Wednesday, 4 April 2012

A to Z 1950s/60s Nostalgia: D

Some Ds to make you say, "Oh, yes!"

D Smell:
Dinners in the School Dining Room - That smell of soggy cabbage, lumpy mashed potato and solid custard will stay with me for ever. Who is responsible for the smell of school dinners?

D Memories:

Dancing - In the 50s it was the Jive but I was too young for that. I used to watch my sister and cousin jiving together. It looked so exciting. I couldn't wait til I was old enough. By the 60s the jive was out and the twist was in. "Pretend you're stubbing out a cigarette with your foot," was the advice. It wasn't an exciting dance. Neither was the 'shuffle and bob about' dance that followed it. Dancing had to wait for the 70s and Saturday Night Fever to become exciting again.

Dustmen - They let themselves in through the back gate and came into the garden, waving at us through the kitchen window. They carried the little metal dustbin on their shoulder, tipping all the rubbish into the dustcart and then returning the dustbin to the garden. The dustcart was a basic truck open at the sides and, in the summer, it was enveloped in a cloud of blue bottles.

D Programmes:
On TV:
Dixon of Dock Green
Double your Money
Danger Man

On Radio:
Mrs Dales Diary

D Names:
Bob Dylan
Alec Douglas-Home MP
James Dean
Faye Dunaway
Doris Day
Sammy Davis Jnr
Ken Dodd
Fats Domino
Dave, Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Titch
Lonnie Donnegan
Bob Dylan
Bobby Darin who provides the...

D Music:
Mack the Knife

Did a D make you say, "Oh, Yes!"?


  1. i love the music! Just what I need on this April rainy spring day. You've got me dancing into work now!


    Looking forward to the rest of the alphabet.

    Twitter: @LynneinPborough

  2. Dancing! Woohoo! Now you got me excited :-)

    Very nice!


  3. D smells. :) You've nailed that one alright.

  4. Keep those memories coming. I love every one of them. We had a man who delivered ice from a horse and cart. When his horse left straming heaps of dung on the road, the neighbours would run out with their shovels.

  5. The wheelie bin men, sorry - refuse operators - are not anywhere near becoming the characters that the dustmen were.

  6. My dad was a dustbin man for a short time when I was young and things were tough.He used to bring home toys from the big posh houses as they would always ask the bin men if they wanted them before throwing in bin. We play Mac the knife a lot in our house.Wonderful post as usual Rosalind.

  7. Oh, Bob Dylan... Poet of the century in my mind, poet laureate to a whole generation.

  8. bob dylan - amazing musician

  9. Mack the Knife - oh yes, even thought the song title itself is not a D ;-)

    Found you through AtoZ - looking forward to following your nostaliga theme ;-)

  10. DIY became a craze in 50s & 60s, we had Daleks and Dr Dolittle and Doctor Zhivago, Ken Dodd...

  11. Oh yes! I happen to have Mack the Knife and several Dylan songs on my iPod, which I take to the gym with me 3 times a week. Still loving your posts.

  12. That brought back memories. I can smell the lunchroom. Love Dylan.

  13. You make life sound so good and we were so lucky to have all those wonderful years.

    I had to go home for lunch because I lived so close to the school. I would get so hungry by noon, that my belly button felt as if it were touching my spine. Those school lunches smelled mighty good to me but I still had to walk several blocks before I could eat.

  14. The music brought back memories!

    --Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z

  15. Hi,
    I was always lucky to be in a school that had great cooks and really good food. I went to small schools and also taught in schools that had excellent cooks. I think part of the problem in later years is the government management of menus, besides the fact that good cooks became more difficult to find.

    loved the music of those days of long ago.
    Regards to you and your good post.

  16. Hi Ros .. so many memories here - thankfully we had good food at my school (boarding) .. so I was lucky. Dylan, Bobby Darin, Lonnie ... Donovan, Faye Dunaway .. Dixon of Dock Green and Danger Man - I'm sure I watched .. Dancing - I was hopeless .. so frightened and disinterested! Dustmen they were always very helpful - mind you actually ours here are too ..

    Cheers Hilary

  17. I love Mac the Knife. It's great story.

  18. Delightful "D's" Rosalind! I never heard of the word "Dustmen" before. It sounds much more dignified than "garbage men!" Great song too! Julie

  19. We even had the song My old man's a dustman [and he wears a dustman's hat..etc Great fun this!

  20. We saw Dave, Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Titch a couple of years ago at the De Montfort Hall (another D sort of) and they were still going strong. The thing about school dining halls is they still smell the same all those years later - are they still serving up the same stuff or has the odour of overcooked cabbage permeated the walls?

  21. I remember Ferris bringing back The Twist in Ferris Beuller's Day Off. And how Mack the Knife became the famous moon singing Mac Tonight for McDonalds.

    I like that you're doing 50s nostalgia as a theme.

  22. Ah yes. The Dancing in Saturday Night Fever was awesome. Makes me want to see THAT movie again!

    50s nostalgia. We're definitely on the same wavelength, Rosalind; probably close to the same age too! (lots of smiley faces)
    Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror & Other Memoirs

  23. Love Dragnet and Mack the Knife!! :)

  24. I used to have such a crush on Doris Day! Seriously!! :)

    DL @ Cruising Altitude 2.0
    Co-Host of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

  25. The girl my brother is marrying next month is absolutely in love with the 1950's, so for the part of their wedding where the flower girls come down the aisle, she has a 1950's song (I forget the name) and she wants the girls to DANCE as they throw flowers. So I looked up 1950's dancing on Youtube. It was quite a fun project. ha ha ha!

  26. If only bin men were like that now!

  27. A favorite singer of mine of that era was Julie Driscoll who sang for a while with Brian Auger and his group. Loved her style.

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