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gray_marian
15th February 2016, 10:31 PM
This is long ( eleven & half minutes ) but some great old memories, grab a coffee, sit down & enjoy the fab 50's


The cars are fantastic. The music was so wonderful, romantic,
nostalgic, magical.



The Best Of Times (http://biggeekdad.com/2013/01/the-best-of-times/)

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Doc Vernon
15th February 2016, 10:46 PM
Thanks Marian however I do recall this on before!??
Cheers

Keith Moody
15th February 2016, 10:59 PM
saturday night at the town hall in Dover we used to dance to most of those songs, OH!, where did youth go.?
lots of memories.
keith moody
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j.sabourn
16th February 2016, 07:29 AM
While all these smoothies with their DA haircuts teddy boy trousers, brothel creeper shoes and seemily plenty of money, in 1954 I was undergoing one of the most embarrassing periods of my youth. The Arcadia one of Anchor lines Passenger liners was in Bombay the same time as us, and the four apprentices were invited onboard for dinner at 1900 hrs. The other 3 went as was my night on board and couldn't. However as I couldn't make it I was invited the following night by myself and the old man insisted I go. I had no clean gear for such an awe inspiring sight, so borrowed a pair of trousers off the senior apprentice who was 6 inches taller than me and rolled up the 6 inches at the trouser end. A white shirt from someone else, and off I went, there was me in all my glory even with rust chippings in my hair I should imagine. The Cadets had their own table in the passenger saloon all dressed in their white no 10s or whatever they call them. I have never felt so out of place in my life especially when passengers kept on looking over and God knows what they thought. So Teddy boys and me didn't get on too well, I was probably jealous of how much better dressed than me at that time. How Sir Walter Runciman could run at least two Companys with such different life styles I don't know, he must have had many a laugh when thinking about the differences in peoples way of life. Cheers JS PS Like most seamen of that era I was down Grant Road the following night drinking and singing if nothing else, that would have certainly given the stuffed shirts something to talk about. Think it was this trip also met Carlson of Flying Enterprise fame in the seamans mission as were allowed 2 large bottles of beer in those days, think there was some sort of prohibition, he was on a ship the Flying Enterprise 2. JS PS Sorry may have ships names mixed was the Circassia. i.e. The Anchor Line ship JS

gray_marian
16th February 2016, 08:06 AM
#4, Captain Kurt Carlsen and the Flying Enterprise - YouTube
Video for YOUTUBE CLIP OF CAPTAIN Carlson of Flying Enterprise fame▶ 5:08
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xtl5ZeLMeuA

cappy
16th February 2016, 09:23 AM
john those happenings in life teach us a lesson ....albeit a hard lesson......but to be humbled is not a sin ....but part of a learning curve .......i myself ....madly in love with miss mculloch at fourteen....her of the jane russell breasts wnted to ask her for a dance at the xmas party .......sadly no jacket .......i was about 5 foot 8 .......my granda a 6 foot 2 sheltie and broad as a barn door had a blue heavy tweed jacket ......the back seam was cut open and about 2foot of material cut out then sewn back i looked llike flash harry on st trinians ....many other lads had good fitting gear ...but not all ......my moment came and i asked my miss of the heaving breast for the dance .......capps she said i thought you would never ask .........even to this day i can remember the softness of those beuties.....and can even smell the perfume .....sadly she has long gone .......but years later i met her in shields and sad to say she couldnt remember my dance ......well that was her story any way ......but i bet she remembered that bloody jacket ........regards cappy

Keith Tindell
16th February 2016, 09:32 AM
Ref 4 John. remember Bombay well, 2 bottles of beer and if i recall correctly you could have 3 on the weekend, i was several miserable months on that coast, and when you got to Calcutta there was no limit on the beer.


Remember on the Castle boats in Southampton, use to join the ship the night before the sailing, and there was always a dance on the pier, which was always full of lovely young ladies. When i go across to England from the island on Red Funnel ferries, and land next to that abandoned pier as it is now, brings back many memories, kt

Ivan Cloherty
16th February 2016, 10:13 AM
When i go across to England from the island on Red Funnel ferries, kt

When did you get independence Keith, bet you put that in for a bit ov a larf

gray_marian
16th February 2016, 10:18 AM
#6, 'and can even smell the perfume' Cappy was it Ivan's favourite "Yardley"?:p

j.sabourn
16th February 2016, 10:29 AM
As a boy although I had quite a few jobs before leaving school, I suppose I had a lack of self confidence, in fact had a bad stutter at one time which was probably from the blitz arena in London as a nipper. These were all part and parcel of a lack of confidence in oneself. And had to work through yourself no speciality doctors in those days, was lucky to see a GP as that cost about a half a crown. Anyhow the sea is a big curerer of most ailments regarding self confidence, think I finally threw off all shackles to such after sitting second mates. A big bluff looked the part black beard an all, ex public school boy, Came out of the navigation exam paper saying it was a piece of pizz and stating what the composite great circle distance was from Liverpool to New York, which he had as about 5000 miles. He was that self assured I was on the point of walking out but didn't. When the results came back he was wrong and I was right. I was never short of being outspoken again. No matter what you shout about it is the results that matter. If I was ever fortuanate to meet that same talker again I would thank him for showing me the way. He was the typical person of that period in time a wealthy background a good education but as thick as two short planks. I have met many at sea thus inclined, but was never ever overawed by them, and was usually right when the chips were down they were the first to turn tail. However don't think I would have had the nerve at the time Cappy to chat up the young teacher. Hope you told her to throw away the Yardley and bought her a bottle of Chanel no. 5. Cheers happy days JS

john sutton
16th February 2016, 10:56 AM
as a youth in the 50,s I used to go to the plaza ballroom in Manchester and occaisionally asked young ladies if I could drive them home.Cars were not usual in those days and most young ladies would look pleased and ask if I had a car(could have been a motorbike).my answer would be "no a whip"

j.sabourn
16th February 2016, 11:15 AM
#11.. John we had a young teacher like cappys also, I received the strap from her a few times and although the strap hurt, was beginning to accept such for she would burst into tears after she had done it. This would have been a big in for Cappy to console her then, I didn't have the nerve, maybe I had sadistic tendencies and got my pleasure from being strapped, never got as far as the black leather stuff though. The hands would have been useless however as stung for about an hour after, didn't half hurt. Better than the cane though which some of the male teachers were real sadistic at times. Cheers JS

cappy
16th February 2016, 11:35 AM
#6, 'and can even smell the perfume' Cappy was it Ivan's favourite "Yardley"?:p####no marion .....i dont think .......but as a young man on my ist trip through the suez canal i was stupid enough to buy for my current girlfriend a bottle of ..........wait for it named ....AROMA OF THE WADI .....which i bilieve was a cross between a camels rear end and the aroma drifting from a place where camel drivers pass by the only tree for miles around .......and hide behind it ....to complete there ablutions.....the switch between what the bumboatmen offered and what i got....was done ist class....aghh the learning curve of life........regards cappy

Keith Tindell
16th February 2016, 11:45 AM
Ivan ref 8, we refer to at as England, because all the good things you get over there (i know, not many), never seem to apply to us over here, have a look at job adverts and wages for etc, mind you does give us a laugh. By the way, i have lived here for over 40 years, i,m still an overner!!!! kt

gray_marian
16th February 2016, 01:21 PM
#11, John, your car reference reminded me of a GPO work colleague Dolly, who when young herself was on a date. The guy offered to drive her home even though he didn't have a car! When she realised he meant to steal one she made her excuses and fled. The following year he was the last man in Scotland to be tried and hanged for murder. His name was Peter Manuel, think it was 1957 the year I was born. Seventeen years later I was working weekends voluntarily at an old Victorian mansion house [hospital] where I told the cook the same story, she in return said one of his victims had been the sixteen year old daughter of her bridesmaid who had taken a short cut via the lane at the rear of the hospital to go to a local dance......
As it was time for me to leave I was so scared that I asked Betty [cook] to wait at the front door whilst I legged it as fast as I could straight through the manicured front lawn instead of the horse shoe path established. [Matron would have went ballistic] I got to the bottom of the hill towards the gates I looked back to see Betty's silhouette and her ankle length apron billowing around her in the wind which gave me the heebie jeebies. That procedure continued till spring and the nights were lighter:)

Peter Thomas Anthony "The Beast of Birkenshaw ... - YouTube
Video for youtube clip of peter manuel, last man to be hung in scotland▶ 44:42
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOknCObysSA

Braid Anderson
16th February 2016, 02:03 PM
#14 Keith, is the railway on the island still operational, or all gone?

Ivan Cloherty
16th February 2016, 02:24 PM
#6, 'and can even smell the perfume' Cappy was it Ivan's favourite "Yardley"?:p

Wasn't so much my favourite perfume, but it was my favourite currency for things not available in the shops!

Keith Tindell
16th February 2016, 03:12 PM
Braid, the railway is in the Island news at this very moment, the franchise has come up for renewal, and i dont think anyone wants it!!!, as you are probably aware the only trains to run on the gauge of track we have here are ex London underground trains, and they are knackered. Its become bit of a scary ride, bounces about all over the place, latest idea is to convert trolley busses , except the tunnel at Ryde is too low , watch this space as they say Kt

Dennis McGuckin
16th February 2016, 07:13 PM
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#11.. John we had a young teacher like cappys also, I received the strap from her a few times and although the strap hurt, was beginning to accept such for she would burst into tears after she had done it. This would have been a big in for Cappy to console her then, I didn't have the nerve, maybe I had sadistic tendencies and got my pleasure from being strapped, never got as far as the black leather stuff though. The hands would have been useless however as stung for about an hour after, didn't half hurt. Better than the cane though which some of the male teachers were real sadistic at times. Cheers JS
Hi John.
Picture speaks a thousand words,

John Arton
16th February 2016, 10:42 PM
Be aware windows 10 and Microsoft edge users, if you click on one of the other UTUBE videos on Marians original link, your puter gets taken over with a message saying Microsoft Edge has a problem that only a Microsoft engineer can solve and gives you a number to call. The only way to get this off your browser is to use windows restore function that keeps your files, re-installs windows but removes all your apps.
Guess which idiot clicked on one of those other UTUBE videos and has to have spent the last 3 hours restoring the puter and installing apps.
No prizes for guessing.
rgds
JA

Braid Anderson
16th February 2016, 10:55 PM
#18...Looks like a case for an ambitious Preservation Society! I'm a bit out of touch, the last I knew it was standard gauge, with ex-Southern Railway 0-4-4 tank engines! I made a special trip when I was in the army on Salisbury Plain, just to have a look. I must be getting really old.

happy daze john in oz
17th February 2016, 05:35 AM
Be aware windows 10 and Microsoft edge users No prizes for guessing.
rgds
JA


Know what you mean John. I had one last year that put a Trojan Ransom on mine. Similar thing messages about using the engineer but also pop up adds I could not remove and most pornographic in the utmost. Got rid of it but took almost a week to find the correct solution.