134 thoughts on “ALL OUR YESTERDAYS”

  1. Another interesting selection this week, tris.

    Pic 1: Hello, playmates. Arthur Askey.

    Pic 8: Thora Hurd.

    Pic 14: Leonard Nimoy in his most famous role, Spock.

    Pic 15: I never knew the Olympic Games were ever held in Antwerp. I always thought 1920 was Paris.
    Lots of flags, but the German one is missing, surprise surprise.

    Pic 16: I’m guessing that this one is in France.
    Some of the cars look like Simcas and Renaults — is that an R5 cut off at the left? morego will know.
    There is an Umlaut over the letter A on the shade at left, perhaps advertising an Alsatian beer?
    I’ll leave the public transport to the experts . . .

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          1. I went on a school trip to France – maybe Easter 1967? -in a doomed attempt to improve my French, these vehicles were still on the road then, looking very antiquated by this time compared to buses at home…..
            They were built in the 1930’s, running on a mixture of 1/3 gasoline, 1/3 alcohol and 1/3 Benzol due to the expense of petrol imports..
            There were first and second classes on the pre-war buses!
            They weren’t very powerful, there was a 58hp (!) 4 cylinder version (TN4) and a 67hp 6 cylinder version. (TN6)
            I’m thinking that due to the elongated radiator nose it might actually be a TN6. (as below, which seems to be numerically the next in sequence to the one featured)

            They were dispersed all over Europe during the war, used for various military purposes. It is estimated that 1500 of them were lost on the battlefields of Europe. Hundreds of them were repatriated and rebuilt after the war going on to serve until the end of the sixties.
            The last TN6 left the Parisian roads in January 1969, followed by the last TN4F in July 1970.
            A true icon of Paris!

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            1. Brilliant looking buses… if a bit underpowered.

              Munguin will teach you French. He learned as part of his elite education in Antarctica. He also speak Great Auk if you’re interested.


                  1. Mention of ‘Great Auk’ caused me to look it up, now I’m feeling a bit sad.
                    Man’s inhumanity to our fellow creatures.
                    My French efforts, however poor, did at least compare favourably to my dismal attempts at Latin.
                    I obviously never ‘got’ the intellectual value.

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                    1. Our word ‘omnibus’ derives from the Latin omnibus “for all”, if only I’d known at the time.


                    2. It was a handsome bird.

                      I’m inclined to think that French is decidedly more useful than Latin, or indeed Ancient Greek (not Phil,…Boris’s chosen tongue).


                  2. My daughter did Latin Onlevel at Dundee High and then French and Spanish Literature at Uni.

                    She can also get by in Italian and Portuguese


                    1. Latin is good for typing up meanings of loads of words in the “latin” languages… Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French and even some of English.

                      I’m told Romanian too.


    1. Don Don – Pic 16. The car on the left is a Renault 4, in front of a Peugeot 404 Estate car. Struggling to remember what the white car is but the van behind is a Citroen H type and the car on the right is a Triumph TR4. The bus I will leave to others better versed in these things. (are you there Roddy?) Looks like La Belle France to me…

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      1. “the car on the right is a Triumph TR4”
        morego, are you sure?
        I have no doubt that you are correct about the other vehicles, but that is the one I thought was a Simca.
        Admittedly, it is largely in shadow.

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        1. Don Don – as you say, part of the picture is in shadow, so details are difficult to make out but it’s definitely a TR, just possibly a TR5 or TR6 but for me it’s a TR4, introduced in 1961. The pointer is the “power bulge” on the bonnet, to clear the carburettor and also the Triumph badge at the front of the bonnet and not mounted in the more conventional position on the grill. I can see the similarity to the Simca 1000 of the same era – possibly it was also styled by Michelotti.

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          1. The white car in Pic 16 is of course a Simca Aronde P60, so Don Don was correct about there being a Simca in the shot. That I should have ever doubted you… I’m slipping.

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  2. Well, Don Don beat me to it with Pics 1 & 14. I’ll hazard a guess that Pic 6 is Great Western Road, Glesca, with the Anniesland Station bridge spanning the road, late 50s/early 60s. Pic 16 -I once saw a couple of those old Parisian buses with the balcony back end – ‘Ou sont les neiges d’antan?’ Pic 17 – The Springfields before Dusty launched her solo career. Pic 19 – RMS Queen Mary, probably at Southampton 1960s. My Mum was at her launch.

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    1. You beat me to it. Given that the tug is called ‘Romsey’ its got be Southampton. Judging by the cars it must be at the end of her career as a transatlantic liner. Her last crossing?

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      1. Wiki: “After several years of decreased profits for Cunard Line, Queen Mary was officially retired from service in 1967. She left Southampton for the last time on 31 October 1967 and sailed to the port of Long Beach, California, United States, where she remains permanently moored.”

        The last crossing……destination California:

        “The Queen Mary was also too big for cruising. She could not enter most of the ports she visited because of her size, and more importantly she could not go through the Panama canal. This is partly why the QE2 was designed to be so much smaller than the Mary.”

        “Long Beach insisted that the last voyage (the delivery voyage) be run as a cruise. This was much to Cunard’s annoyance, who wanted a simple delivery job. A slow passage was planned using only 2 of the ship’s 4 propellers to save fuel. The other 2 props dragged free in the water. Like this she could use as little as 550 tons of fuel per day, instead of 1000 or more.”

        The Last Great Cruise, R.M. S. Queen Mary:

        “Too big for the Panama Canal, the trip round Cape Horn was to be particularly strange for some, as the Queen Mary carried two London buses, and some passengers boarded them so that they could say they had traveled round the Cape in a London Bus.”


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    2. I listened to some Springfields’ songs while I was doing the post. She had some voice… And the harmonies were excellent.


    3. Queen Mary and King George launched the Queen Mary on 26 September 1934.

      She’s currently docked in California at Long Beach. The hotel and southern California tourist attraction owned by the city of Long Beach in now closed. It’s fallen into disrepair, and the latest in a number of failed operating companies has filed for bankruptcy.


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        1. We DO have the Queen Mary in Glasgow! It is docked beside the Millennium Tower at the Prince’s Dock ….. but it is the vessel of the same name that was used for trips “Doon the Watter’!

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    4. The cars on the quayside in Pic 16 include three Mk III Ford Zephyrs, introduced in 1962, and the rightmost one one in front of the A55 Austin Cambridge carries the registration No. AEL77B, which is from 1964, so the picture is from that date onward.

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    5. I agree Pic 6 is Anniesland Cross. The buildings on the right hand side have not changed and still look like that. Did you know that when the railway bridge was built, the road beneath it had to be scooped out so that there was enough height for the trams to pass underneath. If you are cycling east the abrupt start to the slope upwards is noticeable!

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        1. Not uncommon, the same situation happened in Aberdeen where the (ex)Deeside line crossed Holburn Street.
          The bow collector on the tram would drop to an almost horizontal position when passing below.
          Even now a dip in the road is discernible, with tram tracks long since removed.
          Downside is that it renders this part of the road prone to flooding!

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        2. I am not sure, but, maybe the tram line came after the railway bridge and so it would have been a fairly straightforward digging job.

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          1. Electric trams, requiring overhead wires, didn’t appear until late 1890’s / very early 1900’s, by which time most railway bridges would have been in place for decades.

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      1. I am sure there would have been but very few could afford them. The photo is of the old Vault area of Dundee seen in 1927 before being swept away a few years later for the City Square and new Council offices. The Caird Hall does look to be hemmed in a bit.

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        1. Tris……As we were watching Philip’s funeral service, I was confused about how the royals had ordered up such a beautiful sunny day, with hardly a cloud in the sky. I didn’t think that such things ever happened in England.
          Then I wondered what is inscribed on that memorial stone in the center of the aisle of St. George’s Chapel. So I did some Googling and discovered that it covers a crypt where Henry VIII’s coffin rests, since he never got a proper tomb. And Charles I (severed head and all) is there too, along with Jane Seymour (Henry’s third wife.) Turns out that the crypt was opened in the nineteenth century to verify the corpse of Charles I, and in 1888, the last time the crypt was opened, a drawing (or watercolor) was made of the contents, showing that Henry’s coffin is in bad shape, with the wood appearing to be in pieces.


          1. Tris……I hadn’t noticed that issue you spotted about the article describing the execution of Charles I as “1649 (or 1648 in the old dating scheme)”, and the inscription reading “1648.” I see that the historically accepted date is usually given in English histories as 30 January 1649, while the stone inscription clearly gives the year as 1648.

            So some more Googling! 😉 Although the switch from the Julian calendar (Old Style….O.S.) to the Gregorian calendar (New Style……N.S.) did not happen in England until 1752, the 11 day difference in the calendar dates would not seem to explain the difference in the numbering of the year, for an historical event that happened on 30 January (O.S.)

            Turns out there was ALSO a change in the beginning of the new year on the new calendar from 25 March (O.S.) to 1 January (N.S.)

            Wiki says:

            “From 1155 to 1752, the civil or legal year in England began on 25 March (Lady Day); so for example, the execution of Charles I was recorded at the time in Parliament as happening on 30 January 1648 (Old Style). In newer English language texts this date is usually shown as “30 January 1649″ (New Style). The corresponding date in the Gregorian calendar is actually 9 February 1649 [New Style], the date by which his contemporaries in some parts of continental Europe [which had already adopted the new calendar] would have recorded his execution [when it happened.]”

            “When recording British history, it is usual to quote the date as originally recorded at the time of the event, but with the year number adjusted to start on 1 January.” That’s what produces the 1648/1649 confusion about the year of execution of Charles I.


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            1. Ah… thank you, Danny.

              I had no idea that they did that change.

              I wonder if that is why the tax year in the Uk starts in April.

              There are nice days in England (and even some in Scotland). Indeed a few weeks ago we were wearing shorts…even in the frozen North.

              Apparently, according to at least some, there has been an even bigger melt of ice this year in Canada and Greenland and this has meant that the Labrador Current has been stronger than normal, thus diverting the Gulf stream farther south. (Although I’m not sure why, in that case, at the end of March, we could safely venture out in shorts).

              I wish no harm to the Canadians or the Greenlanders, but I hope their warmed climate is not going to be a regular thing in the future!!! 🙂

              It’s May and Munguin had the heating on!

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              1. Tris…….We’ve had unusual weather in Missouri too. While we usually have late snow sometime in March, we had a storm in late April that had some snow in it. This was along with a night or two of record sub freezing cold that caused people to cover up tender budding plants.

                As for the UK tax year, this article (below) says:

                “Attempts in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to adopt the new calendar [in England] had broken on the rock of the Church of England, which denounced it as popish.” [Nevertheless,] “the bill passed through Parliament easily enough and George II signed it in May. It provided for Wednesday, September 2nd, 1752, to be followed by Thursday the 14th and for New Year’s Day to move from March 25th to January 1st, as already was the case in Scotland. The City of London flatly refused to pay taxes early, so the financial year was altered to start on April 6th, as it still irritatingly does.”


                The American colonies were still governed by Parliament in 1752, so the new calendar was adopted here on the same date as Britain. Therefore, all the dates of the revolutionary period (which started about 1775) were dated according to new calendar, while historical dates before 1752 originally reflected the old calendar and are often rendered both ways in modern histories. For example, George Washington was born 22 February 1732 (Old Style), 11 February 1731 (New Style). Wiki has a footnote that explains both the 11 day date difference and the one number difference in the year as follows:

                “Contemporaneous records used the Old Style Julian calendar and the Annunciation Style of enumerating years, recording his birth as February 11, 1731. The British Calendar (New Style) Act 1750 implemented in 1752 altered the official British dating method to the Gregorian calendar with the start of the year on January 1 (it had been March 25). These changes resulted in dates being moved forward 11 days, and an advance of one year for those dates between January 1 and March 25.”

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                1. Tris……OMG……OMG…….You’ll have noticed that after so carefully explaining old style and new style dates, I then proceeded to REVERSE Old Style and New Style in my first reference to the birth date of George Washington.

                  The birth date of George Washington should correctly read: Feb. 11, 1731 (Old Style), Feb. 22, 1732 (New Style).


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                2. Ha ha… You might know that it would be the City of London that absolutely refused to part with money early.

                  Thanks for your research.

                  It appears to have only happened in England, which is possibly why I’d never heard of it.

                  Or maybe it just coz I’m a bit ignorant in these matters.


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                  1. Tris…..Wiki says that Scotland made the change to 1 January as the first day of the new year on 1 January 1600, but that the shift of the date by 11 days did not occur in Scotland until 1752, with Parliament’s passage of the Calendar (New Style) Act 1750, affecting the entire UK.

                    Wiki: “As part of the Kingdom of Great Britain since the Acts of Union 1707, the Act applied equally to Scotland as to England. Scotland had already made part of the change: its calendar year had begun on 1 January since 1600. The example of Continental countries prompted King James VI of Scotland and his council to make the change, as the Register of the Scottish Privy Council of 17 December 1599 records.


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    1. Bang on, rovivorltd. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a yesterday’s picture with the Small Isles in view. The names Rum, Eigg and Muck fascinated me when I was a kid.

      The lighthouse is in the Egyptian style. Someone should tell the Royal Scottish Motor Yacht Club that it has not been sold to the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas:



      1. Going to Morar as a kid I was told the way to tell which island was which from there was – Rum looks like an upturned boat, Eeig – hens lay there eggs in Muck. That’s looking north to south. 50+ years now and the things you remember from your youth. 🤪😁
        Should have said British mainland of course for Ardamurchan point.

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  3. The top Picture is GRET Western Rd at Anniesland. The French picture is somewhere in Paris as the bus is going to Colombes. The awning is advertising a beer probably frpm Alsasce

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    1. The comments box is so tiny on my iPad screen that I only see aboit a third of the letters typed, whatever they are

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  4. 2. The booking office is now a Turkish restaurant. Ironically I was last there at a farewell do for a colleague who was off to London to join the Met.

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  5. Thought our other train-spotters would have beaten me to it on No 7… it’s a London & North Eastern Railway Class G5 (0-4-4T wheel config), designed by the company’s chief engineer Wilson Worsdell. They continued under the nationalised British Railways in 1948 but were withdrawn between 1950 and 1958.

    That explains why it’s not listed in my 1960 Observer’s Book, but Mr Google and Wiki came to the rescue with the information. Their BR numbers were 67240-67349 so the 338 shown here must have been one of the last of them.

    Thought the illustration in the appeal to women factory workers was of Communist country origin till I got down to the caption. The style is very reminiscent of Russian posters from the same era. Who inspired whom?

    Scool outing to Ardnamurchan lighthouse?? Must have been some outing. Ardnamurchan kids at school with me had to stay in digs or hostel, even at weekens, as getting there woulr have left time for just a quick hello and then start back again to be in time for the 9am bell on Monday.

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    1. It is pretty remote.

      I’m fired up to go over there and see it for myself once things get a bit better… and maybe if Spring would hurry up and come along. It’s freezing again today.


          1. They do, although some Geordie phrases have a similarity to Scots.
            For instance a Geordie might say things like “Dee as a ya telt” or “Am gan doon the toun” or “The bairn’s ganna bubble” (cry)….some common linguistic DNA???

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            1. Yes, very true. It’s one of the English accents I really like to hear. It seems musical to me.

              I also like South Country and Kernow accents, and Liverpool.

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    2. Aye if my memory serves me right, it was a long weekend Friday to Monday staying in Kilchoan, looking across to Mull. I remember going to Sanna Bay and playing in ruins on a shoreline someplace out there. Certainly not the easiest of places to get to. Was the school Lochaber High by any chance with the hostel out the back.

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    1. Frank…….Well done! During Philip’s funeral, I wondered about the purpose of the stone in the aisle. I was fascinated by the (1888) picture of the crypt, showing the poor condition of the coffin of Henry VIII. I didn’t know that Charles I was there too.

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  6. The Queen Mary on the Clyde had to give up her name to the USA one and be called Queen Mary 11.
    She is being refurbished in Govan and will have her own name back.
    Much like the group refurbishing the Maid of the Loch in Balloch.

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    1. Dave…….From what I’ve read, the California City of Long Beach which owns the ship, has only been interested in the tourist dollars it would generate, and really had no interest in properly maintaining the historic ship as a part of maritime history.
      So as years have passed, the city has accepted low dollar bids by operators who promise to manage and maintain the ship, even though they’ve never been serious about the maintenance issues. The result is that it would now cost somewhere between 200 and 300 million dollars to properly carry out the needed repairs and refurbishment. A cost that is unlikely to be paid by any operating company at a management cost that the City of Long Beach would be willing to pay.

      I’ve never been in it, but I’ve visited Long Beach and walked along the pier where it’s docked. Truly magnificent! The gigantic ship is breathtaking to see up close.

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        1. Yes Tris, and as the years pass, even the tourist interest wanes. What looked like a good tourism investment in the 1960’s, is quite different 60 years later, and fully 85 years after the heyday of the Queen Mary and the great Atlantic ocean liners.

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  7. The wartime poster theme was possibly used on both sides of the Atlantic – I am sure there was a Bugs Bunny cartoon with that question as Bugs’s final utterance. And the question, sometimes in ironic vein, had a longer life and I wonder whether all the people I heard uttering it were aware of its origins.
    Did Dusty opt for a solo career or did the money men say get rid of the stiffs ? Compare Lulu and the Luvvers. The Springfields’ early records, to me, had a much more country sound than her later solo songs. Some, both group and solo, are part of the soundtrack of my life.
    Arthur Askey belonged to a more innocent age and I wonder if the phrase “Hello Playmates” would carry different connotations in the 21st century ?

    Late to the feast today – just as well since some of my speculative suggestions would have been well off track !


    1. Cairnallochy, I suspect Dusty opted for the solo career. One of “the stiffs” was her brother Tom (on her L in the pic) who was a fair songwriter and musician so I doubt if she just threw him overboard. Mind you, it was the era of the”girl singers” – Sandie Shaw, Pet Clark, Cilla Black, et al. Soundtrack to our lives, right enough.

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      1. I think, to be fair, that Dusty was far too good a singer to be confined as a member of a group.

        She could sing anything, as her albums testify too, and, in my opinion, if she had had good management, she could have been a massive star after the 60s.

        Las Vegas, Tahoe, Reno, New York.

        But she never seemed to be booked into any of these places.

        I read that in the early 70s she gave up and went to live in America, becasue she couldn’t face summer seasons at Bournemouth or Blackpool topping the bill but only singing her old hits…. and then panto in December, principal boy!

        Many of our singers weren’t good enough for the American market. Dusty certainly was.

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        1. ‘Dusty in Memphis’ released in 1969 is now rightly considered an all-time classic.
          Also many fine pop hits. The finest British female vocalist of the sixties?
          (no disrespect intended to to you-know-who)
          She had a troubled private life at a time when being openly gay was not accepted, especially so for a devout Catholic of Irish descent..

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          1. The two of them (Dusty and you know who), were undoubtedly the best sixties girl singers. They were friends although they rarely worked together… being rather too similar to both fit on the same shows.

            I always thought the big 5 were those two and Cilla, Sandi and Lulu.

            Yep, tragically she couldn’t’ be herself.

            A few years ago, Dusty’s management found an unfinished song “Corner of the Sky”.

            They took it to Petula and asked her if she wanted to do a duet. As it was something she had always wanted to do, she jumped at it.

            I think the mix of their voices on this rather strange recording (one of the artistes was dead) suggests that a real live recording would have been crazy good.

            There’s also a documentary (in two parts) where Petula and B J Thomas, talk about Dusty… actually saying most of the things we have already said. She was incredibly versatile and hugely talented.

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  8. Should have wished all Munguinites ‘Happy Easter’ earlier. Maybe ‘Happy Eastern’, more appropriately. Here in Bulgaria, the Orthodox church still calculates high days and holy days by the Julian calendar. That means an extra 11 days to begin with, so when you add the first full moon and the first Friday parts of the Easter formula to the spring equinox start date, the final calculation can vary considerably from the corresponding festivals in the western world.

    That’s why we’re having a second bite at the chocolate eggs (eat your heart out, Marcia) and all the other sweet things that mark the event. Lent lasts 46 days here instead of the Catholic 40 and Orthodox church members abstain from all animal and fish products and by-products, including butter, cheese, milk, and even caviar. (Sorry, Munguin, that will hurt you even more than Marcia missing out.)

    And the fast does not end till tomorrow, Easter Sunday, when fancy yeast-raised cakes and buns in animal shapes and biscuit-baked rabbits and flowers are very much part of the menu, along with the most important ritual bread, the braided kozunak.

    Tomorrow, to end the lengthy abstinence, a feast of all the prohibited food is spread on the table, with the kozunak, symbolising the body of Christ, taking centre stage. Lamb is always served, the equivalent of the Judaic Passover lamb.

    Today, Holy Saturday, services will begin at 23:00. Families and friends will attend church together, carrying their coloured eggs. When the clock strikes midnight, they greet each other with the words Hristos vozkrese (Christ has risen!) The response is Voistina vozkrese (Indeed, He has risen!)

    The priest and the faithful then walk around the church three times with lit candles in hand. The belief is that the candles of those who have been good Christians will not go out no matter how strong the wind blows. (I dare not risk joining.)

    After services are over, the all-important choukane s yaitsa – egg-fight – takes place. Opponents smash their eggs into each other. The person with the egg left unbroken is proclaimed the winner or borak. The winning egg is kept until next Easter and is a sign of good luck.

    On that note, even if I am a non-believer in religion of any kind (unless Scottish independence counts?) I will still risk divine retribution and wish you all Chestit Velikden!

    Getting back to Scotland and Rovivorltd’s query, the school in question was Oban High. That was in the early 60s and maybe it’s now easier for Ardnamurchan youngsters to get to Fort William. I’m still hard-pressed to think how they made it to and from Oban in my day. Maybe train to Ballachulish, by road to Onich, ferry across to the peninsula, and by road again to the western extremity. Maybe MacBrayne’s steamer to Mull and Tobermory, and by ferry or fishing boat from there to the point.

    I remember a lassie from Ardnamurchan in our Gaelic class – despite her Norwegian surname. Her dad had escaped wartime Norway on the ‘Shetland Bus’ and somehow settled in Ardnamaurchan, married a local caileag and bringing up Gaelic-speaking bairns. Maybe Norwegian as well. I should have found out at the time, but back then I was even worse at chatting up girls.

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    1. What a fascinating story…well two fascinating stories.

      I’m always torn. Like you, John, I have no religious beliefs at all, although I totally respect anyone who genuinely does (no matter what they are) and lives their lives according to them. (My argument with some is that they spout religion for their gain, but don’t believe a word of it.)

      Anyway, I am torn between my lack of belief and a sadness that most of the customs attached to religion are disappearing now.

      The only one here that seems really to be alive, is Christmas, but we all know that the British Christmas has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with greed and gluttony… not to mention drunkenness.

      I was in the village of Liff the other day, and noticed that the one church there is for sale.

      It just seemed a little sad… But as I say, I’ve not been in a church since I attended my mate’s wedding some 20+ years ago.

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  9. No 18 – “The finest beach and most beautiful holiday resort in Britain.”
    Who could possibly argue?
    Back in the day it could attract quite the wee crowd, as this image demonstrates.

    I suspect this was probably a ‘flag day’
    (i.e. a flag day on Union Street 😉)
    These people look awfully big, and where’s Pittodrie?
    I think some liberties may have been taken with the actuality.

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      1. tris, there must be degrees, doctorates and professorships (hello, Roddy) going to anyone who can write the definite low-down on single/double-decker trams, omnibuses and trains.

        Just confine it to western Europe from the horse-drawn days of the late 19th century to the present day.

        Think about it: double-decker buses are pretty much a British thing, especially associated with London, if they are red. The only exception I I can think of is Berlin prior to the Second World War.

        Where I live, the S-Bahn has double-decker trains, and the Dutch have double-deckers too.

        How do they manage they low bridges?

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    1. Where else but in England do men wear suits to the beach! (Business suits, not swimsuits. 😉 )

      On the beach at San Clemente, his California home, Richard Nixon went informal. He didn’t wear a tie, but he did avoid the surf in his fine leather dress shoes. 😉

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            1. Tris…..Just perfect for a day at the beach! A traditional American choice for the man for whom fine Italian footwear might be TOO much for the beach. 😉

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      1. “Where else but in England (I beg your pardon?) do men wear suits to the beach!”
        I take it then that you’ve never visited Aberdeen beach on a ‘summer’ day?
        hint – pack your thermals!

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        1. Roddy……I see your point. Beachwear can take on an entirely different meaning. A cold ocean current makes a day at the beach (and the climate of San Francisco) in northern California an entirely different experience from southern California. A San Francisco beach:

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        1. Ah yes…….When Obama’s tan suit in the White House press briefing room caused an international controversy!

          It was followed by a joke picture (below) from his staff, posted on the POTUS Instagram account. It shows a khaki suit and Nike tennis shoes to be worn for his upcoming State of the Union address. 😉
          Sadly, he ended up choosing dark presidential blue and black dress shoes for the SOTU…..LOL.


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    1. DonDon……Then when Donald Trump came along, inappropriate presidential attire was the least of our problems. Trickie Dickie didn’t seem quite so bad. 😉


        1. “Lizzie Laughing” is a great caption for that picture. 😉
          The suit didn’t even come close to fitting, and Trumpy undoubtedly felt uncomfortable without his big floppy red tie hanging to his knees.

          Of course the standards for formal attire are high at the palace. The White House is a good deal less formal these days. In the entire eight years of the DubYa Bush administration, all the state dinners were less formal black tie/tuxedo affairs except for ONE. That one was the state dinner for the Queen, which was a full dress white tie affair. The White House also got a new paint job and the gardens were freshly replanted. That was when DubYa at the welcoming ceremony referred to her last state visit in 1776.

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          1. LOL… well DubYa, she is elderly, but maybe not quite THAT much 🙂

            Poor old Liz thinks that the world smells of paint.

            She must be regularly cross that her houses never seem to smell of new paint.

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            1. LOL…..I love the idea that the Queen believes that the entire world smells like fresh paint, except maybe her own palaces. Much was made in the media about the fresh coat of paint to fix up the White House for the Queen’s visit, and new plantings to spruce up the gardens. 😉

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The bilingual blog about all things British


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an irreverent look at UK politics


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