25 thoughts on “ALL OUR YESTERDAYS”

      1. Indeed! I lived in Aberdeen in the Seventies and early Eighties and, from 1978 until 1983, my work required me to travel frequently to Edinburgh (once a week for the first three years). So I was there when the HSTs (rebranded as Inter-City 125s) were originally introduced to Scottish services as the brand new shape of the future.

        But maybe I just imagined it all because, 40 years later, here’s ScotRail Alliance Managing Director Alex Hynes saying that ” The arrival of the first HST in Aberdeen is an exciting milestone in our plan to build the best railway Scotland has ever had” – – –

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  1. Ruby Murray ?

    Max Bygraves. – saw him at the Glasgow Kings in one of the last Five Past Eight shows. He made much of having his son on drums in the band, telling the audience that he could have sent him to Eton but….one might say the audience response was muted.

    He then asked for requests, whereupon a guttural Glasgow voice in the gods demanded “The Educating Archie Song”. Mr Bygraves (plausibly) professed inability to understand the call so others tried to help – but it became clear that Mr Bygraves’s star billing precluded a reminder of his early days as straight man to a ventriloquist’s dummy (Archie Andrews). In the end, almost the whole audience was shouting it at him. And no, he didn’t do it.

    Take it this picture is related to his hit song (You Need) Hands. Bernard Bresslaw did a spoof version, which I much preferred.

    Finally, prefer Class 43’s to most later trains and since the Aberdeen line is not to be electrified, probably the best option to give more space than Turbostars.

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  2. Somewhere I’ve seen clips of the Robin Hood TV series. Richard Greene was a great Robin Hood.

    The first film I saw Greene in was “Hound of the Baskervilles” from 1939, in which he played Sir Henry Baskerville and had top billing over Basil Rathbone. Although Rathbone and Nigel Bruce went on to make 14 Sherlock Holmes movies, the first one with Greene was the best. His Hollywood career spanned the years 1938 to 1953.

    BTW, I think that Basil Rathbone was the greatest Sherlock Holmes. The critics fawned over Jeremy Brett, and claim that he was truer to the character created by Conan Doyle. If so, then Conan Doyle got it wrong. Basil Rathbone is the ONLY Sherlock Holmes IMHO.

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  3. I was intrigued by the first pic. I was sure it was a Ford Model T but the driver, passenger and background folks are dressed in a later style (1940s-50s?) than when the car would have been around, so I guess it was taking part in a run or some other event. I then noticed that the reg. no. begins S1. I believe this is the Model T (S1871) that was driven to the top of Ben Nevis and back down again in 1911 by Henry Alexander Jr. There’s a full-size bronze statue of car and driver in Fort William.

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  4. Yes taken in Edinburgh to celebrate the event.
    The car is the same car reg that did the event but had been stripped down and a low ratio rear axle ratio fitted.
    The driver in the picture is George Simpson who did the same thing in an Austin Seven Chummy in 1928.He holds the record for the fastest round trip still to be broken. Same trick of using a van rear axle ratio to get it to climb.
    Think the picture may have been the silver anniversay but as you say it looks more like the 60’s
    George was an Edinburgh man.

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  5. OT but I see Trump wasn’t paying attention to where he was…again.

    What a complete sponge.


  6. Pic No 10 – I’ve used all my not inconsiderable deductive powers, ranged wide across the internet, but I’m going to go with what’s printed on the postcard and make a wild guess that it’s High Street, Dingwall. By the way, the guy on the delivery bike is Sammy MacDoolie who disappeared without trace immediately after this photo was taken and is believed by some to have been abducted by aliens from the planet MnnGrHHttewaq, just outside Alpha Centootie.

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    1. And there was me hoping I could fool ya…

      I regret to point out that Sammy’s second name was spelled with a Y not IE, so unfortunately, you miss out on the round the world cruise that Munguin was offering.

      Better luck next week.



  7. No one going to wax eloquent about the A Team ? My son, at about age 8-10,watched it every Saturday. I suppose George Peppard needed the money, and as it’s still being repeated on some obscure Freeview channel, the surviving cast and writers may still be making something out of it.

    The only thing I remember (apart from the bit each week when the team had to show great technological improvisation to escape etc) was an episode when Peppard’s character pretended to be an Irishman in order to infiltrate the baddies. In the process, he easily outclassed Sean Connery (Untouchables) for the title of worst Irish accent ever.

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