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What is it about conkers...


Quickbeam
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that once you pick one up, you see a better one a few inches away, and before you know it, you have a veritable autumnal cornucopia:)

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Forum Editor

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What I used to love about conkers, when I was a boy, is the beautiful colour. I used to put oil on them to bring up the shine before I went off to do battle in the playground.

Happy days - fun didn't cost much then.

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bumpkin

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Can't todays children play virtual conkers on a PC rather than engaging in such a hazardous playground activity that many schools have banned it.

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chub_tor

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Conkers in the US are known as buckeyes and if you click here you can see one edible variety.

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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bumpkin click here

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Aitchbee

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We used to get our conkers [50 years ago] locally from a 'very special tree' which grew [ and might still be growing ] on the edge of the 'Blubell Woods' right next to - but about 20 ft below the main dual-carriageway which skirts the forest. It was relatively easy to take aim 'n' throw up small [to medium-sized] pieces of branch and other suitably fashioned 'boomerangs' ... (we always retreived the 'best conker dislodgers'), so's to dislodge some of the biggest conkers in view ... some of the lower, overhanging branches of the tree could be shaken by hand! Most of the other conkers which fell [naturally] to the forest floor, weeks later, could easily be found and retreived, as most of them rolled [or were blown by the wind] into the hollows which ran underneath, inside the forest.

As I still live nearby [5 minutes walk], I will check to see if there are any king-sized 'stonker conkers' currenty in view and might even venture down onto the forest-floor [again] which is now almost level with the road half-a-century on :o)

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Aitchbee

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... and I'm a-strugglin' for an appropriate 'conker song' ... [ off-the-top-of-my-head ], Quickbeam?

Very nice conker link, btw, Fruit Bat, managed to notch up over 6000 points ... well pleased ;o]

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