I Remember It Well....

JamesWhitehead

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I can remember the time when it merited television ads. Esso Blue versus Pink. There are some Esso Blue ads on Youtube, though not, I think, the most famous, which riffed on Smoke Gets in Your Eyes! Copyright may prevent those. They changed the words, needless to say! :rtrules:
 

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Porn in hedgerows.
My mate Dave was a master at finding hedge porn. When we went out metal detecting he had more luck finding old porn mags than he ever did finding relics. There was one time we were driving home when he yelled "STOP!" The guy driving slammed on the brakes thinking there was some sort of emergency and before the car stopped, Dave leapt out and ran into some bushes at the side of the road. He emerged clutching some weather-beaten magazines and a huge grin on his face.
 
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My mate Dave was a master at finding hedge porn. When we went out metal detecting he had more luck finding old porn mags than he ever did finding relics. There was one time we were driving home when he yelled "STOP!" The guy driving slammed on the brakes thinking there was some sort of emergency and before the car stopped, Dave leapt out and ran into some bushes at the side of the road. He emerged clutching some weather-beaten magazines and a huge grin on his face.
Why did people hide porn in hedges? Was it for beating around the bush?
 

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I can remember the time when it merited television ads. Esso Blue versus Pink. There are some Esso Blue ads on Youtube, though not, I think, the most famous, which riffed on Smoke Gets in Your Eyes! Copyright may prevent those. They changed the words, needless to say! :rtrules:

BLOODY HELL!!

As I read this playing one of the old LPs I bought today

'Smoke gets in your eyes is playing'.

Now, laughing friends deride, tears I can not hide.....

Should really by in Minor Strangeness.

What are the odds ?
 

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Men delivering pop was quite a popular thing around here about 15 years ago.
 

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Probably because it's not so much in demand these days.
I'm not so sure about that.

agree that Paraffin heaters are no as popular as they were, But they were used extensively in greenhouses etc. And it was a solvent of choice for many workshops.
But the price rose quite suddenly.
I have reverted to using red Diesel for rough cleaning parts. It's smelly, but it works. And safer than petrol.

Maybe try red Diesel in my greenhouse this winter.
 

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I'm not so sure about that.

agree that Paraffin heaters are no as popular as they were, But they were used extensively in greenhouses etc. And it was a solvent of choice for many workshops.
But the price rose quite suddenly.
I have reverted to using red Diesel for rough cleaning parts. It's smelly, but it works. And safer than petrol.

Maybe try red Diesel in my greenhouse this winter.
Meths. Meths is good for cleaning stuff and it's still readily available. I haven't seen paraffin anywhere in a DIY shop.
Edit: Just looked - B and Q still sell it, but not many others do.
 

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Just looked for paraffin.

Bartoline are selling it at £2 litre.

Our local hardware store stopped stocking it due to the price.

I have a selection of solvents. Jizer is a good one. but requires rinsing off with water.

Also (let it be whispered) some tricoethelyne.

Just looking at the wiki for Meths. (Methylated spirit) or denatured alcohol.

Denatured alcohol is used as a solvent and as fuel for alcohol burners and camping stoves. Because of the diversity of industrial uses for denatured alcohol, hundreds of additives and denaturing methods have been used. The main additive has traditionally been 10% methanol,

I was a bit surprised at the 10% methanol bit.

I have a lot of Methanol, I use it for my bio-diesel reactions. and I do know that Methanol is a neuro-toxin. Very nasty stuff indeed if swallowed.

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Very nasty stuff indeed if swallowed.
There is a Youtube video of Bigclive tasting it!:oops:

He does not swallow. He does swear! NSFW.

Scrolling down to the comments, I see we should use gloves when even handling the stuff! I use it for cleaning LP sleeves and book covers, when they arrive from the charity shops. I must have absorbed some methanol in my time - hence my colour! :cool:

Meths-drinkers were a sad aspect of Liverpool street-life in the sixties and seventies*. How long could they last on the stuff? In recent years, the price of it in major hardware outlets has been higher than that of cheap wine. It pays to shop around!

*Generational thing, I guess. Glue or solvent-sniffing followed and it is now gas capsules. :(
 
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There is a Youtube video of Bigclive tasting it!:oops:

Meths-drinkers were a sad aspect of Liverpool street-life in the sixties and seventies*. How long could they last on the stuff? In recent years, the price of it in major hardware outlets has been higher than that of cheap wine. It pays to shop around!
There was an old chap, I think we called him Sid, who they used to let hang out in around the Student's Union in Manchester in the early '70's. He'd try and get a few bob off you if he managed to attract your attention. He told us that the stuff he was swigging was a mixture of surgical spirit and milk, he smoked rollies at the same time. I think we all worried about him spontaneously combusting...
 

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Big Clive doing his bit for science.

Silly sod.

When I use Methanol I always do it either outside or with the shed door open, no naked flames. and I wear safety goggles and gloves.
I am adding Caustic Soda to it. That makes it even more of a problem. Sodium Methoxide, to slightly misname it.

Occasionally one does feel the 'cold kiss' of Methanol on one's fingers. No need to panic, just rinse it off with water.

And, in the extremely unlikely chance that some should get into my mouth, Vodka is indeed the recommended antidote.
 

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Ah, Surgical Spirit! I had forgotten that. It was used in our household for one purpose only: a good dash of it on cotton wool would remove the sticky traces of plasters that had sat over cuts for several days. Its drinking-quality I was still too young and sensible to explore! :shy:
 

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We used a substance called 'Zoff'. It was possibly the same.
I remember that - my mum would put it on plasters and then rip them off before it had a chance to work. "What are you complaining about? I put that stuff on it!"
 

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Parents had a paraffin heater in the Farmhouse kitchen where we'd dry our shoes and wellies - regularly got chilblains , 50 year gap and then I got them again last winter. On the stove was a gallon jug of unpasteurised milk that got coverted into quark (sort of curds that's now become fashionable), the quark was put in a muslin bag and hung on the sink tap to drain for days. Still hate the stuff - my enduring childhood memory was coming down the stairs in the morning to the stench of 'cat-sick'.
 

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Parents had a paraffin heater in the Farmhouse kitchen where we'd dry our shoes and wellies - regularly got chilblains , 50 year gap and then I got them again last winter. On the stove was a gallon jug of unpasteurised milk that got coverted into quark (sort of curds that's now become fashionable), the quark was put in a muslin bag and hung on the sink tap to drain for days. Still hate the stuff - my enduring childhood memory was coming down the stairs in the morning to the stench of 'cat-sick'.

Isn't that the basis of cottage cheese ?

Drain it, mix with salt and put it on yer toast.
 

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Have we done the Corona pop man yet? Soft drinks delivered to your door, in returnable bottles. Liked their Dandelion and Burdock, no-one elses has ever been quite the same.
I think so. We had the Lowes pop man come round, mind you there was a Cresta factory/warehouse and a KP nut factory at the bottom of "Top Road". :D
 

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Have we done the Corona pop man yet? Soft drinks delivered to your door, in returnable bottles. Liked their Dandelion and Burdock, no-one elses has ever been quite the same.
I've got fuzzy 70's memories of our milkman selling Corona during his round and me and my big sister hassling my Mum for it .. and a bear cartoon character I think on one of the labels .. didn't the glass Corona bottles have little 'bobbles' on them or am I mis remembering ?

.. and this modern internet classic again for the potential one person remaining on Earth who still hasn't seen it ..

 
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I suspect the bear might have been on Cresta. The slogan was, "It's frothy, man!" Several ads. are on Youtube, including one which references Rimsky-Korsakov!

Despite which, the character was dumb and annoying. I can't recall trying the drink. :bear:
 

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I suspect the bear might have been on Cresta. The slogan was, "It's frothy, man!" Several ads. are on Youtube, including one which references Rimsky-Korsakov!

Despite which, the character was dumb and annoying. I can't recall trying the drink. :bear:
I did try the drink, once or twice. It seemed to be a milky colour - pop mixed with milk, maybe?
It wasn't that great.
The ad was more memorable than the drink.
 
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