71 thoughts on “ALL OUR YESTERDAYS”

  1. Well, 2, 5 and 9 are Dundee, Dunfermline and- I think – Thurso. Dundee not long after the Bridge went in, which was in the mid-’60s. The appalling white example of civic brutalism is the late and unlamented Tayside House, which was one of those buildings that looked better as a pile of rubble after they tore it down than it ever did in life. There’s one of Dick van Dyke, and the last one is, of course, the late and unlamented Margaret Hilda Thatcher. “1001 cleans a big, big carpet, for less than half a crown.”

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    1. Ed, as soon as I saw the 1001 ad, the jingle you quote popped into my head. Back then most of the TV ads seemed to come with a jingle. Remember? -” Murray Mints, Murray Mints, the too good to hurry mints – A million housewives every day, Pick up a tin of beans and say, BEANZ MEANZ HEINZ – The Esso sign means happy motoring – I’m going well, I’m going Shell” (sung by Bing Crosby). And a host of others. It’s amazing how they still stay in one’s mind. Mind you there was only one commercial channel back then and TV ads were a novelty, particularly to kids. I must be going, this nostalgia is a thing of the past: there’s no future in it. Departs, mumbling, “The Milky Bar Kid is tough and strong. the Milky Bar Kid just can’t go wrong…” Fade out.

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  2. No 1 is an auld lorry – early Albion/Argyll – 1910s-20s? It’s not an auld photie though as the background building is a lot younger than the lorry. Pic 3 is Dick van Dyke. No4 a Ford Zodiac, the original “Z” car, with a lovely Jaguar E-Type to its left. Pic 6, I think, is Led Zeppelin and No 8 is Donovan (Leitch), originally from Glesca. No 11, LtoR, Joe Brown (or Brahn), Susan Maughan, who wanted to be Bobby’s Girl, and Marty Wilde, a big star back in the day and Daddy of Kim Wilde, a big star in her day.

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    1. Marty Wilde was one of Larry Parnes’s stable, all of whom had dramatic stage names – Duffy Power and Billy Fury alongside Wilde. Often thought that the old lower league striker Joe Savage sounded as if he was the missing

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          1. He wasn’t bad he was terrible. Flat, forgetting the words? and I seem to remember doing a different song from the one the band were playing. Tnhe young lady I was with threw out all his records after that.

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  3. Actually,all you need to do is change a couple of words in that song and you have May’s Brexit requiem.

    There’s a feeling I get
    When I look to the east
    And my spirit is crying for leaving
    In my thoughts I have seen
    Rings of smoke through the trees
    And the voices of those who standing looking

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      1. Same car body , the Zodiac was top of the range, V6.
        The Lorry isn’t correctly identified.
        The clue is the badge on the radiator, it’s a Caledon, pre war 1, made in Glesca.

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      1. There’s a thing, I always thought Z Cars was so named because of the make of car.
        It’s strange how much shite your big brother tells you sticks…

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        1. And they vote in strange orange people to lead them. Our leaders are hereditary, who are descended from Orange people – a much simpler system

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        1. I read those two links you gave us below, Danny – interesting – I’d just add that “lootenant” in the spelling “lieutenant” makes perfect sense – in French. “Velour” is from French too; the word is “velours”, which despite the final -s is not plural, meaning velvet. The way I see it is that “velour” in English is upholstery-grade velvet, like Scarlett O’Hara’s curtains (drapes).

          There used to be a velvet upholstery fabric that went by the name of Dralon®, and my vast erudition and unparalleled googling skills tell me that this was made of acrylic fibre. This provoked some echoes in the capacious old mental cellarage, and led me to this Wikipedia article – https://is.gd/2qCRE8 – and the topic of pollution by fabrics of that kind; it’s a very significant part of the general microplastic pollution problem – see “concerns” in the Wiki article – as highlighted in this article from the Guardian – https://is.gd/YbmJQl – to which the Wiki article refers.

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          1. Slightly relevant trivia; “velcro” is formed from the words “velour” and “crochet”, the hook (crochet) catches a loop of the fabric (velour). As you were…

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            1. Yup. “Crochet” is also that kind of knitting that you uses an ook for, and is pronounced as in French; in French it is not just an ook but also a square bracket (typography); and pronounced how it looks in English when written “crotchet” it means what Americans call a quarter note (music).

              Never to be confused with “croquet”, as in Davy Crockett.

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          2. Ed……It always seemed odd that the English look at the unambiguously spelled word LOOTENANT, and
            proceed to pronounce it LEFTtenant.

            I had no idea that my plastic clothing fibers were despoiling the environment. Surely there must also be some environmental problems with cotton and wool…….and then where will we be? 😉

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            1. Cotton and wool … if we didn’t have them, we’d have to go back to wearing animal furs … oh wait a minute…

              Environmental problems with cotton – there are rather a lot of environmental problems associated with that, e.g., https://is.gd/SOEZK2, https://is.gd/PjIeHm on the Aral Sea. A snippet from the latter: “… the receding sea has created a major public health hazard, leaving huge plains that were once isolated and used for biological weapons testing, industrial projects, and dumping grounds for pesticides and fertilizer (among other purposes) exposed to the air and the wind. Vozrozhdeniye Island, an island in the middle of the Aral Sea, was a Soviet biological weapons testing site for almost 40 years.”

              I’ve seen anthrax mentioned in that connection – I wonder if it was the stuff they used to produce in Sverdlovsk (here’s an article about the 1979 accidental release of the stuff – which I knew about from my Russian dissident friends almost immediately afterwards, but did not realize at the time just how far it was from being public knowledge: https://is.gd/o7j2Ur .)

              That vozrozhdeniye (возрождение) is Russian for rebirth, renewal, revival, renaissance and so on I take to be an example of the sick Soviet sense of humour.

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        1. It Icelandic it’s just ‘ál’ (as in you can call me ál, or as in it chemical shorthand). Although in French and German it is aluminium and Aluminium respectively (Germans put capitals at all nouns.

          Danish, Norwegian and Swedish all call it aluminium, not having the abundance of upper cases letters that the Germans appear to have.

          Finns call it alumiini (they just have to have a double letter somewhere in a word) and Spanish has it as aluminio.

          Irish has it as alúmanam and Welsh as alwminiwm. Well, they would, wouldn’t they?

          Gaelic is, sadly, the same as English.

          What is the origin of the name aluminum?
          Davy originally called it alumium (1808), then amended this to aluminum , which remains the U.S. word, but British editors in 1812 further amended it to aluminium , the modern preferred British form, to better harmonize with other metallic element names ( sodium , potassium , etc.).

          So, it was aluminum before it was aluminium.

          Munguin says!

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      1. Tris……Conan……It’s one thing to spell with unnecessary letters, but my view is that inserting an extra SYLLABLE into the name of the chemical element “Aluminum” is beyond the pale. 😉

        It seems that we mostly have Noah Webster to thank for rescuing post-revolutionary American English from the spelling conventions of the British ruling class.
        As for the confusion with “Aluminum,” that involved the great chemical element finder and namer Sir Humphry Davy AND Noah Webster.



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          1. Conan…….I wasn’t aware of the U and non-U English usage issue. That’s very interesting!

            Made me think of pronunciation, and an American non-vernacular style of posh-sounding speech called the “Mid-Atlantic accent” that came out of upper-class northeastern boarding schools, and found its way into movies and media. Also in the affected (posh, faintly upper-crust British sounding) speech of William F. Buckley, Gore Vidol, George Plimpton, Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, and Jacqueline Kennedy.


            An example of Buckley’s famous (and phony) Mid-Atlantic speech, and a couple of articles in the Atlantic……”The Rise and Fall of Katherine Hepburn’s Fake Accent,” and “That Weirdo Announcer-Voice Accent: Where It Came From and Why It Went Away.”



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  4. My uncle had a 2.5L Zephyr 6 (Mk3 I guess) in the 60s/early 70s which he bought with a legacy. He got rid of it when the OPEC fuel crisis hit, so maybe early 1974.

    My mum used to say he had a choice between buying a house or the car. He chose the car & they spent the rest of their lives in a council house in Glenrothes. Area went to hell in a handbasket in the 1980s and never improved again 😦

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    1. I was made redundant in the eighties, and got quite a reasonable sum. I suggested buying the family home (Scottish Special Housing) with the payoff. My stepfather wouldn’t countenance it.
      I can respect that.
      He also didn’t believe in Independence being a good international socialist.
      The house is on the market now for fifteen times it’s worth then.

      I got a good motorbike out of it though. Which is now spare parts in a dealer somewhere.

      C’est la vie.

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      1. Ex-corporation houses in Glasgow were going for about £3000 in the mid 60s – virtually impossible to get a mortgage back then. By the late 70s the housing boom/bust cycles were just starting.

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