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Moothie ads

Through searching for the McNiven and Cameron ads in the posting below, I found a site called The Advert Museum. Independently of that, and being an interest of mine I found some harmonica adverts. I think this might be my favourite:

What can this mean?

I couldn’t help but notice that the harp here is one of the Hohner Aerosmith series. One of these was a promotional item for the album entitled “Honking on Bobo” (I kid you not!)

And then there was….

Love me do...Please please me....

And also…..

Especially if you meet the owner of the harmonica in the first advert


Nostalgia aint what it used to be…..

I heard a wee item on BBC Scotland the other day about the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow and there was reference to that theatre’s policy in the 70s of offering all seats for 50p.

This brought to mind a production of Dracula from 1977 which included some nude scenes. The photo below was taken during that run:

Lord Provost, Peter McCann, in a world free from the constraints of political correctness,called for the sacking of theatre bosses. He described the Dracula production as “kinky claptrap appealing only to mentally ill weirdos” (Sunday Express, 13 March 1977). The Provost’s calls were not supported by his councillors and his attempts to gain city council control of programming at the Citizens failed.

Of course in times when the lingerie section of the Kays catalogue was considered a bit risqué  Provost McCann’s outburst all but guaranteed that mentally ill weirdos filled every seat in the theatre for the entire run of the said kinky claptrap.

Anyway, as I sought the photo above at Urban Glasgow I also found this cracker from the seventies of St Enoch Square.

Something that caught my eye was the rather odd sign below that of the one for the St Enoch Hotel.

They came as a boon and a blessing to men, The Pickwick, the Owl and the Waverley Pen.

On checking I found that this piece of doggerel was the advertising slogan of Edinburgh pen manufacturers MacNiven and Cameron:

Photo (thought) stream

I love this photo on several levels. It’s of Amsterdam which is one of my favourite cities and not just for the chips and salad cream.

There on the other side of the road is what looks like my dad’s first ever new car, a 1965 Volkswagen Beetle.

Java green it was.

Basic as basic could be; the only extras were windscreen wipers. There was a wee luggage bit behind the back seat where I could hide under a tartan car blanket. I used to do that when my dad took the car on the Erskine or Renfrew Ferry and he would give me the 3d (3 old pence) that this saved on the fare.

Fairly mild dishonesty I’d have thought. I don’t think there was a danger of my becoming a Craigie Whyte.

I remember touring the highlands several times in that excellent wee car. We even went camping with that as our transport to Ullapool and Nairn. The tent and all essentials packed into the boot (in the front of course). I still have the wee meths stove that we had and I still use it sometimes on my loch island day trips on the canoe.

It didn’t have a radio so maw, paw and I would sing songs or I’d play moothie……..(seriously – how my parents suffered!)

Look at the way the building is reflected in the bonnet of the other car.

Oh! and is that a coffee house?

Funny, any time I was ever in one it was usually followed by chips and salad cream……….

Thanks again to this tumblr site for the inspiration.

Call of the Wilde

It was in his latter days at Rangers that Barry Ferguson demonstrated his love of literature by having an Oscar Wide quote tattooed on his arm to wit; “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future”.

My friend Iain, known round these parts as Glade Rover has been in touch to suggest another Wilde quote (as he sipped champagne on his deathbed) to sum up things down Govan way:

“Alas, I am dying beyond my means.”


Alexander the Second?

Ah it doesn’t take long for the news to overtake the humble blogger.

It seems that Eric Joyce has been charged with assault and released on police bail.

This was after Joyce was earlier suspended from the Labour Party pending the outcome.

Johann Lamont it is who’s in charge of Scottish Labour MPs and MSPs and here is Johann shortly after she made the decision to suspend the hon. member.

Johann Lamont

Apologies, there seems to be some sort of error here. A picture of Labour Chief Whip Rosie Winterton has appeared instead of Johann Lamont.

For the avoidance of doubt it is Ms Lamont who has responsibility for all Scottish MPs and MSPs and not Ms Wintterton or Mr Milipede.

Just who is the most odious man in Scotland?

I’m thinking a man associated with a once proud, but now bankrupt Scottish institution with an extremely uncertain future. A man who has had no shame in accumulating wealth in a web of complicated financial dealing at others expense and who cannot seem to be contacted by anyone.

Police are currently studying events and prosecutors wait with bated breath.

Yes I’m talking about Eric Joyce.

"You're claimed ya bashtart"

He was the first MP to accumulate £1 million in expenses.

When his expenses claim of £200,000 in 2010 raised eyebrows, he hit back claiming that middle class voters were hypocrites, branding them liars, racists, drunkards and even paedophiles.

The Falkirk MP previously spent the night in a police cell a couple of years ago having been caught driving over the drink driving limit and was subsequently banned from driving.

On Wednesday night he apparently administered some old fashioned Scots rough and tumble (A Glesca kiss and Falkirk fist) to Conservative Stuart Andrew in the Strangers Bar at the House of Commons.

Thankfully Mr Andrew, described in reports as the “Pudsey MP” doesn’t seem too badly injured.

Craig Whyte takes the train

(Boo to the Business World)