73 thoughts on “ALL OUR YESTERDAYS”

  1. Pic 3: That glossary looks interesting.
    Pic 8: just guessing here. Is that Perth, maybe the North Inch?
    Pic 10: the caption gives it away. Rehearsing for Finnegan’s Rainbow, with Tommy Steele, Petula Clark and Fred Astaire.
    Pic 17: more chocolate! We had Fry’s in Pic 1 and Cadbury’s at the station in Pic 17.
    In lockdown, I have recently developed a liking for Lindt & Sprüngli.

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    1. 8 does look like Perth, Dondon. It’s one of Dave’s pics.

      Marcia will tell you can never have too much chocolate!

      John provided the glossary.


  2. Pic 8 – Perth, looks like Smeaton’s Brig in background – Edwardian era? Pic 9 – The Big Hoose – BarL – Barlinnie?
    Pic 11 – Glesca – Renfield Street, 1950-ish?

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    1. 11 is definitely Renfield St in Glasgow. The Regent cinema was later replaced with the Odeon. The pyramidal roof seen between the trams is on the Watt Brothers’ building at the corner of Bath St.

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  3. Oops, forgot to say – Pic 12 – On left Princess Alice of Albany, Countess of Athlone and on right Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester – not yer Disney princesses, of course.

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    1. No. 10: I read that Petula was worried about dancing with Fred, and Fred, about singing with Petula.

      No. 20 looks something like Ottilie Patterson. Google image search didn’t confirm that, but Kathy Kirby came up as a possibility. (But she seems to have been a blonde.) Anyway, if it’s not Ottilie, it should be. 😉

      Patterson was born in Northern Ireland, sang with the Chris Barber Jazz Band, and was married to Barber for many years. As a blues singer, she’s compared favorably to Bessie Smith, and she appeared with Lonnie Donegan (who was also with the Barber Band.) Singing the blues, Ottilie covered Bessie’s songs in grand style.

      Ottilie with Lonnie:


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      1. I think #20 is actually Millicent Martin. She’s a singer and comedienne, famously connected to That Was The Week That Was.

        At one time she was married to Ronnie Carrol, who was on her a few weeks ago.

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        1. Thanks Dave. Always a disappointment when Google fails. Google image search continues to bring up Kathie Kay. Bing search was stumped.

          So I searched Google for Millicent Martin, and it came up with lots of pictures. This one looks similar:

          All the American TV networks stopped commercial programming when John F. Kennedy was killed in Dallas on Friday, 22 November. The That Was the Week That Was tribute played in the States on Sunday. I think this is Millicent Martin (2:00.) I read that with no live transatlantic TV in 1963, Richard Dimbleby flew to New York and hand carried the tape. He helped introduce the program when it aired in the States on Sunday.

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            1. Conan…..Mrs. Moon was a hoot! I didn’t connect her with Millicent Martin.
              A Dundee lad, Brian Cox, played Daphne’s dad in a couple of episodes. Daphne and Niles took Mr. and Mrs. Moon out to dinner.

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            1. Yes. Like I say, I reckon that they all had the same hairstyles back then and wore the same sort of clothes so there wasn’t much to distinguish them.

              Same with the lads.


          1. No. 20; my initial thought was Whatshername from Coronation Street.
            Seems I am losing it; alongside my aggregation of experience, AKA Years.
            Apropos which, I have officially been an Old Fart for 12 years now, I have not yet discovered the night class or correspondence course to add Boring, to that epithet.
            Not that I am actually looking.

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            1. Many congratulations on your 12th anniversary of oldfartdom!

              I’m sure there must be a PGD course you can take in “boring”. Required watching would be Jacob Rees Mugg.

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            2. My certificate came through by post, some time ago, no night classes, no nothin.
              This is your official,
              Boring Old Fart
              Certificate (the scratch and sniff version)

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              1. LOL. I dunno… no classes, no exam.

                They hand out qualifications like confetti these days.

                Back in Great great Granda’s day you’d to work hard to become a boring old fart.

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      2. Well, Danny, I’m trying to imagine someone who wouldn’t be nervous about dancing with Fred Astaire. I’ve sung a few times with Petula … and it made me a bit nervous.

        The singer at 20 is actually Kathie Kay who was a singer with the Billy Cotton band in the 50s and 60s.

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        1. Tris…..I’d say that both Petula and Fred had reasons for concern. 😉

          I’m very disappointed that the long-anticipated album with you and Petula has never materialized. 😉

          Yes, I’d say it’s clear that all female band singers of the 50’s and 60’s looked the same. This is the second time I’ve tentatively identified Ottilie in AOY only to be wrong. She’s a favorite of mine.

          I was just a kid when I discovered British skiffle, Lonnie Donegan, and Chris Barber on the CD “The Skiffle Sessions – Live in Belfast”. The Carter Family (“Worried Man”,) Leadbelly (“Midnight Special”) and much much more. Every track pure gold! Heard Ottilie Patterson and the Bessie Smith connection later. 😉


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          1. Ah Danny… Munguin felt it might endanger his position if a new career opened up for me, so he decided to refuse the record company the right to issue the release.

            Oh well, back to making Munguin’s luncheon for me.

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            1. I love the old songs Patterson and the Barber band did, although it bothers me that she drops the low notes on “Steamboat Bill.” Very unlike Ottilie! Arthur Collins’ 1911 recording of Steamboat Bill is on YouTube.


              I went looking for a Bessie Smith recording that Ottilie did NOT cover. Maybe an old minstrel number from 1896 like “Hot Time In Old Town Tonight?” Nah! Ottilie and Chris Barber did it. Interesting to contrast the two, since Ottilie is backed by the Barber band, and the Bessie Smith recording from 1927 is backed by a Fletcher Henderson ensemble.

              Ottilie with Chris Barber:

              Bessie with Fletcher Henderson:

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  4. Is No.20 Kathie Kay? Her and her husband Archie McCulloch had a holiday home on the Isle of Cumbrae, just where the ferry slip is nowadays, and she used to drive about the west end of Glasgow in her bright yellow Triumph, Reg. No. KK14.

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    1. Alex…….I did a Google image search which came up with Kathie Kay.
      Dave suggested Millicent Martin.
      I thought maybe Ottalie Patterson.

      Maybe quite a few pretty young women look pretty much the same. 😉

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      1. I think that was more or less how it was. There was a “look” and everyone tried to have it.

        The men were the same. Everyone wanted to look like Paulk McCartney.

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    1. tris
      That’s to bring you out of your despond caused by Alex and Nicola War of the Thistles

      the Labour Party seems to have lost confidence in what it is, what it wants and for whom it speaks.

      Unfortunately as a life Long Labour supporter (lapsed)
      It’s very very true

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      1. Niko. All the parties seem to be falling to pieces at the moment.

        The Tories lost so many people (some of them really good) over Brexit and Johnson … and as Ken Clarke said, becoming an English Nationalist Party.

        Labour fell to pieces over Corbyn, and Blairites on the right of the Party in particular wanted rid of him. I think they overplayed the Anti-Semitic stuff.

        Sir Keir has been so worried about losing all those “oop north” seats to the Tories that he seems to have become a Tory himself. Although he can be a superb performer in the Commons and worth 10 of Johnson, he’s rarely made any impression… and as a result is far behind Johnson in the polls. You ask yourself, how can it be in the middle of a crisis which Johnson has performed worse than any other European leader, can he still be beating someone as intelligent, articulate and measured as Sir Keir.

        The Lib Dems? No one really pays much attention but I see that they have become anti-Europe which has lost them a lot of members. They don’t seem to actually have any policies, and any they may have had get swept away in a heartbeat if it suits them.

        All, I’ve heard from them is a proposal for a federal Britain… If Gordon Brown couldn’t pull that off, what chance does Willie Rennie have?

        The New Statesman won’t let me in to read the article though.


    1. Agree about the bike, Derek. A Triumph 3½ hp Model H – or Trusty, as it was commonly known, and a late chain drive. Early ones had a Sturmey Archer 3-speed epicyclic gear in the rear hub just like the push-bikes and similar rod-operated rim brakes. (front wheel only, of course)

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    1. Pic 14 is a wild example of Moiré fringing, similar to a water mark, caused by interference probably as a result of using a digital camera to photograph from a TV screen. Looks like something from a dream sequence. Doesn’t look like Wemyss Bay, Dave. One sign says “East Coast” and the other “North Trains” – amongst other things which remain indecipherable due to the said fringing – suggesting perhaps Edinburgh…

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      1. I’ve always enjoyed the old New Orleans style “Dixieland” jazz, much disdained by modern jazz enthusiasts. And Barber would even give old Ragtime and Tin Pan Alley songs the Dixieland treatment. I see that the Guardian obituary has a video of his rendition of “When You Wore a Tulip (and I wore a Big Red Rose)”. Percy Wenrich was the composer, born in Joplin, Missouri. When I was in Joplin several years ago, I made a pilgrimage to an old cemetery west of town to the gravesite of Wenrich (who also wrote “Put on your Old Grey Bonnet” and many other songs from the Ragtime era.) On a wrought iron fence that encloses the Wenrich family graves, there’s a bronze plaque with a sculpture of a tulip and a rose.

        The Guardian article also mentions that when Barber came to the States, he was called to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show. So he had made it in the States.



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  5. So where was the old Perth Fire Station ?
    With Smeaton’s (1769?) Bridge picked out by a few people, nothing much for me to add.
    Don’t know if that is Perth Station but said station still has a clock of that design.

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  6. In his first year as Chancellor, Rishi Sunak was forced by of the Covid pandemic to contend with the worst economic recession for three centuries. He responded with a series of extraordinary interventions, such as the Job Retention Scheme, which prevented the return of mass unemployment. But the challenge that the Chancellor now faces is perhaps still more forbidding. He has set himself the task of reducing government borrowing – the national debt has reached more than 100 per cent of GDP and the UK deficit currently stands at £271bn – without thwarting economic growth.

    In truth, there is no need for Mr Sunak to impose ­emergency austerity measures. Though government borrowing has rarely been higher it has also rarely been cheaper. Owing to ultra-low rates, debt interest payments have plummeted over the past year. The best long-term means of debt ­reduction is growth and investment. After the Second World War, the national debt stood at 250 per cent of GDP but it was steadily eroded over subsequent decades, falling to 45 per cent by 1973.

    At the outset of this crisis, the Chancellor pragmatically understood that “this is not a time for ideology and orthodoxy”. Doing politics well is about getting the balance right and reacting to context. Mr Sunak has since resurrected some of the Cameron administration’s austerity measures, such as a freeze on public-sector pay. But he remains eager to defy easy caricature as a neoliberal or austerian.

    [see also: Budget 2021: There are two big arguments underpinning Rishi Sunak’s Budget]

    During his time at the Treasury, George Osborne cut ­corporation tax from 28 per cent to 19 per cent. Mr Sunak now proposes to increase it to 25 per cent by the end of this parliament. There is a strong argument for doing so: the UK’s current rate is among the lowest in the G20 (only ­Switzerland and Singapore have lower rates) and has not led to the ­promised surge in investment. The economy shrank dramatically ­during the crisis, and yet digital retailers, outsourcing companies and PPE manufacturers thrived. Their profits are a politically attractive source of revenue: a recent poll by Savanta ComRes found that 55 per cent of voters, including 61 per cent of Conservative supporters, favoured a rise in corporation tax, with only 16 per cent opposed.

    Mr Sunak will not have been surprised by the opposition of free-market think tanks and Tory backbenchers. But what he may not have anticipated is that the Labour Party would join them. Keir Starmer and the shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds have argued against an “immediate” increase in corporation tax on the grounds that it would damage the economy.

    [see also: Keir Starmer’s Budget response was the speech he wanted to make weeks ago]

    The voters, however, could be forgiven for being left ­bewildered by Labour’s positions: from a radical socialist ­manifesto in December 2019 to rejecting a Tory corporation tax rise in 2021. In February 2020, during his leadership campaign, Mr Starmer pledged that he would “reverse the Tories’ cuts in corporation tax”, promising that there would be “no stepping back from our core principles”.

    It is possible to argue – on technical Keynesian grounds – that no tax rises should be imposed during an economic recovery. But this assertion is unlikely to persuade voters who have struggled as large corporations have thrived. In the US, President Biden has grasped the public mood by calling for a rise in corporation tax from 21 per cent to 28 per cent alongside a $1.9trn (almost 9 per cent of GDP) stimulus programme.

    Having fallen behind the Conservatives in the polls following the successful vaccine roll-out, Labour seems increasingly troubled. On 27 February, after Anas Sarwar became the party’s new Scottish leader, the deputy leader Angela Rayner and the shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy erroneously tweeted that he was the first ethnic-minority leader of any party (that was the Jewish Benjamin Disraeli). This was careless.

    Perhaps no political party is as adept at reinvention as the Tories. Mr Sunak is unlikely to repeat the punitive spending cuts of the past decade. As the Conservatives reposition themselves for a new era of state intervention, the Labour Party seems to have lost confidence in what it is, what it wants and for whom it speaks.

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  7. All smoke and mirrors I’m afraid.
    The government borrows the ‘Money’ from the Bank of England, which is owned by the government.
    This is a trick that we, the ordinary people, can’t perform.
    Seems that over 90% of the money released into the economy this year £400,000,000,000, was created by the bank as asked for by the government.
    So it’s not really a national debt to be paid back, it just pushes up asset values, see the stock market casino values going up during a period of stagnation and austerity.

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    1. Maybe I could try that…

      I thought that creating currency caused the value of the currency to drop and inflation to go wild, but I assume that it doesn’t as we are told there is no inflation at all at the moment.

      Odd how there can be no inflation when prices are rising… but hey, we are now used to the fact that these people say what they want to, the BBC repeats it and the tabloids back it up.

      We live in a post truth union.

      Anyone guess what happened to that £350,000,000 million a week that the NHS was going to get the minute Brexit happened?

      PS, for no good reason my car insurance just went up by 10%


    1. Oh?

      How fortunate that the NHS staff haven’t had an increased workload over the last year or so.

      Otherwise they would ahve had to have a bigger rise.

      Oh, wait, wasn’t there some sort of demic going on, epi was it? No, wait, I’ve got it, pan.

      You’d have thought that the government would have heard of this.

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  8. Hope someone has recorded Andrew Bowie clip on when Aberdeenshire west will see the benefits from Brexit, seems it will be TWO tory generations away

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    1. Bless him, they will say. He was thinking of his great great grandchildren.

      I remember Mr Rees Mogg saying that the full benefits will not be seen for 50 years.


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