The photo in this blog is McWatters Bakery in Cromac Square, Belfast N.I. (circa 1912). My father worked there when he returned from Europe at the end of the First World War. He started work as a bakery labourer in 1919 and remained in that job until his death in 1960. What made me think of this particular time was a remark made at the hospital yesterday.
I was attending physio and the young student looking after me went to print of some exercises for me to do at home.
When she came back she said she had trouble printing the right sheet because things are so damn technical these days. This girl is probably about twenty years old and I had to laugh. Too damn technical eh!!!! Wonder if she can imagine how difficult today’s technology is for me? I grew up in the City of Belfast when we still had lamp lighters going around the streets lighting the gas street lamps. Horse drawn milk and bread carts delivered their wares door to door. We had one gas mantle in the kitchen, the only light in our home other than candles. Our radio was operated with a wet battery and it was my job to weekly take the flat battery to a shop and exchange it for a fully charged one. After we finally got electricity in 1952 my father bought a nine inch black and white TV. We had one single channel BBC. We later found we also needed a ladder to go to the roof to constantly adjust the aerial for a better picture. The VCR became obsolete before I had fully mastered programming it. We have blue tooth in the car, its fascinating and something I had no idea was available. That’s only scratching the surface of today’s technical advances. So if my young physio thinks technology is difficult to understand she might try walking a mile in my shoes!!!
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