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Random Photo The Waverley Passes Craigendoran.

 

 

 

The Waverley giving her former Craigendoran home a wide berth. It's almost as if she's embarrassed by the old pier's fate.

 

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Montrose v. Dumbarton

Good result for Sons yesterday, a 1-0 victory away at Montrose. New keeper David Crawford made an immediate impact with this save.

 

 

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Bob Dylan Radio Show


Following my recent posting, I thought I'd share my good fortune with my reader. If you follow THIS LINK you can download the show about cars I refer to in the postings. The link will work for 100 downloads or seven days so get downloading. It's about 56 megabytes and is an hour long show.

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I Don’t Like This Whisky Shock!

 

Out for my periodic soiree to the Whisky Tasting Club last night. The theme was Islay malts and that was fairly topical. Earlier this week someone paid £29,400 for a bottle of Bowmore whisky from mid 19th century. He could have saved a lot of money by buying a good quality single malt and adding half a bottle of TCP antiseptic. I'm afraid I'm not that keen. Until last night the only Islay malt I'd really tasted in any quantity was Laphroaig. My fellow tasters assured me that the other Islay malts weren't as harsh as Laphroaig. However after tasting a total of nine different ones last night I'm afraid I now know for sure I'm not keen on this genre of single malts

The day was saved by the intervention of some 17 year old Highland Park and a whisky called Serendipity (no, not a misprint there really is a whisky of this name) This was the result of an accidental vatting of some very old Ardbeg whisky with some 12 year old Glen Moray (a rather nice Speyside malt). The young employee responsible for this error was apparently fired as the mistake was reckoned to have cost his employers tens of thousands of pounds.

The irony is though that it makes the Ardbeg much more palatable (in my humble opinion). Not only that because this is a never to be repeated accident, bottles are being bid up to over £100 on Ebay.

Most of my fellow tasters waxed lyrical about the Islay malts last night and I think consider me a Philistine for not enjoying them. My pal Smiler wasn't complaining as he copped for what I left! 

I still managed to achieve 'refreshed' status mind you! 

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Burma Shave

When I was googling for the photo in my posting on Burma I noticed the predictive text in the google box saying Burma Shave. I was intrigued because this is the name of a Tom Waits song and whilst I like the song, until now I had no idea what it referred to. This was because it was a purely Stateside phenomenon.

When I found the answer I had to do a piece on the blog. Phenomenon it certainly was.

 

 

I am indebted to a poster on THE FIFTIES WEB for the following: 

"Way back in 1925 young Allan Odell pitched this great sales idea to his father, Clinton. Use small, wooden roadside signs to pitch their product, Burma-Shave, a brushless shaving cream. Dad wasn't wild about the idea but eventually gave Allan $200 to give it a try.

Didn't take long for sales to soar. Soon Allan and his brother Leonard were putting up signs all over the dang place. At first the signs were pure sales pitch but as the years passed they found their sense of humor extending to safety tips and pure fun. And some good old-fashioned down home wisdom.

At their height of popularity there were 7,000 Burma-Shave signs stretching across America. The familiar white on red signs, grouped by four, fives and sixes, were as much a part of a family trip as irritating your kid brother in the back seat of the car. You'd read first one, then another, anticpating the punch line on number five and the familiar Burma-Shave on the sixth.

The signs cheered us during the Depression and the dark days of World War II. But things began to change in the late Fifties. Cars got faster and superhighways got built to accomodate them. The fun little signs were being replaced by huge, unsightly billboards.

1963 was the last year for new Burma Shave signs. No more red and white nuggets of roadside wisdom to ease the journey.

A visitor to The Fifties Web contributed this story of a set of signs found in the Oregon wine country as late as 1986. She wrote me that "…two of the five signs were lying on the ground, and one was face down. I hoped the bull guarding them would be friendly as I reached through the fence to turn it over. (He was.)" The signs said, "Farewell O verse, Along the road. How sad to see, You're out of mode."

As befits such an important part of American culture, one set is preserved by the Smithsonian Institution. It reads:      

 

Burma Shave animation

 

 

 

 

Here are some more Burma Shave slogans:

OUR FORTUNE
IS YOUR SHAVEN FACE
IT'S OUR BEST
ADVERTISING SPACE
BURMA-SHAVE

BEN MET ANNA
MADE A HIT
NEGLECTED BEARD
BEN-ANNA SPLIT
BURMA-SHAVE

THIS CREAM MAKES THE
GARDENER'S DAUGHTER
PLANT HER TU-LIPS
WHERE SHE OUGHTER
BURMA-SHAVE

IF YOUR PEACH
KEEPS OUT OF REACH
BETTER PRACTICE
WHAT WE PREACH
BURMA-SHAVE

THE BIG BLUE TUBE'S
JUST LIKE LOUISE
YOU GET A THRILL
FROM EVERY SQUEEZE
BURMA-SHAVE

SAID FARMER BROWN
WHO'S BALD ON TOP
"WISH I COULD
ROTATE THE CROP"
BURMA-SHAVE

SHE PUT A BULLET
THROUGH HIS HAT
BUT HE'S HAD CLOSER
SHAVES THAN THAT
WITH BURMA-SHAVE

IF YOU DON'T KNOW
WHOSE SIGNS THESE ARE
YOU CAN'T HAVE
DRIVEN VERY FAR
BURMA-SHAVE

HENRY THE EIGHTH
SURE HAD TROUBLE
SHORT-TERM WIVES
LONG-TERM STUBBLE
BURMA-SHAVE

 

Here's the Tom Waits song which aroused my curiosity:

Burma Shave

Tom Waits

 

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Burma

A couple of years ago as a member of Amnesty International I took part in an event which centred around writing to prisoners around the world. These were people almost without exception whose only crime was to express disapproval of their government or who were imprisoned simply because the government disapproved of them.

The person I wrote to was from the Myanmar Republic (Burma). I wrote along the lines of how he would never be forgotten and that Amnesty were campaigning on his behalf. I included some personal information, small talk about my family work and pastimes.

We were told that the Red Cross would get most of the letters through and that we were to report to Amnesty if we got a reply. I never did and I don't even know if he ever received my letter but I have often imagined the conditions that this poor man had to endure at the hands of this totaletarian, socialist (sic) regime. Events of the last week have seen Buddhist Monks leading protests on the streets about the poverty and conditions which prevail. In return for their efforts the military have invaded the temples and have ruthlessly dealt with these people who represent perhaps the most peace loving religion in the world. The photo above shows a shocked Japanese photographer, still holding his camera having been shot by a Burmese soldier. A second later the soldier finished the job.

Despite the government in Burma trying to strangle the use of internet and mobile phones, several brave bloggers are still trying to give the outside world a picture of what is happening. Bloggers like Dawn a young woman who has presented a poignant and very informative picture of what is happening. She reports that on their marches the Monks chanted:

 

To the uncountable living beings living in uncountable universes to the east,
May they be free of danger,
May they be free of anger,
May they be free of sufferings, and
May their hearts be calm and peaceful.

 

Then they started the chanting again, sending prayer for the living beings at the west, north, south, northeast, northwest, southeast, and southwest.

They were marching and chanting prayers peacefully.

"May there be peace on earth"

 

 

 

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John Reid’s Toughest Job?

Poor old John Reid. The death knell sounded on his political career when his arch enemy Gordon Brown was elected Labour Party Leader.

Now we hear he is to take on the job as Chairman of Celtic F.C. The chairman and chief executive at 'Paradise' traditionally get a hard time from the 'Greatest Fans In The World' and it will be interesting to see how they react to Reid's well documented abrasive style.

Reid seems unperturbed and I hear he celebrated his new appointment at that well known Glasgow eaterie The Ubiquitous Chip on the Shoulder.

 

 

Footnote: A former colleague of Dr. Reid's has some interesting things to say about him HERE

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