Cruises around the British Isles
I used to get on very well with John Clare, both as a customer and friend and every so often I would buy the records for the Adam and Eve from there as well. The centre provides panoramic views across the city including the River Lagan and even to the Mourne Mountains beyond. I have just received this photo November and you can read more on the Race Org website as above. And the wildlife is beyond anything you'd imagine witnessing in dear old 'blighty'. It is ft longer than the Titanic and can carry a human cargo of 8,, of whom 6, will be paying customers and 2, crew from 77 countries. I am also including a few more photos and links to relevant websites that might be of interest to you, and I welcome any info or more photos if you were around way back then. The resident band was led by Cliff Harper who played double bass plus quite a funny guy with gags and announcements between the music which featured guest singers including his wife Jane, a superb jazz singer.
Following on from these Atherley memories, I was contacted by Adrian- the young lad who worked in the projection room at the cinema during the final years before being converted into the bingo hall in the early Seventies. The club relocated to Stoneham Lane a few miles away and still is regarded as one of the UKs most respected venues - take a look at my dedicated webpage on the Concorde Club with reports of a February show which I organised! Here is a rare old photograph from the mid Fifties and shows the cinema on the left with some vintage cars that were safe from traffic wardens, parking meters, speed cameras, clampers etc in those halcyon days of carefree motoring! Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. I used to fix jukeboxes, one armed bandits, pintables etc and would often accompany Reg in his Ferrari to go and fix some machine! These frequency-agnostic and orbit-agnostic capabilities, enabled by Intellian's innovative antennas and Intelligent Mediator Solution, ensure that the equipment's capabilities are future-proof to customers seeking the fastest and most reliable broadband connectivity. The decision was made after a heated debate at this week's council meeting.
While this is the first time one of Viking's ocean ships has called in China, the company has a long history with the China tourism industry.
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Norwegian Bliss completed another key milestone with only two months until her highly-anticipated arrival to Seattle, Washington where she will offer seven-day Alaska cruises throughout the summer. This very careful maneuver took about two hours at a speed of only 0. The precise navigation included a team of experienced Ems River pilots, navigation officers, the yard captain and the local German waterway authorities.
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Norwegian Bliss will then begin her passage across the Atlantic Ocean on April 21 and will arrive to the US on May 3, where she will begin her inaugural tour, the most extensive of any ship in Norwegian Cruise Line history. Events will take place in New York City, Miami, and Los Angeles, and then will conclude with a christening ceremony on May 30 at the new Pier 66 at the Port of Seattle in Washington State, followed by her inaugural cruise.
Following the preview events and christening, Norwegian Bliss will offer cruises to Alaska beginning June 2. She will spend her summer sailing seven-day cruises to Alaska, and fall season cruising to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles.
This first, early rendering depicts the magnificent exterior of the newest Disney ships that will elevate family cruise vacations to a whole new level. In keeping with the distinct Disney Cruise Line style, the new ships will embody the elegance and romance of the golden age of ocean cruising with unique touches all their own.
The new vessels will offer more innovation, new technologies, spectacular entertainment and more Disney stories and characters than ever before. Ingenuity and innovation from stem to stern will amaze and delight Disney Cruise Line guests of all ages.
Each new ship will be approximately , gross tons and each is currently planned to include about 1, guest staterooms. Combining live music with a backdrop of breathtaking footage from the new, award-winning BBC Earth television series "Planet Earth II," the exclusive show immerses guests in the most spectacular landscapes and habitats on Earth, bringing them eye-to-eye with the animals on screen.
No one shows the spectacle of nature like BBC Earth. Alaska-bound ships will revert to showing "Alaska in Concert," developed last season with exclusive Alaska wildlife footage, for the duration of the season. For Holland America Line's 70th anniversary season in Alaska in , BBC Earth launched the "Alaska in Concert" production that combined live music set against backdrop footage from the BBC Earth television series "Wild Alaska," where audiences experience the cycle of four seasons and see this place is as unforgiving as it is beautiful.
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No high tech Dolby Surround systems back then but the projectionists had good equipment as well as feeding 35mm film reels into the massive projectors.
Often having to repair broken film on the spot- cutting, splicing and reloading the reels whilst an unruly audience whistled, slow hand-clapped and stamped their impatient feet when faced with a blank screen! This was often the cue for a usually attractive young lady with the ice cream tray to hurry out to the front, thus ensuring extra sales and a pleasant diversion for the lads!
Adrian worked around the clock- mostly on his own and duties included other maintenance, repairs around the auditorium. He often had to jump on a bus in between reel changeovers and dash off to other cinemas to borrow equipment, odd tools, film adhesive and all manner of items needed to keep the projectors whirring away.
All part of the fun and you can tell that he loved this job with a passion, so has many great memories of his own, so nice to share them with other cinema buffs. Maybe 'A Few Dollars More'. As you can imagine-these projection rooms were very hot places to work in, plus he recalls having to clean the rear reflecting mirrors by scraping a penny over the blackened surface! The Atherley Cinema was the first Southampton theatre to have the new 'Cinemascope' wide-screen format as well as stereo sound-the above image shows the pre-amp, which then fed the main amp.
A large central speaker was behind the cinema screen with smaller speakers on the sides so that the audience could get the feeling that they were right inside the onscreen action! They used anamorphic lenses and split soundtracks on the actual 35mm film to convey this new experience to the movie audiences and it was very successful for many years. The reel-winding room-each one being 20 minutes of film so needing 5 changes per feature length movie.
The two projectors having to be in perfect synch on each transfer so that the public would not hopefully notice the split second move! You can see the carbon rods on the left, in the brass holder that would be at the core of the high energy beam of an arc lamp.
The final nostalgic photo shows Adrian closing the curtains, switching the coloured red footlights on as well as slowly bringing up the main house lights for the very last time. A record was playing in the background and the last cinema goers slowly filed out, probably feeling very sad as another piece of history ebbed away. Likewise, a very poignant moment for Adrian who loved his job, as you can tell by the images above- he has great memories of those cinema days that were eventually overshadowed by television and the dreaded bingo invasion.
Adrian also recalled how he signalled the fish and chip opposite the Atherley Cinema when finishing the night.
He opened the projector and used a small mirror to bounce the strong light from the arc lamp through the open window across the main road- this then ensured a piping hot supper as Adrian left the cinema each time! These types of lamps were also used in WW2 searchlights as the German bombers made regular attacks on the Southampton Docks and city due to its strategic importance as a main port.
See the Site Map for a report on this great night. Portsmouth Road Woolston brings you to another long established music pub The Swan and they have been featuring bands for many years and well worth a visit. Another biker-friendly pub but everybody is made welcome as they cram in to hear some great rock bands in the main bar which does have a good atmosphere. Photograph courtesy The Swan - it looks like this when you've had a few!!
All those years ago, as a young lad in the Fifties it seemed quite a long journey 'across town' and we often walked a few miles to visit various dance halls with my elders starting out with crossing the river on the much missed Floating Bridges which only took a few minutes with bracing sea air plus views of the old Docks with ships moored to capacity.
We then walked along the dock walls in Canute Road, named after the king who tried to control the incoming tide according to legend. Just by the old main gate stands Canute Chambers which back in Edwardian times contained the offices of the White Star Shipping Company, the scene of much sadness a few years before. On a dreadful day in April the streets were crowded with anxious relatives of Titanic crew and passengers as news of the terrible loss at sea came filtering through on the wires.
This poignant memorial can be seen on the wall outside and many local homes were left with the loss of family and neighbours alike as many crew members sailed on the the ill fated ship just a few days before. In fact, one of the poor souls lost at sea lived at a house opposite my own in Woolston and many areas of the old town suffered a loss and especially in the poorer parts such as Chapel close to the dock area.
Just a few yards along the way you can still see the majestic old building that once housed the luxurious South Western Hotel adjacent to the old Southampton Terminus railway station that transported passengers to other parts of the country but mostly to London some eighty miles to the north east of the old town. This building can be seen in the background of the opening scenes of the Titanic movie of where 'Rose' Kate Winslett alights from her motor car and views the massive ship for the first time - she compares it to the old Mauretania and older Southampton people will have fond memories of the later ship with the same name.
This building now houses luxury flats, offices, restaurant and a casino nearby in the old railway station buildings all of which still retain a dignified air of luxury that whisks the imagination back to Edwardian times. Still linked to the Titanic story- in nearby Oxford Street stands one of Southampton's oldest pubs- The Grapes and this watering hole has been used for many years as the last chance of a good drink for thousands of crew members before rushing and dashing to catch whichever ship they were signed up for.
There were probably quite a few excited merchant seamen downing a few beers on that fateful day of April 10th and there are stories of six of them missing the noon sailing just across the way. Many websites can be found on this tragic story and far too many for me to suggest so I recommend you do some searching to find the most popular ones. If you call in for a drink at the Grapes - don't ask for 'more ice' The docks are still a working area and quite restricted although visitors can walk through dock gate 4 see above picture and read the memorial plate that stands just inside by the security gate and here it is: My favourite venue was the old Royal Pier Pavilion, where I first got a taste of the spotlight as a ten year rock n roll singer and you can read all about this on my other pages.
Just go to my sitemap and follow the links for a couple of pages about the Pier as well as my Biography and Call Up The Groups pages. The Royal Pier's golden years bring back memories of fake palm trees around the sides of the ballroom with spotlit mirrored ceiling balls throwing thousands of glittering stars around the dance floor.
The girls often got their stiletto heels stuck in the wooden decking that ran the length of the pier walkway and another hazard was missing the last bus, followed by a long walk home! In the mid Sixties the pier disco would cost you one shilling and sixpence 7p and the The Mecca was also the setting for glittering events, like the local area heats of the Miss England competition or the Lovely Legs contest and much more. If you walk out of the Pier entrance, you can look left to see the New Docks which is now a very busy cruise terminal as this form of leisure grows in popularity.
Other prominent pubs were the infamous Horse and Groom in East Street with the narrow Canal Walk running alongside to the Lord Roberts gay pub - one passed a convenient shop known as Stanleys Surgical Supplies which also sold much needed 'items' for a night out in this racy part of town!
Just a few hundred yards up East Street took you to the Bargate pub which stood next to the old town gateway that personifies Southampton - now a fast food outlet, with the Gattis bar a few doors down.
Across the road and down some steps took you to the very popular Checkpoint Cafe, always full of people enjoying this traditional coffee bar and great jukebox. St Michaels' Church lies across the square from Tudor House- a magnificent museum dating back to the Middle Ages and on one side of it is a narrow alleyway leading to Castle Way- the inner Ring Road that leads up to the Civic Centre.
Back in the Sixties, you could have paid a visit to the well known Silhouette Club which was run by one of Southampton's best known characters- Brian 'Kiwi' Adamson. His amazing story can be found on my new webpage at: Literally a 'rags to riches' story of how Brian left his native home of New Zealand and worked his way up from menial jobs, including washing dishes on various ships, before scraping up a few hundred pounds to launch his casino and nightclub.
Within a few years, Brian was sailing on many a great liner as a first class passenger, eating caviare and drinking champagne off similar dishes that he would have been washing in the early days. Also, not far from this area stood a well known restaurant and run by another great character 'German Edie'. Once again, I am indebted to Johnny Dymond- Southampton's top DJ during the Sixties and later years, who has reminded me about this long gone diner where many a local band or DJ would pop in for food and drink plus loads of laughs.
This is John's e-mail that tells some of the tale: Another well-known character was the fabulous 'German Edie' and her restaurant run by herself and her partner Jules. As you know we all used to take 'first-timers' there for either 'homosexual chicken or steak' her words , not telling them of course that she would promptly snip their ties off and pin them to the wall with hundreds of others. She would then get them to include her when they bought a round of drinks, and drink hers from either a bedpan or a urinal bottle.
Also she would 'do a full medical' on them with her stethoscope or pretend to threaten them with a cleaver and cut their bits off!! There will never be another Edie! We remained friends for the rest of her life, but unfortunately she was taken by Cancer. I used to fix jukeboxes, one armed bandits, pintables etc and would often accompany Reg in his Ferrari to go and fix some machine! He had gained some fame in motor racing during the Fifties and co-designed the Revis racing car which he drove round Brands Hatch and many more legendary courses.
Great character and bit of a playboy back then, living in a beautiful house in Chilworth - he also owned Revis Autos just up the road in Hill lane and one of the first Skoda franchises in the UK.
Although I only worked from to before entering full time showbusiness - Reg Bicknell the 'Silver Fox' was my favourite boss and was a very funny guy but with a sharp business brain plus an eye for the ladies too! This featured many top bands and a few of my old groups used to play there too. Carole later 'spun the platters' at Fridays Club and other local venues, playing great soul, Tamla Motown and other great music. A couple of her 60s publicity shots: I was actually the DJ on the very last night at the Adam and Eve and it came as quite a shock when the woman who owned it called us all together at the end of the night to say it was closing.
We had a wonderful Sunday afternoon at her house finishing off the booze a week or so later but I've always wondered what happened to all the records! All I can remember about her house was the parquet floor which I had never seen before and probably bored my parents senseless talking about it.
My memories of Henry's Records are also quite vivid as they tried to prise me away from HMV where I worked in the store in the Bargate at that time.
I used to get on very well with John Clare, both as a customer and friend and every so often I would buy the records for the Adam and Eve from there as well. I went on to work for HMV in various positions for 30 years and travelled the world with them but it all started in Southampton in the heady days of so I've got many memories of vinyl, 8 tracks, open reel tape, cassettes, CD's etc Thanks for bringing it all back.
Never saw a mention of the Birds and Bees night club opposite the Bargate. I worked there as well and got reprimanded for using the strobe light too much and almost blinding the girl on the bar downstairs.
Brian worked for Reg from when he joined the Fleet Air Arm and mostly worked nights on keeping the chassis bright and rust free! The fledgling Revis workshop was by the side of an old transport cafe on the Bursledon Road and Brian seems to recall a Ted Headland helping Reg at that time. Brian was the first person to sit in the car with the engine running for the first time as the vehicle was jacked up then started by spinning the wheels in gear- Brian then had to declutch it when the engine roared into life!
I was also contacted by a Geoff Kimber who recalls helping out in cleaning the garage plus naturally sitting in the classic Revis. The beautiful car behind is a Fraser Nash BMW which Reg had bought, repainted cream and the soft top was renewed in dark red.
Brian recalls that it had a separate foot pedal which lubricated the engine - can you imagine what it would fetch these days? Reg developed the Revis racing car with John Habin who also built a cc car called the Star Ride in between running a taxi firm and you can read about his successes at: Also - click on 'Men' then 'Reg Bicknell' to read more about this great character.
Brian now lives in New Zealand and has fond memories of Reg, especially when hearing how he built up his business empire with a beautiful house in one of of Southampton's most sought after areas. He recalls the early days when the Bicknells lived in a grotty little caravan on the car yard and the toilet facilities were in the blackberry bushes out the back!
I have just received this photo November and you can read more on the Race Org website as above. I have no more info on Reg Bicknell but I know that he must be beaming with pride if catching sight of this beautiful machine. Please check back for updates here or on the site. Yet another e-mail popped up plus a rare photo of Reg Bicknell in his glory racing days at Silverstone. I have been looking to identify a photograph which has come into my hands and have now been able to put names to the faces.
This is a original print and has been interesting to read on cc racing which is where your name popped up. One of the finest venues was the old Concorde Club at the old Basset Hotel in Burgess Road not far from the top of Hill Lane and facing the northwest side of the Common. The club relocated to Stoneham Lane a few miles away and still is regarded as one of the UKs most respected venues - take a look at my dedicated webpage on the Concorde Club with reports of a February show which I organised!
This has now been an annual event ever since, so take a look at the shows year by year. Click on this photo below which links to their own website: Just up the road from the Joiners stood Henry's Record Shop which I have written a dedicated page, so please take a look at the story of Southampton's favourite record stores to give another slant on the Sixties music scene in Southampton.
Across the road at the top of St Marys Street by the railway bridge you could have gone shopping for some 'fab gear' at the Shirt King on Six Dials which stocked all the current trendy clothes throughout the Sixties.
Frilly shirts, Beatle jackets and suits, Chelsea boots, then later hipsters, flares, hippy gear and much more. Sydney was a very enterprising businessman and was one of the first clothes shopkeepers who ran a lucrative line in denim jeans which were 'imported' from the USA via the local merchant seamen who worked the TransAtlantic shipping routes!
Movies such as 'The Wild One' starring Marlon Brando and Lee Marvin as rival bikers influenced the new generation of teenage boys along with Westerns and cowboy films so Sydney saw the new trend and got in quick. James Dean also boosted sales as his 'Rebel Without a Cause' persona struck a chord with the youth of the time who were 'rebelling' against the old fashioned ways and not forgetting the Rock n Roll invasion that really exploded through the decade.
From royal palaces, to World Heritage sites, stunning scenic countryside to wild moorland, once you've done this cruise, you'll understand why it's named Great Britain. However, many itineraries also take you into Europe. Check out the primary ports of call below, pick your cruise from our key offers and then give us a call to start your adventure around Great Britain. Scottish Isles with a Taste of Norway. Grand British Isles Discovery. Ireland, Scotland with Optional Military Tattoo.
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It's located around 80 miles from London, so if you do have some free time on your cruise then a trip to the capital is a must. Take in the amazing architecture of Westminster Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament; visit the Queen's residency, Buckingham Palace; or take a trip on the London Eye for panoramic views of the capital's skyline and beyond.
If you're free in the evening then a trip to the West End, including Covent Garden and Leicester Square, has to be on the itinerary. Be a part of the world's largest celebration of the arts during the month of August at the Edinburgh Festivals. Comprising of jazz, books, art, politics and comedy immerse yourself in a world of performing arts. A visit to Edinburgh isn't complete without a wander around the castle. Towering over the city centre, not only can you not fail to see this ancient structure, you can also hear the 1pm gun salute made daily.
Finally, for those who enjoy hiking a walk up Edinburgh's tallest hill, which is also an extinct volcano, takes you to the summit of Arthur's Seat and allows you to take in spectacular views.
A visit to Ireland's capital city wouldn't be complete without a trip to the Guinness Storehouse. Walk around this old factory and learn about how the drink is made, past advertising campaigns, and even how to pull the perfect pint.
Finish your visit off at the Gravity Bar on the top for degree views of Dublin, along with a pint of Guinness of course. If history and architecture are up your street then visit Dublin Castle dating from AD , Malahide Castle home to a grand banqueting hall and Trinity College. End your visit among the animals at Dublin Zoo, home to animals.
If shopping is your passion then a trip to Victoria Square is a must. Belfast's number one shopping destination is split over four levels, offering you a wide choice of high street stores and food outlets. The centre provides panoramic views across the city including the River Lagan and even to the Mourne Mountains beyond. If you're after something a bit more traditional then you'll love a trip to St George's Market. One of Belfast's oldest attractions it was built between and and features fresh produce and antiques over stalls.
A trip to Belfast also wouldn't be complete without a tour to the brand new Titanic Museum. Learn about the fateful day the world-famous ship perished - if you're up for it before heading back to your own ship of course!
Well known for its bustling ferry port, Holyhead, the largest town on the Island of Anglesey, has a rich history and plenty of medieval monuments to explore. Being so close to the water, Holyhead has some great water sports on offer - whether you want to relax on the front with a spot of fishing or battle those Irish Sea winds on a sail boat. A historic industrial town located by the Firth of Clyde and 25 miles west of Glasgow, Greenock is a popular port on a British Isles cruise.
The town is rich in maritime history, and was once a small community fishing village now has a status as a worldwide port for shipbuilding and overseas trade.
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