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Posted by: Rab 26th Jan 2015, 11:01pm

Here is a super short film of the City in its heyday when the docks were jam-packed with ships, (unlike now!) loading and unloading everything from oranges and ore to buses and locomotives. Health and safety was no more than a bunnet, and to watch the steelworkers making pig-iron from molten metal with not even a pair of gloves makes me shiver! Great wee film, although silent, brings back huge memories for us of a 'certain age'

http://ssa.nls.uk/film/1694

Don't forget to watch it in full frame. yes.gif

Rab.

Posted by: ashfield 27th Jan 2015, 04:34pm

Very good Rab, although I think the guy with the oil can at the steam engines needs a bit of oiling himself tongue.gif

Posted by: Rab 31st Jan 2015, 08:06pm

You're right there Ash - mind you, he's been at it for quite a few years!

I wonder if anyone spotted the ill-fated 'City of Benares' in the docks. She was almost new then. A ship with an awfully tragic end when torpedoed in a convoy with the loss of many young lives. Story here - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_City_of_Benares

Posted by: lubbock 31st Jan 2015, 09:40pm

Sad to see another piece of Glasgow's industrial past being demolished ,Bislands bakery with its iconic white lettered name reduced to rubble ...when it's gone it's gone .....

Posted by: wombat 5th Jan 2016, 01:33am

rolleyes.gif bread tasted different back then. yes.gif

Posted by: Melody 5th Jan 2016, 08:50am

Not half Wombat. Ah wish they'd stop muckin' up our food. I bet the toffs don't have to eat this rubbish
that we get. Even the sourdough loaves that I find in my travels are not the same. sad.gif

Posted by: Betsy2009 5th Jan 2016, 10:56am

I think it's the chemicals they put in to try to make it last longer.

Posted by: Dave Grieve 5th Jan 2016, 12:05pm

QUOTE (Betsy2009 @ 5th Jan 2016, 01:04pm) *
I think it's the chemicals they put in to try to make it last longer.


When I bake a loaf, it has to be eaten within 24 hours otherwise it goes stale soon after.

By the way does anyone know what happened to Rab?

Posted by: wombat 5th Jan 2016, 05:02pm

biggrin.gif or tee hee and Dylan rolleyes.gif hey dave I sometimes bake my own bread,i left some sitting around for nearly 2weeks,it got hard and dry but did not mould

Posted by: Melody 5th Jan 2016, 05:40pm

I was wondering about Rab and THH and some others hope all are well.

I wish they'd stop tampering with our food but then greed prevails in every aspect of life these days.

Posted by: wombat 5th Jan 2016, 05:48pm

QUOTE (Melody @ 5th Jan 2016, 05:48pm) *
I wish they'd stop tampering with our food but then greed prevails in every aspect of life these days.


:rolleyes:melody https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCqKl4Q3hW4 wacko.gif

Posted by: Melody 5th Jan 2016, 06:52pm

Wombat, you might be surprised to know that I've never been in a McDonald's and I don't eat burgers at all........mibbe jist as well by the looks of that stuff. wacko.gif

Regarding the bread do you think they've done something equally horrific with the grain?

Posted by: Betsy2009 5th Jan 2016, 06:54pm

Just what do they spray the crops with? Yuch!

Posted by: wombat 5th Jan 2016, 06:56pm

rolleyes.gif if you read a bread packet you will be surprised at the additives,and yes GM modified grain is out there yes.gif

Posted by: wombat 5th Jan 2016, 07:00pm

rolleyes.gif check this out


 

Posted by: Dave Grieve 6th Jan 2016, 05:32am

QUOTE (wombat @ 5th Jan 2016, 07:10pm) *
biggrin.gif or tee hee and Dylan rolleyes.gif hey dave I sometimes bake my own bread,i left some sitting around for nearly 2weeks,it got hard and dry but did not mould


Mine is the same, hard and dry but never mouldy.

Bilslands Bakery.
My faither in-law who worked there, was over here on holiday when they closed the doors. He was devastated. According to him it was the best 'fiddle' he ever had. His story was that the whole of the nightshift was involved and often it would be 'one truck load' of bread for the company and 'one truck load' for the workers leaving the bakery. Everybody from the foremen to stock checkers, loaders and drivers was involved.

On that scale of theft I am not surprised they closed down

Posted by: ashfield 6th Jan 2016, 09:20am

Three of my mates worked there in the 60s on the delivery vans. Regular scam was taking returns (before the days of sell by dates), bread past it's best, and passing it off to the next shop. Extras got sold to other wee shops and proceeds pocketed. They all left for other jobs pretty quickly rolleyes.gif

Posted by: marydee 6th Jan 2016, 11:14am

I worked in Massey's at Govan cross before I got married and nearly died when the Bilsland breadman told me the price of a wedding cake I couldn't afford it . The next day he came in with a leaflet with all the designs and told me to pick the one I wanted and it would only be about a third of the price. The cake was duly delivered and it was beautiful. The surprise came when it was cut it was birthday cake, the driver had got the confectioner to decorate two birthday cakes as wedding cakes there was no fiddle I paid for two birthday cakes.

Posted by: DannyH 7th Jan 2016, 12:47pm

QUOTE (Melody @ 5th Jan 2016, 05:48pm) *
I was wondering about Rab and THH and some others hope all are well.

I wish they'd stop tampering with our food but then greed prevails in every aspect of life these days.


Hello Melody

I know this is 'off topic'. I miss Rab and THH. I remember reading a post by THH, or Tee Hee Hee whch he signed in by. He said then that his eyesight was failing. Even then his sense of humour came through. A big loss to the GG website.

Danny

Posted by: Melody 7th Jan 2016, 01:40pm

Hi Danny, I can report that oor Rab is fine, I received a wee pm from him. smile.gif As for THH I'll drop him a wee pm too and hopefully hear from him. smile.gif

Posted by: bilbo.s 7th Jan 2016, 01:44pm

QUOTE (Melody @ 7th Jan 2016, 02:48pm) *
Hi Danny, I can report that oor Rab is fine, I received a wee pm from him. smile.gif As for THH I'll drop him a wee pm too and hopefully hear from him. smile.gif



Tomi is doing fine. His eye treatment has arrested the condition and he even reports some improvement.

Posted by: Dave Grieve 7th Jan 2016, 01:46pm

QUOTE (Melody @ 7th Jan 2016, 03:48pm) *
Hi Danny, I can report that oor Rab is fine, I received a wee pm from him. smile.gif As for THH I'll drop him a wee pm too and hopefully hear from him. smile.gif

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Posted by: Dave Grieve 7th Jan 2016, 01:48pm

QUOTE (bilbo.s @ 7th Jan 2016, 03:52pm) *
Tomi is doing fine. His eye treatment has arrested the condition and he even reports some improvement.


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Posted by: Melody 7th Jan 2016, 01:54pm

Aw all good news. thumbup.gif smile.gif

Posted by: Betsy2009 7th Jan 2016, 02:40pm

That is good news.

Has anyone heard from Purple?

Posted by: DannyH 7th Jan 2016, 11:50pm

I know this is off topic, but thanks Bilbo and Melody for the good news regarding Tomi and Rab.

Back on to the topic.

1938 was the year of the Empire Exhibition in Glasgow. We couldn't show the world now, what we manufactured in those days in spite of no Health and Safety regulations!

I was supposd to go to the Exhibition with my class at primary school. I couldn't go because I had the measles or some other contagious disease. The school was across the road from my three story tenement window. I can remember 'bubbling' at the window when my classmates departed in a group for the Exhibition. Some memories never leave you!

The film showing the number of ships on the Clyde brought back memories for me. Seeing the City of Benares in the film was, in particular, poignant.

Danny

Posted by: Elma 8th Jan 2016, 05:12pm

I remember the Empire Exhibition, I was only three at the time but my Mum and Dad thought it well worth travelling up from Annan, where we lived, to see such a great event. I was with them and so that I couldn't wander away I was put into reins with the long strap, you know the thing that was worn in the pram that clipped on to the rings at the side. It would probably be called child abuse now huh.gif I don't remember much about the exhibition itself but I did visit the remains when my Glasgow school choir was at the Arts Building (can't remember it's proper name!)

Posted by: Tally Rand 15th Jan 2016, 12:37am

QUOTE (lubbock @ 31st Jan 2015, 09:48pm) *
Sad to see another piece of Glasgow's industrial past being demolished ,Bislands bakery with its iconic white lettered name reduced to rubble ...when it's gone it's gone .....

And much thanks to the rabid southern Valkyrie, Maggie (hammer of the Scots) Thatcher. Who brought untold wealth to British England, and devastated the North for all generations.

Posted by: Billy Boil 20th Jan 2016, 12:41am

QUOTE (marydee @ 6th Jan 2016, 11:22am) *
I worked in Massey's at Govan cross before I got married and nearly died when the Bilsland breadman told me the price of a wedding cake I couldn't afford it . The next day he came in with a leaflet with all the designs and told me to pick the one I wanted and it would only be about a third of the price. The cake was duly delivered and it was beautiful. The surprise came when it was cut it was birthday cake, the driver had got the confectioner to decorate two birthday cakes as wedding cakes there was no fiddle I paid for two birthday cakes.

I remember the name well as I lived only a few mins. walk to Guvin Cross. I cant for the life of me remember exactly where and what Massey's was?

Posted by: angel 20th Jan 2016, 01:07am

QUOTE (Billy Boil @ 20th Jan 2016, 12:49am) *
I remember the name well as I lived only a few mins. walk to Guvin Cross. I cant for the life of me remember exactly where and what Massey's was?


Massey's was a well known grocery store , I don't know where it was in Govan
I knew where it was in Partick .

Posted by: Elma 20th Jan 2016, 02:46am

Masseys, Cochranes, Templetons and Liptons were all part of the Allied Suppliers Group who had branches all over the Glasgow area. Their Head Office was in Anderston but moved to Thornliebank in the 60s. My husband was the Assistant Comptroller/Accountant for them before we moved to Canada.

Posted by: Guide reader 20th Jan 2016, 08:58am

Thanks Elma, it is so nice to see a helpful, informative post, instead of all the argumentative rubbish that seems to have taken over recently.

Posted by: marydee 20th Jan 2016, 09:55am

Massey's in Govan was situated at 33 Burleigh St right across from Brechin's pub and the 'black man's ' statue. I remember before Allied Suppliers came on the scene being visited by the owner accompanied by his son, a tall gangley lad about 18 years of age. The boss who had worked all his life for Massey's in Blackhill got us all in the back shop before they arrived and told us if the son spoke to us we were to call him Mr Colin.... Aye right.