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*clip-clop, clip-clop*

So I'm sitting at home in my study, working away at a lecture for Monday, when from the street outside I hear a distinct *clip-clop, clip-clop*. "Er, that's a horse, isn't it?" I think. "A horse is going by". That in itself is surprising enough to make me dash to my bedroom window (which has the best view out over the street), and peer out, expecting to see police horses in training or maybe a particularly foolish leisure rider.

But no. The sight that in fact greeted my eyes was a lovely light-coloured shaggy-footed cart-horse, pulling what was quite clearly a traditional rag & bone man's cart, loaded up with old unwanted domestic appliances. (And a rag and bone man, natch).

To which I can only say - *boggle*. A rag and bone van used to patrol my parents' neighbourhood in Birmingham back in the '80s. But I literally don't think I've ever seen an actual rag and bone cart in my entire life, anywhere.

Wish I'd had me camera.

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miss_next
Nov. 2nd, 2007 11:26 am (UTC)
I have - in Dublin. But then, you'd somehow expect to see one in Dublin!
strange_complex
Nov. 2nd, 2007 11:37 am (UTC)
Even Dublin is a bit surprising. Was this recently?
miss_next
Nov. 2nd, 2007 12:12 pm (UTC)
Ummm... let me think, now... January 2004, I believe. But I'm hopeless at remembering exact dates.
rich_r
Nov. 2nd, 2007 12:15 pm (UTC)
I saw one in Dublin just two weeks ago. Trundling very slowly down Drury Street, near the covered market with the gothy shop.

Old chap with a small dog perched on the front, with a pile of bits of wood and metal on the back.
miss_next
Nov. 2nd, 2007 12:28 pm (UTC)
That sounds very much like the same one!
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strange_complex
Nov. 2nd, 2007 11:40 am (UTC)
No way! Well, maybe it is, then. As you say, the current interest in being Green is certainly ripe for it.
big_daz
Nov. 2nd, 2007 11:42 am (UTC)
We still have a rag man in Wortley, although he doesn't do his rounds as often as he used to. He leaves his horse to graze down by the flats sometimes- I suppose it saves the council having to go and mow it
strange_complex
Nov. 2nd, 2007 11:46 am (UTC)
Well, judging by the comments here, they're clearly more common than I thought. And, continuing the thread above with primitivepeople, letting the horse help out with the mowing is even greener!
a_d_medievalist
Nov. 2nd, 2007 11:54 am (UTC)
When I lived in Germany, it wasn't all that uncommon, although the potato man usually used a tractor to pull his cart. And I lived in a fairly large city -- about 250,000 people.
strange_complex
Nov. 2nd, 2007 12:04 pm (UTC)
Well, I've seen carts used by various tradespeople in rural areas before, e.g. Wales. But it's just the specific thing of a rag and bone cart that's surprising me here - and especially in a big city like Leeds.
mr_tom
Nov. 2nd, 2007 12:20 pm (UTC)
The North/South divide there, marvellous.
strange_complex
Nov. 2nd, 2007 12:40 pm (UTC)
No, but we are super-modern and prosperous here, honest! The wheels on the cart were round!
poliphilo
Nov. 2nd, 2007 12:29 pm (UTC)
We used to have a rag and bone man come down our street- in Croydon- in the 50s. He had a distinctive cry- "Raganbohn!" I haven't seen one for many years and was thinking they'd had gone extinct
strange_complex
Nov. 2nd, 2007 12:43 pm (UTC)
was thinking they'd had gone extinct

Indeed! In fact, I hadn't even been thinking about them at all - it was more a case of seeing the thing, and thinking "Wait - those still exist?"
gillywoo
Nov. 2nd, 2007 12:57 pm (UTC)
He used to come round all the time when I lived in LS4 and LS6. He was especially prevelant around student moving time.

Glad to hear he's still around.
strange_complex
Nov. 2nd, 2007 01:35 pm (UTC)
Ooh, yes, I can see him doing a good trade at that time of year.

He was a plumpish balding guy with greying hair and quite a round face, wearing a khaki body-warmer, and his horse was mainly pale beige but with a few brownish spots - sound like the same guy?
gillywoo
Nov. 2nd, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
certainly does!
lostlorelei
Nov. 2nd, 2007 01:17 pm (UTC)
Aww, how odd! Maybe he's a strange time travelling rag and bone man, have to admit I've never seen one!
strange_complex
Nov. 2nd, 2007 01:36 pm (UTC)
Hehe - like Doctor Who, except with a horse instead of a TARDIS! ;-)
lostlorelei
Nov. 2nd, 2007 04:12 pm (UTC)
Hmm, now I'm picturing dr who but with the "steptoe & son" theme-tune, not a good crossover (esp if I throw slash into the mix, nooooooooooo *brain cleanse* :P)
purple_peril
Nov. 3rd, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
When I was a girl we had a rag and bone man come round regularly. I don't remember a horse, but there was a cart so I guess there must have been one.
strange_complex
Nov. 3rd, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
Unless it was pulled by a thestral, maybe? ;-)
hollyione
Nov. 5th, 2007 11:58 am (UTC)
that rag and bone man
I remember that rag and bone man! Didn't we once watch him going past 233 Moor Green Lane??? (house we lived in prior to 1984) when you were round at mine :)
strange_complex
Nov. 5th, 2007 12:47 pm (UTC)
Re: that rag and bone man
Gosh, I don't know - it's certainly plausible, though! I still look at that house when we're driving over to your parents' current one, and think of it as 'Amy's old house'.

BTW, it looks like we will be having a party this Christmas, probably on the 23rd December. More details as they are confirmed!
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