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Don Whitehead

My friend Graham and I followed a couple of American GI’s to try and cadge chewing gum off them. "Got any gum chum" was a well known opener and often resulted in a packet of Wrigley’s Spearmint. This time when the GI pulled out the chewing gum he dropped something on the floor and quick as anything I put my foot on it. We waited till they walked away and then I picked it up and found a small packet which contained a rolled up balloon. Delighted with my find I blew it up and discovered that I was the owner of the biggest balloon anyone had ever seen. It was longer than I was and almost as wide so I tied it on string and we walked home proudly showing off our balloon. I have to confess we drew some strange looks from the neighbours and other passers by and when we got home the family went mad they confiscated my prize "balloon" and rewarded me with a thick ear for my trouble. It was many years before I understood why.










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