Atlantean Hoard

Subject: Ma Emerson

Posted by John K
Friday, August 17, 2001 at 16:07:57

Interesting choice of caption.

As a manager at Crittalls, I must say how pleased I am that our products are endorsed by such a strict disciplinarian.

I am thinking of incorporating this image in our next publicity campaign. Does anyone own the rights?

Subject: The Camera Always Lies

Posted by John K
Friday, August 17, 2001 at 10:02:57

Try fitting a fish-eye lens to make you look normal.

Even if it doesn't work, it'll be a good laugh when the pictures are posted here.

Subject: Anal History?

Posted by Tom
Thursday, August 16, 2001 at 20:16:56

Hang on - I think I'm getting a bum deal here.

Subject: Tom H's dodgy camera

Posted by Alan Tomlinson
Thursday, August 16, 2001 at 19:17:45

Mine's the same Tom, and my partner's, and her sister's, and my mam's.

Subject: Reunion

Posted by John K
Thursday, August 16, 2001 at 08:16:10

I don't remember Dave Murray looking quite so much like Mr Spock as he does in this picture ( back row next to Robin Lee)

Subject: Tommy.

Posted by Cookie
Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at 21:17:52

Sorry Tom. What's this about anal history?

Subject: Wrong Reply

Posted by T H
Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at 19:58:41

I'll have you know that Leachy is a good year and a bit older than me, you cheeky young pup.

Subject: Message To Ern

Posted by Thomas H
Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at 19:57:19

No Ern, It was my fatter, much older, slightly balder, much more drunken twin brother. We were separated at birth. Bad seed etc, etc. (Phew. I might just have got away with it.)

Subject: Leachy?

Posted by Ern
Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at 19:52:19

Then that must be Leachy behind ya Tom?

Subject: Lisdoonie Re-Onion

Posted by Thomas Haircut Hamil
Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at 19:48:33

Curses John, I thought (hoped) that all evidence of that evening had been wiped from the annals of history. Somebody needs a new camera, that one makes everyone look old, bald & fat. Tom

Subject: It's a Fair Cop

Posted by Lucan
Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at 13:58:10

Curses, I would have got away with it if it wasn't for you pesky kids!!

Subject: Lord Lucan

Posted by Corner of 'The Yard'
Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at 11:58:42

Is the chap in the front centre of Lord Lucan?


Posted by Phil
Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at 11:14:18

er.. it is more like due to my difficulties with cascading stylesheets.. and the fact that I have to check it out on IE/Netscape Mac/PC all of which permutations look different.
er... I'll get my pakamac

Subject: Sombre.

Posted by IT
Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at 10:55:31

I know that we are all getting on, and that we have learnt of one sad demise in recent days, but does this justify the funereal colour scheme just adopted? Or is it a quirk of my browser? As someone who left in '73, do I detect a whiff of ageism in recent comments. I will be 46 in a fortnight, but my 40th birthday was only YESTERDAY! Don't worry youngsters, middle age isn't as bad as its cracked up to be.


Posted by
Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at 10:00:33

Barrovians and their "syrups" a new addition to the BBGS/Misc section

Subject: Tommy Haircut

Posted by Cookie
Tuesday, August 14, 2001 at 23:40:00


Subject: Punk Rocker

Posted by Ern
Tuesday, August 14, 2001 at 21:57:27

Is the chap in the reunion photo wearing a bright yellow shirt Thomas 'Haircut' Hamilton?

Subject: Age

Posted by Shocked
Tuesday, August 14, 2001 at 16:48:07

My, aren't there some oldies in the photos? Is the end of year reunion intended for 1972 leavers in particular?

Subject: Lisdoonie

Posted by
Tuesday, August 14, 2001 at 10:23:44

More like the economic prosperity of the Ship Inn.

Lisdoonie Reunion 1998 - photos added under BBGS/Misc section or here

It's a scary thought that there are only about 6 years between us...

Subject: An Introduction to Physical Geography

Posted by Monkhouse
Sunday, August 12, 2001 at 23:20:31

Hanging valleys, u-shaped valleys, clints, grikes, terminal moraines, limestone pavements, lateral moraines, drumlins, erratics and regurgitated paragraphs from a text book. I wonder if Slug ever ponders what a great contribution he made to the economic prosperity of his pupils?

Subject: Skating Away on the thin ice of a new day

Posted by Nigel Brayshaw
Saturday, August 11, 2001 at 22:11:10

Do any 2 Butler guys from 1974 remember the time when we sneaked down to barrow park during the big freeze? Skating merrily away on the lake until we saw Cash appearing on the horizon. Luckily we all made it back to the form room (with Cash in hot pursuit) in time to assume a nonchalant demeanour -much to Cash's announce. Boys 1 Teachers 0

Subject: John Tyson

Posted by Brian McBride
Friday, August 10, 2001 at 10:49:15

Very sad to hear of John's demise. I hadn't met him since I left BBGS in 1971 but I can still picture him vividly, particularly in Sneck's Maths lessons sniggering away in his own inimitable style. He was always one of those chaps who misbehaved to the edge of what he felt he could get away with but had both the instinct both to back off before he got caught and to have all the answers when picked upon to explain things away.

Subject: our mutual friend

Posted by frank cassidy
Thursday, August 09, 2001 at 21:22:32

OK IT - see you later. Regards.

Subject: John

Posted by Ian T
Thursday, August 09, 2001 at 20:43:17

Thank's Frank. A really sad business. It is surprising how many people who go to exotic locations (especially to work) get serious health problems. I think we were designed to stay mostly at home. I'll look out for your further postings. Best wishes, Ian.

Subject: Johnny T

Posted by frank cassidy
Thursday, August 09, 2001 at 18:33:11

Ian, John's body has not yet been released for burial or cremation because tests are still taking place. All we know is that he took ill while working in Singapore about a month ago and returned home where he collapsed at his dad's place in Old Roose on July 28. He was taken to Furness General where he died later that day. It is understood he succumbed to bronchial pneumonia, but, as you say, he had other health problems while working in Africa. We wouldn't have known anything but for his sister coming into the Mail Office to tell Peter Leach, who has passed on our condolences to his family. We will post more details of funeral arrangements etc., when they become available. Regards.

Subject: Sadly deceased

Posted by IT
Thursday, August 09, 2001 at 12:36:47

I've also been struck by the number of 'sadly deceased' tags in the photo index, but I'm sure someone with a statistical turn of mind will tell us that for any similar group the distribution is normal. Makes you pause though, doesn't it?

Subject: Sad Loss

Posted by Dave
Wednesday, August 08, 2001 at 20:21:18

I knew a John Tyson that played in the Sunday Quiz League with "Scooch" if its the same one pass my sympathies along too. It would seem that there have been a significant number of pupils from the school meeting a premature end. IS this indicative of the town in general? or is there a catalyst for ex BBGS pupils? It is Worrying.......

Subject: John Tyson

Posted by Ian T
Tuesday, August 07, 2001 at 09:39:55

Frank, I'm dismayed to hear of John Tyson's death. He was a mate. Long before he became a renowned anthropologist we used to play 'sock soccer' at lunchtimes in Bernie's changing rooms. I also remember visits to Hull and pints in the 'Zoological Gardens'. Funny the things that stick. I know that John caught malaria while out in Malawi and was forced to leave Africa for health reasons. Was his death in any way related? He brought his wife and kids to Barrow, but I think it was too much of a culture shock and they split up. It's a real shock to hear that he's died.

Subject: New Homepage Image

Posted by
Monday, August 06, 2001 at 19:01:54

Here is a not too great quality photo of 3f at Barrow Station after returning from a day trip to Arnside with Eddie Fell,looking very suave in his Renault Floride. The braces and bovver boots tell you what a class this was. Keith Nutter and Phil Brown are there but Dak White was probably robbing the ticket office at the time. The day after this, myself and Glenn Harley were suspended, but that's another story. Steve Benson (taking Photo)

Subject: Dr John Tyson

Posted by frank cassidy
Monday, August 06, 2001 at 18:47:22

A bit of bad news, I'm afraid. I'm sorry to have to report that Dr John Tyson (BBGS 1966-73) died in Furness General Hospital on Saturday, July 28, 2001. He was 46. After leaving the sixth form John went to Hull Uni where he gained a PhD in social anthropology. He worked in Africa, teaching at the University of Zomba in Malawi and later in Asia and the far east where he was employed as a consultant by several major organisations (including the World Bank). 'Third World' had a grasp of his subject like no-one I have ever met and he would try and explain the socio-economic impact of the latest hydro-electric dam in some God-forgotten spot often over late-night bevvies in the Harbour Hotel, and sometimes on the terraces of Craven Park. A great reader, and a lover of the Lakeland fells, he could debate any subject and many of us looked forward to bumping into him on one of his many returns to the town so we could get together for a crack. Our deepest sympathy goes to his family. John Tyson was a lovely man, and what a pity another one gone. The funeral has yet to be arranged, but more details will appear in the Evening Mail later this week and through a posting on this site.


Posted by 7 of 9
Sunday, August 05, 2001 at 12:21:27

Subject: NOUT MUCH

Posted by Mr X
Sunday, August 05, 2001 at 12:00:44



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Sunday, August 05, 2001 at 11:50:21

Subject: hello

Posted by Tommy 2 Thumbs
Sunday, August 05, 2001 at 01:26:07

Frank Cassidy, now there's a reprobate if ever. I don't remember Byron Ferrari but I do remember him DJing at the Beer Keller. t2t

Subject: Lost in Translation

Posted by Dave
Friday, August 03, 2001 at 20:57:26

After the School went comprehensive((ly) crap)) the old Butler boys namely Greg Huson, Craig McNicol, and I think Michael Austin, translated the German exam paper into the commentary of the world cup of 66 and how great it was to beat Germany. Also into the mix was reference to the fact thAT Bobby Charlton was bald and so was Mr Wickwar,the then Year head!!. Surprisingly the outcome involved six of the best, what japes !


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Friday, August 03, 2001 at 20:32:37

Subject: The invisible student

Posted by
Friday, August 03, 2001 at 15:41:42

My initials were indeed and to the best of my knowledge still are JF. I can vaguely remember such characters as Bill Burns, Jack Wild, Marshy and there was a chubby, cheerful guy who I think was called Wrennie. I have absolutely no idea what happened to any of them but I do remember Keith Wilson being a good boxer having seen many of his fights.


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Friday, August 03, 2001 at 14:26:21

Subject: pete delaney

Posted by frank cassidy
Thursday, August 02, 2001 at 22:50:56

like neil and john, i was thought pete was a special bloke. I remember seeing neil at his funeral where he kept shaking his head, and I felt just the same. however, while pete would never have much time for a bunch of maudlin wankers living in the past, he never objected, as far as i can remember, to people recalling a tale, so long as it was reasonably funny. which brings us to the 1972 form three trip to the Eskdale Miniature Railway and 'the orange shirt incident.' a few headstrong daredevils had (briefly) jumped off and then back on the little train as it chugged its way from Ravenglass to Eskdale Green (or is it Boot?). Having bought our mementos (in my case, a gyroscope) we went back on the train for the return. Now the jumping on an off became more frenzied, each boy trying to outdo the other with either (a) length of jump away from train (b)actual time running alongside train. Pete decided to have a go and with incredible timing, leapt out of the train only to slide his foot under one of the few metal fixings from the rail to the side of the track. Those in the carriage at the time now say they remember only a vague corner-of-the-eye image of an orange flash being ripped from the train. There were tears of laughter and lots of head-turning from the masters who were (naturally) in the first-class seats up front. The loco driver was told to stop and there was a long wait until, finally, pete came running around the bend in the distance, waving his arms, saying, "stop, stop." The word went round there might be an inquiry back at school, with pete in big trouble, but he laughed it off when we arrived back home, as he did most things, and rightly so.

Subject: Tony Fisher

Posted by Ace
Thursday, August 02, 2001 at 22:22:15

Old mate of mine.At BBGS 1959-1966.Anyone out there know where he is now?

Subject: Childcare

Posted by Dr Spock
Thursday, August 02, 2001 at 21:40:06

Maybe anonymous was brought up using my techniques - a great screw-upper for children if the 60's and 70's?


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Thursday, August 02, 2001 at 21:36:33

Subject: Pete again

Posted by Neil
Thursday, August 02, 2001 at 17:04:55

Say something positive Mr Anonymous


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Thursday, August 02, 2001 at 14:29:42


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Thursday, August 02, 2001 at 14:29:31

Subject: Pete Delaney

Posted by Neil
Wednesday, August 01, 2001 at 19:59:19

John - Pete opted out of the rat race big time (he never even entered it). After school he did various jobs, including labouring in the Yard, but this was just to earn money for travel around Europe and Asia. He married a Spanish Girl and I remember one really heated Latin argument in the old Imperial in Cornwallis Street during the late 70's, when Pete nearly got his eyes scratched out. The relationship failed and Pete and I shared a flat in South Kensington during 1981 whilst I was studying for an MSc at Imperial College. Pete just slept in and wandered around London searching for stimulus and stimulants. After that I lost touch for a long time - only seeing him occasionally on visits to Barrow. Last year Pete was diagnosed with lung cancer and died two months later. I had the privilege of meeting him for the final time just two weeks before his death when, although very ill, he was just the same old carefree Pete, with his daft sense of humour and passion for fishing.

Subject: Pete Delaney

Posted by John K
Wednesday, August 01, 2001 at 13:37:02

Neil, what happened to Pete Delaney? I went through my whole school-life with him, from Infants through to BBGS - and he even delivered my mail when I moved back to Barrow.

He was definitely one of the 'good guys', I just hope on the route to Valhalla, he didn't encounter any Belgian lorry drivers.

Subject: Olive oil and frogs legs

Posted by Neil
Wednesday, August 01, 2001 at 12:38:42

More like my poor old poverty stricken parents asking for me not to be told!

Subject: Foreign Trips

Posted by John K
Wednesday, August 01, 2001 at 08:19:42

Neil - they were available every year, we just didn't tell you about them.

Subject: Acid rain

Posted by Neil
Tuesday, July 31, 2001 at 23:34:10

I can't remember these foreign trips being offered? Were they every year or just odd one-offs? The funniest school trips I recall used to be the chemically induced ones experienced by the likes of the late, lamented Pete Delaney . The supply of funny mushrooms on Barrow Golf Course seemed to be endless!

Subject: School Trips

Posted by John K
Tuesday, July 31, 2001 at 20:59:33

Neil - In the 3rd year we went to France, with Sneck, Gottle, and, I think Roger Stubbings, or was it Dennis Clampton? Unfortunately, on our last day in Paris, I got caught smoking in the morning, drinking at lunchtime, and in the evening, trying to sneak out of the dormitory to meet some young ladies. Sneck confiscated my trousers - bastard!!

Carl Swindlehurst was found lying face down in a pool of, what I can only assume, was his own vomit - I hope it was his.

On leaving Paris, for a few days in Brittany, the staff decided not to be quite as lenient with us as they had been in Paris. But we did get some light relief when Steve Hanson jumped off a stone-age burial mound, and broke his leg.

Subject: School trips

Posted by Neil
Tuesday, July 31, 2001 at 20:17:34

I visited dear old Barrow last week with the family. Lo and behold someone had decided to open up the Coniston Fells so I was able to walk up Wetherlam with my middle daughter on a fantastic DRY day, with cloud hanging in tendrils over the Langdale Pikes. I was reminded of the contrasting, and rather sad, little school trips that we used to have in the '70's. I remember traipsing up Black Coombe, with Wilf K at the lead, in pouring rain and with no sanctuary apart from the coach back at the end of the day. A dismal wet day on a boat on Coniston also comes to mind. Did anyone have an exciting school trip or were they all rather pathetic?


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Tuesday, July 31, 2001 at 19:11:04

Subject: Overnite Sensation

Posted by Ern
Monday, July 30, 2001 at 09:09:42

Jolly nice to see so many 'Barra Lads'at the gig in Taunton on Saturday. Present and correct were: Billy Clark, Phil Watson, Graham Fletcher, Ian Lowden, Pete Gibson and of course, myself. I claim the prize for losing the most fluid in the course of the evening (mainly by evaporation), while the prize for gaining the most fluid was a close run thing between Pete and Graham - the judges decision going with Pete as he was drinking men's beery drinks, not Bacardi Breezers. Thanks Phil for bringing your lovely plastic female companion and scaring the s**t out of half of the old ladies in the village! - and me too when, somewhat the worse for wear (dehydration),  I went into the back garden to cool off at 1 o'clock in the morning and found her sitting at my picnic table.

Good to see that this crew are still VERY funny and very anarchic, even in their 40's

The sound of Gibson's voice after a lungful of helium will live with me forever!!

Thanks for the Zappa book Phil - I'm halfway thru it already - an excellent read.


Posted by
Friday, July 27, 2001 at 20:10:25

Not seen it Watcher (must have been my day off). Bad though that one may have been, and due apologies to Brian, it lags well behind many others. I still cringe when recalling the day two picture captions were mixed up relating to a 'storm' over a slag heap our district. There were two photographs, one of the slag heap and one of a middle-aged, bespectacled woman who was cajoled by a reporter into saying she was complaining about it. I can't remember her name, but it was something like Gladys Phizacklea. Imagine our horror when we checked the first edition for mistakes to find underneath the pic of the slag heap the words Gladys Phizacklea (or whatever). Bad though that shock was, we immediately switched our eyes towards the picture of Mrs Phizacklea, hoping against hope that the Pixies had fixed it. But nope, there it was: Ulverston eyesore. What made it worse was that the woman featured - how can I say it - was not one of the best-looking Sirens that fair town has produced. Talk about leaky arses...


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Friday, July 27, 2001 at 19:01:36

Subject: Flapper

Posted by Noddy
Friday, July 27, 2001 at 17:12:40

Hearing you loud and clear. Send mail to

Subject: Botto

Posted by The Watcher
Friday, July 27, 2001 at 14:08:23

Did anyone else enjoy the recent Evening Mail article featuring our own holy man about to bless a tarantula?
And there's me always hitting them with the heel of my shoe.
According to the Mail he is now known as "Ryan" Otto. You'd think Frank would have spotted that one.

Subject: Watches

Posted by PFW
Friday, July 27, 2001 at 14:02:44

They still do that? Good Lord.
I recall getting a letter from salaries in the Yard informing me that I would retire February 2024. I got a funny feeling at that point.
I don't feel too bad about leaving though... I would have been one of the first to go in the "purges". My only regret is that I didn't get to fulfil Dennis's prophecy and actually wield a shovel during my "stretch"

Subject: Ciaran

Posted by John K
Friday, July 27, 2001 at 13:51:39

Hence the saying -

I wouldn't do your job for a gold watch!!

Subject: Gold watch for the class of 76

Posted by Ciaran
Friday, July 27, 2001 at 13:48:21

I find it hard to believe that Myself, Bill White and Kev Critchley who disgraced the school with others by leaving in the 5th year will be awarded a gold watch in September for 25 years service at Vickers.that makes it all worth while. You'd get less time in prison for murder Doesn't time fly when your enjoying yourself.Of the others in my year still in the yard, I think Jon Gardener and Dave Anderson abortive attempts at 6th form before entering and Duncan Scott an Ian McAllister also arrived later after completing A levels.Regards to all who know me out there, I bet you lads that left vickers early are gutted now!!


Posted by PFW
Friday, July 27, 2001 at 13:00:21

Actually that was me.. I forgot to add "haha"


Posted by IT
Thursday, July 26, 2001 at 22:12:34

Good to see the old misconceptions about the academic life still persisting!


Posted by Lazlo Biro
Thursday, July 26, 2001 at 12:28:44

Depends if she has a morning lecture or not..

Subject: Noms de plume

Posted by Platignum
Thursday, July 26, 2001 at 12:26:14

Can we use the same pen name every time - or do we have to change it, I can only think of a few - Shaeffer, Mont Blanc, Parker etc.

BTW Thommo's message took me a bit by surprise.......I thought academics didn't get out of bed until well after 9.30 am

Subject: Inconsistency.

Posted by IT
Thursday, July 26, 2001 at 09:33:10

The worst crime in teaching seems to be inconsistency. We all admired the tough but fair teachers.. especially if they also taught well...Cash and Wilf come to mind. We knew where we stood with the real bastards, those who hit us with board dusters, knuckles, fists etc. It was the ones who tried to be pally but occasionally turned mean who earned the worst opprobium (good word for 9.30 in the morning). Very human, of course. Perhaps we should be more forgiving?

Subject: Noms de plume

Posted by "Plunger"
Wednesday, July 25, 2001 at 20:47:10

More real names please, Grunt's dead remember!

Subject: Janus

Posted by BioBiz
Wednesday, July 25, 2001 at 07:48:01

I recall Janus (alias Grunt, alias iron lung) was able to show his ability to be two-faced in front of a whole class. I remember answering a question about Ted Hughes' poetry which was not in line with Grunt's views. As one of his favourite pupils, Grunt politely dismissed my schoolboy views. Jeff Dandy then put his hand up and started to defend my original thesis. This prompted Grunt to leap to the back of the class pull Jeff from his desk and throw him against the back wall while explaining that it had been Grunt who had studied English at Oxford (Having not read his obit nor really understood the significance of the silk flashes on gowns at Speech day I'm not sure if that was true). After that incident I found myself in the anti-Grunt camp and went out of my way to be contrarian to Grunt in all my essays.

Subject: Re: the invisible student

Posted by Old Boy
Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at 22:11:05

Your initials weren't "JF" by any chance?

Subject: Gallimore

Posted by No Grunt Fan
Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at 20:34:04

I take issue with 'Grunt-Fan' (20/07). Why does being a member of some religious sect or being a supporter of a particular political party give one the right to act like a pathological bully? (As I both witnessed and experienced on many occasions). I wish I'd have seen his obituary in 1985, I'd have taken great pleasure in wiping my arse with it.

Subject: Poor Teachers

Posted by Bob Cratchet
Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at 15:47:15

It's a tough old life in education - I'm hoping to get a couple of hours off, later this year, to get a new crutch for Tiny Tim

Subject: The invisible student

Posted by
Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at 14:21:36

I am gratified to see that I have been deleted. I was on the left side of Stephen Hughes on the top row of Part One.

Subject: Punton's ets

Posted by Alan T
Monday, July 23, 2001 at 12:46:15

I worked for a charge-hand in the yard who both began and punctuated sentences with "ism", maybe like Punton's "ets" it was a device to prevent a stammer?

Subject: Grunt (again) - go on boy!!

Posted by Squeaky Shoe
Monday, July 23, 2001 at 12:20:07

Funny how we get attached to the more cruel teachers.... Almost as if we were at some minor public school. Maybe Moon would be pleased at that. Next thing'll be that Stiff was fair and reasonable BECAUSE he beat people up. Oh, and Big Ron - he was a great bloke, especially when he had you by the sideburns.... Wilf, Dennis, Cash and Tez, for example, were decent, reasonable blokes, if a little cynical, who liked kids and didn't need to whack 'em. Grunt was a bully, therefore, no flowers from me.

Subject: girls school

Posted by dawn goulding
Monday, July 23, 2001 at 01:19:04

Any chance of the 1977 girls school photo being included?
Yes.. if there was a copy available

Subject: Eva

Posted by John K
Sunday, July 22, 2001 at 23:34:37

Eva clubfoot was Ma Emerson - the scourge of all innocent, and not so innocent, schoolboys everywhere.

Recently there was a charming photograph of her on the home page of this very site, which demonstrated the high esteem in which she is still held.

Subject: Eva?

Posted by Paul Parker
Saturday, July 21, 2001 at 11:46:32

Who was Eva Clubfoot?

Subject: daddy wynn

Posted by caulfield
Friday, July 20, 2001 at 20:17:01

anyone know when where daddy wynn died?

Subject: english

Posted by grunt fan
Friday, July 20, 2001 at 19:42:46

I do remember when Fred Gallimore was late for classes after dinner-break, it was because ''he had to wash both his faces.''That reputation sprang from a 'come-on-just-give-up-the-names-of-the-culprits- and-there-will-be-no-reprisals' remark he made in the aftermath of (yet another) hoo-ha.A few stinging arses later he was regarded with deep suspicion and the nickname 'Janus' had stuck. Fred (now in Coniston churchyard) is not here to defend himself, and i still strongly suspect Eva Clubfoot had something to do with the actual spilling of the beans to the Fuhrer. And I remain a fan. He was a supporter of anyone who liked English Literature and went out of his way to lend books to people who shared his passion for the subject and entertained many of us at his home after we left the school.Fred was also, by the way, a champion of the left-wing cause (obit in the Guardian when he pegged out, circa 1985), a Methodist and a good-egg in a basket containing not a few dodgier ones.

Subject: 60's photo

Posted by Ern
Friday, July 20, 2001 at 14:04:02

Part 4, bottom left hand corner. Josef Goebbels?

Subject: Noddy

Posted by Flapper
Thursday, July 19, 2001 at 21:17:27

Are you still out there? I've been trying to contact you for years.

Subject: Grunt ---> Janus

Posted by Tacitus
Thursday, July 19, 2001 at 19:28:52

The great Roman God, Janus has two faces, which is why January is named after him, as at this time of year one should look forward and back at the same time. I can't think why Grunt should be so named..........

Subject: Olaf The Redbeard

Posted by Peter
Thursday, July 19, 2001 at 19:25:11

Aka "Wagger" Wynn once said "You think you're great, but you're not, you're rubbish!" Memorable putdown! Even after nearly 30 years. I can't remember who he said it to - very possibly me, if it wasn't it must have been Kell.One of the few things I remember from that old b****'s turgid lessons.

Subject: Foibles

Posted by Neil
Thursday, July 19, 2001 at 19:02:30

Steve mentions Ma O'Neil's fag breath/cheap perfume cocktail. A number of other teachers suffered the stinky weed habit to excess. There was "Pig" Punton, who left his maths classes on a frequent basis to get a nicotine hit. "Slug" Sharpe was another one with a similar habit. Idiosyncrasies of speech have also had an airing recently and Punton's habit of saying "Ets" at the start of every sentence comes to mind. Does anyone recall more examples?

Subject: Grunt, etc.

Posted by Alan T
Thursday, July 19, 2001 at 18:16:55

I was always mystified by the devotion Grunt used to inspire in some of my colleagues. I thought he was a class A ****. I also remember wondering why older pupils called him Janus.....Wasn't Cash "Acting Headmaster" for a whole year?

Subject: Thick-ear from Grunt

Posted by Paul
Thursday, July 19, 2001 at 11:32:48

Remember Grunt? In one engish lesson, on similes and metaphors, he provided an example, "his round, pale face shone like ..... the back end of a bus". How we larfed!! BUT, when an unfortunate member of the form produced his own simile which was faintly light hearted, along the lines of "the red sun sank in the West like the tail lights of a Morris Marina" he was beaten nearly senseless for not taking the lesson seriously enough. I learnt a great deal about double standards during my sojourn in Grunt's class.

Subject: Maggie O'Neil

Posted by Steve Drury
Thursday, July 19, 2001 at 00:19:21

Can anybody tell me what became of Maggie? My lasting memories of the poor woman were the smell of cheap perfume and fags, (the smoking kind and not the first year boys). Whenever she came past my desk in French Hilly would whisper to me as loud as he could, "did you smell that perfume" and "look at that beauty spot". I replied "yes, it's the only beautiful spot on her". Another half hour in the corridor. She left at the end of that year. Did I really play a part in her early retirement.

Subject: Sneck

Posted by Steve Drury
Wednesday, July 18, 2001 at 23:49:28

Dear onlooker, I would love to take the credit for being the stooge in one of CGK's finest moments. I did play a small part in the incident, being one of the chainers and not the chained. It actually happened in 1971, and the boy in question who probably spent as much time in the corridors as I did was Ian Baker. Ian sadly left the school at the end of that year. Superhuman Sneck pushed Ian, desk and all the full length of the corridor, leaving large scores in the red tile floor along the way, and deposited them outside moonheads office.Did Sneck really swim naked in Thwaite Flat every morning? Were the hairs on the end of his nose really the result of some obscure sexual practice? Nice to know John Keleher hasn't forgotten me. I was talking to Graeme White recently, John. Every time I see him he asks me to tell him of my school antics. It appears he has been given tasters from you Best wishes John.

Subject: load of bowls

Posted by ian
Wednesday, July 18, 2001 at 19:47:25

Yep, I certainly do remember playing bowls in lieu of shot putting. In athletics, if you threw anything rather than ran, then the masters seemed utterly uninterested, so we were largely undisturbed and an agreeable games lesson could be passed on something a little more civilised that seeing how far you could throw a lump of lead. A propos house points - I recall my one house point other than in throwing something was for the 200 metres. I have a distinct memory of Wilf shaking the stop watch to see if it was defective after I did that.

Subject: Girls Headmistress

Posted by Dave
Wednesday, July 18, 2001 at 18:44:07

I think the girls headmistress was Mrs Stansfield, I too had a run in with her when I was caught in a daring sprint across enemy lines trying to get to the canteen early. Shirley would let us out of art 2 min so it was worth the gamble.One day i was captured and marched back to see sledge.........Now two things strike me looking back, was it such a crime to enter the girls play yard as a short cut.Secondly 2 head teachers devoted time to this minor infringement of law! surely a waste of their valuable time??????????

Subject: Hugging Trees

Posted by Topiarist
Wednesday, July 18, 2001 at 18:15:26

I happened to be skulking back from the canteen one dinner time with my then frequent companion Mark Garner, when Mark reached out and stripped a twig from one of the trees outside the Girl's school. An irate shrew (in the Shakespearean sense) ran from the school entrance and accosted us both. She turned out to be the headmistress whose name escapes me in my dotage and she punished the pair of us by making us hug every tree in the drive. BTW Ciaran, I remember Wilf's trek round Greenodd too as I was also in 3K. What an adventure Carruthers (Wilf's invisible friend) had!! Eh? Wilf was a brilliant from tutor though, and a thoroughly nice bloke.

Subject: School Trips

Posted by John K
Wednesday, July 18, 2001 at 17:22:35

Apart from the obligatory route marches with Wilf Kimber, we also had a trip to France with Sneck and Gottle in the 3rd year, and, in the Lower 6th, I was the only one from BBGS to go on a Mediterranean Cruise - everyone else dropped out, which pissed off Ronnie Horrocks, as he couldn't go, and I had to travel with 50 girls from BGGS. It wasn't easy, but I forced myself.

Subject: School Trips

Posted by Ciaran
Wednesday, July 18, 2001 at 16:44:34

A trip to Denmark indeed.The one and only trip I remember going on was a ramble around Greenodd with Wilf Kimber in 3K.Or was I missing something?

Subject: Lethal weapons

Posted by Neil
Wednesday, July 18, 2001 at 12:39:29

The shot putt recipient was me, circa 1970/71. Ian Royle was the miscreant and I still haven't forgiven him as it ruined my first foreign holiday, which I spent in a complete daze.Bernie Eales was his usual considerate self, leaving me to bleed to death in the shower whilst he went back to torture the remainder of 2H. I recall stumbling back home from North Lonsdale Hospital (no one from the school stayed with me and my parents weren't told!)and throwing up on my doorstep.The discus in the gob/dog catching a frisbee act was Pete Delaney and he managed to retain all his teeth. Pete sadly died last September.

Subject: Athletically Challenged

Posted by P Fosbury
Wednesday, July 18, 2001 at 10:16:32

House Points!!! I only ever got one, which I earned at the high jump, clearing (officially only, mind!) 100 centimetres in one bound. What actually happened was that Thomas Hickey (a laterally challenged individual) when attempting to clear the bar immediately before me, stumbled over it and bent it severely under his powerful frame. Quick as a flash, I attempted to clear the by now, 65 cm height provided and succeeded, just. Bernie then bent it back into shape, but I already had my entry on the form. Anyone else remember the games of bowls enjoyed when we should have been hurling shot putts instead of rolling them?

Subject: Info

Posted by
Wednesday, July 18, 2001 at 10:07:32

In characteristically crude fashion I have put up the 1960 school photo supplied by Glenn Cornick and in the BBGS/Misc section a photo of the Denmark school trip. Enjoy.
I must deplore the absence of Cash, Big Ron, and Jimmy Mont from the 1960 photo

Subject: The old ones are still the best

Posted by GregP
Wednesday, July 18, 2001 at 09:55:27

I suppose, at a boys school, there wouldn't have been an entry on the form for 'Sex'. If there were, then Dave could have written 'Not as often as I'd like'.

Subject: Hamer

Posted by John K
Wednesday, July 18, 2001 at 09:46:08

Although it was very early days, I had the impression that he wanted to treat BBGS like a Public School - emphasising the House system etc.

He clearly didn't realise that he was dealing with people like Dave Myers, who on our first day, when filling in a record card, his entry for House was his address.

Subject: Demon Headmasters

Posted by Cpl. Punishment
Wednesday, July 18, 2001 at 09:26:08

I concur.. Hamer did not inspire terror at all...
I got the feeling he had no idea at all about the kind of miscreants he encountered at BBGS. Chip.. he was quite clear on the subject and wielded the bamboo accordingly.

Subject: Metamorphosis

Posted by John K
Wednesday, July 18, 2001 at 08:06:31

Chip/Moonhead retired in '75, and was temporarily replaced by Cash for a term, or two, until Hamer turned up some way through '76.

It was the year of my A Levels, and fortunately I had very little to do with him - but from a brief encounter, I heartily concur.

As for the shot putt victim, I vaguely recall the incident, I think you could be right Macca - it sounds just like the sort of thing that would happen to Dave Myers!

Subject: Athletic Mishaps

Posted by macca
Wednesday, July 18, 2001 at 04:12:51

One of the funnier athletic events happened on a sunny afternoon. Paul Bispham (Bisa) was practicing javelin. Bisa was somewhat athletically challenged (mostly due to cigarettes and certain chemical stimulants), but was actually quite a force to be reckoned with as a "spear chucker".Mr Mounsey called down the field "throw it to me Bispham", Bisa waved him off suggesting he was too close, Mounsey again called out "throw it to me Bispham". This interchange went on for several minutes until Bisa finally gave in, took a run and launched his javelin into the air. the onlooking crowd of boys watched in awe as the spear tore through the air, the awe turned into delight as the javelin began it's descent and headed straight at Mounsey who was running backwards as fast as his legs would carry him.The spear missed him by only a few feet, and Bisa was once again in the sh*t.

Subject: Athletic mishaps

Posted by macca
Wednesday, July 18, 2001 at 02:19:38

I was there the day of the famous Dave Hill Garotting, he swung around the fence wire like some kind of chinese acrobat.He lost his 2 back front upper molars in the incident.I also remember the same year someone getting a hit in the head during shot putt practice and some other poor soul getting a discus in the chops.The shot putt victim I think was Dave Myers ?? perhaps Zorro or John K could confirm.

Subject: Demon Headmasters

Posted by Beatings for you boy
Tuesday, July 17, 2001 at 23:01:54

M' be honest I think a sadistic head is probably better for the moral development of pupils than the namby pamby liberal wetheads that you find these days.The Headmaster at my daughters' school sends out memos rather than directly confronting bad behaviour!

Subject: Moonhead-Sledge

Posted by Dave
Tuesday, July 17, 2001 at 17:14:33

Not that its the same person, but just Like the Doctor in Dr.Who when did the metamorphosis from Robinson to Hamer take place and if anyone was there for their joint tenure whom do they think was the more sadistic. I was only there during the Sledge reign of terror.

Subject: Chip----->Moonhead

Posted by John Keleher
Tuesday, July 17, 2001 at 13:36:49

I'm afraid I don't have a lot of light to shed on this subject.

In my first year (1969), 'Chip' was in common usage, but by my 3rd year, 'Moonhead' was de rigeur.

Interestingly, no one has referred to the term "M'Well", which, preceded every impersonation, but actually very few of Moonhead's sentences

As in "M'Well Drury, you are leading all of these good boys into trouble - don't tell me you weren't there, because Hill, Bispham, and McGuirk have all told me you were."


"M'Well, I don't remember asking for Capuccino."

Subject: Sneck

Posted by onlooker
Tuesday, July 17, 2001 at 09:14:18

OK I remember Snecks Maths lessons about 72, 73 .Tich used to wind him up regularly and have to stand out in the corridor.Remember those desks we had with the seat as part of it. One day Tich got some of his mates to chain him to his desk, he then went on to gat sent out of the room. Sneck seemed to get superhman powers, dragged out Tich desk, seat and all.Well that's my recollection anyway,

Subject: Evil ogres in stitches

Posted by Victim
Monday, July 16, 2001 at 22:34:16

That story really cheered me up.

Subject: Steve Drury

Posted by John Keleher
Sunday, July 15, 2001 at 19:32:16

Good to hear from you Tich.

I can't help feeling that time is playing a few tricks with your memory.

I don't remember you getting into trouble for talking!!

Subject: thwack

Posted by Steve Drury
Sunday, July 15, 2001 at 02:44:27

Yes Castro, I do remember the incident, and in actual fact Hilly ended up with a number of stiches in his tongue. Some would suggest it was nothing more than he deserved. His constant talking got me ,the innocent, into trouble on many occasions. Best wishes, but who are you?

Subject: twack

Posted by castro
Saturday, July 14, 2001 at 21:21:01

If you say it, Tich, it must be true. Do you remember the day on one of the bottom soccer pitches, when dave hill ran at full gallop through what he thought was a gap in the fence to retrieve a ball which had gone into park drive, only to be semi-garotted by an (unseen) length of wire stretching between two of the concrete posts?Reaching some speed, he met the wire at about mouth-height and was catapulted backwards onto his arse. Oh how we laughed.....

Subject: Re Wrong Parker me arl m8

Posted by Paul Parker
Saturday, July 14, 2001 at 20:34:53

Thanks Mike! You're right of course; I seem to have inadvertently mixed up 1 Fell from 1974 with the classes we later entered; ie 3B/3M, 4K and 5K. The REVISED 1 Fell from 1974 reads as follows! Armstrong Brookes Carroll Cross Foster Garner Herrmann Hunter Kershaw(?) Lawson McMahon Mulgrew Parker Rooney Shields Singleton Spencer Sutcliffe Tilburn Warburton Willison Wilson

Subject: The end

Posted by Phlegmatic
Saturday, July 14, 2001 at 17:41:39


Subject: Story from 1972

Posted by Steve Drury
Saturday, July 14, 2001 at 16:30:43

One Tuesday morning 4 of us were called to his office for a discussion regarding some trouble the other 3 had caused, (the others were Billy McGuirk, Paul Bispham and I think Dave Hill). These 3 were obviously guilty, but as I was a model pupil who never caused the school or any teacher a single problem, I was astonished to find myself on the carpet. The head assumed I was guilty by association, (an honest mistake on his part).It was morning break at the time, and as moonhead, with his back towards us, gave us one of his polite tickings-off Billy noticed the cup of steaming coffee on the edge of his desk.Many will remember Billy suffered with a terrible catarrh problem and regularly had to clear the build up of phlegm. On this day he decided to clear it into moonheads coffee, quickly stirring it in.When moonhead turned around, completely unaware of the new style coffee-mate, the 4 of us were in tears of laughter.It would be fair to say he he was not amused at our disregard of his authority, and instead of just a telling off he went to the cupboard and brought out one of the thicker canes in his collection, giving each of us 4 whacks.I never did thank Billy for that day.

Subject: Wrong Parker me arl m8

Posted by Mike McCabe
Saturday, July 14, 2001 at 02:57:57

I was in Barrow was Alan McKinnon but nice try (and it isn't really that important). Tara

Subject: common room

Posted by castro
Saturday, July 14, 2001 at 01:04:17

who painted those little feet going up the (north facing) wall?

Subject: 6th Form Common Room

Posted by Graham Shereston
Saturday, July 14, 2001 at 00:38:30

I was at BBGS from 64-71 during which time two revolutionary breakthroughs took place,1) caps were abolished 2) a 6th-form common room was established, to recognise our seniority and maturity. It included some comfortable furniture and, most importantly, a record player - mine! Like a fool I brought in my collection of early 60's 45's - Beatles, Stones, Dave Clark Five etc. They all went missing within days. That collection would be worth a small fortune today. So if you know anyone who nicked any of my records please let me know so I can send the boys round.

Subject: Evil Upper 6th

Posted by
Saturday, July 14, 2001 at 00:33:40

Oh yes, I remember the, self styled, "Evil Upper Sixth" - bunch of tossers and inadequates as I recall.

Subject: assembly

Posted by zorro
Friday, July 13, 2001 at 23:46:44

Dear Dawson,Anyone who was there during those years remembers the phrase 'evil upper sixth' And, let's face it, you were a bunch of outlaws. So nice to see you are all so different now.Thanks for saying thanks, by the way, that the Evening Mail published the web ddress.There is one point you may be able to help me with - in fact it is the quiz of the week. When did 'Chip' become 'Moonhead' - who was involved?I have a feeling it was a gradual process with many of the usual suspects playing their parts.Can you nail it down, sir?Yours, aye,Swashbuckling Zorro.

Subject: Greasy crooners

Posted by Biryani Ferret
Friday, July 13, 2001 at 15:25:54

I believe 2HB pencils weren't allowed at BBGS.

Subject: What Cash said about Bryan Ferry

Posted by GregP
Friday, July 13, 2001 at 13:44:17

As I recall it was something like "That bloody Bryan Ferry, he should have gone down the mines like his Dad." I guess Cash wasn't a fan either.

Subject: Bryan Ferry

Posted by glenn barnard
Friday, July 13, 2001 at 01:29:38

I don't think I knew Bryan Ferry. He must have been in 4B but I was in 4A.Which house was he in? Was it Ramsden or Fell? What did Cash say about him? Does anyone have a photo of when someone painted 'His' and 'Hers' on the roofs of the 2 schools in 8ft letters? It must have been about 1962.


Posted by glenn c
Friday, July 13, 2001 at 01:16:27

Subject: Zorro

Posted by JK
Thursday, July 12, 2001 at 22:35:02

You just fancy Catherine Zeta Jones, and thought she might read these pages
Referring back to the back-breaking "Cassidy Flop", I have visions of you sailing under the bar, and knocking it off with your Monkey Boots - Is my memory deceiving me?

Subject: Evil Upper Sixth

Posted by Paul
Thursday, July 12, 2001 at 18:24:43

We had the good fortune to follow the evil upper sixth and to inherit their wrecked common room. Of course it was a traditional rite of passage to destroy all common room chattels before handing over occupancy (ref earlier postings re the webmeister and the destruction of both the single, "Open your box" by Yoko Ono and the record player at the same time, however the BBGS Evil Upper Sixth ended their occupancy by throwing a settee through the wall into Cash's office. I think they were the year ahead of us, but I could be mistaken, it was maybe two years between us. As we approached the end of our Lower Sixth common room tenure, there was an organised raid on the extremely comfortable furniture the Upper Sixth had acquired, after which we hid most of it on the roof of the corridors, accessed only through a small window on the stairs near the biology labs, and despite significant amounts of torture, the webmeister (the archtect of the raid) kept mum. The last days of the Upper Sixth's attendance were marked by an increasingly desperate search for their furniture. They were comfortable those settees, and I remember finding two half crowns when we smashed them up some eight months later.

Subject: Assembly

Posted by David Dawson
Thursday, July 12, 2001 at 13:35:30

My recollection is that I was the first prefect ever to be sent out of an assembly by Moonhead - this will have been in 1974/5. I was laughing 'cos I thought he was sending my kid brother out.....Can anyone else remember this and the days of the "evil" upper 6th?Thanks to the Evening Mail for giving out the address of this site yesterday!David

Subject: Glenn B/Glenn C

Posted by GregP
Thursday, July 12, 2001 at 12:10:03

Ah-ha! A real live prog rocker right here on this site, and an authentic Cash legend to boot. Along with "betting shop, fish and chip shop, pub..." Glenn was another staple Cash diversion from the tiresome business of imparting the causes of the Peninsular War to his 1972 'O' level group; something along the lines of "Yow never know, some of yow might be famous one day. One old boy, Glenn Barnard, plays the bass in that... (pause to introduce into voice quizzical expression of bewilderment at the outlandish names of popular music groups these days) Jethro Tull." We all knew this of course, and being far more aware of these things than Cash, we also knew Glenn had left the band by then. "Sir, he's not in them any more" someone would say, but Glenn would invariably have been reinstated the next time Cash came to relate the tale.

Now I know this is going to wind a few of you up, but I have to ask 'Glenn, do you know Bryan Ferry?'

Subject: schoolpics

Posted by Glenn Barnard
Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 23:23:50

More bad memories. I have the 1960 school picture in front of me so I suppose I should scan it so we can all have more to laugh at. Who do I send it to? or To whom do I send it? or---- Where's that bloody English teacher when I need him? Glenn Cornick who was called Glenn Barnard back in those old BGS days

Subject: P.S.

Posted by Paul Bryden
Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 22:58:10

If there is, mail me ~

Subject: Any one left alive ?

Posted by Paul Bryden
Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 21:34:46

Hi ~ anyone left alive from the circa 59/66 years ?? I am, nearly.


Posted by Benny
Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 20:57:53

Anyone visiting this site who started at the school in 1962?First form teacher Mr. Marchant. Head boy was Mike Harper, Deputy head was Rodney Coward. Sam was headmaster and Fred his deputy.


Posted by ferrari
Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 18:35:02

You got me in one, Kellogs.Kind regards,Zorro.

Subject: Guilty Secret

Posted by Peter
Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 17:51:10

The poem attributed to me on P45 of the School magazine entitled "The Cat" was written by my mother. I was down Lowden's house playing Risk.

Subject: Soul

Posted by IT
Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at 10:57:03

Ah Brian, we'll get told off for esoteric postings and consigned to some ageing soul-boy's site. But thanks for the Fife Piper tip - I wonder how I ever got the notion it had anything to do with Herbie Hancock. I parted with my smallish collection of singles (which included Doris Troy) to Bob Ferguson, who probably still has them. More radically I got rid of my vinyl capacity all together about ten years ago, so I won't take you up on the offer of a 7" Bettye Swann (I found it on Napster anyway). These days I mix nostalgia for 60s soul with a love of classical music (Sibelius is full of soul, Wagner is funky) and dabble in ambient and dance music (from the comfort of my upholstered arm chair). Oh.. and I always liked Roxy Music a lot.


Posted by
Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at 17:20:59

Subject: Ian Thompson

Posted by Brian McBride
Tuesday, July 10, 2001 at 12:34:14

Ian, you sound like you still have the hankering for those classics. The "Fife Piper" was recorded by the Dynatones (not Herbie Hancock). They are still recording together to this day.As for your previous mention of a Bettye Swann track, "Make Me Yours", it's still available as a 7" for around 5. Let me know of you want me to get hold of it for you. She recorded another, more uptempo number which is currently massive and called "Kiss Your Love Goodbye".One record which always reminds me of you and our days at Abbey Road Methodist Church Hall disco nights is "Love Makes A Woman" by Barbara Acklin. Remember it? I've still got it amongst my other esoteric gems. The collection must be worth a couple of grand now but I'd never sell them - too many good times associated with their rarity value. Last time I opened my DJ box six months ago, I found a couple of ripped-up Danish beermats with various phone numbers scrawled on them in female handwriting, as well as half a bottle of Johnny Walker red from 1977.I didn't dare phone the numbers lest anyone aged around the age of 23 or 24 answered!

Subject: Another one

Posted by Dave
Monday, July 09, 2001 at 21:40:08

How could i forget Ian Sprout who had a blue wool blazer, it was actulally better than everyone elses but when you are 11 its better to conform


Posted by
Monday, July 09, 2001 at 21:34:25

Subject: Last of the Fags-so to speak!

Posted by Dave
Monday, July 09, 2001 at 21:21:51

1Ramsden from 78Banks,D. Boyed,S. Brucciani,J. Carruthers,D, Cassidy,D. Craig,M. Evans,P. Griffiths,P,Henderson,M. Johnston,J. Livesey,JLiddicott,P. Mclaren,P. Moffet,C. P Pratt,P. Rigg,P Rogan,D Sharpe,I. Weston,M. Williamson,M. Wright,D.I think I am the only person from my year posting here, but if anyone knows where the missing ones are let me know.I am assuming that there were more than 21 in the class. By the way my 1st year Form teacher was non other than Dave Wilson,Physics teacher, good bloke and old boy himself!


Posted by
Monday, July 09, 2001 at 20:15:10

Subject: new picture

Posted by ian
Monday, July 09, 2001 at 19:58:31

Phil, excellent new photo. Don't understand the caption, but no doubt it'll come to me.

Subject: Zorro

Posted by JK
Monday, July 09, 2001 at 15:44:57

I think Zorro is none other than Byron Ferrari in one of his many famous disguises - who else but Our Sports Correspondent would have to attend a ping pong tournament? What's more, who would go of their own free will?

Subject: Names, and memories of......

Posted by Paul Parker
Sunday, July 08, 2001 at 23:18:41

1 Fell, from 1974Armstrong (Brian), Aubrey (Roger), Boulton (David), Brooks (Karl), Carroll (Dominic), Cross (Alan), Foster (???), Garner (Jimmy), McCabe (Mike), McKinnon (Alan), McMahon (John), Mulgrew (Mike),Parker (Paul), Rooney (Tony), Shields (Simon), Singleton (Bernard), Spencer (John), Sutcliffe (John), Tillburn (Mike), Tomkinson (Tony), Wane (Philip), Warburton (John), Willison (Andrew), Wilson ?? (Pete?)I also remember that the two people who were SUPPOSED to start in 1 Fell in September 1974 were called Ashworth and Goodings, but for whatever reason(s), they never made it!Some moved back to/into the area later on, notably Phil Wane and Tony Tomkinson (Whose first day was in shorts, as that was the rule at his previous school). Thomas ("Taffy") Evans also joined us later, but I forget by how much.....(I apologise in advance for any errors/omissions I may have made...........!!!)

Subject: Weekends

Posted by Paul Parker
Sunday, July 08, 2001 at 23:13:05

Can't help but notice that the postings in here seem to dry up at the weekends - is this possibly because by then most people are at home rather than at work, and therefore have to pay for their OWN internet access, rather than getting paid for doing so????? (Or, equally valid, that they have more satisfying lives than I have, and they actually get out more at the weekend!!!!!!)


Posted by
Saturday, July 07, 2001 at 13:59:26

Subject: Identities

Posted by Neil blood no guts
Saturday, July 07, 2001 at 12:58:13

Well if you are going to play silly buggers.... You cannot be Chris Berry or Dougal, but that doesn't really help. I think you are Alan Coutts, being the only one I know from the list who played table tennis. Am I right or am I right?

Subject: tash/gore

Posted by zorro
Saturday, July 07, 2001 at 00:52:58

I could be:Airey, Armer, Baker (one) Baker (two) Banks, Bell, Benson, Berry, Bispham, Burns (one) Burns (two), Burton, Campbell, Cassidy, Clements, Cole, Collin, Cooper, Coutts, Delaney (sadly no more), Dickinson, Drummond, Drury, Farish, Gilmour, Grainger Grisdale, Haley or Karam (who is, as a Brazilian TV personality, probably 'doing better' than the rest of us put together) .I think I have missed out a couple of names - but that's not a bad list for a memory test. Best regards,Zorro.

Subject: I remember that

Posted by Blood, no guts
Saturday, July 07, 2001 at 00:10:04

I was there , that was it, Tash was so calm "Oh dear" and suchlike. Name yourself , Zorro.

Subject: tash/ian

Posted by zorro
Friday, July 06, 2001 at 22:33:38

Rocking with laughter i read your stuff about life in Tash's (over-heated, as i remember) woodwork shop.In the autumn of 70-71 John Clements staggered towards the front of the room having put a six-millimetre chisel into his wrist.Tash cradled the (now fainting) boy in his arms and I was one of the semi-circle of onlookers who had gathered around the scene.Someone rushed to the bogs for a cup of water. The fatalistic, ever-calm Tash still didn't twitch a whisker when another of us (I think it was Ian Baker - of the 69 intake) collapsed at the sight of the gore.The last time I saw John Clements was when I was forced to visit the building for a table-tennis tournament in 1997. 'Clem' was wearing a white coat and doing the equivalent of the job once performed by the famous Daddy Litmus.

Subject: us

Posted by zorro
Friday, July 06, 2001 at 22:07:09

What about a Christmas reunion? I would suggest Friday, December 21. An full-on booze-up at an out-of-town-ish venue, say, the Roa Island Boating Club with guest speaker (Phil Brown comes to mind) and Filipino lap-dancers to accompany the brandy and cigars.Then all back to Dak White's in a fleet of taxis for splifters, and crack until dawn.Whaddayathink, herr oberst?Book me in


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Friday, July 06, 2001 at 20:42:24


Posted by
Friday, July 06, 2001 at 17:27:57

Well it doesn't matter really... useful for people to get in touch etc...I just forget to compile regularly and reduce the length of the page.Must automate! or thread.

Subject: I Think, therefore I'll Spam

Posted by Fray Bentos
Friday, July 06, 2001 at 17:22:29

Chat Police, eh? Hmmmm. Most of us don't really want to scroll through pages of personals, "How are you mate?", then "Fine", then "haven't seen you for ages" and so on ad nauseum. I agree - no-one should tell people what to write, but they should bear in mind that this site is pretty esoteric, and that's its appeal. Anyway, der uberwebmeister will strike soon, the ultimate censor!!

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