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PatrickLondon May 12th, 2008 05:38 AM

I hardly dare mention 1966.

Or, come to think of it, 1940.

RM67 May 12th, 2008 06:18 AM

1966 was in colour.

flanneruk May 12th, 2008 06:58 AM

No it wasn't.

The shop I was working in that afternoon sold televisions. They were all b/w. "They think it's all over" was said (if anything Wolstenholme mouthed could be called "saying") over an utterly grey picture.

Whatever experiments thge Beeb were running into colour at the time, they didn't extend to having colour TV cameras at Wembley.

stfc May 12th, 2008 08:14 AM

I think BBC colour broadcasts started in 1969. Don't confuse our history with that of our ex-colony across the pond. Most of our history did take place in black and white, theirs has mostly been in colour.

I admit the moon landings were in black & white, but that was just to confuse us because we all know it never happened and was filmed in a studio.

PalenQ May 12th, 2008 08:16 AM

Yes indeedy our first color tellie was in 1960 and we were a bit late - watched the Rose Parade in color and invited B&W TV'd neighbors in for the show.

I remember getting our first TV that's how old i am

flanneruk May 12th, 2008 08:31 AM

Now let's see how good the memory is.

We had a colour TV in the shop for the 1967 Wimbledon, which was shown in colour on some transmitters, including Winter Hill which was the one that really counted.

In mid-1968 we had a fierce squabble in our Junior Common Room about renting a colour TV in time for the (October) Mexico City Olympics. The couch potatoes won, but on the condition the set shouds be moved somewhere thgat wouodn't distract us from boozy squabbling. This was the first event for which UK TV rental companies actively promoted the opportunity to see something in colour.


Cholmondley_Warner May 12th, 2008 08:31 AM

The colour footage of Nobby dancing and the Queen handing Bobby the cup is from the cinema film of the event.

My dad was there.

alanRow May 12th, 2008 10:12 AM

<<< Or by the "it's all the fault of the English" cult of victimisation the minor provinces of the British Isles use an an excuse for their endless inadequacies. >>>

One of the greatest successes of the Scots rewriting of their history was their blaming of the British Empire on the English

Cholmondley_Warner May 12th, 2008 10:16 AM

One of the greatest successes of the Scots rewriting of their history was their blaming of the British Empire on the English>>>

That and getting us to pay for the wet Albania they are creating up there.



PalenQ May 12th, 2008 10:28 AM

CW: An equal opportunity basher - never heard him say one good word about anything non-English, and come to think of it not much good bout dem limey bums as i-ther

flanneruk May 12th, 2008 11:08 AM

Once upon a time, the Scotch used to boast they'd invented the Empire.

Now they're boasting they pretended political correctness. What a dismal way to end up

<i>&quot;Bet you didn't know that&quot; Fact of the Day </i>

That 'X' inside the HSBC logo is meant to be a Cross of St Andrew. Back in the days when Scotland stood proud, the mighty Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank recruited only &quot;lads o' pairts&quot; from Scotland. Senior management thought onoy they could out-negotiate the wily Cantonese and Shanghainese who were HSBC's customers.

Now they prefer even girls from Gloucestershire

PatrickLondon May 12th, 2008 11:36 AM

What's wrong with the odd girls?

flanneruk May 12th, 2008 11:45 AM

Well you wouldn't want odd people working in a bank, would you? Think who they might lend your money to.

People who'd pay it back, for example. Or people who could afford the mortgage. Then where would we all be?

In Oddington, probably (just on the Gloucestershire side of the border from our place, since you're asking)

bilboburgler May 13th, 2008 06:28 AM

Well in about 1982 a mate of mine in HSBC, in Honkers, and an international Rugby player, had to get authorisation before he wed. Word was that since he was not yet 28 it was unlikely but he got through because of his skills on the pitch.


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