5 Old Hat Films to Celebrate #NationalHatDay

Just Hats 1921

Just Hats 1932

Hat Chat 1946

Hats 1956

Hats by Dior 1960

Hope you’re wearing your favourite hat to celebrate #NationalHatDay!

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School children enjoy their free milk in 1937. #NationalMilkDay

free school milk

Primary school teachers will love this 1937 film clip from Pathe News.

The sound quality is poor but the film is a wonderful record of the introduction of free school milk for school children.

The man seated at the desk as the film opens is the head teacher.

The head teacher tells a child to run and inform the other teachers that the Minister of Agriculture, Mr Walter Elliot, is coming to the school at 11 o’clock to see the children have their milk.

A large group of children are assembled in the school hall drinking bottles of milk with straws. The visitors arrive and the children give three cheers and wave their milk bottles.

A schoolboy asks Mr Elliot what the new milk scheme is all about. The minister gives information about how many children are getting milk and why the government have introduced the scheme.

At the end of all the questions the boy asks “Mr Elliot, can I drink my milk now?” to laughs from the visitors.

Mr Elliot is accompanied by his wife and she asks a teacher how much the children enjoy their milk and comments how well they look because of it.

Walter Elliot was the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries from 1932-1936.

There is a long and detailed account of how the Milk in Schools Scheme evolved here.

In 1933 the government began debating the possibility of providing funds to extend
an existing Milk in Schools Scheme to as many children as possible. The arguments deployed were mostly economic. The minutes of a Cabinet Committee in December noted, for instance, that ā€˜if all 5.5 million elementary school children in England and Wales had one third of a pint per day for 200 school days, then the total consumption would be 45 million gallons. This would be the equivalent of excluding all foreign cheese.
Imported cheese was under scrutiny because of the governmentā€™s embarrassment at the
continued inflow of Canadian, Australian and New Zealand dairy produce at a time
when the British dairy industry was in severe difficulties. School milk was therefore
seen as a possible political windfall, a rare opportunity to keep both producers and
consumers happy, subject of course to convincing the Treasury that government
expenditure was justified.

The Milk Scheme continued until 1970 when it was abolished by Margaret Thatcher when she was the Secretary of State for Education.

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Celebrate #NationalSpaghettiDay with some great old video clips.



Early TV advertising!

Hold up the product and extol its virtues.


The spaghetti tree hoax

In a three minute report on April Fools’ Day 1957, the BBC current affairs programme Panorama told the tale of a family in Switzerland harvesting spaghetti from the spaghetti tree.

At the time spaghetti wasn’t eaten a great deal in the UK and some viewers were unaware that spaghetti is a pasta made from wheat flour and water. The BBC received hundreds of phone calls challenging the truth of the story or asking how to grow a spaghetti tree.


Soho, London

If you can stick with it long enough, you’ll get to the spaghetti eating competition at Tolaini’s Restaurant.


Holiday Camp, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

If you want to learn how to eat spaghetti gracefully, this video probably won’t help despite the assertions of the presenter. Filmed at Butlin’s Holiday Camp in Clacton, the spaghetti race was clearly a big hit with the hi-de-hi campers one of whom bears a remarkable resemblance to Mr Bean.


Kraft commercial

For unknown reasons the kids in this spaghetti commercial love their Kraft product.


The Victorian Spag-Worm

Australian TV station HSV took the BBC Panorama hoax a bit further when they reported how Victorian spaghetti farms were being devastated by a deadly foreign intruder – the Spag-Worm!!

Dan Webb was a highly respected serious news reporter so his presence in the reportĀ  gave it instant credibility.


San Giorgio Spaghetti

The company references the 1957 BBC hoax in its “Spaghetti doesn’t grow on trees” promotion.


Martha Stewart

The business woman, writer and TV personality continues the spaghetti tree hoax and shows viewers how to harvest and store the fruit of her favourite plants.

Whatever you’re doing to celebrate National Spaghetti Day,

I hope you have time to enjoy a plateful of what is reputedly the favourite food in the UK.

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Auld Lang Syne #HappyNewYear

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I’ve lived

the whole of my sixty plus years never knowing what “auld lang syne” really meant.

I’ve got the gist of the words but not their literal meaning.

So here, courtesy of Wikipedia, is the explanation.

Auld Lang Syne is a Scots poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song.

The song’s Scots title may be translated into standard English as “old long since”, or more idiomatically, “long long ago”, “days gone by” or “old times”.

Consequently, “For auld lang syne”, as it appears in the first line of the chorus, might be loosely translated as “for (the sake of) old times”.

So, now I know!

And still time to learn all five verses before the clock strikes midnight.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne*?
For auld lang syne, my jo,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stoup!
and surely I’ll be mine!
And we’ll tak’ a cup oā€™ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

We twa hae run about the braes,
and pou’d the gowans fine;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,
sin’ auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl’d in the burn,
frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
sin’ auld lang syne.

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere!
and gie’s a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll tak’ a right gude-willie waught,
for auld lang syne.

Sixty years ago these New Year revellers at the Chelsea Arts Ball had time for Auld Lang Syne along with the Conga and some flamboyant Jiving.

Hope you have a very enjoyable New Year’s Eve

and all best wishes for 2018.

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