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Skipping to school : memoirs of a Liverpool girlhood, by Doris Calder

By Doris Calder

Skipping to varsity is the real tale of a adolescence spent in Liverpool earlier than, in the course of and after the second one international struggle. It recollects the cloth of way of life at the domestic entrance and the effect of conflict on either relations existence and the area people. At domestic in Walton, Doris and her pals discovered slogans comparable to 'Make Do and Mend', 'Dig for Victory' and 'Careless speak bills Lives'. They gathered shell caps from bombs and  Read more...

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The bell was housed in an open tower at one end of the building and when the caretaker pulled the rope, it could be heard from a long way off. Once the bell started to ring, the pace of the children suddenly quickened, as they realised time was running out. Skipping ropes were wound up, balls picked up, and any stragglers started to run. No one wanted to miss the line-up in the schoolyard or to be marked late. I was never marked late; I was so keen to get to school and was truly happy when I was there.

On my way to and from school I had to pass what I thought was a very scary animal – I was convinced he was a lion. The beast lived in our neighbours’ house, next door but one. The ‘lion’ had a thick, fluffy golden-brown coat, which stood up around his head like a mane. The strangest thing about him was his deep-purple tongue lolling out of his mouth as he sat with his big paws hanging over the edge of the front step. I eyed him nervously as I walked past, torn between slowing down to look and speeding up to get by safely.

The rope was stretched across the road, and two girls would hold an end each and turn it slowly. We all lined up to take our turn at running through the rope. One song we sang as we jumped through the rope was: Once you get in You can’t get out Unless you touch the ground Turn right round and shout OXO. We had to do exactly what it said in the song in order to play the game. When you tripped on the rope, it was your turn to take one of the ends. The game finished only when we were tired, our knees were too badly grazed, or when our mothers called to us to go indoors.

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