Atlantean Hoard


Subject: 1970's dandruff

Posted by Heavy metal
Friday, July 06, 2001 at 17:04:38

Why don't anyone talk about Deep Purple then ey? These Roxy Poxy nutters ought to get a Jobson. " Flags aloft and Ensigns dipping, Smooooke on the Waaaater.. du-du dur, du-du du-der, du-du durrrrr, du du-dur."

Subject: Chat-police.

Posted by IT
Friday, July 06, 2001 at 16:13:19

Why is everyone getting upset? I do hate people who tell other people what to post.


Posted by Musical Dullard
Friday, July 06, 2001 at 15:28:23

Yes a stirring number.. I would have liked to have had it over a helicopter-mounted PA system.. whilst working the waist heavy MG.. a la Apocalypse Now.

Subject: East Away

Posted by Rum Type
Friday, July 06, 2001 at 15:05:31

The line 'Outward bound in morning glory, free & ready here am I' has always bothered me. Still, I suppose it was penned in more innocent times - Manzaneras guitar work on it was cracking though!!

Subject: Poxy Muzak

Posted by West away
Friday, July 06, 2001 at 15:01:39

Couldn't agree more, old frrrruity. Let's all sing the school song instead... one, two.... a one, two three.......

Subject: Mister Abel B'Stard

Posted by Rum Type
Friday, July 06, 2001 at 14:39:47

Agreed Mr. B'Stard - why don't y'all exchange e-mail addresses - then we can get back to reading/writing the BBGS related drivel that is normally posted here. There is quite a lot more I'd like to say about minor musical cults and the intelligence of their devotees, but I don't want to start a fight! (yet)

Subject: B'stard

Posted by Eno
Friday, July 06, 2001 at 14:34:09

Obviously not one of the In Crowd

Subject: B'stard

Posted by ByronF
Friday, July 06, 2001 at 14:27:06

You're just a jealous guy.


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Friday, July 06, 2001 at 14:26:16

Subject: B'stard

Posted by Dave
Friday, July 06, 2001 at 14:21:35

Hi B'stard, not too sure if there are Roxy Chat rooms drop me a line so we can talk about it

Subject: Calling all Soul Boys.

Posted by Ian T
Friday, July 06, 2001 at 14:21:27

Ignoring previous posting, here is a question for all you superannuated soul-boys. I seem to remember that one of the records regularly played at the Catholic Youth Centre (second only to Wigan Casino in the affections of many Barrovians of a certain vintage) was an instrumental called something like 'Fife Piper', and somehow I've picked up the idea that this was played by Herbie Hancock, better known amongst jazz circles. I have never found the track on Hancock CDs and a search on the lamented Napster didn't find it either. Have I got this hopelessly wrong? Anyone know the track I mean? (Not to be confused with Fyffe Piper, the B side of the Banana Boat Song).

Subject: Chat Rooms

Posted by Mister Abel B'Stard
Friday, July 06, 2001 at 13:07:56

Isn't there such a thing as chat rooms where two individuals could talk about Roxy Music to their hearts' content, without imposing a limited interest two way exchange on other visitors to the site?? I can't be bothered to scroll through the minutiae detailed below to find the nuggets that used to be posted here before. I'll crawl back under my stone now, thankyou.

Subject: Roxy Music

Posted by Paul McArthur
Thursday, July 05, 2001 at 21:01:50

Hi Dave, I'm really surprised that Franks old phonograph was capable of waking you up, you (and Frank Sr) must be a light sleeper. As I recall Byron Ferrari was also a helicopter pilot with a false leg (where did he get the imagination) when chatting up the ladies. I have a ticket for Roxy July 16th in Toronto, I will post a review and let you know how it was. Paul...

Subject: Roxy Music

Posted by Dave
Thursday, July 05, 2001 at 20:31:08

Hi Paul, I just Found out Roxy Music are playing here in Philly too, think I'll give it a miss as I have horrible nightmares of hearing the music at 3,4,5 o'clock in the monrning when I wa a kid. There was also this strange smell and smoke drifting from the the down stairs front room. This was usually followed by violent shouting between two parties one of which had a fading Liverpool accent! Could it have been the ghost of Byron Ferrari?? Anyway I hope you enjoy them when the get to Canada Dave

Subject: Roasted cat

Posted by Weak stomach
Thursday, July 05, 2001 at 17:04:22

Talking of ‘projectiles’, after that cat in the furnace story earlier, about the only thing I’ve paid attention to today is vomiting.

As for 'slashing in the right place', if my inbox isn't full of wags replying to that one tomorrow, I'll be very disappointed!


Posted by Slasher
Thursday, July 05, 2001 at 17:02:28

What is all this HTML rubbish JUST WRITE BIG.

Subject: Nabiscos

Posted by JK
Thursday, July 05, 2001 at 16:48:09

Nabiscos - haven't you just signed for Barcelona for £39m.

Anyway, this proves my point - not a word about my musical efforts, instead a cheap shot at my nickname.

Mark my words - it'll be "Sugar Puffs" next

BTW Webmeister I've finally mastered the slashing in the right place

Subject: Kellogs

Posted by Nabiscos
Thursday, July 05, 2001 at 16:37:23

You think you've got problems, matey.

Subject: Embarassing Memories

Posted by Paul McArthur
Thursday, July 05, 2001 at 16:34:05

About the only thing I paid attention to in Phil Bonds music class was the projectile blackboard eraser

Subject: Embarrassing Memories

Posted by John Keleher
Thursday, July 05, 2001 at 16:16:35

I don't mind if you talk about my farting prowess - just stop calling me Kellogs.

By the way Paul, you should have paid more attention in Phil Bond's music classes. You would have recognised a medley not dissimilar to that of the Three Tenors - only with a bit more Basso Profundo.


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Thursday, July 05, 2001 at 15:36:37

Subject: Musical accomplishments

Posted by Paul McArthur
Thursday, July 05, 2001 at 14:59:38

Nice to see Kellogs musical ability with a "wind instrument" get the publicity it deserves. As I recall it was quite the party piece although I don't remember any particular tune. I also remember spending several nights in a small cold wet tent while he practiced his craft (you had to be there !!) Frank, my mam says hello (she is here on holiday now) and stop dicking around and send me your e-mail address so we can catch up. reach me at Paul...

Subject: Dyslexia

Posted by John Keleher
Thursday, July 05, 2001 at 09:09:59

My humble apologies - I think I now understand why I did so badly at school - I explained to everyone that it must be dyslexia, but actually, I think it's down to trying to be a smart arse, and being too lazy to check that what I've done is correct before submitting it.

From now on I'll only use tags that don't need to be closed - see.

Subject: HTML Tips

Posted by Colonel Chaos
Thursday, July 05, 2001 at 08:52:42

Closing tags generally look just like the opening tag save for the presence of a slash...

Subject: Steel Works

Posted by John Keleher
Thursday, July 05, 2001 at 08:36:48

I too worked in the Steelworks during shutdown fortnight - I was an electrician's mate. I remember being disappointed that I hadn't been selected to work with the crew de-scaling the furnace - then I saw the state of them after just a couple of hours on the first day.

It was 1976, the year of the drought, and we spent most of our time sunbathing on top of a crane outside, on the pretence of refurbishing the electric motors.

I also remember being sent to the Fitters Shop for a Long Stand while my mate got on with machining brass fittings for his boat.

Subject: Careers advice

Posted by BioBiz
Thursday, July 05, 2001 at 07:27:34

I don't recall anyone suggesting engineer as a job - although Tash White allowed me to stop doing woodwork after one term as it was clear I was both a danger to myself and others around me. In fact, I recall a meeting that new pupils and their parents attended where Moonhead explained what could be expected from the school and what was expected from the pupils. At that meeting apparently oblivious of the sensitivities of the audience came out with the statement that we do not expect our boys to end up in the yard. At that time, the yard was probably the sole employer in the region all other businesses just about existed to serve the yard's employees and their familiies.

Subject: Careers advice, again

Posted by Stunted by Crab
Wednesday, July 04, 2001 at 19:33:31

I wonder if Crab now regrets having delayed the true careers of hundreds of BBGS pupils by suggesting that they should all become engineers in the Yard, even if they patently has no aptitude?

Subject: Steelworks' Demise

Posted by Paul
Wednesday, July 04, 2001 at 17:59:15

I worked for two Summers in the Steel works, and was so cherished by the staff that they kept me on for about 12 weeks as a fitter's mate - I had to carry the tool box everywhere the fitter went (including up to the gantry cranes in the furnace building!). There wasn't much in the tool box, tin snips and a lump hammer, and my other job was to take the lump hammer and hit the carefully crafted bearing until it fitted the proposed location. It's a bit of a difficult task when balanced on a single plank, 70 feet above a concrete floor with no safety rope. Safety gear was for softies and students, so I wasn't allowed any. I earned £400 in cash over the shut down fortnight - a fortune in 1980. The second summer's work was spent in the warehouse over the period during which the works were closed down, permamently. I was able to rescue inks and ledgers unused since the early 1800s - some of which I still have. Talking of Vickers' plan dawers, the night shift at the steelworks went one better, they made beds on desks and just slept in full view, either that, or climbed back over the wall, got pissed first, then slept. I also remember a psycho who worked in the furnace house with a hatred of cats, he'd stalk them all day, stick them on a shovel (especially good for whole litters of kittens) and shove them into the furnace. What fun!

Subject: "Work"

Posted by Still stunted
Wednesday, July 04, 2001 at 11:42:57

I also worked in the Yard for a year before Uni. I recall the large Plan drawers on one of the Engineering side shop floors. When the day workers arrived they would open the drawers and the night workers would clamber out having had a refreshing 8 hour sleep.

Subject: Steel and Cheese.

Posted by IT
Wednesday, July 04, 2001 at 06:00:53

I chickened out of a job at the Hoop Works when I learnt about its history of mutilations, but I ended up as a cheese-maker at Barrow dairies. You might think this was all push-buttons and stainless steel, but you would be wrong. It was heavy shovel work and it put me off cottage cheese for a long time. For some reason we made Cheshire cheese - the only difference between the white stuf and the red stuff was that we poured gallons of dye into the latter. There were gallons of sweat in the cheese as well, which is probably what gave it its unique character.


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Wednesday, July 04, 2001 at 05:51:11

Subject: Steelworks

Posted by PG
Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 23:47:04

Phil, I too spent several formative months as Steelworks with Lowden in Summer '78. Several characters who I recall - 'Billet Monster', 'Snapper' Saywell and the legendary 'Billy Swan'.

Subject: British Steel

Posted by PFW
Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 22:20:15

Yes.. I recall the delights of BS vacation work.. prime job was relining the crucible with material from the Dolomites.. with windy hammers... The hose slowly undid itself and the result was an explosion of dust and people through the access holes as we left before being clobbered with the flying hose + coupling. Digging out the casting pit was epic. Day one you hop down 12 inches to a pile of metal flakes... by the end it was a 30 foot hole with dead cats at the bottom. Magnetic mucus was the order of the day. We though we had it bad until the day we saw the gas-masked midgets coming out of the flue. And of course we had the added attraction of "Wonder Woman" working in the canteen. Yes.. a laugh a minute.. little did I realise that a year later I would be back as an employee!

Subject: Holiday Work

Posted by Ace
Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 20:27:33

Lots of the lads of my era(including myself)"worked" in Vickers.Great pay and a great experience.They reckoned in those days that Vickers carried more passengers than British Railways.I think that "they" were probably right.Personally I consider those days to have been an important part of my education.To meet and remain in contact with the likes of Jackie Spooner(now sadly deceased)was something I will never forget.

Subject: Holiday work

Posted by BioBiz
Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 17:33:27

I remember working at the Steel Works in the summer of 1977. There were about half a dozen BGS guys - the conditions were awful but the pay was pretty good because of the bonus system. Working under the mill, the silt smelt of rotten tuna fish. But once you were down there it was worth staying the whole shift - time seemed to pass quite quickly. I seem to remember it being fairly dark and wet. It was noisy too as the pumps extracting the water were pretty noisy. Working on the steel cutting machines was pretty lucrative because you got paid at the rate the machines were working at when they broke down. The idea was to work flat out at the start at two tons an hour and hope the machine - which was pre-war German - broke down within 30 minutes. because of the age of the machines spare parts were pretty scarce so the fitters used have to make new bits. And that could take most of the shift. I recall the derision directed at the lead chargehand when he picked the students to work on his team. For the first couple of days we were hopeless but as we were only there to make money and would be leaving within six weeks we were able to crank up the productivity bonuses in next to no time. Having to join the Iron & Steel Trades Confederation also provided a lot of street cred at Students' Union meetings as well as take the piss of public school trots who thought dark satanic mills was a poetic device employed by some geezer called Blake. Happy days

Subject: Holiday work

Posted by Stunted
Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 17:01:12

Did anyone else out there have a summer job clearing out the gunge from under the rolling mills at the hoop works, opposite the soccer ground? Talk about slave labour...yet I remember being paid £90 for two weeks work which was pretty good beer money back in 1975/76

Subject: Winscale

Posted by Dave
Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 14:45:27

Windscale is well know for talking bollocks...........and other strange side effects

Subject: Checked out still living

Posted by
Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 04:07:39

I got a bit closer to Windscale than Barrow as I worked there for 11 weeks in the summer of 59 in the health Physics department. I am still living and still playing soccer, but only just, both "only just" on second thoughts. I was quite impressed at the time on how seriously they took safety issues.

Subject: Checked out

Posted by Graham
Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 02:02:02

Have you noticed the large number of boys from the 1972 photo who are now sadly deceased? I counted eleven. Could this be connected to BBGS' proximity to Windscale? Sounds like an opportunity for Frank Cassidy to become the next Erin Brockovich, (minus constantly visible bra straps). Comments. Please give reasons for your answer.

Subject: BBC

Posted by Paul Parker
Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 00:10:25

I wonder HOW many unfortunates were sent to that office to the rear of the assembly hall, to utter to the inhabitant of that room that they had been sent to see "Mr Stoker..." ?? (I thought THAT was his name, for about two years...... then again, I always WAS slow!)

Subject: Typing Lessons

Posted by John Keleher
Monday, July 02, 2001 at 16:48:13

Do you remember my wife, Mary, teaching you, how to type at Furness ITeC?
She told me about her 1st day with you lot and referred to "some mouthy little git" - I wonder who that could have been?
Seriously, she always felt proud when she saw your by-line on the back page.
By the way, reference to Billy McGuirk on a previous posting reminds me that he is the one responsible for letting her know what my nick-name was, when he tried to sell her a bathroom with the immortal opening line, "Are you Mrs Kelloggs?"
Do you know what he is doing now? I assume he must have improved his sales technique if he is still in the bathroom business.

Subject: Hacks

Posted by Ian T
Monday, July 02, 2001 at 16:33:49

Judging by the number of typos in my last posting, keeping out of journalism might have been a good idea! I've just remembered another contemporary who became a hack - Tony Maguire. I remember hearing years ago that he was working on a national tabloid, but I haven't heard anything about him lately.

Subject: Gomez

Posted by Dougal
Monday, July 02, 2001 at 11:07:55

Thanks Frank for bringing my name into it.I cant remember him telling me to sprint although I must have been the slowest in the class.It's also good to hear that somone out there is actually happily married still. I thought that everybody our age was separated or divorced. Dougal

Subject: Journalism

Posted by John Keleher
Monday, July 02, 2001 at 11:03:48

Ian Having read your web pages, I think it's safe to say that Landscape Architecture's gain, is also journalism's gain ;)

Subject: More stuff

Posted by Ian T
Monday, July 02, 2001 at 10:52:48

Good to hear from you Frank. So you're a journalist - my great lost career! I used to edit the Arts pages of the student newspaper here, circa 1977, when the estimable Dave Baines was the editor and Howard Woodall was the political columnist! Barrow had Newcastle Uni sewn up in those days! I used to get to get to see all the films at the ABC and the Odeon for free and they get gin and tonics and stottie cakes in themanager's office. It makes me wonder why I chose landscape architecture for a career. Mr. Baines is a sub-ed on the Journal now and I see him from time to time. Graham... no I didn't live on Thorncliffe, but in one of the cottages opposite the Bay Horse - very convenient in the Horse's heyday. Howard Woodall, just mentioned, lived in Thorncliffe.

Subject: Chat Room

Posted by John Keleher
Monday, July 02, 2001 at 08:34:00

I didn't realise I'd stumbled onto the BBGS chat room

- just be careful boys and girls -

I hope you're all getting the moral of the story in Coronation Street. If someone suggests that you meet, remember to take a responsible adult with you.

Subject: Ciaran thanks

Posted by Steve Pick
Monday, July 02, 2001 at 02:53:05

Ciaran thanks for mentioning me to Geoff. He is further along the path of life than me having grandchildren to pick up from school.

Subject: Usual suspects

Posted by Graham
Sunday, July 01, 2001 at 20:26:10

Ian Chisnall is head of a school in Lancashire, I know, <>and a media broadcaster in his spare time << I once heard him reporting on a Blackpool FC game for BBC Lancashire!>. Steve Johnson is doing well operating pubs in town < The Hartington on Duke St>... who were the others John Spoor, Ray Illingworth, Phil Kelly, Japhead, Dave Holmes, Ian Tate, and many others. When is the next BBGS re-union?

Subject: "Ivor" Stubbings

Posted by Uri Gagarin
Sunday, July 01, 2001 at 19:47:22

He also taught Russian with varying degrees of success...

Subject: Fish and Roger Stubbings

Posted by Neil
Sunday, July 01, 2001 at 18:34:09

I have just returned from a fishless fishing week in Ireland with Brad Fleet (another 1969-1976'er, now head of Planning and Building Control at Kennet & Avon District Council) to wonder at the phenomenal number of postings over the past week. Coincidental to the fishing trip I received in the post an old newspaper cutting from the Evening Mail of my 1970's fishing exploits, dated Feb 27 1974..... Frank C, is it possible to get a copy of the original photo from the Archives? Roger "Ivor" Stubbings sent the cutting and you may recall that he taught French at BBGS during the 1970's before becoming a Methodist Minister. I did wonder why Roger was keeping photos of pupils(!) but he is a very genuine bloke, even if he was mercilessly lampooned whilst teaching (not, however, as intensively as Fifi Faulkner).

Subject: trivia

Posted by cassidy
Saturday, June 30, 2001 at 21:58:02

Dear top mod, I'm here on Barrow Island, sky is overcast, threatening rain. Raggy-arsed people are battling with the shite-hawks for scraps out of chip papers and Los Angeles is something some of us only see on TV. Still, we try to keep a stiff upper-lip. Some of us (sob) are fed and watered only on our memories (pass the onion)and the highlight for many is a trip to Asda on a Sunday afternoon. I don't know Jeff Graham, but Phil Docker was in the year above me. I believe he is a banker. Give me the names of those who were with you in the sixth form, and I'll tell you what I know of their present circumstances. Ian Chisnall is head of a school in Lancashire, I know, and a media broadcaster in his spare time. Steve Johnson is doing well operating pubs in town ... who were the others?

Subject: More trivia

Posted by Graham
Saturday, June 30, 2001 at 21:20:57

Yes I'm here in Manhattan Beach, south bay of Los Angeles, another gorgeous day, mid 70's, tanned bikini clad girls palying volley ball by the pier, Baywatch shooting round the corner, slight breeze rustling the palm trees, sounds like Biggar Bank! Are you in touch with Jeff Graham? Did you know Philip Docker?

Subject: amazing

Posted by cassidy
Saturday, June 30, 2001 at 21:15:40

Dear Graham, (Still laughing at your last message) I don't know Mark Walker, but Craven House is in line for a major refurbishment to be completed by Christmas, following a fire in the building last September. I will pass the bit on about the software company to the Mail's business correspondent John Simpson who could do a piece. Are you in California at the moment, mod king? Regards, Frank.

Subject: Amazing

Posted by Graham
Saturday, June 30, 2001 at 20:45:26

Yes I was also amazed how active this board seems to be, albeit within a fairly small group of people. Frank you must know my cousin Mark Walker, founder of 3SL, Barrow's (only?) international software company, operating out of world headquarters in Craven House? Rather strange all this clinging on to the past, I'm sure a psychologist would write a thesis on the subject. Ian Thompson did you live in Thorncliffe Rd? I knew Mel Gibson had a "bottom double" but didn't realise he had a dental director

Subject: drivel

Posted by cassidy
Saturday, June 30, 2001 at 19:33:02

Tommo! So nice to hear you are doing so well, buddy. Kind regards, Frank.

Subject: drivel

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Subject: Drivel

Posted by Bashful Ian Thompson
Saturday, June 30, 2001 at 13:57:58

No one had much to do on Friday June 29th then? I've never known this site so busy.'s strange that I told Frank that yopu were a scientist.. because I don't actually recognise your name. If you were in Japhead's year you must have been ahead of me. II didn't marry a Peruvian, but I did marry the daughter of an Istanbul dentist. Her brother is also a dentist fills the teeth of movie stars in Beverley Hills (well not quite.. he's a professor at UCLA and has been stand by when Mel Gibson's regular tooth doctor is on holiday). Incidentally the Turkish for dentist is 'disci' which means 'tooth-seller'.

Subject: mod king

Posted by frankcassidy
Friday, June 29, 2001 at 23:21:21

what about that for a split infinitive! fred gallimore would have pinned me to the gate.

Subject: barrovianabroad

Posted by trivia follow-up
Friday, June 29, 2001 at 23:19:16

Graham, There are so many things to say about all the the time that has gone by and all the things that have happened to the people who have one thing in common on this site - we each once wore the bee and arrow badge. I could give you my old email address, but it's flooded with messages and i need to clear it all up soon. Also, this kit is generally poor and we need a major upgrade. This may happen this coming weekend (you wouldn't go out on the Li if it needed a major de-coke, would you?) I will stay on line for another half hour in this fashion anyway, if you want to chip (no pun intended) in! Yours, Frank.

Subject: More trivia

Posted by Graham Shereston
Friday, June 29, 2001 at 21:36:18

Frank, what is your direct email address? and who is Ian Thompson?? Anyway I didn't become a scientist, I sold software for many years, ended up MD of a Xerox division before getting transferred to the US, now run my own Exec recruitment firm in Los Angeles. Seems like I spent most of my adult life staying as far away from Barrow as possible! Also lived in Australia at one point which is where I met my gorgeous Peruvian born wife, mother to my 2 perfect teenage children! Am I the only ex BGS boy to marry a Peruvian?

Subject: gomez

Posted by frankcassidy
Friday, June 29, 2001 at 21:20:10

Ace, Do you not remember: "Sprint. "Sprint to me (anyone's name who was singled out at the time). eg "Sprint to me, Cooper, or you'll be sprinting after school" The showers bit is also correct, Ace. Does "I want to see all you backs wet" ring any bells? Pissed wet through (needlessly) and itchy, because we didn't have time to dry ourselves and having been forced to pull on our woolly jumpers at speed, we all trooped off to double whatever. I think it has stayed in a few people's minds. But, on the whole, they were great days, and I think of them often. Frank.

Subject: gomez

Posted by frankcassidy
Friday, June 29, 2001 at 21:09:11

Subject: verse

Posted by blackfriar
Friday, June 29, 2001 at 21:06:22

OK, here's a Limerick, which Billy McGuirk once wrote on the inside of a bog door at BBGS with felt-pen circa 1971. From the depths of a crypt at St Giles Came a scream that was heard for ten miles Oh goodness! Oh gracious! Cried brother Ignatius I forgot that the bishop had piles. Proud of his work, McGuirk was dismayed when he heard Cash had gone ballistic and ordered Breed'em Benn to wash it off. Billy then wrote some fairly inflammatory (and with distance, unkind) remarks about the kindly schooltaker along the lines of 'Breed'em Benn is a ....' on the same toilet door a bit later. One Monday morning, congregating in the same area, Billy said they had also been removed, and steeled himself to put it right. Deep carving followed, via Billy's penknife and the words: 'Breed'em Benn is a .... and I bet you can't rub this off', were gouged deep into the woodwork. Enter Breed'em with a an electric sander and plenty of time on his hands. Billy knew when he was beaten and no more carving ensued, but I have it heard whispered that some of Breed'em's 25 bottles of milk outside his house (quarter of a pint for each of his kids) disappeared by way of retribution. Zorro. Cash went ballistic and ordered Breedem Benn to remove it, which

Subject: Bernard Eales

Posted by Ace
Friday, June 29, 2001 at 20:53:43

Thanks Frank,good to know that the old boy is still alive.Any idea how old he is now?I know what you mean about the "sprinting",he always had that effect on me.My abiding memory of him was the first time he "showed us how to shower" after our 1st gym lesson.As 11 year olds this was probably(certainly in my case)the 1st time we had ever showered communally.Very embarrassing but Bernard seemed to enjoy it.This was in the old gym,extremely small,probably before your time,and nothing like it's subsequent replacement in the new(well new then)extension.Cheers,mate.

Subject: top mod

Posted by frank cassidy
Friday, June 29, 2001 at 20:21:18

Graham, I was in Stalag Park Drive from 69-74. Now I'm 43 and sub-editor on the Evening Mail where I have worked for 20 marvellous (just kidding) years. Married to Carmel, three kids. I was an under-age wannabe mod with a rusty bike and about fourpence in my Post Office bank account (no change there, then) when you, Japhead and the rest of the parka-clad crew used to glide by. I remember you wore glasses, and I think I asked Ian Thompson about you, and he said you were a scientist. Give us a shout. Frank.

Subject: Contact

Posted by Brotherly Love
Friday, June 29, 2001 at 20:05:18

For anyone interested especially ciaran, Frank and I have spoken and mused at the many splended submissions on this web site. Hats all to all concerned. It really is a funny site there are definately some potential writers (and I don't mean the local rag) in here. Barrow has a wit unmatched methinks

Subject: soul night

Posted by frankcassidy
Friday, June 29, 2001 at 20:03:51

To: Brian McBride, Pretty good night on Saturday, bro. See you later, Frank.

Subject: Scooter boy

Posted by Graham
Friday, June 29, 2001 at 19:45:30

Yes I was a "top mod"! Wish I still had that scooter. It was a Lambretta Li150, converted to 175cc of throbbing untamed power. I resprayed it a deep metallic green and of course decorated it with numerous mirrors, lights racks, a backrest and the obligatory megaphone exhaust. Looked like a Christmas tree on wheels Tom McMellan had a feeble Li125 and Phil Crompton (aka Japhead) later got an SX200 - spoiled brat. Making me tearful just describing that scooter! Send info on my cronies when you can, what years were you at BGS?

Subject: frank

Posted by dave
Friday, June 29, 2001 at 19:22:43

Get off the pc frank so I can call you

Subject: shereston

Posted by frank cassidy
Friday, June 29, 2001 at 19:17:16

Dear Graham, That was some scooter you had. The envy of all the fags - and by that I do mean first-year pupils. Many of the people you mention are still about, and I will send more later. FC

Subject: Frank?

Posted by dave
Friday, June 29, 2001 at 19:15:20

Is that really you ,, my brother

Subject: kellogs/fosbury

Posted by frank cassidy 69-74
Friday, June 29, 2001 at 18:58:49

Dear John, If memory serves, I actually sailed under the bar before nearly breaking the said back. Yours, aye, Francisco.

Subject: bernard eales

Posted by frank cassidy 69-74
Friday, June 29, 2001 at 18:51:24

dear ace, Slippery hasn't yet made it to the gym in the sky, oh no, noooo. I saw him last week while I was walking out of Tesco in Hindpool Road and he was en-route to the cash machine. I instinctively burst into a brief sprint towards my car before pulling myself together. In fact he looks in pretty good nick. Regards, Frank Cassidy.

Subject: David Cassidys'Singing Career

Posted by Dave
Friday, June 29, 2001 at 18:23:13

Ciaran, sorry i forgot to answer the part about my singing career. Sadly it was a boom and bust thing. 'I think I love you ' was a big hit on both sides of the pond and has been used in many commercials here in the usa. I had a spell in Vegas with my Fx show and tried to make a comeback 2 years ago but sadly its just not there anymore. SO David Casidy is now another washed up memory.... but the name still helps me get the women, plus the accent ( yes even a modest looking fellow like me from Dog shit Island) sounds exotic accent to these yanks. Of course a bit of Cassidy BS always goes along way.. What you didn't think Frank had it all....? Did you?

Subject: "My harp's in the wash"

Posted by St Peter
Friday, June 29, 2001 at 17:01:48

I think reports of Gomez's demise may be a confusion.

Subject: Bernard Eales

Posted by Ace
Friday, June 29, 2001 at 16:47:40

Personally I thought Bernard Eales was O.K.Does anyone know when he went to that great gym in the sky?Many great characters in those days,Slasher Hawkins and Titch Heywood to name but two,and who could forget Dolly Loten,"Claude"and Jack Spry.They don't make 'em like that anymore.

Subject: Thanks John

Posted by Dave
Friday, June 29, 2001 at 16:33:26

Ok John, I will pass it on, I don't want to post his e-mail as I think it might be a work one any you know the "rum uns' this page attracts Cheers Dave

Subject: Musical Youth

Posted by John Keleher
Friday, June 29, 2001 at 15:25:07

Oh bugger, I thought all that was in the dim and distant past. It's bad enough to have to admit to being called Kelloggs.
No doubt Paul is referring to one of our ill-fated camping trips with Frank, Paul Bispham, and Norman Cloake.

It could be the one where we melted a frame tent we had borrowed, got bombed out by 2 girls in a caravan, and were then kicked off the campsite - all on the first day, or the one where we travelled to Newquay in Cornwall by train, but our tent, which had been sent Red Star, was in St Austell.
BTW, it would be great to get in touch with Paul again, my email address is

Subject: Teryy Cassette

Posted by Dave
Friday, June 29, 2001 at 15:16:11

Steve Ahearn( AKA age concern ahearn) told me that his wedding card was signed by Terry thus "Soul Master TC defender of the faith, keeper of the keys of Harlem" Now there's one Vickers Storeman with an imagination...( "and that")

Subject: David Cassidy

Posted by Dave Cassidy
Friday, June 29, 2001 at 15:09:32

Ciaran, thanks for the family advice after all 'happiness is only a phone call away" now I have all these "goodies" on Frank. After years of growing up with my "big" (oh the irony) brother ripping me up for arse paper, these stories are going to make that first call so much easier. By the way Kellogs I had an e-mail from Paul McArthur (now in Canada) this week he asked how he could get in touch with you as he wanted to share some laughs and memories. He spoke of your amazing abilities to fart a tune at will and other great skills that were not awarded house points Ps Frank and I are best mates really, but our love for each other could improve if only i had some more stories.... now where would i go for those..................?


Posted by
Friday, June 29, 2001 at 13:55:12

I can only apoligise - but, in my defence, I'm sure you will agree that anyone can be excused getting carried away by the wit and sophistication of my Noel Coward-like response.

Subject: Unanimous.. etc

Posted by PFW
Friday, June 29, 2001 at 12:20:58

I can't understand why an oblique reference to "unanimous loathing" resulted in a flurry of posts concerning "Big" Ron?
p.s. It is nice to enjoy the varied presentations resulting from the use of HTML tags.. but don't forget the closing ones.. I lack the skill to detect and correct these oversights...


Posted by
Friday, June 29, 2001 at 12:11:41

I don't know much about "Puppy Love" - but I've certainly been out with a few dogs.

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Subject: Frank's Flops

Posted by John Keleher
Friday, June 29, 2001 at 12:06:57

Did I say it was 1968? All I said was that it was after the '68 Olympics.

Subject: Frankie and David Cassidy

Posted by Ciaran
Friday, June 29, 2001 at 12:02:36

Come on now Dave the poor lad is getting enough stick here, Phone your mam, get Frank's Number and make that call. He must have an email account at "the Mail", perhaps everyone could bombard him with good wishes direct. PS, How's the Career? Donny Osmond is making a bit of a come back over here on the box at the moment and I'll bet even the most hardened Prog Rockers or northern Soul guy's know all the words to Puppy Love. Daydreamer wasn't a patch on it!! Did you have any other hits???

Subject: Frank's flops

Posted by Troll
Friday, June 29, 2001 at 11:47:33

Now that this board has descended once again from the highbrow cosmic drivel of late to some basic reminiscence, I have to toss in the usual dose of cynicism and ask how old Frank was in 1968. If my ancient grey matter serves me well, Frank was a 1969 entrant. P.S.Interesting how the stories of approx 12 months ago about the person known as "Big" Ron are back with different correspondents.

Subject: Fosbury

Posted by PFW
Friday, June 29, 2001 at 09:12:16

Ah.. this probably explains why when I attempted it some years later (safely onto a nice mattress) I was awarded the dreaded "infinite laps".

Subject: Frank Cassidy

Posted by John Keleher
Friday, June 29, 2001 at 08:19:29

One of Frank Cassidy's greatest claims to fame, was that he was the first BBGS pupil to attempt the Fosbury Flop High jump technique.

The Straddle and Western Roll had been instilled in us as the latest and greatest styles by Gomez. Then, after the Olympics in '68, Frank turned out for House Points, inspired by Dick Fosbury, tried out this new technique.

Unfortunately no one told him that the difference between the Olympic Games and BBGS was that in Barrow, you landed in a rock hard sand pit. He nearly broke his back. Gomez was apopleptic. Oh how we laughed.

Subject: The Fifi Flyer

Posted by "Barnaby" Warburton
Friday, June 29, 2001 at 00:58:02

I stupidly joined the BBGS 3rd Scout Troop in my first year (1975) - all my mates were in the 18th. It was an extremely uneventful time except for the night we were asked to design paper aeroplanes. When we'd finished, the Scout Master, Mr Faulkner (aka Fifi) had the troop (all five of us) test the planes in a trial. The first two entries Pete Dawson's "Concorde" and "Lightning (my own feeble attempt) were nothing to write home about but the third (Andrew Savage's) flew from one end of the gym to the other. "Splendid", said Faulkner, "and what is the name of your plane, Andrew?". Savage thought for a moment and announced "The Fifi Flyer". Faulkner chased him all over the school that Friday Night. I got a free transfer to the 18th shortly afterwards.

Subject: 1964-1971

Posted by Beef
Friday, June 29, 2001 at 00:44:38

Anyone remember me, Graham (Beef) Shereston, now residing in sunny Manhattan Beach, California? Or any other cohorts from my era, like Ian Chisnall, Steve Johnson, John Spoor, Reay Illingworth, Gary Russell, John Hackett, Paul Casson, Phil Crompton, Keith Grafton, Wilf Pickthall? Where are they now? I have a school photo taken in summer of 1965, how can I get it posted on the website?

Subject: Living Dead

Posted by Ern
Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 19:39:53

Dear Messrs. Burke & Hare It was the erstwhile Mr. Horrocks that I was referring to when I used the phrase 'popped his clogs'. As for Gomez - hey! get in the queue!

Subject: bernie eales r.i.p.

Posted by burke and hare
Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 16:44:26

I hadn't realised until Ern's message that Bernie Eales was no longer of this earth. Where is the grave please?

Subject: My Brother Frank

Posted by Dave
Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 16:41:59

it would seem that more people here are in touch with my brother "frank Cassidy" aka Byron Ferrari (thanks for that one Brian I promise I will not take the piss out of him for that and encourage everyone here not to either) than I am. If you see him will you let him know that I know live in the USA ( for the past7 yrs) and he can get my phone number from Mam Thanks


Posted by erasmus
Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 16:36:03

Down? I don't think so...


Posted by Ern
Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 16:11:18

Is ERASMUS down?


Posted by Whoops
Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 14:44:39

I rather fancy 'The Can-Can' would be a suitable tune for such an act - especially when inflating the buttocks!

Subject: Individually Honed Grudges & Self Censorship

Posted by Ern
Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 14:34:36

That Bernard Eales was a **** for one - Horrocks never actually physically attacked me (probably because I had a bit of a reputation for fighting back)but ALL of the people that I am in touch with who were taught by him despise him still - even though he's popped his clogs! Says something I suppose, but what? Bitter & twisted teachers beget bitter and twisted students? Hey, chill out dudes - it was all nearly 30 years ago - might I suggest a little more vegetable matter in your recreational stimulants?

Subject: Jejune

Posted by
Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 14:08:12

The video of Memay, Jejune and Jejuly entitled "The Right Time of the Month" is available at

Subject: Mad Monk Frankie B

Posted by Phil
Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 13:31:46

I had Frankie B for maths for a while and apart from lacking in humour somewhat, thought he was OK. Wasn't Mad Mal Hisom colour blind?

Subject: Frankie B

Posted by Ciaran
Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 13:29:36

I never had the guy for one lesson though he did nearly strangle me once, in the 3rd year I think, outside the staff room. I was innocently walking past when he suddenly came out the door and lunged at me. I had deserved it however as apparently, I had been taking the piss out of/terrorising his son earlier in the day and was caught out by the none regulation shirt I was wearing at the time which the poor lad had obviously described to his dad.. Still remember it, huge collars and imprints of ships on it. If young bispham is looking in I humbly apologise for my actions. It was a cool shirt though and I really thought it went with my two tone pants and multicoloured platforms!!

Subject: D-d-dirty mind

Posted by Steve Naive
Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 12:09:28

This b-bird of yours, this Jejune... is that the same one that comes between M-may and Ju-july? (If so, you couldn’t video that for me, could you?)

Subject: Big Ron and Mad Frank

Posted by John Keleher
Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 11:22:22

What came to be known as "whirring" by Ron Horrocks was a regular feature of our Chemistry lessons. It was the highlight of our lab sessions, much looked forward to - so long as you weren't the recipient.

I won't have a word said against Frankie B after an introductory year with Gomez, and 3.5 years of Ma Smith, My grade 3 O-level was down purely to the fact that I had Frank for the last term and a half of the 5th Form.

Subject: unanimous loathing

Posted by Morris Minor
Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 11:03:40

I can remember a time when Big Ron Horrocks was having difficulty explaining something to the class in general and he isolated one poor individual in particular who had more trouble than most of us with chemistry. His final resort to impart his knowledge involved grabbing a large handfull of this unfortunate's hair (it was 1970's and long locks were "in") and rythmically banging, with great force, the head onto the workbench as he reiterated the point. Even in those days we knew he'd gone beyond the pale.

Subject: Frank (and earnest)

Posted by Strobes
Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 22:29:19

Well you know I can only think of two members of the august staff for whom there is almost unanimous loathing (certainly for one of them) ... suitable humourous submissions welcome.. Poor old Frank had at least one rousing huzzah.. and the term "git" may thus be felt to be a little unreasonable. There must be many individually honed grudges etc.. I suppose the occasional anonymous "X was a git" message could be considered the raisins in the Garibaldi? At the same time why should it be broadcast on my dime? Take out an ad in the personal column.


Posted by
Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 21:46:03

She's my b'bird

Subject: Editor of this Board

Posted by Barra Lad
Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 21:08:07

Ta Mr. Editor(you still haven't said who you are,but then neither have I)for your explanation.I understand now why Ace's remarks re Frank Bispham were removed.I've got to say however that I agree with Ace!

Subject: jejune

Posted by Cookie
Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 20:37:35

Who's jejune?

Subject: Head-Banging

Posted by Brian McBride
Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 11:57:36

Van der Graaf Generator ... I guess that brings us full circle back to Mal Hisom's physics lessons. I'll always remember Mal having trouble getting the thing to work during a practical and sticking his hand between the two metal balls and having several thousand volts momentarily ship him to another world. Mal was heard to say "Oh, Dear!" or something of that nature. Still, that wasn't anywhere near as good as the fun we had in the Chemistry lab. Sitting on the back bench, Junior Wilson and I detached the bunsen burner and, with several deep breaths blew against the flow of gas while Ron Horrocks was cooking something in a vessel (Sodium rocks fizzing uncontrollably in some unfriendly solution always seemed to grab pupils' attention). Needless to say the flame on Ron's bunsen became irregular and Ray Litmus was summoned to explain himself. Ray would stay a while testing that everything was OK, only for the same thing to happen once he'd left. I don't recollect we were ever rumbled and it became a regular feature as long queasiness didn't take over. Just as well we weren't smokers nipping off to the bikesheds after the lesson, otherwise we would most likely go up in flames on the first drag.

Subject: Air guitar

Posted by GregP
Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 11:31:23

Air guitar is basically just invisible guitar ‘held’ while ‘practising’ in front of the bedroom mirror, or if in public only while, um... ‘dancing’ to, say, ‘Caroline’ by Status Quo. Check out ‘Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ for fine filmic examples of air guitar playing (though the soundtrack does make little high pitched ‘weedly-weedly’ sounds from real guitars in these instances).

The advantages of headbanging to heavy metal (or later, pogoing to punk) were manifest to those such as myself who even at the age of fifteen were afflicted by ‘middle aged white men dancing at wedding reception’ syndrome; stiff, stilted and lacking even a rudimentary sense of rhythm. That is, these dances were cretinously simple when you were p*ssed.

But enough Northern Soul already! ;-) Any prog rockers out there have any reminiscences about old Amon Duul II albums? Tonto’s Expanding Headband? Van der Graaf Generator? I preferred the more laid back stuff myself. First America album, anyone? No, I thought not.

Subject: Prog Rock

Posted by Brian McBride
Wednesday, June 27, 2001 at 10:30:32

As someone who was always more interested in the mysteries of how sound emanated from those tiny little grooves in 7" vinyl, as well as my need to maintain a well-manicured blow wave while performing back-drops, it always intrigued me as to what pleasure was to be gained from convulsively jerking one's torso backwards and forwards to heavy metal with thumbs tucked into skin tight hipsters. That probably explains my need to ask the question: What is an air guitar?

Subject: question

Posted by Barra Lad
Tuesday, June 26, 2001 at 23:42:03

Who edits this message board?
Well edit perhaps is a bit strong.. but I do tend to take a hand using the following criteria
  • I can be bothered
  • Content is libellous
  • Gratuitously offensive
  • Unfunny
  • Uninformative, irrelevant or embarassingly jejune

But hey.. anything else goes...

Subject: Prog rock

Posted by Cookie
Tuesday, June 26, 2001 at 21:30:30

Seem to remember that Refugee were the band in question and that the singer was reputed to suffer from epilepsy hence his sudden departure from the stage didn't suprise the rest of the band. Also if memory serves me right they did a blinding version of spoonfull, accompanied by several hundred air guitarists...

Subject: Steve Pick's friends an soul

Posted by Ciaran
Tuesday, June 26, 2001 at 17:17:41

Steve , I was talking to Geoff Thompson last week as I was picking up my daughter from school and he was picking up his grand daughter. He asked me to pass on his regards. Amazingly he has hardly changed from the photo. Sadly he doesn't know one end of a PC from another so don't expect a posting. On the soul front I'm also a collector of double CD's as I was far to tight to buy the singles. One features the legendary Northern soul act Chapter 5 from Barrow singing "You can't mean it" the kids love the music but still can't convert my wife.

Subject: Soul Man

Posted by IT
Tuesday, June 26, 2001 at 11:36:24

Happy Days. I think I sold all my soul singles to Bob Ferguson (at one time Nairobi's top jock!) for half a crown. I've always regretted that, but at least you now can buy cheap double CDs with many of the best tracks. For years I tried to get hold of a single called 'Make Me Yours' by Betty Swann (sp?). I discovered Napster about a week before the court case that closed it down and there was Betty! Incidentally Brian, I'm not the webmaster, though I am bashful. And hello John... I remember you well, but only as Kelloggs!

Subject: Cash's Moped

Posted by Brian McBride
Tuesday, June 26, 2001 at 11:00:22

Sounds like one hell of a fart to me!

Subject: Cash's Moped

Posted by Phil
Tuesday, June 26, 2001 at 10:36:49

Anyone recall Cash's moped and his appearance in the Evening Mail because of it? I think it was a Mobylette and managed to drive into the back of a car on Rampside Road. This earned him a fine and endorsement for driving without due care and attention. Think he blamed wind for it....

Subject: Northern Soul

Posted by John Keleher
Monday, June 25, 2001 at 12:03:22

I recall regularly meeting Ian and Bob on Thursday nights as they made the long walk home from the Penny Farthing. As for Frank Cassidy - his musical tastes were very fickle, on our journeys to the night clubs around the North West, he used to introduce himself to women as "Byron Ferrari", and started smoking some horrendous menthol cigarettes because Bryan Ferry smoked them.

Subject: Northern Soul

Posted by Brian McBride
Monday, June 25, 2001 at 08:37:38

I was only speaking to Frank Cassidy on Saturday night at Barrow Cricket Club at the aforementioned N/Soul charity event at Barrow Cricket Club. So many familiar "soulie" faces there from years gone by. With 5 DJs, over 200 were there and twice as many tickets could have been sold. The music will never die with fanatics like that. Presumably, you refer to Roadrunner's members as being Andy Craig (later to become a TV personality on "Sporting Triangles"), not "Crane" (who was a presenter on Children's BBC!) And, yes, the IT you mentioned was none other other than the bashful webmaster himself. I, too, become involved with Roadrunner between 1974 and 1976 when Bob Ferguson and I started up the very successful British Legion soul nights where we extorted the public for 10p admission each Wednesday night and managed, incredibly, to entice top Wigan Casino DJ Richard Searling - who still has a regular radio slot on Jazz FM 100.4 each Sunday 11am-1pm - to be our guest one week. Even more amazing is the fact that Terry Cassette, who was referred to on Friday, showed me his original Legion admission ticket for the event from 26 years ago. Bob and I packed up our jobs with NatWest to become professional DJs for 3 to 4 years travelling through Scandinavia, the Middle East, Kenya and Singapore. I still keep in contact with Bob who now lives in Stoke (obviously the pull of the old Torch all-nighter remains with him today even if it is now a car park!).

Subject: Northern Soul

Posted by John Keleher
Sunday, June 24, 2001 at 20:53:47

Brian - I too was a devotee of Northern Soul - although, I had to keep it quiet at school. I attended the first all-nighter at Maxims and occasionally got the train to Wigan on a Saturday night, to hit the Casino. I used to go with Frank Cassidy, Paul Bispham and Paul McArthur, all former inmates at BBGS. I guess, the best local disco was the Roadrunner Disco run by guys a couple of years older than me - Andy Crane, Ian Thompson, and ? Ferguson. They were usually to be found at St Perrans, and the Memorial hall in Hawcoat.

Subject: Electric Shock

Posted by Ozzy WasBorn
Friday, June 22, 2001 at 22:18:23

..... Had the electric-shock incident occurred at the RAFA Club, I could have found it to be understandable; They apparently have a history of dodgy electrics in their (AHEM!) Practice Rooms........ (Wiring last checked using equipment borrowed from Vickers-Armstrongs when it wasn't needed on the Airships.) ........Perhaps this is why most local bands end up with very spiky hairdos???

Subject: Progressive Rockers

Posted by Brian McBride
Friday, June 22, 2001 at 16:14:03

Greg, I think you're right. There was obviously some undecipherable message behind the metallic eardrum-busting guitar riffs that couldn't quite win me over to that culture. My long-lasting memory of such music was when as 5th formers, a few of us managed to get past the door to the annual 6th form dance. Some local outfit were performing and the stage in the assembly hall was neatly arranged with boxes of flowers around the edges of the stage. Unbeknown to the lead singer who was juggling the microphone stand like a majorette, the boxes were overhanging the stage as opposed to resting on them. He thought it would be good fun to stand on one of the boxes while gyrating and clutching his nuts to Black Sabbath's "Paranoid". Sadly, he disappeared into the cheap seats suffering a dislocated shoulder, but the remainder of the band (presumably having lost their hearing) didn't miss his vocals. I also remember a story told to me by my uncle of a wedding at which he was a guest at the Duke of Edinburgh when some rocker grabbed the microphone and seemed to be performing a Status Quo-type headbanging routine until someone realised the poor chap was trying to get rid of the mike after suffering an electrical shock.

Subject: Not quite Northern soul

Posted by GregP
Friday, June 22, 2001 at 15:53:10

Sorry Brian, obviously can’t speak for everyone, but past messages seem to betray a disproportion of unreconstructed prog rockers posting here. Mind you, there was always the legendary Yorkie’s Discos, held up at the scout hut at Furness Cricket Club (was that the third troop, or the eighteenth? I can never remember now). Not exactly Northern Soul, but the closest many of us fledgling Zappa fans came to a whole different world.

And speaking of different worlds, it was the closest I’m sure many of us came to girls. Though I still remember how appalled I was (basically because I wasn’t getting any) when going into the nominal cloakroom at one of aforementioned Yorkie’s and having to clamber over scores of Tech lads and their partners in various stages of compromising positions on the floor.

Subject: Terry Cassette

Posted by Brian McBride
Friday, June 22, 2001 at 15:18:08

Sorry about the last fat-fingered message. Terry Cassette - now there's a name to be reckoned with. As one who grew up and participated in the Northern Soul Scene (and indeed, still do and will be seen at the charity bash tomorrow night at Barrow Cricket Club) Terry's name is known throughout Cumbria and South Lancs by all who have witnessed his unique brand of choreography on a dancefloor. Typically, his routine is to walk into a venue carrying a plastic bag carrying his favourite dance shoes and some talc. The talc gets sprinked onto the dancefloor and once some rare 7" vinyl with a value of of £15 plus hits the decks of he goes. If you ever get into conversation with Terry, mention Junior Walker - from the moment he saw the latter get dragged from the stage on his knees, still playing his saxaphone at an all-nighter in the Queens Hall, Leeds in 1974, Terry has felt the irresistible urge to do likewise whenever any of his Northern soul gems get aired. P.S. Perhaps I am an exception (Ian Thompson would probably agree!) but does anyone else share a passion for what made 70's music scene so lively. Let's hear of any stories from any soulies, rockers or general drop-outs who weren't accumulating degrees.


Posted by Brian McBride
Friday, June 22, 2001 at 15:02:56

Subject: Terry Cassette

Posted by Paul Parker
Friday, June 22, 2001 at 14:17:21

See your point, Ciaran, but it wasn't TC - I had the privilege(?) of working with him in the Yard a few years ago..............

Subject: Pipe smoker

Posted by Ciaran
Friday, June 22, 2001 at 12:44:24

That sounds like a description of legendary Northern Soul King and pipe smoker around town Terry Cassette though I'm sure he wasn't an old boy

Subject: Strange habits

Posted by HAL9000
Friday, June 22, 2001 at 09:56:39

I think the chat up line should have gone "Do you want to see some puppies, little girl", Paul. Unless you were smoking the poppies in the pipe??

Subject: Breath again

Posted by Hal Itosis
Thursday, June 21, 2001 at 21:25:10

I wonder if "Breath" could have been a smoker...perhaps "Pig" Punton (Maths) or "Slug" Sharpe (Geography)? Both would sneak out of lessons when everyone had fallen asleep and come back after 5 minutes, stinking of Embassy Regals.

Subject: sneck/Mr King

Posted by Paul Parker
Thursday, June 21, 2001 at 19:23:55

Many thanks to Hal(???) and Brian McBride for their information, particularly the mention of Mr King's home on Thwaite Flat, which reminds me of a tale I was told, a few years after leaving the school, by another former BBGS pupil. (and more about him later!) So the story went, Mr King as I now know him to be called, had a large house with a large, perhaps slightly swamp-like back garden. His wife and growing/grown up child (-Daughter, if my memory serves me correctly-)were working in the garden one morning, when one got "Stuck" in the Swamp, quickly followed by the other when trying to attempt a rescue. After much shouting, they attracted the attention of Mr King, who came outside to try to rescue them both; During the attempted rescue, however, the time was marching on, and eventually Mr King had to break off from the rescue to go to school, as he was by now in danger of being late......... I don't know if the above is true, but the telling of it is as accurate as my memory is of it being told to me about 20 years ago. The gentleman who told me this tale, one sunny Saturday afternoon on Dalton Road while I was selling Poppies or something; ...I have NO idea what he is called, but for anyone still resident in Barrow, he can still be seen walking from Walney to Barrow, via the Jubilee Bridge and the Low Road, wearing hi spectacles and smoking his pipe. He'll be between 40 and 50 now...... Anyone know who he is??? (.........This is your mission for tonight, Mr Phelps.........)!!!!

Subject: Breath

Posted by Hal Itosis
Thursday, June 21, 2001 at 12:41:14

I still want to know whether Breath was a pupil or a teacher - can someone enlighten with more details. I'm looking for a cure.

Subject: Memories

Posted by HAL9000
Thursday, June 21, 2001 at 12:15:39

I can remember in the last few weeks of the upper sixth, we clubbed together and sent Steve Beckett off to purchase a small gift for Mad Mal. He was a brilliant teacher and we had some very lively and interesting lessons. On occassion we covered Physics as well. Steve landed back with a pair of Silver Jubilee underpants, complete with a picture of HRH nicely over the crown jewels, so to speak. Of course, Mal was chuffed to bits and tried them on over his trousers. Lab assistant Litmus wandered in, did a double take and wandered straight out, shaking his head....

Subject: Neck & Sneck

Posted by Brian McBride, UK
Thursday, June 21, 2001 at 10:31:07

"Hal9000" - who are you, are you purposely remaining anonymous? If you hadn't explained the origins of the above names, I was about to oblige. As for Wilf Kimber, I was never quite sure whether it was a nervous complaint which led to him constantly stretching his neck or his shirts being too tight around the collar. Sneck was a man in a million. If having a southern accent didn't make him (Chris King) stand out from the crowd, the uncontrolled growth of hair from his ears, nose and quite possibly, his throat, made his Maths lessons more interesting than most. Despite the outbursts of laughter he constantly encountered in his lessons, outside school, he had a reputation for being warm and friendly. In fact, during school holidays, if you were ever cycling past his place at Thwaite Flat, he would welcome you in for a cup of tea.

Subject: names

Posted by HAL9000
Thursday, June 21, 2001 at 09:01:02

"Sneck" was a teacher called Mr King which was brought on by an unusual clump of hair on his nose. Can't remember his subject, my mind is going. I can feel it. Wilf Kimber was "Neck" due to his habit of continually stretching his neck during lessons. Is it true that Stoker used to engrave his initials (BBC) on his chalk? I can remember Mad Mal Hisom muttering about Stoker venting his wrath after some had gone missing and he eventually traced it to Mal.

Subject: Silly names

Posted by GregP
Thursday, June 21, 2001 at 07:35:48

When I went on holiday to Belgium there was a weathergirl called Claudia Ann Rainier. No there wasn't. I made it up.

Subject: Unfortunate names

Posted by Ace
Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at 23:33:30

I sympathise.In my professional career I have interviewed many people.Take a look at this-JOHN THOMAS,ANN ORGAN,R.SOLE(tax inspector-aptly named I thought),RICHARD(DICK)HEAD,THERESA GREEN,A HAND,A BOTTOM,B HEAD,the list goes on and on.What was the question again?

Subject: Neck

Posted by Ace
Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at 22:58:29

Neck and Breath were classmates,matey.Kids can be so cruel,but I don't think those guys were aware of their "nicknames",unless you are out there lads and can prove me wrong!

Subject: Breath

Posted by Hal Itosis
Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at 22:56:00

Who was Breath?

Subject: Unfortunate names

Posted by Catherine Weall
Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at 20:18:23

I've often wondered if it was a simple case of missing the obvious or a misguided attempt at a sense of humour on the part of the parents.

Subject: Park View, or whatever

Posted by Curious
Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at 19:23:58

What is the old school called now?

Subject: Neck?

Posted by Paul Parker
Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at 19:21:40

Not sure about Neck, but I vaguely recall an older male teacher; perhaps a relief teacher of some kind (???) who rejoiced, I believe, in the joint nicknames of "Sneck" and "Hairy Nose". No idea what his real name was, though...

Subject: Neck

Posted by Ace
Tuesday, June 19, 2001 at 23:23:59

We had a "Neck" in my time at BBGS and "Breath".God, that seems a long time ago now.

Subject: Penny

Posted by Virgil Tracy
Tuesday, June 19, 2001 at 19:52:53

Get your grubby hands off, you low life unintelligible Barrovian, you.

Subject: Lady Penelope?

Posted by Paul Parker
Tuesday, June 19, 2001 at 19:28:14

Crikey - didn't realise the old bird could track me down even here - Shall I get out the Rolls Royce, M'Lady?


Posted by
Tuesday, June 19, 2001 at 18:31:33

Subject: The Lower Classes

Posted by Lady Penelope
Tuesday, June 19, 2001 at 18:13:04

Parker, you didn't tell me that you went to such a coarse and inferior alma mater.

Subject: names

Posted by Wilf
Tuesday, June 19, 2001 at 10:44:27

You're confused Parker. "Neck" was just a nick-name.

Subject: WAK

Posted by Paul Parker
Monday, June 18, 2001 at 20:22:24

Thanks for that; You obviously have my sympathies, although we probably all have our own reasons for disliking our own names - But, surely the royalties you got from the "Porky's " movie were of SOME consolation? (Sorry!)

Subject: WAK

Posted by Mike Hunt
Monday, June 18, 2001 at 20:12:25

I believe it was true. It appears that BBGS attracted unfortunate names.....Wilf himself, I P Downward and yours truly.

Subject: Wilf Kimber

Posted by Paul Parker
Monday, June 18, 2001 at 19:49:22

....Was it true that Wilf actually had TWO middle names, but fear of embarrassment led to him only initialing School Reports as WAK - or is this simply another long-held misconception? PS - Great site; I intend to visit it often

Subject: Boards stiff

Posted by Alan T
Monday, June 18, 2001 at 13:41:58

The honours boards spent a long time languishing in the rear entry to the Town Hall, but are now back in their former place of residence. Naturally, they all end in 1979. BTW, what's wrong with the White Lion?

Subject: Honours Boards

Posted by Ex 1st XI soc.capt.
Saturday, June 16, 2001 at 20:25:15

What happened to the Honours Boards in the Assembly Hall when the school went (sadly) comprehensive?I live in Dorset now but went back to look around the school several years ago.The Boards were gone but you could see where the sun had bleached the surrounding areas.No redecorating had been done!


Posted by PFW
Saturday, June 16, 2001 at 11:26:29

You smug young things can all go and piss up a rope, the deafenening silence from older alumnii, I take as "hail fellow and well met"? BTW, the beer was very good. For a first attempt.
Must be the generation gap!
Of course you can assume implicit goodwill as the venue for your celebration wasn't edited to read "The White Lion, Slater St."

Subject: Age

Posted by Neil
Friday, June 15, 2001 at 23:26:22

As a mere stripling of 43 I find that I'm getting younger, year by year (used to be month by month) . Must be this ageless internet thing and improving diets. Having been brought up on an almost total absence of vegetables and with a philosophy of Vesta meals being exotic I suppose that all that Vit C, E etc must be reversing the ageing process. All things are relative, of course.

Subject: Birthdays

Posted by Alan T
Friday, June 15, 2001 at 23:04:09

You smug young things can all go and piss up a rope, the deafenening silence from older alumnii, I take as "hail fellow and well met"? BTW, the beer was very good. For a first attempt.

Subject: Happy Birthday

Posted by Dave Cassidy
Wednesday, June 13, 2001 at 21:20:44

Al, Sorry i will miss out on a free pint with you for your birthday, but the $865 for the trip just a tad expensive for this lad.Anyway I do want to wish you a happy birthday, although I must confess i was suprised at 40........I thought you were 40, 5 yrs ago!!!!!! only joking have a good Beano.Cass

Subject: 40TH Birthdays

Posted by Spen
Wednesday, June 13, 2001 at 17:24:47

All the best Al, do not forget your friends in Canada ...........mines a pint mate!!!! Be warned I'm visiting Barrow in 2 1/2 weeks.

Subject: Major Milestone Achieved

Posted by John Mul
Wednesday, June 13, 2001 at 14:07:52

I'm sure you'll all join with me in wishing our resident plumber, Al 'Very Competetive Rates' Tomlinson, all the best on this his 40th birthday. He's been let loose in the Foxfield Brewery, Prince of Wales pub, to create his very own brew which will be served to the unsuspecting public this Friday (15/06/01). Its been rumoured that he may even be "getting a round in". To cash in on this once in a lifetime offer, there's a train departing BIF 19:03.

Subject: Jenny Cordell

Posted by "Barnaby" Warburton
Wednesday, June 13, 2001 at 00:42:34

I have no idea why this should spring to mind now but I have suddenly started having dreams about Miss Cordell - a young French Mistress who was at the old school for a year or so circa 1978. She was a cross between Linda Lusardi (before she got fat and married some tosser out of Brookside) and Victoria Principal. I blamed my feeble "U" in French on the fact that I could never concentrate on conjugating my verbs during the lessons due to the noise from the chaps in the back row who were all having a "Barclays".


Posted by Moonhead
Tuesday, June 12, 2001 at 17:41:23

See me after scholl Clark!


Posted by Ern
Tuesday, June 12, 2001 at 15:13:03

Overheard from one female language teacher to another yesterday: 'Do you like my new shoes?''Yes'They are lovely - they have air bubbles in to massage my feet as I walk - I wish I could find a pair of knickers the same!'

Subject: Ireland leads the way in Apathy

Posted by Paul
Tuesday, June 12, 2001 at 12:51:37

I was lucky enough to be in Ireland where I missed the UK election. On the same day they had a referendum on the Nice treaty and about 30% of those eligible to register a vote actually voted. I thought that was pretty impressive, especialy when they voted to reject an expansion of the EU. Ireland has built it's prosperity on EU money and they're certainly NOT going to give their newly found prosperity away to POOR countries! Then I found out that turn out in the UK was the lowest since 1918, when most people were dead anyway. By the way, Ciaran, I've still got my chisel rack that I crafted in 1st year woodwork, its doing a stirling job as a home for spiders in my shed. I never did quite get the hang of those different sized slots for different chisels, so I made mine unisex.


Posted by
Monday, June 11, 2001 at 22:35:50

Subject: even sillier party

Posted by
Monday, June 11, 2001 at 16:45:30

... and Arthur Negus has held Bristol; oh I'm sorry, that's just a rumour.


Posted by
Saturday, June 09, 2001 at 22:38:12


Posted by
Friday, June 08, 2001 at 16:58:10

I suppose it makes a change from Barrow Park, where adults wave cream buns at children to get a look at their little sticks

Subject: Today, I am bored!

Posted by Ern
Friday, June 08, 2001 at 14:16:29

Interestingly enough, I discovered that in Iceland, there is a celebration in the period prior to Lent, called the Bolludagur in which children wave coloured sticks at adults to get cream buns.

Subject: silly party

Posted by Kevin Phillips-Bong
Friday, June 08, 2001 at 00:59:44

A little pink pussy cat has just taken Barrow in Furness.......

Subject: Perfectly acceptable use of technology

Posted by JK
Wednesday, June 06, 2001 at 13:32:17

Mr Harris - Why can't you bomb the Town Hall?

Subject: Claire Sterling??

Posted by Ciaran
Tuesday, June 05, 2001 at 12:35:51

I vaguely remember a sister being in my class at Saint Columba's.Quite good looking I think too!!

Subject: Tash and Woodwork

Posted by Ciaran
Tuesday, June 05, 2001 at 12:32:40

Just been browsing through the old report book and came across Tash's comments1st year 31/31 "Weak!! more through lack of effort than ability"2nd year 1st term 19/19 "Has made no real effort to better his standard"2nd year 2nd term 19/19 "Working to the best of his ability"Such compassion!!It was around this time that I discovered I was allergic to wood dust and had been ill every lesson. I promptly dropped wood work!!I do remember having great pride in a table lamp I created and I think there was a pencil case along the way.Did anyone actually take the subject to O level and what was the colour of the exercise book if we had one?

Subject: The Crystal Palace

Posted by JK
Friday, June 01, 2001 at 13:57:12

The other day we were discussing our most embarrassing moments, and I recalled the occasion of the presentation of the trophy for the under 16 football cup final by Mrs Mary Mackintosh.
We lost the final to the Tech. and half of our team were tryimg to hide behind one another, as, to our horror, we discovered this was none other than "Mary Mac", the landlady of The Crystal Palace. It was some weeks before we had the bottle to face her wrath.
By the way Ross, I am none other than John Keleher - or, as I have tried unsuccessfully to forget - Kellogs
Dave Hill says "STERLING! All the tots on you!!"

Subject: Bernard Eales

Posted by "Barnaby" Warburton
Friday, June 01, 2001 at 01:59:53

It is rumoured that J K Rowling based the character of Professor Snape on Bernard Eales after hearing of his exploits with BBGS boys in the 70's. I left school in 1980 (the first year of Comprehensiveness) but a couple of years later I was back reporting on the Sports Day for the Evening Mail. Good old Eales still treated me as if I was a 1st Year. He regretted it though because my report was just like one of my pieces of homework - I was late handing it in so it never got printed.Barn

Subject: 27 years

Posted by Neil
Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at 23:02:45

Ross, how could you forget us? I have long forgiven you for nicknaming me "Nellie"! Do you remember digging lugworms in the mud on the Channel side of Walney near your house? That was, of course well before the Crystal Palace magnetic effect.Social Services? Wow, when I retire to Barrow (ha, ha) you can arrange the home help:-). I'm based in Worcester(for the last 17 years), work as an Asset Valuer (wot's that then?) am married and have three children. Keep posting.


Posted by ross stirling
Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at 22:46:47

JK and Neil...who are you both.27 years is a long time,however,have just about got over the experience of BBGS.Gravitated back to Barrow in '93 after working in Manchester for many years as a Post Office engineer.Now employed in local gov. as a Social Services manager.Still happen to smoke OP ciggies{other peoples}but have'nt frequented the Crystal Palace for nearly 27 years.

Subject: Ross Sterling

Posted by JK
Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at 16:46:20

In my naivety I thought that Ross smoked personalised cigarettes - then I bought a packet of Sterling, and discovered he was just a tight git!!

Subject: Stornoway

Posted by Neil
Tuesday, May 29, 2001 at 22:23:03

Ross...from Stornoway to Biggar Village to BBGS to the Crystal Palace (in uniform) to....? Where did you do after the fifth form, 27 years ago?

Subject: Look at me now

Posted by Ross Stirling
Tuesday, May 29, 2001 at 20:55:29

It's been fun looking at the archive photo's.The Crystal Palace was a good education. Hello to all the geezers from 69-74.

Subject: Bring back Brassneck

Posted by Alan T
Tuesday, May 29, 2001 at 17:39:53

Why has he disappeared, oh wise one? He was much quicker than the old cobblers about notes and queries.....any class of 67 leavers, Mike Cooper sends his best wishes.


Posted by PFW
Monday, May 28, 2001 at 18:52:30

Hi WB..
Well given the demographic profile of this site I think free is about the right tariff for advertising...
Don't forget your local BBGS plumber though if the boiler plays up...
Interesting how many alumni went into computing, whatever their original field.
At the time my perception was it would be a mathematician's subject.
Doh!! I don't think the internet was conceived at the time. It seems approximately 90% of my contemporaries are now in the biz.
Now why doesn't someone upload some more informal images of the period.. I have about 4 GB going spare.
Between us we should be able to document the era pretty well.

Subject: Links

Posted by willi basha
Sunday, May 27, 2001 at 03:51:07

Wonk - Having spent a few minutes at an obscenely late hour browsing the foties with another alumni I see you've added a link to a related website on the links page - thanks for the publiclity I've always blamed you for my interest in the US due to you making me rceite the words to the star spangled banner in 2nd form English .....

Subject: The Ambrose

Posted by Edda
Saturday, May 26, 2001 at 23:18:56

The 'Brose has had its fair share of comments recently but did you know that it is now run by an ex BBGS lad. Are him and me really the only two still to frequent the place. Prove me wrong, see you tomorrow night!

Subject: Hey, thats me!

Posted by Steve Pick
Saturday, May 26, 2001 at 19:46:42

What a surprise, the U15 side!BR:Alan Walker, Maurice Easthan, Archie Warriner, Mike McAteer; MR Dave Price, Alan Weatherburn Stew Paterson, Norman Walker Geoff Thompson; FR Steve Pick, Sam Price, Dave Cater, Ray Lomas, Colin Patterson.Are any of the team communicating?Steve, Texas

Subject: I’ll keep you in for EVER

Posted by jonnieK
Friday, May 25, 2001 at 21:07:02

This is true. I was there. I still am.

Subject: Lots of Cash

Posted by GregP
Thursday, May 24, 2001 at 17:04:57

Talking of wars, that old Cash favourite ‘The War of Jenkins’ Ear’ came up in the last series of ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’. I seem to recall it was a £125,000 question, but I can picture ex-BBGS across the land yelling ‘Oh come on, how can you NOT know this!’ at their screens as, having used up his lifelines and not having had the benefit of a BBGS education, the contestant ‘took the money’ at this point.

Subject: Barrow

Posted by Dave
Thursday, May 24, 2001 at 16:48:59

Wish i was going back to Barrow for a break, unfortunately an-ex wife, and outrageous child support laws here in the USA will prohibit me from getting home for a while ( Ronnie Biggs watch this space). When one third of the bring home goes straight out to someone who buggered off it kinda makes you think that the laws are some what capricious over here.England look out it starts with "Been hurt in an accident" type lawyers and goes down hill after that.Stop England bercoming the 51st state. Boycott Mcdonalds, say No to Burger King, Reject Pizza Hut.Don't say i didn't warn ya!~!~!~


Posted by PFW
Thursday, May 24, 2001 at 12:37:14

What's the probability of getting Cash to give us 20 minutes on the Peninsula Wars for posterity. It has the makings of a popular CD. I would like to hear "simply and solely because...." again.
Other tracks could include... "pull your socks up lad" by Wilf.. and the ever popular "Hardly fair wear and tear" from Moonhead..


Posted by
Wednesday, May 23, 2001 at 21:42:14

Subject: down the pub

Posted by Ciaran
Tuesday, May 22, 2001 at 18:02:56

Bumped into Dave Kelly in Yates' Wine lodge friday night.I was amazed he remembered my name after not teching me for 25 years!!He new the site address but I don't believe he's submitted any comments yet.I wonder who else is secretly looking in?So is anyone visiting the old place over Spring Bank holidays?

Subject: OTT Reactions

Posted by JK
Monday, May 21, 2001 at 08:35:14

Does anyone remember the occasion when it was announced in Assembly that Junior Wilson had won an award from The Young Farmers - may have been Young Farmer of the Year. When Moonhead instructed us to show our appreciation in the usual manner, some guys, clearly unimpressed, started mooing - the whole school was kept in after school.

Subject: Witch Hunts

Posted by Neil
Sunday, May 20, 2001 at 14:43:24

Was McCarthy the one with side parted longish blonde hair, bushy eyebrows and a big moustache?

Subject: McCarthy

Posted by IT
Sunday, May 20, 2001 at 11:18:20

There was briefly (?) a master at the school called McCarthy (I can't even remember what subject now) who prepared to teach by doing a yogic headstand in the corner of the room. He made pupils do isometric exercises before each class, punished people by making them stand in the litter bin, and regularly awarded marks which were something like this; 5.5 + 2 for effort - 1 for handwriting = 6.5. He was either bonkers or just thought unpredicatable eccentricty was a good way of keeping attention anmd order. Less engagingly he had a habit of lifting boys off the floor by pulling their sideboards. Anyone remember anything else about him?

Subject: cash's tirades

Posted by josef goebbels
Saturday, May 19, 2001 at 19:25:58

Cash once berated a group of us for making too much noise in the library. Having told us we were behaving like a group of baboons/apes/pigs (the exact species escapes me after this length of time) he added 'you are here to be trained as leaders of men'. A decent chap, but given to slight hyperbole in moments of temper.

Subject: Wingco

Posted by Neil
Friday, May 18, 2001 at 19:09:25

I never had the experience of being in one of Cash's or Dennis's classes, so recall little of their foibles. Having been valuing two Midlands RAF bases this week, Tash White was brought to mind. What a jolly nice chap he was, wouldn't say boo to a goose and always treated pupils with respect. Mind you, although I learnt much about civilised behaviour from him, you either have it or you don't in woodwork... I didn't! Did anyone have Tash as a teacher beyond the first form and are they able to enlighten us with stories about him?


Posted by
Friday, May 18, 2001 at 16:46:52

Yeah sure !


Posted by
Friday, May 18, 2001 at 16:46:50

Yeah sure !

Subject: Forest Man

Posted by Ern
Friday, May 18, 2001 at 16:12:43

Would you like a picture of Jan to frighten the kids with Phil?

Subject: Cash Cow

Posted by GregP
Friday, May 18, 2001 at 16:11:53

Bob Parker told me this particular tale – it happened after I left apparently, so I’m trusting it’s not apocryphal.

One morning, as the school was gathering for assembly there was, shall we say, more than the quotidian amount of hubbub coming from the general direction of the hall. This obviously disturbed Cash sufficiently for him to storm up on stage to announce “Stop that noise, or I’ll keep you all in till four o’clock.” Cue cries of “Woooooooooh!” and other assorted sarcasm from the assembled multitude, whereby Cash responds with “And you can stop that, or I’ll keep you in for EVER!”


Posted by Mr Drysdale
Friday, May 18, 2001 at 15:52:45

Bingo "L'Ern Grande"... and for your prize a pirate copy of "200 Motels" is winging its way toward Churchinford... home of "Jan Jan The Forest Man"...

Subject: Cash's Idiosyncracies

Posted by JK
Friday, May 18, 2001 at 15:22:32

Did anyone else get 11/10 from Cash for a piece of work?

Subject: Ether.

Posted by Ern
Friday, May 18, 2001 at 15:19:01

When I saw the picture of Cash on the index page with the strange scrawl all over it, I suspected that Phil had left the top off the ether again - and then it came flooding back - it's his map of the british isles isn't it?

Subject: Anyone for Dennis?

Posted by Alan T
Friday, May 18, 2001 at 12:52:54

I can echo Ciaran's experience of Dennis almost exactly. A genius, but too fond of schoolboy 'howlers' and puns for his own good. And a gentleman too, no axes to grind.

Subject: School Boy French

Posted by JK
Friday, May 18, 2001 at 11:35:22

Dennis would be amazed to know that I now act as interpreter for all of my company's dealings with our agents, customers and technical authorities in France.

I still commit the occasional faux-pas, but being au-fait with a European language is de rigeur in Essex.

Subject: Dennis Clampton

Posted by Paul
Friday, May 18, 2001 at 10:07:49

I have fond memories of dennis, too, including the multiple choice test where several of my class mates got less than a monkey would've (I've mentioned this one before, I'm sure) much to Dennis' amusement. The other was during my "Oral" French exam, where Dennis asked "Ou vas tu en vacance?" or something like and we discussed my holidays, then asked, "tu aim le cinema?" and we spoke about the films I'd recently seen. This was in exam conditions, the tape recorder whiring away. He asked me about a large creature, in a recent film and did I know what he was talking about, "non, je ne comprends pas, Monsieur Clampton" BUT, whilst I was struggling to work it all out, Dennis was exaggeratedly gnashing his teeth and opening and shutting his arms in front of his face. Trying very hard not to laugh, I remembered what "requin (spelling?)" meant and twigged, "Ah, mais oui, Jaws!".

Subject: Russian - French- spanish

Posted by Ciaran
Friday, May 18, 2001 at 09:12:41

Pity we had Russian even at such an early age I think most people realised it was pretty pointless to learn. Spanish or German would have been usefulWhile I never made the top set I did manage a french O level which was directly as a result of having Dennis Clampton teach me for 5 years as opposed to the other buffoons who passed themeselves off as French teachers.I even came top of the class in french in my final year the only occasion I reached such dizzy hieghts.For some reason it has stuck in my head and indeed I was talking in french to a mexican lad in the bar of the posthouse at nottingham on tuesday night.I knew it would come in useful sometime!!

Subject: Russian - French- spanish

Posted by Ciaran
Friday, May 18, 2001 at 09:12:26

Pity we had Russian even at such an early age I think most people realised it was pretty pointless to learn. Spanish or German would have been usefulWhile I never made the top set I did manage a french O level which was directly as a result of having Dennis Clampton teach me for 5 years as opposed to the other buffoons who passed themeselves off as French teachers.I even came top of the class in french in my final year the only occasion I reached such dizzy hieghts.For some reason it has stuck in my head and indeed I was talking in french to a mexican lad in the bar of the posthouse at nottingham on tuesday night.I knew it would come in useful sometime!!

Subject: Russian

Posted by JK
Friday, May 18, 2001 at 08:06:04

I took Russian to A-Level - which I failed miserably. Sadly there have been few opportunities to make use of it - apart from taking the p*ss out of Chris King when it was snowing - "Sneck Idiot" means "it's snowing".

Attempts to impress my neighbours in the cinema by reading out loud any Russian writing on the screen during spy films didn't seem to have the desired effect.

So, all in all, you seem to have the better end of the deal.

Subject: russian

Posted by dave
Thursday, May 17, 2001 at 19:07:01

Did anyone take russian, or have any use for it after school. I took french, which while not really helping me through life has allowed me on occassion to a order food and beer in said country, and get a shag while back packing around europe.- Come to think of it I guess it did really help me more than I thought???? Thank you Mr Clampton

Subject: Cash as urban geographer.

Posted by IT
Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at 16:15:56

It was Cash's description of Rawlinson Street. I remember it as 'pub, pub, fish and chip shop, pub, pub, pub' but there might have been other cultural delights included. He sometimes refered to visits to the 'fish and chip emporium'.


Posted by JK
Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at 10:50:42

Cash's description of Dalton?

Subject: Dutch Courage

Posted by JK
Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at 10:48:45

Stiff's route into school of a morning?


Posted by Bizarre Gordon
Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at 10:02:29

Oh I don't know.. It sounds like a description of old Rawlo' Street. Often's the evening I found myself down there after 1 AM and witnessed the emergence of the most enormous rats...

Subject: Gregory's Gull

Posted by Paul
Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at 09:53:36

Dear Gregory Peccary, that's a list of all that Dalton Road now has to offer, that and a few seagulls.

Subject: Could this become a trend?

Posted by Greggary Peccary
Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at 09:00:30

Inspired by yesterday's quiz, how about this one?...

"Betting shop, betting shop, pub, fish and chip shop, pub, second hand shop, betting shop, second hand shop, pub, pub, fish and chip shop."
Where and who?

Subject: Red

Posted by Thomas
Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at 06:48:37

Upper VI, Applied Maths with Stoker, Thems were Red, and history for Lower School. I remember Mal Hisom once puttig me through a cupboard for forgeting my physics homework, and Tom Brophy (5'0") threatening anyone who breathed out of turn in Chemistry. Happy Daze indeed. Any correspondants from 1965-1972, I've a list of suspects somewhere. See Ya. "Hammy", Fell House.

Subject: Still got some in the attic

Posted by Neil
Tuesday, May 15, 2001 at 20:18:09

Weren't those little English Comprehension/spelling ones grey (or was that Frnch spelling?)? I think grey was also the "colour" for the thick "rough books".

Subject: Exercise Books

Posted by JK
Tuesday, May 15, 2001 at 18:15:43

I thought Maths was Green, Chemistry was Dark Blue, Geography was Light Blue, French was Purple, History was dark Red - what was Red?

Subject: Biology Books

Posted by Graham Spencer
Tuesday, May 15, 2001 at 17:13:51

Definitely Orange for Biology, Green for Physics, Brown for (Brian Ottos) Religious Education, Red was that French???, Buff coloured English, Blue I'm struggling

Subject: Biology Books

Posted by Paul
Tuesday, May 15, 2001 at 16:24:54

Mine was orange, I think, with several burn marks and dissecting implement damage throughout. I could, however, be mistaken as I'm getting on a bit.

Subject: Quiz

Posted by Quizmaster
Tuesday, May 15, 2001 at 15:55:09

Exercise Books Quiz

What was the colour of your Biology Exercise Book

Subject: Diplomacy

Posted by Ern
Sunday, May 13, 2001 at 13:32:13

I learned it all at the Thomas McCarthy shool of deportment for young gentlemen!

Subject: Re Match

Posted by Hardcore
Friday, May 11, 2001 at 21:19:52

Kinnell Ern,Where & when did you learn tact & diplomacy?????

Subject: Re-Match

Posted by Ern
Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 15:27:10

The last re-match we had was in glorious Somerset (strong beer) - Gibson (true to form as ever) passed out in a spectacular fashion, the details of which I will not disclose so as to protect his modesty!!


Posted by PFW
Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 14:22:31

I fear you are both too old and infirm for a rematch.That's even presuming that enough competitors could be coaxed within the borders of Furness again.

Subject: Half Truths

Posted by Ern
Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 14:05:00

Well, I am loath to take issue with Gibbo, as his memory is undoubtedly better than mine. History will tell that I won both competitions outright though and as for the chinese incident, I was wide awake Pete - you passed out! For god's sakes don't tell 'em what happened when we got back to Thrasher Towers though!

Subject: They also serve who stand and f**k you up

Posted by JK
Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 13:49:15

Some years after leaving BBGS, I remember playing cricket against those very teachers who f***ed you up.

Imagine my surprise when (despite understandable apprehension on my part - hoping that they woudln't remember me, and my pathetic excuses)it turns out they are human beings after all.

Not once did it get "Whirred" by Big Ron, not once did I get a board rubber or exercise book thrown at me by Stiff, and there were less than 50 sarcastic comments by Tez - which must be some sort of record for a four-hour stint.

Subject: damn! pressed the wrong button

Posted by Gibbo
Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 13:25:57

1/2 pint in every pub which had to be consumed in 1 quaff (if you didn't succeed then you had to have another until you did). Ern, myself and Mike Carr broke away from the pack early. Mike was violently and copiously sick coming out of pub #6 (Robin Hood) after promising it was imminent coming out of pub #5 (Trav's). The outright winner has been a bone of contention ever since as Ern managed to down number 20 (appx 8.45 in Ambrose) whilst I was still putting my change in my pocket. We were nip and tuck all the way round BUT, if I hadn't had waited for him to drop a log in the Barrow Arms history would have told a different tale. The Chinese incident is true but relates to a later contest known as the "Prince of Topers" competition between Ern, I.Lowden and myself. What Ern reports is true (well sort of) but it was only after the Chinese lass had been slapping him round the face saying "Sir! wake up!!! your food is leddy!!".

Subject: Ern's memory

Posted by Gibbo
Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 13:17:35

I take issue with Ern's misremembering of pubcrawls (10/5).The pub crawl between lower and upper 6th started in what was the Imperial opposite town hall (aka The Big Imp) and was a tour of 20 alehouses in downtown Barrow finishing at the Ambrose.The rules were:

Subject: More larkin about

Posted by JohnP(oet... NOT!)
Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 12:08:51

Wasn’t it Larkin who wrote the famous line ‘They f*** you up, your Mum and Dad’? He clearly never went to BGS. I can think of a few chemistry, geography and games masters who have far more to answer for. I don’t suppose ‘They f*** you up, Ron, Stiff and Blob Bellarby’ quite scans though.

PS If I may go back to the discussion of ‘subversiveness’ - I was in Butler house. Wasn’t just being in Butler subversive enough in itself?


Posted by PFW
Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 10:50:53

The escape to Hull must have certainly cheered him up after his early years in Barque Street.

Subject: Larkin about

Posted by Iron Mike
Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 10:38:22

Didn't Philip sit at the back in Tez Mayes English lessons? That's where he learnt about irony and being a Barrovian explains his tendency to view every cloud as a dark one. Anyway, he's dead now, so he's much happier.


Posted by Zelig
Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 10:33:58

When you start seeing my face in cloud formations it's time to cut back on the peyote.

Watched the Gaza docu. It was a toss up which was worse. The staggering slack-jawed drunks of Cornwallis St or the self-satisfied burghers of Kendal capering about with their wholesome lantern parade. Jeez I'm just no fun at all. On the whole the Cornwallis Cavemen do more to fuel the economy.

Subject: Separated at birth

Posted by JK
Thursday, May 10, 2001 at 07:54:12

Too much hair

Subject: More distant relatives?

Posted by Ern
Wednesday, May 09, 2001 at 21:21:56

Yo, John,Was not Philip Larkin a poet - it appears that his glass may have been eternally half empty! Do you think he resembles the webmeister at all?


Posted by JK
Wednesday, May 09, 2001 at 17:17:10

Who the hell is Philip Larkin?

Subject: Exiting Hairlines

Posted by Paul
Wednesday, May 09, 2001 at 09:31:42

My hair line is more exiting than exciting, I agree with the uberwebmeister, Joe Cool had a great hairline.

Subject: Exciting Hairline

Posted by Ern
Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 21:06:07

'I wish I had Joe's exciting hairline.' An interesting peek into the Watson mental landscape - thanks Phil, what else turns you on? 'Bongo Fury' burns as I write this!

Subject: Pub Crawls

Posted by willi basha
Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 10:13:06

Ern - I also remember Pete (and you?) winning an inter year crawl that started off in I believe the old Imperial on cornwallis street and ended in the Ambrose - I believe that was 20 pubs 1/2 to be downed in one in each - don't think may got past about 6 without giving up on the rule or puking in most of the remaining emporiums.......

Subject: Image Upload

Posted by PFW
Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 09:37:42

Yes Ern... very drole. I wish I had Joe's exciting hairline. The tie is pretty good as well.

Subject: Robin Hood

Posted by JK
Tuesday, May 08, 2001 at 07:57:25

Neil - who can forget the stunning bright yellow paint job in the Gents Toilets that made the walls look like they were made out of scrambled eggs.

Ern - Pete Gibson!!! I dimly recall a New Years Eve (about 10 years ago) spent in the company of Pete, we bumped into each other in the Strawberry, and tried unsuccessfully to gatecrash the Lisdoonie party at midnight. He kept the whole pub amused by his tales of negative equity in Brighton.

Subject: Friday Nights

Posted by Ern
Saturday, May 05, 2001 at 11:23:52

Hi John - of course you are right! I remember one momentous evening where there was some kind of inter-year three legged pub crawl competition starting in Rawlinson St. and working our way (1 pint in each pub) to the 'Brose. Not many finished the course! The final winner was disputed - but it was definitely Pete and myself. I think it was the same night that I had to pick Gibson's head out of his chinese meal after he passed out in the restaurant - thank goodness for middle age and sobriety! Do you remember 'The Lion Tamer' who would occasionally drop in to the Ambrose.

Subject: Crap Pubs

Posted by Neil
Saturday, May 05, 2001 at 00:48:36

The Queens? Take a leaf out of JK's book, go to the Robin Hood. Mind you , as an old fart I'm assuming it still has the greatness of the 70's - lock-in's, smelly upholstery in the lounge, red vinyl in the bar, marvellous mine host and hostess and Hartleys XB. Of course that's just nostalgia ... I imagine it's best seller now is Stella Artois.

Subject: Cranetown

Posted by Scouse C***s
Friday, May 04, 2001 at 22:58:17

A couple of exiled bogus asylum seekers (ex-BBGS) will be in the Queens(Rollo St.)tomorrow night (Sat 5th). Why not come down and see if you can spot us? There's a pint in it (for us, thank you!)

Subject: Kelly, Dave

Posted by jonnieK
Friday, May 04, 2001 at 22:51:38

He had (maybe still has) an uncanny skill for drawing dotted / dashed lines on a blackboard ... always impressed me (still does)


Posted by Mr Peebly
Friday, May 04, 2001 at 22:49:12

Gus Hair Bear (I know you all recall thatTV program) Kelly AKA Dave was a great bloke. I once made comment regarding the usage of sports-subs,suggesting they all went behind the bar of the Strawberry. Dave subsequently threatened to kick my head in by the bike sheds. Wotta geezer. Actually... one of the best teachers I ever had!


Posted by Tomorrow People
Friday, May 04, 2001 at 20:50:47

Its strange that I can only remember the episode with the Blue and green badges tooalthough I think it lost some effect as we only had a Black and White TV back then

Subject: Friday Nights

Posted by JK
Friday, May 04, 2001 at 15:09:29

Ern, was the Ambrose the only pub you went to on a Friday night? I seem to recall that most Fridays we would start at the Imperial, then on to the Ambrose, pausing only to discourage some of our number from disrupting the RAOB club, then the Derby, the Robin Hood, the Farmers Arms (if you fancied a grope with a genuine granny), the Regal, then either a Chinese or Maxims.

Subject: 'Gust' Kelly

Posted by Paul
Friday, May 04, 2001 at 14:49:09

I was never taught by Gus. I was never taught by Grunt, either, but I spent some time in a classroom with the miserable bully. My only dealings with Gus were very minor, apart from one conversation wherein he asked if me and 'Flymo' Quinn were brothers. This set my personal confidence back to pre-puberty levels and did my prowess with females no end of damage.


Posted by Ern
Friday, May 04, 2001 at 14:11:34

Dave Kelly used to lend me money on a Friday afternoon so that I could go and get blootered in the Ambrose that evening. I faithfully paid him back every Monday (speculate/accumulate/get pissed). He kept supplied with intoxicants for at least a year!


Posted by W
Friday, May 04, 2001 at 12:35:55

A slight click on Joe Bananas should provide the relevant theme tune... very evocative.

Subject: The Tomorrow People

Posted by JK
Friday, May 04, 2001 at 07:27:00

I don't know whether to answer your question - were you a blue or a green?

Subject: Pumpy Gus

Posted by Paul
Thursday, May 03, 2001 at 17:46:28

Could the pic of Gus Kelly not make a farting noise when the mouse approaches it? My brother tells a tale of one geography lesson when Gus rushed in, "shh! quiet lads!", sat carefully on a well-tuned desk and let rip very loudly. An excellent way to impress young boys. Maybe you could also make the picture fall off just before the screen closes down? Symbolic of Gus' glorious failure in the Keswick to Barrow walk circa 1980(?) when he collapsed after leading all the way, only about 100 paces from the end.

Subject: joe bananas

Posted by ian
Thursday, May 03, 2001 at 17:26:18

Joe Bananas was the nickname of Joseph Bonnanno, a Mafia leader in 1930s New York. How this got attached to Mr W is not immediately clear. He had previously been based in Africa (in Economics in the 6th form we used to get various anecdotes about his time there). Wasn't there a contemporary cartoon character called Joe Bananas who also came from Africa? The soubriquet became adapted to Joe Cool a couple of years later after he started sporting sunglasses. Any further resemblance to Snoopy's alter ego is hard to fathom unless he slept on top of a kennel.

Subject: Joe B

Posted by Dave
Thursday, May 03, 2001 at 17:23:30

Cool inset of joe B very mysterious, reminds me of "The Tomorrow People" does anyone remember that show?


Posted by Professor Xavier
Thursday, May 03, 2001 at 16:00:34

'Klaatu Berata Nikto' - is that: Oi! giant silver robot, tell those dudes off for smoking?

Subject: Joe B.

Posted by Alan T
Thursday, May 03, 2001 at 12:34:44

More than a passing resemblance to Peter Sutcliffe too......


Posted by Joe Jr.
Thursday, May 03, 2001 at 09:42:06

Good Lord! I never though of that... Though having the advantage of being frozen in time, Joe is in much better condition than me. Plus the vestigial rim of greying beard which I display from time to time.....Ya swine..

Subject: Joe Bananas

Posted by JonnieK
Wednesday, May 02, 2001 at 22:50:07

Y'know Phil, I think you're starting to look like him.


Posted by PFW
Wednesday, May 02, 2001 at 22:46:54

Ern.. I have no idea.. save for the fact he arrived from Sierra Leone...
He must have lacked any discernable traits and/or behaviours.Ciaran.. it does seemed to have worked. I liked the "he survives by doing very little"
The origin of the Trevor Tinsel image remains obscure...


Posted by Ern
Wednesday, May 02, 2001 at 20:31:20

Why was he 'Joe Bananas'?

Subject: Image upload

Posted by Ciaran
Wednesday, May 02, 2001 at 16:52:59

Phil, been trying to upload an image but nothing seems to be happening, is it working?

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