97 thoughts on “ALL OUR YESTERDAYS”

      1. DonDon…..Many of the old American vaudeville performers were the first radio stars, and later, movies and TV. I saw an article about a music hall in Glasgow where Stan Laurel performed (as Stan Jefferson) before coming to America on the same ship with Charlie Chaplin. They got to Hollywood and did OK. 😉

        This says that Harry Lauder played The Britannia Music Hall (later known as The Panopticon) in 1897, and Stan Laurel played there in 1906.


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        1. Aye, Danny. They both seemed to do very well… damned site better than they would have done in Glasgow anyway!

          They say, though, that Glasgow audiences are pretty hard work.

          If they don’t like you they don’t clap politely!!!

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        2. Danny, The Panopticon is still there in Argyle Street, Glasgow run by a charitable trust and has recently re-opened for visits and for occasional shows. It is a fascinating place. Not only Stan Laurel but another guy who later made his name as Cary Grant made an early appearance there. When I visited a couple of years ago, I was buying a book about the Panopticon by Bowers’ (the lady largely responsible for the hall’s survival). she asked me if I’d like it signed and, jokingly, I said preferably by Stan Laurel. “No problem”, she replied and duly signed it so. The Panopticon’s website is well worth a visit.

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          1. I went to a concert there a few years ago. They kept the music hall tradition alive at the safety briefing. In the event of a fire gentleman were invited to pee on the flames (not what the lady actually said but it was obvious what was implied).

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            1. Dave, that sounds like Ms Bowers all right. I omitted her forename above – it’s Judith. Her rendition of ‘Daddy wouldn’t buy me a bow-wow’ makes it pretty clear the song is not actually about wanting a little dog.

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    1. You get me every time, DonDon. Do you have the same book? Probably not, or you’d have quoted the caption: 1896 – Revival of the Olympic Games. The ancient Olympic Games, held very fourth year at Olympia in the Peloponnese, were a great unifying institution for the free cities of classical Greece. The first recorded celebration was in 776 BC; the 293rd and last in AD 393. The earliest contests seem to have been tests of endurance, to which, in time, were added chariot races, horse and foot races, jumping,throwing quoits and the javelin, and a mixture of wrestling and boxing.

      The revival in 1896 at Athens was encouraged by the Greek government and the games were open to all nations. This photograph of the Games in progress shows the crowds thronging the specially-built stadium. Subsequently, the “modern Olympics” have been held at various European capitals and once in Los Angeles in California. The programme nowadays is long and varied, but with the accent strongly on “track and field” athletics.

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      1. John…..This might be an early account, but even if it was written after the 1932 games in Los Angeles and before the 1960 winter games in Squaw valley, California, there were the 1904 games in St. Louis, Missouri, and the 1932 winter games in Lake Placid, New York.

        As of the current date, there have been a total of eight games in the USA. The summer games have now been held twice in Los Angeles, in 1932 and 1984…..and will be back in L.A. in 2028. I remember the 1996 summer games in Atlanta, Georgia, and the winter games at Salt Lake City in 2002.


        USA Games:

        1904 Summer Olympics St. Louis, Missouri

        1932 Winter Olympics Lake Placid, New York

        1932 Summer Olympics Los Angeles, California

        1960 Winter Olympics Squaw Valley, California

        1980 Winter Olympics Lake Placid, New York

        1984 Summer Olympics Los Angeles, California

        1996 Summer Olympics Atlanta, Georgia

        2002 Winter Olympics Salt Lake City, Utah

        2028 Summer Olympics Los Angeles, California

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        1. That struck me too, Danny. The book is ‘A Century in Pictures – 1850-
          1950’ and was published in 1950 so no excuse for missing St Louis. Winter Olympics were then seen as a modern invention and did not qualify for inclusion as ‘genuine’ Olympics, but no excuse for author (D. C. Somervell) or publisher (Odhams Press) missing the 1904 event, especially as only the third in the modern incarnation.

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          1. John…..Actually, I live in Missouri (in Kansas City, on the Missouri River on the West side of Missouri from St. Louis, which is on the Mississippi River on the East side,) and I didn’t know that the Olympics were held in St. Louis in 1904 or any other year. The BIG BIG event in 1904 in St. Louis was the World’s Fair (formally, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, commemorating the centennial of the Louisiana Purchase.) The Olympics were originally scheduled for Chicago that year, but were changed to St. Louis which threatened to mount a competing event.

            Wiki says: “The Fair hosted the 1904 Summer Olympic Games, the first Olympics held in the United States. These games had originally been awarded to Chicago, but when St. Louis threatened to hold a rival international competition, the games were relocated. Nonetheless, the sporting events, spread out over several months, were overshadowed by the Fair. With travel expenses high, many European athletes did not come, nor did modern Olympics founder Baron Pierre de Coubertin.”


            Everyone bought souvenirs at the great fair ……… and it had a song still occasionally heard today.

            1904 Recording, “Meet Me In St. Louis, Louis”

            There was a 1944 film starring Judy Garland:


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  1. Pic 9: I remember Fry’s Chocolate Cream.
    There was another version, with a green, mint-flavoured fondant.
    The bars broke into nine segments.
    Funny, the things you remember.

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      1. I see that the Raspberry packet incorporates the “Five Boys” logo. Fry’s “Five Boys” was initially a milk chocolate bar and the images of the five boys in their various stages of anticipation/satisfaction were impressed on the bar. Personally, I preferred the taste of Cadbury’s to Fry’s, but I never turned Fry’s down if it was offered. My mother liked the peppermint and she always got one on a Sunday for her weekly treat.

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        1. Yeah. That Five Boys logo seems to have gone down in history.

          I think Fry was taken over by Cadbury at some stage.

          My mum liked the peppermint too! 🙂


        2. Maybe it’s a clan thing, Alasdair, but I shared your preference for Cadbury’s, and likewise, Fry’s would never be rejected – although I had a disdainful attitude to the five boys for being so soppy. All that emotion for a bit of pretty ordinary chocolate? Bah, humbug!

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        3. Mt granny had this as a favourite recipe treat:
          a well fired Glasgow roll ( a proper Glasgow roll… none of yer baps, buns or “morning roll” nonsense)
          split it open and give it a good lick of Curley’s butter ,
          a couple of pieces of Fry’s Chocolate Cream crushed and scattered within ( grated if feeling posh or to impress).
          Close over the roll and importantly press on this with the palm of the hand ( to crack the brittle crust of the well fired roll).
          For the purposes of decorum or sharing ( if needs must), cut into quarters. Serve with hot, strong ( STRONG) tea and a little milk.

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          1. Haute Cuisine indeed, Jake…

            Seriously though…what did it taste like?

            Some of these seemingly odd mixtures are realy good.

            My father used to make a piece with banana, raspberry jam and cheddar cheese…

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            1. Surprisingly yum.
              The bitter dark brittle chocolate and the smooth super sweet fondant in the Frys chocolate bar worked ok, but it could be a bit clawing…didn’t have good “mouth” or texture. With the addition of the butter, the open texture of the bread and the burnt, nutty crispy crust…it just kinda worked especially with the heat of and the tannins in the tea.
              Banana, raspberry jam and cheddar…well, I’ve eaten worse!

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              1. Jake, I don’t want to start a chocolate war on this forum. BUT, although I put away a few bars of Cadbury’s in my time, the Fry’s chocolate I remember is more like the only chocolate I would eat now – high cocoa content and hold off the sugar. Bitter and black – that’s chocolate!

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        4. The Mater’s domestic help used to take her family on holiday to Butlin’s. Near the town of Ayr! They travelled by bus!! Our hearts ached for them. We always just went to the house in France. The Pater drove.

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          1. Oh, did one not have a chauffeur?

            I understand that the family of the Noble and Gallant Baroness took their private jet to Monaco.

            Their servants probably went to Butlins though. I wonder that there was sufficient room for them all.

            🙂 🙂


    1. Pic 5 is actually a Norton Dominator 650 S.S. from around 1964 – 1967 with the slimline “Featherbed” frame and “Roadholder” forks. I had one when I was little more than a boy. Wish I still had it.
      The Commando was the successor to this and had the “Isolastic” frame, where the engine, gearbox and rear suspension were rubber mounted to absorb the vibrations of the big 750cc and later 828cc twin engine. No fancy balancer-shafts back then.


        1. The 500cc 88 engine was enlarged to 600cc, which became the 99. It was enlarged again to 650cc by 1961, when the SS was first produced. There was a later 750 Atlas. All these machines suffered stretched and broken primary drive chains because of the design of the pressed-steel chain case with a single central nut to lock it. This caused the case to distort, allowing the oil to seep out. Most owners gave up trying to seal them and just ran the chain dry, with inevitable results. The successor model Commando had a proper cast alloy chain case and didn’t suffer the same problems….

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    1. I think the 1B ran to Blackshade, which always conjured up the adjective “deadly” when I saw it on a destination board.
      My main memory is of Dundee buses being driven in manic fashion. Don’t recall if the AEC’s (many of which were ex-LT) had preselector gearboxes but the large fleet of Daimlers had and these boxes added to that feeling, unlike the slow changes of normal constant mesh boxes. My regular journey in student days (roughly same vintage as bus pictured) was the Lochee Rd Grand Prix, especially downhill. Drivers had been known on 1 or 2 occasions to drop in at the Steps Bar at the bottom of the hill, having omitted to leave their vehicles outside. Happy memories indeed !

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  2. That bus in Number 4 looks quite precarious as the top deck seems to be filled by some hefty men. The centre of gravity must make it quite dangerous going around corners. They should have put the slimmer men on top.

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      1. A friend of mine who was a pupil at Paisley Grammar School at the same tome as Andrew Neill told me that as the double decker school bus approached the turn into the school everybody on the bus would go up to the top deck and squeeze themselves hard against the left hand side, in the hope op cowping the bus as it took the corner – usually at a fair speed! Although it occasionally teetered, it never actually cowped. The weans had deluded themselves that if the bus fell over, they would get the day off.

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      1. I’m sure you are correct, Shawlands.
        The vertical borer I would probably define as a Jig Borer, but certainly looks to be being used as a vertical milling machine, depending on the level of optical positioning fitted, these were the high precision and skill operators best tools before the computerisation machines with stepper motors to control the motions.
        I loved the Fry’s flavoured bars in preference to the white one, can I order a box at the advertised price of 4 denari?.

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        1. You’re right about jig borers being high precision tools with the most skilled operators, Dave. They worked to the tightest tolerances and were often surrounded by a “greenhouse” enclosure, to ensure constant temperature as this affects measurement. The machine in Pic 10 is a Societe Genevoise jig borer, made in Switzerland.

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          1. I hope the guy who worked the jig borer in the tool room where I worked didn’t read your most ‘skilled operator’ bit Morego because he thought he was God’s gift to engineering as it was. The rest of us mere Toolies being stuff to scrape off his irreplaceable shoes.

            When he left he wasn’t replaced however and the rest of us soon picked it up and got the job done.

            Great machines to use but I would’ve got ‘bored’ working on it all the time.

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            1. I met a few like that in my time. You had to remind them that it was the machine that provided the precision and they were mere bystanders. CNC machines work to these tolerances routinely today and all at the touch of a button. A shop labourer could work them.

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              1. Ahem!
                This ex CNC Progammer / Machinist was a time served Toolie.
                The ‘shop labourer’ could operate a CNC machine as long as he understood Trig to programme a tool path. Working out angles on a 4th axis job could be a doddle for any shop labourer. The Feeds and Speeds depended on material to be machined, and finish required. The clamping of the material depended on the job.
                Many ex Toolies were incapable of making the move to the future, and were reduced to insults. 🙂
                Been there through punch tape, cassette tape, download to laptop, flash card and straight through from the office.
                A piece of pish. 🙂

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                1. Heh, heh. Us Toolies could be a pretty weird bunch I think. As individuals we all thought we were ok, it was everybody else that was a bit off. Fresh faced apprentices would start their training as bright eyed, normal, spotty youths and emerge 4 years later as Toolies, changed forever. Unlike Sparkies of course who as everybody knows were all socially awkward and no very richt.🥴

                  I made my exit from toolmaking just before change or be unemployed came along. I just couldn’t stand being imprisoned in a factory aw day every day. It wasn’t a loss though, because the stuff I learned there has proven useful in a great number of practical projects eg. general joinery, cabinet making and knife making to name but a few. Next plan is to get a welder to make gates. None of this is very toolmakerish but it’s about transferability.

                  There’s no any money in being a jack of all trades for me at least. Friends and family always seem to have some bespoke thing to be made, so retirement is certainly not boring. I’ve got my trade to thank for that, even though I left it in 1981.

                  My 30 years in social work, well that’s maybe not been so useful but that’s another thing entirely.

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  3. While I’m here, I might as well explain the barometer. It was my late dad’s and must have broken down in transit from Scotland. That’s why it’s still pointing to ‘rain’. The interesting AOY relevance is the inscription on the plate at the bottom: “Presented to Mr John Adam by the staff of the Furniture Dept, SCWS Ltd, on the occasion of his retiral, 16 January 1947.”

    We have no family or personal link to Mr Adam, so my dad probably picked it up at a jumble or auction sale. However, we may well have an MNR reader with a connection to the original recipient. Did the Co-op have only one furniture department, and if so where was it?

    The barometer was a fixture in the old folks’ house in Scotland for many years and has since lived in Dubai and Bulgaria where the “rain” forecast is seldom accurate. I Googled “barometer repair”, had one look, and decided it would do fine as an ornament!

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    1. Ha ha ha… “This is Dubai TV. Here is the weather forecast for the next 20 years. It will be dry, hot and sunny”.

      There’s a challenge, Munguinites. Find the barometer’s home!


  4. I remember as a wee fella seeing Butlin’s brochures/posters like Pic 1 and always wanted to go to a Butlin’s holiday camp. I suspect I’d have been unlikely to enjoy such open-air pool fun down at their place at the Heads of Ayr.
    That Zal disinfectant in Pic 3 – it says it kills nothing but germs – maybe we should be drinking it for anti-Covid use – Trumpy would surely encourage that.
    Pic 10 – looks like a vertical borer – or is that the guy operating it?
    Pic 13 – The world’s largest sailing ship, Royal Clipper, or possibly her sister, Flying Clipper. What duff names, eh?
    They’re just big cruising vessels, not like real sailing ships of the past.
    Pic 14 – Old Causeyside Street, Paisley – based on the fact it says that on the postcard 🙂 Possibly early 1900s?
    Pic 18 – The Benny is, of course, Benny Hill from back in the glory days of English comedy – Arthur Askey, Tommy Cooper, Morecambe and Wise, The Clitheroe Kid, et.al. Laugh? I almost did. And don’t get me started on the ‘Scotch’ comics – michty me!

    ps – can’t see Pic 15.

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    1. Tommy Cooper is the supposed originator of a gag that you can only use once per recipient. On leaving a taxi, he would tuck something into the top pocket of the driver and say “Have a drink on me.” It was, of course, a teabag.

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    2. LOL OK 15 is a Jazz singer, female. Very attractive.

      Benny Hill;… as funny as a cold.

      There you go. Covid crisis over. Danny… give Trump a ring and let him know. Maybe he should drink a bottle just to check it out.

      Butlins? Oh dear, no thanks. Hi di hi!

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  5. The Jaguar XK model has a Glasgow registration, pre 1963, but the scenery is not readily identified, probably a Jaguar Club event in recent times.
    It returns that it is on the road and taxed for another year until August 2021.

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    1. Dave, I took the pic of the Jag XK120 on a trip up north in June 2006. It was taking part in a Reivers & Highlands event (Northumbria – Scotland).

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    2. Aye Dave, the old Glasgow regs. GA,GB,GD,GE,GG,US and YS. As far as I remember the first suffix, A of course, was introduced in 1963, but Glasgow didn’t use them until the following year, 1964. I wonder why that was?

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      1. Economics, economics my dear chap as McMillian would have said.
        We didn’t use up all our allocation of 3 letter ,3 number, registrations.
        Even yet IF you require an Age Related number to register an old car that missed the Welsh DVLA inspired deregistration of old car numbers they issue unissued numbers from Greenock etc, older ones are issued with BS reg from the Outer Isles, the ones that are looking at independence from Scotland and england, though reported as just Scotland.
        Sutherland didn’t even use up the 2 letter, 4 number issue.
        What we should have is a personal number that you put on any car you own, much like the French system of Postal Code area and a number. This idea of creating new numbers each year and dumping the older ones is due for a revamp.
        Hope our Scottish independence system is based like the French system which seems to identify the owner/driver instead of the car.
        Wee bit political, sorry but large amounts of our tax goes to Welsh englandland to register vehicles on Scottish roads.

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        1. I’ve always suspected that the reason they introduced the year on the plate was to stimulate the car economy. People were pushed into buying a new car every few years.

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          1. The September year change is a historic effect of the english holidays.
            The english car factories stopped production in June/July, the assembly lines reset for the new year’s models which were in the showrooms as the NEW model year.
            We still have the strange 2019 plate but sold as a January 2020.
            The double registration per year was to stimulate sales, ie a new plate issue in March. The idea of having the date set with the New Year in January was discarded as the dealers would be in the holiday season, xmas and new year’s day, then english summer holidays.
            Over 80% of ‘sales’ are now leasing deals, PCP’s, not a lot of people actually own the car they drive around.

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  6. Nice picture,
    Nice car and still reported as being taxed, not MOT required as it’s an Historic car now.
    Hard to tell the various models of XK’s, just a larger capacity engine to give the model XK140 etc.
    Well sought after and command prices to suit.
    How long will we be able to run these with E10 petrol to become the normal, these cars need old 5 star leaded petrol or lead replacement fuel additives or mechanical work to allow them to be run on unleaded fuel.

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