Tuesday, 2 March 2010
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Top Picture: A class from Court Lane Secondary School Circa 1959-60
Bottom Picture: The day HMS Vanguard got stuck On 4 August 1960, when she was to be towed from Portsmouth to the breakers yard at Faslane the whole of Southsea sea front was packed with people to see her off. As she was being towed towards the harbour entrance, she slewed across the harbour towards the Still & West and went aground. She was eventually pulled off by tugs five days later she arrived at Faslane and by the spring of 1962 Vanguard was no more.
I have to thank Gloria for this weeks page
Older than Dirt
Someone asked me the other day, 'What was your favourite fast food when you were growing up?'
'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,' I informed him. All the food was slow.'
'C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?'
'It was a place called 'at home,'' I explained. !
'Mum cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.'
By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.
But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it :
Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore jeans , set foot on a golf course, holidayed out of the country or had a credit card.
My parents never drove me to school. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow).
I remember we had a television, which was really a piece of polished furniture; the screen seemed about 6” square (that is 150mm in new money).
It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came back on the air at about 6 a.m. and there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people...
I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.
Pizzas were not delivered to our home... But milk was.
All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers --my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. He had to get up at 6AM every morning.
Film stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.
If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.
My first burger was a “Wimpey”, however, you had to sit down on a chair, at a table. Then a waitress asked you politely, ”what would you like”. Your food was brought to you on a plate and you were also provided with a “knife and fork”. But the strange thing is……you paid for it after you had eaten it!!!!
Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?
How many do you remember?
Headlight dimmer switches on the floor.
Ignition switches were on the dashboard and there was a magazine shelf underneath.
Using hand signals for cars without indicators.
You had to pull the “choke” out to start the engine
MOT’s hadn’t been invented.
One license covered everything on wheels.
Bicycle clips for bicycles without chain guards.
Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.
Older Than Dirt Quiz :
Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about. Ratings at the bottom.
2.Coffee bars with juke boxes
3.Home milk delivery in glass bottles
4.Party lines on the telephone
5.Newsreels before the main feature film
6.TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3 channels [if you were fortunate])
8. Andy Pandy
9. 78 RPM records
11. Tin Baths
12. Blue flashbulb
13. Cork popguns
14. Wolsey, Riley, Austin, Morris, Triumph and Vanden plas, made Motor Cars
15.. Sweets actually filled the wrappers
16. Washing machines with wringers
If you remembered 0-3 = You're still young
If you remembered 3-6 = You are getting older
If you remembered 7-10 = Don't tell your age,
If you remembered 11-15 =You're older than dirt!
I might be older than dirt but those memories are some of the best parts of my life.
Don't forget to pass this along!!
Especially to all your really OLD friends
Take Care and keep in touch
I was trawling through some old papers my mother gave me when I was over in Portsmouth recently. I know you are interested in historical things................here is a copy of a letter written to my Grandfather Ernest on April 11th 1904 .............well over a hundred years ago. This was when football was very much an amateur sport played by gentlemen. The secretary of Aston Villa, winners of the Football League Championship 1894, 1896, 1897, 1899 and 1900 at that time, was inviting my Grandfather to play for them the following Saturday. I know that he did and played subsequently many times for them in goal prior to the First World War. My father once told me he practised with his dad in goal and when his dad kicked the ball at him it hurt his hands to stop it. I note that the secretary was a George Ramsay............I wonder if he was an ancestor of Sir Alf?????? must try and check it out.
News and Views:
NO TOUR FOR THE STONES IN 2010
The Rolling Stones have issued a statement saying that, "Following recent UK media speculation, the Rolling Stones would like to make it clear there are no plans at the moment for the band to tour in 2010." Thet did however, reveal that the expanded version of 1972's "Exile on Main Street," which is being co-produced by Detroiter Don Was, will come out in May and feature "a host of unreleased songs," including "Sophia Loren," "Plunder My Soul" and "Following the River."
On this day 6th March 1960-1965
On 06/03/1960 the number one single was Why - Anthony Newley and the number one album was South Pacific Soundtrack. The top rated TV show was not listed and the box office smash was Some Like It Hot. A pound of today's money was worth £13.68 and Burnley were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.
On 06/03/1961 the number one single was Walk Right Back/Ebony Eyes - Everly Brothers and the number one album was South Pacific Soundtrack. The top rated TV show was No Hiding Place (AR) and the box office smash was One Hundred and One Dalmations. A pound of today's money was worth £13.25 and Tottenham Hotspur were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.The big news story of the day was Minicabs introduced.
On 06/03/1962 the number one single was Rock-a-Hula Baby/Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley and the number one album was Blue Hawaii - Elvis Presley. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was Lawrence of Arabia. A pound of today's money was worth £12.89 and Ipswich Town were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.The big news story of the day was RCP London publishes 'Smoking & Health'
On 06/03/1963 the number one single was The Wayward Wind - Frank Ifield and the number one album was Summer Holiday - Cliff Richard & the Shadows. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was The Great Escape. A pound of today's money was worth £12.64 and Everton were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.The big news story of the day was World In Action documentary on defence banned
On 06/03/1964 the number one single was Anyone Who Had a Heart -Cilla Black and the number one album was With the Beatles - The Beatles. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was Dr Strangelove. A pound of today's money was worth £12.24 and Liverpool were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions.The big news story of the day was Cassius Clay changes name to Cassius X Clay.
On 06/03/1965 the number one single was I'll Never Find Another You - Seekers and the number one album was Rolling Stones Number 2 - The Rolling Stones. The top rated TV show was Coronation Street (Granada) and the box office smash was The Sound of Music. A pound of today's money was worth £11.69 and Manchester United were on the way to becoming the Season's Division 1 champions. The big news story of the day was US pledges to send 3500 troops to Vietnam.