

You do not pay tax at all!

Instead, your packet holds far more

Than you bargained for.

The system is, as you can see,

The essence of simplicity! ! !

But many people, full of doubt,

Still wonder what it’s all about.

[2] Torch Batteries:

Number Eight was the size that appealed to us all,

It wasn’t too large and it wasn’t too small,

For we all had to carry our torches about,

And often when needed they just flickered out.

Number Eight was the size; it was always on call –

Can you wonder there were not enough for us all?

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The history and antiquities of the … – Google Books

The history and antiquities of the … – Google Books.

The history and antiquities of the county palatine of Durham:- Page 419

Ushaw is a village three-quarters of a mile east from Esh. A hamlet called Hilltop, recently erected, is principally occupied by tailors and other tradesmen employed by the students of Ushaw College. An act was passed, 2 George III., 1760, ” for dividing and enclosing a certain moor or common, called Middlewood Moor. or Ushaw Moor, within the manor of Lanchester, in the county of Durham.” This moor is described as containing upwards of 600 acres, and as being partly in the chapelry of Esh, and partly in the parish of St. Oswald, and intersected from north to south by the Scotch Dyke and Holywell Syke, the parochial boundaries. The allotments were to be subject to a clear yearly rent of 6d. per acre to the bishop.

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