50 Years Ago
The following are extracts from items which appeared in editions of the Anglo-Portuguese News in the first quarter of 1970.
10 January 1970
Film Notes: The new James Bond, George Lazenby, in “ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE” will have special interest for most of our readers as some scenes were shot in the vicinity of Lisbon. Quite a few of our ladies appeared as extras and although they are still waiting for the call of to stardom, the fun of searching for themselves on the screen will be more than enough.
Note: The BHSP is fortunate in having one of the ladies as a current member.
Prospects: The President of the Republic. H.E Rear-Admiral Américo Tomaz was in sombre mood when he broadcast his customary address to the Nation on New Year’s Day. He did not actually say: “Why do the heathen rage and the people imagine a vain thing?” but that was the substance of the introductory part of his talk. Sorrowfully he reviewed the international position which, contrary to expectation, had not changed for the better. The revolt of youth puzzled and disturbed him.
24 January 1970
Letters to the Editor includes a letter entitled “Counting Sheep” signed by J Snoresby of Estoril.
Note: Unfortunately, insomniacs are unlikely to benefit from any advice as the letter refers to the old style of counting sheep in Cumbria.
Notes and Notices –Our main feature is “Giants at Margueira” based on a Press visit to the Lisnave Shipyard South. Formerly the South Bank had an unhappy, insanitary look. Cacilhas and Almada were overgrown, tumbledown villages. Today, Almada, at least, is a prosperous “dormitory town” and if the Bridge dues were lower the whole of the Outra Banda would become “urbanised” with possibly even beaches and swimming pools.
Lisnave’s 3000 workers (North and South Yards) are not only better paid than most factory operatives in this country but their welfare, their health and their education are carefully looked after by the Company. They live under what might be described as a private form of Socialism, where the live issue of profits keeps the organisers on their toes. We are told that in the Sociology classes in Lisnave’s special school, workers are told all the benefits they are entitled to.
7 March 1970
Notes and Notices – Chamber of Commerce – 2nd Centenary of Marinha Glass Factory. Some 80 members and their guests attended a British Portuguese Chamber luncheon organized at the Royal British Club, Lisbon, on 12th February to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Stephens Brothers Glass Factory at Marinha Grande which is now known as the Fábrica-Escola de Irmãos Stephens.