Thursday, 2 July 2009

A Public Information Film About Buses



Well, how times change... anyhow I'm off now. Catch you later.
Sx

56 comments:

xl said...

I feel like I've been on a Magical Mystery Tour!

zIggI said...

That was just wonderful! I especially like the Cadbury's lorry. I'd forgotten how much fun bus-riding is, I will immediately catch one.

Rog said...

That was a Harry Enfield piss take right?

Scarlet-Blue said...

Mr XL: It goes down Penny Lane, through Strawberry Fields and ends up at Abbey Road.

zIggI: It was fun in the days when buses didn't bend in the middle.

Rog: Erm... it's the genuine article. Did you spot the political correctness? - And I thought being PC was a relatively new phenomenom.

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savannah said...

how cool was that little short? those were shown before the start of a film in a proper theater, right? xoxox

Jimmy Bastard said...

So that's the famous London I've heard so much about. One day I really must go there. Shall we pencil in.... never?

Scarlet-Blue said...

Savvy: I guess they were... just a smidge before my time!!
I love all this social history stuff.
Sx

Scarlet-Blue said...

Mr Jimmy: I think it's changed a bit... maybe if we had a time machine?
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Eryl Shields said...

Just like it was when I was a girl! x

PI said...

Where did it all go wrong? Even if we did violate PC by using the word c-----e.

tony said...

Oh This was how it really was in those days.Its a shame it didnt show upstairs, where Fanny Craddock would Whip up a Victoria Sponge during the journey.......

Scarlet-Blue said...

Eryl: I did used to like going on the bus with my mum... but I also have hideous memories of waiting at the bus-stop in torential rain... for the ghost bus.

Pat: I know! I heard that word too. I must say, this is one of the funniest films I've seen in a while. Somebody should make a sequel.

Tony: All the smokers were upstairs... the 4th formers would be snogging on the back seat and then sticking bubble gum in each others hair...

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The Famulus said...

Excellent, I like it lots. Where can I buy one? And can I get a set of African Students with mine too?

CyberPete said...

Ah, the good old days!

Would be fun to do a current one and compare.

mapstew said...

Oh Jimmy, do yew tink one day, maybe a paddy end a, well, one eff yew, could one day venture into that place?

mago said...

Cool music too! British Pathe should be online too.

KAZ said...

Hm
Reminds me of Manchester. I'll seeya there in a bit.

Whirlochre said...

"The conductor controls everything in a cheerful way..."

You mean they had cheer on public transport in those days?

Scarlet-Blue said...

The F: I'd like one with a cheerful conductor... and nice polite people.

Pete: Actually I think 'Speed' was based on this little film...?

Mr Maps: Goodness me! You two!! It's not all bad you know! London does a nice line in Irish theme pubs so I'm sure you'd feel at home.

Mr Mags: The music always reminds me of Ryvita biscuits and cheese. It was all I had to eat when I was a kid. Oh.. and fish fingers and Golden Wonder Crisps.

Kaz: Are you on your way home? Happy travelling! Dave has been playing up a bit and needs sorting out.

Mr Whirly: Not only did they have cheer but they could also burst into song without warning and dance up and down the aisles... in a jolly cockney way.

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Scarlet-Blue said...

Where is Dave?
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fairyhedgehog said...

I love how every comment sounds like an instruction.

I do miss the days when people gave up their seats willingly for other people who might need it.

Geoff said...

Puts me in the mood for a nice day out in Thamesmead.

Scarlet-Blue said...

Fairyhedgehog: I know - no pushing and shoving either... and no slouching or sucking Ribena through a straw.

Geoff: Hmmm... I think I might need further convincing on that one...

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Dave said...

I'm here.

*waves*

eroswings said...

What a great film about a gay couple going out in the country and then riding the bus back into town amidst friendly British people.

If I ever make it to London, I'm definitely riding those big red buses!

Chairman Bill said...

Those halcyon days; everyone on film spoke with a Noel Coward accent, 20 buses would come past at once, perpetual sunshine, coppers could clip kids around the ear without fear of being prosecuted for police brutality and robbing trains was an honourable profession.

Dave said...

You should have been where I was.

jekandhyd said...

Ah, but this link shows how much fun you can have travelling around London by bus today

EmmaK said...

God I used to love those old buses you were even allowed to smoke on the top deck and someone passed me a joint once. Who says Londoners aren't friendly?

jekandhyd said...

Erm.. not wishing to lever the tone (again), but the chap at 2:50, who is described as "thoughtless" - I think he is deep in thought. He seems to be rocking in a way that suggests the magazine he is reading may have been Picture Parade

Scarlet-Blue said...

Dave: *Waves back*

Mr Swings: They could also be modelling raincoats?

Mr Chairman: And Tuffty was always on hand to help you cross the road [that's as far back as I can remember]

Dave: How do you know I wasn't?

Mr Jekand: Well, I have sometimes wondered about my fellow passengers. That's the excuse I use when I nudge then for snoring too loud, anyway.

Emmak: It was an athletic feat to get to the top deck.. and even harder coming down. Certainly a way to get up close and personal with fellow passengers.

Mr Jekand: Oh - he didn't have his money ready, did he? I think he was dozing... or reading Titbits.

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Kevin Musgrove said...

You were right, you did. Thank you. And no John Prescott.

It is just like this in Manchester, honestly. Including the accents (Kaz - is that Beswick or Bradford? Definitely trained at the Grey Mare Lane Charm School, anyway).

I'm a bit scared at the thought of escaping into the country and finding myself being stalked by a bus. I love the way it tried to take advantage of all the available natural cover to stalk its quarry.

Scarlet-Blue said...

Kev: You can't go anywhere in the countryside without buses dancing through the bluebells and getting straw on their bonnets. It's a sight to behold.
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Dave said...

I confirm that last comment. Here in the wilds of Norfolk, you can't move without tripping over a bus disguised at a turnip.

Madame DeFarge said...

Ah, the bendy buses just don't cut the mustard these days. The romance of the 507 has failed to grab me as it grinds its way through to Victoria.

Kerrie said...

I am going to London on Monday and I am sure it will be just like this! The punctual clean bus will arrive and we will all get on in an orderly fashion. xxx

Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

I think the label "Colonial Film Unit" tells us all we need to know about who that film was targeting.

Where you going then? Wot, just like that? Oy, come back here ...

mutleythedog said...

I shall be waiting at Redruth bus station as arranged Ms. Scarlet, I trust you are ready for the 19 mile hike to the 'hotel'?

Gadjo Dilo said...

That's the number 73 Routemaster to Tottenham - that was still in operation when I live there 13 years ago!!!

Chairman Bill said...

You were a member of the Tufty Club? Oh dear!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/profdreadwhimsy/tufty-the-squirrel-is-very-naughty-ajv

Scarlet-Blue said...

Dave: There's not much room on a turnip, is there?

Madame: True... and bizarrely I still hanker for the romance of slam door trains.
I used to sneak into the first class where the seats were like armchairs and nobody ever used to check your ticket.

Kerrie: Good luck! Hopefully by then everyone will have seen this 'How To Use Public Transport' training film!

Daphne: I think this film can be understood on many levels.
Yep, I am off... I am to meet Mr Mutley at Redruth bus station very soon - we have been planning our escape for sometime now.

Mr Mutts: Do not worry - I have packed my Nike sling backs.

Gadj: And were the passengers as well behaved as this lot?
I always wanted to be a bus conductor... another dream shattered...

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Scarlet-Blue said...

Mr Chairman: Your link.
Sacrilege!!!

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Emerson Marks said...

Public transport isn't for the faint hearted. Only days ago I was faced with an enormous amount of vomit at teh foot of the door when getting off the train at Southampton Central.

Scarlet-Blue said...

Mr Marks: Thank you for sharing. Some poor soul probably had swine fever.
Time for luncheon.
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Lulu LaBonne said...

Redruth - lucky you! And going by bus - did you tak a lot of sandwiches?

CyberPete said...

In that case Speed 2 is based on the Thames Clippers

Donn said...

"I don't care how much I pay
Too much, Magic Bus
I wanna drive my bus to my baby each day
Too much, Magic Bus

I want it, I want it, I want it, I want it ...
You can't have it!
Thruppence and sixpence every day
Just to drive to my baby"




What in hell is a Thruppence?

BEAST said...

What in hell is a Thruppence?

Its six hapennies

Kevin Musgrove said...

or two three ha'pence

unless it's a thruppeny, in which case it's an unpaired lot

Dave said...

Or 12 farthings.

Dave said...

Or a quarter of a bob.

Dave said...

And, of course, half a tanner.

Jane P said...

Shouldn't you be on holiday, Scarlet?

Whirlochre said...

Isn't a thruppence what happens when one of your bollocks cannonballs into a kidney after bending down in tight trousers?

mutleythedog said...

Or a nice pair of thrupenny bits!! Every likes a nice pair of thrupenny bits.... ahem...

Scarlet-Blue said...

WOT??????
I thought this post was about buses... what's all this about thruppennys.....?????

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