Atlantean Hoard

Subject: memorable Sporting Moments

Posted by Paul
Sunday, November 25, 2001 at 14:01:52

The Oldham story is probably apocryphal, but there WAS a character (the 'ardest lad in Barra) who used to turn up at the rugby league fixtures - shaven head, denims, bovver boots (wish I could remember his name - too much port and stilton last night) who used to run onto the pitch and BOOT! the ball when they were setting up penalty kicks. His proudest moment came during a "BBC2 Floodlight Trophy" game of the 1970s when in front of the cameras, he ran over and did his stuff. And Tom Brophy, another of Pete G's list of "most glad he's dead", used to figure in the opening credits for Grandstand back when the BBC used to show sport instead of professional tiddlywinks and flower arranging on Saturdays. Last sporting memory I have of Barrow AFC was when they played Goole (I think?) in the first round proper of the FA cup (maybe ten years ago) when they lost and the aggro that followed from those disappointed chaps who turned up to watch Barrow on a regular basis (whenever they get into anything worthwhile)actually made it onto national news. Someone ran on to the pitch that day and chinned the opposition's goalie. Very droll......

Subject: Barrow AFC

Posted by Tom "Barnaby" Warburton
Friday, November 23, 2001 at 22:08:35

Being an Oldhamite that has followed Barrow AFC, I was over the Moon when the Bluebirds were drawn away to Oldham in the FA Cup. I was even more pleased when I managed to get a sad Oldham fan give me a lift and provide his wife's season ticket to enable me to get in with a £3 discount.It was a wonderful display of footballing skill and a contest which we deserved to win - they were lucky that their goalie was on cracking form. However, the highlight was the shenanigans between a Barrow boy and the Oldham Mascot, Chaddy. Chaddy was acting the goat with a penalty during the interval - he took a fairly long run up (from the opposite goal line) but before the mascot could apply his foot to the ball, a Barrow fan leapt on to the pitch and tucked it away. This was then followed by an assault by 7 or 8 stewards resulting in the fan being led off to the cells. A few days later, the mascot was invited to a police line up and as he was escorted down the line, the Barrow fan cried out "That's the C**t, officer. I do hope it's true!

Subject: Phil Rushton

Posted by Benny
Friday, November 23, 2001 at 19:01:30

I read with interest John Rushton's account of the trophy final in 1991. Especially that he was the brother of Phil. Phil was in my year and I believe he and the rest of his family lived on Ocean Road. John, the next time you see Phil, ask him if he remembers "dabbling in the occult" in the mid-sixties with Arthur Williams and myself.

Subject: Petulance

Posted by Anti Everything
Friday, November 23, 2001 at 16:05:33

Now ,now girls.....calm down or I'll get Ma O'Neill to give you a kiss. And possibly an impromptu Judy Garland impression followed by a one hand shandy

Subject: Barrow AFC

Posted by John Rushton
Friday, November 23, 2001 at 15:39:24

Hi Poss, Nice to hear a fair percentage of the EUS are still alive and kicking, hope you had a good day at Oldham watching a great result for Barrow. Last time I saw Barrow play was at Wembley when they beat Leek in the F.A. Trophy Final - Jamie Hill was the main organising talent behind that expedition which involved a good pre-match reunion in the bar of The Great Northern Hotel at Kings Cross. I came down from Glasgow and my brother Phil (BGS c. 1960 - 67)from Sale along with quite a few other 'ex-pats'. Reminded me of the 'Barrow Rule the Third' days (I still have a clipping from the Evening Mail of that particular graffiti on Holker Street)but I think I'll hold off booking my flight until they get through to the Fifth Round this year, at least I'll only have to go as far as Old Trafford this time. The highlight of the Trophy game for me was seeing former classmate Kevin Procter score a goal for Barrow!

Subject: Chip's Legacy

Posted by Brian McBride
Friday, November 23, 2001 at 15:19:09

The response says it all - hardly "absolute indifference"

(to pupil criticism actually)
, eh? Clearly, "deep-seated resentment" abounds and is more widespread than I imagined. I suggest that those who took issue with my views go into a darkened room, and lie down for a while. Now, where were we ...

Subject: Memories

Posted by simmo
Friday, November 23, 2001 at 12:52:58

Our varied reminiscences of Chip et alii have certainly sparked some passionate comments on this site. I suppose we must all speak as we found. However, a wry smile came to my face when I recalled the words of an oft-rehearsed, oft-churned out song… “These you gave – you, my School; These are part of me till I perish.” Now, where exactly did I learn those words? …

Subject: John Hannah

Posted by Poss
Friday, November 23, 2001 at 10:51:31

Alan, yep, that’s the one.


Posted by PFW
Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 23:30:50
Gee I hope the lightweight froth of the serial message board is not in peril.

I would have thought that anyone harbouring such a deep-seated resentment of those responsible for inflicting a perceived harsh regime during their formative years could at least have the courage to announce to us all his full identity.
Actually I don't see any logical connection between the elements of that sentence. Turning it on its head one might wonder what kind of regime would leave quite such an impression. At least I'm prepared to acknowledge that for some it might have had such an effect.

I, myself, felt the full weight of Moonhead's authority at various times I would prefer to try and identify my own failings first before embarking on such a tirade of verbal abuse.
Yeah I felt it too, often, and I don't give it a second thought but can't extend my experiences to everyone.
Spare a thought, too, for those masters who are either unable, or have the good grace to abstain from responding to your comments.
Good grace my arse. I don't think I'd raise the energy to respond to an obscure, and frankly eccentric, website either. As for unable - well being dead was never a bar to a thorough critique or a form of rehabilitation. There is little comment on the educators of our time but what there is represents a fair cross section of opinion. There is a pretty good consensus regarding the respected and able individuals and otherwise.
Anyway... it was all a long time ago. At least with the weight of years upon me, the experience of parenthood and teaching I can now look back and state clearly that the antics of Stiff and Ron had less to do with teaching than with their own troubles - and you can take that to the bank.


Posted by Mr Chipping
Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 22:34:34

Way to go Pete. I always enjoy your messages. A delicate counterbalance to meandering nostalgia. As a practicing pedagogue I receive heartwarming praise and slobbering abuse with an equivalent measure of absolute indifference. As for my daughter... I showed her my school reports as a discouragement to excessive dilligence and to highlight their limited prognostic value. Phil F W

Subject: John Hannah

Posted by Alan T
Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 21:23:44

Did he have red hair Poss?

Subject: Apologies

Posted by PG
Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 21:23:03

Sorry Brian - as a regular contributor, I thought most people knew me. Peter Gibson.

Subject: Thought For The Day

Posted by Florence Athersmith
Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 18:15:54

Good Lord sounds like one of those corny letters regularly penned to the Evening Mail

Subject: Chip's Legacy

Posted by Brian McBride
Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 16:40:48

With reference to 'PG', I would have thought that anyone harbouring such a deep-seated resentment of those responsible for inflicting a perceived harsh regime during their formative years could at least have the courage to announce to us all his full identity. Whilst I, myself, felt the full weight of Moonhead's authority at various times I would prefer to try and identify my own failings first before embarking on such a tirade of verbal abuse. Spare a thought, too, for those masters who are either unable, or have the good grace to abstain from responding to your comments. I also take it that "Everyone's Gone To the Moon" wouldn't be on of your all-time favourites either?

Subject: Sponsorship, etc.

Posted by Poss
Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 15:35:09

Hi again, John. So it was your idea, was it? Next time I get some scrawny nine-year old knocking on my door with a scrap of computer listing paper on which they’ve knocked together a table to fill in for some highly dubious sponsorship, I’ll blame you and that reprobate Hill. (Mind you, they just don’t have the imagination these days; the last one I had was for an alleged school sports day on the first day of the Winter term – ‘Not even close,’ I said as I shut the front door, ‘You’re going to have to do much better than that!’)

Anyway, I do recall the time when Sneck Snr was called in to one of his daughter’s lessons to restore order. I think it was probably when we were in the second year, and I seem to recall he had to intervene in some of her classes with more senior years, who presumably gave her an even harder time. Can’t say I remember her as being particularly attractive though; don’t think we ever had any Amanda Holden/ Miss Titley type student teacher babes, did we?

BTW, I had an excellent weekend watching the AFC at Oldham and saw Jamie and others of our year I hadn’t seen for about twenty years – Ron Norman, John Scott, John Grice (John G went to the Tech, but I’m sure you know him), and Dave Shaw from the following year. Saw Charlie too the other week and he can’t recall the reason for the Hiroshima Kid nickname (or he was being coy; he had so many nicknames he’d rather forget, most, I think, bestowed on him by John Hannah, one of the ‘bigger boys’ who lived up the road).

Subject: Chip's legacy

Posted by John Rushton
Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 13:58:46

We managed to spend some of Chip's legacy before he kicked it. After a few pints we - Jamie Hill, Mike Moore spring to mind - thought it would be amusing to go carol singing at Chez Moonhead (a bungalow somewhere in Hawcoat I dimly recall)Mrs. Moonhead invited us in and made a donation to whatever spurious charity appeal we invented and I think his daughter was in attendance. Chromedome if left to his own devices would no doubt have 'sticked us to the gate'but he just simmered in the background and there was no delayed punishment back at Stalag BGS the next day. Can't remember how much we stole but it was soon re-distributed to the till at The Strawberry. I agree with PG about how schooldays have changed, my kids look at me with disbelief when I tell them about being beaten up at school and the idea of being whipped with a cane by a man in a black cape is the stuff of geriatric fantasy as far as they are concerned. On the topic of teacher's kids does anyone remember Sneck's daughter appearing at BGS as a student teacher c. 1970? I dimly recall her being fairly good looking (hard to believe when 'Nudey Tom' is your father) and far too sensitive to cope with a class of animals like us to the extent that Dad was on one occasion needed to restore order in the usual BGS fashion!

Subject: Chip's legacy

Posted by PG
Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 00:07:02

As far as I am concerned, Robinson presided over a band of, what would now be perceived as, criminal cronies (e.g. Holmes, Horracks, Eales, Garnett, Wynn, Gallimore, Brophy etc etc). I am sure I speak for many of my contempories when I state how my formative years were scarred by the brutal regime at BBGS. It brings me close to tears when I compare the terrible times I had to endure with my 12 year old daughters school - they try and make your schooldays enjoyable! With respect to 'Simmo', I have as much sympathy for Robinson as a wartime Jew would have had for Hitler. May he rot in hell.

Subject: Chip's Legacy

Posted by simmo
Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 16:10:46

Perceptions of “Chip” / “Moonhead” seem to vary greatly from one visitor to this website to the next. I don’t think that many would contest the assertion that he was prone to lose his temper very easily. We’ve all witnessed or have heard tales of him wielding his cane like a man possessed. However, I do think there is more to his legacy than his anger, or simply being the headmaster who made the wearing of those awful caps no longer compulsory. When Chip succeeded Sam, he brought a welcome change of modern ideas into the School: all in Upper Sixth could become prefects, the School Council was formed, and streaming by ability was abolished. He also encouraged educational links with our female colleagues next-door, resulting in the Sixth Form Conference. OK, such developments hardly qualify Chip for the accolade of “Most Enlightened Headmaster of the Twentieth Century”, but they do need to be taken into account if a balanced view of his headship is to be struck.

Subject: The Moon & Beyond

Posted by Barnaby
Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 13:28:09

I hope he's dead otherwise they've made a big mistake burying/cremating him.

Subject: The Moon

Posted by Lost in Space
Monday, November 19, 2001 at 23:02:29

Is he dead, then?

Subject: Chip

Posted by Cookie
Monday, November 19, 2001 at 22:41:51

Anyone else (on this site) go to Chip's funeral but me?

Subject: Chip

Posted by Gibbo
Monday, November 19, 2001 at 19:53:39

Can't think of any other points in his favour - not much of an epitaph really is it? 'He abolished wearing caps'.

Subject: Chip

Posted by Benny
Sunday, November 18, 2001 at 18:50:36

Survivor was right about chip/moonhead he definitely was unhinged. Perhaps all the years of teaching made him like that. Mind you I recall when he became head, after Sam's retirement, he abolished the wearing of caps. This must be a point in his favour.

Subject: Loz Wilson/ Doug 'Jock' Higgins

Posted by Dave Proctor
Sunday, November 18, 2001 at 10:40:45

Does any one know the present whereabouts of either of the above escapees?


Posted by survivor
Thursday, November 15, 2001 at 20:44:49

Agreed, wrong about G.B. coining the phrase. I think 'twas he who gave the explanation for the name. "Chip off the old block", when Sam Price was the block referred to doesn't ring true, I personally found them two different personalities. Moonhead was deeply unhinged.

Subject: Chip Robinson

Posted by Baldie
Thursday, November 15, 2001 at 19:22:57

That's not Moonhead - too much hair!

Subject: The old block.

Posted by IT
Thursday, November 15, 2001 at 14:32:59 Visit for a picture of Chip Robinson.

Subject: CHIP

Posted by Jim Simmons
Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 11:11:35

Survivor's claim that G. Basterfield first coined the "Chip" nickname for Robinson cannot be true. I was a fag in September 1962 and the name "Chip" was firmly established then. G. Basterfied - yes, I remember him well - was about 2 years my junior. Any other possible explanations for the derivation of the nickname?

Subject: chip+cash

Posted by survivor
Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 22:53:05

"Chip" was, I think, derived from "Robinsons Chip Marmalade", and first applied as a soubriquet,again only allegedly, by a Mr G Basterfield. I may be wrong, and frequently am. Any other nicknames and their origins? "Melter" Hysom, for example, from the concertina trousers which made him appear to be doing exactly that? We should be told!

Subject: Good Old 60s (???)

Posted by Jim Simmons
Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 10:57:10

Thanks, Benny, for your reminiscing! Nice to know that there is at least one of the old codgers from the 1962 intake out there who has survived. Why not drop me a line on ?

Subject: chip and cash

Posted by Benny
Monday, November 12, 2001 at 19:37:49

I may be wrong but I think chip came from chip off the old block ie. Sam Price and cash came from the fact that Wilf Pickthall used to always have a hand in his pocket rattling his loose change.

Subject: Chip + Cash

Posted by PG
Sunday, November 11, 2001 at 20:30:20

Does anyone know why Robinson and Pickthall were called Chip & Cash?

Subject: photo 1965

Posted by John Benson
Sunday, November 11, 2001 at 20:00:27

Thanks to Jim Simmons for posting the photo. Don't remember that one, I've got a copy of 1967. Nice to see someone from my era contributing to the site. If I managed all my homework during the dinner break I now understand why my grades were so bad! I remember a number of personal incidents with a variety of teachers including Ron Horrocks, Bernard Channing, Jack Rice and Fred (chip) Robinson. Fred entered the biol lab rather irate for one of our lessons (or was he always bad-tempered). We were doing the plant respiration test with peas in a conical flask. His temper grew worse as a number of pupils were rattling the peas in the flasks. I, in all innocence, picked up my flask gently, but, unfortunately, the peas rolled and made the offending noise. Suddenly everything went black as Fred's gown encircled my face just prior to his hand making contact with the rear of my head as he uttered the never to be forgotten words: "and you were talking in the hall this morning Benson". What a memory the man had. Happy Days.

Subject: 7 Mercer Road

Posted by Winston Cadogo
Wednesday, November 07, 2001 at 23:24:51

The truth is out there.

Subject: Ministry of Truth

Posted by Winston Smith
Wednesday, November 07, 2001 at 22:11:23

I apologise for leaving Ern's message a little out of context.
Sometimes I just get a sudden urge to remove and edit messages with no consideration at all! Like, well, an utter swine.


Posted by Ern
Wednesday, November 07, 2001 at 20:41:54

One should try to remember that the people contributing here (my good self and Phil excepted of course!) may have changed a great deal in the 20- 30 years since you last saw them.

On a lighter note, what on earth do you do, Mr. Ward that puts you 'further down the food chain' than a teacher - surely you are not a prison officer?

Errr........apologies to any of you that are prison officers!

Subject: The last assembly

Posted by Dave Cassidy
Wednesday, November 07, 2001 at 14:19:35

Does anyoneone remeber the last assembly of the Grammar school before it went comp? The upper 6th chained and padlocked the four swing doors and had placed stink bombs under the chairs of the Masters on the stage so when they sat they were "let off" Made for a funny if smelly last day of school.

Subject: J.N.

Posted by Sherlock
Sunday, November 04, 2001 at 17:39:29

John Nichols?

Subject: The St Mary's 7

Posted by Nicho
Saturday, November 03, 2001 at 21:54:35

Hi there M.W. ! I'm still here - J.N.

Subject: nostalgia

Posted by vasily
Saturday, November 03, 2001 at 01:13:10

come back ron burns, all is forgiven.

Subject: Radio 2

Posted by Neil
Friday, November 02, 2001 at 16:38:04

One must remember that Steely Dan were in their prime in the early/mid '70's ie over 25 years ago. If we whizz back to , say, 1974 I would say that the music played by R2 then was later than 1949 (25 years earlier). Conclusion - by playing '70's classic rock R2 has regressed over the years!

Subject: Time

Posted by Another 40'er
Friday, November 02, 2001 at 12:38:38

Hmm, a tough one to call. I stumbled across R2 the other day and stayed long enough to listen to 'Rikki Don't Lose That Number' by Steely Dan, but then again I'm reasonably certain they still have 'Sing Something Simple' on a Sunday afternoon.

(Worth a posting on the FBI website, I think. Terrorist suspects not co-operating? Need to use, er... 'persuasion techniques with extreme prejudice'? Ten minutes of the Cliff Adams Singers should do the business.)

Subject: Time Marching On

Posted by Forty-something
Friday, November 02, 2001 at 09:08:40

Is it just me, or does anyone else think that Radio 2 has improved its program content?

Subject: Timelines

Posted by Neil
Wednesday, October 31, 2001 at 17:46:09

Like perception of the 'speed' of time, the rate of deaths increases exponentially with the passing does the need to revisit one's youth!

Subject: Tempus

Posted by IT
Wednesday, October 31, 2001 at 13:18:01

This business of hearing about one's contemporaries dying. Isn't that something that used to only happen to much older people?

Subject: Tez McKee

Posted by Ern
Tuesday, October 30, 2001 at 20:08:53

Does anybody know exactly what happened to Terry?

Subject: Sherlock

Posted by BioBiz
Tuesday, October 30, 2001 at 12:13:19

Just after I had sent my last message congratulating you on your deduction I sussed out how you had done it. It would have been churlish of me to belitte your effort - especially as many visitors to this site are probably not aware - as I was - that you could identify the name behind the nom de plume if they had filled ion the email space. By the way, do you still have the ability to fart on demand?

Subject: That School Photo! [1965]

Posted by Jim Simmons
Tuesday, October 30, 2001 at 10:08:00

Thanks to Graham and "Net Novice" for their comments, and to Pete Kennedy for his contribution to updating the name list on the 1965 photo. Sorry, Graham, that you're experiencing problems downloading the piccies. If this continues, I am happy to send my scanned JPEGS to you. You - or any of my contemporaries - can contact me on "". My years at BBGS were 1962-69. I gather that the guys connecting to this site are mostly of the 70's vintage.

Subject: Elementary.

Posted by Sherlock
Monday, October 29, 2001 at 20:26:55

Biobiz - 1970 intake (same as Tez McKee and my good self)+ email address of - not too difficult really (Peter Gibson).


Posted by Net Novice
Monday, October 29, 2001 at 17:12:49

I think that webpages are subject to change and may need "refreshing" or "reloading" occasionally. Else you may be viewing old versions stored on yon hard drive.

Subject: 1965 photo

Posted by Graham
Monday, October 29, 2001 at 17:00:58

Jim, I am getting an error 404 - file not found - whenever I try to access the 1965 photo, pity as I would love to my two penn'orth! What years were you at BBGS?

Subject: 1965 School Photo

Posted by Pete Kennedy
Monday, October 29, 2001 at 15:47:03

If you look under"check for photo updates"it would appear that there have been over 100 entries(admittedly some duplicated).I think the problem might be that the schedules under the parts of the photo are not updated themselves.This might encourage more response-just a thought,Jim!I personally have made 12 or so entries but I did not want to "hog" the job.

Subject: 1965 Photo

Posted by Jim Simmons
Monday, October 29, 2001 at 14:00:58

Since I scanned and sent in the school photograph of 1965, there have been very few additions - other than my own - to the list of names. Surely I can't be the only oldie from that era who visits this site, can I? If there are any of my contemporaries out there, please do your bit and fill in some of the gaps. Cheers and thanks!


Posted by
Sunday, October 28, 2001 at 14:46:49

Subject: Correct deduction

Posted by BioBiz
Sunday, October 28, 2001 at 14:45:58

Well, well Sherlock. I am unmasked. Your deduction (guess) is correct. Will you identify yourself?

Subject: BioBiz

Posted by Sherlock
Sunday, October 28, 2001 at 00:22:13

Can BioBiz confirm he is indeed Michael Ward?

Subject: Tez McKee

Posted by BioBiz
Saturday, October 27, 2001 at 20:42:27

I went to the same junior school as Tez McKee - St Mary's. This means that at least three of the seven of the BBGS intake from St Mary's have shuffled off the mortal coil. Barely reaching half your biblical three score and ten is fairly worrying. The others being Philip Geddes and Shaun Barker. Does anyone have details of when Shaun died?

Subject: Tez McKee

Posted by Neil
Saturday, October 27, 2001 at 18:06:03

Sorry to hear about his death, even though he nicked my bike when I was 14 and had it painted a different colour to put the Police off the scent. No doubt he is currently fishing in Heaven's River Wharfe... with my bike.

Subject: Better News

Posted by Barnaby
Saturday, October 27, 2001 at 17:19:04

Sorry to hear about Tez McKee - he would have loved today's brilliant result against Chester. Especially as Chester's Assistant Manager is none other than Old Barrovian and ex-England Full Back,Gary Stevens.

Subject: Tez McKee

Posted by Alan T
Saturday, October 27, 2001 at 12:44:43

More bad news gentlemen, Tez McKee has died aged 42. I remember him as one of his year's outstanding tearaways, and also standing on the terraces at Holker St. I'm sure some of his former classmates will have more to add


Posted by Stiff
Friday, October 26, 2001 at 13:27:41

John - it certainly would! I became an even more pyschotic inadequate bastard when I had a few.

Subject: Private Education

Posted by John Rushton
Thursday, October 25, 2001 at 23:57:29

Just got back from a visit to the great metropolis, unfortunately it was for a funeral of an old family friend however after the event we were invited to Chetwynd - I was enthused by the prospect of meeting Convent School preppies however I'd forgotten it was half-term so none of the girls were around. I always used to be pretty anti-Private School but when I saw the facilities the girls have access to I'm afraid I had to change my opinion. The high spot must be having a fully stocked Bar in the classroom that could certainly have livened up double History with Stiff!

Subject: Fred

Posted by Derek
Thursday, October 25, 2001 at 19:22:31

Fred retired from the Sixth Form College around 3 years ago and as far as I know went to live at Coniston. I was in his first form (3M) when he started at BBGS in September 1973.

Subject: Fred

Posted by old boy
Thursday, October 25, 2001 at 18:54:20

What happened to Fred Marshall and where is he now?

Subject: Form Hikes

Posted by Derek
Wednesday, October 24, 2001 at 22:45:29

I am surprised reading how many overseas trips took place from BBGS before "town twinning" and "exchange visits" becoame commonplace. I can remember only two "form hikes" while I was there. My 1st Year "hike" was led by Wilf Kimber from Greenodd over the old railway viaduct and on to Bouth taking in various points of animal, bird and plant interest. The 3rd Year one went to Hadrian's Wall (I can still remember the astonished reception Fred Marshall received when he told us we were going THAT FAR in one day) taking in Vindolanda and Housesteads and the walk along the wall by Crag Lough. As an ex-train spotter I even know it was 21st June 1974 because I have the sighting of 31141 and 31130 on eastbound mineral wagons at Blenkinsopp Crossing on the A69 in my old spotting book!!

Subject: Vox Populi HANNAH HALL, of Rusland Drive,

Posted by Alan T
Monday, October 22, 2001 at 21:45:56

Rusland Drive is part of the sprawling metropolis that is Ulverston......

Subject: Sneck's Van

Posted by Jim Simmons
Saturday, October 20, 2001 at 12:50:04

Dead right,"Cookie"! I think that was Sneck's van on our 1965 school photo. You could be right about Poverty Purvis's Prefect too; but, try as I might, I can't see any signs of Purvis himself in the line of masters. Could it be that, given his boyish looks, he's hiding between the fags on the front row?

Subject: Hi Poss

Posted by John Rushton
Saturday, October 20, 2001 at 01:38:40

Thanks for the link - I remember the incident (and the nickname!)I sometimes get news of the Hiroshima Kid via Jamie Hill who I see for a pint approx. once every couple of years. I think it was all downhill from that point on really, though most of the events are sub judice (or should have been if we hadn't been able to run whilst pissed) the culmination probably involved a Rugby post and a Library 'nuff said! Nice to see another survivor from the E.U.S. posting. Anyway John here's something you might recall - being imortalised in song by 'Famous Local Artist' Graham Twyford in 'The Wild Necro' (to the tune of the 'Wild Rover' - 'I've been a wild necro for seventy years and I've laid all my corpses on coffins and biers And now I'm returning with loins that are sore and I never will play the wild necro no more' Chorus - 'and its no nay necro, no nay necro no more will I play the wild necro no necro no more' 'I went to a cemy I used to frequent and I told the good sexton my pickaxe was bent He gave me a shovel and he pointed to some moss and he said six feet down lies the corpse of John Poss. Chorus......... For some reason this always sounds best after several pints of Hartley's Best and I hope you're impressed I can still remember the words after about 27 years! All the best!

Subject: Error 404 Document not found

Posted by Cash Fan
Friday, October 19, 2001 at 23:58:16

For some reason I cannot access the 1965 photo and get this error. Is it because all that shoulder length hair and lamb chop sideboards are overloading the file constraints?

Subject: Beans

Posted by
Friday, October 19, 2001 at 13:14:26

No problemo... I keep meaning to edit it.

Subject: Duff link in previous post

Posted by Poss
Friday, October 19, 2001 at 13:10:32

Sorry about that Phil, I'm assuming that link hasn't worked because my bloody word processor automatically changed my " to curly quotes. Anyway, if it doesn't work now, at least the URL is there to cut and paste.

Subject: Belated reply to John Rushton

Posted by Poss
Friday, October 19, 2001 at 13:00:24

John Rushton! Have been meaning to reply to your posts for a while, but the usual inertia took over, I’m afraid. Anyway, if you’re still looking in here, do you remember this? (the link saves you the full tedium of having to plough through the incredibly badly designed Give ‘Em Beans! site)

BTW – apologies if you thought that particular nickname had long died out. As I recall, you were never particularly fond of it.

Subject: Car a van

Posted by Cookie
Thursday, October 18, 2001 at 20:42:39

Err I spy with my little eye on photo1 1965 Sneck's van and (possibly) Poverty Purvis's prefect (aliteration ehh!). Do I get a prize?

Subject: Viva Vox Hall

Posted by JK
Thursday, October 18, 2001 at 20:15:24

I think Hannah is right - I would choose neither as well!!

I have to go to New York next week, for work, and I'm not really looking forward to it.

Still, it'll give me an opportunity to show off my Big Apple Crumble recipe.


Posted by
Thursday, October 18, 2001 at 15:12:14

Vox Populi HANNAH HALL, of Rusland Drive, Barrow, said: "I am quite worried. "I think there will be some form of retaliation from them. "I don't know which form of retaliation it will be though. "If I had to choose between bombs and anthrax I would probably choose neither."


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Thursday, October 18, 2001 at 15:02:39

Subject: Ali

Posted by a survivor
Thursday, October 18, 2001 at 13:10:09

Last machine he had before domesticity kicked in was Johnny Turnough's Dresda Bonnie. Never got the Commando, but I can recall Dek Dewhurst having one.

Subject: 1965 Photo

Posted by
Thursday, October 18, 2001 at 09:49:44

1965 photo added with indices.


Posted by
Thursday, October 18, 2001 at 09:22:10

Followed by scattered showers and light northwesterly winds....

Subject: Forecast

Posted by ProphetofDoom
Thursday, October 18, 2001 at 01:16:44

Question of the Week: How long before the tumbleweed blows down Dalton Rd?

Subject: Christmas Bash

Posted by Barnaby
Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at 23:33:30

Strange co-incidence - my Aunt is landlady of the Robin Hood and used to be landlady of the Queens in Rawlinson Street. Personally I would go for the Duke of Ed because of the Blues Nights.

Subject: BUGSY

Posted by Philip Docker
Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at 18:40:07

Is that the Bugsy who was running the line during a Fylde Sevens match and leapt onto the pitch to deck one of the oppo? One of the great sporting memories.I think we won the plate tournament that year.

Subject: Ali

Posted by Alan T
Tuesday, October 16, 2001 at 17:36:41

Did he ever manage to upgrade to the Norton Commando he always craved?

Subject: Well Hello Boys

Posted by Philip Docker
Monday, October 15, 2001 at 19:51:16

Just found this site....quite amazing. If anyone can be bothered send me a mail on

Subject: Christmas Bash

Posted by Dave
Monday, October 15, 2001 at 19:19:21

depending on who attended, the Robin Hood is bit small, although a great boozer. The Queens on Rawlinson Street is a decent size as are some of the pubs over Walney. But if we go for the latter make sure you apply for your 'Walney Visa" first. Maybe Ciaran can supply us with the address to mail the applications too. Also remember once over the bridge the Vickerstown mens club, is reffered to as the "Tute". Ciaran as a Stanley Road native do get a discount as Im almost over there?

Subject: re: "Who Remembers"

Posted by Brian McBride
Monday, October 15, 2001 at 14:46:16

I was intrigued by item: 2) The "Cropley-minge" chair in the same location? I feel I might be partly responsible for the naming of the said chair in that I had "dealings" with a certain female from "the other side" who most definitely fitted the bill (if one could visualise an old chair with half the stuffing ripped out of the seat). Fond memories indeed.

Subject: Good sesh

Posted by Sneck's nemesis
Saturday, October 13, 2001 at 18:45:14

Count me in. The Duke's O.K. if you can handle the decor. Lesser people have been known to drown in the paisleyesque swirl.

Subject: Xmas pub meeting, Dave + Me Too

Posted by a survivor looking for a piss-up
Saturday, October 13, 2001 at 16:40:12

Still here in Bw, and ready for a serious ale session. Duke of Ed does blues music (Sat nights) + lockins.

Subject: Pub

Posted by Me Too
Saturday, October 13, 2001 at 08:56:56

Yes, I am visiting at Xmas too, also next week (20 to 26) for half term (kids, I'm not a Teacher, thank God). What about somewhere spacious like the Robin Hood, or somewhere small, bland and cheap like the Furness Railway.

Subject: Piss up

Posted by Dave
Saturday, October 13, 2001 at 01:19:53

Not that things should revolve around my schedule , but I might be going back to Barrow around Christmas time. Has the webmeister considered a Christmas Beano for the visitors to the site? an informal affair without the pomp and ceremony of belonging to an organization as such? Just thinking aloud, maybe an hour at a bar , mix up everyone for a quiz, then more beer and er, beer, and then finish off with a few beers? anyone interested?


Posted by Human Airbag
Friday, October 12, 2001 at 18:17:33

4 broken ribs and a split sternum gets you 8 weeks feeding the chickens Phil. Might I recommend that you just save up yer holidays!

Subject: Who remembers

Posted by John Rushton
Friday, October 12, 2001 at 15:43:29

'Cropley minge chair'- that must be Cropley aka Fire Fanny. The chair was worn out by the time we inherited the common room but I can remember failing to concentrate on one of Cash's history lessons in the Summer term whilst the aforementioned young lady and a couple of her friends performed a meandering walk past the front of the school dressed in their games kit - now that's a memory worth hanging on to!

Subject: BE App Soc

Posted by Flabbergasted
Friday, October 12, 2001 at 12:47:59

No!! Not true, I was mesmerised and wondered just how far it would go.

Subject: Airbag

Posted by Erasmus
Friday, October 12, 2001 at 12:20:10

Of course the only reason you prolonged that thread is because of all the recuperation time you have on your hands to fester on the Gomez Question.
What do I have to do to get 6 weeks at home feeding the chickens?

Subject: Gomez

Posted by Erasmus
Friday, October 12, 2001 at 12:16:27

Well Airbag.. you may have upset someone we will never know. Flabbergasted wasn't keen on your vituperations.
Anyway... you know the rule.. total abuse is reserved solely for the Evil One.

Subject: Banned

Posted by Et al
Friday, October 12, 2001 at 09:05:57

I was one of those who assisted the bard Swarbrick with his scandalous play. There was also a two faced character called Janus and a reference to the time that Wilf Kimber was almost skewered by a javelin.

Subject: The Bernard Eales Appreciation Society

Posted by The Human Airbag
Friday, October 12, 2001 at 04:09:18

All content posted to this site is under the editorial control of the webmaster, who says of the B E Appreciation Society - 'It was just running out of steam. The thread system doesn't have like an archiving system so we are cursed to observe the dead threads through all eternity as we drift to the outer reaches of the Great Butt Crab Galaxy...' Doh! and I thought we'd upset someone!

Subject: links

Posted by Sittingbull
Friday, October 12, 2001 at 02:27:41

Love the headscarves link on the links page. What about the redskin options?

Subject: survivor

Posted by sb
Friday, October 12, 2001 at 02:20:24

Can't remember the incidents but I did buy Ali's bike .( a blue 250 AJS which kept me very fit as I pushed it everywhere)

Subject: three nutters

Posted by a survivor who hit the wrong key
Thursday, October 11, 2001 at 22:39:55

on motorbikes, riding round the school playground. Ali Vaidya, Dek Dewhurst, Steve Sewell, last day of the term.

Subject: three nutters

Posted by still a survivor
Thursday, October 11, 2001 at 22:37:06

Subject: who remembers

Posted by a survivor
Thursday, October 11, 2001 at 22:35:20

1) The "Quotes Wall" in the Lower 6th common room 2) The "Cropley-minge" chair in the same location? 3) The play written by M. Swarbrick et al, withdrawn at the last moment under threat of a lawsuit from Slug for implying he was a fat, drunken bastard. Allegedly. 4) The song written for CGKing based on The Twelve Days of Christmas, containing the immortal last line "And a Post van painted brahn!"

Subject: Missing

Posted by Ontologist
Thursday, October 11, 2001 at 20:11:10

Try the 'where's my thread?' thread.

Subject: Wheres my thread?

Posted by Gomez
Thursday, October 11, 2001 at 19:54:19

Hey! What happened to the Bernard Eales Appreciation Society?????

Subject: Cash-isms

Posted by Barnaby
Tuesday, October 09, 2001 at 23:22:18

Why was Cash always harping on about our young and lovely queen every ten minutes? She was a wrinkly old bag even then. I also remember going on about the german phrase "Todleben" (or Toddle Ben as he liked to call it). The best thing about his history lessons were his piss-easy maps of Europe - you didn't have to bother about the coastline. For example, GB was just a couple of triangles. I tried to use the same technique in Gus' Jogger classes but just ended up with an exercise book slapped across the head. Sadistic Bastard!

Subject: Crow feather jake

Posted by Alan T
Tuesday, October 09, 2001 at 21:25:21

The one and only Ron Smith, I think? Leader of beat combos Geronimo's Cadillac, Quantrill's Raiders, Crow Pie and currently The Jose Cuervo band. A true star, now blind from Glucoma but still singing and I think playing. Anyone confirm? I well remember him crossing the fields wearing Jesus sandals, dispensing wit to anyone who'd listen. A true Barrow Character.


Posted by "I'll get the coal!"
Tuesday, October 09, 2001 at 15:25:47

Mind you I did spend an enjoyable New Year's Eve boozing with Stiff and Slug in a pub down Roose Rd. way which ended up back at Slug's house - Head Boy Russ Pettifer was going out with Slug's daughter at the time!

Oh God I just had a disturbing vision of being in the middle of vigorously generating carpet burns and being interrupted by Slug. What was he thinking?

Subject: Stiff

Posted by John Rushton
Tuesday, October 09, 2001 at 15:20:52

I always thought Stiff was one of the most entertaining of the motley crew as most of his violence was verbal rather than physical - you can't count throwing chalk, board-rubbers and exercise books even with the force he used (I can't remember if he used his good arm or the Dr. Strangelove one for this). Some famous 'Stiffisms' I can remember - Completely out of the blue, whilst we were all silently doing 'classwork', - 'You're looking fat today Thomson!' 'So Rushton you're studying Philosophy at University - always reminds me of canned beer, all piss and wind!' I remember being told in no uncertain terms that 'The Farmers Arms' was never again to be used for a lunchtime pint on a schoolday and that this activity was to be restricted to the White House or the Strawberry if one's Sixth Form life was to be long and happy. Mind you I did spend an enjoyable New Year's Eve boozing with Stiff and Slug in a pub down Roose Rd. way which ended up back at Slug's house - Head Boy Russ Pettifer was going out with Slug's daughter at the time! Stiff even gave Mike Moore and I a lift home, thank God Barrow police had a fairly relaxed view of drink driving in those days. All in all I think Stiff and Slug were OK providing you liked your 'education' with a large helping of cynicism! Highlight of Slug's Geology O-level (surely the most boring subject on Earth (no pun intended)) Graham 'Famous Local Artist' Twyford's 'marine orgasms' answer.

Subject: Emlyn was a miserable sod

Posted by Barnaby
Tuesday, October 02, 2001 at 22:21:57

Emlyn Hughes p*ssed everyone off one night when the school was holding a fun run to raise money for some good cause (to pay for the recording of "Outward Bound" that failed to materialise, probably). He was jogging round the track about sixish when several hundred fun-runners appeared, recognised him and then chased round after him. Crazy Horse got a strop on and buggered off to much abuse from the disgruntled crowds. He shouldn't have been on our turf anyway - he was Risedale Scum!

Subject: Liverpool

Posted by Charrr right,LAr
Tuesday, October 02, 2001 at 15:02:58

Visited not all but some of the pubs, and agree there are some pretty grom ones, but the are usally accompanied by a good story . The Crown at Norris green takes some beating. The center City was always a bit of the same, Irish bars , wine bars. The Raz on slater Street was a good time though.

Subject: Crow Feather Jake

Posted by John Rushton
Tuesday, October 02, 2001 at 14:29:27

In response to SB's posting yesterday I remember Crow Feather Jake running the gauntlet of infantile adolescent abuse as he crossed the playing fields during games. However one day he responded to Mancey-Jones' kid by telling him to 'Run along and masturbate', Mancey-Jones immediately grassed him up to Bernie/Rock but I think they found it fairly amusing - as did the rest of us!

Subject: Edge Lane

Posted by Yosser Hughes
Monday, October 01, 2001 at 20:58:23

Mickey taker... I too loved the city and my time there, frequntly revisitng after getting my Mickey Mouse degree, but there really were/are a lot of very down folk in residence. Did you frequent the Silver Sands, Roscoe Head, White Star, Swan on Bold St etc etc? If you want a job you can pick up hypos in Princes Park for the Corpy.

Subject: Liverpool depressing

Posted by Barrer lad
Monday, October 01, 2001 at 20:23:35

Is Yosser Hughes related to Emlyn Hughes, former Liverpool and England captain, and erstwhile local boy done good? Liverpool is much more depressing since he left the city. Anyone seen ar Gareth?

Subject: Liverpool

Posted by Micky Mouser
Monday, October 01, 2001 at 20:20:03

Dear Yosser, I too am from the Liverpool stable of grads,and having ruffed it in some pretty shabby houses off Smithdown Road can only too well agree that is how they should be. In fact I found the oposite to be true and in most cases they lived up to their "Chirpy Chappy' "is Right La" image. I had a great time there and Loved the city. oh and yosser- "Giz a job"

Subject: Liverpool

Posted by Yosser Hughes
Monday, October 01, 2001 at 19:29:59

Did anyone hear the story in the news today that Scousers are the most depressed sub-species in the British Isles? As a Liverpool University graduate who lived for a couple of years in a fairly seedy area of the city, I can understand this to be true. All that humour....really just 'tears of a clown'.

Subject: Assembly

Posted by John K
Monday, October 01, 2001 at 16:13:30

B*ll*cks - why didn't any of you b*st*rds tell me I could skive out of assembly as well!!!!!!!

Subject: Weasels

Posted by PF Watson
Monday, October 01, 2001 at 11:46:36

I too have noticed the effect of "Weasels Ripped My Flesh"... the album is often thrown around.. sometimes still on the turntable.

Subject: who?

Posted by sb
Monday, October 01, 2001 at 11:32:00

I was sure the disc in question was "Weasels ripped my flesh" by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. I distinctly remember Jock Cranston flinging it out of the music room into the weight training area after we were caught one lunchtime playing it on his mega- expensive Rogers hi-fi.After the beating with the bird cage perch we were given an essay on Beethoven. I had "borrowed" the aforementioned album from the 6th form common room so wasn't too concerned.We did however manage to hang on to Bugsy's copy of stand up by Jethro Tull which was a much more desirable piece of plastic. To this day,I have never heard any Zappa or Beethoven, but do have a large collection of Mr Anderson's output. p.s. was the strange character "crow feather jake" who often pranced around the playing fields really a famous rock star or just a nutter who once knew Glenn Cornick?

Sunday, September 30, 2001 at 22:10:53

Subject: Papist traditions

Posted by BioBiz
Sunday, September 30, 2001 at 22:09:55

In response to Kath O'Lick. First she should remember that it was raw fish on Fridays - so the move to Japan was not too traumatic. And about having something more interesting to do than homework - well of course there was - when all the good boys were at home doing the homework we were out playing with the convent school girls. That is why we had to do homework in the half hour that everyone else was hearing about IP Downward winning everything in the pool, DP Walters singlehandedly winning cricket matches, while 6X was hoping that it would get back the "long playing record entitled Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy by the popular beat combo The Who" that had been removed without permission from its record library,

Subject: Why us?

Posted by Dave Cassidy
Saturday, September 29, 2001 at 18:54:30

I was wondering how the determination as to who went to the grammar school prior to the spurious 11+ exam was made? The 11+ I understand came into effect after the psychologist (Sir) cyril Bird published his findings of work done with identical twins , which later was shown to be a set of results 'manufactured" to fit his hypothesis on nature /nurture

Subject: sinister threads

Posted by fenian
Saturday, September 29, 2001 at 12:57:53

Mr Downing. Now he was a role model. His son Peter was a fine testament to his teachings, Enough said.

Subject: Control Freak Religions

Posted by Kath 'O Lick
Friday, September 28, 2001 at 16:41:10

I always wondered what those strange people who ate raw flesh and drank blood did during assembly. Surely there was something more exciting than doing homework?


Posted by
Friday, September 28, 2001 at 15:26:47

Subject: RE diary of an atheist

Posted by BioBiz
Friday, September 28, 2001 at 08:59:26

By the way, I would like it put on record that I became an atheist while still at St Mary's - Father Bickerstaffe's hungover ramblings failed to convince me.

Subject: RE

Posted by BioBiz
Friday, September 28, 2001 at 08:57:13

As a pape not only did I skive out of the RE lesson, I managed to persuade Moonhead that my relgious convictions forbade me attending morning assembly - when else was I going to do my homework? I remember been told by Mr Downing at St Mary's that I was only being allowed to go to the Grammar if I attended the lessons on a Friday down at the CYC, and if I didn't they would see to it that I was removed from the school. On my first week down at the CYC I asked Sister Agnes if this was true and she told me it wasn't - that was the last they saw of me down at the CYC until I discovered soul music and girls.

Subject: RE --Missing out

Posted by Dave Cassidy
Friday, September 28, 2001 at 04:36:29

John I too wish i had the opportunity to sit in on the lessons. My buddy John Mckeowen (And not of the spiritual persuasion) was ina class who were asked to write a short story on "The difference between St George ans St Christopher. His VERY shot reply was " One is a piece of Jewlery and the other kills Dragons. His Parents were summond to the the school and had it read to them - his Dad cracked up laughing.... end of story

Subject: Baden Powell

Posted by Tom Barnaby Warburton
Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 23:29:55

Like BioBiz, I was in the 3rd Scouts in my first year (1975/76) - there were only about 6 of us when I was there and all we did was make paper aeroplanes and cook toad in the hole. The following year I managed to get a transfer to the 18th where at least we learned useful stuff like scrumping apples and how to purchase a pint of bitter at the White House.

Subject: Left Leggers

Posted by John K
Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 16:14:07

I like Dave am a left-legger, but always felt I was missing out somehow, when hearing of the antics in any R.E. classes taken by Sneck. For some reason, Stephen Hanson was the master at getting Sneck to talk about sex. Not quite the same subject matter as Friday evenings at St Mary's junior school with Sister Agnes.


Posted by
Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 15:54:11

Subject: Fanaticism

Posted by IT
Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 09:09:48

Brought up a Methodist i would probably never have set foot inside the CYC if it hadn't been for Keeping the Faith with Northern Soul. In those days, it wasn't punks that had to be feared, but the infamous Barrow Boot Boys (BBB). I remember a six-foot greaser on a good-will visit from some Catholic club somewhere up the coast leaping the soft-drinks bar to take shelter behind a nun. The visit from the Morris Dancers was also memorable.

Subject: Religion at school

Posted by Dave Cassidy
Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 02:06:37

As a left- legger I did not "have" to take Re in school so me and a few other shifty eyed caths could hang out in the hall and play table tennis. As I recall there were 2 jews and a chinese lad ( boy could he put spin on the ball, even though I had just aquired an "admiral butterfly" bat from "Honest Harry" Vincent on Rawlinson street) The downside was our mams made us go to the CYC on a Friday to the "real" religion taught by a nun from the convent.As we were leaving after a few games of snooker upstairs, the punks would be coming in ( Kizzy et al) and for twice in a day you had the fear of God Put in you

Subject: Baden Powell

Posted by BioBiz
Wednesday, September 26, 2001 at 19:49:48

I thought everyone had to do time in either the 3rd or the 18th it was like national service. I was a member of the 3rd but having heard about some of the antics of troop leaders and patrol leaders when I was there I think I was right to leave not soon after joining.

Subject: Religious Nutters

Posted by Ayatollah Khomeni
Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at 23:09:14

Looking down from my place alongside Allah, I can now sympathise with you westerners. Look what you had to put up with in the small BBGS enclave alone......the destructive harmonies of the B Otto sonic terrorist weapon.....the Christian excesses of R Stubbings......... the searing light of the reflecting Moon. You will win the campaign against Bin Laden with all that experience.

Subject: Bollox to Bin

Posted by Tom 'Barnaby, Warburton
Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at 22:56:20

Look - why is everyone getting so heated about Bin Laden. I thought it was common knowledge that the so-caled atrocities were all down to Tash White. Apparently he was holding a woodwork class in the World Trade Centre and sent a new boy out for a couple of planes (he used to try glass hammers, left handed chisels & tins of elbow grease as I recall).

Subject: The SAS

Posted by Baden Powell
Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at 16:44:33

Was anyone posting here in the 3rd or 18th? The amazing foresight of the scouting movement was present even then. Remember the old war cry - 'Afghan goolie goolie, shoot you in the goolies, aAfgahn goo, Afghan goo' ?

Subject: Tash

Posted by
Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at 16:19:57

When did Tash White join the village people? Befoe or after 1977 photo?

Subject: Corrections and Clarifications

Posted by Grauniad
Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at 08:13:18

Yesterday we carried a Reuters report about an attack on Battersea Dogs Home in which 'Irish Terrorists' were mentioned. This should, of course, have read 'the Irish SAS'. We apologise to any dog-loving members of the IRA who might have been offended by this report.

Subject: Ghastly truth

Posted by Dubious
Monday, September 24, 2001 at 20:40:50

Reuters: A group of armed Irish terrorists has broken into Battersea Dogs Home and killed all the Afghans.

Subject: They're everywhere

Posted by Baden Powell
Monday, September 24, 2001 at 17:44:52

I'e just heard that the Islamic artist formerly known as Cat Stevens is assisting The American campaign by re-releasing his seminal recording "Kabul at Four"

Subject: Afghan coats

Posted by Afghan Hound
Monday, September 24, 2001 at 17:15:22

Does anyone still have their smelly old Afghan?


Posted by ron herdwick
Monday, September 24, 2001 at 12:51:37

In his capacity as UN special envoy, the singer Harry Belafonte has rewritten his famous "Banana Boat Song" to make a special musical plea to the Afghanistan government... "Come Mister Taliban, gimme ya bin Laden.." (daylight come and I wanna go home)

Subject: Oh my Lord

Posted by Boggled
Sunday, September 23, 2001 at 22:20:30

What on Earth are you on about?

Subject: SOS

Posted by Edwin Star
Sunday, September 23, 2001 at 21:30:45

Hi Soul Fans , Its me Edwin Star, heard about the site after chatting with My old Chum Terry, aka "soul master TC defender of the faith keeper of the keys to Harlem" I just wanted set the record (pardon the pun) straight with regard to my non appearance at Scorpio One many moons ago. I remember the add in the local paper . " Colin Lavrey, management and staff present the end of an era. Presenting Edwin Star Live in concert" For all those people that paid a tenner to drink the old stock beer and crap spirits I want you to know I was in Greece on my holidays. Iam also sorry that Terry went through Dicko to buy as case of Bolinger to see Patents Pending as my substitute

Subject: Im up here

Posted by Dougie Dale
Sunday, September 23, 2001 at 21:08:49

Ciaran you cheeky wee scamp, of cousre Im up here, I arrived to at the same time as sammy morgan. we were met by St peter at the gates and gave our names in. St peter went to check with his boss, bye the time he got back sammy had took the gates....... Yes I was somewhat of a visionary with the ciggies, but try tellind that to Shaun Mulldoon who frowned upon my activities, I guess I should have kept my antics to the West Shore School, I think as the alter boys from St columbus had the alcohol angle worked via the wine supply I should have gone into business with them... but hindsight is always 20/20. I look down on you Ciaran and remember the japes we had

Subject: he's bin lay-ed torest

Posted by Ciaran
Saturday, September 22, 2001 at 07:58:51

Duggie, great to hear from you so long after your sad death. The Shop is now a cheap booze and fags emporium (you really missed out on the alcopops thing, I'm sure you'd have led the field in sales to 12 year olds). The mind your head sign is sadly missed by all the locals as are your entrepreneurial fag selling skills( not many in town can afford a pack of 20 these days). May I take this opportunity to apologise for all the sweets I obtained without payment over the years, I hope you can find a place in your heart for forgiveness. Please pass this message on to the guy who owned Yew tree stores also if he's up, or down, there with you Keep in touch ciaran PS, Has the Acne improved

Subject: Sneck's nemesis

Posted by BODMAS
Friday, September 21, 2001 at 21:31:05

On matters of snowballs in blackboard lights... twas I. And if my memory serves me correctly the melting was a long time coming but when the waterfall and ensuing flood occurred it was a wonderous sight as the desk, propelled under the not inconsiderable force of an aged but still muscular Sneckmeister, flew across the room scattering briefcase and papers in all directions.


Posted by
Friday, September 21, 2001 at 20:25:24

Subject: Rampaging Barbarians

Posted by One's mamma bin laid on
Friday, September 21, 2001 at 19:14:17

Send your unwanted sexy western mamma's to me, via Shirley Eaton Reverse Migration Services, to the address in the previous messages

Subject: DD Matches

Posted by he's bin Laydoff
Friday, September 21, 2001 at 18:31:37

DD if you have any of those cigs and matches left could you send them to me here in Afghanistan, the ciggies for my nerves and the matches to light my "Benwell" rockets at the Cruise Missiles as they arrive. My address is H.B Laydoff 1.C rappermypants way 2 offten Khyber pass Afghanistan PS Be careful who you give this address to as you never know who's reading, and I'm kinnda trying to keep a low profile at the moment

Subject: Laugh....I nearly started

Posted by Sin Bin Laden
Friday, September 21, 2001 at 17:52:07

Seems, Laugh, that your irony meter is set at a low level - are you a Fundamentalist?

Subject: Managing Thatcher's Way

Posted by D Dale
Friday, September 21, 2001 at 17:14:51

It's not true!!! How can you possibly think I would do such a thing.

Besides, she was too heavy to lift all the way back there, so we moved the cigarettes.

Subject: Dougie

Posted by messy bin liner
Friday, September 21, 2001 at 16:45:23

DD Can you shed light on the story that when your mother died (while working at the till) in your shop, you moved her to the back room on top of the brussel sprouts until closing time so as to sell more of the afore mentioned cigs to schoolies These are questions we need to know, you cannot hide behind the better business practice pamphlet forever.

Subject: Keep up the good work

Posted by Laugh ? - thank god we still can
Friday, September 21, 2001 at 16:31:27

I don't think that Mr Nearly-Started should be too critical of our first timid attempts at humour over the situation we now find ourselves in.

It has been difficult enough, over the last week, or so.

As someone directly affected by the events in New York - I am relieved that, at last, we are beginning to see a return to "normal" traffic on this site.

I am also relieved that the comments haven't included some of the ones doing the rounds at the moment, which are definitely in bad taste, and are highly inappropriate.

Subject: This page isn't funny anymore

Posted by Laugh - I nearly started....
Friday, September 21, 2001 at 16:21:24

Not surprising to see the Barrovian legacy shining through the recent postings. Ha ha. Funny... Dave in the US, you have my sympathy, the recent messages must be very comforting. PFW - where's the irony board gone??


Posted by Dougie
Friday, September 21, 2001 at 16:01:19

I am sorry that it is policy not to comment on commercially sensitive aspects of my business operation. DD

Subject: Dougie

Posted by Messy Bin Liner
Friday, September 21, 2001 at 15:59:21

Dougie, are you still opening packs of 20 fags and selling them ( 2cigs and three matches)to school children for vast profit???

Subject: Adventures in Anagrams

Posted by Bile Sand 'n Ammo
Friday, September 21, 2001 at 15:08:07

Nobody loves me, everybody hates me, think I'll eat some babies.

Subject: Sanctuary at low, low prices!!

Posted by Duggie Dale
Friday, September 21, 2001 at 14:59:22

Never mind yer bloody prayer mat son, just bring yer wallet!

Subject: Discount Duggies

Posted by Nail Bend
Friday, September 21, 2001 at 14:48:01

What is Discount Duggies? Does it offer sanctuary and military training facilities. Can I bring my prayer mat?

Subject: Discount Dougies

Posted by Dave
Friday, September 21, 2001 at 14:25:25

I beg your pardon I never promised you a bin Laden I remember I hand painted sign in white paint on Douggie's window, I think from the account of Satchi and Satchi it read " Mind your head, our prices are so low"

Subject: Discount Dougies

Posted by Dave
Friday, September 21, 2001 at 14:20:57

Subject: Discount Dougies

Posted by Dave
Friday, September 21, 2001 at 14:20:55

Subject: Long beards and suspicious eyes

Posted by Sherlock Holmes
Friday, September 21, 2001 at 12:39:31

Talibantary, my dear Watson. The rigidity of the arms....indeed the absolute "Stiff"ness..... leads me to believe that the intercontinental blackboard rubber shall be the prime American weapon. Alternatively the enemy can be gassed by the emanations from old leather jackets in one Eddie Fell swoop.

Subject: The Holy Cow

Posted by SB
Friday, September 21, 2001 at 09:20:17

Bush and bin Laden should be made to share the same pantomime horse, with bin Laden taking the rear end.

Subject: My Bin's Laden

Posted by Rubbish Collection
Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 23:12:56

Look..... Bush is the problem, his name evokes the shocking exposure of flesh that Western women inflict on their poor, tempted menfolk every day of the year. For myself I wish Ma'o Neill had worn a veil.

Subject: High Anxiety

Posted by
Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 21:59:28

I have just heard unconfirmed reports that Osama Bin Laden has been located anyone else heard this??
There was an unconfirmed report that he was going to re-open Discount Duggies, on the upside he would still provide batteries on Christmas Day.


Posted by Erasmus
Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 21:51:56

What would Cash say?

Subject: War

Posted by IT
Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 21:43:10

Seems to me that a war is just going to unleash wave upon wave of suicidal terrorists on Britain and the US.

Subject: Living in America

Posted by Daev
Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 21:28:41

I have just heard unconfirmed reports that Osama Bin Laden has been located anyone else heard this??


Posted by
Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 21:23:02

Subject: Living in America

Posted by Dave
Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 20:55:34

It is a litle worrying for me living over here that many people i have talked to recently think that this build up of troops in the middle East is another re-run of the Gulf War. Unfortunately they seem to be overlooking the fact that the Islamic fundamentalist leaders are about to unleash a holy war against America. It is hard to estimate how many followers of the Islamic faith would respond to such a requst but if they do so in sufficent numbers we are going to be faced with terrorism on a global scale. I have been in a couple of bars over here lately where posters of Osamin Bin Laden are hanging with a riffle scope over the top,( rather like Bernie the bolt on the Golden Shot) and the words Bullseye wirten above. But as American leaders have said getting Bin Laden will not make amends for the WTC blast from last week. One reporter did make a valid point namely that unlike Christianity which dates back 2001 years the Muslim faith goes back 1400 years. He said it may be a process of maturity that religions have to go through as 600 years ago we were killing people in the name of God too. It will be a sad day if this thing escalates, those that died in New York, DC and Pennsylvania, died as a result of a few radicals. Will it take thousands of Children and women to be killed at the hands of the American War machine to settle the score. What will be the lesson taught there. The awful act of terrorism should be treated as a crime and not a war. International cooperation should bring about the downfall of such organizations through intelligence sharing. I hope that sense prevails before more innocent blood is lost

Subject: Religious Education

Posted by Politically Correct Idiot
Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 18:11:35

As Sneck used to advise - be tolerant to all creeds, religions, beliefs and attitudes - even if it means being crushed to a pulp.

Subject: Times we live in.

Posted by IT
Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 16:30:04

Somehow tales of putting snowballs on the blackboard lights during Sneck's class or dangling Nicolas Spencer out of a window tied to a chair seem a bit out of place when the world is about to erupt into something resembling World War III... But perhaps I'm being too pessimistic? Please discuss.

Subject: test

Posted by
Wednesday, September 19, 2001 at 19:44:18

just making sure this was working as there has been no activity for days

Subject: 1962 Intake

Posted by Simmo
Sunday, September 16, 2001 at 19:18:07

Following “Benny’s” request (July 2001) for information about his contemporaries, I too was part of the 1962 intake. Frank Green (Head Boy 1968-69), Mike “Floppo” Kenley, “Jase” Battersby and I – Jim “D’Yer ’Ave to?” Simmons used to cycle home together at lunchtime. My abiding memory of “Benny” was that he would greet us on the drive just before the start of afternoon school, announcing that, “I’ve done my Maths, done my Physics, done my Chemmy; so I’ve no homework tonight!”One of the events that still make me laugh occurred in Third Year – I think. Several lads in the class were sons of doctors in Barrow – Richard Kirk, Godfrey Bedford and Simon Rogerson. They ran a very lucrative business selling hypodermic syringes to us all. No, they were not early drug-pushers of The Sixties; the syringes were used as water pistols, which we would load and fire at each other while masters were chalking on the board. In time we became frustrated that the weapons needed constant reloading, so some smart Alec hit on the idea of using empty Jif lemon containers. That improvement was later trumped when the first Fairy Liquid bottles appeared. They were brilliant! Almost limitless firepower, providing a strong and steady stream of water that could easily be launched from one side of the class to the other with deadly accuracy. All went well, until one day the hapless John “Crap” Park misjudged his target, and his water-jet landed right in front of “The Evil One” (a.k.a. “Horrible Horrocks”), who was in mid-stream – sorry for the pun – of taking afternoon register. The shriek that was uttered from the mouth of “The Evil One” was unmerciful, as his neat page of blue and red ink marking first smudged, and then merged into a runny, indecipherable mess!I cannot recall what happened to “Crap” Park, though I have no reason to think that Sam Price (God bless his soul!) was disposed to see the funny side of the incident.Any other members of that 1962 intake out there?Simmo

Subject: BGGS

Posted by Carole
Saturday, September 15, 2001 at 14:31:08

Is there a BGGS site?

Subject: Living in America

Posted by Dave
Friday, September 14, 2001 at 20:13:28

Well as you can imagine its been a horrible week here in the USA. I'm in Philadelphia, a city located between Washington DC and New York.I was at work when the attack happened and gradually everyone in the building made there way down the hall to the conference room where there was a tv.The tears had not started but a fear gripped the room as news came in of the attack in DC. I was genually scared as no one could predict what when and where anything might happen.The third attack here in Pennsylvania "in Western Pennsylvania outside Pittsburgh reports are coming in of another plane crash" said Peter Jennings on ABC news. Screams from the (by now packed) conference room as our thoughts went to our satelite office near the Airport in Pittsburgh.Then the horror of the buildings falling and the loss of life began to hit home.In the days since there is a lot of grief, anger, pride, and of worry about what is yet to come , many mothers worrying about the posibility of their sons being drafted, and the real worry that this is going to be a long bloody campaign.Today people attended church services to remember the dead, it didn't matter what church, it has been the sadest of days, nearly everyone I know knows someone who has been directly affected by this. you see the pain everywhere. Last night as I was in the queue to pay my toll on the pennsylvania turnpike, I looked across at a guy in his pick up truck and watched him wipe away tears as were other drivers to the left of me. The radio stations giving profiles of some of the dead. As a father of a four year old everytime I heard of a parent leaving kids behind I too succumed to the emotion.I went home and held my girl like I never have before.....Shakespeare wrote" revenge comes not in single spies, but in battalions"I fear this to be true

Subject: My car looks like a taxi

Posted by Sick of Religion
Friday, September 14, 2001 at 17:34:46

Someone may vandalise my Toyota, but at least I'm still alive.

Subject: Quiet

Posted by IT
Friday, September 14, 2001 at 16:53:39

Very quiet for a Friday afternoon. Levity doesn't seem appropriate.


Posted by PFW
Friday, September 14, 2001 at 16:09:20

I'm not surprised no one has anything to say.

Subject: Evil Upper Sixth

Posted by John Rushton
Tuesday, September 11, 2001 at 13:18:08

Stumbled across your site whilst trying to locate the 1972 School Photograph and I laughed a lot whilst reading your previous postings - brought back a lot of weird stuff I thought I'd suppressed for ever. As one of the 'bunch of tossers and inadequates'(Anon. July 14)that made up the EUS I felt we were a bit under represented on your board so I thought I'd try and redress the balance.I well remember the settee going through the wall of the Upper Sixth Common Room into Cash's private bathroom (mercifully vacant at the time!) this involved 'famous local artist' Graham Twyford's impersonation of a fairground 'Wonder Waltzer' employee. It was the final straw which led to us being banned from the Common Room for the whole term - though we did smash a pane of glass in the door and spent the rest of term pushing garbage into the room.The Common Room furniture was something else - anyone remember 'Samson'- the armchair that Cash condemned and we rescued from the corporation tip on Walney returning it to its rightful home via a triumphal lunchtime procession up the drive on the back of one of Phil Docker's fathers trucks? This involved Jim Collins who we inherited from the previous Upper Sixth and who seemed to fit in a couple of hours school in between 'signing-on' and various other business ventures.I read the references to Alfredo Karam - I remember him turning up at about year 4 or 5 but he looked about 25! He had a very limited grasp of English and considered himself to be the natural heir of Pele when it came to football - we convinced him it was perfectly natural to shout obscenities at the top of one's voice after scoring a goal and the playing fields often echoed with 'Alfredo Karam Foooooooooooking Marvellous!' at about 200db. I think Bernie was too frightened of being punched to tell him off.Anyway keep up the good work and I'll dredge my diminishing memory for anymore EUS reminiscences.

Subject: Ouch!

Posted by Cookie
Monday, September 10, 2001 at 21:53:48

Cest Moi. It was a good chuck though, bouncing off Bugsy's toe-tector then traveling through leather and foot to impale soundly in the welt. Unfortunately (or should that be fortunately)it was Bugsy's knife a particulary viscious and completely blunt impliment. Of course now was the problem of removing it (and holding down a rather agrieved Bugsy) as we were miles from anywhere. Guilt is still written all over my face. I suspect that Bugsy may have won the game of split the kipper as he certainly managed to get his foot to the knife. For some reason I never fancied a return match!

Subject: Bugsy's foot.

Posted by IT
Monday, September 10, 2001 at 08:40:44

Cookie! Is that you?? Yes, I seem to remember that you were implicated. It wasn't a self-inflicted wound! I also seem to remember that we had to go on some sort of route march that day and poor Bugsy had his foot swathed in some hastily improvised dressing. Such fortitude he showed! I would probably have thrown a wobbler and demanded to be taken home!

Subject: 20th Barrow

Posted by Cookie
Sunday, September 09, 2001 at 21:52:27

Err! Who was it that threw the knife into Bugsy's foot (and refused to rescue him from the zip).........

Subject: On the Busses

Posted by Butler
Sunday, September 09, 2001 at 02:55:22

Thanks for the link for the barrow transport web siteIt made me really want to cry, the web is a dangerous tool

Subject: Baseball

Posted by Doug Glanville
Sunday, September 09, 2001 at 02:49:47

Well as it was brought up, Out here on the East Coast My adopted city of Philadelphia are having a great season-- GO Phillies

Subject: Girls are still a mystery to me

Posted by "Barnaby" Warburton
Sunday, September 09, 2001 at 01:59:10

Nice to see the 1977 Boys Photo even though I'm not on it (one of my many days bunking off). I wish the girls photo was from a similar year so I could remind myself of all those young damsels I used gaze at as I walked past the Tennis Courts. "Warburton, stop dribbling", Gottle/Fruity would shout as I shuffled by. Actually, in my 3rd year (1977/78), I agreed to be in the School Production of "An Admirable Crichton" [I recall Kymey was in it too] because, although Mr Trimble thought otherwise, I was in love with two of the 5th/6th Year Girls - Alison Burns (Hmmm) and Keith Morgan's Sister (I can't remember her first name but I did get to kiss her on the hand - quite a thrill I can tell you). Anyone remember my performance as Monsieur Fleury ("Eet eez a great plezure, mamzelle!)?

Subject: Hateful Children

Posted by Bernard Eales
Saturday, September 08, 2001 at 14:13:18

Phew, that's a relief , then


Posted by PFW
Saturday, September 08, 2001 at 10:57:20

Pshaw! Such paranoia! As far as I know the IP is about the only data that could be retained and for most subscribers these tend to be dynamically allocated and not attached to your machine. Don't worry.. I know a lot more about thyroxine than computers. Otherwise I would have harmlessly diverted that bozo who derives obscure joy from empty messages!Pseudonyms are fine if it provides the necessary freedom of expression. Good Lord someone might actually find out you visit the most retro site on the web! Or worse... run it.

Subject: Complex Internet Thingies

Posted by Percy Kewshun
Saturday, September 08, 2001 at 00:37:16

I will not reveal myself. Did you know, Bugs, that the Webmeister can ID every computer that sends nessages to this site .... no one is safe , pseudonyms or not. Can you hear that strange buzzing.......

Subject: Oral Qu

Posted by Bugsy
Friday, September 07, 2001 at 23:37:28


Subject: Well wadderyaknow

Posted by Fascinating
Friday, September 07, 2001 at 17:38:24

Just want to make sure eeryone is aware of this website - its one short step from suicide on the boredom trail!

Subject: A's or Giants?

Posted by Oral Hershiser
Friday, September 07, 2001 at 17:21:33

At great risk of censorship for 'gross irrelevance', having already distorted one thread at the Barrow AFC forum to a discussion of the relevant merits of the Yankees and the Mets, I have to ask, Rob, A's or Giants?

Subject: Ainsbury go to the Headmasters Office

Posted by Graham Shereston
Friday, September 07, 2001 at 17:17:47

Rob, I think I remember you, what years were you at BBGS? And why aren't you supporting fellow Old Boys businesses! Please email me at Do you know Jeff Graham?


Posted by The Ed
Friday, September 07, 2001 at 17:17:07

And winner of Shareware Prize Award...

Subject: Unsettled Homeboy

Posted by Bugsy
Friday, September 07, 2001 at 17:12:52

What are taxes? Unmask thyself...bugsy

Subject: Suspicious shifting

Posted by Settled Homeboy
Friday, September 07, 2001 at 16:34:32

So "Bugsy", why so many moves. Is th IRS after some backtax on your innumerable wound-up/sold companies?


Posted by
Friday, September 07, 2001 at 16:14:51

IT = Ian Thompson; didn't I see that written on the toilet walls?

Subject: If that is the real Bugsy - Hello!

Posted by IT
Friday, September 07, 2001 at 16:10:09

IT = Ian Thompson Can't speak for Alien Mondeo gasbag.

Subject: Bugsy Thread

Posted by Nostalgia
Friday, September 07, 2001 at 16:05:52


I've just knitted myself a balaclava with this thread, and had enough left over to join my two mittens together through my sleeves.

Subject: Bugsy Calling

Posted by Rob "Bugsy" Ainsbury
Friday, September 07, 2001 at 15:30:41

Yes, that handsome bastard adorning the homepage is the greatest head boy ever to grace the snooker table at the Strawberry (during Chemistry). And he is me.Short history lesson: barrow gramma, manchester univeristy, mobil oil UK, conono London to Aberdeen to Houston TX (in 1984). Quit and started owen software company "TechnoJock Software" (Google it). Then moved to San Francisco (MaxInfo, start-up), then VP of R&D at Netmanage in Saratoga, then started another company EoExchange in San Fran. Lots of big title and bno frickin money.I do not recognize any of the alias' who the hell are you folk?Bite me...bob

Subject: Careers.

Posted by IT
Friday, September 07, 2001 at 08:47:35

I see... Civil Engineering Degree at Manchester...postgraduate studies in computing at M.I.T... Silicon Valley.... San Fransisco.... now it all makes sense.


Posted by The Watcher
Thursday, September 06, 2001 at 22:36:35

RD Ainsbury -> Manchester, Civil Engineering 1974

Subject: Ex -pat

Posted by Alien Mondeo Gasbag
Thursday, September 06, 2001 at 20:14:30

There's absolutely nothing to regret for those poor souls who remain on the home planet of Barr-o.


Posted by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore
Thursday, September 06, 2001 at 17:08:56

Well don't write him off yet. There still remains the mystery of who suggested it was him in the first place.
As for successful BiFs.
I suspect that when the giant Earth-smashing comet hoves into view CNN will go live to Barrow for a final report. This will consist of a snarling wet person without an umbrella saying "Naaahhh told ya! Shoulda' stayed here for all the good it did ya."
This is Bob Friendly signing off...

Subject: Bob Bugsy

Posted by IT
Thursday, September 06, 2001 at 16:49:11

I'm disapointed to discover that Bob Ainsbury, CEO of EoExchange, and 'Bugsy' Ainsbury, formerly of Abbey Methodist Scout Troop, who once put a sheath knife through his foot when playing 'split the kipper' (if memory serves) are not identical. One always likes to hear of Barrow people doing well, and there is no law of nature which prevents the sons of geographically isolated hick northern towns from conquering the business world... or from moving to California. Anyway.. what happened to our Bugsy? Or is this all an elaborate double bluff?


Posted by
Thursday, September 06, 2001 at 15:57:27

Oh no! She's dead!

Rumours sweep the country regarding the sudden croaking of HRH QM
Thoughts turn to contemplation of a day off.


Posted by
Thursday, September 06, 2001 at 14:07:48

A correspondent has apparently come across an image of "Bongo" Hemingway - retiring from chemistry he later became interested in following wildlife around...

Subject: Bugsy and syrups

Posted by Catchpole
Thursday, September 06, 2001 at 12:30:36

Looks more like Fletch with the wig off?Bugsy's most famous moment was in the house footie. Bullwip sent him off for swearing and the HB had to see the Moon for a trouser bashing. A real scandal back in 1973/4

Subject: Mr Ainsbury

Posted by John K
Wednesday, September 05, 2001 at 16:59:45

If you had shown thepicture of Dick Kaser further down on the same page, I would be more likely to have believed you.

Subject: Elvis is probably alive, too...

Posted by Dickie Hip
Wednesday, September 05, 2001 at 14:39:03

That's obviously Jimi Hendrix running the LA company, not some alumnus. Nice to find out after all this time that he didn't drown in his own vomit. Purple Haze will never sound the same again....

Subject: Syrups

Posted by Robert Crumb
Wednesday, September 05, 2001 at 14:19:44

Phil, you are a talented artist indeed. I have to say that Robert Ainsbury (whoever he may be) is damned attractive with cartoon hair - do you have his address and a marker pen that I could borrow?


Posted by
Wednesday, September 05, 2001 at 12:40:31

The Other Ainsbury
The mystery remains - who amended the RA info? Stand forth.

Subject: Picard

Posted by SB
Wednesday, September 05, 2001 at 12:28:35

Was Jean-luc Picard a character in those monotonousfrench projector shows that Furzey used to like so much?There were frequent musical prompts which I'm sure Speilberg used as the basis for the "close encounters" riff.I can't remember any french,just those bloody notes.....

Subject: Bugsy

Posted by IT
Wednesday, September 05, 2001 at 12:12:05

Move over Jean Luc Picard!


Posted by
Wednesday, September 05, 2001 at 11:57:06

It looks as if he will have to become a notional "Bugsy" figure. A heroic icon for the follicularly challenged.

Subject: Bugsy

Posted by Sweeny Todd
Wednesday, September 05, 2001 at 11:49:24

I am suprised by the shapely dome of this person.It is difficult to estimate the shape of a craniumunder Don King locks,but I feel sure Bugsy's boncewould be much more teutonic.

Subject: Bugsy

Posted by John K
Wednesday, September 05, 2001 at 11:32:43

Perhaps Bugsy has a picture in his attic which has wild curly hair, monstrous sideburns, and beer bottle glasses.

This is a portrait of his alter-ego, Dick Thrust successful entrepreuner, and man-about-town

Subject: Bugsy

Posted by IT
Wednesday, September 05, 2001 at 11:27:36

P.S. where did the photo come from?

Subject: Bugsy

Posted by IT
Wednesday, September 05, 2001 at 11:26:43

My guess is that it is not Bugsy at all but the successful LA based author of the best selling self-help books 'How to Kick Ass and Keep Smiling' and 'Chicken Soup for the Moustache'.

Subject: Bugsy

Posted by SB
Wednesday, September 05, 2001 at 11:25:47

What happened to the big hair?He must also wear contact lenses.I'm not convinced either.


Posted by PFW
Wednesday, September 05, 2001 at 11:25:14

I don't know... I just don't know.
Perhaps the children at home could send in their own "Robert Ainsbury" pictures.We can choose the winner at the end of the series.The lucky viewer will receive a Budgie Home Grooming Kit autographed by Russell Grant.


Posted by Ern
Wednesday, September 05, 2001 at 10:53:01

Try drawing the hair and specs back on bugsy - then we'll know!


Posted by
Wednesday, September 05, 2001 at 10:12:18

Ah the benefits of LAN - making a cup of tea, contemplating a sandwich and listening to the Tannhauser Overture on Radio3 web broadcast!

Subject: Ainsbury

Posted by Ed
Wednesday, September 05, 2001 at 10:01:02

Someone did alter his photo details to indicate he was CEO of some CA outfit.I know there are always a large number midway between flotation and the U-bend but this seemed the most likely.
With only the 72 photo to go on.. it could be anyone.. remove the Hair-Bear Bunch coiffure (well all the hair) and 70s sideburns and Dealy Plaza specs, postulate a few years of skateboarding in the Californian sun together with daily optimism - Hey it could be!
Pictures like that of the Lisdoonie gathering create a false impression of middle age. Hell, a few decades in BiF and Bill Gates could pass for an extra in Coronation Street.

Subject: Bugsy

Posted by John K
Wednesday, September 05, 2001 at 08:33:39

If it is Bugsy - can we get the name of his plastic surgeon?


Posted by
Tuesday, September 04, 2001 at 20:19:11


Posted by
Tuesday, September 04, 2001 at 20:19:08

Subject: Bugsy.

Posted by IT
Tuesday, September 04, 2001 at 17:02:22

I suppose it is just conceivable that the photo on the Home page is Robert Ainsbury, but I don't remeber him looking like that!!

Subject: 1958-63

Posted by John Green
Monday, September 03, 2001 at 12:50:09

Looking for Dave Hopkins, Sean Conlin or Barry Monkman

Subject: Interociter

Posted by Meacham
Monday, September 03, 2001 at 11:35:51

"Yes Dr. Exeter, but can it produce pure sarcasm?"

Subject: Those corn-flake box instructions I sent...

Posted by Egg-headed Man
Monday, September 03, 2001 at 10:01:23

If you can read this, then congratulations.... you have succeeded in building an Interociter.

Subject: maths / physics / chemistry

Posted by not telling
Friday, August 31, 2001 at 21:11:49

That's it, I'm not playing any more.Every time I uncover the plot, my messages are removed.I blame the illuminati.

Subject: Klaatu

Posted by Morbius
Friday, August 31, 2001 at 16:11:22

I believe the phrase originates from "The Day The Earth Stood Still" and was addressed to Gort the big tin man.
It roughly translates as
"If I'm not back in an hour butt**** the planet and no reacharound"

Subject: "Check for Photo Updates

Posted by Confused
Friday, August 31, 2001 at 16:04:29

Why is the above page in an alien language?

Subject: The Other Film

Posted by Very Tall Robot
Friday, August 31, 2001 at 15:57:54

Yes, you are correct - it was "Forbidden Planet" which was based on The Tempest. I can't remember the name of the one with the big tin man and human looking alien with a crew neck.

Subject: Klaatu ...

Posted by i give in
Friday, August 31, 2001 at 15:05:16

Ok Pompous Ass..I am a serious individual but do not know what it means...please impart your wisdom so I may be fulfilled.Thanks chum


Posted by
Friday, August 31, 2001 at 13:55:07

Indeed - chatrooms - the uttermost hell that world wide wire can provide.IRC already provide such a service.
"The Tempest" is an obscure subject for such a post - I trust this is not a reference to the cult Walter Pidgeon movie based on this theme?
"even now they make the beast with two motherboards"
A worthy piece of work but not the origin of the famous phrase.


Subject: The Tempest

Posted by Iron Man
Friday, August 31, 2001 at 13:33:41

Indeed we do, I come in peace, Earthling, to warn you of the grave intergalatic dangers inherent in participating in pseudo chat rooms.

Subject: Klaatu Berata Nikto

Posted by Pompous Astronomer
Friday, August 31, 2001 at 12:43:24

I believe every serious individual knows this phrase and its origins

Subject: Barrovian Statistics

Posted by Pompous junkie
Thursday, August 30, 2001 at 14:04:54

Why are you surprised? In one form or another, it's what got a lot of us through our formative years at BBGS.

Subject: Barrovian Statistics

Posted by Pompous Doctor
Thursday, August 30, 2001 at 09:35:05

It came to my attention this weekend past, from my perusal of the quality press, that Barrow in Furness still leads the country in terms of drugs related problems. It has about the highest incidence of methadone overdose in the UK. Maybe that explains why Flitcroft thinks he can play golf and Barrovians think Barrow is so wonderful.


Posted by Net Dweeb
Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 22:42:11

An uncanny example of synchronicity

Subject: Klaatu Berata Nikto

Posted by Paul Parker
Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 18:18:48

I was sitting here at my PC last night, when an episode of "Sgt Bilko" came on the TV behind me....... I'm sure I heard one of the men on the show come out with the legend beneath Dave Kelly's photo on the home page.....? So, DOES "Klaatu Berata Nikto" mean "Crispy crunchies are good for you"?????????(just a small point, but from where I was sitting, it sounded like the senond and third words were back to front..........but then again, so was I........)

Subject: It seems to me..

Posted by IT
Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 15:46:44

Seems okay on I.Explorer but on Netscape I get double vision.

Subject: The Gutter

Posted by Mavis Cruet
Tuesday, August 28, 2001 at 22:52:07

Like BBGS teachers, everything leans to the left.

Subject: the page

Posted by
Tuesday, August 28, 2001 at 21:50:34

Is it just my PC or is this page out of position?


Posted by
Tuesday, August 28, 2001 at 14:50:28

Subject: Big/small

Posted by The Moog
Sunday, August 26, 2001 at 20:02:54

Perhaps some twinning? LA/Barrow; Sacramento/Ulverston; San Luis Obispo/Millom; Venice/Walney; 101/A590; Mammoth/Kendal; Hearst Castle/Holker Hall; Hollywood High/BBGS (ex)????

Subject: Told ya

Posted by Graham
Sunday, August 26, 2001 at 19:51:17

See this is why a chatroom is better, for us internet junkies!Yep the yanks still consider Monty Python (accentuate the "thon") to be the epitome of Brit humour, not sure what they would make of the Royle Family, which I found to be intensely depressing, because it's too close to the truth!

Subject: British Humour

Posted by Kenneth Williams
Sunday, August 26, 2001 at 19:47:24

Nyyyeees, and I'll bet they all think those quislings Anthony Hopkins and John Cleese are pet Brits!

Subject: Barrow vs LA

Posted by Graham
Sunday, August 26, 2001 at 19:41:45

Frank Bispham once estimated that Barrow-in Furness would fit in to the Greater Los Angeles Metro area 72.87 times by area and 135.38 times by population. When the LA hooter blows at 5pm, 3,478,402 cyclists begin pedalling down the 405 freeway, their flat caps shimmering in the warm afternoon sun,truly a sight to behold.


Posted by
Sunday, August 26, 2001 at 19:41:06

Frank Bispham once estimated that Barrow-in Furness would fit in to the Greater Los Angeles Metro area 72.87 times by area and 135.38 times by population. When the LA hooter blows at 5pm, 3,478,402 cyclists begin pedalling down the 405 freeway, their flat caps shimmering in the warm afternoon sun,truly a sight to behold.

Subject: Los Angelean Internet Junkies

Posted by Vile Aden
Sunday, August 26, 2001 at 19:35:26

I once went to LA, isn't it small?

Subject: Old School

Posted by Graham
Sunday, August 26, 2001 at 19:32:24

Every message posted here arrives in my email in Los Angeles a few seconds later, by the magic of the internet. I don't consider myself an internet junkie, although I do use it a lot in my business so am online all day long. For me an internet junkie is someone who writes BTW instead of "by the way", and all those other cutesy little abbreviations. And of course the lifetime goal of an internet junkie is to marry an internet bride!BTW I've never done that either

Subject: Bashfulness

Posted by Evil Edna
Sunday, August 26, 2001 at 19:26:06

Yes , I admit that I am a sad Internet Junkie (who sometimes uses his real name in postings) just as you are by visiting this site....and we know who you are! As regards photos of the school, no, I haven't visited the smelly old dump since I left in the 70's. Maybe Frank "Zorro" Cassidy can help as the Evening Mail may contain something within its recent archives?

Subject: Evil Edna

Posted by Graham Shereston
Sunday, August 26, 2001 at 18:39:27

I thought it was the "sad internet junkies" who preferred to hide behind obscure "handles"?!Do you have any photos of inside the school which you'd care to post?

Subject: Jack Birrell

Posted by Ace
Sunday, August 26, 2001 at 18:14:38

anyone know if the old boy is still alive?

Subject: absenteeism

Posted by paul sneesby
Sunday, August 26, 2001 at 03:19:22

plus ca change

Subject: Names

Posted by Evil Edna
Saturday, August 25, 2001 at 23:12:42

Graham - as an oldie you will see that we "younger" ex-BBGS's are rather shy about revealing our names lest we be tarred as sad internet junkies.

Subject: acid

Posted by steve benson
Saturday, August 25, 2001 at 11:06:33

It was not an MGB but a Ford Cortina mk.2 in a newfangledmetallic paint which would have flaked off anyway.

Subject: Brainwaves

Posted by Graham Shereston 64-71
Saturday, August 25, 2001 at 00:06:43

In between all this meaningless banter and fascinating trivia can I make a couple of suggestions for this site:1. Any chance of setting up some chat room software and scheduling chats for those are are further afield2. Any chance of someone taking some current pictures inside the school? I for one would be fascinated to see how it looks3. Can people who post here include their real names so we know who you are!4. None of the aboveI will be submitting my school photo from June 1965 very soon

Subject: BGGS school photo

Posted by t2t
Friday, August 24, 2001 at 21:31:57

C'mon chaps & chapesses, when are we gonna get some names put to the Girls' School Photo.I think I recognize some of the faces, but names, err, umm, aaaah, yes, I was very, very, drunk........t2t

Subject: Im never doing acid again

Posted by emanon
Friday, August 24, 2001 at 21:27:54

That's JUST what Martin Bellamy's MGB said in the 1970'stee hee


Posted by
Friday, August 24, 2001 at 17:18:21

Im never doing acid again


Posted by John K
Friday, August 24, 2001 at 15:26:47

Sounds like the start of one of Frankie Bispham's end of term maths quizzes


Posted by
Friday, August 24, 2001 at 15:09:24

whats going on here?


Posted by
Friday, August 24, 2001 at 14:46:35


Posted by PFW
Friday, August 24, 2001 at 14:41:44

AX is dead
BY is now fat and bald
Any questions?

Subject: Its oh so quiet

Posted by Bjork
Friday, August 24, 2001 at 09:45:43

You can't all be on holiday this week?

Subject: kitchen prose and gutter...

Posted by aqualung
Friday, August 24, 2001 at 04:19:29

According to the official Jethro Tull website,Glenn Cornick is the only ex-Tuller who stilllooks like his original press photos.I assumeIan Anderson is not referring to the photo from the school trip.

Subject: Growing old disgracefully

Posted by John K
Wednesday, August 22, 2001 at 09:52:01

If Don Galloway needs a spare tyre - I've got one that I'd like to get rid of.

Subject: Flat tyres

Posted by Alan Tomlinson
Monday, August 20, 2001 at 19:58:10

I bumped into Don Galloway this evening having a puncture trauma, presumably on his way home? Sorry I didn't introduce myself properly, Don!


Posted by Alan T
Sunday, August 19, 2001 at 13:55:05


Subject: DS Baz Fitzabsent

Posted by Alan T
Sunday, August 19, 2001 at 13:50:43

Most probably the same reason as Paul Sneesby isn't on the photograph. He was probably absent.

Subject: Sorry!

Posted by Intrigued
Saturday, August 18, 2001 at 23:45:42

I wish they had taught us to type!

Subject: Missing Person

Posted by Intrigued
Saturday, August 18, 2001 at 23:44:18

Does anyone out ther know why our most famous policeman DS Baz Fitzgerald was awol from the `72 school photograph?

Subject: the 1st

Posted by t2t
Saturday, August 18, 2001 at 22:20:29

Just wanted to be the first to defile this lovely new paget2t

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