The Savoy Ballroom in Southsea, I cannot believe that there is no trace of that left any more, it is just a boarded up empty site. Compare this with the picture on the side bar!!!!!
Another music venue in Portsmouth The Blue Lagoon at Hilsea. It is good to see that all these years later Chris Farlowe is still performing. In fact I met him in Portsmouth a couple of years ago.
Stop Press: Last week marked he most hits I have had in a week since I started counting!!!
THE ADVERTISING SLOGAN
We grew up in a world that had suddenly cottoned onto the power of the advertising poster and slogan. I know I have covered some of these before some time ago but I thought I would look at a few that I missed and that you may have well forgotten.
So lets start with Medicines: We all remember the ALKA SELTZER Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is! Slogan but how many of you remember the one liner from the American comedian, Shelley Berman (of Hello Mudder, Hello Fadder fame), when he is stumbling around with a massive hang over and drops two Alka Seltzers into a glass and while holding his head, looks into the glass and says “don’t be mean Alka Seltzer, don’t fizz!” I know that feeling! But there again we in the UK knew that ‘nothing acts faster than ANADIN’ and that your parents had to use ANDREWS LIVER SALTS for ‘Inner Cleanliness’ and that they were ‘Worth a guinea a box’. Whilst talking about physical things do you remember CHARLES ATLAS saying don’t let the bully kick sand in you eyes, take my body building course and then ‘You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine’. An advert most certainly not for females!
Now food is always a good hunting ground for slogans. BIRDS EYE PEAS were ‘Sweet as the moment when the pod went 'pop'’ and everyone said ‘Ahh BISTO! But not so many remember that you were supposed to Sleep sweeter with BOURNVITA or that it was supposed to be ‘the food drink of the night’. No night starvation here!
The BRITISH EGG MARKETING BOARD were past masters with the slogan, here are just three ‘Go to work on an egg’, ‘Happiness is egg shaped’ and ‘ You can rely on the lion’ which brings me on nicely to another big cat the tiger.
“They’re G-r-r-r-eat!” is one of the most recognised slogans in the world. Back in the 1950s, Tony the Tiger growled his way into consciousness with this memorable slogan for Frosted Flakes. In the UK the product was known as SUGAR FROSTIES. Tony’s catchphrase has become one of the longest running and most recognized slogans in TV advertising history. Tony the Tiger’s character has evolved over the years: he stands upright rather than on all fours now, has travelled to more than 42 countries, and now has a wife and a daughter. I wonder if he had a cousin who appeared in the ESSO petrol adverts when we were told to put a tiger in our tanks?
Customers have been ‘Take a Break, Take a KIT KAT” since 1957, Kit Kat’s slogan has also been “Have a break…Have a Kit Kat.” However the commercials really took off in the ‘80s. At this spot I have to mention that "The MILKY BARS are on me!" we all remember this advert first shown in 1961 to promote Nestlé Milky Bars featuring "The Milky Bar Kid", a blonde, spectacle-wearing lad dressed as a cowboy. And don’t forget that "OPAL FRUITS were ‘Made to make your mouth water’; and that "A MARS a day helps you work, rest and play."
But it does not end here because a couple of years ago a national daily paper did a survey of Britain’s favourite advertising slogans and "Beanz Meanz HEINZ" beat 84 rivals to win the top place. Of the top 10, eight were more than a quarter of a century old with just two coined in the last 25 years, the NIKE and the INDEPENDENT newspaper. No slogans from the last decade made it anywhere on to the list.
1. Beanz Meanz Heinz - Heinz baked beans (1967)
2. We try harder - Avis car rental (1962)
3. Don't be vague, ask for Haig - Haig whisky (1930s)
4. Heineken refreshes the parts other beers cannot reach - Heineken lager (1974)
5. It is. Are you? - the Independent newspaper (1987)
6. Happiness is a cigar called Hamlet - Hamlet cigars (1960s)
7. Think small - Volkswagen (1962)
8. Go to work on an egg - The Egg Marketing Board (1957)
9. Guinness is good for you - Guinness (1929)
10. Just do it - Nike sports equipment (1988)
But the list didn't include these old favourites, how could they miss any of these?
1. P-p-p-p-p-pick up a Penguin
2. A Mars a day helps you work, rest and play
4. Have a Break, have a Kit-kat
5. Hands that do dishes feel soft as your face with (all together now) Mild Green Fairy Liquid...
6. Only the crumbliest, flakiest chocolate tastes like chocolate never tasted before
7. That's why the lady loves Milk Tray
8. Papa... Nicole...
9. That's Martini
10. Mr Kipling makes exceedingly good cakes
Well another wander down the nostalgia lane of memories, maybe you can remember some I have forgotten, if so let me know.
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I hope you won't mind me correcting your latest blog but " SS Southsea" means Steam Ship Southsea. It was actually "TSMV Southsea" which means Twin Screw Motor Vessel. The Southsea and her sister ship Brading were launched within a few weeks of each other and fitted out alongside in the same basin at Denny's Dumbarton yard. Built in 1948 by W.DENNY & BROS of Dumbarton, she was 986 tons, L 181.6' X B 46' X 8.3'. They had Diesel 2 Stoke eight cylinder engines by SULZER. They had a Speed of 14.5 knots and could carry 1,331 Passengers. In 1951 Denny's built the 3rd ship "TSMV SHANKLIN".
Denny's of Dumbarton were a very highly rated shipbuilder and built several of the Solent Ferries over the years.
The " SOUTHSEA & BRADING " were both built to replace wartime losses from the old Paddle Steamers. They were modern good looking ships of their time and were much loved in the Solent.
Late in 1980, " SHANKLIN" was sold to a consortium of people, and amongst other things, was used for pleasure trips in the Bristol Channel. She was declared a total loss after running over hidden rocks off the Gower Coast. Fortunately there was no loss of life.
As the " SOUTHSEA & BRADING" got older they got towards the end of their working lives and were eventually replaced by the two Catamarans " OUR LADY PAMELA & OUR LADY PATRICIA" which were named after the daughters of Lord Mountbatten. The "BRADING" was taken out of service first as it had become uneconomical to maintain. It was eventually scrapped. When the "SOUTHSEA" was taken out of service in the mid 80's, she was initially used for pleasure trips in the Solent. She became uneconomic to run and was laid up in various places and fell into decay whilst various consortiums tried to buy her to restore her. Eventually in the early 2000's she was towed back into Portsmouth Harbour a really sorry state, where a group were going to try and restore her but they were unable to raise the necessary funds and sadly, she ended up in the Scrapyard.
This was the end of an excellent era in the Solent.
I hope you don't mind me sticking my oar in
News and Views:
Veteran rock ‘n’ roller Jet Harris who was the original bass guitarist with The Shadows has lost his battle against cancer in the early hours of 18th March, he was aged 71. .
Jet lived in Bembridge, Isle of Wight and tributes have started to pour in from Shadows fans around the world. He joined Cliff Richard’s backing group The Drifters in 1959. It was he who came up with the name The Shadows. After breaking away from the band he forged a partnership with the former Shadows’ drummer, the late Tony Meehan and they topped the singles charts in the 1960s with Diamonds. About a year ago he received an MBE from the Queen for his services to music. He was also the first musician to use an electric bass guitar.
On this day 20th March1960-1965.
On 20/03/1960the number one single was Running Bear - Johnny Preston and the number one album was South Pacific Soundtrack. The top rated TV show was The Larkins (ATV) and the box office smash was Psycho. 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 20/03/1961the number one single was Walk Right Back/Ebony Eyes - Everly Brothers and the number one album was GI Blues - Elvis Presley. 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.
On 20/03/1962the 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.
On 20/03/1963the number one single was Summer Holiday - Cliff Richard & the Shadows and the number one album was Summer Holiday - Cliff Richard & the Shadows. The top rated TV show was Conservative Party Political Broadcast (all channels) 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.
On 20/03/1964the number one single was Little Children - Billy J Kramer and the number one album was With the Beatles - The Beatles. The top rated TV show was Conservative Party Political Broadcast (all channels) 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.
On 20/03/1965the number one single was The Last Time - Rolling Stones 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.