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Dashcam captures a near-miss

Dashcam captures a near-miss

Nearly a year ago, I wrote here about deciding to fit a dashcam in my car after I had witnessed a horrendous example of dangerous driving. A young blonde in a Mini had shot past me at 55mph in a 30mph zone, followed closely by another car being driven just as stupidly. Since then, my dashcam has recorded a few trivial incidents that […]

Extra eye on driver neepery

Extra eye on driver neepery

A few weeks ago, while driving home from Deeside, I became aware of a white Mini Countryman on my tail. The driver, a blonde in her late teens or early 20s and wearing a baseball cap, was driving far too close for the conditions and wet roads. A grey BMW was similarly close behind her. […]

Union Terrace in 1960

Union Terrace in 1960

This month’s old photograph shows Union Terrace, Aberdeen, in about 1960, I think, judging from the fashions, the signage and, most of all, the cars. You can just about make out at this resolution that the road surface is still cobblestones (cassies or granite setts in Aberdeen parlance). The awning of the Caledonian Hotel hands […]

Paying the price of oil troubles

Paying the price of oil troubles

My grandmother, who died in 1965 a week before my eighth birthday, had two financial sayings which gave away her North-east Scottish roots. The first, which I remember her telling me, was: “Buy cheap, buy dear.” By that, she meant that buying the cheapest possible goods of any sort would be a poorer investment in the […]

Times gone by at New Deer

Times gone by at New Deer

Our first old photo of 2015 comes from New Deer. The notes on the frame of the slide tell me that I took it on October 27, 1979, and a gey caul day it looks. It has been taken looking west at a point where Fordyce Terrace becomes Church Crescent, that little loop that works round […]

Memories of Aberdeen, 1965

Memories of Aberdeen, 1965

My latest trawl through the shoeboxes in my loft has produced this 1965 shot of Bridge Street, Aberdeen, taken from its junction with Guild Street and looking north towards Union Street. I have no idea who took it. I don’t recall anyone in my family in the 1960s being so interested in photography that they would take a […]

Parking problems at the park

Parking problems at the park

There is a minor kerfuffle in Aberdeen at present involving parking, or the lack thereof, at the Duthie Park. Aberdeen City Council has spent huge sums of money in the past 18 months bringing the park up to 21st-century standards. It seems to have been money well spent because suddenly the park, a Victorian bequest […]

Old chauffeurs knew how to wash a car

Old chauffeurs knew how to wash a car

I received a press release the other day from a leading manufacturer of car-care products. Did I realise how many people were not cleaning their cars properly? Did I realise how important it was to keep a car clean? Did I realise that the company’s proprietary range of hi-tech car-cleaning products could deliver wonderful results? What I did realise, […]

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