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Knocky Door Ginger

GUEST,Fibula Mattock 18 Jan 01 - 04:54 AM
Gervase 17 Jan 01 - 05:57 PM
Gervase 17 Jan 01 - 05:28 PM
Gervase 17 Jan 01 - 05:27 PM
McGrath of Harlow 17 Jan 01 - 04:51 PM
Mrs.Duck 17 Jan 01 - 04:27 PM
Les from Hull 17 Jan 01 - 04:22 PM
Mrs.Duck 17 Jan 01 - 03:41 PM
McGrath of Harlow 17 Jan 01 - 01:43 PM
bill\sables 17 Jan 01 - 01:38 PM
Bardford 17 Jan 01 - 12:50 PM
Les from Hull 17 Jan 01 - 12:31 PM
mousethief 17 Jan 01 - 12:15 PM
Troll 17 Jan 01 - 12:01 PM
MMario 17 Jan 01 - 11:55 AM
GUEST,Bun 17 Jan 01 - 11:48 AM
mousethief 17 Jan 01 - 11:46 AM
catspaw49 17 Jan 01 - 11:39 AM
GUEST,Bun 17 Jan 01 - 11:27 AM
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Subject: RE: Knocky Door Ginger
From: GUEST,Fibula Mattock
Date: 18 Jan 01 - 04:54 AM

We called the knocking and running away game "Thunder and Lightning" (knock like thunder, run like lightning).
Then there was kerbsie (throwing a ball at the opposite kerb and trying to get it to bounce back to you - elaborate scoring system involved).
"Sevens" (throwing a small ball against a wall in a variety of different ways, first seven times, then six etc., then repeating all the ways with one hand only).
Queenie-O, Queenie-O, who's got the ball-ee-O? (or "Ali Bali, who's got the ball?).
Hopscotch.
A variety of obstacle courses usually involving a very high wall and a stream.
Skipping to various chants. (Tying one end of the rope to something if there was only me and my sister.)
Playing "Robin Hood" and making bows and arrows (none of us ever wanted to be Maid Marian - we all wanted to be Robin).
Clapping games.

Er, this was only 15 - 20 years ago...


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Subject: RE: Knocky Door Ginger
From: Gervase
Date: 17 Jan 01 - 05:57 PM

Oops, double post. Must've been that piece of fishing line.
Now just let me get this little flaming parcel off my mouse-mat......


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Subject: RE: Knocky Door Ginger
From: Gervase
Date: 17 Jan 01 - 05:28 PM

Bill, love it! Used to do exactly the same thing as a kid (No wonder I was the sort of kid my mother told me never to play with!)
We called the knocker game "Knock Down Ginger" and wold sometimes finesse it with a piece of fishing line tied across the road with another piece of line joined to the middle which we'd hold, sitting behind a wall or a hedge. One tug, and two puzzled, pissed off householders (there seemed to be far fewer cars then - you'd never be able to do that today, I'm sure). For much of that, you have to see the Opie's wonderufl book, the Lore and Language of Schoolchildren - it's a nostalgic's dream and a wonderful source of material, some of which must go back hundreds of years.


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Subject: RE: Knocky Door Ginger
From: Gervase
Date: 17 Jan 01 - 05:27 PM

Bill, love it! Used to do exactly the same thing as a kid (No wonder I was the sort of kid my mother told me never to play with!)
We called the knocked game "Knock Down Ginger" and wold sometimes finesse it with a piece of fishing line tied across the road with another piece of line joined to the middle which we'd hold, sitting behind a wall or a hedge. One tug, and two puzzled, pissed off householders (there seemed to be far fewer cars then - you'd never be able to do that today, I'm sure). For much of that, you have to see the Opie's wonderufl book, the Lore and Language of Schoolchildren - it's a nostalgic's dream and a wonderful source of material, some of which must go back hundreds of years.


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Subject: RE: Knocky Door Ginger
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 17 Jan 01 - 04:51 PM

Good map.And there's some parts where it's "Barley" (cf parley as in Parliament. In public (ie private) schools it's "pax", which I suppose is what little Romans would say. (And the Romans played fivestones too. Knucklestones is the other name for the game.)


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Subject: RE: Knocky Door Ginger
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 17 Jan 01 - 04:27 PM

We're a weird lot Les


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Subject: RE: Knocky Door Ginger
From: Les from Hull
Date: 17 Jan 01 - 04:22 PM

Mrs Duck - you shout owt like that up 'ere and you'll be shouting to yersen!

Acutally the Opies (Peter and Iona) did a map of Great Britain by children's truce terms. Fainites and the like is very southern. We had 'Kings'. You'll find that 'catters up and down the land had different ones. Weird that.

Les


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Subject: RE: Knocky Door Ginger
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 17 Jan 01 - 03:41 PM

We called it knock down ginger but were never as wicked as you bill!!!!!I remember fivestones. I was quite good at it! And what about chasing games? We used to play 'it' or'he' which round here is called'tig' ( I lived in Essex as a child and am now in Yorkshire) and if you wanted a rest you could cross your fingers and shout 'veinies' and then you couldn't be 'had'. And then there was two balls. I was good at that as well. Throwing two balls against a wall and singing such rhymes as 'Over the garden wall' and'Archibald king of the jews' and the batteries never ran out!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Knocky Door Ginger
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 17 Jan 01 - 01:43 PM

Fivestones, otherwise known as Gobs. (Similar to Jacks, but with small clay cubes rather than metal thingies.) There was thread about them recently.

But mostly trunning around and chasing each other, sometimes formalised into various games like He or British Bulldog. (The Indians have a great variation of this called Kabadi which is played as an adult sport and on the telly and all.)


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Subject: RE: Knocky Door Ginger
From: bill\sables
Date: 17 Jan 01 - 01:38 PM

Koncking at the door and running away in my area of Co. Durham England was called knockey nine door. We used to play it in a slightly different way. As most of the houses were occupied by coalminers who used to come home and take off their boots at the door and walk around in their stockings, we used to collect a quantity of dog shit which we would wrap in newspaper and place on the doorstep. We would set the paper on fire and then knock and run to somewhere where we could watch the fun. The miner would find, on opening the door, this burning newspaper and would then proceed to stamp it out with his stockened feet. They were usually furious when they found they had stamped in a load of dog shit.
Bill


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Subject: RE: Knocky Door Ginger
From: Bardford
Date: 17 Jan 01 - 12:50 PM

Knockadoor Ginger = Nicky Nocky Ninedoors or nocky nocky ninedoors where we played in a small town in the mountains of B.C. I seem to remember it as a late summer/early autumn pasttime. I can almost, but sadly, not quite, smell the leaves of the hedges and the grass next to the rock wall in Terry's yard we used for cover. Daytime we'd go 'bush-honking' on our bikes through a forested area which was destined to progress into a subdivision. They paved paradise...
What about "anti-anti-I-over", wherin a ball was thrown over the roof to palers onm the other side. Do I remember this, or have I made it up?
Thanks for the memories,
Bardford


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Subject: RE: Knocky Door Ginger
From: Les from Hull
Date: 17 Jan 01 - 12:31 PM

In Hull we called it 'knocking off Ginger'. Hide and seek was (and probably still is) called 'block'. Our fave kids' game would be eggety budge, which I think was short for 'bad egg if you budge', a game which combined throwing a tennis ball at your friends and spitting. We've always been just that bit different.

Les


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Subject: RE: Knocky Door Ginger
From: mousethief
Date: 17 Jan 01 - 12:15 PM

Oh. Hide and Go Seek. Hours and hours of it.

Alex


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Subject: RE: Knocky Door Ginger
From: Troll
Date: 17 Jan 01 - 12:01 PM

Kick the Can. All the cousins from 5 to 17, outside my grandfathers house in the dark. The yard was about two acres in size with lots of trees and bushes to hide behind "Bogging" in the marsh or exploring tidewater creeks in our row-boats.
Wish I could go back there but it's gone now.

troll


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Subject: RE: Knocky Door Ginger
From: MMario
Date: 17 Jan 01 - 11:55 AM

Kick the Can; Sardines; How deep is the mudhole?; Dare the Turtle; Shark!!!; Monopoly; MEGA-Monopoly (one board, cards from 4 sets);

we also spent a lot of time wandering around the salt marsh and the swamp next door. also playing tag in the ruins of the grist mill.


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Subject: RE: Knocky Door Ginger
From: GUEST,Bun
Date: 17 Jan 01 - 11:48 AM

Really got to go, but what you said....its like another world being a kid and totally involved in your game - nothing comes close. I too remember summers that lasted too long, with all the smells, ice cream, dust, lonf, long days - and parents had no worries about where you were and who you were with it so much more relaxed.
Sod it I really have to go - check this thread out in aboout 8 hours time.
Bun


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Subject: RE: Knocky Door Ginger
From: mousethief
Date: 17 Jan 01 - 11:46 AM

Knocking on the door and running away we referred to as "Ding Dong Ditchit."

In my neighborhood we played a LOT of board games, usually in Mikey Sipila's carport (or inside if his mom was home), or my garage. Our faves included Monopoly (of course!) and Life and Mille Bornes.

This was on rainy days (and we're talking Seattle here).

Other days we rode bikes a lot, played in the woods (I lived in a "lollipop" neighborhood that was surrounded on all 4 sides by woods, at least at first), played tag football or baseball or basketball in the street, and such.

Ah. Sweet childhood memories.

I envy children that carefree existence. Like Matt_R, for instance.

Alex


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Subject: RE: Knocky Door Ginger
From: catspaw49
Date: 17 Jan 01 - 11:39 AM

Lots of board games, lots of card games. Outside games of Tag and Hide and Seek. Just thinking on this one a moment brings back stunning flashbacks of being 8 years old in a small midwestern townat dusk. Summertime smells and huge old trees, a group of kids playing hid and seek.........I remember games covering a block, You knew to stay out of some yards, but most people didn't care. Old Man Rectanus and his wife hiding me on their porch and not telling on me.......Man its like yesterday. I don't know if it ever got better than that.......................

Spaw


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Subject: Knocky Door Ginger
From: GUEST,Bun
Date: 17 Jan 01 - 11:27 AM

As a child, this was a game I enjoyed, much to the annoyance of my neighbors (knock on a door and run away). In a way I am doing the same as I have a half day and have to leave now. But I wondered what games you used to play before things like TV etc took over
Bun


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