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Thanks to Dave.

63 thoughts on “ALL OUR YESTERDAYS”

  1. First off the mark! That’s a distinction I’ve never had before, but a full house of identification is beyond me. I’m sure fellow Mac – Andi – will have that sorted before long. I’ll stick to to the steam engine – Royal Scot Class and namer London Scottish. Introduced in 1927 and ran on the LMS Euston-Glasgow line.

    Many of the class carried the names of Scottish regiments. Cameronian (46113) made a world-record run in 1928 by taking a train non-stop for 401.5 miles from London to Glasgow. Some feat, when the engine itself weighed more than 137 tons.

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      1. In fact I was a bit later than usual – abut 6:00-6:30 am. Cats trampolining on my head make a good alarm clock. But the RS had to make an early start so the cats went downstairs with her in hope of an early breakfast, leaving me in peace for a wee while longer.

        Ah, you’re probably looking at time of message. My laptop is on Dubai time to be in sync with clients there. That’s two hours ahead of Bulgaria and four earlier than you, so gives a bit of a false impression of my early up and at ’em.

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        1. John. Clever old Word Press sorts all that stuff out for me. It translates time into Scottish time, no matter where you are in the world. It can’t however, keep all the comments in the right order. Duh!


          1. Computers and smartphones can be too clever. I once turned up 1 hour early for a meeting and was baffled because I had checked the time of the meeting on my smartphone calendar the previous day. After some thought, I realised that I had checked the time while sitting in the airport coming back from a holiday in Iceland. The phone had converted the calendar time to Iceland time!

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    1. Was this the 1927 or the later rebuild date ? The rebuilt Scots were essentially new machines which only retained the cab and from the original parallel boiler engines – an accounting dodge, I believe, to avoid labelling them as new locos – for what precise reasons I forget. But I think the “rebuilds” were later than 1927.

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    1. Teenage heart throbs have a way of looking similar.

      I was thinking maybe 17 is Bobby Venton, who had a long career, ending up playing Vegas and then Branson (an entertainment venue in the Missouri Ozarks.)

      Looking up Venton, I discovered that in fact it’s Bobby Vee ( Robert Thomas Velline,) from Fargo, North Dakota.

      Wiki: Vee came to prominence after “The Day the Music Died,” in which Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and “The Big Bopper” (J. P. Richardson) were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, on the way to an engagement in Moorhead, Minnesota. The performance in Moorhead went on with “Velline, then 15 years old, and a hastily assembled band of Fargo schoolboys (including his older brother Bill) calling themselves the Shadows volunteered for and were given the unenviable job of filling in for Holly and his band at the Moorhead.”

      “Early in Vee’s career, a musician calling himself Elston Gunn briefly toured with the band. This was Robert Allen Zimmerman, who later went on to fame as Bob Dylan. Dylan’s autobiography mentions Vee and provides complimentary details about their friendship, both professional and personal.”

      Frank Sinatra:

      Bobby Venton:

      Bobby Vee:

      (Buddy Holly):

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  2. Love the toaster. It would even brighten up a wet Monday morning.
    However the Amphetamine advertisement is a bit scary given that it is being marketed to women to ‘purify the blood and tone the system’!

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  3. 18 is, of course, Edinburgh. Calton hill in the foreground. Judging by the soot and the absence of St James centre before the sixties.

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    1. Conan: That video is a bit risquรฉ for the early 60s. scanty costumes, provocative dancing. No wonder everything started going to pot after that!!!!


  4. Ford consul of the early 60’s, superceded by the consul Cortina.
    The prime minister who couldn’t count, used matches it’s said to work out the budget, Anyway sir alex douglas HUME, actually HOME, but we’re exceptional. Gave up a place in the lords to be prime minister.
    The Audi quatro was a rally machine.

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    1. Its amusing looking at 1980s aerodynamics attempts before computer modelling was affordable. They were utterly clueless….

      That Quattro (and other rally cars of the era) is the poster child of dodgy engineering – lets put in a front & rear spoiler then COMPLETELY destroy any effect either might have by sticking SIX spotlights on the front. Priceless.

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    2. Dave: There’s an interesting story about Home.

      Sometime before this Tony Benn’s father, an Earl died, and Tony found himself, like it or not, elevated to the Lords… and obliged to stand down as an MP.

      He liked being an MP and he very surely didn’t want to be an Earl so he tried to ‘unclaim’ his title.

      The authorities were adamant that it was unconstitutional and forbade him.

      Then the Tories wanted Earl Home as the prime minister and the Queen suddenly found that she was able to oblige.

      It worked well for Benn because even the Brits couldn’t argue that a Conservative Earl could renounce his title but a Labour Earl couldn’t.

      So Tony Benn was able to sit in the Commons again, and Alec Douglas Home got a knighthood and his son became an Earl.

      After his short prime ministership and subsequent spell at the FCO, he went back to the Lords as a Baron.


  5. The prices of computers when they first came out to buy was scary. The memory was less than what you on get a memory stick these days. They were just glorified word processors then, few wold know how to program.

    I can do with a Raisin Block chocolate bar. Mmmm.

    Ted Heath missing from the Private Eye front cover.

    Archive footage of a train trip over Glen Ogle in April 1963 2 years before the line closed;

    and an aerial video of Glen Ogle;


      1. I remember doing assignments for a Special Needscourse 83/84 on a BBC computer with an B/W TV as a screen and saving the text on tape! Never got to see it in print before getting my husband to run it off on a dot matrix printer at his work. At least I passed but I can’t remember what the computer cost.
        I had to fight my kids for it as they wanted to play Space Invaders on pirated tapes.

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    1. Thanks for posting those videos, Marcia. I walked down the line from the top of the glen to the viaduct last year and came back up on the old military road. Sadly, the ‘road’ is now just bog. I’m sure the Romans would have made a better job with adequate drainage.

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    2. Brilliant videos, thanks.
      I used to talk with the signalman at Tyndrum, he was the best read man I’ve ever met, he read anything on any subject.
      I suppose he had to pass the time as he waited for the two trains a day to pass.
      Nice to see the Token exchange taking place, the hoops gave permission to enter the next section of the line and had Castell keys to set the single line in that direction.
      Wonder who works the box now.

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      1. As I understand that Token Exchange was in use on the Inverness Aberdeen line until fairly recently. It was quite a tourist attraction for railway buffs.

        Alas SNP Baaaaaaad upgraded the line. Railway buffs in deep distress.

        Now all we need is to upgrade the line from single track to dual. Whoopee!!!

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      1. They certainly do fruit and nut – came across Bournville Old Jamaica – dark chocolate, rum and raisin the other week. It didn’t last long out of the wrapper.

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  6. 16. JFK and Jackie at one of the five inaugural balls held in Washington on January 20, 1961.
    The last American president to wear full dress attire (white tie and tailcoat) at an inaugural ball.

    JFK was also the last president to dress appropriately for the inaugural ceremony. He wore formal morning dress with top hat. It was a bitterly cold day, but there was a heater under the podium. JFK took off his overcoat while Eisenhower sat bundled up.

    Unlike JFK, Barack Obama was an enduring embarrassment for his unstatesmanlike attire (all kinds of inappropriate ties worn with dinner jackets) which apparently went back to his days as an Illinois State Senator. There was never a greater outrage than the white tie and dinner jacket he wore at the 2009 inaugural ball. The man just didn’t seem to give a damn about a dinner jacket requiring a BLACK bow tie. He threw presidential norms of proper attire to the wind, and embarrassed the nation! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    OUTRAGE! :

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    1. Danny: You really have to have the class of royalty as you can see here with Fatso in his appropriate costume.

      Don’t forget, Danny, that Obama once wore a tan suit.

      Still, he never painted his face bright orange.

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      1. LOL….LOL…..I wonder if HRH Fatso was Obama’s fashion consultant. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        Yes, Obama caught a lot of flack for his inappropriate attire, but never so much as the day he wore that tan suit. Perhaps he was copying HRH’s waistcoat.

        Old orange face seems to keep the white tie, black tie rule straight, although the full dress white tie suit he wore at the palace didn’t fit him.

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        1. To the tune of ” Jerusalem “. Probably by one of that old duo Trad and Anon ( again ).

          Last night I hired a full dress suit, to go to a full dress ball
          The trousers they were far too large, the jacket far too small
          The trousers were a foot too long, they were tied up with string
          And as I danced around the floor, the crowd began to sing
          And as I danced around the floor, the crowd began to sing

          You’re losing them You’re losing them, lift up your trousers do
          Whose are they, whose are they, they don’t belong to you
          Whose are they, whose are they, they don’t belong to you.

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  7. Unlike John Mac, I wasn’t up and about early – might have had something to do with the most convivial family celebration last night๐Ÿคช. Pic9 is Joan Hickson as Miss Marple. Pic20 is Peter Sissons, a BBC newsreader of yesteryear. Pic13, the Private Eye cover is interesting, particularly following the previous pic of Alec Douglas-Home. The Eye picture is of Betty Windsor with the surviving UK PMs of the time. L to R Dennis Thatcher (Maggie’s hubby), Harold Macmillan, Betty Windsor, Alec Huge Glass – Dome, Jim Callaghan, Maggie Thatcher, Harold Wilson and almost hidden at the back, Harold’s missus, Mary – what a bunch!

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  8. Does anybody remember BLENDED Chocolate?
    I think it was a Cadbury’s product in dark brown wrapped bar and was a blend of milk and plain chocolate.

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      1. I ‘m sure Nestle did a triple sandwich, 3 layers of dark/white/milk chocolate? Haven’t seen it for a long time. Can you still get Caramac?


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