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SilverSurfer 12:02 Sat Jan 24
East End Superstitions
Never pick up cutlery that you have dropped.
Giving pearls, even mother of pearl is bad luck as it is tears./
No new shoes on a table.......................

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Russ of the BML 1:44 Wed Feb 4
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My nan and grandad always referred to 35 minutes in time context as '5 and 20 to'.

Bostick Pockets 12:02 Wed Feb 4
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It's unlucky to open an Umbrella indoors.

Blowing up an empty paper bag, (or crisp bag) and popping it puts someone out of work.

Always a spoon and fork for Pie & Mash... Never a knife.

Eddie B 11:20 Wed Feb 4
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Yep. Not half as bad as my mate who, whenever HE sees a magpie, salutes and says under his breath "Hello, Mr Magpie, how are you today?".

Buster 11:18 Wed Feb 4
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You always salute a magpie in public? I bet you look like a right cunt.

Eddie B 11:10 Wed Feb 4
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When ever I see one magpie I salute. Not when i see two or more though.

gph 3:10 Wed Feb 4
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Austism appears to rule out an INSTINCTIVE theory of [other peoples'] mind.[s] High-functioning autistics, aka sufferers of Asperger's syndrome, are quite capable of having a theoretical theory of mind.

Of course, in some situations that's as useful as being able to calculate the trajectory of a ball from Newton's laws is in a game of football.

"I couldn't meet your cross as I dropped my calculator"

SilverSurfer 2:58 Wed Feb 4
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JohnnyL

fucking mug.

JohnnyL 11:50 Sun Jan 25
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Very stupid thread if badged 'East End' ... Might as well just say 'old'

oioi 9:29 Sun Jan 25
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Joke Whole 4:03 Sat Jan 24

Our local chip shop definitely wrapped their fish & chips in used newspaper, me & my mates used to supply it. We'd go round the council flats bin sheds, retrieve all the newspapers that would be piled up next to the bins, take them to our local chip shop and swap them for a bag of chips. Happy days.

Joke Whole 6:45 Sun Jan 25
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Stupid?

Believing everybody else knows what you know is stupid.

Scientists call it Autistic, but we all know it's really just stoopid, innit, bluud?

JohnnyL 12:49 Sun Jan 25
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As said ... Why the fascination with East End ... These are English not even London ..... Just because your great grandmother did something in Hackney years ago doesn't mean it didn't happen elsewhere..... Stupid thread

stomper 12:45 Sun Jan 25
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These are about as 'East End' as yorkshire pud or Stottie cakes.
Fairly certain the 'salt over the shoulder' thing goes back to the Saxon worship of Freyr

The Joker 9:32 Sat Jan 24
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Billy Blagg 12:42 Sat Jan 24
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The magpie thing is supposed to be very bad luck if you only see one:

One for sorrow,
Two for joy,
Three for a girl,
Four for a boy,
Five for silver,
Six for gold,
Seven for a story never to be told.

All bollocks of course!

WHOicidal Maniac 7:54 Sat Jan 24
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Shoes, new or otherwise, on the table was nothing to do with hygiene and everything to do with Death.

It was a common practice when bringing home the dead before the funerals to lay the body out on the kitchen table, fully suited and booted...

...hence no shoes on the table as it signified that someone would die..

Joke Whole 4:03 Sat Jan 24
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Fish & Chips were not wrapped in used newspaper though, were they? It was all returns & over-production.

At worse the outer copies of a given bundle had soaked-in warehouse rats' piss, but other than that, clean as a whistle.

Got to admit no clue on the NEW shoes angle though.

flyingV 3:46 Sat Jan 24
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"Lend us your hat, we're having soup" is a favourite of my Mums...

Rise Park family 3:42 Sat Jan 24
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Maybe sayings not superstitions....what did your nan and granddad used to say!

My old nan, bless her cottons, was a proper old trooper.....

'Fuck me blue''
''Pick us that one for a broach'' (when we rummaged in our noses!)
''You cow son''
''Blind old pole''...pronounced 'blinolepole''

Happy days

gph 3:40 Sat Jan 24
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NEW shoes were probably more hygienic than newspapers - and fish and chips were wrapped in those. I can definitely remember a time when they didn't even use an inner wrap of plain paper.

flyingV 3:37 Sat Jan 24
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gph 3:23 Sat Jan 24
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Weirdly, we almost did the opposite in the 60s (?)

Sure I remember reading in Charles Korr's book that the board considered changing our colours to green and white.

flyingV 3:35 Sat Jan 24
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It's specifically "new" shoes on the table, though.

Best not to look for any rationality in superstition I reckon.

Never heard of that cutlery one though. Good job otherwise I'd have a floor full of knives and forks.

Joke Whole 3:25 Sat Jan 24
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"No shoes on the table" may simply be down to good hygiene - back in the day, people used to wade about in all sorts of shit lying in the street.

That sort of item didn't generally hold a status as a flavour enhancer - may be different in today's East End.

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