1. The future of the Great British train? Maybe one day!
3. Yesterday… but also today.
4. Or maybe just have a cold… you know, take it on the chin.
5. A blast from the past of Great British history… oh wait, it was just last week.
Manfred Mann | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company
Signal Toothpaste | Antiseptic mouthwash, Old ads, Vintage ads
High Street, Dumfries 1960 | Dumfries, Old photos, Old pictures
Sir Ken Dodd obituary | Ken Dodd | The Guardian
Dundee Corporation - The Double Deckers from 1946
1950s Chocolate Advertisement High Resolution Stock Photography and Images  - Alamy
I Love Lucy (TV Series 1951–1957) - IMDb
1950s Advertising Washing High Resolution Stock Photography and Images -  Alamy
23. I don’t know who they are, but it’s a lovely happy image from then and now…
Coca-Cola collaborated with the Nazis in the 1930s, and Fanta is the proof  | by New Visions | Timeline

Thanks to Dave, John and Marcia.


  1. Pic 11: Ken Dodd’s dad’s dog’s dead. And Ken Dodd too, unfortunately. A real trouper to the end.

    Pic 18: Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance. I think we’ve had that photo before.

    There is plenty there for the bus and train enhusiasts.

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    1. I know we had a photo of Lucy and Viv before. I didn’t know it was that one. Sorry.

      I tried to say that and couldn’t.

      Try this one:

      Les chaussettes de l’archiduchesse sont-elles sèches ou Archi-sèches ?


      1. How tickled they were! Have you ever been tickled, Madame?


        He probably made a donation to the Tory Party and someone had a word!


  2. 1: Deutsche Bahn Trans Europe Express T.E.E. as featured on Kraftwerk’s album.
    Started service in late 50s, diesel traction later modified to gas turbines.

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    1. Well done, Derek. That didn’tlast long – and you’ve deprived me of Munguinite speculation as to when this ultra-modern train would become a regular sight on the new Great British Railways.

      My caption from History of Railways (an early 70s part-work) describes it as a “German Federal Railways’ diesel-hydraulic multiple-unit train, at the time used extensively on the Trans-European Express services, later moved to DB internal inter-city service on non-electric lines”.

      From the publication date, I took it as reasonably contemporaneous. Would never have guessed it dates from the late 50s. Still looks more modern than anything I’ve seen in the UK, although things might have changed since I last visited two years ago. Maybe the new GBR could find one of these in a German scrapyard, stick on HS2, and really impress passengers with such an up-to-date look.

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      1. By the time they get that line built, they won’t be using trains anymore. Someone in the real world will have invented the tele transporter and the Great Brits will still be scarping around for some coal.


    2. Looks a lot like the “Turbo Trains” we had over here in the late 1960s and 1970s (Canada kept them going until the ’80s).

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          1. Tris…..Most American lines would fall apart too these days. American politicians talk about high speed rail (which other countries have, but the USA doesn’t) but nothing is ever done about it. The Penn Central TurboTrains ran on “rebuilt tracks” in the Northeast Corridor (Washington to Boston via Philadelphia and New York City) 50 years ago. But in 1971, US passenger rail service was nationalized under the “Amtrak” name, and in 1976 the TurboTrains were phased out by Amtrak on the Penn Central trackage.

            Amtrak still runs the “Acela” train on the Northeast Corridor, which is said to achieve 150 mph on a short stretch, but otherwise runs on old tracks which can’t support high speed operation. It looks nice, but it isn’t really a challenge to the high speed trains of Europe and the the far East.

            Wiki: The Acela (/əˈsɛlə/ ə-SEL-ə; originally the Acela Express until September 2019) is Amtrak’s flagship high speed service along the Northeast Corridor (NEC) in the Northeastern United States between Washington, D.C. and Boston via 16 intermediate stops, including Providence, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. The route contains segments of high-speed rail; Acela trains are the fastest trainsets in the Americas, attaining 150 mph (240 km/h) on 33.9 mi (54.6 km) of the route.

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            1. 150 isn’t that bad, Danny.

              I’m not sure that any of the trains here do anything like that.

              Even HS1, which goes from London to Paris and Brussels, is relatively slow in England, pretty slow in the tunnel and only really gets going in the northern plains of France (which are far from attractive and flash by very quickly).

              Other countries invested in railways. France in particular under Président Mitterrand, who was from a railway family, covered their territory with high speed trains which can go from Paris to the south coast in a really short time.

              I’ve often done Paris to Geneva (for obvious reasons) and it’s like a relatively short journey, even going through the French Alps.

              I think Britain and America (sorry, we should always have the word “great” in there) concentrated on roads, which are hopelessly congested, overcrowded and not that well maintained.

              India and China have far far better railways than we have. And I can’t think of a worse service in Europe…although maybe Romania is.

              Maybe when they eventually build HS2… maybe in 100 years or so… they will manage the speed of continental trains,
              but I’d not bet on it.

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              1. Tris……I admire your modesty in avoiding name dropping when discussing the Paris to Geneva route. 😉

                In America, with half a continent to cover, and vast regions of sparse population, highways and airlines effectively supplanted long distance trains in the last half of the 20th century. Beginning in the 1950’s, the “Interstate Highway” system was built… of the great civil engineering feats in history. The Interstate Highways are an entire grid of limited access, divided lane superhighways, which were laid down over the existing national highway grid that dated from the first half of the century. It was a pet project of President Eisenhower, who, as a young army officer had seen the sad condition of US highways after WWI, and during WWII was impressed with the German Autobahn. The Interstate system is said to have been wonderful at first, especially in the more sparsely regions of the Midwest and West. But today it is clogged with traffic on key routes, and long distance commercial trucking. For example, Interstate 70 across Missouri between Kansas City and St. Louis, was once I am told, a pleasant drive; but today it’s more or less a solid string of big trucks, carrying goods between Chicago and points east, to Denver and point west…….including one of the three major Interstate routes to California.

                Getting across the prairies, mountains and deserts to California has always been a big deal in American history. A five or six hour plane flight from New York to California looks very attractive compared to a few days by train or auto. And even better than the six month wagon trek or a sea voyage around South America of course. 😉

                Ironically, my cousin in London is much impressed with train travel in Britain. She had never experienced such a thing in the USA. She was less impressed with the train in Italy, whose crew decided to go on strike DURING a train trip south of Rome. The train just stopped, the crew departed, and she was left to arrange other transport. Not speaking Italian, she mostly just followed the other passengers.

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                1. LOL Sorry to hear about your cousin’s problems in Italy. Erm, the Italians can be rather excitable, but in fairness their trains are a lot better, faster and cheaper than GREAT British ones, as a rule.

                  The investment to build a really good modern train service in the USA would be more than even President Biden is prepared to throw at recovery, I think.

                  Faced with the kind of journey you talk about I would also fly.

                  Roads here are crowded because the public transport system is really expensive, at least when compared with other places in Europe. It’s far cheaper to go by road and the distances are comparatively short.

                  At the moment I see trains go past here with no one in, but the roads are pretty much the way you describe.

                  I can only imagine what it is like in the South East of England. The last time I was there it was horrific.

                  Mind you, to be fair I’d say the same about some of the roads around Paris. The Périphérique in Paris is just a solid mess of cars, vans and lorries. Nightmare.

                  And despite the amazing train network in Switzerland traffic jams in Geneva at rush hour are horrific.

                  I probably told you about taking a taxi to the station in Geneva and being stuck in traffic. I had to be in Paris the next day for a meeting and it looked like I would miss the last train.

                  I said to my mate, David, “maybe the train will be late” (in French). The taxi driver looked around in amazement. David rolled his eyes and said “Il est britannique”. The taxi driver nodded and said … “Ahhhh bon..ça explique tout!”

                  The very idea of a train being late…..arghh.

                  Fortunately I caught the train (just) and was back in Paris for my meeting.

                  As the station clock hands hit 12 and 7… the train started moving and was in Paris bang on time to the second.

                  Weird for me! Absolutely normal for them.

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                  1. I love the story about your traffic delay and the Geneva taxi driver. 😉

                    The Périphérique in Paris makes me think of I-435, the Interstate highway loop forming a “beltway” entirely around Kansas City. Three digit Interstate routes are bypasses, connectors, and beltways around cities. The idea is to minimize traffic passing through the city center. Trouble is, the beltway gets as badly clogged with traffic as the city routes. Traffic can become entirely stalled on I-435 at rush hours. I-435 is 83 miles long, placing it among the longest in the world.

                    Wiki: “I-435 [is] the second-longest complete beltway numbered as a single Interstate Highway in the U.S., and seventh longest in the world after Cincinnati, Ohio’s I-275 at 83.71 miles (134.7 km), Houston, Texas’s Beltway 8 at 88 miles (140 km), Berlin’s Bundesautobahn 10 at 122 miles (196 km), and London’s M25 motorway at 117 miles (188 km) as well as Beijing’s 7th and 8th ring roads.”

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      1. I’m sure that whoever runs the East Coast line these days from London to Aberdeen is still using the trains that were in use in the days when that Great British Pervert, Jimmy Saville advertise “The is the Age …. of the Train”.

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    3. Sorry, Graham. Why did I call you Derek earlier? Maybe blame this early rising and still dreaming of Bo. Not a bad excuse, but unfortunatley not the case as far as I can remember so I’ll just have to grovel apologies.

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    1. It definitely is Balloch Pier, Jim, with what looks to me like one of the original Blue Trains that were introduced when the Glasgow suburban lines were first electrified. I used to go there in the summer now and again because we had friends who had a caravan, right on the shore of the loch on the site where some b*astard was recently planning to build a Flamingobloodyland theme park thingmie, which would have had waterslides, I expect, not that I’m against waterslides per se.

      The station itself is no longer in use, of course: the trains now stop at Balloch Central. I suppose that must have something to do with the fact that the Maid of the Loch stopped sailing around 40 years ago. I went on her once.

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      1. Thanks for the confirmation edd. I know the area very well, just don’t recall ever seeing Balloch Pier train station. Balloch Central was/is (new station now, mind you) my local station and got on/off the train there.

        I was only on the Maid Of The Loch once – probably aged about 7 years old – as my aunt worked on it over one summer. It’s currently being restored so hopefully will be sailing again… although probably not any time soon.

        All the best.

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    1. Too early for the 1970’s Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Robert. It’s before my time, but I recognise Paul Jones (centre), who left the original Manfred Mann in the mid 60’s.

      #21 is the Tory vision for Great British Railways!

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      1. My thinking entirely, Drew. That’s why I sent it to Tris with No 1 to exemplify the GBR vision. Interesting story to 21 but let’s see first see what the all-knowing Munguinites come up with as the day wears on.

        I know DonDon’s always quick off the Mark, also being in Europe but a bit further west than me. Suspect his ‘first in’ comment came before bedtim whereas I’m on pre-dawn ‘early to rise’ in the hope that the proverbial benefits might belatedly come true. Either way, AOY is still a good benefit to getting the day started.

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            1. The picture is “Taking on Water at Parkside”, 1831. Engraving by Henry Pyall after a painting by Thomas Talbot Bury.

              A year after first railway fatality at the same location, John?

              William Huskisson, MP lost the catch-weight contest with the famous Rocket, on the inaugural passenger run of the Liverpool and Manchester railway.

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  3. Don’t know much about trains and stations. Although I do remember visiting a sort of train museum thing on the outskirts of Nairobi and finding that most were ex British and even Scottish trains!
    I never thought Ken Dodd was funny.
    I love Maltesers. And so did our old dog, who sadly died last month at the age of 19. My husband would throw a Malteser from his study, it would then roll down the stairs with Sassy in hot pursuit and into the kitchen. She find it and eat it and then run up the stairs all ready to chase another.

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    1. I visited a railway workshop in Khartoum in 1983 and some of the locos were made in Glasgow.

      Different days then. We just wandered in; there was no fence.

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    2. That’s a brilliant story.

      All the exercise of running up and down the stairs burnt off the calories of the Malteser.

      19 is a fantastic age for a dog. At 7 years to 1 human years that made her 133 in human years. I’m sorry for your loss. You must miss her.

      Maltesers for a long life then…

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      1. Maltesers can only ever shorten a dog’s life; the chocolate coating being toxic to canines. Even tiny amounts of chocolate can lead to a racing heart, larger amounts can give them the runs.

        Unless you sook the chocolate off, then give the malty bit to towser, do not feed Maltesers to dogs.

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    3. My father worked before the second World War in the Prince’s and Queen’s Dock in Glasgow, which also housed the Finnieston Crane, which was used for loading locomotives, that had been built in Springburn, on to ships to transport them to various parts of the Empire. One of his workmates was a very small man, who gave himself the name BIG JUD, and he used to inscribe this with a nail on to the locomotives. During the war, when my father was sent to Egypt, he disembarked from a troop train in Cairo and, as he walked past he recognised the locomotive as a Springburn one, and, when he wiped the sand from the fender, he read,”BIG JUD”! (Big Jud did not get conscripted – he was too wee!)

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    1. Many years ago I worked with a former TV repair man who told me that back in the 1950s the reason they used asbestos lining for cabinets was that TVs had an alarming habit of catching fire. In the days before modern plastics, the insulation consisted of rubber and canvas, waxed paper and wood, amongst other things. The sets used thermionic valves and CRT picture tubes, both of which produced a lot of heat. This dried the internals out, making fires disturbingly common.
      Asbestos was found throughout the home in those days, even though the hazards of the material were well known…

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      1. That fire-precaution seems to have carried on to fairly recent times, Morego. “Always unplug the telly before you got to bed or got out, don’t just switch it off,” was a common bit of folk advice. And it did happen to a mate in South Africa about 40 years ago when his whole house burnt down from a telly fire. I still come across it now occasionally even in these days of flat-screen plasma.

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        1. Aye, John. I still unplug my TV when I go out or retire.
          A relative of mine in the 1960s had his living room burned out when the TV caught fire and he was out in the garden. It was a rental set and all the company which owned it would offer in compensation was a replacement set!
          Modern TVs are much safer, consuming less power – although not a lot less, given how large they are – and running much cooler internally. Insulation is more stable, not degrading so badly over time.
          There are a number of TV and radio museums which have models going back to the beginning of transmissions but they are not allowed to power the sets up under Health and Safety laws…
          Nothing is guaranteed 100% safe regardless of design.
          Precaution should still be our watchword when it comes to electrical devices.

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        2. A friend tells me that there used to be announcement as the BBC closed down.

          Would a responsible member of the household please unplug the apparatus before retiring.. or something like that.

          I often wondered…what if there were no responsible members of the household… or what it they were all already retired?


          1. In the times before 24-hour TV programmes, at the end of transmission for the night the announcer would indeed advise you to unplug your set.
            To reinforce this, about thirty seconds after the screen had powered down to a dot the station would play a loud toneburst through the speaker, loud enough to arouse those slumbering through some of the exciting fare offered last thing (like The Epilogue).
            Set at an irritating frequency, it soon had you heading for the off switch.
            No remote control in those days…

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  4. Great to see a Dundee AEC bus running on the Fintry route, usually manically driven (pre-select gearboxes) and the turn into Arthurstone Terrace was always an exciting moment.
    Fanta Amaro (bitter orange) was available in Turin for a time, c 20 years ago, never saw it anywhere else. Liked it very much. Had disappeared now, as far as I can tell.
    The standard product I associate with a tummy upset in the Pyrenees nearly 50 years ago – which produced a curious craving for something I normally never drank but was all I could face, liquid or solid. Never touch it now but keep pleasant recollections of its palliative properties.
    One of Manfred’s early hits was 5-4-3-2-1. Heard once of primary teacher who had had a little game (with an infant class) about spaceships and countdowns to launch but then had to break some children’s tendency to count backwards.
    Think there were turbo trains on the Paris – Rouen line in the 70’s into 80’s but never took the chance of a trip.


    1. If the top deck of the Fintry bus was full the centre of gravity must have made it an interesting turn into Arthurstone Terrace and not topple over or as we say in Dundee, coup.

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        1. Not that one but the 26 when it used to via Lyon Street then take a sharp turn at Albert Street/Arbroath Road junction on its way to Douglas..

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            1. Munguin was on a bus once. He asked the driver where the first class compartments were…

              Imagine his disappointment on discovering that there were none and that he wold be obliged to sit with the common herd.

              That reminds me of when there was a huge influx of SNP MPPS (50 new ones) to the London parliament… I should probably say the Great British parliament…

              Anyway, someone complained that they were all flying first class to London.

              A legitimate complain, were there such a facility available!

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        1. LOL. Obviously, I meant deck, to which I have changed it.

          Sitting on the top duck might be a cheap thrill, but it would be unkind and Munguin would be furious.

          San Pel is quite nice.

          Aldi has some pleasant drinks. I’m not sure of the price, but they are bound to be cheaper than San Pel. They are called “Viv”. and my favourite is Arancia Rosa…sparking blood orange Italian-style soda.

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              1. I posted a link earlier, about the last picture, that WordPress didn’t like. Ho hum.

                Anyhoo, the Fanta in the ad is wartime Germany’s ersatz Coke, produced at the Coca-Cola plant after ties were severed with Atlanta in 1941.

                The Coca-Cola company effectively inherited the Fanta name after the war.

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                    1. D’ya know. I went to Aldi this afternoon/evening and they were totally out of it.

                      I was so disappointed.

                      Off to try another Aldi tomorrow, where I shall buy up a large supply!


                  1. When I worked in the blacksmith’s shop many a long year ago, the smiddy fires went better with coke.
                    We called it chawr in Scots and went through a lot of it, as I recall.

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    2. I remember taking an InterCityExpress (ICE) north to Göttingen in the late ’80s.

      The brand-new railtrack included tunnels and viaducts, and in some places ran within sight of the still-existant East German border.

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      1. Huge shame that the Brits favoured the car over public transport. Mrs Thatcher didn’t like public transport at all. Remember she wanted the tunnel between France and England to be for cars.

        Fortunately Président Mitterrand thought otherwise.


        1. To be honest, I’ve never really liked Paul Jones’ voice, although he is a very nice guy, I’m told by someone who worked with him.


  5. I saw the Manfreds when I worked in Oman. Paul Jones and Mike D’Ablo were with the band although Manfred had long departed. It was an open air concert in the beach club either in the 2000’s I think. They put on a really magnificent show.
    I saw them again when I was back in Glasgow. It was the day that Princess Diana died. When they came on they said that they had considered cancelling but had decided not to do that. They got a cheer from the audience and went on to do a cracking show.

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    1. Now that is a brilliant place to see a band, Grouser.

      And I totally agree with not cancelling concert because a member of the royal family had died.

      Accept that some people might not want to go to a gig in that circumstance, but for the bulk of us, how disappointing would that be?


    1. Brilliant, Marcia.

      Some amazing stuff in that film. I thought though, that maybe Moira would have come along to give the teenagers a wee concert in that 59 club.

      I’m sure they’d have mobbed her.


  6. Pic 15 – Balloch Pier station and the Maid of the Loch steamer on Loch Lomond. Pic 18 – Lucille Ball on left, can’t recall the other lady. Pic 19 – I’m amazed you could get such a huge container of washing-up liquid for only 2 bob! Pic 20 – Is that one of those cars they call a people mover? Pic 21 – Artist’s impression of the new Great British Railways? Pic 24 – I’ll have a wild guess at Great Yarmouth station, going by the sign that says so on the wall 🙂

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      1. Of course, people carrier, not mover – duh! I saw a hearse just the other day with what was almost certainly a cardboard coffin in the back. Possibly destined for some type of eco burial but I couldn’t help thinking how much like a giant shoe box it looked.

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        1. Cardboard is better than wood, I reckon.

          What a waste of a tree to make a coffin and be immediately burnt or buried, when you could have been standing there making the world a prettier place.

          They can put me in an old bag for burning.


          1. To be truly environmentally conscious, Tris, you need to specify that the body-bag to be used for burning should be made of hessian or canvas, none of your nasty modern polymers , oh no!

            Anyway, those natural fibres are much more absorbent of any costly unguents well-wishers may want to tip over you to give you a proper send-off before ignition. Definitely much to be preferred.

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            1. I’m Ok with that, Ed. I don’t really care what they do. The cheapest and most environmentally friendly, as far as I’m concerned. I’ll have got to the stage where it won’t much affect me.


          2. Don’t think the coffin gets burnt, Tris. Too valuable and the crem people send it back to the undertakers. They’d also have to unscrew the handles, name plate, and any other metal bits before going through the furnace.

            Like you (and the RS), we’re all for using an old bag – after any still useful bits have been removed for transplant and the rest donated to medical school for research or anatomy practice. Remember daughter coming home all excited in medical student days and announcing: “I’ve got my own cadaver!” As Buns put it so well, “Gin a body meet a body…”

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            1. I’ve often wondered about that. out of sight and … stripped bare.

              UNdertakers must be loaded. These coffins aren’t cheap.

              My body is left to the local medical school.

              My mum’s was too, but they couldn’t take it because of Covid. Students were on distance learning.


  7. 20’s an Austin (16?)
    15’s a Sentinel (one of our dinosaurs is missing)
    7 uh-huh, it was the Man-freds… Check out the B-side, it’s often better than the A!

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  8. The Sentinel Steam Wagon in Pic 15 has a connection to Glasgow. Sentinel Works was founded in Polmadie in 1875 and built steam lorries until WW1 when production was moved to England, with other work continuing on the site. Sentinel was taken over by Wm. Beardmore &Co. in 1917 and eventually became part of Rolls Royce Ltd.
    The Brown in Brown Bayley Steels was the nephew of the John Brown who bought over J&G Thompson in Clydebank in 1899 to become John Brown Shipbuilders.
    Pic 22 is a Baker Electric car from around 1910.
    Pic 10. The Standard Motor Company – the company that sets the standard, but that’s a whole story again…
    Given the claims made in the advert, I suspect this pre-dates the Trades Description Act…

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    1. LOL LOL LOL.

      Yes, I think so.

      Mind you, some of the ads of today do that.

      Mine of information here on Munguin’s Republic. We think sometimes that Munguin should publish an Encyclopaedia, based on the knowledgeable contributions from readers… then he remembers that he’d probably have to pay royalties, scraps the idea and goes back to counting his second hand gold bars.


      1. Reminds me… someone asked a few weeks ago (Cairnallochy?Alex?) if Pears Cyclopaedia was produced by the Pears Soap people. Indeed it was. I suspect it was an early version of what’s now called ‘corporate social responsibility’ – bringing a cheap source of knowledge to the great unwashed. (Or soon to be washed with the product if the marketing device worked.)

        That prompted me to check if it’s still going, and predictably, the last edition appeared in 2017 – 120 years after the first in 1897. Definitely an opportunity for Munguin to take over, even if the internet brought about the end of Pears. Penguin used to be the publisher so he could probably claim inheritamce!

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  9. It’s Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday, so here’s my favourite Dylan song. Except it isn’t by him. It isn’t even by the person who wrote it…

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  10. Does a day in the year 1680 count as a yesterday?
    If it does and given we’ve been so honoured as to have a Duke visit our capital city, I’m struck by just how so much times change yet so much remains the same… this being “An account of their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Dutchess of York, their arrival and reception in Scotland, the 26. of Octob. 1680 In a letter from a gentleman of their Highnesses retinue, to a friend in London.”;view=fulltext


  11. Just a quick comment, I have to go out river larking, now it’s rained, all pics are wonderful, about time the masks came off the royals…and their goings on.

    We were alerted to this on a YTube channel recently…can’t remember which one, but here is a link, another Scottish inventor no one has ever heard of.

    Oh and yes, saw an actual promotional ad, for er, LNER yesterday, wasn’t paying attention so only caught the end of it, interesting though eh.

    Watch and be amazed.

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