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Bulgarian born French singer Sylvie Vartan, 1960s - Imgur

Thanks to John and Dave.

103 thoughts on “ALL OUR YESTERDAYS”

  1. Blimey, they get harder from week to week.

    No. 1 is obviously an Argyll & Sutherland Highlander. Cap badge, sporran. But who?

    Pic 13 looks like the Western Desert, circa 1941. A motley crew. I would like to know the details.

    Wiki tells me that Pic 20 is Sylvie Vartan, a French singer of Bulgarian origin. John will know.
    To be honest, I have never heard of her.

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    1. Morning, Don Don. Can’t help with the singer bu I’ll ask around and maybe someone will be able to tell us more. But I can tell you about pics 1 and 13 though. They’re from my dad’s photo albums. The first is of himself and is captioned ‘Aberlour, Fife 1933’ with no further detail. Presume it was a TA camp – and the regiment is Cameron Highlanders, not Argylls. He would have been 23 then and no doubt a big adventure to travel from North Uist to Fife.

      Pic 13 is captioned ‘Aruba, 1942. Back row left with balmoral’. I always knew he was posted to the Dutch West Indies – “guarding fuel tanks” he’d say – but why a Highland regiment in such an unlikely setting? I should have found out more when he was alive, but dads’ wartime stories were of little interest to us as kids.

      It has occurred to me from time to time but only when paging through his albums and sending the pic for AOY did I google to see if I could find out more. Sure enough, the full story is on Wiki…

      Nothing on why a Highland regiment should be defending a Dutch island (or part of larger defence force) but a fascinating story that fills some gaps in family history. I’d always thought his army pension for blasted ear-drum was due to bombing or other action during the war, but I’ve only just learned that that happened in Aruba when a fuel tank was blown up. Info courtesy of the Resident Sassenach when I told her about the Wiki piece.

      She would have long conversations with him about everything from Hebridean childhood in the early part of the 20th century to wartime experiences (and my prodigal son delinquency) – and obviously got to know better than I did!

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      1. Don’t worry about Sylvie, John. I know her work.

        She left Bulgaria very young, but she did go back in 1990 for a big concert in Sophia. It would be interesting to know if anyone remembers her.


      2. John, could that caption on the first photo be “Aberdour, Fife, 1933”? I don’t know of an Aberlour in Fife, only the one in Moray. Aye, don’t so many of us wish we’d spent more time talking with and listening to the ‘auld yins’?

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        1. Yes, of course, Andi. Aberdour it is. Must have been the whisky influence at work again in misreading the bodach’s very clear handwriting.

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    2. To your first two, I see John has provided the answer.

      Sylvie Vartan was a 60s pop singer in France, who went on to do other things in music. In teh 60s she was a “Chanteuse Yé Yé”; she married French rocker Johnny Hallyday. She was a regular on French tv shows, like those famous Carpentier ones.

      She started to working America and met Tony Scotti, record producer. She lives there now and is still performing in her late 70s.

      In earlier days they played a bit on her Bulgarian roots and her undoubted physical attractions…

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        1. Yes. The strange accent was something they could publicise and people found the accents sexy, but in both cases they outlived that because of sheer talent.

          You don’t go on singing into your “troisième âge” without that.

          Another one from the same time in France who also had with a strange accent was the brilliant and incredibly versatile Dalida, who was Egyptian and had a really odd accent. She would have made old age too in the business through sheer talent too, but she couldn’t handle stardom and unsuccessful love affairs and the fact that so many people she knew committed suicide. In the end, she did too. Leaving a note that said that life was insupportable.

          Here in this video, she a Pet joke with each other about their odd accents. It’s poor quality, but if you speak French at all, the lyric is amusing.


  2. Pic 4 – The cast of Crossroads, British soap set in a motel. Cast too numerous to identify and series too dire to bother. Pic 5 – combination of music machine & wine storage – love it. Where I can I get one (preferably with more storage)? Pic 6 – Young boy Muffin the Mule – maybe I should have phrased that better. Pic 11 – Eamonn Andrews with Yoko Ono and John Lennon – This is Your Wife? Pic 12 – Kelvin Court, Great Western Road, Anniesland, Glasgow ,building just about complete, so 1939. Looks much the same today. Pic 20 – is that Sylvie Vartan, one of the yé-yé girls? ❤️


    1. Andi, I’m so disappointed. You recognised Muffin the Mule but not the wee boy!?! Surely I haven’t changed that much in the pic that goes with my comment posts? Memory of Muffin was prompted by the Andy Pandy discussion a few weeks ago, and other early TV kid’s characters.

      I remembered the Xmas trip to Glasgow and the great parental excitement at getting my photie took with Muffin? Who? As a week boy from Skye I’d never heard of Muffin and from memory I was not particularly impressed. Looking at th pic again, I’m surprised at how happy I appear. Must have been the pigeons.

      My dad’s caption says ‘Lewis’s, Glasgow, 1956’. I couldn’t remember a few weeks ago if it happened at the Kelvin Hall or a department store. Only vaguely remember Lewis’s from adulthood in Glasgow so maybe it was gone by then – and almost certainly must be by now. I’m sure Munguinites will update us on that.

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      1. Lewis went a while back and has been Debenhams for ages. But probably not much longer as Debs is in trouble, even before the pandemic.

        Is that not the wrong way for Ronald Reagan to do the V sign? Assuming it’s for victory.

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        1. I’m sure I read that Debenhams had closed a lot of stores. There is a big one in Dundee on several floors, I think I’ve only been in once to buy perfume for a mother’s day gift.

          It seemed to be largely populated by elderly ladies of substance.

          I thought that about Ronnie, but then I reckon he was actually just telling everyone to F off.

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        2. PP……some time back, I was very surprised to read that the V sign in Britain is an obscene gesture. No such connection exists in America, who only know it because of Churchill. So I wonder what Winnie was really trying to say.


            1. Seems like it would be SO easy to get it wrong. 😉

              I wonder why the British require two fingers for something that Americans only need one for.

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                  1. Danny, don’t know true it is, but there’s a popular theory that the gesture dates from the Battle of Agincourt. The French had sworn to chop the fingers off the English archers, the two digits being essential in drawing their bowstrings. After the battle, the English bowmen waved the fingers at their defeated enemy in an “up yours, still got ’em” gesture of contempt. Probably folk etymology but there could well be something to it.

                    While on battles, there’s an interesting numerical sequence that links important dates: 13, 14, and 15 – 1314 Bannock burn, 1415 Agincourt, 1513 Flodden. I remember being very taken by that as a wee boy in primary school, probably about the same time as the Muffin pic, and it’s stayed with me ever since as a mnemonic curiosity.

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                    1. John……The Agincourt story is a good one, whether it’s factual or not. 🙂
                      And the mnemonic could be useful, although I had to look up what Flodden was. I could use one for Culloden. I remember the battle but usually not the date.

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                  2. 24-hour clock c0ud help with remembering Culloden, Danny. First Jacobite rebellion 1715. Second half an hour later in 1745. And only a minute to an ignominious end at Culloden in 1746.

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                    1. John…..I’ll file that away for future reference. Sometimes a mnemonic can help, even if it’s not precisely right and has to be adjusted slightly. A friend who lives in New York City was having trouble remembering the order of three parallel named Avenues in Manhattan…..that are the second, third and fourth of the avenues moving east to west. He knew they were named Park Avenue, Madison Avenue, and Lexington Avenue, but he could never keep the order straight.
                      Someone suggested the mnemonic “Licensed Practical Nurse.” Which works if you just remember that the N for nurse is really an M, and so the order becomes LPM for Lexington Avenue, Park Avenue, and Madison Avenue. 😉

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              1. one of the fingers is the servant! Or it could be you Americans are in such a rush that you can’t spare the time for two fingers 🙂

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      2. It’s the beard, John. You didn’t have the beard back then, Or maybe it’s becasue the pigeons stole the show.

        I have to say that the minute I saw it, I knew it was you…


        1. Aye, I gave the game away in the Andy Pandy comments and mention of my meeting with Muffin. As for beard, razor blades were still in short supply in Skye back then but my pocket money must have extended to buying a pack of Gillette while in Glasgow. Wouldn’t want to frighten the pigeons with teuchter whiskers.

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        1. His wooly bunnet was pretty famous. I seem to remember that not long after the Falklands adventure it was reported that the senior brass had to issue an edict ordering those members of UK forces garrisoned there to stop referring to the local civilian population as “Bennies” due to their preferred choice of headwear

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          1. LOL, Stewart. I guess the senior brass need to do something while the guys are fighting… and there weren’t any châteaux to hide in or “caves” to empty in the southern ocean.

            I imagine that if I lived in a place as cold and inhospitable as the Falklands (or indeed, Dundee, yesterday) I’d wear a Benny too,



          2. Stewart: I’ve heard them refered to as “beenies.” It may have meant to be bennies but for the Austalian accent. Often wondered where the term came from, not fully sure yet.

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  3. Oops, forgot – Pic 16 is Led Zeppelin – John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page & Robert Plant. My brother was a big fan (I can still hear the music blasting up the hallway from his room) but I just thought they were “all right”, to his intense chagrin – I guess I must have been too old.

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    1. I was at university at that time. I remember a pint of cider in the union bar was 1/6d or 7 1/2p.

      After a really heavy night I was left in a pitiful state. But I had to get to a psychology practical in the afternoon. Once I dragged myself there I discovered that I was the subject and they flashed coloured lights at me to test my reactions. Never again!

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      1. LOL, Dave….

        I suspect you may have set back the course of human learning by a long way, as a PhD student write up his notes.

        “The effects of flashing lights appeared in our subject to induce a green pallor of the skin followed by copious vomiting.”


        1. Ahhh yes. February 15, 1971.

          Never mind, Jacob Rees Mogg wants to bring the old money back (in his case probably groats). So we’ll need bright shiny new price lists on Amazon (as everything else is going to shut down!)


      1. Some youngsters only had monthly salaries of about £35 per month,
        In 1971 the Civil Servants annual pay was;

        Clerical Assistant £1037
        Clerical Officers £1383
        Executive Officers £2000
        Higher Executive Officers £2625
        Grade 7 £4400.


      2. My first summer bar job was in 1960. Light beer was 1/1d, Heavy 1/2d a pint but whisky (basic blend) was almost twice the price at 2/1 for a 5th (less whatever was kept out by the manager’s finger on the measure). The price of a basic whisky has now slid back to parity with most beer prices.

        We had an obnoxious ex – con who insisted on his private bottle of a premium blend for which we charged the earth and then he filled the long stem glass with coke. Won’t say what went into the premium bottle each time it needed refilled – suffice to say that the pub never ordered any of the stuff. But as a self – styled “connysure” he “knew his whisky” – and he sure got conned.

        For the record, my wage was £9 pw.

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        1. Fantastic story.

          Nothing more laughable than someone who “knows his whisky” and then mixes it with lemonade or cola and smacks his lips and nods at the perfection of the cocktail.

          As long as you steer clear of paraffin there’s little chance of getting caught out. Idiot… still it made him feel good about himself so you guys contributed to spreading a little happiness.

          Prices are fantastical 5.5p for a pint!!!! But £9 a week….eeeeeek.


  4. Las Vegas… 1950’s :

    Back in the good old days of above-ground nuclear testing, the Nevada Test Site was located just 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas. So you could attend “dawn bomb parties,” and sip “atomic cocktails” as you wait for the early morning sky to light up from the nuclear blast, and thrill as your building rocks to the seismic wave that rolls by. In the light of day, you would see the mushroom cloud as it ascends, with the westward wind carrying radioactive fallout into Utah.

    Wherever the viewing location was that’s advertised in picture 7 (I assume the bus schedule refers to departure from Vegas,) I do like the idea of seeing atoms “Split to Smithereens” by “American scientists.” Why being placed in a tower would help keep you safe from harms way seems a little mysterious though.

    Gawd I love Vegas! But I missed out on the nuclear blasts and atomic cocktails. Is American culture awesome or what? 🙂

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    1. LOl… Awesomeness on legs, mate.

      I wonder if Trump has considered adding it as an attraction to his Florida Resort.

      I’m sure it would bring in a lot of business, especially if he lit the blue touch paper himself.


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  5. Ronald Reagan made celebrity endorsements for lots of different products before he sold his soul to General Electric. Later, he became a right wing Republican politician.

    One of the GE “Live Better Electrically” ads, with Nancy and problem child Patti, before her conflicts with Nancy. Ronnie apparently never cared much for his children, but he liked Nancy.

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    1. Fascinating, Danny.

      I didn’t realise that he was popular enough as a film personality to be in demand from advertisers. I thought his biggest achievement was starring in a B movie along with another primate. But clearly he was more than that.

      It never occurred to me that he even had children.

      I just thought of him as a slimy, rather inept but very popular president.

      There was more to him than that, it seems…


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      1. Tris……Reagan was featured in about 70 movies from 1937 to 1964. His first films were B-movies, but a well regarded performance in “Kings Row” in 1942 earned him a major contract with Warner Brothers. “Bedtime for Bonzo” came along in 1951. 🙂 He never attained A-list leading man status, but was popular in Hollywood. He was a liberal Democrat who was president of the the Screen Actors Guild. He had two children by actress Jane Wyman, and two by Nancy Davis. He was the first divorced president. He came under the influence of Nancy’s stepfather, a politically conservative neurosurgeon, and became a conservative corporate spokesman for General Electric. He supported Arizona conservative Barry Goldwater for president against Lyndon Johnson in 1964, where he gained national political prominence with a speech titled “A Time for Choosing.” (It’s posted on YouTube.) Fame from “the speech” led to two terms as governor of California from 1967 to 1975. He could be a really nasty right wing politician, who sparred with the Berkeley and Stanford students during the turbulence of the 1960’s campus unrest. He made runs for the presidency in 1968 and 1976, before he gained the Republican nomination and finally won the office in 1980. He is usually credited with bringing a spirit of compromise to the office and concluded landmark agreements that eased tensions with the Soviets and significantly reduced nuclear weapons stockpiles. Before Trump, he was the oldest man ever inaugurated president, and when his two terms were over, he planned to build his presidential library at Stanford in Santa Clara County south of San Francisco (Silicon valley.) But opposition by both students and faculty led to cancellation of the agreement with Stanford, and the Library was built in Simi Valley, in conservative Ventura County in the Los Angeles area. (A reminder of a time in the past when a conservative Republican could be elected Governor of California.)

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        1. Thanks, Danny. I’m not really a film fan and all I had heard was that he’d been a B actor and that his big starring role was opposite Bonzo.

          He achieved a lot in the reduction of the nuclear stockpiles of the Soviets and America and I salute that.

          I didn’t know he’d been a Liberal. But I know he got on very well with Thatcher and, it seems, with the queen.

          I had hoped to find some “Spitting Images” of them together… but alas, none are on Youtube but I can’t believe none were made.

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          1. His nickname “The Gipper” was from a well known role he played in 1940 of George Gipp in the film “Knute Rockne All American.” Seventy films is a considerable career for someone who was never quite a top leading man in Hollywood.

            He certainly did get along well with Maggie and the Queen, and for that matter developed a good relationship with Mikhail Gorbachev who visited him at his library in the post-presidential years. Even though she was in ill health, Thatcher attended his state funeral in Washington (so did Gorbachev), and even took the long flight to California for the burial.

            I occasionally think I’ll watch his famous speech “A Time for Choosing,” but it’s a half hour long and I assume that the right wing BS would piss me off. 🙂

            I love the Spitting Image Reagan and Thatcher characters, but I don’t recall seeing them together.

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            1. He certainly seem to come near the top of polls I’ve seen of the best president the USA has ever had.

              I don;t feel competent to respond to that, although from limited knowledge my immediate reaction was surprise.

              Maybe, I suppose, because he seemed to seemed to be hardly there a lot of the time, and his spitting imagin “the president’s brain is missing” influenced my thinking.

              I had the impression that Nancy was the power behind the oval office desk.

              I remember her making that trip to America in her old age.

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              1. Nancy took a lot of getting used to for most people, but by all accounts they were devoted to each other.

                The Republicans have almost elevated Reagan to sainthood. The Democrats have a problem with his right wing politics……calling poor women “welfare queens”, etc. The Iran-Contra scandal was worthy of impeachment, but he claimed to simply have no memory of it.

                But he did have some historic accomplishments. Not a great president in my view, but he looks better and better when viewed against the modern Republican Presidents who followed him, GHW Bush, W Bush, and now Trump. Worse and worse as time went by……and so better and better for Ronnie.

                A couple of generally favorable views of Nancy. One by Patti who for a time had a stormy relationship with her mother.



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                1. There was, a long time ago, a documentary (I think you might even have sent it to me) where you see Lizzy and Ronnie sharing some right wing views about reducing costs by reducing the number of employees. Something about supervisors being paid more, the more employees they supervised.

                  I wonder if Lizzie ever reduced the number of servants she employed with our money, or if that sort of thing ws for other people.

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                  1. Tris……You have a fantastic memory! I did recall something about it and found the YouTube clip. It was during one of the Queen’s state visits on board the royal yacht. Being in America, she was serving coffee instead of tea, and Reagan asked if she had decaffeinated. She called a young man over, and a cup of de-caf appeared.

                    Reagan is spouting his unending right wing crap about how the government is too large, with too many employees.The Queen seems somewhat reticent to engage fully on the topic. Maybe she just doesn’t want to get into what she knows is a controversial topic in American politics. Reagan was in general the same dreary economic ideologue that all modern Republicans have been. His style of trickle-down politics was often contemptuously called “Reaganomics.” Wiki: “Whereas general supply-side theory favors lowering taxes overall, trickle-down theory more specifically targets taxes on the upper end of the economic spectrum.” So he would support tax cuts favoring the wealthy and big business which he said will stimulate the economy, and then when that didn’t actually happen, he would pretend to get all concerned about the increased budget deficit and demand cuts in entitlement programs for the poor and middle class. This has been the Republican flim flam for decades now. Bill Clinton balanced the budget, and when DubYa came in, he threw it all away with a huge tax cut for the rich. (Just before his unfunded wars began and the debt ballooned.) At least the Democrats are onto the Republican BS and always stand firm on the entitlements which generally remain untouched. Reagan had had his head filled with this crap by his father-in-law, and never changed his mind, even when he saw it didn’t work and couldn’t implement it politically. The famous 1964 speech “A Time for Choosing” is full of this. He never changed his mind for the next 40 years.

                    A SNL sketch showing him and Gorbachev during a Washington visit. Reagan knows nothing about the city, but as he actually did quite often, confuses movie plots with reality. Some of the things he would describe as having actually happened, were in fact scenes from movies he was in. Gorby not only knows the monuments, he can quote Lincoln while Ronnie jabbers on. 🙂


                    1. I don’t know how I remembered that clip, Danny, but I see the queen managed to predict that we would all be bankrupt… pity she never saw that it was the bankers that would do it, the 10 years later Brexit and Corona. All that she could see were the services that people could grab…

                      Probably she meant the private jet to Balmoral and various golfing venues that her sons enjoy, not to mention the 7 holidays a year complete with detective squads that her granddaughters take, then the parties of people taken to the racing by her sister, or indeed the secret service squads who had to spend half their year on Mustique guarding Princess Margaret’s gin bottles. Then the hundreds of servants in Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, St James’s Palace, Kensington Palace and The Palace of Holyrood House.

                      No wonder we are broke.

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                    2. I was thinking about the fact that the royal yacht Britannia was often used in the Queen’s State Visits here. I believe that clip with Reagan was on the Britannia when it was docked at Miami. It was during Daddy Bush’s administration in 1991, so Reagan was out of office, but had been invited for dinner. She had been here in 1976 to commemorate the revolution and the bicentennial of American independence. And she was here in 2007, during DubYa’s administration to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, Virginia……the first British colony in America. By then the yacht was retired.

                      But I was still thinking she was here sometime during Reagan’s presidency. Turns out, she was here in 1983 for an “Official Visit” to tour the west coast. Heads of State who visit Washington on formal visits seldom get to see California, since it’s so far away, and one round trip by plane takes 12 hours of travel time out of an itinerary. Anyway, the yacht was there and Reagan (in the second year of his presidency) came from Washington for the California festivities. It was in winter and it looks like it was a dreary gray day when she visited Yosemite. She and Phil each had their own Park Ranger. 😉

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                    3. Bet Nancy wanted one of these crown things Lizzie had on.

                      Oh for the days when presidents and their wives were about the same size or slightly bigger than the queen!


                      Good research there, buddy!

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                    4. LOL…….Yes, Nancy would have gone for that crown thingy in a big way. 😉

                      I noticed the coats and rainwear. I read something about it a while back. I think it was in late winter (February/March,) and the weather was miserable in “sunny” southern California. One occasion was almost rained out when there was doubt that the Queen’s and President’s motorcades could get through the flooded streets. It went on as scheduled, and the Queen in her dinner speech thanked them for importing English weather for her.

                      I happened to find the caffeinated coffee incident I mentioned on the video with Reagan from the Britannia in Miami in 1991. I sent it by Email. It’s sort of funny.

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            2. Danny: re. the Spitting Image with Reagan and Thatcher, I remember a scene with both in. Reagan was humping Mags and in an ecstatic voice is saying something like, “First screw the leader then the country.” It was near the bone but not that risquè as no foam boobs or bits were on show, they were under a heaving sheet.
              It may have been about the time of the bombing raid on Libya, the first one. The planes took off from England, without letting Thatcher know and if I remember rightly Kate Addie was in Libya, on holiday and sent back an on the spot report of a civilian hospital being hit. The cat was out the bag, spreading embarassment. This may have been 1983, therefore a quid pro quo for Ronnies unofficial intell help to Maggie during the Falklands crisis/conflict, it was never called a war.
              Sheesh, a long way from humping puppets.

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              1. Alan…..I would like to have seen that. I love the Spitting Image characters, although I’ve only seen them in clips that get posted on YouTube. The Reagan and Thatcher characters were SO extreme, as was the royal family. Seems amazing that the producers didn’t take heat about being disrespectful to the royals. But I guess they could get by with using puppets instead of live actors, and of course the puppets could be wickedly bizarre in appearance.

                The British military gaining access to the American spy satellites during the Falklands war was surely an intelligence coup. It gave them aerial views of troop and ship movements in real time. Reagan granted such access at a time when even the existence of a world-wide American spy satellite network was officially secret…….although it was an “open” secret that everybody knew about.

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    1. From the general outline of the buildings on the left, it looks at first glance to be looking west to the right of the central block (although I would expect the Platform 3-4 sign to be on the other side of the central block). The various luggage/lost property services have always been on the left looking that way. But memory of station layouts 50 years + ago not entirely reliable !

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      1. There were 3 bookstallls in Waverley-
        The main one on the concourse.
        On the north side alongside the Up Main.
        On the east side outside the east platforms and opposite the tunnel from the Booking Hall – see 3&4 platform signs in the photo.
        I am 99% sure the photo is of the east end looking across towards the north side

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  6. O/T for today’s theme but a relevant sequel – and update – to discussions over the past few days… an email just landed from our regular ‘laughs; contributor, Dr Erik frae Greenock noo Suffolk:

    For your information a report from Israel . Maybe worth keeping an eye on considering UK schools are now beginning to open plus the risk caused by all the idiots demonstrating during last weekend…

    “Second wave” admitted. Another 19 schools closed across Israel

    More than 8,300 pupils and teachers were in isolation on Thursday after the shutdown of 72 schools owing to 285 confirmed cases of coronavirus. Four of the new quarantined schools are in Tel Aviv and its environs and three in Ashdod. Parents in the southern city of Beersheba are keeping primary school children home until classes are split into small groups.
    The Ministry of Health warns that the national figures, including small children and babies, and the outbreaks at schools across the country, signal a serious new coronavirus assault is coming in two weeks’ time.

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    1. I feel that a second wave is planned for us.
      Just had a look at the websites with rags front pages.
      NO sign of the above,all that money in the rags and this isn’t FOUND by them.

      Had a look at the Wiki report on the oil refinery attack, no sign of a highland regiment in the running order of participants.
      So there was oil there in the 1930’s and they still have oil wells in production some 80 years later.

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    2. Thanks, John.

      Once again the more cautious approch of Edinburgh may have been vindicated by experience from elsewhere around the world.

      Thank Dr Erik for the update… I’d be interested to know if the spike comes in 2 weeks.


  7. 5 – Music whilst getting drunk.
    7 – Not a day trip I would want to take. I wonder if the drivers of these tour buses developed strange illnesses later in life.
    13 – Standing from left – John Anderson, Alan Watson, David White, Peter Duffy, John McCormack, Charles Wilson, Andy Smith, I am making this up. I wonder if the photo could have captured my dad’s cousin who was killed in Tunisia in 1943.
    16 – How people were much more slim then.
    17 – Yummy.


    1. 3 looks like they probably already did … out of 8 possible bottles, only 3 left and one of them looks empty!

      13. I really thought you knew them there, Marcia… 🙂

      17 was just for you…


    1. Well spotted in the small print, Julian.

      Its/it’s is a hard one to teach, to be fair. Teaching English in France, I was faced with that question over and over.

      Etudiant: “Monsieur, an apostrophe indicates “possessive case” in English. Why then is it that the word “its” which indicates possession, does not have an apostrophe, whilst the word “it’s” which doesn’t indicate possession, proudly sport one?

      Prof: “A la la la la … on va prendre une petite pause café.”


      1. Henry Hitching’s 2011 book Language Wars has some amusing descriptions of “apostrophe wars” from previous centuries; the possessive “its” originates from the 16th century (replacing “his” as the possessive of “it”) but use of “it’s” continued into the 19th even in grammar guides and in the works of popular authors.

        I suspect this controversy will not be over soon…….

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          1. It is perhaps superfluous to admit that, in a manner similar to last week, I just happen to have read the relevant chapter of Hitching last night. I look forward with breathless anticipation to next week’s topic based on my Friday evening reading. Will choose my book carefully with this in mind.

            Now if we didn’t have paroxysms of righteous anger over misuse of apostrophes, people might fall out over something really important – oh, but don’t they do that as well…..?.

            Btw, French educators can (or could when I was interested) really whip up an argument over punctuation and indeed almost any issue, full of political polemics beyond the wildest imaginations of people on this side of the channel. For example read (admittedly many years ago) an assertion that traditional grammarians were the kind of people who had murdered Salvator Allende.

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            1. LOL… Well I hope we won’t disappoint, but I have a sneaky suspicion that we might.

              As for the French, try using the indicative in a sentence that demands a subjunctive.

              And a propos de rien, were Pinochet’s thugs grammarians?


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