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A Clockwork Orange  

Posted on June 18th, 2004. About WhatIsAMilkBar.

Milk Bars are referred to in ‘A Clockwork Orange’ by Anthony Burgess. For a quote-let; see
this link - thanks e beth.

Warning: link contains a bad word and has nothing whatsoever to do with ‘National Milk Bars’ which wouldn’t sell those things and wouldn’t have nasty people like that in them.

Milk Bar History  

Posted on June 7th, 2004. About InSearchOfMilk, WhatIsAMilkBar.

There’s a somewhat irrelevant description of Milk Bars at the freedictionary.com.
The claim to the first Milk bar being in Oz in 1934 seems a little unlikely, as the NMB logo in Welshpool says “Estab. 1933″.

But who are we to argue with the truth that is The Internet..

The Experience  1

Posted on June 3rd, 2004. About WhatIsAMilkBar.

So, what exactly is a National Milk Bar?

Well, to be honest, I don’t know yet (but this web site is going to be a record of my discoveries)

What I remember about them, however, is that they were:

- Quite large

- Always warm in the Winter

- Filled with tables and chairs (usually plastic chairs and Formica tables)

- Had a long counter with sticky buns, scones, pies, sandwiches, tea, coffee and, of course, MILK

- The Milk was in one of those chilled, clear plastic tubs with a rotating thing to keep it moving

- And there was always a wide selection of brightly coloured milk flavourings on optics behind the ‘bar’

- In a National Milk Bar were folks of all ages and from all walks of life

- And there was always a ‘lost cat’ board with local notices.

Always the centre of the local community, they’d be a perfect place to exchange gossip. Hence the perfect setting for a joke about gossip that relies on the (Northern) Welsh accent for 60% of the Humour.

Early Memories  1

Posted on June 3rd, 2004. About WhatIsAMilkBar.

So, as a child (2-9 yrs) I lived on the North Welsh coast (Rhos-on-sea and Colwyn Bay). This was the early-mid 70s and, in addition to me growing up, things were happening:

- The Welsh language folks were trying to get ‘Colwyn Bay’ known as ‘Bae Colwyn’. This seemed to be by the expedient measure of a can of red spray paint.

- The A55 was being proposed (and we went to the library(?) to see a model of what Colwyn Bay would be like with a big sunken road going through it.)

- I liked going up Bryn Euryn and climbing on the white OS post

- We visited the train station and saw the cool tunnel straight to the prom (sadly closed even then)

- We had ice cream from Fortes

- We had chocolates from Sandbach in Llandudno (also sadly now closed and part of a toy shop)

- We went to the National Milk Bars for coffee.

This site is dedicated to the memory of National Milk Bars, and, why, as a setting for a joke, there’s nothing quite like them.

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