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With thanks to Dave.

50 thoughts on “ALL OUR YESTERDAYS”

    1. Ah the Clelland! When you say demolished in the 1970s. There I was sitting in the living room in 1979 when I heard this almighty explosion in the distance. The Clelland had been bombed – by the UDA. 15 charged.

      I might not have lead such an exciting life as you lot but the odd thing is in the memory banks.

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      1. oops UDF. But this is why Ruthless Davidson’s ulsterising Scottish politics ripped my knitting. I’ve seen the results. Luckily no-one died but five injured.

        I was too young to be in pubs legally then but that would be enough to put you off going out.

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        1. Indeed. I see you beat me to that.

          Davidson said, and continues to say, some truly frightful stuff, proving over and over that she would have made a very poor quality FM.


    2. The Clelland was the closest pub to the nautical college. Once you were in there you couldn’t leave, as your feet were stuck to the carpet. It was a dump.
      Nobody shed a tear when it was blown up.

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  1. I remember the Vauxhall Victor. My ol’man had one o’ them. Two tone…but in coffee & cream. Big leather arm-chairs in the front, big leather sofa in the back. Column gear lever and a hand-brake that pulled out from under the dash. Magic engine. Total rust-bucket though.

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  2. A Harley flathead in a terrible condition, yet it’s like an old one eyed tom cat who has got one more fight in him…
    Presumably the owner rents beer.

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  3. Pic 4 – Dumbarton Road, Partick, Glesca – Glasgow Uni tower at Gilmorehill in the distance, probably 1950s. Pic 6 – from BBC series “‘Allo, “Allo” – Gestapo agent Herr Frick (?) on the left. Can’t remember what the lassie was called. Pic 7 – Nelson Mandela, of course. I recall American friends being delighted when I told them that Glasgow City Council renamed West George Place, where the South african Consulate was located, as Nelson Mandela Place which then became the consulate’s address. Pic 8 – an Austin A7, I think, with a decidedly sporty body. Pic 9 – Adolf Hitler amicably greeting two great supporters, Wallis Simpson and Eddie Windsor. Pic 14 – a Scottish Labour Party membership certificate with engraved portraits of Keir Hardie and R(obert) B(ontine) Cunnighame Graham, sometimes known as Don Roberto because of his gaucho exploits. He was a Liberal, then Labour and in due course a Scottish Nationalist – quite a fascinating character – he’s worthy of looking up.

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    1. The Austin 7 has standard running gear but sporting a 4 seat body by A E Wright, cost £165 when new.
      The last but one owner lived in Kilmacolm, had to sell it due to not being able to fit into the driving seat.
      Some were built on the Nippy or Speedy running gear, which initially were guaranteed to do 65 and 75 MPH by Austin, given the name type 65 and 75 but changed to the named versions as claims that the car didn’t do what it said on the tin.
      I knew the car well as I did work on it.
      The picture was taken at Gaydon Museum.

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        1. All sevens of the period are small, the track is 3’7″ and the wheelbase is 6’3″.
          Picture number 1 is an Argyll from before the 1914-18 war, Argyll went into administration TWO weeks before the war started.
          The court case over the use of the sleeve valve engine patents, which they won, plus the plush building in Alexandria caused them to run out of cash. They were working on an aircraft sleeve valve engine at the time which eventually was taken up by Bristol.
          The building is still in use as a shopping mall after a Hundred years, they built well then.

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            1. Aye,
              Taken over by Armstrong Whitworth to manufacture Field Guns for the army in WW1.
              Became a satellite factory for the Torpedo Factory in Greenock.
              Produced torpedoes until the mid 70s when it was taken over by Plessey initially, closed down and was the subject of a sit in by the remaining staff. Local rumour was they just wanted the newly installed clean room for their factory down south.
              Locals still refer to it as the Torpedo Factory right enough, only the sandstone front office remains, the rest of the factory was knocked down and is now a modern housing estate.

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    2. The Dumbarton Road photograph looks as if it was taken from somewhere near Merkland St and the angle of the shot, which is down the middle of the street looking east suggests that the photographer was on the railway bridge (which is still in daily use). Given the way the photograph is framed and balanced this suggests that the photographer had taken time to compose the shot – nae rapid winders and other fancy things then! It might have been taken from a train window, but it would have had to have been stopped on the bridge, and that would have been immediately after leaving where the Partick Station then was. (The current Partick Station is in Merkland St and a train crossing the bridge would be just going to enter the station.) Was the photographer permitted to stand beside the track and take the phot from the parapet?

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        1. When we were first married we lived a little further west just off Dumbarton Road. My wife used the train from the old Partick Station to get to her work.

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    1. Actually not a DMU, it’s an experimental BEMU (Battery Electrical Multiple Unit) sitting in the siding at Ballater station.
      This courtesy of wikipedia;
      “The Battery Electric Multiple Unit was an experimental two-car battery electric multiple unit, converted from the prototype Derby Lightweight Diesel multiple units. The train was powered by many lead-acid batteries, and was used on the Deeside Railway from Aberdeen to Ballater in Scotland from April 1958 until it was finally withdrawn in December 1966. The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board initiated the design and was a joint sponsor. The board promised to supply power at three farthings per unit for a fixed two-year period.[1] It provided a 6,600 V supply to a charger at Aberdeen’s platform 1 and 11 kV to a Ballater charger”
      May still be seen at Milton of Crathes on the short restored stretch of line!

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  4. Sorry to go off topic, but has anyone else noticed that the turnout prediction for the Edinburgh Indy march is ~5% of the Scottish population?


      1. That’s where I got half my numbers from 😀

        250,000 people, out of a country of 5,000,000 people, are expected to march in Edinburgh for independence. That’s a truly staggering number. 5% of the population of Scotland!

        I don’t think I’ll be marching (I don’t think my legs would handle the uphill walk) but I’ll certainly try to be there for the end at the Meadows. (I might cheat and join it at the bridges for the easy stretch)

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