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This makes it harder to single feed and to reach in and stealthily eject a case, but it also aides for keeping foreign objects out of the action and more importantly, it does add stiffness to the action, which is always good for accuracy. In front of the ejection port the action tapers smoothly back out into its round profile where the barrel fits into the action. On top of the action is an integral zero MOA rail for mounting a scope. The bolt has six locking lugs aligned into two rows of three which allows the bolt to have a short 60 degree bolt rotation.
The shorter rotation makes it easier to cycle the bolt, especially rapidly. The knob is actually a round hard resin not really sure what the material is type ball and it is nicely sized and easy to operate. When the bolt is closed there is a cocking indicator at the back of the bolt shroud which is a good quick indicator if the rifle is ready to fire.
The bolt is finished in polished steel on the main bolt body and black on the rest. The action is precisely machined as is the bolt which slides and cycles very smoothly as a result. One downside to the polished bolt body is that we have experienced a fair amount of flash rusting on the polished part of the bolt. The light rust always wipes away easily with a dry cloth, but a light coat of oil is needed anytime the rifle is stored for more than a day.
There is also a safety on the right side of the rear tang on the action. When that safety is pressed down it locks everything up and prevents firing the rifle as well as cycling the bolt. When the safety is pressed down, a protrusion comes down in front of the trigger inside of the trigger guard.
The trigger finger can then press that protrusion up to take the rifle off of safe. The barrel is a medium-heavy barrel that is There are 4 lands and grooves with a 1: The contour of the barrel starts off heavy and then tapers down to a more medium weight barrel. There is also a flash hider on the end of the barrel but it is more for decoration and for mounting the optional barrel band than it is for hiding flash. Be aware that it is NOT a muzzlebrake and does not reduce felt recoil.
The finish on the barrel and receiver is a matte black bluing finish that is nicely done and is deeper, or thicker, than the standard Remington SPS or other lower cost off the shelf factory rifle. Overall the rifle does have a plastic feel to it when holding the stock, but the plastic is hard and solid and I doubt it is actually a traditional plastic.
The rifle does have some weight to it, over 12 pounds without optics, and while the length of pull might be a little short, it can be addressed by adding some additional spacers to the rear of the rifle.
The bolt operates smooth and the trigger is nice. With the examination of the rifle complete, it was time to test the accuracy and see how it performs! For the shooting portions of the test we mounted a Leupold Mark 8 3. At the front of the rail there is a spot where the aforementioned barrel band attaches to. There was plenty of room with the rail to mount the scope and with the larger 35mm tube and 56mm objective; the scope did sit up more than we typically like.
The cheekpiece was then adjusted to the proper height to allow a good cheek weld. As we mentioned earlier, the adjustable cheekpiece is intended to be quick and easy, but it is a bit of a pain and it does take a little bit of effort to get to set to just where you want it.
Once it was, it remained set and firm for all the shooting sessions. The test target that shipped with the rifle had a five shot group that measured. We are not sure if Sig uses a rifle vice when firing their test groups, but it did provide a goal for us to strive for. The shooting tests were conducted during late winter so the temperatures were in the low to mid thirties and typically it was cloudy with occasional light snow, but the winds were calm during all the shooting sessions.
To test the ultimate accuracy of the rifle at yards we use a sandbag up front and a sand sock in the rear. The results are listed below. The rifle really seemed to love the Swiss P ammo with it having both the best ultimate group as well as the best average with an average group size under. Perhaps there is some connection with the European ammo combined with a European rifle! It was also nice to see the heavier gr ammo shoot very well through the rifle as well. Shooting at longer ranges resulted in continued impressive performance with the rifle maintaining the expected accuracy and when combined with the very nice Leupold Mk8 optics it was a very effective combination at all ranges within the capability of the.
Recoil was well managed with the weight of the rifle, but the flash hider is not a muzzle brake and does not reduce the felt recoil. It was good to see that the flash hider did not have any ports on the bottom that would kick up dirt and dust to give away a snipers position. For this preliminary test we did not try a suppressor and I suspect we may do so in the future. With the lighter weight barrel I fully expect the point of impact to shift considerably when a suppressor is hung on the end, but I also expect accuracy to remain excellent.
The two stage trigger is very nice and one of the highlights of the rifle. It is similar to the excellent Sako TRG triggers and can be used without problems and quiet effectively, even with gloves on.
The trigger weight is just about right for a combat oriented sniper rifle, it is not too light to be dangerous in the field, but is light enough to allow accurate shooting. The long take up on the first stage is just right and then, even through gloves, the weight and feel of the second stage is felt and is smooth. The short 60 degree bolt throw is also a nice feature and allowed for quick bolt manipulation. The single stack magazine is tall for only holding 5 rounds, but it fed without a problem during all of our tests including rapid bolt manipulation.
The cheekpiece on the rifle is not the most comfortable and on top of that, it has to be retracted down to its lowest setting in order to remove the bolt from the rifle for routine cleaning. Then the operator has to wrestle with it again to get it to the proper setting, at least, you hope it is the same as it was last time. Perhaps a little bit of nail polish or some other way to mark an indicator line on the stock where the preferred cheekpiece setting is located would be a help here. The safety on the rifle is different and unique, but it was no problem to manipulate once it was understood how it works.
Removing the bolt is also different, with the bolt handle raised; engage the safety by pushing it down, and then the bolt just slides out of the rear of the action. Of course, if the bolt is down, then the safety locks it in place.
These are all unique and different than normal operating procedures, but once learned; they are effective and work without problem. So what is the final verdict on the rifle? That is a fine question. There is no arguing with the accuracy and performance of the rifle, it shot very well with several different types of ammo and the modularity of the rifle allows for some interesting capabilities.
Supposedly one can pick up a match grade. This does allow for making in the field repairs easy as well. The rifle is comfortable, but the team would have to get used to the rifle as it comes from the factory since after market accessories such as new stock designs will probably be few and far between.
If you like the rifle as it is, then it certainly is worth taking a look at. The polished bolt does need to be oiled regularly to prevent flash rusting, but that is just a part of routine maintenance, and the documentation needs to be cleaned up and the features clarified from Sig.
The stock is adjustable so it can be made to fit just about any shooter, but the shape of the stock is a bit different and some shooters think it has an odd shooting position with a shorter than average length of pull, but we did not notice this and it is correctable with additional spacers.
So it really comes down to whether you like the rifle as is, if so, give it a shot. The SIG has a rail already attached from the factory and […]. Sig Sauer are no longer making the SSG available for No more SSG Via telephone conversation with Sig Sauer.
They said it was a German political decision. Well that is a bit of bad news! We like the SSG, very capable rifle for the money. Perhaps they will bring it back later.
Thanks for the update. That is for US market? Because I did no hear anything about new SSG in europe would would end production. Yes, seems to be for USA market only…. I thought they had plans of building them over here, but thats appears to not have happened.
Are you saying no more made in Germany or no more made period…….. So, which is it, no more SSG rifles at all, or….???? We understand that they are still being produced in Europe, but none in the USA. We are not positive on that. But without the barreled actions being imported, no joy on the USA rifles. Many of the features remind me of the Savage line of bolt action rifles; synthetic stock, adjustable triggers, free floated barrel, aluminum bedding.
The difference is in the quality of the components. Farmland Update I decided to look at buying farmland myself after doing some research, and made my first offer. My Second Farmland I bought another farm in FAQ About Being a Landlord Rental rate, investment returns, rent per acre, farmland income, lease agreement templates, everything you need to know about being a farm landlord.
I like your approach, but sounded like a whole lot of work! So, I went a different way. I was looking into their 3rd farmland fund last year debating if I should invest with them or on my own. I heard AgCapita is launching a 4th farmland fund and is currently looking for investors again.
I might look into that option in the future and participate in that fund. You definitely get what you pay for because their team appears to be quite competent. I have been looking for a way to invest in farming and was very excited to find out about AgCapita. I was then crushed, and back to having no way of investing in farmland, because I do not meet their investor criteria. Still very annoyed today. I want an investor who can invest this sum of money into any agriculture investment that would yield fruitful profit in the future.
I am ready to set up my business in Canada but I need more information about pros and cons in agriculture. I am a novice in that industry but I have read many useful researches and think that this business is very profitable. Three years ago my friend who has been living in British Columbia for 15 years took a loan to start the business.
He was recommended to go on samedayloanspayday. There he got what he was interested in. So after his business went up, I totally decided to try. Wish good luck to me! Thanks so much for sharing. Glad I came across your blog. Thanks for all the info.. The main issue is i am from India. And there will be many laws subject to me buying land out in Canada.
Waiting for ur reply. Hi Manish, thanks for the question. It is much harder for non-Canadians to buy farmland. In Alberta a foreigner can only own up to 20 acres of farmland, and in Manitoba the limit is up to 40 acres. Just keep in mind that since B. Thanks for sharing valuable information. I am going to be that guy though. The last thing career farmers need is foreign investors.
It creates problems on several levels. Never encourage it, in regards to investors from outside of the country who are not citizens. As a career farmer I want to have investors from anywhere. They would have preferred shares that have no votes and they have no names on land titles, fixed rate of return.
One of our former Sask. Set up an equipment company that leases the equipment to a farmer cheap.. A harvester company that has a new combine, grain cart and tractor, and a semi and 45 tonne trailer or two.. Only used by that farmer. Sask machinery companies have been purchased by non Canadian companies. Almost applauded by government as outside investment.. The big do not need to get any bigger..
We should have restrictions on farm sizes to a max of 20 to 25 sections.. David from NB here, really enjoying your blog. If so will it affect your income, or are you in rental contract with farmers? However certain areas within SK are hit pretty hard and some communities had to evacuate. As for my farms, yes the crops on it this year have been damaged by the excess rain.
The tenant currently farming my land should be okay as well. All farmers have government insurance so the worst case scenario for him is the government will pay him the average of what he made on that farmland in the last few years. I am a real estate agent in south western Ont. Very intriguing post — your farmland investment definitely piques my interest. Luckily for me the tenant I currently have was already renting the farm from the previous owner so I simply just renewed the lease agreement with him.
Do you have idea about this area and weather? Peace River North is fairly high up. My name is John Miller, i owned and operate a construction Company over here in my Country. However, i am seeking to make an investment with you in your Country. Are you ready for investing through my trade firm in my country Iraq for so many lucrative projects dear? I am interested, kindly write to my private mail at: Did you just buy your land blindly or having determined productivity beforehand? A color-coded map that shows the soil classification can be found near the top of my other article, which describes my first farmland purchase.
The dark grey or black area of that map narrows down my search location. Dark grey soil is usually the best because it contains a lot of loam and holds moisture well.
Dark brown region on that map is not bad either. The poorest quality land is often represented by the light brown and light grey areas. But even among dark grey soil there is varying degrees of quality. The term for categorizing land by its productivity is called the crop insurance rating. This is typically a letter, with A being the most fertile. Sometimes the description in the farmland listing on the MLS website will have this information.
For my farms I simply asked my realtor to find out more information about the land and he either asked the other realtor who listed the farms or looked it up in the matrix. I personally only look for farmland with soil quality above a crop insurance rating of G.
My current farms are F and G. The better quality land the more price per acre it will cost. To know more about land investment I think you should visit this site: I have inherited part of the family farm in Sask and the original farmer renting the land is now retiring and his son is taking over.
Do you have any suggestions on this? You can download a template of a simple cash rental agreement here. Sask farmland has and will continue to be very profitable. Just compare the price per acre there with the prices in Alberta. South Montgomery is getting a Tim Hortons, that is the Montgomery triangle.
The Golden triangle is the Montgomery triangle. Montgomery and Calgary are great. My group makes money on Sask farmland and then we invest in Montgomery Calgary. How often do you have to go out there and check things out.
What about insurance, maintaince. What if a farm building requires fixing? Do you have to pay for that? I just saw pictures taken by my real estate agent and made my decision to buy based on that and some other beneficial qualities like high crop insurance rating and absorbent soil. But the tenant that farms the land buys insurance for his crops in case of pests, flood, or other unfortunate situations.
No need to hire someone for maintenance either except if a fence breaks or something, but there are no fences on my farmland to begin with. The nice thing about direct farmland investing is you can choose to be hands on and even work together with the tenant to maximize crop production, buy granary, or silos to store crops, or buy a farm with a shed or barn already on it to house livestock if you choose. Thanks for the information, I maybe consider investing in some farmland in the future.
I gain knolege about agri land invest i farmer in india how can i by ag land. Inscechwan or manotoba i have visitor visa 10 yer. Being inclined for farmland just googled n found this blog. Great advice to consider before purchasing farmland. I bought my first quarter 6 years ago in saskatchewan.
However I will be selling my farm land now to buy a house. Just a half mile away from my place some sold for an acre this last year! Regards, Dhir Singh Mail id: Almost all the RMs have bylaws to keep the land to 80 acres packages. The exception is a city RM that will allow smaller sizes but the city would be purchasing or plans it to sub divide for city lots. I have been invested in the stock market US since and have made some great gains. I feel the bull market has run for over 6 years now and may be due for a pause anytime over the next year or so.
I am really giving serious thought to moving into Saskechewan farmland. I have cash say k; can anyone tell me how much land can I buy?
I am a Canadian citizen. If you are looking in Saskatchewan, then that amount of money can buy you a decent plot of farmland that is 1 quarter in size, or acres. Have a look at mls. For example, if you prefer to buy something around Yorkton, SK then you can check out http: As a general rule I like to deal with real estate companies that have at least some kind of brand recognition like Remax, Royal LePage, Century 21, Exit, etc.
An excellent blog and thankful for all the information. It is currently planted with Alfalfa and it comes with a ft2 house and a metal storagare barn. This propety is closer to city boundary that make its cost way high at the moment. Normally for approximately acres of Alfalfa land how much do they pay as rental? If we live in the acreage property is it advisable to stay there privately just to monitor the farming activities and at the same time cutltivate a hobby garden during summer time?
Instead of selling your current residence another option would be to use it as collateral for a HELOC and take money out that way. The financial institution that brokered my mortgage was TD. They have a product that gave me a 25 year farm loan, which is basically a mortgage.
For current interest rates you can call any branch and ask to speak with a small business lender or manager and they will answer any other relevant questions you have. The last resort for finance is Farm Credit Canada. I find their interest rate is a bit higher than the banks though. If not, try to lease it back to the owner at first. Since you live there it might worth it to ask around town. How do you manage the land and how did you do soil testing as part of due diligence before placing an offer?
But for now I basically trust that the tenant is keeping the land in good condition. My due diligence on that was pretty basic. I asked my real estate agent at the time to drive over there and inspect the soil himself. And I decided to take his word for it. Soil graded with higher letters like A and E are excellent, while lower letters like M and O usually contain less nutrients or can hold less moisture. Still interested in this. Currently am self employed building spec homes, which requires a fair amount of equity to qualify for financing.
I have heard FCC is great for agri loans. Did you meet with them ever? I live in vancouver. I have been thinking of buying agricuture land. I was told by the realtor that it to CAD acre.
I would have been keen for to dollars. I am looking to find someone to grow pulse on the land. Then he points out Eric is going bald, leading to "a million" bald jokes. He recommends a toupee. However Millicent Martin spots the difference.
Jimmie Rodgers sings Lonesome Road. Eric and Ernie are two birds, Eric waiting for eggs to hatch has "hatcher's cramp. Freddie demonstrates to the boys his 'jumping bit' before singing. With Sid and Dick, a game of pretend table tennis, Eric joins in, "you're not playing a mug.
Jimmie Rodges sings I'll Say Goodbye before everyone joins in for a camp fire sing song. Eric messes it all up so is not allowed to sing. Instead he stokes up the fire, and the whole set is smoked out.
He shows Ernie an example of his art, taken through a keyhole, "my wife has a negligee like that. In a beard, Eric presents a French play, with a lady in a fur coat, but nothing underneath. Eric of course wants to rip it off, "not yet," is the oft repeated line. This is one of their classic sketches. Eric and Ernie's dancing partner has left them, so they have to perform their routine without her. The sketch with their imaginary dancer becomes overlong.
In pigtails, Millicent Martin sings The Day The Circus Left Town, with dancers weirdly dressed as animals, then clowns, quite surreal, Dali eat your heart out, then they are acrobats, certainly imaginative. Eric is given the part of the depressed Norman, you really need to know the series to enjoy the sketch.
Rodney and Constance keep bursting into tears, not to mention depression that sweeps o'er Sid and Dick in hysterics, and though this is obvious there's a fine finish. The opening show in September starring Gracie Fields and Guy Mitchell was seen in a mere , homes. In the first quarter of the highest total of viewers for the show in one week was 11,, Then by February , with the main ITV areas operational, the show reached five million homes for the first time.
A November show saw that figure rise to 7,, The th show in April eclipsed that with a figure of 7,, homes. At that stage of the programmes had featured in the national Top Ten. Lew Grade pulled the show in , had costs spiralled too much? In it was briefly revived, without credit to Parnell, but lasted only one season. The climate of variety had changed too much. First show, top of bill are Pete and Dud October 3rd Special Guest Roy Orbison colour Autumn Larry Grayson January 6th with Englebert Humperdink.
March 24th hosted by Ted Rogers. April 14th with Sacha Distel. December 1st Ten minutes of this show were captured on film. It's enough to show the stunning size of the Palladium stage. After the opening extravaganza with dancers on several levels, on come the Kaye Sisters. Then Max Bygraves arrives on stage in a bubble car. April 13th The Tiller Girls start the entertainment with a peerless synchronised dance routine.
Enter, stage right, a beaming Tommy Trinder who stoops to pick up some litter, but no, it's one of Liberace's cast-offs. He has some topical jokes, including a complaint that there are "too many medical shows" on telly, and fantasises on what might happen if the BMA run the tv, shows like Sunday Night at the Clinic. Dick Shawn, first time on British television, has an interminably long routine, interminably unfunny too.
He's a teacher, and gives Tommy a well rehearsed and delivered reply to the query, "What do you teach? He is slightly nervous in his patter but gets a lorra laughs with huge slides of Liverpudlians as babies. Celebrities in the audience include Sylvia Sims, a footballer and two boxers. Arthur Haynes with Leslie Noyes stroll on stage complaining that they haven't been chosen to be on the bill as they do not "come from Liverpool," a phrase LN echoes repeatedly.
Mrs Haynes in the shape of Rita Webb comes on stage to er, sing, "what have you got to compare with that in Liverpool? Kenneth More enjoys a minute with JT before introducing Pete Seeger who gives us two songs, one with a very boring story.
After a nondescript dance with men in suits and diaphanous girls, here comes Frankie Howerd. He's "in a quandry," though also his confiding best, unsure what jokes to tell after Val Parnell had phoned him, "he riles easily. It's nearly flagging, but he keeps us laughing with a song accompanied by "a funny woman," With These Hands, "nobody goes to sleep while I'm on" Palladium menu.
April 10th The Tiller girls dance with four men in wheelchairs, then Bruce joins in, entering in pyjamas and a false nose. After which he talks openly and jokingly of course about his recent nose operation.
Three French acrobats are followed by an odd toast from Bruce to The Ladies, a reference in particular to some golfing friends he's to join after the show. Finally his new single Clementine. The final section of the show has the cast of The Most Happy Feller.
As there's a minute to spare, Brucie, even though he must have been dying to get away to see his golfing ladies, joins in a final chorus To ATV Variety , or to Palladium menu.
I was expecting Bruce to come on stage through the egg! But no, he enters conventionally, with talk of his holiday in the south of France. The Dior Dancers give us an avant garde crime dance. The "adorable" Beryl Reid has gone oriental, she tells "Bluce.
She finishes with a duet with Bruce. Rise Stevens sings in Italian, not a very tuneful choice, not ideal for this show. But her next is more melodious, One Night of Love, and it's in English too. Beat the Clock has a returning couple from Cambridge. After which a couple from West Wickham never even have time to play their game. Bruce returns with an Adam Faith hairstyle and jacket, "I'm all ready then. Just as well, Bruce says they're both booked for summer shows in Blackpool To Palladium menu.
December 3rd - transmitted during the Equity strike. A tour de force, clearly well scripted, but was the famous decorating scene partly improvisation? Enter Norman Wisdom with a song announcing he's in charge tonight. In protest the band leader exits, leaving Norman free to conduct. Bruce Forsyth comes on and sings and chases said conductor round the audience. Norman's attempt to tell a gag without laughing, is typical, but not him at his very best. It's impossible, he just has to laugh, and their timing is immaculate.
Strip Joker they should have called it, and even Bruce can't help laughing. The first stage scene is set to Morning by Grieg. It leads into Norman singing Me and My Imagination, and a mimed dance with invisible partners. Then the famous decorators scene, no dialogue until the end, simple effective slapstick, Norman the butt of the mess.
Beat the Clock sees Norman interrupt proceedings, it all looks a little sparse with no hostess! Norman the singer sketch, interrupted by a phone call for Bruce, the old music hall gag as Norman obeys Bruce's instructions, but it's not overdone as Bruce chats to his darling.
Norman plays three instruments, sings Wearyin for You and plays three more instruments, the last one accompanied by Brice on the accordion.
Finally number seven, percussion. Then he sings his theme song, not my favourite. There are still a couple of minutes, Bruce tells Norman. For a second he looks at Bruce, they both must have been pretty exhausted. So there's time to dance a duet, the polka and other dances. The final music, no revolving stage, except the base as the pair twirl into the curtains.
Thank goodness someone thought to preserve this one! December 10th Sadly only part one has been preserved in non standard form. It includes some pre show scenes which the Network dvd rather sadly describes as by a "warm-up man. Bruce enters prostrate on the revolving stage, exhausted after the previous Sunday's show with Norman Wisdom. But he's up for singing Getting to Know You and gets to know some of his audience in the way only Brucie can, some nice reactions proving he's the master of the impromptu interview.
He has some enjoyable reminiscing with Ray Ellington, as they pick out members of Jack Parnell's Orchestra, then they sing together a jazzed up version of The Three Bears. Time for a tap dance with his then wife Penny. Nothing if not an old fashioned song and dance act, but very charmingly put over To Palladium. JT's impressions of Hancock etc fall flat and the gags are weak too.
The pair have a better topical song, O Mr Tarbuck, then dance, proving that Sid was never one dimensional. JT talks about Cassius Clay's recent bout, and about the Christmas lights.
Famous names in the audience include Ralph Reader. A lively dance opens part three. Des O'Connor, standup comedian, gives his thoughts on Women, perhaps the best part of his act is his cheeky laugh. It certainly ain't Women's Lib. Tony Martin is the ageing top of the bill. Finally People Need People Palladium. Sunday Night at the London Palladium - 22nd March After the usual opening with The Tiller Girls, Bruce Forsyth enters, still drooling over the previous week's guest Ethel Merman- only a pity that that show isn't preserved!
BF performs some lively numbers in her honour and naughtily speculates where Ethel might have hidden her mike. Then he introduces The Trapinos, comedy acrobats, after which he apologises for calling them "The Traponis. In Beat the Clock, BF is assisted by Sally and has contestants from Goodmayes where's that near asks the compere politely , and Worcester. The final part is graced by an attractive "old street cloth" of London as Billy Russell William Cassius Russell he calls hisself performs an updated version of his classic On Behalf of the Working Classes, "five minutes," he confides to us, "then the axe drops.
Top of the bill is the awfully lively, but to me uninspiring, Spanish dancer Antonio, with Rosario. Fifteen minutes too long To Palladium. New Palladium Show September 26th First of the revamped series, introduced still by the 'Startime' theme. And now hosted by Jimmy Tarbuck, who had made his name on the old Palladium show back in October He bounces on, through a brick wall, singing, then describing his send off from Liverpool as he set off for his new job.
He also talks about the greats on previous Palladium shows, with occasional interruptions in the orchestra pit from "Hack" Jack Parnell. First guests are Peter Paul and Mary who give us three numbers, ending with the tale of Samson. Then the new feature, the unannounced special guest, here Sarah Miles, a little gauche, trying to plug her latest picture. JT ushers her along. She then introduces a trio of guests: After another dance, JT pans round the audience for interesting people.
October 24th Michael Bentine starts the show as The Great Sebastian, in a sketch clearly held over from the previous week.
Then the dancers perform a bouncy medley of Roaring Twenties numbers. Enter JT on a toy car, the latest mechanical wonder from Japan. He introduces Eleanor Toner who renders Danny Boy.
That's followed by The Fortunes with their latest hit. Topo Gigio, if you like him, is on stage, JT has an intimate chat, trying his best. The show concludes with comedian Frank Berry, then The Bachelors. After the pitched battle, out from his auto steps George Raft. Why are you over here, asks JT. Both muff a line. JT gives a few easy gangster impressions. Raft tells us that he introduced the bolero into Britain in at the Florida Club, and he proves he can still do it, albeit more slowly, pretty well done.
JT speculates on future honours for showbiz stars. David Nixon tales a tale of two ropes. Then a long card trick. Hugh Lambert and the Palladium Dancers give us a dance, simple and effectively choreographed. In between he mumbles something. He dances off at the end. Spike Milligan tops the bill. He'd made two appearances earlier on. Now he has a limerick, a song and joke about Laura, then a folk song, "they all sound the same.
November 21st JT enters to the background of a wall with graffiti including 'Tarby's back. He starts the first part of the show carrying this crown, allegedly it was left behind after the Royal Variety Performance! JT has some topical gags about the gales, and ad libs about the fun had during the ad break, having to quickly move the Parnell band down to the pits.
Then he introduces Robert Harbin illusionist though he calls him "Robin". To finish there's a medley of Cliff's four golden discs To Palladium. March 20th in colour Jimmy Tarbuck opens with a brief rendition of Pretty Woman, a foretaste of what's to come later.
It's "Mum's Day," he tells us. Then he sings and dances A Dedicated Follower of Fashion, a lively colourful number. After The Biasinis, a couple of trick cyclists, JT talks dully about his golf and then introduces Julie Rogers who sings two numbers, including My Room.
Sylvan is a "card manipulator" who performs various amazing tricks. Then JT delves into the Tarby archive with childhood memories, or is that childish? The final part opens with Celebrity Time, including Erika Remberg who is to be "the leading lady in the new Saint series" poetic licence there , plus a Parisian fashion designer. Bob Monkhouse is the first act, "nobody cares about nostalgia," he gripes.
So he does his up to date pop star routine. Tom Jones sings two numbers during the show, after which Kate thanks him admiringly, "you've got a beat.
Morecambe and Wise top the bill, also singing with Millicent Martin in their own inimitable way Moonlight Becomes You. Perhaps Mr Monkhouse was wrong, for this show was just full of olde tyme songs! Judy and Liza at the Palladium transmitted Sunday December 20th recorded Nov 15th It's slightly difficult to judge the performance, since the programme was edited from a longer show. But it does commence with wild applause and goes straight into songs, no introduction at all.
Judy sings Once in a Lifetime, and Just in Time, becoming more animated as this second song progresses. She introduces Liza who has a fine Gipsy in my Soul. Judy and Liza then perform a medley, not the most attractive versions of some of the numbers. The audience shout some requests, you can guess what, before Judy sings from Funny Face. Judy sits on the stage floor, watching Liza with the poweful Who's Sorry Now. After more requests Judy admits, "I can't learn any new ones," and sings San Francisco, now much more fresh with her appreciative audience.
Then at last, Over the Rainbow, she spends a lot of the time cajoling them to join in. Then enter Larry Grayson with his bicycle dressed as an onion seller. He sings a sultry song with his usual nice self parody. Then less happily, host Jim Dale comes on to imitate the mime art of the great Marcel, the best that can be said is that he's an acquired taste, JD that is.
Paul Anka starts his act with Flashback, a tuneless piece of morbidity, then gives us his pleasing rendition of his own song My Way, with some fine camerawork to match the song. Finally a medley, starting off inevitably with Diana. The games are tediously uninspiring, tying huge knots, then passing groceries while cooped up in a large bag.
Finally cymbals burst big balloons. After a song from Jim, there's a clever clever tap dance that looks twenty years behind the times, except for the novel use of the invisible backdrop. The top star Larry returns, with his usual asides to Jack Parnell, such as "I've got the worms. January 6th This show never got transmitted On the Network dvd is a composite that includes a recording of a Cliff Richard performance, he dressed in white and green.
What seems to be from the programme that should have been shown is Jim Dale with a topical reference to why the show wasn't put out. He reads a viewer's poem, awful, including a reference to Ted Heath, then he appeals for much such poems, surely not. Bob Monkhouse follows with a 'sermon,' including reference to the national crisis.
He does a take off of Jess Yates, with wig. Then his own up to date version of Deck of Cards, jokes aimed at contemporary artists like Jimmy Tarbuck and Des O'Connor and lots of others. The star is Englebert Humperdink, eight years on from his first Palladium performance.
Ted Rogers with a photo of Larry Grayson borrows too many of his gags. Some up to date satire on London's Third Airport, a sit-in at Essex University, plus other feeble quips. Allan Stewart gives us two outdated songs, plus oddly some impersonations, slightly excruciating.
My kindest comment is that he has a fine individual voice. The New Dolly's thus in the screen credits provide us with more traditional dancing. Better are their cycling acrobatics, distinctly different.
Ted reminds us with some gags that it's Mothers Day. Then Clodagh Rogers sings three lively numbers, two oldies plus her latest, Get Together. Second Generation again, some jaunty ragtime which could be to your taste. Top of the Bill are Mike and Bernie Winters. They look a trifle weary, perhaps explained that this is just a stop-off from Belfast en route to Germany.
They joke about the management, that "they've gone to no expense," and give us some corny holiday jokes, here's a sample: April 14th 14th April - last of the series A lively modern dance by the Second Generation for starters. Ted Rogers' introductory jokes are about Easter, the recent wild Celtic v Athletico Madrid match, about rising pterol prices 56p a gallon! To start part two Ted hands Jack Parnell a disc celebrating the sale of his ,th record. Then Nino a juggler gets good rounds of applause.
Ted gives some weak feminist jokes, "I should be that funny. The Second Generation perform a gospel song with a dance that doesn't fit at all, despite the clever visual effects.
Sacha Distel, not a raindrop in sight, is top of the bill. He gives us three typical songs, including naturally his latest single.
In between, Ted comes on, complimenting him on his great smile. Sacha asks to be taught how to tell jokes, I'm not sure if this is a great success, despite a good punchline To the Palladium menu. From to , they included Saturday Spectacular, and a mid week variety show normally named Spectacular or Startime.
Sometimes these had casts unannounced in TV Times, making research difficult. Reviews of some surviving shows: Val Parnell's Spectacular Saturday October 1st 7. The opening is a dance among huge organ pipes, vaguely churchy.
Then Ernie introduces Eric who explains he had been pumping the organ. He then prepares for the first guest, Ronnie Brody brings on the prop, but is sent off, for it is not time for the big star yet. They look a throwback to at least ten years previously. Jack Parnell is on drums for another dance. Ernie thinks Eric could be "a teenage rave" if he dresses the part. This is a prelude to Emile Ford who sings the plaintive Scarlet Ribbons.
Then the more lively Them There Eyes. Tiptoe Through The Tulips is another dance routine, harking back 30 years. Then Eric turns up wearing Emile Ford's costume, more could have been made of this.
Then with a few insults, Max Jaffa comes on, playing his violin in an even more dated number. After this, it's the cue for Eric with his own violin before Patrice Munsel sings, firstly an opera number, then That Old Black Magic, a little too tunelessly. Early Call is a Ballet for Television- well it is different, a mime of workers getting up early only to find it's Sunday. Finally it's time for the star, but, oh dear, they have forgotten his name.
Perhaps not one of director Francis Essex's most spectacular efforts. You can see why contemporary critics panned a lot of these variety shows To Spectacular Menu. Rashly he invites a gentleman in the audience to assist him- AH! Ken Morris plays the honky tonk as two girls pull his piano across the stage.
That's followed by his accompanying a dance mime in silhouette. AH asks the value of jewels in NP's shop, with an expected payoff. As the pair share a drink and swap photos, AH happily continues his criminal activity. In the second big sketch, in thick snow, AH puts up at a lonely hotel.
NP turns up but there is not room, so AH kindly offers him his room- at four times the price. They fight over bedspace and AH is expectedly irritating and NP explodes as usual. Note- entertaining is one technician who gets in camera view accidentally. Later a hand grabs away the bedside lamp, in such a hurry preparing for the finale. This is a dance with the whole cast, except AH who is watching back in the audience Spectacular Menu.
Lionel Blair and Joyce sing and dance appealingly Just in Time. The French version is the best sketch of the show, but that's not saying much for Jimmy Grafton and Alan Fell dream up an awful script unworthy of the stars, who struggle to get more than a titter. Diana sings Imagination by the fireside some nice sets in this Albert Locke production , before the most interesting sketch from our viewpoint of today.
Unfortunately Alan Wheatley can't sing at all well at the start, though he improves. The Guy Mitchell Show Sat Feb 27th There's a pleasant cabaret setting, but also evidence that Mitchell was underrehearsed and that he is no comedian. He opens with Bye Bye Blackbird then there is a long section with child prodigy violinist 14 year old Florica Remetier, who plays pieces by Kreisler, a Romanian tune and her own composition. Ventriloquist Dennis Spicer as a dummy is clever, revealing at the end "Oswald was no dummy.
Janet Ball and two partners dance to Let's Face the Music. Alma starts by singing with the credits on slides behind her. Adam Faith takes up the tune, then the other guests, emerging from large parcels on stage.
Alma sings a jazzy Night and Day, Jack Parnell's arrangement a little too obtrusive, as in one later number. The inevitable Teddy and Pearl appear, "the greatest singing act in the business," according to Alma. There are three songs with them. Bill Finch is a dancing juggler, not that impressive, but there is one section in the dark with his twinkling lighted stick that is visually appealing. Magician Don Alan clearly impresses Alma with his trickery.
Alma sings a loud version of Begin the Beguine. Then she sings an intro for twenty year old Adam Faith. Then his latest record, Lonely Pup. The couple then sit on a large globe, they explain they have changed the song so it is an irrelevant prop! The new song is I Remember it Well. Alma sings and dances with them, it's mainly that standard Cheek to Cheek. Then Alma and he sing There Once was a Man.
To finish, the stars return for a final bow. Freddie Frinton drifts in and out aimlessly between sketches, I suppose this is why there is a credit to Johnny Speight as scriptwriter, though Frinton's script of a tottering drunk writes itself, the rest could only have taken half an hour to compose. Freddie declares to Alma, "I hope I haven't been too much of a nuisance," perhaps he should have been ejected, he's given little enough chance to develop his routine To Spectacular Menu.
Stan Stennett interrupts before Anne Shelton sings. The three of them give a daft Spanish comedy number. After flirting with Jo Shelton she sings then Hughie Green chats her up. Lonnie sings out part one and sings in part two with some whistling. He reminisces and jokes with Hughie and they sing and dance with Jo. Lonnie sings a couple of numbers and then The World Outside.
The Dallas Boys then perform. Lonnie ends with Gamblin' Man Series 2: Jan 11th , last of a group of three shows. Lonnie with Chris Barber's Band. Lonnie sings 'Hard Travellin' and 'John Hardy' etc as well as one number in which the mike gives out! The scripts partly written by Trevor Peacock were dire, Lonnie would surely have been better advised to stick to what he was brilliant at. Lynn Cornell sings As Long As. An unfunny sketch with LD as a zoo keeper with Monica the Elephant who is apparently sitting on some woman.
Des O'Connor Show Des reads us some viewers' letters, alleged letters. He seeks advice how to improve his image with the teenagers, sings a duet Make Your Own Kind of Music and finally dances the Funky Chicken. Mireille Mathieu sings, then there's A Tale from the Forum: As Des aptly comments, "what a load of rubbish this is. Des sings Loneliness, and Mireille joins in, with pleasing effect. Phyllis becomes a sex symbol, or is she, according to Des, Bugs Bunny?
She has a jealous husband, bringing on a mini-farce that mostly falls flat until a good final punchline. Des sings With These Hands. Lonnie Donegan joins him to give Des some advice on his forthcoming trip to America. They sing the lively After Taxes. Johnnie Ray Sings Four shows that were made in Britain at the end of the 's. The Big Show US title: Showtime ATV attempted to make a variety show that appealed to both sides of the Atlantic, but somewhere in mid-Atlantic the show sunk.
Amongst the dross, search for a few minor gems. Give us back The London Palladium Show. T-T threads his way through the chorus line to introduce Tanya the elephant via a rather weak story, "I wish I hadn't said that. She's pretty far gone as she sings Sweet Mamma. Lunch Box This popular Midlands series started in Though it was rehearsed, it had the appearance of an impromptu performance, not amateurish but almost like the sort of show anyone could knock up.
It was surely the personality of Noele Gordon that kept it going so long, a real trouper. The opening theme was 'For a Happy. My review of apparently the only surviving Lunch Box Wednesday February 12th A cancan with three dancers, a tour de force of mediocrity in the cramped studio space. She tells us they'd only got to bed at 4. The boys weren't back until 5! NG reveals this show is being telerecorded.
But then this wasn't the best show to choose, in view of NG's earlier remarks. Lunch Box clock shows After Shopping List there's Memory Lane: Why Do I Love You? The clock shows 1. NG discreetly apologises, "well, they were very late you know last night. Some repartee suggests time needs filling out. JA Trio play Airmail Special. NG comes over to thank them, the boys can now have a lie down until their next work, on the Carrol Levis Show tonight at 10pm.
Music by the Jerry Allen Trio. You'd be right in saying that this series, built around Noele, started life as the Wednesday afternoon series The starting time varied slightly, but this series ran until January September saw the launch of Lunch Box, David Main produced some shows.
David Galbraith became a regular, starting in December It was around Christmas that Noele began hosting the programmes on Tuesdays to Thursdays, who was in charge at the start and end of the week was not stated. But when 'Teatime' was stopped at the end of January , Noele was able to be hostess on Lunch Box every day, with the length of the show reduced from This arrangement didn't last long, though the show did return to the London area at the start of for some months.
McTweedle, "he never smiles, never says a word," appeared in April and became a regular on the show for a time. Special guest for the whole week began to be announced in the spring. One of the first was to become a familiar face on the show, Eula Parker who was contracted to appear every other week April 8th to 12th , then May 27th week etc etc.
An ATV spokesman stated, "Eula produced the largest audience reaction we have had for any singer on this programme. Letters, telephone calls and viewing figures all pointed to her popularity. She was clearly the most successful singer, so we invited her to sign on. Doreen Orme March 25th week: Lynn Cristie April 15th week: Julie Dey April 22nd week: Annette Klooger April 29th week: Sheila Buxton May 20th week: Joyce Clark June 17th week: Teresa Waters th edition Thursday June 27th July 1st week: Terry Burton July 15th week: Sheila Buxton July 29th week: