A Load of Rubbish and Other Stuff...
Posted by John K on April 27, 2020, 4:37 pm
Now That I’m Older, I’ve discovered.... |
1. I started out with nothing and I’ve still got it.
2. My wild oats are mostly enjoyed with prunes and All-Bran.
3. Funny, I don’t remember being absent-minded.
4. Funny, I don’t remember being absent-minded.
5. If all is not lost, then where the hell is it?
6. It’s hard to make a comeback when you haven’t been
7. If God wanted me to touch my toes, he’d have put them on
8. It’s not hard to meet expenses, they’re everywhere.
9. I’d much rather be an old has been, than a never was.
Wey aa’ll stand tappin’ That is a surprise!
Huw’s it hingin’? How is life treating you?
Aadivvenwannee. I’d rather not.
Yedivvenheftee. You don’t have to.
Isyeeganin? Are you going?
Isyeeganaganwiwu? Are you coming with us?
S’narfsnaan. It is snowing heavily.
Givin’ it six nowt. Putting in maximum effort.
Interesting Local History
RINGTONS TEA—How It Started…
Samuel Smith came to Newcastle from Leeds in 1907, having worked as an errand boy for a Leeds based tea merchant. He soon realised his selling potential and headed north to set up his own tea business along with a partner named William Titterington, and it is in the ‘Rington’ part of his name coupled with the ‘S’ from the Smith family name that gave them the title of their new company. Samuel invested £250 into his new venture and bought a horse, van, utensils and a stock of tea and set about building the foundations of his business. A year later two horses were in operation and Sam Smith had four loyal assistants to help cope with what was a rapidly expanding enterprise. By 1914 when war was declared, Sam had built up a good reputation for good quality products at the right price, he now had 11 vans and 17 sales staff, however, the war call-up took 15 of his staff away for national service. Sam promised to keep their jobs open for when they returned. The introduction of rationing and conditional sales laws led to even more disruption as Sam Smith was reduced to selling everything from dried eggs and tinned milk, to canned meat and fish just to keep the business alive. When the war finally ended Sam was left with only 3 vans on the road and the business on the verge of collapse, however, he kept his promise and re-employed the 12 staff members who had survived the war.
This strong sense of loyalty ran right through the company and together they turned the business around as people flocked to buy the quality tea that they had been denied for years. A purpose built, six-storey Head Office building was opened in Byker in 1926 and then, in 1935, Sam built a large blending and packing factory in Leeds, on the site of the very cottage where he had been born. The introduction of Extra Fresh, vacuum packed tea in 1990 was another Ringtons milestone, as once again the quality of tea being produced reached another level. Unfortunately, Samuel Smith was not around to see these historic changes as, having seen the business survive another World War (during which his fleet of 200 vans were forced off the road by government legislation) he died on 12th August 1949 aged 77.