ALL OUR YESTERDAYS

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Munguin knows that many of you look forward to AOY, so he found some pics for you because he’s a decent sort of animal… Thanks again to John and Dave for their contributions.

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    1. LOL LOL LOL

      Better production values than the Rollers.

      I was once at a Record Fair in the Caird Hall and standing next to this couple who were desperately searching for Rollers records (vinyl). She shouted out something about having found one… and he yelled back at her “dunnae tell ab’dy wha wir efter”… like he thought that their interest might spark something of a rush on Bay City Rollers stuff… maybe doubling their value… to 10p an album!!!

      Give me Wet Wet Wet anyday…

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    2. Seems like another “Bay” city than the one in Michigan would have been a better musical inspiration of the period. πŸ˜‰
      I love this evocative song.

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        1. The campervan reminds me of my sisters’ bedroom in the sixties. All the dark wood furniture painted white with formica daisies randomly spattered over. Peace man.

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          1. Conan…..Gotta love that design!
            I heard the story of my great aunt and her family in Los Angeles, whose school age daughter ran away to the north in those years. So my aunt hopped the air shuttle to S.F. and quickly found herself among the throngs of flower children in Haight-Ashbury…..with no more than a picture and a name. Asked around, showed the picture, and found her daughter within the hour. Convinced her to return to school, and they were soon on their way back to the dreary suburban sprawl of L.A. πŸ™‚

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      1. I liked the Doric version, which began β€œIf ye’re gaun tae New Pitsligo, be shair tae wear some carrots in yer hair…….”. Have forgotten how it went after that…..

        Some recalcitrant scholars insist that it should be tumshies, nae carrots.

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  1. That medicine was highly addictive considering the ingredients that made that mixture. Many deaths were reported in the newspapers of people taking overdoses.

    The various soap-powder brand names of the 50’s and 60’s like Omo which were common place have all vanished.

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    1. Thanks, Marcia! Your remark about the Mixture provoked me into doing a spot of googling.

      I find it hard to believe, actually, that J Collis Browne’s Mixture is still available (apparently), as “Each 5ml contains: Morphine hydrochloride equivalent to 1.0mg anhydrous Morphine” – that’s from https://is.gd/KYkDCm, medicines.org.uk. Maybe it’s available, but why any doctor would prescribe it I cannot imagine. Me no understand.

      You can get Kaolin and Morphine Mixture too, or so it seems, though I haven’t seen it in years. It used to be a must-have on our family trips to the Continong – all that iffy water you get when Abroad, who knows how Johnny Foreigner can stand it: https://is.gd/Dva9XZ.

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      1. Look on the bright side, Ed. We’ll soon be able to take back control of our water when we are cast adrift and alone… I mean when we throw off the shackles of foreign interference in the Great British way of life.

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        1. I use borax meself. It bleaches by generating hydrogen peroxide, is antiseptic, kills fungi and mould, deodorizes – good in hard water too, though there is almost nowhere in Scotland that’s got hard water.

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        1. I have to say I’m not a great fan of this genre masel… Killing Floor is the first and best I think. The series? Pitcher to the well.

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            1. Just my opinion, but I’m not a big fan of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher books, which are heavily derivative of John D MacDonald’s Travis McGee novels.

              I have two main issues with the Lee Child books. Firstly, Reacher is too much of a superman and nothing seems to change from book to book. McGee however, over the course of 21 books from 1964 to 1984, visibly ages and becomes more world weary and the series as a whole becomes darker in tone as it progresses.

              Secondly, John D MacDonald was an old school author who developed his writing skills in the pulp magazines and paperback originals of 1950/60 America and I think that he’s simply a better writer than Lee Child. Also, he was writing in an era when books didn’t have to be padded out to 450-500 pages and so his books are half the length of Lee Child’s and probably better for it.

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              1. Thanks, Gordon. I’m not sure if I’d like Reacher, and, in any case, my Kindle is stacked full at the moment, I just keep seeing his books and wondered what people though, and maybe give them a go.

                I’ll keep an eye out for John MacDonald. Thanks.

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  2. Yay! Pic 7 is Glasgow Road, Clydebank, becoming Dumbarton Road as it passes the junction with Kilbowie Road on the right. The Clydebank Bar (of fond memory) is on the right. The tower with the clock is the Town Hall. A bit further on the right, before the railway bridge, was Weddell’s Garage. In the background are the snow-covered Kilpatrick Hills. Going by the cars, buses and demolitions, I’d say late 1970s – early 1980s. Of course, I don’t really know Clydebank all that well πŸ™‚
    Pic 8 is of Glasgow Cathedral and to its left the Royal Infirmary seen from the lower slopes of the Western Necropolis. Hard to say when but certainly before the redevelopment of the Townhead (Toonheid) area, so probably early 20th century.
    Not sure of the next pic but it could be Dalmarnock Bus Garage.

    Dusty Springfield – it’s all been said. One of the very best.

    Many thanks to Munguin for AOY – it’s much appreciated.

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    1. Yes, I thought it was time we tried places other than Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee.

      So we’ll be looking at smaller places in the future. Much harder of course, but hopefully fun.

      The buses are in a vehicle museum on the Isle of Man (a country that ISN’T too poor to wee or too stupid).

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      1. Having taken my son there last year, I was going to say with complete confidence that pic 9 was the London Transport Museum Depot at Willesden, although I didn’t remember Willesden having the Police Car or the Easyrider Dennis Dart.

        Which is because it doesn’t! My rather more sharp-eyed son pointed out that if I actually bothered to read the destination board on the Easyrider bus it said “Jurby Transport Museum” which, as you say, turns out to be on the Isle of Man – – –

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    2. I think, looking back, that there were 5 main 60s girl singers:

      Lulu, who was Scottish, had a fantastic strong voice, but who messed up her accent something shocking and sometimes chose really poor material; Cilla Black who couldn’t much sing but was cool becasue she was from Liverpool and knew the Beatles; Sandi Shaw, who couldn’t sing at all, but had long legs and looked good in a mini-skirt and the two with REAL talent.

      Dusty Springfield who could sing anything form jazz to rock and could hammer out a bloody good ballad too and Petula Clark, who at 85, can still sing anything you put in front of her and make it sound like she was born to sing that style.

      It was sad that after the 60s were done, Dusty didn’t take the same route as Petula. She certainly had the versatility and the talent. But somehow she felt that her future was going to be summer seasons at Blackpool and Christmas pantomime, and she couldn’t face that.

      Petula many times said that she wished they had had time to record a duet together.

      A few years ago Dusty’s management found a half finished tape of her singing “Corner of the Sky”. They contacted Pet and suggested that she work on the song with the Dusty orchestration, and vocals.

      She did and they released it on an album.

      Pet said it was a hugely emotional thing singing with her idol long after her death.

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      1. Must disagree. Lulu was a schoolgirl when she was thrust upon us, the money was the thing. Then Bowie got a hold of her…

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      2. When Dusty started out with the Springfields, they had a very C&W sound with a quasi -American twang but like Lulu’s Luvvers, the boys got the heave when the A&R men homed in on the marketable talent.

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        1. Thanks Jake. Bigger and sharper elevation changes around Glasgow than I realized.
          It was interesting some years ago to learn how William Thomson got the name Lord Kelvin, and the world got a temperature scale. πŸ™‚

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      1. Danny, I spent many happy days as a youngster roaming in the Kilpatrick Hills and even now as an oldster I make the occasional foray into them. They’re not very high, just over 1,000 feet, but they afford some wonderful views. You can look down the Clyde to where it broadens out into its estuary, known as “The Tail o’ the Bank”, with its backdrop of the mountains of Argyll. In the other direction you can look upriver, past the Erskine Bridge, over the entire city of Glasgow and much of Central Scotland beyond. A bit further up on the moorland you are rewarded with a stunning panorama of Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond and many peaks of the Southern Highlands and much closer rise the Campsie Fells another fine wee range of hills. And all of this just a few miles from the centre of Glasgow.

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        1. Andi…..Sounds wonderful! Great to have such a diversity of terrain so easily accessible from the city. The elevation map clearly showed the 1,000 ft hills near the city. I assumed that they must provide beautiful views of the river and surrounding territory.

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    3. Glasgow was the only mediaeval Scottish cathedral to survive intact on the mainland (the only other survivor being Kirkwall). The others fell victim either to deliberate destruction, or to neglect usually leading to the collapse of the central tower, the weak spot of Scottish (and English) mediaeval churches.

      Unfortunately, now rather overwhelmed visually by large surrounding buildings, unlike Kirkwall.

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        1. Tris…..Magnificent building! Great to see what 12th century Romanesque architecture really looked like. I like the fact that it looks its age, in spite of the remodeling and reconstruction that always occurs over the centuries.

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    1. Ricky, wonderful stuff – thanks. I recognised every location in the films and the voices of the inimitable Eddie Reader and Billy Connolly really enhance the films. I was only a kid back when the trams & trolleybuses were running but I remember them well and that smoke-blackened city which, for all its faults, will always remain the “Dear Green Place”.

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  3. My enduring memory of Glasgow from those days was the smell created by the pantographs as they rubbed and sparked along the overhead electric wires, especially on a wet day.
    These days it’s just the diesel.

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  4. I do like those Alfas. Looks like a P3 with mudguards and lights; not sure of its model number. The radiator cap’s presumably on a Vauxhall, given what it is?
    Regarding medieval cathedrals, I have a book called Universe Of Stone which is about them and the architecture and engineering of them. It mostly deals with the one at Chartres.

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