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by exile
Sun Aug 09, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: McBlether's Lounge
Topic: The ... What are you doing or thinking right now - Topic
Replies: 5476
Views: 692202

Re: The ... What are you doing or thinking right now - Topic

Watching John Hume's funeral, I saw for the first time a coffin made of wicker. Never ever seen this before. Is this usual now in GB? Two funerals in three years (south of England) and the coffins were afterwards taken to a woodland natural burial site, with just a sapling planted on the grave afte...
by exile
Fri Aug 07, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: Threetowners' Lounge
Topic: Gallagher and Lyle - Ardrossan Ice Cream Parlour
Replies: 10
Views: 1121

Re: Gallagher and Lyle - Ardrossan Ice Cream Parlour

Gallagher & Lyle toured the UK in the early 1970s with ex-Small Faces stalwart Ronnie Lane in what was called "The Passing Show" - a big marquee, with dancing girls, and Viv Stanshall for comedy effect. When G&L had to leave halfway through the tour, they were replaced by two boys from Kilwinning/Ar...
by exile
Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Sports
Topic: The Scottish Premiership
Replies: 334
Views: 96104

Re: The Scottish Premiership

but then attempts to make us believe there's a difference between them and the Scottish Premiership. Nonsense. :) Hardly nonsense - there are major differences: .In the last 20 years, the Dutch, German, Spanish, and German leagues have each had 5 different winners, and the French have had 8, while ...
by exile
Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Sports
Topic: The Scottish Premiership
Replies: 334
Views: 96104

Re: The Scottish Premiership

https://www.theguardian.com/football/bl ... s-old-firm
Interesting tho' uncomfortable analysis.
by exile
Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Books, Movies, Radio & Television
Topic: https://www.forgottenbooks.com/en/readbook/TheScotinUlster_10087793#3
Replies: 2
Views: 304

Re: https://www.forgottenbooks.com/en/readbook/TheScotinUlster_10087793#3

When I moved to America for a while, I was surprised to find a whole area of historical study that has no real equivalent over here, i.e., the history of the "Scotch-Irish", their term for Scots who made their way to America after one or more generations in Ulster.
by exile
Wed Jul 15, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Sports
Topic: Local Sportsmen's Gallery
Replies: 19
Views: 1418

Re: Local Sportsmen's Gallery

Hughie wrote:
Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:10 am
Kilmarnock Herald and Ayrshire Gazette
June 15, 1945

Andrew C. Currie

...and if his personality is not to the liking of some that does not alter the fact that he is a grand bowler.
Praising with faint damns?
by exile
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: McBlether's Lounge
Topic: Not the THREETOWNS but close
Replies: 382
Views: 127144

Re: Not the THREETOWNS but close

No legend, but a fact. It happened in Hayocks Road in Stevenston. Sometime around the late '50's I think. Check out Angel Glass. JD. It was the late 50s right enough, altho' I think it was the street parallel, on the corner of Greenhead Ave and Hillhead Road. I remember standing outside the house w...
by exile
Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Threetowners' Lounge
Topic: buildings built and demolished in my lifetime
Replies: 13
Views: 1243

Re: buildings built and demolished in my lifetime

Stevenston had the pub at the top of Townhead St.; The Lonsdale ??? JD, it was the Grangeknowe before it was the Lonsdale. I remember that a few days after opening, the "THE GRANGEKNOWE" pub name sign was re-spaced to read "THE GRANGE KNOWE", and then after a few more days, was changed back again. ...
by exile
Wed Jun 10, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: McBlether's Lounge
Topic: Jeans
Replies: 8
Views: 603

Re: Jeans

Maybe another way is to ask: is it OK at 60+ to wear jeans/shorts in Dockhead Street? My mother-in-law bought her first ever pair of shorts at age 74 when she came to stay with us in small-town America, and realised that nobody cared what other people wore, while in the 3Ts, we learned early on to p...
by exile
Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: McBlether's Lounge
Topic: Coronavirus pandemic
Replies: 291
Views: 43372

Re: Coronavirus pandemic

Very interesting article in the Guardian today on why The Lancet has suddenly backtracked on their negative advice on chloroquine.
Seems both they and the New England Journal of Medicine were taken in by a dodgy, 3-person data company in the USA.
by exile
Thu May 21, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: McBlether's Lounge
Topic: Scottish NHS
Replies: 14
Views: 1032

Re: Scottish NHS

stivis wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 9:13 am
For Wittenoom read Stevenston
Fascinating, thank you.
In this area of people policy, I once heard the head of Personnel at Nobel's described as a man "who could walk unner a snake wi' a lum hat oan".
Used that expression ever since.
by exile
Wed May 20, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: McBlether's Lounge
Topic: Scottish NHS
Replies: 14
Views: 1032

Re: Scottish NHS

Yes, I'd always thought it was mutually beneficial to have their cradle to grave care - but I know ICI encouraged employees to stand for town and county council to block industrial development ensuring their full workforce - the garnock valley sewer renewal was a case in point. Interesting... any e...