Latest posts by Palaisglide

New computer

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 15:17

Got your mail Nora thank you just tried it again and straight in no problems.


New computer

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 14:07

Saw your message Nora and duly answered, the keep site open button suddenly appeared and I came straight in, are you a Witch I ask?

Hi DHR, promised myself an Apple for years went cheap instead a few times and rued it. Decided on Apple as a Christmas present to me suddenly last week decided not to wait, very next day after paying for the laptop the prices were announced as going up by £hundreds. Must have been my late wife saying go for it.

I trained on apple initially as none of the other elderly students would go on, then they would crowd round saying how did you do that including the tutor, the day I set the printer off printing a load of stuff the Tutor flew over asking how I managed she had been trying for weeks. here I am happy as a sandboy and been all over it already, very pleased indeed.


Sheds are in fashion, here is mine :)

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 11:58

Homebird, hope you do not use the loo with the doors open, that would frighten the neighbours.


New computer

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 11:54

Dear Team treat myself to a new Apple pro and tried to log in, refusal after refusal over the morning period so signed in on my Apple i-pad with new password. Had this trouble before surely it should be much easier after you have posted as long as I have. Await your comments.

Frank, Palaisglide as was and still is I hope.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 10:21

Stockton has no sun today

In fact it's dull and grey

Another lights on day

The Autumn's here to stay

With winter on its way.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 10:09

No Juke Boxes here D.R. but two record players, one wireless so I can put the old records on the Bose. As you say they all bring back memories. I put Rosemary Clooney's My Bel Ami on last week and was immediately back in the open air cinema in Shandur, I watched her on film every night for a week, was it love or love of music, the last night some idiot threw an orange over the wall and everyone dived for cover. I can sit and play most of the popular Glen Miller tunes we danced to, even see the girls I danced with as you tended to stay with the good dancers. A lot of those records were picked up as we travelled I would look in all the local record shops and pick up a record. The old saying "you sing it I will play it" was also true, was often asked it I knew a song and would get there in the end, learning a lot of German folk songs from the POW's in Kabrit. Some of those songs later murdered by Elvis. Christmas in this house is still a Bing Crosby singalong and it is the Grandchildren who ask for it. Without music life would be very dull, makes me ask who in the distant past was the first to sing???

Got a cure for Zoe, switch the sound off and watch the action.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 13:39

B.L. you keep provoking memories, a training School for Nurses. We were stationed at Bordon in Hampshire once again recovering a wreck out in the wilds, getting dark we decided to look for some food and a drink. A country Pub warm and cosy only us in, suddenly a door opened and a head peeked round, a giggle and disappeared, another head looked more giggles, the landlord came over and said there are some nurses from the big house in there would you like to join them. Stampede into back room and yes, the jackpot. Needless to say we transported them in the Scammel to the big house, started making egg sarnies in the huge kitchen, they put some records on a player and we danced until near sun up. They may have been tired but they were fun, I managed to hit the gate post on the way off the drive, we pushed it back in place and went back to the sunken wreck.

The Nuffield Club in London for British forces held Sunday Tea Dances, a lot of the girls from the shows came in, no shows on Sundays then, also some Nurses from a nearby hospital, they were training too, plenty of dance partners to a live band and tea thrown in, (not literally,     added), it often ended in tearful goodbye's at the gates of the Nurses lodgings, no entry meant exactly that, do not venture over the door step.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 12:11

"Ah" B.L. know what you mean. We had gone up on Bodmin to recover a vehicle, it was late cold and misty, so much so we were reduce to a crawl, split windscreens then wide open and eye's on stalks trying to get a Scammell round those bends. We saw a light and pulled over, it turned out to be a Pub so we went in to warm up. Low and behold at the back of the pub a large barn and barn dance, the good news, ladies out numbered men and the better news there was food. We got stuck in and danced our heads off, Boots Tank suits, a bit muddy and the bar never shut. Eventually the Dads arrived to take the girls home, some sad departures and the Landlord said get your heads down lads, being by then well oiled we said OK and woke next morning to the smell of home cured bacon. As I drove away next morning I thought I would be back, the Army had other ideas, wonder what happened to those lovely country girls?

Beryl seemed to flit through my life, always dressed to kill even up to six or so years back when she was reduced to living in a Council flat. I had seen her in Town and we had a coffee (I paid, oh and don't forget the toasted teacake) we talked about old times and she told me her pal had been crackers over me. She had set me up to take her friend to the pictures, Beryl was the village beauty and those girls usually had very plain friends to put it bluntly. We did go to the pictures, once, she told Beryl it was such a disappointment as I had watched the film??? Well what was I expected to do in a crowded cinema about ten rows from the back. I did at times dance with Kate as she was quite a good dancer, that was it as far as I was concerned she must have wanted more.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 09:46

What did I miss? Listening to you lot reminds me of early dancing days when stockings were a rare item it was leg paint and a black line down the back of the leg. One night all of fifteen I went to the local church hall dance, wooden plank floor complete with the odd nail sticking up, Victor Sylvester records on a wind up Gram and the Vicar playing the old clapped out piano. It was seven till nine and well populated as a place to meet the other half to walk home a quick peck before we bumped into her Dad out on the Green waiting, 12 bore hidden up his coat. And so it came to pass, it was tossing it down the rain was bouncing back off the pavement and my trouser legs wet rags. In the vestibule there was Beryl the local beauty come here you and clean my legs up, where upon she drew her dress up to her nickers and handed me a pad of the toilet paper Sanizal, now that stuff was as absorbent as a plastic bag. What she had dyed her legs with had run and looked a bit like camouflage. I tried but the sight of those blue bloomers over what looked a shapely bottom did distract me some what. Job done as best as I could she flew off into the hall, when I went in she was dancing with the local Spiv who could get you anything from a battery for the torch to a pound of butter. A couple of weeks later she had silk stockings, don't ask. I was away overseas for nearly three years, on coming back recognised nothing, Maxi skirts, queer hair do's and make up that masked the face. A lot of the kids I had known were married and pushing prams up the High Street others had left the area. Those who had not done either had not grown up still school kids to me, I went back off leave early. Beryl married three times, once asked me why I never made a pass at her my reply was I do not like queuing.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 13:37

Peter West and McDonald Hobley, Judith Chalmers was also a presenter if my memory has not failed.  Peggy Spencer also had the Formation Dancers who were on those first shows. At the dance school we boys were taught how to dance with a girl in those massive skirts without tripping tearing or otherwise denuding a lady of her modesty, quite a feat. Back then the huge dance halls held country wide dance Competitions, I danced with my first real Professional lady  dancer at the Hammersmith Ballroom during one of those competitions. The Competitors went on the floor and danced two dances on which they were judged by judges standing round the floor, they then called back the top of the lists and they did the same dances again. There would be a break when we general dancers would all get on the floor and the competitors had a break. One of the ladies came across and asked me to dance I was 17 but not short of confidence. After two more dances she asked if I considered going professional that left me a bit gobsmacked as I thought them well above my level. They had six dances to compete in altogether and the winner was declared there and then, the lady I had danced with came second with her partner, apparently  they were not talking to each other once the dance was over. At the end of the night she gave me a card with her dance school name and asked me to call, who knows I could have been sitting where Len sits had I taken her up on it.

The Waltz was the first dance we all had to learn as it was the basis of most of the Old Fashioned dancing, it would be called sequence dancing these days. Fast slow and English waltz and yes they are different. Tango we did fast and slow plus some which were much like sequence dancing. I was by then at the Modern dancing school though we still did some of the old fashioned dances which would also be done in the large Ballrooms as it remained popular. It all went base over apex when Chubby Checker came on the scene.


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