Thanks to John, Dave, Derek and Tatu.

109 thoughts on “ALL OUR YESTERDAYS”

  1. Pic 1 – 2 clippers racing, maybe Taeping & Cutty Sark? Pics 3+ – Mouli Grater – I’ve still got one and use it from time to time. Pic 11 – Terry Thomas. Pic 13 Scrounger family at home (one of several). Pic 16 – Life Savers – first sweets I remember. I vaguely recall my Mum giving me a few while out walking as a toddler back in the olden days. Pic 20 – Sho Waddy Waddy – however you spell it.

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    1. Well done, Andi.

      I’d been talking on here about the garlic leaves and Derek sent in the pics… so I found one on line and bought it. And I’ll be making garlic butter next week

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      1. Thanks for promoting the link again, Tris.

        I went for a walk last Thursday through a wood at the exact opposite end of the village from my own source – I hadn’t been down there for years. Ye gods! There was so much wild garlic in there you could have filled a Transit van with it and still left scarcely a gap in the growth!

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    2. Ariel and Taeping was the race up the channel, wasn’t it? The Mouli is mine; it’s in regular use, not least because I grow herbs.

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    3. I thought pic 13 showed an impoverished Greek immigrant who had married a local girl, worked hard and made a comfortable life for his wife and children – an example of the welcome GREAT Britain has always extended to immigrants (at least that is what the booklet I received from a Ms Priti Patel says, although she points out that many see Britain as a ‘soft touch’ and so, will have to be discouraged.

      PS Terry-Thomas hyphenated his names.

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      1. I dunno… these foreigners keep on coming over and marrying the young English hopefuls, Phil from Greece, May from Germany, Alexandra from Denmark, Albert from Germany…

        It’s a pity that Patel wasn’t here back then to stop that nonsense … I mean if she had been, she wouldn’t be here now!

        I wonder why Mr T did that!


        1. I think T-T hyphenated because he often played upper class salacious longe lizard characters and addopted the hyphen as in ffanshawe-Buffington Sleazeball, ex-Eton and the Guards.

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    4. Showaddywaddy once played on the same bill as Einsturzende Neubauten, a German industrial band that specialised in making noises from drills and hammers.

      “In 1987, the rockabilly throwbacks appeared on the same bill as industrial noise experimentalists Einstürzende Neubauten. Contemporary accounts claim that The ‘Wad blew away a crowd “comprised mostly of bemused Goths”.”

      I used to know someone, sadly passed away, who was at the show. He said it was truly unforgettable and confirmed that the “Wad” were amazing.


      1. There are some seriously weird mixtures on there…

        Jimmy Hendrix and the Monkeys? Wow.

        And Pete Segar and Queen?

        Love the Doobie Brothers. Michael McDonald has an amazing voice. T-Rex was OK too.

        The Wad… what a great name for them.

        But surely a bit like having Vera Lynn on with The Stranglers…

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        1. I do like the idea of a bunch of edgy goths being treated to an evening of Butlins-style retro entertainment.

          If it happened again, I’d definitely go.

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    5. When Showaddywaddy were on radio with the “wah-wah-wab song, infant daughter used to rush over to the radio and ” bark back to the doggie”. She wd stand in anticipation of more, so eventually bought the single….


  2. tris, when I’m not sure, I always add a question mark. Erring on the safe side.

    Pic 1: Thermopylae and Cutty Sark?

    Pic 2: Yes, I remember Highland Toffee. From Stenhousemuir?

    Pic 3: A series of cheese-graters.

    Pic 11: Terry Thomas. What a cad. What a bounder. What a rotter.

    Pic 13: L to R: Anne, Philip, Queenie, Charlie, and a corgi. Don’t recognize the sprog.

    Pic 18: A Massey-Ferguson?


    1. That tractor was send especially for you, from Tatu. It’s her husband’s. I’m sure she’ll tell you about it.

      The boat with Cutty Sark is Taeping … 1886… John will probably say more.

      I think the sprog must be the nonce that used to be called prince.

      Stenhousemuir it was.

      I think you can more or less grate anything with the. Good for herbs ad Garlic!!!


    2. It is a Massey Ferguson. A 35X. My husband bought it from a scrap dealer in Zafra, near where we live in Extremadura (Spain). We think it is about 60 years old. He is slowly getting it back into working order and we got a grass cutter for the back so we can cut the grass between the olive trees

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    3. Highland Toffee from McEwens, right next to Ochilview,now gone. Used to be a guide to walking distance to game if walking from station, tight for kick off.. Now can’t walk that far anyway so don’t need that visual marker!

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          1. A local group in Scotstoun has created a community Garden on the site of the former Albion Motors plant. At the opening, The Albion Motors Preservation Society (yes, there are all kinds of anoraks in this world, thank goodness!) brought along an Albion truck in full McEwan’s beer livery, including the cavalier!!

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      1. LOL, Cairnallochy. My granny would have said that everything mixed with mercy.

        I bet the smells that came out of the toffee factory were amazing!


        1. We had something better for smelling. Taking our lunch break from 6th form, we’d walk into town across the Mold Road bridge by Wrexham General station. If the wind was in the right direction, you’d catch a wonderful whiff of hops from the old Wrexham Lager brewery about 100 yards away. Whetted the appetite for a 40-minute lunch in the Nag’s Head (which was itself across the road from Border, the other brewery in the town in those days).

          Border was bought out by Marston’s in the mid-80s, who did that regular Thatcherite thing and closed it down. Wrexham Lager was bought by Allied Breweries and suffered the same fate at the turn of the century, although it has now re-established itself as an independent (see

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            1. ‘Misspent’, my foot! 😉 Although our favoured den of sin was The Walnut Tree on Rhosddu Road, because we knew that we’d always get served there. And it was much closer, so we could enjoy to the full before going back to college to doze off during afternoon lectures.

              And no, I’d never seen that age restriction on a brewery’s website before either. Strikes me as over-cautious.

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        2. Never really noticed smells but then was usually there Saturday afternoons or midweek evenings. Sweet smells I associate (in the past) with Reform St Dundee around lunchtime; intoxicating smells Zerez at the football (but not in Porto); maltings smells Edinburgh early afternoons but now only the odd whiff near Hearts ground.

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    1. LOL, Munguin had to give them special permission.

      His republican feelings put to the back in the interests of history… at least he hopes they will all be history very soon…


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  3. 2-I think our local shop got fed up of the kids saying, “How much are your penny dainties?”. Used to like their chocolate toffee that we broke into piece by hitting it against the kerb on the pavement fully wrapped.

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  4. (1)There’s something quite glorious about big boats in full skirt
    (2) remember them well…as I do the visits to the dentist
    (3) The Mouli…I’ve got one in the back of the kitchen drawer ( used once, still boxed)
    (4) First thoughts, it’s a jag or a daimler…ah and is it left hand drive?
    (8) key fob says THAT’S a Jag
    (9) one very stylish vacuum cleaner
    (18) Tory porn

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    1. Wish I’d known, Jake. Munguin bought a Mouli last night…

      There were gauges for everything in these cars.

      Well, one kind of Tory porn. I suspect there are MANY others!!


  5. Late to the party this morning… or Munguinites were up late last night. The clippers are Ariel and Taeping in the epic 1886 race from China to London.

    Amazing that after 96 days at sea and 15,800 miles covered, the two vessels should still be neck and neck as they neared the finish line. And even then, there was more excitement to come as they vied to be first to dock and claim the prize of premium prices that the first-to-land tea cargo commanded, plus £100 for the skipper and an extra month’s pay for the crew.

    Full story here…

    The Mouli reminded me that Ma had one in the kitchen when I was a wee boy and I’d be given the job of going out to pick parsley and then chop it. I want another! Saved so much time and effort of laborious knife work, that never produced the same even consistency. Mouli later progressed to electric kitchen tools – and very good they were – efficient and reasonably priced grinders and blenders at a time when such kitchen gadgets were still a novelty. Very surprised when the co went belly-up and I had to say goodbye to a favourite brand going back to childhood.

    The ‘soft’ variety of Highland Toffeeat must be relatively recent. I only remember the delicious hard slabs – smash against a wall or a brick, as Marcia says – with the chocolate-coated being a luxury treat.

    My first thought on the dashboard was also Jaguar. I used to have one back in the 70s, a Mk ll S that still has the distinction of being the only car I’ve ever owned that re-sold for more than I paid for it.

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    1. That toffee with chocolate sounds good.

      My dad always drove Jaguars and I can remember how luxurious the insides were compared with other cars. All that wood!

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      1. Funny, Tris, but my dad did too; not new Jaguars, you understand, much cheaper second- and third-hand ones

        As he was an engineer – taught it at Strathclyde – he knew how to take them to bits and fix them up again. When I was a wee lad, he had me grinding new valves into their seats while he did more ambitious things, such as taking gearboxes apart, replacing piston rings, and larking about with timing chains.

        I can’t help wondering how much lead I got into my system from dirty cylinder heads, and cleaning things in petrol.

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        1. LOL LOL.

          Yep, my father was an engineer too and always repaired his own cars.

          He was frustrated by my lack of technical knowhow or aptitude. I was happier growing rhubarb!

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          1. In “Carry On Up The Khyber”, said the Khasi of Khalabar to Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond…”The more elephants a man has, the higher is his standing…”
            “And his rhubarb!”, came the reply…
            That your secret?

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        2. Grinding Jag valves Edd…
          Fair takes me back.
          I took the head off a 3.8 E-type many years ago and recut the seats and lapped the valves in.
          When we checked the clearances it was found they had closed up, so nothing else for it but off with the cams, out came the bucket followers and recover the shims.
          They went on the surface-grinder to take them down (being careful to grind both sides equally to avoid going through the case hardened surface) and all back together.
          What started as an afternoon job ended taking the best part of a week.
          Could have bought new shims from Jaguar which would have made the job quicker but they were approximately £EXPENSIVE! each and way beyond my means at the time.
          Where there’s a will – and access to tool-room equipment – there’s a way!

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    2. Aye John, Pic1 looks like a depiction of the Great Tea Race in 1866.
      A bit of artistic licence being employed here, as clippers kept well clear of each other to get the best of the winds and avoid interaction between the hulls.
      They rarely came within hailing distance and only then to convey important information.
      The first three ships home on the same tide, Taeping (1863), Ariel (1865) and Serica (1863), were all built in Steele’s shipyard in Greenock.
      Sadly, all were lost within six years.
      They were designed with such fine lines in the interest of speed and driven so hard that sailing in these ships was a hazardous occupation.
      The famous 1945 George Blake book “The Constant Star” was thought to be based on the building and sailing of the Ariel, which disappeared in the Southern Ocean in 1872.

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  6. Have happy memories of B L Nairn and the other “Fifies” aka Tay ferries. Had the occasional trip over to midweek dancing at the Palais, loved looking at the lights of Dundee on way over. Think my fare was 3d, 1d extra for the saloon.
    Saw one lying derelict in a Maltese harbour many years later, and it also cropped up in an old guidebook picture of the harbour, in the Maltese port the name of which started with “Marsa” and ended in “xx”. (No time to check the precise name this morning.)
    Btw, Gerry Marsden always remind me of the “Ferry ‘cross …….”.

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    1. Ah the days before the bridge when you could get over there by train, or by ferry.

      It’s a pity they didn’t keep them and run trips over during the summer. It would be great to do one now.


    2. Cairnallochy: “. . . Maltese port the name of which started with “Marsa” and ended in “xx”.

      I have taken the time to check.

      I think you mean Marsaxlokk, formerly known as Marsa Scirocco. AFAIK, it is pronounced “Marsa-Shlock”.

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        1. Moved into new house, no wardrobes (we had fitted ones). Wife ordered five wardrobes, two bedside cabinets and a chest of drawers.

          47 boxes (no joke!) got delivered – most of them 2m x 1m. Considered suicide at this point but am still building the bloody things a week later. Suicide would probably have been easier…..

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          1. Oh… deeeeeepest sympathies.

            That’s just not right and proper.

            I’m not sure I’d have committed suicide, but I might well have left home…


            1. I genuinely thought the delivery driver was taking the proverbial when he said “I’ve only got 47 out of 50 items, but I think the missing three are just consignment dockets/delivery invoices rather than anything else”. Then I looked on the van and it was an entire pallet load.

              Worst thing (other than missing parts, of which there were many) is trying to deal with the packaging – cardboard and polystyrene all over the place.

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              1. Well, very much rather you then me.

                I once bought a bookcase that had to be put together, although I didn’t know it at the time.

                It arrived in bits and so I put it together, but it was never quite right.


  7. No 2 Penny Dainties and McCowans big bars of toffee. I only remember the hard kind that, like AuldMarcia I used to hit on the edge of the kerb to break. Between these and No 16 Lifesavers, I wonder that I still have a tooth in my head now.
    No 9 Doesn’t everybody dress like that to do the vacuuming?
    No 13 Family holidaying at their But and Ben. The Broons had a place just doon the road.
    Does this family sprout tartan as they cross the Border?
    No 17 We had a TV like this. Somebody gave us their old set just after we got married and were too poor to afford a dinner set let alone a TV.

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    1. I wonder if anyone used their teeth to bite these dainties.

      I’ve always thought their tartan wearing in Scotland was, to put it mildly, patronising.

      Lovely tv. Could it get more than one channel?


      1. I think we got BBC and STV and nothing else. It gave up the ghost after about a year. But it filled a corner in the living room ‘cos we didn’t have much furniture.

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  8. I’m intrigued by No 6. I thought, looking at the details, that it was one of Alexander “Greek” Thomson’s Glasgow terraces but I just can’t place it. Anybody know where it is?

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      1. Y’know, Tris, my initial thought had been about the NY brownstones but the “Grecian” detailing (pediments, etc) almost convinced me it was much closer to home. Fine buildings, though. So very like Thomson’s Walter Crescent, et al.

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          1. He he, neither do I, Tris! Auto-correct changed it to Walter. It should have read Walmer Crescent, which is in Cessnock, on the Southside of Glasgow. There are still quite a few of Thomson’s buildings around. Sadly, his grander ones – churches & public buildings – are being allowed to deteriorate.

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    1. Nigel……This is definitely the US fruit flavored “Life Savers.” Wiki says:

      The five-flavor roll first appeared [in the USA] in 1935.

      Polo is a brand of breath mint whose defining feature is the hole in the middle. The peppermint flavoured Polo was first manufactured in the United Kingdom in 1948, by employee John Bargewell at the Rowntree’s Factory, York, and a range of flavours followed.

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        1. I liked the orange ones, but you had to go through other flavors in the tube to get to the orange. I was always hoping that the next one would be orange. 🙂

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              1. Salt liquorice is fab.

                I’ve had a biscuit in Finland that was like a caramel wafer but with one of the layers between wafers being salt liquorice. It was a limited issue thing called Tupla Black.

                There’s salt liquorice flavoured ice-cream, too!

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                1. Finnish salt liquorice is the best, Derek. I love it! I like liquorice-flavoured sweets generally, or I used to before I had to cut back my sugar consumption severely. (Danny, you may not be aware that refined sugar is a major part of the West of Scotland Health Food Diet, along with crisps [chips], macaroni cheese, soft fizzy drinks such as Irn Bru, and chips [fries]. You can tell from the comments on here that we are also addicted to toffee [taffy] in all its forms, and confectionery generally. For the full experience, consume all the above with cigarettes and beer.)

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                  1. Ummmm… I’d like to point out that Munguin doesn’t indulge himself in any of that stuff.

                    His only vice is champagne, vintage!


  9. That wee thing in Pic10 is a Chrysler Town and Country station wagon from 1973, based on the New Yorker sedan.
    Genuine wood-effect panels on the side and federally-mandated rubber over riders on the bumpers to make sure passengers are safe in the event of an accident (at up to 5 mph…).
    Weighing in around two tons and with a choice of 6.3 or 7.2 litre engines, it must have been a hoot to drive.
    Who said that the seventies was the decade that had no style?
    Pure class…

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      1. Heavy they might have been, but these things were surprisingly frugal when driven in the right manner.
        With a light throttle foot, they would return almost ten to the gallon! (US gallon ≈ 30 ¢…)

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  10. Aye but he is now an expert on heated sheep sheds.
    urprised after last weeks effort that nobody noticed that the Jaguar instrument panels had ‘push to start’bottons
    The lying buffoon of Australia has lost the election.

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    1. Good news that he’s gone.

      Total horror.

      Yes, I thought someone might have mentioned the push button starters.

      Aye they really must be wondering what that rambling nonsense was about…

      What a dipstick Johnson is.


  11. Late again.
    7) Glen Elg ferry
    18) Massey Ferguson 35, with a grass topper on the back.
    13) Immigrants squatting on somebody else’s lawn, complete with tackity bits. Looks like Lizzie has beaten Madonna to it for style of under garment. The young “no sweat” Andy, even at such a tender age seems to be making a lounge for sister Anne’s boob. Although in fairness at that age how would he know it was his sister.
    Talking of no sweat, radium and mesothorium poisoning in humans, does that affect the sweating response in some way? No doubt Munguinites will know.
    12) At first I thought it was maybe an early Castle Douglas but don’t think it is. Happy to wait to find out.


  12. Looking forward to kangaroo’s report on how 31% of the vote gets youto be the biggest party and form a government.
    Morrison had everything going for him, the media and the lies.
    He is almost as good as the flounder.
    Still the mother of parliaments have given them the same system, chaos.

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