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Friday, April 13, 2012

You were only waiting for this moment to arise

In WW2 My Dad was in The Free Polish Airforce.He Killed Facists!Here is a photo of him.He's the geezer looking at the camera ,2nd on the left.

This is a Sepia Saturday post.Pilots smoking? I'm sure they once did!One of my fondest memories of Cuba is flying into Havana in 1997.We were on a rickety old Soviet plane.Just as we approached landing,the co-pilot came into the passenger area.He loosened his tie & lit up  a huge stonking cigar! ,He 'took up 3 spare seats.Dangled his legs into the aisle (no seatbelt!) & whistled !.Sheer Class! Cuba Libre!!!! [MY PHOTOS OF CUBA]
[left=  FORTEAN UNCON 2010]
I am still playing with my Panasonic HD camera! Notice my recent videos here? Anyway, it has a digital sound recording function.It looks like a mobile phone so i may take recordings without people knowing.Morally suspect {I know!] but WTF!.So,History Babe!!I  made my first ever audio file today in Rochdale HamamHear the voice of Tony.T. ![Soz T]
Capo Martin.You Are Mentioned!




Above,a photograph of the Rochdale Hamam in better times.
Did you know ? The Titanic had a Turkish Baths?
They say the cold-plunge was to die for.........
As mentioned in the audio clip, the consensus seems to be that Rochdale Central Baths's Turkish Baths closes the middle of May.I also took some video there today (I was in for 4 hours!)I guess I will share it here soon.
"Transporting the dead in this way was much more common than we now imagine, and many passenger rail services around the country sometimes carried coffins in their brake vans. This led to a particularly grisly spectacle on June 21, 1912, when a passenger train travelling from Manchester to Leeds was derailed near Hebden Bridge. A coffin containing the remains of Charles Horsfield was ejected from the brake van and its contents spilt on to the track. The next day's Halifax Courier reported: “The coffin was found all splintered and the corpse, though unmarked, was pinned under the debris and partly exposed”. A rumour at the time - apparently untrue - insisted that Horsfield's body was one of those recovered after the sinking of The Titanic just ten weeks earlier. " [from:]


23 comments:

FrankandMary said...

I'm sure the pilots of old had at least borderline contempt for any No Smoking sign. Sort of like comics do now. ~Mary

Teresa Evangeline said...

That flight into Havana in '97 sounds like Great Fun. What a memory to have! And, the cold plunge on the Titanic was to die for? You are so bad. And I love it. Cool post.

Teresa Evangeline said...

OK. I'm back. Is that Your recording of Neil? If so, Dammit, Tony, you're having too much fun (Yea, like that could happen).

Christine H. said...

Great photo of your Dad. I'm sure they did smoke whenever they could. I know of an exception though. I once had some guests over for dinner, including a scrappy young woman who was a smoke jumper (they jump in to fight forest fires.) At some point during dinner, she asked me if I had an empty can. None of the smoke jumpers smoke tobacco, but a lot of them chew it!

Akelamalu said...

I can remember a time when virtually EVERYBODY smoked!

Love that Beatles song.

Bob Scotney said...

A member of the Free Polish Airforce will have seen some action.
Re chewing tobacco - Dickens in his American Notes following his first visit to the USA was particular scathing about this habit or rather about the associated spitting habit and the failure to hit spitoons.

Brian Miller said...

that is a really cool picture of the war...some tale about the body man...

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Cool shot of your dad- I haven't heard that song before- neat post Tony.

Kristin said...

Pretty sure there were no NO SMOKING signs back in the day. Maybe in the presence of loose oxygen. Maybe.

Karen S. said...

Oh my goodness, the stories your father must surely know! As always you bring out some of my favorite tunes, I just love everything from Neil Young...he really is a sad soul but his voice just feels good within my head, always! Also, wow, I like your latest camera videos, the first I saw was "Who walks past my kitchen window" and next yesterday "Ah I have no bananas! No big deal! You two really rocked my day. But not sure that blogger let my comment through on any of them...hoping this goes through! Enjoy your weekend and movie making!

barbara and nancy said...

There's so much in this blog that I don't know where to start. Too bad my iPad won't let me listen to your music or watch your movies. I'll have to wait til I get to my office and my proper computer.
But the story of the body. Those poor titanic victims - the indignities just continued on and on.
Nancy

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

I love that picture of your Dad! Great job on the videos.

Kathy M.

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

Wow I envy your new camera and your trip to Cuba. I have been reading books about Cuba and the Dominican Republic written by Julia Alvarez a native of DR. You seem to be having fun and I bet we get some more goodies from you.
QMM

Martin said...

You have a unique style of posting, Tony. Don't ever change it. Always entertaining, revealing and informative.

Little Nell said...

You have your father’s eyes! Now I will have nightmares again after the story of the coffin spilling its contents on the railway line....grisly stuff!

Alan Burnett said...

I knew the words as soon as I read the title and I was desperately trying to think of the song. By the time I had got down as far as the blackbird clip I had it - I would say just before but just seeing the picture might have prompted me. A fine potpourri of a post Tony, thoroughly enjoyable.

TICKLEBEAR said...

Judging by the audio and video, I think you have a penchant for washrooms... or you have a tiny bladder!!
;)~
Loved your dad's pic, despite the damages. A photoshop nightmare, better left alone.
Thanx 4 sharing!!
:)~
HUGZ

Pat transplanted to MN said...

I could never have imagined the Titanic, Cuba, pilots and a crow/blackbird all in one post with Turkish baths too but you did it! Ahem, what were you drinking? Imagine finding coffin parts and the body....

Tattered and Lost said...

They used to give cigarettes with their rations. Got them all addicted, to Lucky Strikes of course. And then in 1960 my dad suddenly threw a whole carton away and never smoked again.

Dominic Rivron said...

Great photo of your dad, that.

When we were in the Isle of Man, we went to an exhibition of the Austrian artist Ernst Eisenmayer's work. I'd never heard of him. He was Austrian and found himself in England in the war. He was interned on the IOM as an enemy alien. The great irony was that being Jewish he'd been imprisoned in Dachau.

Kurt said...

Good thing you have documented the Hamam forever. But where is the footage of naked geezers?

tony said...

Kurt! An English Gentleman Bathes Fully Clothed (top hat & Cricket jumpers& Plus-Fours)

blackwatertown said...

At last! A fresh take on the Titanic!

Good pic of your dad.