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In case your TV should suddenly simply call it a day and decide to hibernate and you’re left sitting staring at a dull grey soundless screen, here’s a little something to keep you occupied while you wait for the repair man to arrive. If you combine it with yesterday’s 30 shots it should turn out to be quite an entertaining evening after all – Ted

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Retrorambling’s Visitors Service - Part 18 - How To Sit Down Gracefully

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I have posted similar advice to my male visitors earlier and now ladies, now it’s your turn. Be aware of the two paths. And yes, I know this advice comes a little too late for some of you – Ted 😉

Here’s a few other things any decent person should know:

Retrorambling’s Visitors Service – Part 18 – How To Sit Down Gracefully
Retrorambling’s Visitors Service – Part 15 – Telephone Etiquette
Retrorambling’s Visitors Service – Part 13 – Breaking And Entering
Retrorambling’s Visitors Service – Part 8 – Italian Gestures
Retrorambling’s Visitors Service – Part 10 – Italian Gestures 2
Retrorambling’s Visitors Service – Part 8 – Dressing on Luxury Steamers
Retrorambling’s Visitors Service – Part 7 – The Bow-Tie
Retrorambling’s Visitors Service – Part 6 – Decent Sleep
Retrorambling’s Visitors Service – Part 5 – Flirtation

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A little service for my female visitors, useless for my male visitors of course as man just usually just drop down like a sack of potatoes in any type of seating 😉

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1925 Delage DIS


In 1922, Delage built a prototype sports car based on his successful 2.1-litre Type DE, but fitted with an overhead-valve conversion designed by Henri Toutee which more than doubled the power output to 75bhp. Known as the Type DIS, the new car became one of the best-known vintage sports cars, and over nine hundred examples (including the surbaissee Type DISS) were built between 1924 and 1927. This 1925 DIS carries coachwork by Kelsch.


1925 Frazer-Nash  Super Sport


After leaving GN, Captain Archie Frazer-Nash began to build Frazer Nash cars at Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey, in 1924, Although outwardly a conventional sports car, beneath its aluminium coachwork, the Frazer Nash car concealed the chain-and-dog transmission of its cyclecar forebear. Typical of the breed is this 1925 Anzani-engined Super Sports Three-Seater, which, at a price of £345, offered the performance of a car costing at least twice as much.

1925 Mathis P-Type


The first cars to be sold by the Strasbourg-based Mathis company were designed by Ettore Bugatti in 1904, but the marque became best known for its light cars, like the 1100cc Babylette of the immediate pre- World War I period. This 1925 P- Type has a 1. I-litre, side-valve engine and is fitted with camionette bodywork, equally useful for carrying passengers, livestock or vegetables.


1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom


After nineteen years, the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost finally went out of production in 1925; its successor, the New Phantom, had a 7668cc, sixcylinder engine, cast in two blocks of three, but with a common cylinder head. Most coachwork on the Phantom was formal, but a very few sporting models were turned out early on. A total of 2212 Phantoms was built before the Phantom II appeared in 1929.


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hen this nifty advice was printed back in the days it was meant for women only, but now a days man are just as vain as women so I think we say this tip goes to both sexes –Ted

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A digital recreation of an article published in Hollywood Magazine’s November issue 1935

How To Carve A Turkey

 Sometimes the festive bird  fights back, and when that happens primitive instincts bounce to the surface and a man’s true nature frequently is revealed in the ensuing struggle. fearless Bob Hope took time out from Thanks for the memories to demonstrate the special holds which have won him fame at countless dinner tables.

“Don’t forget to be the first to smile” warns our spirit of thanksgiving
as he moves into position

020_carving_turkeys_01 Blind Faith 020_carving_turkeys_02 The party spirit 020_carving_turkeys_03 Twinge of doubt

020_carving_turkeys_04 Determination

020_carving_turkeys_05 The hypnotic eye

020_carving_turkeys_06 Brute Strength

020_carving_turkeys_07 Unshakeable poise

020_carving_turkeys_08 Surprise attack

020_carving_turkeys_09 Where’s the referee

020_carving_turkeys_10 Calculating hatred

020_carving_turkeys_11 Touch of madness

020_carving_turkeys_12 Desperation

020_carving_turkeys_13 Frenzy

020_carving_turkeys_14 Gloating triumph

020_carving_turkeys_15  The winnah!

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Should you find yourself  out of writing paper or paper for your copying machine or printer and the shops have closed for the night this may come in handy -  Ted 


Making Papyrus

In ancient Egypt the papyrus plant had many uses, including the manufacture of boats, sandals and ropes. As a writing material it revolutionised human communications and culture, and after the decline of the Egyptian civilisation continued for more than 2,000 years as the most widely used writing surface in the Western world.

I. Cut away the green outer rind of the plant, and slice thin wafers of the fibrous white pitch down the length of the stem.

2. Lay the wafers alongside each other with edges overlapping. Place a second layer on top of the first, at right angles to it.

3. Hammer the papyrus flat and dry it under pressure. The plant’s own moisture contains sufficient adhesive qualities to bind the strips into a strong sheet. After drying, uneven parts can be rubbed and polished out.

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If you are lucky enough to live in an era where there are frogs you seem to have a cure for almost every illness there is right outside your front door if these old and tested remedies are anything to go by – Ted 😉072_frog_cures

To get rid of freckles, go to a brook, catch a frog and rub it on the freckles.

To cure warts rub a live frog over them, then impale it on a thorn to die.

To stop bleeding, bind the cut with linen cloths that had been dipped in
"ye green fome where frogges have their spawne
3 days before the new-moon."
(17th century, Europe)

To cure whooping cough, place a small frog in a box
tied around the afflicted person’s neck.
As the frog decays the cough will disappear.
(rural England)


-To cure a toothache, spit into a frog’s mouth,
ask it to carry the ache away, then release it.

To cure thrush, hold a live frog’s head in your mouth.
As it breathes it will draw the disease into itself.
(Cheshire, England)

The dried body of a frog worn in a silk bag around the neck
will prevent epilepsy and other fits.

Young frogs swallowed live were a remedy
for general weakness, cancer and consumption.
(Yorkshire, England)

To cure rheumatism, roast a live frog and apply it to the sore area.
(Utah, U.S.)


From “Frogs” by Gerald Donaldson published by Windward in 1980

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This part of our visitors services are for our female visitors only, but I guess you guys have a thing or two to learn here as well (who wants to be a smoother) – Ted

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Tons of sound advice for you my visitors. Read the whole booklet here

Booklet found at “Contact Sheet

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Here’s a nice man from the fire department showing us how to break down a door. Notice the two don’ts, you can’t carry much loot with a broken shoulder, and falling backwards after a failed jump kick can render you unconscious and being found in that condition on the floor in front of someone’s door when they come home from a night on the tiles can be rather embarrassing – Ted

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Since I suspect that you, my visitors, are not completely up to date when it comes to the poultry of the world here is a remedy for that deplorable fact. Study it thoroughly, tests will follow at a later point in time – Ted – Image found at “Flamingo Dancer’s Blog

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Again I bring you a service that goes out to both sexes, that is if you plan to go to Italy on your holiday in the near future. The Italian hand gestures are an important part of their communication tradition and can easily be misunderstood without proper introduction before going. Here are a few more examples, but as I wrote in chapter 1 of this particular service, a deeper study is recommended – Ted

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Try these face toning exercises devised by the Tone Salon in New York to stimulate and strengthen flabby muscles. Do them regularly slow and easy at first.

Keep your mouth unlined by this exercise. Start with your best broad smile, teeth together.
Reduce your grin one-third,
still keeping teeth together
(better practice in mirror)
Contract your lips still more
until they are quite puckered with teeth still closed.
Finish with your mouth a fat round tire, curling upper lip
For those drooping nose-to-mouth lines, blow bubbles.Try a bubble pipe, it helps.
Start with your head turned to the side, then turn slowly to front, blowing like a bellows.
Blow steadily so that you feel
your cheeks go in and out. This
is good for chin muscles.
Finish half turned with one
big puff. turn back to other side and repeat the performance.
Get after the first hint of a double chin and flabby neck. Bow your head, chin to chest.
Step No 2 is to raise your head slowly from this prayer-full pose always facing front.
Tilt your head as far back as possible so that your  throat and chest muscle are taut.
Keep your head way, way back and open your mouth as wide as if the doctor was looking for tonsils.

Back in the fifties when this article was written I guess it was  meant for women but now a days man are just as vain as women so this goes out to both sexes – Ted

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Again I bring you a service that goes out to both sexes, that is if you plan to go to Italy on your holiday in the near future. The Italian hand gestures are an important part of their communication tradition and can easily be misunderstood without proper introduction before going. Here are a few examples, but a deeper study is recommended – Ted

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Should you find yourself in a situation where travelling on a de luxe steamer is the order of the day, here’s a few does and don’ts regarding proper dress when heading for the dinner tables as put into words by Mrs Emily Post sometimes in the early twenties – Ted

On the de luxe steamers nearly every one dresses for dinner; some actually in ball dresses, which is in worst possible taste, and, like all over-dressing in public places, indicates that they have no other place to show their finery. People of position never put on formal evening dress on a steamer, not even in the à la carte restaurant, which is a feature of the de luxe steamer of size. In the dining saloon they wear afternoon house dresses—without hats—for dinner. In the restaurant they wear semi-dinner dresses. Some smart men on the ordinary steamers put on a dark sack suit for dinner after wearing country clothes all day, but in the de luxe restaurant they wear Tuxedo coats. No gentleman wears a tail-coat on shipboard under any circumstances whatsoever

From “Etiquett in Society, in Business, in Politics and at Home” By Emily Post
Published in 1922 – Found on “
Project Gutenberg

Idea for this post found on “Centuries of Advice & Advertisements

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11507_danceI continue my visitors service to day with a post that is directed to visitors of both sexes. Namely “The Castle House Suggestions For Correct Dancing”. And please do remember;
”The Turkey Trot”, “The Grizzly Bear” and “The Bunny Hug” are all ugly, ungraceful and out of fashion – Ted

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Well, as you can see, this time round we provide a little service for our male visitors. This is for those of you who still haven’t learned how to tie your bow tie properly. To remedy this deplorable fact just follow the easy instructions on the illustration above.

I must admit that I haven’t worn a bow-tie in all my life and neither do I intend to do so, I hardly wear a tie unless it is absolutely necessary – Ted

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Well, this time I guess it is more a reminder than a full service. But honestly, I hope all you people out there remember to sleep with your hands above the covers. And don’t let this image confuse you, I know it looks like the poor little tyke with his hands above the cover has a hard time going to sleep while the dirty sod with his hands stuck far under sleep the sleep of the innocent. THIS IS NOT SO!!! – Ted

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