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Wallow in Nostalgia-The Rank Organisation-Look at life

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 02 Aug 2014, 19:57

Found this series of "films" on you tube which you may enjoy if like me you like a bit of nostalgia. I have posted up three examples below but there are absolutely loads in the series, presumably time fillers and "public information" style films when the cinema was king.

I say "films" because they have that "newsreel" before the main feature feel and are narrated in the Mr Chumley-Warner style.

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Now those forum members with an interest in Newport Pagnell will be fascinated by the first "film" three minutes in...

The films on youtube last about 9 minutes each.

Look at Life-New roads for old 1959 (AKA " Newport Pagnell's finest minute and a half")


Look at Life Living with Cars 1964 (AKA "Tootles the Taxi comes to life")


And one for the old motorcycle enthusiasts on the forum

Look at Life-Behind the Ton-Up Boys


Hope you enjoy them as much as me.

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Post by myglaren » 02 Aug 2014, 20:06

I'm sure that there was a company called Atkinsons in Newport Pagnell that made road rollers and the like.
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Post by bobins » 02 Aug 2014, 20:08

I <ahem> managed to acquire copies of the various Look At Life DVDs from a site who shall remain nameless. They are superb films - a fantastic snapshot of how it used to be :) The narrator for most of them was Tim Turner and he certainly sounded (perhaps a little too) jolly whilst presenting these shorts :-D A nearly complete listing of the films available on the DVDs can be found here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Look_at_Li ... _series%29" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Post by NewcastleFalcon » 03 Aug 2014, 13:31

Thanks bobins looks like over 500 of them were made! Just watched this one. For me they're fascinating and deserve a good airing. Any recommendations?



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Post by Northern_Mike » 03 Aug 2014, 14:16

The Argosy frieghter plane in that pic is rarer and more interesting than the car.

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Post by NewcastleFalcon » 03 Aug 2014, 14:50

points on offfer for the nickname of the Argosy, it may have several variations, with the RAF vesion being more descriptive

here is a bit of help

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Post by Hell Razor5543 » 03 Aug 2014, 15:03

I did a Google search, and found this lot;

http://www.pprune.org/archive/index.php/t-104320.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Post by NewcastleFalcon » 03 Aug 2014, 15:34

yes at least one of the answers is in the link, but probably needs formal declaration on the thread for the points!

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Post by Northern_Mike » 03 Aug 2014, 15:47

It was the Whistling wheelbarrow.

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Post by bobins » 03 Aug 2014, 18:17

NewcastleFalcon wrote:Thanks bobins looks like over 500 of them were made! Just watched this one. For me they're fascinating and deserve a good airing. Any recommendations?
They're all good - with the possible exception of the Sports discs as I can never see the point in playing sport :lol: One episode that has stuck in my mind concerns men and women in white coats at the Royal Observatory at Herstmonceux - it shows them keeping a careful eye on clocks and watches that are submerged in beakers of water. This was - obviously - and important Ministry job in its day :-D
I've also collected some old BTF British Transport Films http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Transport_Films" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; which are good for a slice of how it used to be. Also got some old 60s-80s military recruitment and promo films from back when the military was a different beast to the one it is today.

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Post by NewcastleFalcon » 03 Aug 2014, 22:35

Hell Razor5543 wrote:I did a Google search, and found this lot;
http://www.pprune.org/archive/index.php/t-104320.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
NewcastleFalcon wrote:yes at least one of the answers is in the link, but probably needs formal declaration on the thread for the points!
northern_mike wrote:It was the Whistling wheelbarrow.
Well what a dilemma, but I reckon the points have to go to northern_mike!

It was known in the RAF as the Whistling.....
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Post by Hell Razor5543 » 03 Aug 2014, 22:38

OK, I didn't get the points, but I did laugh at some of the more colourful nicknames I found!