ALL OUR YESTERDAYS

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Thanks to Dave.

Bonus, because of this week’s scenes of Empire. (Incidentally, I just read that Belize also wishes to become a republic. Bravo Willy and Middleton).

PS: In Scotland at least, the clocks change tonight. Spring forward with an hour less in bed!!!

122 thoughts on “ALL OUR YESTERDAYS”

  1. the clocks go forward TOMORROW – silly boy!!!!
    and no.6 is another of these repeats so I won’t tell you what it is, you’ll just have to look up what I said last time 😉
    g’night.

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    1. Technicalities, technicalities.
      I meant tomorrow because this is Saturday’s post…. and it’s supposed to be at 2 on Sunday morning or some daft time.

      I didn’t think no 6 had appeared before. Dave sent it in specially for you.

      You must have a magical memory!!! Well, when it comes to buses!

      Will you be going to the Fife open day this year? Munguin wants to know as he is thinking of popping in.

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      1. When I saw the opportunity to get in first I had to move quickly, presumably DonDon fell asleep? 😉
        02:00 means technically it’s Monday! (so 2 days out).
        From memory no6 was a 1951 Weyman bodied AEC Regent III, one of about 100 such vehicles purchased by Glasgow in the 1949-61 period. For the time it looks quite dated.
        (for some reason I don’t have a problem remembering buses – now the name of the chap I spoke to last week, that’s a different matter. …)
        August is a long way off but all being well I would hope to make it along to Lathalmond. Many of the buses are normally resident there but there’s usually some interesting ‘visitors.

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        1. It’s not Monday. It’s 1 am on Sunday which, in the flash of a cross look from Munguin, becomes 2 am.

          The post is a really a Saturday post, but so that DonDon doesn’t have to stay up all night, I put it up just before Saturday, knowing that it will be read of Saturday.

          Munguin agrees with me and therefor you are wrong! with a capital R.

          Well, Covid being Covid, who knows whether we will be able to congregate in August. The last time I went there the best thing was getting a wee trip on all the old buses (and that train), but I haven’t been on a bus since, well, over 2 years now, and if people won’t wear masks I won’t want to get on a bus again.

          But hopefully things will be better.

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  2. A lot of good ones this week, tris!

    Pic. 2: Edinburgh Castle, Grassmarket, Greyfriars. I used to walk there during my time as a student.

    Pic. 4: I remember playing with plastic hair-rollers.

    Pic. 5: I remember Creamola.

    Pic. 11: Sooty and Sweep. I forget the name of the girlfriend.

    Pic. 18: Charles de Gaulle, best known for his role in the film “Day of the Jackal” (1973 version).

    Bonus: Carry on up the Khyber. The roles played by Sid James and Joan Sims were surprisingly closely based on Lord and Lady Curzon.

    Clocks! Thanks for the reminder. Central European Time too!

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  3. Well done, DonDon.

    Charles de Gaulle was also, in ‘Allo Allo’…”Ze one wiz ze beeg ‘ooter”. Apart from that he was the one who warned everyone that Britain would be a nightmare in the EEC and vetoed their attempts to join. And he was correct!

    The girlfriend was Soo, I think.

    So, just to clarify, the clocks go forward on Sunday morning, at 1 am, which then becomes 2 am… Just like that as someone used to say. 🙂

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    1. And I was thinking that Sir Sidney and Lady Rough-Dimond reminded me of Wee Willie and the Clothes Horse in the colonies (soon to be ex-colonies) this week. It was one of the better Carry ons.

      Kenneth Williams was great. I don’t remember Hattie Jacques being in that one.

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      1. ” . . . was one of the better Carry ons”

        When you dig into the historical record, the best bits were actually based quite closely on real events.

        This was noticed and exploited by the author of the “Flashman” stories, George Macdonald Fraser. Who was also a screenwriter, by the way.

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        1. The outdoor scenes in Carry On Up The Kyber were filmed near Beddgelert in
          Eryri/Snowdonia, north Wales. An ordinary farm gate was used as “The Gateway to India”!
          I do miss George Macdonald Fraser’s well researched “Flashman” historical novels.

          Gwyn Jones

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          1. LOL.

            It never occurred to me that it wasn’t done in India, but then they were done of small budgets so I suppose that was a ridiculous notion.

            Thanks, Gwyn.

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          1. The football match between Fraser’s bunch of army misfits and a crack navy team (in The General Danced at Dawn) should be regarded as one of the great sporting tales alongside McDonell’s village cricket match in England, Their England. With the advantage of being (mostly) true.
            The description of the navy lot who “struck the ball with the crisp assurance of professionals” has always come back to mind when watching class teams.

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        2. Yes. It was quite clever.

          Maybe they will do a remake with pompous princes and clothes horses visiting the Caribbean and being rejected.

          I wonder who wold play Billy.

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          1. Hm. I can foresee the day when the only people who rate the current Heir Apparent’s Heir Apparent as anything other than a parasite will be our sash- and bowler-hat-wearing brethren in the Ludge.

            I do wish that the whole shebang and clamjamfry of them would emulate the dinosaurs, whether they profess to disbelieve in them or not. Or wither on the vine, dwindle into insignificance, suffer burns from lighting bonfires, and get plantar fasciitis from an excess of marching. And let the lambeg guy burst his skins.

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                  1. Just a word about boiling in oil, Tris, because people from the Old Testament on keep getting it wrong. It’s not boiling in oil, people, it’s deep frying!

                    Deep-fried Unionist councillors should always be battered, not breaded. Vinegar and brown sauce are optional.

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                    1. I always wondered about this boiling oil thing… I mean who wants their chips boiled!

                      I think a lot of the unionist councillors come with orange sauce these days.

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                    2. A yes. Cooncillor à l’orange … loosely based around the time-honoured Peking (Beijing?) duck, Tris, which was originally named “shāo yāzi” (燒鴨子), is mentioned in the Complete Recipes for Dishes and Beverages (飲膳正要) manual in 1330 by Hu Sihui (忽思慧), an inspector of the imperial kitchen. It therefore significantly predates the Battle of the Boyne (Cath na Bóinne) in 1690, though it is not thought that the exact specifications of the menu provided the casus belli for the conflict.

                      The Highest Authorities recommend that Orange Cooncillors be deep fried in lard rather than oil, as the lard reflects the nature of the Cooncillors’ ærses rather than their ingratiating manner toward their party bosses and, arguably, the necessity of lubricating their masons’ handshakes with lucre to obtain sweetheart and other underhand deals with fellow brothers, it being well known that members of one Ludge are likely to be members of another.

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                    3. Ha ha ha ha ha… Love it, Ed.

                      I think both the Tories and Labour are finding it hard to find suitable candidates (there’s not usually a lot of money in being a councillor).

                      So they are opening it up to anyone. I heard it said that Labour was inviting people to sign up to be a candidate. They wouldn’t have to do any campaigning. Presumably in unwinnable seats… to save them the embarrassment of not having anyone standing.

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    2. ” . . . the one who warned everyone that Britain would be a nightmare in the EEC”

      “Non!” The one French quote I can always remember. And he buggered NATO (“OTAN”!) about, if I remember correctly.

      “. . . girlfriend was Soo, I think” Yes, that’s her name. And Harry Corbett had his hands in unspeakable places.

      Tough luck for anyone doing piecework on the night-shift tonight. Better luck when the clocks go back.

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      1. In 1966 due to souring relations between Washington and Paris because of the refusal to integrate France’s nuclear deterrent with other North Atlantic powers, or accept any collective form of control over its armed forces, the French president Charles de Gaulle downgraded France’s membership in NATO and withdrew France …

        He was right about Britain in the EEC/EU. He wasn’t really being rude about Britain. He just reckoned, I think, that the Brits always needed to be in change and were not likely to be good “equal” members in anything.

        Yeah. Hard luck if you’re being paid by the hour!!!

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  4. Lost my first set of comments as taxi phoned me as I sat outside Western trying to be first off the mark. But what better way to pass a half hour wait in hospital car park ?
    Sidney Bechet led every group he played in and no upstart trumpeter dared challenge him.
    Princess Alexandra and Angus Ogilvy – whatever happened to them ?
    Triumph Mayflower sometimes known as the razor edge Triumph. Never managed to shave with one, though.
    16 Buck’s Fizz ? If so perhaps fortuitous that they were not contemporaries of the Rev Dr Spooner.
    Hated Creamola Foam by age 10, loved it age 5.

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      1. When they got married, some professional royal sycophant (no shortage of those, even today) at the BBC/ITN worked out that they were distantly related -42nd cousins, twice removed…. seriously!
        If we go that far back, we’re all related to each other…
        The car in pic2 is a Humber Imperial or Pullman. Imperials are most often seen today in WW2 news film as they were exclusively built during wartime as staff-cars.
        They were still in production until 1954 and were used commonly as wedding cars in the era.

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    1. One day, in the late 1950s, Princess Alexandra opened an event at the Kelvin Hall and returned to the city centre via Sauchiehall St. To ensure there were crowds for the press photographers our primary school which was one block away from Sauchiehall St was sent out at short notice to cheer a big black car as it went by. Then, it was back to school to continue where we left off. Our pencils were still lying on our open jotters! The teachers had been told to get us out QUICK!!!!!

      We only found out it was a person called Princess Alexandra when somebody brought in the copy of the Evening Times which had photos of us puzzled weans waving at a black car.

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      1. Something the same for me Alasdair. On duty on the late shift, I think 1966, my neighbour and I were told to be outside the then new Glasgow Dental Hospital in Sauchiehall St, as Princess Alexandra was due to officially open it at 3pm. We got there and were standing about, and two housewives came up to us and said words to the effect, ” Whit are you two hinging about fur”. So we told them. Their reaction was to give a sniff, and walk away. My feelings exactly.

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      1. Just one of my usual round of trips when things get blocked or other potential (but so far not actual) concerns raised. Way of life and better than the alternative!
        Thanks for your kind thoughts.

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  5. Ian Dury! Triumph Mayflower (rank things)!

    What’s the V-twin with the soft tyres? Isnae a Brough; could be a McEvoy or a Montgomery though.

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    1. Thanks. That has cleared up a confusion for me because the bus is a Glasgow Corporation one. The building above the Cochrane’s shop is an identical style to the former Watt Brother’s shop building which was along the section of Hope St between Bath St and Sauchiehall St in Glasgow. However, it seemed to be a mirror image, but that was confounded by the fact that the bus is printed ‘the right way round’.

      Once you mentioned Gauze St in Paisley it all fell into place and then I noticed that the bus destination was Barrhead (Borrheid) and remembered that the former Glasgow Corporation Transport also covered the towns on the boundary.

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      1. The Corporation bus has me puzzled. I remember that Corporation buses did not go beyond the city boundaries. Red buses (SMT I think) ran from Glasgow centre and they were not allowed to let passengers off the bus on the way out of Glasgow while they were within the city limits. You got on but could not get off. I worked in Paisley from 1968 to 1970 and got the Red Bus to Braehead at the Halfway on Paisley Road West. ( The bus stop was just outside the now gone Mosspark Cinema.) If for some reason we were late to the bus stop the driver waited for us. It was the same driver and conductress all the time I used the service. Gentler times indeed.

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      2. If I remember correctly, Glasgow bound busses were allowed to pick up people in Paisley but not drop off people within the Paisley boundary and busses from Glasgow could only drop off people in Paisley and not pick up. Through busses to Ayrshire or other parts of Renfrewshire, I think, could pick up. Shall await the experts’ corrections in due course. 😀

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        1. 🙂

          In Dundee the “country” buses could drop people at stops in the town, but couldn’t pick you up because they couldn’t take money from the “corporation” buses…. I think.

          Like you I await correction. 🙂

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          1. The changes around Edinburgh and the Lothians have their downside. When I moved to East Lothian an Eastern Scottish bus made it to eg Musselburgh in 20 – 25 minutes. Now, with Lothian buses serving suburba and beyond, journeys take considerably longer, picking up and dropping off through eg Portobello.

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            1. The Lothian Country buses stop less often, so are a bit quicker than the likes of the 26. You can buy an all-areas dayticket, too, so can go from North Berwick to Bathgate to Dalkeith (and so on…).

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  6. 16. Bucks Fizz.
    A friend of mine told me one of the female singers’ real name is Rita Crudgington. Given that the same friend also told me Tammy Wynette was really a man, I not sure if I believe the Bucks Fizz story.

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        1. There’s a great story about recording Tammy in Bill Drummond’s book “45”.

          Tammy was used to leading the band. They followed her, not the other way around. On the other hand, electronic pop obviously works to a strict immutable tempo. When Bill Drummond took home the recordings of Tammy singing he realised that Tammy’s singing didn’t fit the click track and he couldn’t add her vocals to the backing track. He felt like such a failure. He’d got an amazing singer who had given him her time and he’d failed because all he could do was stupid electronic pop with a fixed tempo. Fortunately for him, time-stretched sampling had just been invented and his musical partner Jimmy Cauty sorted it all out.

          I really wonder what went through Tammy’s mind when she read the lyrics. Do they even have ice cream vans in the USA?

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          1. LOL. Good story.

            I wonder though, that as she was recording her part, possibly in another town, another country, it occurred to her that the band wasn’t following her.

            The do have them in America. If I remember rightly they are called Ice Cream Trucks.

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              1. I think that is the point.

                KLF could be Tory ministers the way they waste money.

                I think they should have got the fire brigade though. Munguin could have used some of that for charitable reasons.

                Charity begins at home though, huh?

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    1. In the boom time for oil workers, Bucks Fizz made a trip offshore and stayed the night. When they left the sheets the girls had slept in were auctioned off.

      Hope that doesn’t lower the tone of AOY!

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    2. I wondered at the time how much the “skirts ripped off” part of the Eurovision performance won it for them.

      ISTR the “judges” of the time were overwhelmingly male (probably still are but who watches it now?)…

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        1. Not sure but its highly unlikely if you mean the Eurovision finals in the early 80s.

          If you mean choosing a song for a country (I can’t stop thinking Father Ted here) then yes/no/maybe is the answer I think 😉

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  7. Nos. 3 & 8 – Rankin Bros. coaches. I can tell you that the bus station in Balfron is still in the same place on Dunmore Street, though now it’s First Bus that goes there. I did like no. 8, as I believe it qualifies as a charabanc, a lovely word from French, in which it would be char à bancs – a chariot / float with benches.

    Whatever the etymology of “charabanc”, charabancs were self-evidently not all-weather vehicles, which is probably why we don’t see them around any more.

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      1. “char-à-bancs” means “wagon with benches”, which was what early buses, whether horse-drawn or motorised, were. More than one meaning for”char”; it can be a military tank, too.

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        1. Indeed, Derek.

          In Québécois (in particular), “arrête ton char” means not so much “hold your horses” or “hang on a minute” as “knock it off”, “enough already”, “come off it”. Also “arrête ton char, Ben-Hur”. Which is a bit of a translation challenge, I suppose. “Chill, Chuck”?

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  8. 4 – hair torture.

    5 – If you had the chemicals you can make it yourself.

    7 – An actress but cannot remember her name.

    10 – Butcher turned ice cream maker.

    18 – Cannot remember the name of the man second right.

    19- I am not a biscuit person but I could be forced to eat these.

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    1. Hard to imagine that people actually went to bed with these things in their hair. However did they sleep?

      Rosemary Squires.

      That chocolate ice cream looks like roast beef!

      I thought you might be able to force yourself.

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  9. Sidney Bechet was born in New Orleans in 1897 and first appeared in France in 1925. He spent the last years of his life in France.

    A couple of Bechet numbers with Missouri themes:

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    1. Quite a character:

      He was imprisoned in Paris for eleven months.[11][12] In his autobiography, he wrote that he accidentally shot a woman when he was trying to shoot a musician who had insulted him. He had challenged the man to duel and said, “Sidney Bechet never plays the wrong chord.”

      Shortly before his death, Bechet dictated his autobiography, Treat It Gentle, to Al Rose, a record producer and radio host. He had worked with Rose several times in concert promotions and had a fractious relationship with him. Bechet’s view of himself in his autobiography was starkly different from the one Rose knew.

      “The kindly old gentleman in his book was filled with charity and compassion. The one I knew was self-centered, cold, and capable of the most atrocious cruelty, especially toward women.”

      From Wiki.

      He was signed to Disques Vogue, where at the time, a very young Claude Wolff was a PR man and worked with him.

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      1. LOL……Sounds like Sidney had a better view of himself than anyone else did. 🙂

        Interesting that Claude worked with him in his later years in France.

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        1. LOL He was a bit up himself, as it were.

          I’m not sure how much Claude would have had to do with a big star like him. He was very junior.

          He maybe got him a coffee…

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          1. LOL…..Maybe you break into that business as a gofer……go fer this, go fer that……such as fer a cup of coffee. 😉

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          2. The idea of Claude going for coffee reminds me of a YouTube interview with Sherwood Schwartz (who became a big television producer), who broke into the business as a junior writer for Bob Hope. Since he was the lowest seniority on Bob’s writing staff, he was the go-fer who would go fer a pineapple sundae for Bob to eat during writing conferences. The anecdote is the last three minutes, starting at 8:55.

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    2. I like the Sydney Bechet top-tapping jazz rendition of “Put on your Old Grey Bonnet.”

      There’s more to Missouri music than Kansas City and St/ Louis, which Sydney Bechet often covered. Of course everyone knows about Count Base and Kansas City jazz, as well as W.C. Handy and his St. Louis Blues. Ragtime music lovers will even know about Scott Joplin and his “Maple Leaf Rag,” published in 1899 by John Stark & Son of St. Louis. The Maple Leaf Club (where Scott Joplin played piano) was located in Sedalia, Missouri, (about 120 miles north of Springfield,) and is almost surely the source of the song title.

      Fewer people will know that about 70 miles west of Springfield is the city of Joplin (no relation to Scott,) where Percy Wenrich (AKA “The Joplin Kid”) was born in 1887. Percy was the songwriter of the ragtime era who wrote “Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet.” “Dover”……the town named in the lyric…….was almost surely a small village near Joplin. Wenrich was a prolific composer, and also wrote “When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose.” A bronze plaque showing a tulip and a rose is affixed to the fence of the Wenrich family plot in Fairview Cemetery in Joplin. (I’ve been there, BTW. 😉 ) The Tulip/Rose plaque is in the shade to the left of the gate.

      Ragtime is oten played these days at a stately moderate march tempo, usually as a piano solo which accentuates the”ragged time” syncopation, but Sydney Bechet did this jazz rendition of “Maple Leaf Rag” at a breakneck pace:

      Everyone in the world has covered “When You Wore a Tulip….”, (even people who have never seen the plaque on the fence in Joplin,) but I couldn’t find a Sydney Bechet version. This is a jazz arrangement featuring Sidney DeParis, trumpet; Jimmy Archey, trombone; Omer Simeon, clarinet; Bob Green, piano; George “Pops” Foster, bass; and Joe Smith, drums.

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        1. Tris…..That occurred to me too. I have no idea how he could finger a clarinet or soprano saxophone that fast.

          The challenge in the traditional piano style is apparently to achieve proper syncopation of the rhythm between both hands. This is in a slower tempo, but it still seems somewhat faster than is sometimes heard these days in the traditional piano version. Scott Joplin’s Maple Leaf is the ultimate ragtime composition it seems. Easy to play badly, but harder to play correctly. 😉

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          1. I suppose you are really setting the rhythm with the left hard and putting the tune on the top with the right hand.

            I paly piano by ear, not nearly as well as him obviously (or I’d be doing that for a living instead of catering to Munguin), so I kind of understand how it works… although because I do it naturally, without ever having had lessons, it’s not so much understood… as habit, which no you mention it, is exactly right.

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            1. Tris….Music theory is a mystery to me, but your description sounds right…….with a syncopated rhythm in the right hand (“ragged time”) being an essential element of ragtime. The Library of Congress says:

              “Ragtime, a uniquely American, syncopated musical phenomenon, has been a strong presence in musical composition, entertainment, and scholarship for over a century. It emerged in its published form during the mid-1890s and quickly spread across the continent via published compositions. By the early 1900s ragtime flooded the music publishing industry.”

              “Ragtime — A genre of musical composition for the piano, generally in duple meter and containing a highly syncopated treble lead over a rhythmically steady bass. A ragtime composition is usually composed in three or four contrasting sections or strains, each one being 16 or 32 measures in length.”

              “This definition describes much of the music of the itinerant pianists who traversed the South and Midwest and eventually congregated in Missouri to produce an oeuvre of core ragtime compositions. These roving composers include Scott Joplin, Charles Hunter, Thomas Turpin, Louis Chauvin, Charles L. Johnson, and many others.”

              So the roots of ragtime are in Missouri. Scott Joplin for example is known to have played piano in the Maple Leaf Club in Sedalia, and lived in St Louis.

              https://www.loc.gov/item/ihas.200035811/

              I ran onto this composition titled “Lone Jack to Knob Noster.” (Lone jack is a Jackson Country suburb of Kansas City, and Knob Noster is a small town west of Sedalia.) It is described as “A rollicking Missouri folk rag, [that] depicts the sense of freedom and excitement that overtakes me each year as I traverse that special stretch of US Highway 50, framed by the two towns Lone Jack on the West and Knob Noster on the East, that leads me to the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Sedalia.”

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                  1. Oh, well, I’m proud to announce that I’m better than you. 🙂

                    Munguin sometimes likes some music for his cocktail parties where the rich a famous gather to exchange top secret gossip and enjoy his canapés. I’m cheaper than hiring a proper pianist!

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      1. I assume you didn’t drink it much then?

        Its got that “I cannot believe I drank that when I was young, but I’d try it one more time” appeal.

        Proabably best to try it next to a sink though eh? 🙂

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  10. My usual AOY is a hazy recollection of mightbees and mibees. HA ha, this time;
    12 Iain Drury
    11 Harry Corbet with Sooty and Sweep, and Sooty’s or Sweep’s squeeze.
    Hard to believe the BBC children’s programmes was also there to help with our speech, elocution. “What’s that Sooty?” delivered in a slightly nasal west midlands accent. I remember as a kid thinking, he’s just making that up, I can’t hear anything. Then there was the fluba dubs from the Flower Pot Men.
    13 At first glance I thought it was Iain Laing, the guy I had a major falling out with, almost went to blows. Then realised it was the Ogilvies. Later reading the comments I realise that I have met more royalty, I looked after them for about a week I only new them as the Ogilvies. Oh, just in one of the castles I’ve lived in, he mentions casually, lol.
    18 DeGaulle. His elbows seemed to be jointed differently to most people, at least his right one. Had Churchill worked out and the English. That may have been his fear over NATO, that he would loose control over, at minimum some of France’s military.
    The rest of the buses, cars and bikes I leave to the experts, unless it was a Norton ES2 or a Mobylette I wouldn’t recognise it.

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    1. The Harry Corbett in Sooty came from Bradford and was already on television when the actor of the same name entered the business. To avoid confusion, this Harry Corbett added an middle initial “H” and went on to fame as Harold Steptoe.
      There’s a connection here with the bonus pic of Carry On Up the Khyber.
      Harry H Corbett starred in the lead role of Sergeant Bung in Carry On Screaming! as Sid James was unavailable to appear in the 1966 film.
      The character Bung’s first name was Sidney, suggesting the part was written for Sid James, as most of his parts in Carry On used James’ first name.

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      1. I was hearing his voice and in my head it sounded West midlands, north of Brum but not as far as Sheffield. There you go, Bradford. Should listen to one of the other voices in my head.
        Never liked Sooty and Sweep, or much from Children’s TV, exept Shirley Abicair. Probably my first crush or pre school lust, always thought I might catch a glimse of her knickers when she was playing the zither.
        Maybe a bit weird or perverted but better than watching some guy with his hand up a soft toy’s bum, kidding on it was saying something. Poor toy was traumatised.
        Harry H should’ve changed his name totally, to make sure there was no mistaken identity.
        Didn’t Harry without the H’s son take over the management of Sooty and Sweep?

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    2. He does look a bit like Laing. Lord he was ghastly. Apparently Alexandra was quite decent as royals go. My dad’s uncle was in the Army and was something to do with the royals. He met her on a few occasions.

      Some of the others were weird apparently. Some were semi permanently drunk and some were inclined to dress in princess’s clothes, even when they were actually princes!!

      Munguin understand about all those castles. He’s forgotten how many he’s lived in!!!

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      1. I remember them as decent people, I think there were four in the party, nothing stands out in my mind.
        Princes dressing as princesses, maybe their valet was on holiday lol.

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  11. 20. I missed this, it’s an AEC Regal (1930) belonging to London General. Lovely photo.
    It seems the location is Halfway Street in Sidcup in 1934, with roadworks in progress and a policeman present to control the traffic, despite it being a quiet semi-rural location. He appears to have his own ‘sentry box’ to protect from the elements…

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    1. LOL. I’s a lovely old bus… and didn’t the English treat their policemen well in these days.

      It would be lovely in colour. I’d love to know what colour that bus was.

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  12. I fear you are all mistaken as regards the “Bonus Pic”.

    It is in fact our beloved Governor General Sir Alister Jack setting off to a hard hours work at the Scotland Office.

    I’ve no idea who the Lady is – perhaps she’s his secretary.

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    1. Governor General Union Jackboots?

      Bless his eye bags!

      The lady is provided by the tax players for his entertainment while he struggled with the horrific job of keeping the restless natives under control.

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