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Now that brings back memories! Don't recall the windmill, but I so remember that train journey - I thought it was magic then and watching it again it's still magic!

Good find Mick!

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Milk Floats in Long Eaton.

What they should have taken instead:

The milk float clocked up nearly 75mph

Move over Ernie - a team of engineers has delivered the title of the fastest milk float to south Wales.

The £50,000 float rattled up an impressive 73.39mph as it sped past the competition and into the record books.

Designed by VXL Automotive in Rogerstone, near Newport, the Electron E150 took the land speed record for an electrically-powered vehicle.

"It wasn't the speed we hoped to achieve - we hoped to achieve well in excess of 100mph, but we did well to get what we did on the day," he said.

Could be looking for a `gettaway' car?

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Consisting mainly of live broadcasts, timings were not always accurate in early 1950's BBC programmes, so interludes would be inserted between programmes to keep the audience amused. Typical interludes included: The Potter's Wheel, The Spinning Wheel, The White Kitten, Angel fish, Horses ploughing a field, and of course the classic "London to Brighton in 4 Minutes"

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Before you posted that link I had only ever seen the train journey once before. I saw the bloody potters wheel a few times though !!!

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My God the memories flood back...What's my Line with Gilbert Harding..David Nixon..Lady Isobel Barnett..Barbara Kelly...introduced by the wooden Eamon Andrews.

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Whirligig the kids programme on Saturday mornings with Annette Mills and Muffin the Mule and Steve Race at the piano...The Flowerpot Men and Andy Pandy.(Hilariously taken off by Des O'Connor in later years who put a whole new light on Andy climbing into the basket with Looby Lou at the end of the programme)

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My dad dated Thora Hird in London during the war.

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She was my favourite actress in recent years , now it's Dame Judy Dench

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Thora was certainly one of the funniest actresses in her later years ...as were Beryl Reid and Irene Handl...all got funnier as they got older.

Judy Dench is a fine actress...but blimey she appears in everything on the box....including every award ceremony on the planet.

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My dad dated Thora Hird in London during the war.

Ah...all is now clear. Could never understand how Thora could have produced such a beautiful daughter(Janette Scott) .

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Maybe I have a sister?

Do you think she looks like him?

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Nah..... she anin't got no medals.... :biggrin:

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Mick - are you sure? She was married in 1933 and her daughter was born in 1938!

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My father was a boy soldier born in 1911, the same year she was born.

The picture in Uniform was taken when he was drafted to India.

You can see how young he was.

He said that he took her out in London. I am assuming it was War time.

Perhaps it was earlier.

But I will say that my dad was a bit of a ladies man even at 95.

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Re: post #272, didn't we also have the national anthem played before the TV closed down to the spot in the middle of the screen? [also it was played at the end of the night when the last film finished in the cinema. Always a rush to get out before it played, as you couldn't move while it was playing. Those were the days]

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Got ya Mick - the thought that it was WWI went totally past me!

Good for your dad - the photos show he seemed to be a fellow who enjoyed life!

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Farthings... I remember as a very small kid in the early fifties getting a small bottle of orange off the milkman for a farthing...about the only thing left that you could spend one on.

My first wages (apprentice plumber) were 1/5 threefarthings an hour. Before you try to guess my age,,,,, farthings were no longer legal tender so I asked why the hourly rate couldn't be 1/6 ? There were sharp intakes of breath as the whole place went quiet,,,, i'm sure some of them were apoplectic !

It didn't make sense to me,,,,, but it must have to someone !

Baz

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