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The Rat in the Python #Fifties #Memoirs #Humour #FridayReads #WeekendReads

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Some of you may remember Trish’s  dip into the past. Trish is one of my many talented students that I’m privileged to tutor each week.  And I'll let you into a secret about her later in this post. I hope you'll enjoy this as much as I did when I first read it. For some of you it’s a small history lesson, for others, a memory. I'm still not saying which group I belong to!!

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The Bathroom





To us rats in the python it comes as little surprise that a Ministry of Works survey produced in March 1950 found that “only 46 per cent of households had bathrooms. Eight per cent shared one, 31 per cent had a portable bath, and 12 per cent had no bath.”
The proportion of homes without an indoor toilet was higher. We were blessed with both and I write from that perspective. However, I’m also familiar with the trudge down the path in the dark with a torch to a spidery outdoor loo and I can only imagine what it must have been like for someone with an upset s…