8. Wat is this?

Mandatory Credit: Photo by ITV/Shutterstock (336660ae) JAN. 1982 ITV ARCHIVE













With thanks to Nigel, Marcia and Dave.

55 thoughts on “ALL OUR YESTERDAYS”

  1. Pic 3 – a lemon squeezer – I’ve got one identical to that. Pic 4 – School dinner hall? Pic 6 – RMS Queen Elizabeth, built in John Brown’s, Clydebank. Pic 7 – looks like a bunch of turners at their lathes – no idea where. Pic 10 – “I say, chaps, that looks like a UXB. Gentlemen, we shall retire to safe distance. Private Smith – once we have done so, hit the object hard with a hammer.” Pic 14 – a weaving woman – “Oh, dear me, the mill gangs fest, puir wee shifters canna get a rest” (over to you, Tris). Pic 19 – James Mason. Pic 20 – Lily Savage aka Paul O’Grady.

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    1. Shiftin’ boabins coorse an’ fine; they fairly mak ye werk fur yer 10 an 9.


      There’s a piece of artwork in Lochee with the lyrics on it…

      100% there.

      I never particularly liked Lilly Savage or Paul O’Grady, but when I read about him after his death was announced last week, he’s a real champion for animals. And a sad loss.

      NMRN was feeling a bit down so I thought a quick dose of James might just perk her up a bit.

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      1. “NMRN was feeling a bit down so I thought a quick dose of James might just perk her up a bit”

        Thanks Tris……quick dose …long dose….constant dose LOL……..always works for me.

        Not too down …Scottish politics is like being on a rollercoaster…ups and downs… can consume you sometimes so I just think that for me personally tis better to take a back seat and when the time comes I will vote for independence……meanwhile I can drool over JM pictures on here and start to focus on and enjoy some of the many other things life has to offer… for me.

        Have a fabby day Tris ( and others on here too)


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      1. I’m here, tris. andimac has pipped me to it, and pretty much left me with nothing to add, except:

        Pic 4: I never had the pleasure of eating school-meals. I always went home for lunch.

        Pic 10: I think the relaxed poses suggest that the fuse has been removed, which is also suggested by the round hole in the landmine. Dropped in shallow water, it acted as an anti-shipping mine, but dropped on land, a barometric fuse caused it to explode above ground-level, resulting in devastation over a wide area. Clearly, in this case the fuse malfunctioned. Mind you, I don’t know how the “landmine” knew whether it was going to come down in water or over a residential area.

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        1. I think school dinners were pretty awful, DonDon, so you didn’t miss out on much. But free lunches in Scotland for all kids up to P5 are, I think, a blessing to some people.

          I guess they must have programmed the mines before they dropped them and hope that they didn’t drift on to the wrong terrain.


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    2. Anent your joke relating to pic 10 and the unexplored bomb. Around 1968, as a student, I was working over the summer as a labourer on the Kingston Bridge site. I was instructed by five high heid yins to ‘go and dig a hole over there’. Meanwhile, they retired about 30 yards away. As I dug down, the soil was more compacted, which I reported to them. They said, ‘use a pick’. So, I started hacking at the ground and suddenly there was a huge CLANG! as the pick struck something metal. I looked round and the five high heid yins were face down on the ground with their hands round their ears. One lifted his head : ‘Is it a steel pipe?’ I shifted soil with my hands. It was a steel pipe about a foot in diameter. ‘Yes,’ I shouted. ‘Is it cracked? Can you hear hissing?’ I reported that neither was the case. The five approached, and gestured me to go back to what I had been doing. As I left I heard one say, ‘The Gas Board said that the main gas line for Glasgow was somewhere around here, but they had lost their maps. We can tell them we’ve found it.’

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      1. JEEEEEZ.

        To some bosses, lives of lesser employees seems to be of little importance.

        For those who whine about “health and safety”, just imagine it was you that was used as an experiment!!!

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        1. Health and safety on building sites in these days was something that was still years in the future. In the 3 months I was there, there was one fatality. A large number of fellow employees had fingers or parts of fingers missing. There were no safety harnesses or barriers when working at height. Several times, trenches collapsed, but, fortunately, no people were covered over. Reversing vehicles had no persistent bleeping.

          The BBC did a play in the 1970s called ‘The Lump’ which was about the lack of regulation on building sites. This was really the start of taking H&S seriously. Nowadays, the BBC would be letting Tories and Brexiters spout about ‘the need to slash red tape’ and for ‘a bonfire of the regulations’.

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            1. Maybe it is how Labour will ‘MAKE BREXIT WORK’. Blair and Brown never repealed any of Thatcher’s anti trade union legislation, and both are ‘advisers’ to Starmer…… as is Mandelson who said that Labour was ‘extremely relaxed about people becoming very rich.’ And, many Labour ministers did become very rich – private Heath Care companies, properties, ‘billets’ on the boards of banks, etc.

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              1. I’ve never seen how Brexit cold be made to work, unless you got Dumbledore involved…

                It’s a pity Labour seems to be so relaxed about people becoming very poor.

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      1. Horrific? It could make many ills disappear, temporarily, not just teething. The main ingredients were Morphine (65mg/Fl.Oz) and alcohol.
        Would have a decent street value now.
        Ahh, the good old days, none of your weak kneed wokery back then. Real coke in your coca-cola, laudanum, over the counter from your friendly corner shop grocer, tincture of morphine and alcohol for the little ones, to prepare them for their adulthood.

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  2. No. 12……..The top of the tower seen in the distance looks like the Capitol building of Nebraska (which doesn’t have a conventional dome.) So this would be downtown Lincoln, the capital city of Nebraska.

    This is confirmed by the names of the two theaters. The film playing at the Stuart is “Come Fly With Me,” which was released in 1963.

    BTW…….Nebraska is the only state in the USA with a unicameral legislature, which is also non-partisan. Political parties are not officially recognized in the Nebraska legislature.

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    1. Interesting as ever, Danny.
      1963 looks good for the date, as the black car on the right is a generation 2 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air and the yellow cab on the left is possibly a generation 3 Bel Air or more likely a Delray, the low-cost version of the platform and used for taxis and government vehicles, from 1958.
      That’s enough boring stuff about 1950s American cars to be going on with…

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      1. morego…..I had a great aunt who bought a 1955 Chevy Bel Air off the showroom floor. Said to have been a great car. Impressive styling! A new direction for Chevrolet. Kept it for many years.

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        1. Wish you still had the Bel Air, Danny?
          Lovely things, you see lots in these photos from the period.
          They became almost instant classics, resulting in there being so many still on the road today…

          Pic5 is another of Munguin’s seemingly inexhaustible photo collection of Ford Model B variants.
          This is a 1932 Tudor coupe in standard condition!
          Great to see one that’s not been chopped around…

          Pic6 Probably the greatest example of sister ships not being identical.
          The Lizzie here (completed 1940) was built after the Mary (completed 1936) and had two funnels and not three.
          Later sister ships always incorporate changes due to lessons learned in building the first one and is the main reason why simultaneous building is rarely practised.
          No build is ever perfect and some redesign and rework is inevitable, even today with computer aided design technology to assist.

          Pic7 is a machine shop from the days when safety at work was just a silly idea to interfere with the business of maximum profits for shareholders.
          Unguarded belt-driven capstans, driven by an overhead shaft which ran the length of the shop and probably powered by a steam engine, complete with a tall chimney to draw smoke away from the steam-raising furnace.

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          1. LOL The Good Old Days, Morego.

            Now we are free of these pesky Europeans we can go back to that…

            Unless our new political masters in Asia forbid it, I suppose.


          2. morego…..The 55 Chevy was in the family a long time. I’ve seen pictures. It was handed down one generation I think. I don’t know what finally happened to it. 🙂

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        1. Had another – much closer – look at the Pic12 shot Derek, and it looks like you’re correct.
          Although it closely resembles a ’58 Chevy Delray, which were utilitarian and used for such things as the taxi trade, the fine details point to it being a Checker A9 or later variant from the late 50s or early 60s.
          The only thing it doesn’t have is the traditional Checker trade-mark Armco-barrier bumpers, used to fend off anything smaller than a Sherman tank in the city traffic.
          A cab’s not earning if it’s off the road with collision damage…
          Lacking these, at a glance I took it for a Chevy…

          Checker eventually used Chevy six cylinder engines from the mid-1960s and in time the Chevy Caprice and Ford Crown Victoria supplanted the Checkers on the streets of New York.
          You only see them now in museums and re-runs of Taxi, with the wonderful Danny DeVito, who stole every scene as the awful Louie….

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  3. Wat is this (No. 8.)? Wat it is, is an optical external rangefinder for a camera – to be fitted on the shoe mount.

    On a less certain note, is No. 17 Michael Horden?

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  4. No 2 reminds me of Ruthven Road station – or perhaps that shpuld be Halt ? – on the Almond Valley line from Perth to Crieff. It was still in perfect order when I used to cycle there in the 50’s. Don’t know if it had become as dilapidated as this one by the time it was demolished.
    No 11 The dreaded Pacer – one of Scotrail’s undoubted successes was refusing to countenance them in Scotland. A cheap ticket to Teeside once got me a Pacer trip on the ECML for the Newcastle – Darlington leg – bit like being on the M8 in a toy car as expresses shot past us at +55 mph.

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    1. LOL. 11 doesn’t look like it was built for speed!

      Before I tell you, about No 2 (it’s not Ruthven Road), have you any idea where it might be?


  5. No 3 – a lemon squeezer. Like Andimac I’ve got one of those.
    No.4 – memories of school dinners in St Monica’s Primary School, Pollok. I can almost smell the dinner hall. I got free school meals and I still remember the luminous pink ticket I got instead of the buff one .
    No.15 – Mrs Winslow’s Soothing Syrup. Can I get some of that?

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    1. There was something seriously wrong about differentiating between people who paid for their dinners and those who did not.

      I’d wait to see what Jake’s link says, if we can get it sorted… before you get into that.

      Stick with Melatonin. 🙂



  6. Number 2 is a station that had 3 names in its existence. It opened as Victoria in 1861 the new line from Ninewells Junction to Newtyle replaced the Dundee to Newtyle old line via Dundee Law. A year later renamed Camperdown, then finally Lochee West in 1896. It lost its passenger service in 1916 when a lot of minor stations shut temporarily so to enable a lot of station clerks to either enlist or be conscripted in to the army. It never re-opened to passenger traffic but goods were dealt with at the station after WW1. Until the 1950s it had 1 porter and loader.

    14 – No. Just no.

    15 – How to drug children with morphine.

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    1. Well done, Marcia. Looks like it was about where Elmwood Road is now…

      There was an article in the Courier the other week about it (where they got some of the detail wrong).

      The things we used to feed kids….


  7. I see we’re back in New Zealand again (no 16).
    A mobile fruit’n’veg van which started life as a bus in 1936, a Leyland ‘K’ type (or Cub) with a locally built body by the NZ Road & Rail Service.

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  8. About No10.

    Right enough a Land Mine, probably 500kg of explosive and on a parachute, with as stated a pressure detonator and some times a delaying timer.

    As a lad my school friend’s family had a chicken egg business on the moor above Dumbarton.
    We were taken to the fenced off area where we were told was the dummy village, there are supposed to be land mines buried in the bog, they didn’t go off as they were set to river level.
    I suppose eventually the area will be built upon and the mines found.

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    1. I’ve never really been a “white” chocolate fan. I’m not surprised it didn’t last.

      Cadbury Snowflake

      “The bar was launched in August 2000 and did the rather genius thing of replacing the chocolate inside a Twirl with white chocolate. In 2003 the chocolate was renamed Flake Snow, despite looking more in appearance to a Twirl, and eventually was discontinued in 2008.”


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