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Memba dis – Remember This in Jamaica

Let your mind take you back to those days ..

At primary school:

  • an icy mint was 1 cent
  • a fudge was 5 cents
  • free vegetable patties
  • free cows milk, cherry milk
  • free uniform material

Walking through the Malls in Constant Spring at Christmas, lighting sparkles.
The song “Arlene a musi dream yu deh dream”
Far less crime and poverty
Ring Ding when it was in black and white, or Colgate Cavity Fighters club.
Sunday Matinee in black and white.
Running between the roller-coaster, tilt-a-whirl, scrambler and bumper cars at Coconut park.
J.O.S. buses.
Paper fifty cents.
Hello, my name is Tamara Dobson.. even though you may know me as Cleopatra Jones.”
The radio soap opera “Dulcemina”. CeeBert.
Toppsi and Epiphany night clubs.
A.P.I. TV programming, shortly followed by JAMAL- Into the Light.
When splinter was called grass bottle and mirror was looking glass.
When travelling after SIX the only thing to be afraid of was DUPPY.
When people went to parties to dance with each other and not to cut pose.
When school children looked like scholars.
The Fortunes of Floralee” radio soap opera.
Please ah beggin u sumting for my two children dem mam” ….JUDY!!? … JUDY SMITH, the maths brains from Primary school who used to help me?!”
Schools Challenge Quiz with Dennis Hall, or Dennis Hall for that matter.
Fun-For-All video game house.
Ina Pine’s weather forecasts: Kingston, 85 degrees and sunny; Montego Bay, 85 degrees and sunny, Negril 85 degrees; Port Antonio, 85 degrees and sunny; Spanish Town, 85 degrees and sunny; Mandeville, 70 degrees and partly cloudy”.
The New Market floods.
Shouting repeatedly at the tuck-shop: “One patty an’ coco-bread an’ a box juice an’ a drops!”, until you were acknowledged.
Buying paradise plum, icy mint, sky juice, suck-suck or busta through the fence.
Black Heart man stories.
Anansi and Bredda Rabbit stories.
The Back Tax Axe TV commercials.
Lawd, Ah confused”….”Ello, Carltons..”
Shelly-Ann Jeans: No one can, like Shelly-Ann.
When “Roaches” were the shoe fashion; and “Napoleon” was the hair-style of choice for guys (who could grow enough hair);
Big League Football” on Sunday afternoons.
Peter Red and Peter Blue
The revolving Craven ‘A’ box at Tom Redcam
Avenue and Old Hope Road
The Kentucky ‘turtle’ building in Cross Roads
Getting up Harry? Yes ma,……. Laaad a feel peckish!!!
when “T” shirt was called ganzee and soda “airated wata”
Maskita one, maskita two, maskita jump inna hot callaloo
In the middle of a fight ” HOT PATTY ,HOT PATTY box it nuh if yu brave”
I’m a Horlicks kid, soon I’ll be Horlicks big…”
Pass the dutchie pan di lef’ han’ side…
King Kong kisko pops and cherry milk
“Spider man, spider man, does whatever a spider can”
“Love is all I bring, inna mi khaki suit an ting”- Uptown Top
The Good Old Days!!!!!

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