Very nicely encapsulated Dennis - I take it you had first hand experience, certainly reads that way- this would be great set up as a video clip and recited over a photo montage to show the devastation to a generation that weren't even born then. Good work IMO and I especially liked Stumps and Floorboards - make do and mend. Recycling at its best.
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