Perhap's we will see you on countdown then Terry, unfortunately i get too many senior moment's to even contemplate trying, sometimes every day words fail me oh dear.
I have noticed Colum has'nt been on for a few day's ?.
Now then Countdown - at the moment it's just a thought but I have started watching it again. I think I need a crash course in maths to get back to where I used to be in 2001. An interesting fact about the programme though is that most people think it's a gentle, easy going way of passing a little time. It isn't because it goes past like everything is on full speed when you are on. They record five episodes per day, take account of when each will be shown and refer in the patter to the day as if it is live. The most surprising thing is that the theme when the clock is ticking is that the music is booming out and if you hear it then the odds are you won't get anything worth getting. Concentration is vital and that's why so few people win 'cos you have to shut your mind off as far as possible. They are given a fixed time to broadcast between the adverts with a plus or minus three second allowance so it's edited very strictly. It's a great experience though.
( I should have married her ) She was sat only in the audience and they used to shoot a couple of episodes in one session.
Those Studios were buzzing in those days with "Rising Damp" Wire In The Blood" Ted Rogers " 3. 2. 1." The Tec series " Frost". plus many more over the years.
A pal of mine Mick who was a Security Guard there told me that outside it used to be swarming with Folks looking for autographs or wanting to be hired as "Extras / Background people"
Thought the post may make a light break from set theme's. The background on Countdown was interesting unless one has been part of it some thing's i realised but not the full extent never having been invovled in a TV program.
I gave him the money, took the Log book and a bill of sale and left.
I had that Number plate on for years and someone from Yorkshire Television rang one day on behalf of Alan Whicker, the Broadcaster who was a Shareholder there asking me if i wanted to sell it. and it seems he had various Y.T.V. numbers on cars. As i was in a good seam and not short of money i did not want to sell.
In those days Leeds United were on the Local T.V. nearly every week and my Number plate gave me quite Kudos when i went to a Home game and parked up it caused quite a stir as Y.T.V. televised all these games.
Years after i sold it to a local Rugby Club owner for quite a tidy sum
I was on the week after Richard Whiteley's mother had died - in fact I was put back a week because of it. He was so professional when the cameras were rolling but very subdued in between as you would expect. I was so nervous that when I first had to ask for my letters I couldn't remember Carol Vorderman's name.
Like I said earlier - he was so professional and in between takes he found time to chat. Carol was lovely but the first time I saw her was in make up - we men had to have a bit of slap on to stop our foreheads shining beneath a huge spotlight which was up high and pointed down at us. She had a big blob of dark makeup on her nose which was blended in to make it look smaller and two huge rollers in her hair and a tissue in each hand. She had a cold and kept dabbing at her nose but out on set never touched it.
Talking of bowlers my first job after demob was as a Progress Chaser at a hat factory. One order was for a dozen bowlers. Three were red, three green, three blue and three yellow all in the brightest shades possible. They were destined for the theatrical profession and hard as hell due to the application of a solution used to stop hats from going too floppy. It was called Kilshaw's Composition or something like that and I reckon if you'd doffed one of those hats with intent you could have kayoed someone quite easily. The more Kilshaw's you put on the harder they got.
(Thinks - I could do with some of that these days!)
On the subject of clothing, when it came to demob time 1957 there was a choice between a box of civilian clothing or £8. which considering that was about two weeks R.A.F. pay was worth considering. I had a pal in the Clothing section at the Main Sores who said he would let me view this "Clobbber" in advance. There was a Trilby Hat, Double breasted raincoat two piece suit,two shirts, collars, tie and collar studs, vest and longjohn underwear, shoes plus socks.
My Pal let me try the Raincoat and Trilby on and looking in the mirror i looked like a cross between Humphrey Bogart and Frank Spencer (Betty)
When the time came i grabbed the Eight Quid.
There was actually a lot of clothing there to fix someone up with every item needed But it was so out of date for any young man at that time.
I could never wear a ready made suit in the old days because I have a slim waist and broad shoulders - not bragging - just how it is and it was in fact a damn nuisance and cost me a packet needing made to measure suits all the time. So I went for a suit one time and specified just how I wanted it. I got a postcard from the tailors eventually and went to see what they had done. It was the opposite of what I had said but the manager tried to con me. He asked me to put the jacket on and stand looking into the mirror across the room. He stood at my side and got me to button it and then started gushing about what a wonderful fit it was. That was when I said very quietly - 'Please let go of the back of the jacket before I spin round and break your bloody arm.' He had hold of the skirt at the back and was pulling it away from me. At first he refused to give me back my deposit until I said that I was not going without it and he could wear the suit himself if he thought it was so good. While we argued a couple came in so I immediately started creating a fuss until they went out. That was enough for him - I'd have stood there all day and every day until I got my cash back. So, all's well that ends well! These days jackets and pants are sold separately so if I want a suit I can get fixed up off the peg.
I lived in Leeds which in those says was "The Capital" of tailoring in the U.K. Montague Burtons employed 11000 workers in one factory, John Collier, Hepworths etc. plus lots of private suit makers. In those days we would never have anything but a made to measure suit. Leeds also has a large jewish population and they were Wizards at making Jackets and Trousers,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Good Old days.