127 thoughts on “ALL OUR YESTERDAYS”

  1. Pic 11: a Ferrari racing car. There was a green one as well, I think maybe a Lotus.

    Pic 12: Andy Stewart on the left, I don’t recognize the other guy.

    Pic 13: Mac. Conservative prime minister, Harold Macmillan.

    Pic 14: Sid James and Hattie Jacques, stalwarts of the Carry On films.

    As for Pic 2, I remember about 13 out of 15. Must be getting long in the tooth.

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    1. The guy next to Andy Stewart DonDon is Robert Wilson, in my opinion the finest Scottish tenor ever. Re No.2 I am well ” Over the hills”, as I remember all fifteen, especially No.7 on the list as I was one. Is No.3 George Street, Glasgow, with a bus heading East, and the Merchant’s House building and St. Georges Tron church in the background? A guess at No. 16. Lena Horne?

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      1. You are right about pic 3 – it cannot have been later than the 1950s, because the tram tracks are still there and George St still has causeys surfacing it.

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        1. The debonair figure on the left is Charles Hawtrey, hence the Carry On clue. The ladies are Nancy Brown, L, and Carol Lynne, the musical Old Chelsea. The musical included the song “My Heart and I” which I had known from childhood via Joseph Locke’s recording, but hadn’t known the source.

          A review of a recent biog of Hattie Jacques describes how she had to look after Joan Sims, who was perpetually on the verge of drunk, and her husband Le Mesurier smoked marijuana, which may go some way to explaining their typical screen personae. Hattie also seems to have had a voracious sexual appetite and Le Mesurier was known to have slept in an attic room when Hattie had other company. Carry On carrying on indeed.

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      1. Memory must be good then, Arayner. 🙂

        Munguin can’t remember any of them, but then he frequently calls me Augustus or Pierre, so I suspect he just doesn’t pay attention to mundane stuff…

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  2. At last… been here since 6am (local time), caught up with the Patel post earlier, and looked forward to AOY for afters. Nothing. It is Saturday,or has the Black Ram mixed up my days again? Been back on and ff since and it’s now gone 10:30. Munguin must have been demanding refills all night, and Tris had no time to spare for updating the Republic.

    Worth the wait, though, even if I am now classified ‘old as the hills’ by ticking all 15 in No 2. Ticked a few of the 0thers as well – Andy Stewart and ?, Harold MacMillan, Sid James and Hattie Jacques, The Beatles. And saving the best for last…the locomotive and the autumn trees would be just as much at home in SS tomorrow. Can’t identify the engine from the number,though, but I’m sure that will soon be revealed.

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      1. Early morning eyesight can be my only excuse for jumping to wrong conclusions, Dave. Took the one one with the glasses for John Lennon and assumed the fifth had to be a girlfriend. Closer inspection now shows otherwise, but I’d never have got Marmalade. Presume the lassie must therefore be one of the Keillers, Christine wasn’t it? Also mixed up with Harold Macmillan round about that time. Tory donorship (of a kind) that went a wee bit wrong. Today it would barely raise an eyebrow, far less a ministerial resignation and ultimate downfall of the government.

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  3. I am as old as the hills. 😦

    4 – Cadbury’s with some loose advertising.

    6 – The Monument in London, you used to get some great views of London. Now it is hemmed in with all strange buildings in the City of London you have what I would call a “restricted view”.

    18 – Don’t know who the pop group are but some friends did have some awful carpets in the late 60s/early 70s with patterns like what they are wearing.

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  4. Pic 5 looks like an MG sportscar, maybe 1930s but I’ve never seen one with that type of bodywork – possibly bespoke.
    Pic 6 – The Monument in the City of London, built to commemorate the end of the great Fire (I think). You used to be able to climb the steps inside to the viewing platform on top – maybe you still can.
    Pic 9 – Glesca, but where? Maryhill Road? 1960s? I remember when I was a boy nearly all the streets in Glasgow were like canyons of tenements, uniformly sooty black.
    Pic 15 – Marmalade. Formerly Dean Ford and the Gaylords when they were playing at places like Arcari’s in Balloch, if I recall aright.
    Pic 20 – I agree with John, a lovely scene of a steam loco in autumn leaves – maybe German?

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    1. Ah, someone got Marmalade. I have to admit I didn’t when Dave sent the picture, till he dropped a few hints.

      I have to admit I have no idea where the train is. Sometimes I see a pic and like it and there is no indication where it actually is.

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    2. Had heard of Dean Ford but never associated him with Marmalade ! I recall that “Reflections” came up near the top in a recent poll of all time best Scottish pop songs. Also loved “Rainbow” (for sentimental associations as well as the song).

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  5. No. 9. Haven’t a clue where it is but the car in the foreground is a Mk 1 Ford Escort. Definitely one of the most robust and easy to work on cars in a time that can boast more than it’s share of awful rust buckets.

    No. 16. Lena Horne. All round entertainer and civil rights activist.

    It occurred to me with no. 2 that even though short term memory is often the problem with us old gits, if you don’t remember any of these things you might not be young at all. You might be well over them hills.

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    1. My stepfather had one. Him being a mechanic it was pristine, but getting old. One of my biker mates was thinking about buying a car so I put them together. He wrote it off the next week…

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      1. Yes, I do recognise it. Paradeplatz to the left with a very busy tram stop. Just to the right and just around the corner is the Zeughauskeller for all fans of Schweinshaxe and Roesti. Bahnhofstrasse runs from the top of the photo to the bottom. At the top of Bahnhofstrasse is the Hauptbahnhof and at the bottom is Buerkliplatz, which is right on the lake and has great views of the Alps on a nice day. To the left of the photo is an area with some very “old money” private banks. I definitely don’t have enough to do my banking round there.

        It’s weird to see cars going down the street next to the trams. It looks quite chaotic, which explains the woman directing the traffic. Nowadays, Bahnhofstrasse is closed to cars, except for one crossing.

        There’s a very famous chocolatier called Spruengli that is just out of shot. Their chocolate is delicious but comes with exquisitely Swiss prices.

        Apart from the cars and all the hats, it has barely changed.

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        1. Thank you, Terry.

          Almost feels like I was there. Maybe you could take up tour guiding if the capitalist pigs ever tire of your services.

          Munguin’s bank is up there. He’s particularly friendly with some of the gnomes.

          I, on the other hand, have a saltire piggy bank called McPig for my hard-earned!

          I overnighted in Zurich once after spending a fortnight in Albania touring with a university study group.

          We were a relatively wild lot and none of us ever went toi bed sober (given Albanian prices at the time were RIDICULOULY low.

          I spent more in one night in Zurich than I had in 13 in Tirana, Durres and Gjirokastër (all have which have changed out of recognition in the last 20 years).

          So I understand about Swiss prices.

          Bet Marcia would have a good time here…

          https://www.spruengli.ch/de/

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          1. At some point, I just accepted that Gin and Tonic costs a week’s salary 🙂

            I’m not really mad for chocolate but Sprungli is just delicious.

            If Munguin wants any help lifting or counting his money, I’m happy to oblige. I can take it round to Sprungli and exchange it for something even more valuable.

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            1. Terry, you can get Lindt & Sprüngli chocolate relatively cheaply in Germany.
              I think they have a factory in Aachen. Maybe just the distrubutor.
              Aldi does some good chocolate, too.
              I am not a great connoisseur of chocolate, though.

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  6. Well done, a bus photo you haven’t already featured ..😉
    Another example (pic no. 3) from Lowland Motorways of Glasgow, this time a ‘decker’, a Titan PD2/12 with lowbridge body, (8ft wide with vacuum brakes). One of the last iterations of the PD2 before tin-front PD3’s became common.
    It was new in 1954 to Lowland who sold out to Scottish Omnibuses in Jan 1958, so the picture can be dated to the period 1955-57.
    !
    I’ve heard of 78rpm records (no personal recollection), similarly beat-bobbies at night.
    Mind you I’m struggling to recall last time I saw a beat bobby at any time of day.
    Otherwise 13/15. Maybe I’m not as young as I thought. 😢

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    1. Roddy, 78s were big thick discs that weighed a ton. Shellac.
      We inherited some (great uncle was a collector).
      Classical music. Good stuff.
      That is how I first managed to disassociate William Tell from the Lone Ranger.

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        1. I think they did some in both formats so that those who hadn’t managed to get themselves a suitably “modern” turntable could still get the hits…

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      1. I never actually saw one, although back in what would have been the late 1950’s parents possessed what was called a ‘radiogram’ – a radio cabinet where the bottom pulled forward to reveal – a turntable!
        It must have been quite sophisticated for the time and I remember it had a ’78’ option, but I can’t recall it ever being used. (parents may have used it once I was despatched to bed).

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          1. I’ve never seen anything like it since.
            I googled ‘radiogram’ but all the results look much more modern. It was quite a solid looking antique thing, I’ve no idea what the sound quality was like.
            I do remember you could tune all sorts of foreign radio stations (Hilversum?) – the reception was ‘variable’ but I remember picking up Luxembourg on it, which would have been early ’60s I think…
            It didn’t survive relocation from tenement to semi-detached.

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              1. Dutch. Holland’s answer to the BBC World Service.
                According to Wikipedia…
                Hilversum is the principal centre for radio and television broadcasting in the Netherlands, and is home to an extensive complex of radio and television studios and to the administrative headquarters of the multiple broadcasting organizations which make up the Netherlands Public Broadcasting system.
                AND
                “One result of the town’s history as an important radio transmission centre is that many older radio sets throughout Europe featured Hilversum as a pre-marked dial position on their tuning scales.”
                Which probably explains why I remember it.

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    2. I have a 78 somewhere that my grandfather recorded around 1952 to send to his brothers and sisters in the US. You could go in off the street at that time and make a record.

      78s went out of fashion and record decks became 33 or 45 only so it wasn’t played for decades. Eventually I transferred it to computer and used software to speed it up from 45 to 78. The tears were in my father’s eyes when he heard his father’s voice again after 40 years.

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    3. Some busses are so good you have to show them twice.

      On the other hand, as one bus looks pretty much like another to me (shock horror) and I’m decidedly dozy at times, I may have slipped the odd duplicate in… although I told Munguin it was to check that YOU were paying attention. So far you have passed the test.

      We actually have beat bobbies here from time to time, sometimes even on bicycles!… two by two… no joke!

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    1. Hilarious! Whom does he think he is addressing? If it’s the people who live in Scotland then he should understand they know he is talking BALDERDASH (I think that is the kind of word he would employ).

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      1. Maybe he would give a moment’s thought… nah, OK, I jest, out of the question…

        But if he weren’t so stupid, he might give a thought to the fact that the Tories haven’t been elected here since 1955, and that for all that the SNP has made a “disaster” of devolution, they seem, in almost every single area, to have made a better job of it than the British government has in England… something, in fairness, the Lab-Lib government also did before the SNP took power 12 years ago..

        Also, a question might, fleetingly, cross De Pfef Pfef’s posh brain: If the SNP is so crap, why does the Scottish population vote them in over and over again and why did he lose more than half the Tory seats at the last election?

        I can’t stand to watch the man. I find him an embarrassment.

        If I were the management at Eton, I’d be putting it about that the standards of fluency in English have improved massively in the last 40 years and they no longer turn out people who can’t form a sentence unless they are reciting something in Ancient Greek.

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  7. I have boxes of 78 RPM records, from grandfather in the jukebox business. Odd to see 45 RPM records with small (78 RPM-size holes.) In America, 45’s had big holes, and multi-speed phonographs used a large-diameter adapter to fit down on the spindle used for 78 and 33 RPM records. I also have some 45 RPM records with large holes…….even the holes in old records are bigger in America!

    But why the big holes in the first place? Googling the matter seems to suggest it was all about a post-WWII format war that developed between RCA and Columbia, involving the best way to commercially utilize Columbia’s new microgroove technology. RCA went for a downsized 78, with a single track front and back, and Columbia preferred a large-diameter “Longplay” disk that could hold at least 10 tracks front and back. RCA deliberately choose a disk for their 45’s that was not compatible with multi-speed machines having a standard sized (78 RPM and 33RPM) spindle. (RCA seemed not to realize how simple it was to manufacture a spindle adapter, and in any case, 45 records with the old 78 spindle size were sold in other countries of the word.)

    https://bloggerhythms.blogspot.com/2009/08/why-do-45-rpm-records-have-big-holes.html

    All you would EVER want to know……and a WHOLE lot more…….about the “battle of the speeds.” “For sheer teeth-gnashing, nail-biting, fist-clenching angst, nothing beats the Battle of the Speeds, waged fiercely from about 1948-1950.”

    http://scottfoglesong.com/wordpress/?p=311

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    1. My sister worked in a caff in the sixties which had a jukebox. One of the perks of the job was to take home the old 45s when they were replaced, but to actually play them at home you had to tape the inner hole back in. I think this is a British thing though.

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        1. My recollection is that EP’s were 33rpm. “singles” were 45rpm.
          Many “labels” if not most had centres that you could knock out if for some reason you wanted the big hole.
          Again, from my recollection, the only need for big hole records were where they were used in juke boxes.

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          1. Jake, I think EPs and singles were both 45rpm: LPs were 33rpm and I think you’re right about the knock out centre being for juke boxes, although a Dansette we had came with a piece you could put around the spindle to enable you to play discs with a knocked out centre. For a while we even had an old wind-up gramophone and several wee tins of replacement needles. But no, before anyone asks – I don’t remember horse-drawn trams or crinolines 😃

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          2. In France they didn’t do singles for a long time.

            You got 4 songs, but I guess they cost more.

            I’ve just checked with some old Pet Clark ones I have in my collection. They are 45 tours…

            Maybe in Britain it was different.

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          3. Jake……Yes, I’m pretty sure that I’ve read about “Extended Play” records that used a speed of 33 RPM but were pressed on a small sized disk, like a single play 45. There was apparently a great battle between RCA and Columbia on how best to commercially exploit the new (post-WWII) microgroove technology. I just saw this Wikipedia article “LP Record” :

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LP_record

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            1. I just found this about the 33 tours, EPS.

              Il existe aussi des 7 pouces de quatre titres (super 45 tours) ; trop longs pour être appelés « single » mais trop courts pour être appelés « album », on les dit E.P. pour « Extended play ». Ils tournent généralement à 45 tours par minute et plus rarement à 33 tours par minute. Le marché français préférant les disques à quatre chansons à ceux de deux, ils ont dominé ce marché des années 1950 à la fin des années 1960. Les 45 tours singles n’étaient disponibles que pour les juke-boxes. À la fin des années 1960, ils se sont raréfiés au profit du 45 tours single, sans disparaître pour autant. Ils servent alors de support pour la musique enfantine, avec le plus souvent une pochette-livret avec le texte des chansons.

              Google translate will translate for you, but it says that they were generally 45 rpm, but sometimes 33 rmp.

              It also adds that the French market preferred 4 songs per disc as opposed to 2.

              America was first in the market for these 45 rpms, the first appearing in 1949. I imagine the UK was about 8 years later…

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              1. Tris……Thanks Tris! Interesting! As I understand it, a part of the big format battle between RCA and Columbia in the States in 1948-1950 was about what people actually preferred to buy in a record. Did they want a small light unbreakable vinyl version of the big old single-play shellac 78’s, that played for a few minutes, or did they want a single disk version of the old “albums”, that contained bound-together sleeves for several 78 RPM disks. (Surely there are people today who don’t even know why an LP (“Long Play”) vinyl record was ever called an “Album” in the first place.) In any case, RCA and Columbia ended up marketing BOTH formats in two different disk sizes played at two different speeds.

                Interesting that the French produced an even different concept. An EP (“Extended Play”) 33 RPM disk that played longer than a single, but was shorter than an LP “album.”

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                1. There has been a return to vinyl here. Im not sure why, but some people are putting out vinyl albums as well as cds, at least in small numbers.

                  In some cases if you buy either of them you geta free download.

                  I presented Petula with a 12” album of her latest (at the time), album in Glasgow 4 years ago.

                  She said… oh thanks, I prefer signing these to these little cds. She has rather a big bold hand…

                  https://www.thebubble.org.uk/culture/music/the-return-of-vinyl/

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                  1. Tris…..Interesting article! When I was growing up, we still had in the house an analog stereo sound system with a turntable that played LP records, and good quality speakers. The sound that filled the room was breathtaking. There’s still probably a thousand LP records (AKA “Albums”) packed away in boxes someplace. I miss the sound that comes out of high quality speakers. I hardly ever see or hear such good quality speakers anymore. I guess that the debate about whether CD’s or Vinyl LP’s are better as source material will go on forever.

                    I always did love the photography or artwork on the cover of an LP album, and the liner notes on the back of the 12 inch sleeve. It was never the same reduced to the size of a CD. I’d not thought about how much better a big LP sleeve is for autographs. Great story about Petula’s autograph preference!

                    I can’t figure out why people think that digital MP3 files played thorough some little things stuck in you ears is anything but bullshit sound……not to put too fine a point on it. These people have clearly never heard a room filled with sound from high quality speakers……perhaps powered by a vacuum tube amplifier (if you’re a REAL fanatic about how much better things were back in the “old days”)……LOL.

                    I really can’t hear the difference between a CD source and a vinyl record, or for that matter the difference between a vacuum tube amplifier and a solid state amplifier. But I can remember what an actual record or a CD sounded like played through a good quality amplifier and high quality speakers.

                    About Liner Notes:

                    http://albumlinernotes.com/What_Are_Liner_Notes_.html

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                    1. Yes, Danny, a lot of people say that the sound is so much better.

                      My dad had some seriously good equipment, but I was never allowed to play my “rubbish” on it, so I never really heard how good it would sound.

                      I guess the disadvantage of vinyl is how delicate it was and how a scratch or two would ruin the sound altogether.

                      And of course, a lot dependent on the quality of your equipment …turntable, needle and speakers.

                      I don’t have a turntable to play my signed album on… but at least it made someone happy. I had to buy the cd too to hear it.

                      LOL

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        2. Tris……Interesting! Now I’m wondering if maybe all the 45 RPM disks that were sold globally, outside of the USA, had punch-out centers. All 45’s I’ve ever seen in America have smooth holes……no sign of being punched out. I didn’t realize that the plastic adapters were called “spiders.”

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      1. Conan…….Back in the 78RPM jukebox days, my grandmother got all the popular records, although they were the worn ones my grandfather took off the machines after the heavy mechanisms had degraded the surface of the shellac disks after many many plays.

        Sounds like British 45RPM jukeboxes had mechanisms that used the large-diameter RCA spindle that was common in America. I know that many (maybe all?) 45’s sold commercially in the UK…..maybe also Europe…..had punch-out centers that would allow them to be played on machines with the large diameter spindles. There were plastic adapters made that would snap into large-hole disks that would allow them to be played on a machine with a standard 1/4 inch spindle.

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          1. Tris……Interesting that the French had a reusable plastic center that provided the capability for BOTH a 1/4 inch spindle and a 1.5 inch spindle. I knew about the plastic “spiders” that you can buy, but wondered why there would be much of a market for them if all the spindles in Europe and the UK were 1/4 inch, and as far as I know, all the 45 RPM records ever sold in the USA had the large (RCA)1.5 inch diameter hole. Also, all the multi-speed American record players I ever saw had a 1.5 inch spindle adapter that even contained the mechanism for a record changer spindle.

            BUT, I see from Conan’s comment and other sources that British 45 RPM jukeboxes used the large 1.5 inch spindles. So they punched out the centers of British 45 RPM records for jukebox use.

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      2. I had (still do actually, stored away in the loft) a couple of hundred EP’s and singles , many US imports (early R’n’B, Doo-wop, rock’n’roll) which came with the big hole and required a plastic insert to play. I must have dozens of the things. I believed it was to enable play on juke-boxes.
        I can actually still play them, possessing a turntable, but it’s a bit of a pfaff constantly having to change them over (many of these early records were very short!)

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      1. And I love the idea of a black box that is neither Black nor a Box.

        Sounds like it was written as part of the manifesto of a political party.

        Vote for us and we will give everyone a black box (which won’t be either of these things, but instead will be a tax increase of 5% to pay for my new plane and the queen’s new accommodations.)

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        1. Tris…….I like that. “Black box” is a perfect political concept!

          Also reminds me of a quote by Voltaire: “This agglomeration which was called and which still calls itself the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire.”

          Lena Horne in 1943 doing her signature title song in the film “Stormy Weather” :

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          1. LOL Nice one Voltaire… and Lena. 🙂

            My pal is ploughing through a book on the Holy Roman Empire at the moment. I’ve never known him to take so long on a book.

            His new favourite word is “enfeoff ” (to give (someone) freehold property or land in exchange for their pledged service.)

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      2. Fabulous voice. Can anyone remind me of the title of the song about the tango in which ” there’s nothing to it, you just sort of stand there and just sort of do it” to a “newfangled tango”.

        Loved it – and open to various interpretations. But damned if I can remember the actual title, which is odd since I can remember almost anything from 50 years ago.

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        1. Everybody’s mambo crazy
          Cha-cha happy, but I’m lazy
          I don’t dig that frantic turpsichord
          When I trip the light fantastic
          I don’t wanna be gymnastic
          That’s not what a dancing floor is for
          What I got in mind is a big improvement
          With a very minimum amount of movement
          Let the other couples push and shove
          What I got in mind I think you’re gonna love
          I got a new-fangled tango
          And there’s nothing to it
          You just sort of stand there
          And just sort of do it
          You stand close together
          There’s no wasted motion
          A new fangled tango
          An old fashioned motion
          The floor may be crowded
          But that doesn’t matter
          It’s not necessary to move
          Don’t move, why move
          It may be crowded
          But that’s all the better
          It’s just like romancing, while dancing
          Who’s dancin’
          You start off with one step
          And cling to each other
          And you know how one step
          Can lead to another
          Oh, there’s nothing wrong with
          A waltz or fandango
          But oh, what can come from
          A new fangled tango
          You cling to your partner
          And sway to the rhythm
          You can’t lose your partner
          ‘Cause you’re right there with him
          You don’t have to be worry
          About fast or slow steps
          The nice part about it
          In this dance, you don’t need steps
          You don’t have to worry
          If your dancing won’t do
          It’s not what you do do
          It’s more what you don’t do
          You don’t need a waltz
          Or a fancy fandango
          You just need a man
          And a new fangled tango
          Forget the fandango
          Give up the mambo
          Do the tango

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  8. Re. item 2, the scroll, I remember all 15.
    I’m as old as the hills, because I not only remember rented TVs but I remember my parents rented a radio from Ayrshire Wireless at so much a week/month?
    It was actually only a speaker with tuning and volume controls, the feed entering the house from a junction box, but I could listen to the Goon Show on it!

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    1. I’m again arriving well after the party’s over. Deerhill that sounds like a “piped” system, as far as I know British Relay were the only company, certainly in Scotland, who supplied that system. Councils liked it, it didn’t need aerials on every house. I served my 6 year apprenticeship with them. 6 years and umteen certificates later my parents satisfied that I had a trade I moved to farming, somthing I knew I wanted to do since I was 10.

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  9. From memory, you could get BBC “Home” and “The Light” program and I think one other BBC(?) station
    the Home Service eventuallly morphed into Radio Scotland/Radio 4 and the Light into BBC 1 &2.
    As an aside in the late 60s/ early 70s a cable TV service was offered in Kilmarnock by the same company, still, I think called Ayrshire Wireless!

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    1. Probably the third one was the, coincidentally named, “The Third Programme”, which was a bit like Radio 3 now but smarter… Classical music, serious heavyweight drama (Chaucer, Shakespeare, Johnson) discussions, poetry, and some cricket, I think.)

      Given the way the BBC has gone (ie down), I’m not surprised that it bit the dust.

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  10. I remember all 15 😣. My eldest sister had a record player like the one in no. 10. My dad had a good few 78s. The one I remember best was Pork Chops and Gravy by the Ink Spots

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  11. I know it’s late, but if you’re still around, this would make a good bedtime read.

    https://chrisgreybrexitblog.blogspot.com/2020/11/crazy-time.html

    “Meanwhile, there are now just 41 days to go, which include the Christmas holiday, before ‘economic Brexit’, and the country is in a mixture of lockdown and other restrictions due to the coronavirus. And the talks have been temporarily suspended because one of the negotiators has been infected, and Michel Barnier is in self-isolation.”

    (Incidentally so is Mr Johnson… not that that matters much, given how little he knows about anything.)

    Thanks to Brenda for emailing me this excellent blog.

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