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1311997.  Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:56 am Reply with quote

Oh wow - I have to share that one on Facebook.

1312006.  Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:54 pm Reply with quote

I am not sure which I would rather be in....

1312025.  Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:25 pm Reply with quote

Strawberry wrote:
The Beatles' rooftop concert, was on this day in 1969.


Which itself was 320 years to the day since Charles I was executed on Whitehall. He wore two shirts in case anyone thought his shivering was fear rather than the cold.

320 years later, both Ringo and John borrowed their wives' coats to cope with the cold.

1312463.  Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:29 am Reply with quote

I learn from BBC radio 6 that it was this day in 1960 that Fellini previewed his new film La Dolce Vita in Rome.

A year to the day before that Buddy Holly, Big Bopper and Richie Valens got on a plane.....

1313267.  Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:17 am Reply with quote

    February 12

On this day in 1809, Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, England, and Abraham Lincoln was born in Hodgenville, Kentucky, USA. Both therefore shared not only the same birthday but the same birth date.

1314793.  Tue Feb 26, 2019 3:01 pm Reply with quote

February 26th 1994.

I left in love, in laughter, and in truth, and wherever truth, love and laughter abide, I am there in spirit.

The aliens landed and picked up Bill Hicks.

1314812.  Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:22 pm Reply with quote

One wonders what he would have made of Trump.
A great loss to comedy and American 'culture' in general.

1314878.  Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:31 pm Reply with quote

tetsabb wrote:
One wonders what he would have made of Trump.

Simon C
1319114.  Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:04 am Reply with quote

suze wrote:
BBC Television began broadcasting on 2 Nov 1936, and the first broadcast was what we would now call an infomercial, entitled Opening of the BBC Television Service. It was followed by the news.

When ITV began operations on 22 Sep 1955, it initially operated only in the London area. The holder of the first London franchise was Associated-Rediffusion, which was a joint venture between British Electric Traction (whose core activity at the time was buses) and Associated Newspapers (whose main product was the Daily Mail). The first show was a soap called Round the Redways, which concerned a married couple who ran a hardware store.

The first of those statements might be contentious. Although 2 Nov 1936 was the official opening of the BBC Television Service, the BBC had been producing television programmes since 1932, and their transmitters had been used for TV - by John Logie Baird and others - since 1929.

However, that's probably one of those where you can argue either way. In the case of ITV, not only was Round at the Redways not broadcast on their opening night, it wasn't shown until their second week on air.

The opening broadcast was of an inaugural ceremony taking place at the Guildhall. It might be argued that this isn't a proper programme, just cameras pointed at bigwigs, so the alternative might be Variety from 8pm to 8.40pm on that opening night. Among others, the programme featured Billy Cotton, Harry Secombe, Shirley Abicair and Hughie Green.

After the variety there were some excerpts from famous plays, namely "The Importance of Being Earnest" (starring Dame Edith Evans, Margaret Leighton and John Gielgud), "Baker's Dozen" (cast including Alec Guinness) and "Private Lives" (with Kay Hammond and John Clements).

This was followed by fifty minutes of professional boxing, the news, a visit to the Gala Night at the Mayfair Hotel, some cabaret with Billy Ternent, a preview of forthcoming attractions, and the epilogue.

The opening programme on the first full day of broadcasting was Sixpenny Corner, a daily serial starring Patricia Dainton and Howard Pays.

Mr and Mrs Redway (Howard Greene and Marjorie Lawrence) and their two children did make an appearance on ITV's second day. At 5pm there was a preview programme entitled What You Will See in which the Redways were entertained with an hour's worth of television - or at least by the stars who would be appearing on it.

One other thing: strictly speaking Associated-Rediffusion was a joint venture between Broadcast Relay Services and Associated Newspapers. It's true that BRS was a subsidiary of BET, but it was to BRS and AN that the contract was awarded, not to BET and AN.

1329176.  Mon Sep 02, 2019 4:24 am Reply with quote

Here's a very belated * link.

Abbey Road

* I wish that I could have posted it a few weeks earlier. But I couldn't because I had technical problems.

1374603.  Mon Feb 15, 2021 10:36 am Reply with quote

Fifty years ago today, decimal currency was officially introduced in the UK.

1374616.  Mon Feb 15, 2021 12:30 pm Reply with quote

In honour of which event, we must hear Max Bygraves' only rap record once again!

1374617.  Mon Feb 15, 2021 12:35 pm Reply with quote

suze wrote:
In honour of which event, we must hear Max Bygraves' only rap record once again!

It's just been played on Radio 4, believe it or not (not the whole thing, just as background to a report on the subject). Brilliant stuff!

1374623.  Mon Feb 15, 2021 1:16 pm Reply with quote

Incidentally, Evan Davis on Radio 4's PM appeared to claim that the sixpence and the shilling were withdrawn in 1971. They weren't. The sixpence (worth 2˝p) carried on circulating until 1980, the shilling (worth 5p) carried on circulating until 1990, and the two-shilling piece or florin (worth 10p) carried on circulating right up until 1993. Must have been rather confusing for foreigners.

1377802.  Fri Mar 26, 2021 4:38 am Reply with quote

Forty years ago today, the Social Democratic Party was launched. Roy Jenkins promised "the biggest break in the pattern of British politics for at least 60 years”.


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