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Remembering the sayings of Ely.

A FEW 'Kaaardiff ' ditties I remember from Ely are these: " 'Appy birthday to you, squashed tomatoes an' stew, bread an' butter in the gutter, 'appy birthday to you!" "Mind your own business, fry your own fish an' don't stick your dirty nose in my clean dish!" If an ambulance passed with bells ringing (no blue lights then) we'd say "Touch eye, touch nose, never go in one of those!" Any kid finding money must immediately shout "Finders, keepers, losers, weepers, no halves, no quarters" which meant no share-out.

If you could shout "Bags I half " before the finder shouted he was honour-bound to shell out. If you found a 10 shilling note it was a trip to the Regent Cinema and fish and chip supper.

David Prichard Rumney

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 19, 2016
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