2. Before tumble dryers?
The Lana Sisters, still can not believe they got Dusty to wear this outfit  | Dusty springfield, Dusty, Statue
BBC Radio 7 - Radio Roots, Series 1, Deryck Guyler
12. Per gallon too… and Green Shield Stamps.
Mel Torme: Sings About Love | JAZZ.FM91
Dad's Army Lost Episodes cast: Kevin Eldon, Mathew Horne, Tom Rosenthal and  David Hayman join Robert Bathurst, Bernard Cribbins and Kevin McNally -  Radio Times
20. October 22, 1877… The Blantyre mining disaster in Scotland kills 207 miners. Those widows and orphans who were unable to support themselves were evicted by the mine owners and likely sent to the Poor House… Great British Values, I suspect.

Thanks to Dave A, Dave S, Panda Paws, John and Marcia.


When Scotland last voted Tory.

84 thoughts on “ALL OUR YESTERDAYS”

  1. First again, but floundering as usual.
    Pic 10: Cyrilic writing on the wall, Turkish uniforms. Bulgaria, 1912-1913???
    Pic 16: There was also an HMS Manxman, a fast mine-layer. Maybe two (First and Second World Wars).
    Pic 19: Dad’s Army. Only Ian Lavender (Pike) is still with us.
    Bonus 1: I have a vague memory of Churchill’s state funeral, broadcast on the BBC.
    Bonus 2: It Ain’t Half Hot, Mum.

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        1. Tris……The only funeral of a commoner she has attended. And the last state funeral in Britain (with rare exceptions, reserved for monarchs.) Other state funerals for Prime Ministers included Gladstone and Wellington.

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            1. LOL……Most royals who are not monarchs get royal ceremonial funerals. Not quite a state funeral, but nevertheless well attended. However, as long as Munguin becomes Prime Minister at some point in his career, I’d say he has a shot at one of those state affairs. 😉

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              1. Well, by the time he becomes first minister of Scotland we’ll have dropped all this royal crap… so I expect he’ll be dumped on a fire, just like me!



    1. № 10 could be further east; one of the Turkic areas in late Russian Empire or early Soviet Union. Azeri, Turkmen & Uzbek would all have been written in Cyrillic back then.

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      1. tris, I found this about a First World War HMS Manxman:

        HMS Manxman (1916) was a ferry launched in 1903 and requisitioned by the Royal Navy in 1915 for conversion into a sea-plane carrier.

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          1. tris: “Returned to civilian service in 1920, the ship was requisitioned as a radar training vessel, HMS Caduceus, during World War II and scrapped in 1945.”

            Quite a career.

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      1. Its about 3 and 3/4 hrs to Heysham now. A bit quicker to Liverpool on the fast craft but not all year round. Unfortunately, we now pay a significant premium to have stuff delivered here and many suppliers won’t even deliver.

        That said, it is a nice place to live. While watching the seals at the calf of Man the other day, a pod of dolphins passed by. The sight of them leaping into air was absolutely fantastic.

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        1. Yes, I guess now it is all about making money instead of providing a necessary service, everything will have got prohibitively expensive.

          I’ve heard it’s the same on the Scottish islands.

          But at least you are free from Johnson and have a decent government of your own.

          The seals and dolphins sound fantastic.

          Maybe Munguin will visit next year. I wonder if they do flights from Edinburgh!


          1. There are flights to/from Edinburgh but only 3 times a week and they’re not particularly cheap. No flights to any other Scottish airport unfortunately. There are some lovely walks if your’re into that sort of thing.

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  2. Pic 8 – The Lana Sisters – Dusty Springfield on left. Pic 13 – Glesca – Buchanan St – 1950s? Pic 17 – London – St Paul’s Cathedral – pre-Blitz?

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    1. Pic 13 is Union St in Glasgow. The facade has not changed much. The Egyptian Halls are on the right about half way up on the right. Buchanan St is straight from north to south, whereas northwards from its junction with Union St at Gordon St, Renfiekd St bends slightly eastwards.

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      1. He was the janitor in a comedy series about a school, which featured John Alderton. There was an episode where the pupils were fund-raising for ‘geriatrics’ and the Derek Guyler character said he would not allow this “Attricks” chap in the school grounds.

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  3. No. 14 looks like a young Mel Torme.
    So I Googled Mel Torme Piano and there the picture was, along with the story of how he and Bob Wells wrote “The Christmas Song”….”Chestnuts roasting on an open fire”…..on a blistering hot summer day in southern California in 1945. Nat King Cole first released the song as a single on Capitol in 1946, while his stereo recording in 1960 is considered the definitive recording. Mel recorded several versions too.

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    1. Well done, Danny.

      When Mel Tormé is mentioned I always think of him as an old man, but nice to see pics of him as a youth.

      Another one with a marvellous voice. The Velvet Fog he was called and of course all the girls loved his looks that went with that voice.

      There’s a Petula story I seem to remember she told a while ago. As a child (unknown outside the UK) she loved his voice, and she wrote to him asking for an autograph photo.

      Sometime later she got a reply written by a secretary and with a “stamped” signature on it. She was bitterly disappointed.

      She made up her mind there and then that she would, in as much as it was possible, deal with fan mail herself…and sign stuff personally… as to this day she does.

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      1. My favourite Mel Torme song was Mountain Greenery, which held its place on radio through the rock’n’roll years, the epitome of swing in popular song.

        Thought 1 was possibly Lerwick, looking across to Bressay. Once went across the Bressay ferry first thing in the course of work, then flew home time to go to Tynecastle to see Hearts play Man Utd in Eamonn Bannon’s testimonial. Loved days of contrasts like that.

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    1. It would be interesting to know the background to that photo. Presumably during WWII. What were the Americans doing there? They seem to have been there long enough to pick up a local lassie.

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  4. I remember all the shops and store that gave you green shield stamps. I rarely collected them. When offered I declined telling them to just reduce their prices.

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    1. Must have been a plaster to collect stamps and stick them in a book and then take them somewhere else and swap them for something.

      The latest Tesco thing is good. If you have a card (and swipe it) the price of certain things is reduced, substantially. So really, doing what you suggested.

      I don’t know if other supermarkets are doing it now.

      I shop at Aldi, which as really good prices and only rarely visit Tesco for stuff Aldo doesn’t stock.

      I haven’t been in Morrisons, Asda or Sainsbury for a few years.


  5. This week’s bus stop…. a Thornycroft! No. 11 is a Thornycroft BC (Boadicea) dating from 1929 ‘ish. I can’t be sure about the bodywork but probably by Vickers. Manufactured in Basingstoke the BC was a 28 seater forward control model introduced in (appropriately) 1928. Operator LNER, back in the day we had integrated rail/bus services
    [Although the destination blind shows god’s own city (where all best buses go) the lack of any registration plates suggests it might be a publicity photo taken outside the factory???]

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      1. 7’s a Seven too, I think. 6 is a late 20s Chummy; I did John O’ Groats to Land’s End in one 20-odd years ago.

        12’s a very late Morris Oxford.

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        1. Morris Oxford with Farina styling. This would be a series VI, my dad had the earlier (more angular) series V model, in grey.
          I recalled the reg. the moment I saw this…. 😂

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          1. Excellent again on the bus, Roddie.
            The more mundane stuff on pic12 – the cars.
            After the Oxford is a “new” Ford Capri. The original Capri was a coupe version of the Consul Classic – itself a restyled Mk.1 Cortina.
            Then comes a Mk2 Cortina, a Hillman Hunter, a Vauxhall Firenza and in the gloomy background what looks like a Hillman Super Minx…
            After the stamp-trading business went into decline, Green Shield Stamps began accepting a mixture of cash and stamps for goods from their catalogue.
            They eventually changed the business model to cash-only and renamed it Argos, still in business though passing through a number of owners since the 1970s…

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          2. The prices in the petrol station suggest fate for this picture as 1973 as the prices began to rise following the Yom Kippur war. One of my colleagues was giving us a fright by forecasting that petrol prices might reach the giddy heights of £1 per gallon

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            1. LOL… If only we’d known.

              I wonder when the Brexiteers will demand that petrol start being sold in gallons again…
              at 4.55 litres to the gallon, the current price or around £1.40 +/- is around £6.30 per gallon.


    1. What a novel idea to integrate you buses and trains, as they do elsewhere.

      As usual, you don;t disappoint with your extensive knowledge.

      John sent that in especially for you, Roddy.


  6. 17 – There was a long held rule in London that no building shall exceed the high of St Paul’s, abandoned in the post war rebuilding of the City of London.

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    1. Ahhh, the City of London can usually have things overturned… They seem to have a strange amount of power… Maybe less now that quite a lot of it has gone to Paris, Dublin, Frankfurt, Luxembourg or The Hague…


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