Atlantean Hoard

Subject: outbursts

Posted by the real troll
Saturday, May 01, 2004 at 10:03:54

I just wonder what Bill Shepherd would have made of the iambic pentameter. I suppose "freake" does have a certain olde-world charm.

Subject: Confusion Reigns

Posted by Confuscius (?)
Saturday, May 01, 2004 at 00:19:27

Hello Ern. Where've you been? There is no plot.

Subject: Confused (again!)

Posted by Ern
Friday, April 30, 2004 at 21:31:40

I seem to have lost the plot here, is this a football discussion?

Subject: Troll Youth

Posted by IT
Friday, April 30, 2004 at 16:10:15

Haven't had an illiterate troll for a while. Peps things up a bit.


Posted by wash
Thursday, April 29, 2004 at 06:14:50

la belle epouque


Posted by
Saturday, April 24, 2004 at 13:50:18

Subject: School photo 67

Posted by Martin Graham
Saturday, April 10, 2004 at 16:35:37

Hi, Great to see everyone again in the 67 photo, I was in Barrow last week visiting relatives and was told about this by staff at the sixth form college. I only get over now and again, I am now a primary school teacher in Co.Donegal in Ireland. It would be nice to hear from anybody who remembers me! Thanks for organising the photo Trevor, it was very thoughtful of you and did my heart good as have looking for this photo for years!! By the way, one of my nicknames was Napoleon because I was obsessed with him at school since he was on the GCE syllabus and he was more interesting than the rest of it! I learned a lot about him and knew more about him than Mr Pickthall himself!

Subject: culture increases

Posted by happy jack
Friday, April 09, 2004 at 11:22:43

Never mind the friggin' house prices in the old country - I've already seen Bowie, then Steve Earle this week,soon to be followed by Richard Thompson and the (remains of) The Who. After a decade of nothing except Midnight Oil and Crowded House, what the hell IS going on. I think it's the exchange rate.

Subject: monopoly money

Posted by wash
Friday, April 09, 2004 at 00:36:41

just had a call from my sister in Barrow who has informed me of the massive increase in House prices in my old stomping grounds.. Carlton ave on the market for 180K , stanley rd * (my home base 45k,) arthur st 26k wow thats a lot of cash . the everage salary im guessing to be around 18k? whats going on

Subject: exo-brains

Posted by furzy
Saturday, March 27, 2004 at 13:11:43

Not sure about transvestites, but they sure look like Mars Attacks bubble-gum aliens without the goldfish bowl.

Subject: Transvestite exo-brains

Posted by Omigawd 6
Wednesday, March 24, 2004 at 12:26:45



Posted by Kevin Cohen
Friday, March 19, 2004 at 23:30:47


Subject: another ill timed rip

Posted by troll
Friday, March 19, 2004 at 10:33:08

Dropped on the bus to North Scale last Wednesday........

Subject: another ill timed RIP

Posted by wash
Wednesday, March 17, 2004 at 03:33:02

As the last year intake of 1977 , i am very saddened to post the death of Graham Burgess, can either be 36 or 37. burge was a member of Barrow house Captained the footie team, played for Cumbria, and barrow reserves, ran track , was on our county winning cricket team, all rounder in sport and personality. God we are mortal after all a great bloke and a very sad loss RIP G Burgess, eldest son of Bill, brothers Ian and david

Subject: Graffiti

Posted by Incog Neato
Monday, March 15, 2004 at 16:41:47

is there still a "Maggie Thatcher Job Snatcher" at the end of Arthur Street? in fact is Arthur St. still there?

Subject: Old Graffiti

Posted by Holman Hunt
Monday, March 15, 2004 at 13:38:52

I found a clipping of the Holker Street graffiti to which Rare Visitor refers, I think it was from the Sunday Times colour supplement and its actually 'Barrow Rule the Third' and was true for a couple of weeks at least. I think its probably now buried underneath Asda which is a shame as it would have looked nice in the Dock Museum. I also remember 'Minis Rule' above the entrance to the Cocken Tunnel (courtesy of Jamie Hill's big brother Tim) and 'Trannies should wear the right gear O.K. Mike' in Clifford Street which might still be there and should be preserved as a blue plaque style tribute to my old friend the late Mike Moore. There should also be a few remaining JAFU's and EUS's around the town which go down to the Evil Upper Sixth.

Subject: Untimely death

Posted by Ciaran
Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 19:54:57

The mail reported that an Old Boy Mark Hamilton aged 46 was murdered in Angola last week in his hotel room. A geophysics graduate he was apparently teaching out there. Didn't know him myself but i'm sure some of you guy's did

Subject: bring on the trainer

Posted by wash
Saturday, March 06, 2004 at 05:13:00

Hey ciaran its dave cass do you have any contact info on any of the lads from my year your cousin Greg hewson, cowie , pat et al, is so e mail me dcas315@ao;

Subject: blockbusters

Posted by godless headline
Saturday, March 06, 2004 at 02:16:28

headline in LA times .. Spiderman still bigger than Christ

Subject: Bow down and shudder

Posted by Zeus
Friday, March 05, 2004 at 13:08:44

Correct, Apollo will not be permitted to show it (or am I mixing up the deities, ethnically?)

Subject: Not in Barra!!

Posted by Ciaran
Friday, March 05, 2004 at 13:02:12

Well we won't be able to comment. The mail actually ran an article on it last night to say there are no plans to show it in Barrow (a real no news day) thus avoiding any sectarian conflict in the town. We can all still go down the Gaza and knock hell out of each other.

Subject: Pack it in, Now.

Posted by God
Friday, March 05, 2004 at 10:54:48

Stop arguing and start to love one another. It was all a long time ago and you're all forgiven. Jesus says hello! I didn't realise that that lying little Australian sh*te, Gibson, was 2000 years old!!!


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Friday, March 05, 2004 at 10:51:57


Posted by The Central Scrutinizer
Friday, March 05, 2004 at 08:50:23

You are an effin christian aren't you?

Subject: santa claus isnt real

Posted by wash
Friday, March 05, 2004 at 03:29:00

I did not post with an opinion (albeit I have one and would defend it) as this is not the forum. I just pointed out that the film was provoking. However with regard to a sreenplay, this one is 2000 yrs old

Subject: Christ you know it ain't easy

Posted by Non believer
Thursday, March 04, 2004 at 14:01:20

Pity that a right-wing, extremist catholic bigot is allowed to produce the sort of crap that Gibson does. Millions of kids will now assume that Jesus was real because he was in a film that was a 'true story' (like millions believe that the good ol' boys of the US cavalry saved the whole of the world thanks to his previous offerings on the second world war - the real combatants being air brushed out of it because they didn't fit with his personal ideology). Its a pity as well that audiences flock to be shocked by 'realistic' gore when they can sit and watch a terrified kid trying to hide behind his equally frightened father, callously shot through the head by Isreali soldiers on the six o' clock news, or tolerate activities that result in ten year old boys having their legs and arms blown off. Obviously this isn't 'real' enough for some, or shocking enough. If God exists, why does he allow these sort of things?

Subject: The Passion of the Christ

Posted by wash
Wednesday, March 03, 2004 at 05:26:31

I don't think this film has been released in the Uk yet , and i dont want to make any secular or perrochial opinion, but i saw this film tonight and have to say it was one of the most provoking films I have ever seen, Can't say i enjoyed it, i dont think you are supposed to. It was more graphic than any horror flick and yet provoked on a different level. Not since Schindlers list have i left a movie theatre feeling shook up. if you have the stomach go and see it when it lands

Subject: Move It

Posted by 1976'er
Friday, February 27, 2004 at 20:41:55

And they did.

Subject: Old graffiti.

Posted by Rare Visitor
Friday, February 27, 2004 at 18:41:59

Evil Upper Sixth - brings it all back. They were the year ahead of my year and deserved their notoriety. It was the case in the early 1990s that a double garage door somewhere behind the Mail offices still displayed their trademark graffitus. In the same vein, there used to be the famous 'Barrow - Kings of the Third' painted along a wall leading to Holker Street, well into the 1990s. Have these been preserved as examples of ancient Cumbrian culture? or consigned to the Dr Marten's league of street decorations?

Subject: old song

Posted by wash
Friday, February 27, 2004 at 02:54:14

i knew that would be dug up again ( groan ) but someone had to say it

Subject: The Wild Necro

Posted by Holman Hunt
Thursday, February 26, 2004 at 18:18:24

Don't know why but this song composed c. 30 years ago by Graham 'Famous Local Artist'Twyford came to mind as I was driving to work today and I thought I'd share it with you. It was last to be heard booming out of the Evil Upper Sixth's Common Room or 'The Beehive' c. 1975 and should be sung to the tune of 'The Wild Rover' in an over the top Cumbrian accent after several pints of Hartley's Best - 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 as before) Bizarre things you remember!

Subject: Bongo experiments

Posted by Chemical Ali
Saturday, February 21, 2004 at 16:00:20

I was thinking about ex-BBGS'ers! But yes I'm looking forward to revisitng the '70's again with the 2 Rons.

Subject: And It's good night from him

Posted by Ciaran
Saturday, February 21, 2004 at 10:08:23

They're not all dead, the two ronnies are making a comeback

Subject: Just like that

Posted by Gob on Ali
Friday, February 20, 2004 at 16:34:00

I'm fez up with this. Has everyone died?

Subject: Ali Bongo

Posted by Sass
Thursday, February 19, 2004 at 19:02:16

Yes, that's him on the right. There's more pics if you type Ali Bongo in Image search on Google. I believe he was born in India.

Subject: Is this him?

Posted by IT
Thursday, February 19, 2004 at 16:03:39

Subject: black homour

Posted by wash
Wednesday, February 18, 2004 at 00:05:08

i just rented "one upon a time in the midlands, from a blockbusters here in usa, it was billed a briliant and witty, now either I've been away too long or black humour is getting too dark for me. Aside from a few good one liners.." "the wife wanted me to have the "snip" but i wasn't keen on the idea so we decided to ask the kids, I lost 12-10, the movie was depressing and any irony was lost on me Maybe a few weeks back in the Crow would be the tonic?

Subject: Violents Jocks

Posted by Correct
Sunday, February 15, 2004 at 23:03:23

It's the damp and the midges that do it.

Subject: Ali Bongo

Posted by Sass
Sunday, February 15, 2004 at 19:44:17

Sure they're the same person ? The Great Suprendo (now divorced from Victoria Wood) is Geoffrey Durham in real life. I believe Ali Bongo's real name is William Wallace.


Posted by Joe Friday
Sunday, February 15, 2004 at 09:14:48

AKA The Great Suprendo and spouse of Victoria Wood

Subject: Ali Bongo

Posted by Sass
Saturday, February 14, 2004 at 02:23:43

Ali Bongo appeared in the children's TV show "Zokko" c.1970 (think it was on Saturday lunchtime) which had magic tricks, cartoons and a talking pinball table "robot". He was also magic adviser for David Nixon and for "Ace of Wands". I remember he wore oriental-style clothing and had glasses. I think it was on after I returned from the ABC Minors from watching the latest Children's Film Foundation epic.

Subject: failing memory

Posted by wash
Thursday, February 12, 2004 at 03:38:34

I was pegging a few jars the other day with an irish buddy of mine here in "Bushville" USA, when we got caught in a nostalgia trip to kids tv, the name ALI BONGO came up but, while knowing him cannot place where , i think it was some crap magician dressed like alladin but cannot think of the show, any help will make me old Cheers

Subject: Jeff Lynn

Posted by Old Boy-1966
Sunday, February 08, 2004 at 20:49:59

Came across this website recently and old memories came flooding back.Jeff was a great sprinter in his time at school and I know he became a chartered accountant.I was sad to hear that he died.Does anyone know anymore about how he died?

Subject: Winklepickers

Posted by Ohmigawd 5
Friday, February 06, 2004 at 22:28:16

Zero, they were in England.


Posted by Curious
Friday, February 06, 2004 at 20:37:15

What percentage of the total population of China is that?

Subject: Cockle pickers

Posted by shocked
Friday, February 06, 2004 at 17:35:32

Did I read correctly? 19 Chinese cockle pickers drown in Morecambe Bay? Truth really is stranger than fiction

Subject: Photo

Posted by very old
Tuesday, February 03, 2004 at 16:27:58

I may be going senile but there seem to be a lot of girlies in the 1977 photo; suppose they look better than the skulls?

Subject: Biddies

Posted by Half- baldy
Sunday, February 01, 2004 at 18:39:10

Only the old ones trying to cross West Avenue

Subject: nits

Posted by baldy
Sunday, February 01, 2004 at 02:04:59

slight change of tack.did any of you ever get biddies

Subject: Embryonic tendencies

Posted by Clinic
Friday, January 30, 2004 at 21:16:34

The School Nurse didn't say anything. It's her fault.


Posted by Cynic
Friday, January 30, 2004 at 18:47:28



Posted by EW
Friday, January 30, 2004 at 13:04:31

Oops. Now where the hell are those pics

Subject: Phototgenic '77

Posted by There's lots about
Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at 23:02:41

He's the perve who was caught with his pants down (see five below)

Subject: Out of touch

Posted by Ern
Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at 21:15:12

Who is Leslie Eveson?

Subject: English

Posted by Growth
Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at 10:06:58

You need to brush up on your grammar my girl! Grunt, wheeze.


Posted by
Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at 01:30:47

me thinks there were 2 paul bisphams

Subject: mr bispham

Posted by ex-bsf college girl
Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 22:26:20

this message is for paul bispham - your dad was the BEST teacher i had, i am a teacher now and only dream of having his intelligence and skill. ta very much mr b!

Subject: Scholl Sandals

Posted by Smelly Shoes
Monday, January 26, 2004 at 18:45:58

They usually wear thonged sandals, round-lensed NHS Specs and hiss through their teeth. It's genetic.

Subject: Upholding the Honour

Posted by RM
Monday, January 26, 2004 at 13:25:44

I see xxxxxx xxxxxxx is doing his best to bring shame and disgrace on the old place. I wonder does any other scholl have the dubious honour of having more convicted perverts than ours?

Subject: alternative christmas

Posted by wash
Monday, January 05, 2004 at 19:12:04

what an excellent yarn, vivid images race through the mind of equally horrid times spent at the age of 17 in benidorm on an 18-30 package of shite. we all thought we were going to be getting more Tang than all the files in vickers alass three fat old boilers from wakefield was the pick of the hotel. and to be quite honest Ive never entertained that sort of holiday again. some of the bars resembled a NF rally with more Union Jacks than Ibrox There is a lot to be said for a tukey at home with the family , the two rons repeats , a pair of socks and some wilkinson swords

Subject: status

Posted by Dave Milligan
Monday, January 05, 2004 at 16:50:06

still alive,nose hasn't shrunk!! drinks in Hope & Anchor Ulverston on weekends at home , resting from International Tosspot role I masquerade in during the week

Subject: Leftovers from Barrow

Posted by Cold Turkey
Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at 17:17:20

My mother hoards Christmas turkey in the fridge for weeks. It's certainly cultured. Best boiled up in soft water from Pennington Res and given to the cat.

Subject: An Alternative Christmas.

Posted by Saint Nicholas
Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at 14:24:04

Its really no good, the places we used to frequent are never the same. Avoiding BiF, I spent the full week on the Algarve, in a squalid hotel in Albufeira. Abiding memories - dogsh*t, litter, graffiti and smashed public telephones, so not much different to a Barrovian Chrimbo experience. Everyone speaks Eengleesh and there was a choice of three Geordie Bars. Full english breakfast served everywhere. Free Daily Mails available to throw in the bin at every hotel and restaurant, but these rags were avidly read by thousands of right-wing gut-buckets eating cornish pasties and drinking keg beers (or caramelised p!ss to you and me). In the evening, the town was full of drunks, well past the first flushes of youth, wearing shell suits and trainers, calling everyone 'MATE!' and staggering from pub to pub to watch the 'footie' on huge, f*ck-off screens. It was 24 degrees warm, though. The saddest thing I saw was the street up the road, the 'Playa de Cliff Richard'. Next Christmas I intend to hide away from the world in sunny North Shields, I like a bit of culture......

Subject: Anywhere

Posted by Neil
Monday, December 29, 2003 at 18:30:18

Well, we did go to the Ambrose and I have to say that the clientele was rather "mixed". As the Evening Mail said that the Robin Hood had been refurbished, we went there next. Refurbished my a**e. A lick of paint and some floral upholstery on the same old seating. The clientele were again "mixed" and there was a terrible Karaoke going on in the "lounge". No sign of any Hartleys Best, though they did have a decent brew called "Cumbria Way". On to the Blue Lamp which ahs been done out to try and cater more for the sophisticated Barrovian Bistro trade. Unfortunately it's a sad attempt and again there was a bleedin' awful Karaoke. They've also reverted to 100% keg beer. Ah well, there's always the Furness Railway next time.

Subject: Ambrose

Posted by Real Ale
Monday, December 29, 2003 at 10:28:20

You were correct - anywhere IS better.

Subject: Barrow - does it sparkle at Christmas?

Posted by Neil
Sunday, December 21, 2003 at 16:28:52

I haven't been to Barrow at Christmas for a number of years, but I'm sure that it is all nicely lit up courtesy of the Council. Think I'll try the Ambrose, for the real ales, unless anyone can recommend anywhere better these days?

Subject: The Masks

Posted by Derek "Sass" Walmsley
Sunday, December 21, 2003 at 14:12:51

What's with the masks on the 1977 photo ? Must have taken ages to do that! Seasonal greetings to all wherever you are on the planet (some would say I'm not even on this planet!) I'm still in Barrow. Don't see many ex-BBGS on home ground but met Iain Shepherd (started c.1976) in St. James' Church this morning. In the Summer met Wilf Kimber on Birkrigg Common- was about to celebrate his 80th birthday.

Subject: Ambrose

Posted by Ambulant
Friday, December 19, 2003 at 16:51:11

Is anyone going there over the hols?

Subject: Christmas in the Ambrose

Posted by Trouser Press
Friday, December 19, 2003 at 12:16:31

Whilst idling away two years in the sixth form, one Christmas Eve it seemed like a good idea to do the usual four hour stint in the Ambrose. Hartleys Best and plenty of it followed by several rum and blacks. On leaving the pub at almost midnight, a few hardy souls decided to visit the Church on Ramsden Square for midnight mass which went well until someone more drunk than I fell through the huge glass screen at the back. Walked home from church to Roose, stumbled through someone's garden hedge after stopping to urinate, fell on my arse on BBGS playing fields after taking an unwise short cut (it had been pissing down all day) got home at three-ish, slept on the settee for an hour, threw up (thought I'd slit my throat - rum and black looks alarming on its way back up), went to bed and was rudely woken by very angry parents, incensed at the playing field mud ingrained in shag pile and velour around the living room. Aah. Happy memories....... and I had to eat my Christmas dinner - or else. Can't say I'm sorry to have put it all behind me. Hic.

Subject: Merry Christmas Barrow

Posted by Paul Bispham
Friday, December 19, 2003 at 11:50:11

Well,, the great draw that is 'Christmas in Barrow' looms large again, and I shall be taking my place at the bar of many an old haunt. If any of you Old Barrovians spot me, please come over and insist I buy you a drink (for old times sake). Merry Christmas Barrow, see you next Wednesday..!?

Subject: twas the week before christmas

Posted by clement c moore
Friday, December 19, 2003 at 06:22:24

T'was the week before christmas here in the usa and yet again ex barrow school pups had nothing to say/ then all of a sudden there came a great clatter news of a dead dog had churned up some patter/ the excitement was brief so time to lay back And learn the details of a canine heart attack/ not Barrow,Ramsden, Butler or fell, could break the mood of this erie spell/ but the "spirit" was shown behind the lass with a sign behind her saying "dont take our glass"/ but now our kids take our place to wait for their toys and we have but memories of being young boys/ So merry Christmas to Barrow the school and the song when stealing a dinner ticket was doing so wrong/ i'd have it all back ,I say with such glee, all except Bernie saying 'Sprint to me"/Merry chritmas

Subject: Witless on Gaza

Posted by Wining dining
Wednesday, December 17, 2003 at 06:59:18


Subject: In the absence of anything else

Posted by survivor
Tuesday, December 16, 2003 at 21:50:48

..and since it appears the legendary shining wit (as Dr Spooner once described it) of BGS is somewhat dimmed of late, may I wish you poor tormented souls a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year? (or is it Happy souls and a tormented....? Oh, never mind.) Cheers.

Subject: Prolongs Active Life

Posted by Chemical Pal i
Monday, December 15, 2003 at 18:06:02

Did the carriers get a good ticking off for wasting Barrow Council Taxpayers' money?


Posted by Al Quaeda
Monday, December 15, 2003 at 17:15:33

BEACH ALERT AS DOG DIES A DEAD dog sparked a major chemical alert which caused the three-hour closure of a popular Furness beach. Police were alerted at 1pm on Saturday by a concerned member of the public. He said he had been walking along the beach at Sandscale Haws, between Askam and Barrow, when he came across some people carrying a dead dog. According to police, the group told him the dog had dropped dead after sniffing chemicals inside a washed up canister. Police spokesman Mike Head said the report had to be taken seriously and the beach was cordoned off while investigations were carried out. It was later discovered the dog had died of a heart attack and there were no dangerous chemicals on the beach. Duddon Inshore Rescue was also involved in the operation.

Subject: Fag breaks

Posted by Secondary smoker
Tuesday, November 18, 2003 at 18:54:12

Ets, I thought it was some camp in the desert? I think he brought something with him.


Posted by Ern
Tuesday, November 18, 2003 at 18:41:27

Not entirely, I suspect.

Subject: Piggy Puntin

Posted by nosferatu
Tuesday, November 18, 2003 at 18:35:50

did he really escape from Colditz?

Subject: Emails from Tone

Posted by Mullet Boy
Sunday, November 16, 2003 at 20:01:08

I read recently that emails from No 10 were accidentally directed to a hairdressers in Barrow. Can anyone elaborate? The hairdresser shared a name with a Northern MP, Ronnie Campbell, apparently. His emporium has a clever name, 'Klassy Kuts' or 'Kutting Krew' or some such.

Subject: Shirley you can't be serious?

Posted by Eaton Square
Monday, November 10, 2003 at 19:55:52

"Still life in Mobile Holmes" a fab watercolour by Shirley, depicting the left arm of the law of History

Subject: Names

Posted by Zebedee
Monday, November 10, 2003 at 19:42:20

There was a music teacher called Phil Bond. He was subversively known as "Phil Bond"

Subject: Applied Maths

Posted by Stoker
Monday, November 10, 2003 at 18:41:34

The fist swings a perfect arc as Mr Channing fills him in.

Subject: NAMES

Monday, November 10, 2003 at 15:04:28


Subject: Crap

Posted by Dylan
Sunday, November 09, 2003 at 19:00:09

Good shit man. Where's Florence?


Posted by Dylan Thomas
Sunday, November 09, 2003 at 11:42:43

Nice to see that I'm not the only one who can write utter crap when they're pissed.

Subject: thugs

Posted by wash
Saturday, November 08, 2003 at 22:54:45

the shaw brothers would quailfy as being a tad on the hard side and certainly scared the fags in 78 , that said so did most things at that age could anyone compile a top ten of people to avoid during their tenure in stalag since leaving became friends via cricket with one of the above mentioned

Subject: Now I know....

Posted by Hmmmmm
Friday, October 24, 2003 at 12:28:30

....why people have abandoned this board.


Posted by RM
Thursday, October 23, 2003 at 12:43:03

Did you also tamper with the photo after your updates, or was it some other self abuser?

Subject: photo updates

Posted by Tony Croft
Tuesday, October 21, 2003 at 11:47:14

Hello whoever you are. I have just come across this website and although I left BBGS in 1964 can add a few names to the 1965 photo. Part 1 1.3 Douglas Denny - has a rambling entry on Friends Reunited. Known at school as "Denny Kegs" on account of his short stature and long short trousers. Had his collar felt while at school for manufacturing and setting off an explosive device on Walney. 1.4 Courtney Stapleton. 2.2 Gordon Bird 7.8 Neil? Farrar Part 2 1.9 Martin "Doll" Hawkrigg 5.9 Jimmy Walker - went on to become a dentist 5.10 Brian Humphries Part 3 1.13 Syd Todd - not Richard, he was an actor wasn`t he? 1.15 .... Vickers 3.10 Charlie Mills - believed to be a headmaster in Barrow 5.3 Colin Dalton 5.4 ......Lehrle I think 5.5 John Clark 5.6 Steve Birtles 5.11 Gordon Brown - sometime solicitor in Barrow now college lecturer Part 4 1.4 Andy Frame 1.13 Geoff Grafton - at school, folk singer and one of the early pot smokers although the one he sold me was a fake!!! 2.12 Keith Boyce 5.12 Richard Scott Part 5 1.6 .... Mackenzie 7.8 .... Fairclough

Subject: Advanced Technology

Posted by Mr Ed
Monday, October 13, 2003 at 11:28:43

Congratulations, you have succeeded in building an "interociter". Now come and save our dying planet.

Subject: Do they use them in BAe?

Posted by Strangeness
Monday, October 13, 2003 at 07:05:55

'Handamatic’ twelve station indexing machine base with fully automatic modular operating units loading the washers, inspecting the assembly, riveting the terminal in place, inserting two screws, printing and unloading the finished assembly onto a conveyor.


Posted by prune stones
Monday, October 13, 2003 at 01:49:37

Methinks the dearth of comments on this site could be that people are not hitting refresh, as the serial board seems to be of a handamatic nature. The recent answer to the ancient pie question was the clue.

Subject: 100 points on the Vomitometer

Posted by Foreign peasant
Sunday, October 12, 2003 at 18:39:48

I'll try that with canteen-served ginger sponge.


Posted by
Sunday, October 12, 2003 at 12:40:48

The sauce is injected into the pie just before serving.

Subject: Autumn Gold

Posted by These I knew
Saturday, October 11, 2003 at 22:48:34

September 2003 - Above average rainfall in NW England. Drought elsewhere. Makes me homesick just to think of the driving salt-laden wind and damp pavements, but.... eldest daughter, 5 weeks into her first year of high school, is being taught stuff we didn't do until 3rd year at BBGS. I'm glad I grew up in a more innocent world.

Subject: wot no news

Posted by wash
Friday, October 10, 2003 at 01:19:51

is it possible that the site is dying or is everyone too bored to submit. no one from my year 78- ever came on so im at a loss

Subject: Nightmares?

Posted by SB
Wednesday, September 17, 2003 at 21:15:12

It wasn't just Big Ron who scarred some of us for life. To awaken a few demons, have a look at

Subject: re silence

Posted by top 'n' bottom...
Saturday, September 06, 2003 at 00:01:18

No 1 daughter started at 'Park View' on Wednesday. Up to now, no homework at all. Ye gods, they don't know they're born. (and as for having boys and girls in the same school, together, it'll only end in tears, you mark my words......) tommy, 1967-1972

Subject: Silence, Boy

Posted by Neil
Wednesday, September 03, 2003 at 22:25:02

It's post holiday, back to work blues. My eldest daughter started High School today, it brought a tear to my eye as I saw the big, almost grown-up girl heading off in her immaculate new uniform. Her school day starts at 8:30am and ends at 3:15pm, half an hour shift from BBGS intern times. I recall my own first day at BBGS, walking the long front drive with Mike Ricahrdson, wondering was our fate would be behind the dense timber front doors. Asking Cash to where we should report, just to get a sarcastic, condescending smirk in return. Mind you, we didn't get three lots of homework on the first day as my daughter did!

Subject: the silence is deafening

Posted by pedant
Wednesday, September 03, 2003 at 22:08:58

...3 weeks actually...

Subject: sympathy post

Posted by JK
Wednesday, September 03, 2003 at 21:44:51

2 weeks without a post is just too long.

Subject: TB Shirts

Posted by Van the Man
Tuesday, August 12, 2003 at 17:53:26

Better a kicking than the brown gobs.

Subject: Fleg Pit

Posted by SB
Tuesday, August 12, 2003 at 11:42:16

I seem to remember that 10 years earlier, you were never rewarded for it, you merely avoided a kicking.

Subject: fleg ptit

Posted by wash
Saturday, August 09, 2003 at 05:20:05

as a fag in 78 i did risk if for a parker pen and a dinner ticket. Was anyone else as bold?

Subject: Pies

Posted by Neil
Friday, August 08, 2003 at 22:47:54

John, next time you are in Barrow do the following: 1) Visit the Ambrose - seven different "best bitters" 2) Sutherland St pie shop Don't use tomato sauce.

Subject: pies

Posted by 30 odd foot of grunt
Tuesday, August 05, 2003 at 11:21:27

When you buy a meat pie at Stadium Australia, the tomato sauce is already inside the pastry, sitting on the meat. What's so unusual about that, you rightly ask? Well, the pie is hot but the sauce is cold. How do they do that?

Subject: Upholding Traditional Barrovian Customs

Posted by JK
Monday, August 04, 2003 at 11:48:48

Don't you have Fry's pies in Philadelphia then? Why on earth should we visit a stadium with no pies?

You'll be telling us next that they you can't get a pint of best bitter there either!!


Posted by Cynic
Monday, August 04, 2003 at 07:50:19

Thank you so much for sharing that with us.

Subject: i hate man utd

Posted by
Monday, August 04, 2003 at 05:04:51

was luck enough ( i guess) to go and see Man utd v FC Barca tonight at the new stadium in Philadelphia. What a great night the stadium is tops only thing spoiling the night was the hoards of Mancs talking to girls about how much better old traff is... give me a break I even heard one bloke behind me complaining that ther were no meat pies you can take a man out of Manchester but not the manchester etc Seriouly go to LINCOLN FINANCIAL FEILD . com and see for yourself the best stadium i have ever been to


Posted by EW
Monday, July 21, 2003 at 12:56:08

Up in BiF at the weekend.. my compadre reports seeing Phil Eaton in Booths, Ulverston. Holy crap!! Did you get them to page "Shirley Eaton".. it would have been plausible and something of a treat to see his face. Next time.....


Posted by EW
Sunday, July 20, 2003 at 15:50:45

Teachers seem to have the upper hand these days. It seems they can decimate a class with as little as a cup of water. School trips? Nah.. lethal.

Subject: Gomez II : The veil shots...

Posted by Only how old? What a *WHAT*?
Saturday, July 19, 2003 at 18:23:00

How do "Only 15.." RE: Pics of T.Eales' veiled appearance in front of mic, at Upper Crust gig, Queens, Rawlinson St circa 1980...... I reckon you have a public duty to release the original photos of this. Try, just for us, eh?

Subject: memories

Posted by Rampsidian
Friday, July 18, 2003 at 12:08:29

2 comments. Firstly had we had 5 floors in which to gain momentum, we certainly would have had a pop. Derek would not have missed, even by a few 'thou, which is what is was in those days. Secondly, I do know a real Richard Head. Seriously he does exist.I also deal with teens every day, and they sure as hell don't have any imagination whatsoever, so they couldn't even make it up. Therefore I believe it all. So there.

Subject: but for the grace

Posted by wash
Friday, July 18, 2003 at 05:10:42

I ve been working with kids over here in the usa for 10 yrs now and have to say it can get a tad stressful. That said, do yu not think that most teens have skewed view and some of the postings might be clouded and romantacised a bit . Not that its not funny but over all the school system as it was worked don't you think? answers ona post card to Richard Head 15 Main Street USA

Subject: Assassination Attempt

Posted by
Thursday, July 17, 2003 at 16:34:21

I'm lead to believe that Thorcliffe's favourite teacher was the victim of an assassination attempt last week. A full can of coke was dropped from the 5th floor of the Tower Block missing his head by millimeters and landing on his foot. Now I know we've had some stories here but I doubt anything to beat that.

Subject: gomez 2

Posted by
Wednesday, July 16, 2003 at 13:10:02

I have got some 15 year old kids from Thorncliffe in the company this week on work experience. Might be worth asking their opinion first hand!!

Subject: Nosferatu

Posted by The hideous Max Shreck
Sunday, July 13, 2003 at 16:37:28

Try me

Subject: Bernie Jr.

Posted by David Soul
Sunday, July 13, 2003 at 09:23:41

The vampire in Salem's Lot was a pretty good likeness.

Subject: The Night of the Living Dead

Posted by Video Nasty
Friday, July 11, 2003 at 14:41:37

Wasn't Bernie junior in the famous zombie feature films? If not, then there are a few Trevor dopplegangers out there. Mind, you, if he's a full time sideburn twister its hard to see how he could find the time for such a lucrative sideline.

Subject: Bridal Veil

Posted by Only 15 - what a...
Friday, July 11, 2003 at 12:13:45

Re: "one of (Trevor) wearing a bridal veil off the back of an 'Upper Crust' gig program" I may have the original. Remind me to go into the attic.

Subject: For Playing Bowls with the Shots...

Posted by Gomez
Sunday, July 06, 2003 at 19:04:25

How many laps sir? Infinity!!! At your own pace, now run.....

Subject: Beatings

Posted by Mini Me
Saturday, July 05, 2003 at 12:24:16

One MIIILLLION lashings


Posted by The Ghost of Gomez
Friday, July 04, 2003 at 23:19:46



Posted by survivor
Friday, July 04, 2003 at 18:57:26

Gomez Jr, you will be pleased to note, has inherited his father's tact, diplomacy and sense of humanity towards his charges. I also have a 15yr-old at the school; he does not have a copy of said montage, please make one available ASAP!

Subject: Buck up

Posted by Mad Bos
Friday, July 04, 2003 at 18:47:49

Yow, boy, have hit the nail on the head. The sins of the fathers etc etc etc etc

Subject: Sweet Revenge, a generation removed

Posted by Son of BODMAS
Friday, July 04, 2003 at 16:05:15

Indeed, he is still ateacher, at Thorncliffe in fact.............. He recently took to berating a friend of mine's 15 year old kids, and they were highly delighted when I gave them the URL of this fine site, & told them where the pic of Trev-as-a-14-year-old could be found. Last I heard, the little sods had downloaded it and printed off a few cropped versions, with a veiw to aquainting it/them with the Thorncliffe school photocopier.....:-) If there's any repetition, then the one of him wearing a bridal veil off the back of an 'Upper Crust' gig program *may* have to be posted.....that'll teach him...

Subject: Returnees

Posted by Local Historian
Thursday, July 03, 2003 at 17:32:39

Trevor Eales - aka Gomez junior. Didn't he return to teach for a while (or at least occupy the crease for a short innings)? I also seem to recall with minimal interest that Batman's son returned to teach at the alma mater. Channing, pere was referred to as BBC1 and Channing, fils as BBC2. It was also pointed out to me by someone somewhere that Mark Thompson of 1971-78 vintage returned to Barrow to teach. Didn't they learn anything at university???


Posted by
Thursday, July 03, 2003 at 03:36:00

Subject: Phil, Dolings & other misdeeds

Posted by GCJ
Wednesday, July 02, 2003 at 20:43:27

Some of us also remember Phils other dramatic exploits around lunchtimes in Dalton Road, but I better not go there. The Sneck special brought back some memories. 3F at Grange Station front row: Peter(?)Heavyside,Jim Crewdson,Keith Nutter,Trevor Eales & Martin Kell....Eddie Fell nowhere to be seen.

Subject: Homage to Catania

Posted by Ciaran
Monday, June 30, 2003 at 12:52:19

Now whatever happened to him, is he out ther?

Subject: Zorro makes the sign of the ZZZzzzz

Posted by wash
Sunday, June 29, 2003 at 03:45:25

was talking to Mrs Zorrow the other day and she informed me that there are 3 types of orgasm? ( Me of forearm like popeye did not know this so inquired further. i learned there was the positive "O" which was Oh YES Oh YEssss etc then was the Negative "O" No Non Nono oo" and then the was the fake "o" Oh Frank oh Frank. Hope this jape will not instigate family trouble and I will be invited to Big Brothers Christmas table this year

Subject: Grunts faces

Posted by Vascillation
Friday, June 27, 2003 at 17:38:13

I remember Growth's remarkable ability to change faces in a flash, best exemplified by this 'exchange with Glen Jackson: GCJ: FG: Come on Jacko, what's that you say? GCJ FG: Ho! Ho ! Ho!.....Oh, that's a bit naughty, Jacko..... [2 sec pause ] FG : In fact, it's *very* naughty..... Further 2 sec pause FG It's very bloody naughty *INDEED*, Jackson...... THWACK of Book on side of head of GCJ

Subject: Walking over the Fells

Posted by Downtrodden One
Friday, June 27, 2003 at 15:07:51

Were the 'Fells' small boys? Or something else?

Subject: Big Ron

Posted by Watermelon Man
Friday, June 27, 2003 at 13:51:51

I actually feel I got off quite easily with Ron. I'm glad that he didn't put my face through a window pane or give me the full "swinging by the hair while attempting to control boiling tube of conc sulph" routine. My biggest sin appeared to be that I was a no-brainer from "west" Barrow who seemed to have ideas above my station and not the sort of decent cove about whom he could feel a warm paternal glow as we strode manfully across the fells.

Subject: Foot in Mouth Disease

Posted by Grunt Victim
Friday, June 27, 2003 at 13:33:32

Grunt probably lost the end of his foot up some unfortunate's ar*ehole or snapped it off on someone's teeth. Never one to hold back from delivering physical violence upon those tiny children not likely to thump him in return, I remember cringing several times when this particular 'good old sort' attacked his perennial victims in second year English. Like Dak, I can remember the two-faced ba*tard's approach - make the kids laugh with an outrageous simile ('Steven's round pale face shone like the back end of a bus'), embarrass some poor schoolboy with a personality disorder in front of the entire class, then beat the crap out of anyone who retaliates in kind. Give me Big Ron any day, at least you knew he'd hit anybody, but then he usually victimised Watson, P.

Subject: Homage to Catalonia

Posted by Brian Inglis
Wednesday, June 25, 2003 at 23:59:29

Wasn't the Grunt limp the result of a septic bite from an Lithuanian hooker?Suffered during his activity in the Spanish struggle in '36?

Subject: "Famous" Thespian

Posted by SB
Wednesday, June 25, 2003 at 21:37:48

I never witnessed the Dolings offerings, but did see him pretending to be French and looking at secondhand air-rifles in Noblets.I don't think old man Noblet was too taken in by this, as Phil's French ability was about as bad as mine. "Avey - vous un air riffler" was about the extent of it. There were not too many fluent frog speakers graduating from R. Stubbings' CSE french lessons at that time.

Subject: Grunt and the antipersonnel mine.....

Posted by Pseudopod
Wednesday, June 25, 2003 at 16:56:02

While the Wheezing man of Coniston is being spoken of, what's the *REAL* truth behind the missing bits/half empty shoe of the late F.G.? We always went along with the popular explanation, i.e. that he trod on an A-P. mine in WW2.I don't know where this tale came from, but it had a great deal of currency at the time, so we believed it. On reflection, this could be one of those Urban Myth thingys. Did anyone ever hear the real lowdown on it from Growth himself? Do any former inmates remember him having a complete set of feet/foot-related appendages?

Subject: OT: Phil Brown's oscar attempts in Dolings.....

Posted by Dak
Wednesday, June 25, 2003 at 16:43:51

Oh yes, do I remember those: or rather the one performance I was present for. Entertaining, but toe-curlingly embarrassing to behold. I think I sauntered out of the place when it seemed like I might break out into uncontrollable guffawing, and give the game away. I think that was his 'debut' as regards street theatre. I couldn't believe it when he staged a triumphant reprise of it in the same shop a couple of weeks later. Didn't they ever twig at Doling's that this 'medical crisis' wasn't all it appeared, when he got to rendition no.5? I think his first 'house'was performed after being let out to wander round town after the Annual bore known as the Swimming gala. What a shameless hambone............ :-0

Subject: Mala Hysom

Posted by Dak
Tuesday, June 24, 2003 at 18:55:45

I too never had the pleasure of him as a physics teacher (beyond a one-day substitute for an absent teacher, poss. F.Punton), so I can't comment on that. I do remember his 'tie-as-belt' fashion statement, though. Quite a unique look. My main memory of him is in the school canteen, getting the hump with some unfortunate first-former. Those of you who had the pleasure of school meals will perhaps remember it was customary for the first bod from the first table to get served to deliver the teacher's dinners to the ravening hoardes. One day, this lad who clearly didn't know this got his own, and went to sit down & scoff, whereupon he was grabbed and spun round by Gannet-face, and told "'Ey You!! I want me DINNER". Such style,he had............

Subject: Mad Mal

Posted by SB
Tuesday, June 24, 2003 at 11:41:47

Never actually had the pleasure of him, but I do remember he could give Sneck a run for his money in the grunge-dressing stakes. his tie-as-a-belt trick was rather fetching. I was all set for O level physics, but the moon talked me into switching to chemistry which he assured me was just as useful. Not only did both Vickers and the Industry Training Board disagree with this view and made me do a T5 instead of an ONC/HNC, but it gave me the pleasure of one year each with Horrocks and Brophy. The stuff nightmares are made of! Did anyone else fall for this "career advice" from the moon? I still wonder whether there was a genuine want for most people to take physics, or was it more to do with avoiding the chemistry staff?

Subject: Mad Mal

Posted by Physics Failure
Monday, June 23, 2003 at 14:37:01

I was taught by Mad Mal up to O level and remember his lessons with a degree of amusement. He was strict but never nasty and quite entertaining in a schoolboyish sort of way. His acronym for the colours of the spectrum wasn't ROYGBIV - Richard Of York Gave Battle in Vain, but VIBGYOR - Virgins In Bed Get Your Organ Red. We had to suffer the extremely dull Fatty Friar in sixth form - I sort of lost interest in physics at this point. As for Dak's comments re Grunt - he should revisit the earlier postings on the serial board. Some unfortunate dared to post a message stating that he was an 'alright' bloke, with real left-wing credentials. The vehemence of the responses suggest only one thing, that those of us who knew him at first hand always thought he was improved by death.

Subject: Re: Melter

Posted by survivor
Sunday, June 22, 2003 at 18:32:36

Known thus because of his (at the time) unfashionably long trousers, which created a concertina-like connection with the floor, giving the appearance of slowly melting into the ground. As an aside, Dak, do you remember the escapades of the almost famous Philip Martin Brown, practising his acting skills in Doling's hardware shop? More specifically,practising fainting, and grabbing the nearest rack of pots,pans etc.,to create the maximum effect. He would then be the subject of the kindly ministrations of the middle-aged female staff, and we would leave him in their tender care till our return, all the while trying to keep our faces in a suitably concerned expression. Helped to pass a boring Saturday afternoon....

Subject: The many faces of 'Growth' Gallimore....

Posted by Dak
Saturday, June 21, 2003 at 14:04:12

.....he *could* be a good bloke, at least superficially. When he was wearing his 'I like a laugh as much as you lot' face. Unfortunately, he could change faces in a flash. Several times, we found to our collective cost, he would laugh along with the class, about some misdeed, and jolly you along, and then five minutes later he'd be in the Moon's room, spilling the beans and naming names. Beatings have, in bygone days, certainly proceeded from 'information supplied' by F.Gallimore, esq. Not for nothing was 3F's nickname for him 'Janus', after the twofaced Greco-Roman God of something-or-other. (Was it the Roman God of the new year? One face looking back to the old year, the other at the new, sort of thing?)

Subject: Nicknames.

Posted by DAK
Friday, June 20, 2003 at 18:57:35

RE A.C.H>: since *WHEN* was Mala Hysom known as 'Melt'?? We always called him 'Gannet-face, on account of his heroic feats of gluttony in the school canteen?? And as for the joker who said Gallimore was 'A good bloke', well.......

Subject: Dreadful slander......

Posted by A libel lawyer....
Friday, June 20, 2003 at 18:55:28

I've been trawling through the Atlantean Crap Hoarde, and have found some nuggets of misinformation concerning my client, Mr D. White (retd.) Some chappie has claimed that said Mr W was 'done' for riding round as pillion, on a motorcycle, taking pot-shots at passing personages with an air-rifle. This is not so. I rather suspect that this tale is a heavily embroidered recounting of Mr W's 1972 altercations with the law, whilst astride a blue BSA at the Lesh Lane side of school. Either that or you are thinking of *either* D. Hill's or Mr Farish's efforts with said weapon, a couple of years later.

Subject: Shoe inspection....

Posted by Where's your impoasishon?
Friday, June 20, 2003 at 14:24:16

Ye gods! I'd forgotten about *that* little interlude! Truly this was a day of five-star entertainment..................:-0 Thanks for the memory, SB.

Subject: Sneck

Posted by SB
Tuesday, June 17, 2003 at 10:10:37

Having just read Dak's splendid sneck intro, I must remind him that not only was CGK down on all fours sniffing for evidence, he actually lined up the whole class to face the blackboard and we had to raise each leg in turn, so he could sniff our shoe soles.

Subject: OOPs!

Posted by Sinister - ish SB
Friday, June 13, 2003 at 12:15:13

See Moi Coise thread for response.


Posted by Dr Ruth
Friday, June 13, 2003 at 12:09:10

Perhaps part of a left-footer Jesus statue with the Big Yin in characteristic two finger extended pose.

Subject: Sneck

Posted by SB
Friday, June 13, 2003 at 12:05:20

O.K. Then... Who's?


Posted by
Friday, June 13, 2003 at 12:04:00


Posted by Dr Ruth
Friday, June 13, 2003 at 12:02:32

Looks like another hand....


Posted by
Friday, June 13, 2003 at 12:01:22

Subject: Sneck/ Scoutmasters

Posted by SB
Friday, June 13, 2003 at 11:55:20

Now the word "mischief"is not part of my nature ( ha ha), but in the "profile of the great man" shot, what IS he caressing in his hand?


Posted by
Friday, June 13, 2003 at 11:33:11


Subject: old boys site

Posted by 5th form leaver
Friday, June 13, 2003 at 11:06:13

Am I missing something here, but why does the Headmaster role cease at number 6 - Sam price? wasn't the moon a proper headmaster? and why is this site only for '67 vintage boys?

Subject: Heysham

Posted by Humphrey Head
Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 12:33:01

Don't you work at Heysham sometimes, Mike B?

Subject: Reunion

Posted by Heysham Head
Tuesday, June 10, 2003 at 10:56:53

Is it right that you both turned up?

Subject: Reunion

Posted by Beef
Monday, June 09, 2003 at 23:56:49

So can we have a full acount of the reunion last Saturday? Names, first to leave, embarassing incidents, subsequent ilnesses, salacious new tittle-tattle - the usual Evening Mail style report

Subject: Sass Archive

Posted by EW
Friday, June 06, 2003 at 15:12:13

Yeah well it should be working again.....

Subject: reunion

Posted by Dougal
Tuesday, June 03, 2003 at 08:20:50

Sombody mentioned my name?? Well I've just celebrated 29 years since leaving Barra and I still haven't been back, yet. Tasmania, well my brother lives in Hobart, he never went to BBGS though, only 8 when we left. The name Steve Benson was mentioned a few times, which school do you teach at? Doug.

Subject: Tasa Taza Waza Sensation

Posted by Speling
Monday, June 02, 2003 at 22:45:54

Eng Lang 15%

Subject: Solicitor acting on behalf of Mike Benson

Posted by
Sunday, June 01, 2003 at 09:52:05

Just discovered that my client is the alledged organiser of the June 7th reunion, however the incorrect e-mail is a clue to the falsification of this claim. As my client couldn't organise a p**s up in a brewery may I suggest a change of location to the brewery to give him a chance?

Subject: Jographie

Posted by under achiever
Sunday, June 01, 2003 at 09:40:23

Tasmania eh? Well my memory has never been what it was since the blackboard rubber hit me on the head.......just consulted my 3f Jogga book, can't actually tell as my neatly folded in hand drawn maps are all hanging out and tattered, looks like some infant(ile) has been throwing my books around.....time for my medicine now.....wish the nightmares would stop.....

Subject: Upside down world

Posted by Jogga 55%
Saturday, May 31, 2003 at 13:04:41

Is a Tassie a Tazmanian version of Lassie.

Subject: Brew 10

Posted by Steve
Saturday, May 31, 2003 at 10:53:26

Never touched the stuff. Who's Neil?

Subject: Jograffy

Posted by Holmes
Saturday, May 31, 2003 at 10:46:27

Van Dieman's Land? Wrong, boy! You are of course referring to Tassie. Any BBGS types there? Have 7/10 for that effort. I gave that mark to everyone, right or wrong. You see, I was years ahead of my time. Assessment is what is is - no winners, no losers, everyone achieves! Unit standards are stiff!

Subject: Blackstuff

Posted by Not Gordon Bennett
Saturday, May 31, 2003 at 09:06:40

Walked past Bernard Hill today on Lambton Quay. I said "Alright yosser?, giz a job". He looked at me with total disgust. I suppose I should have said " Women and children first" or "shit, who ordered all that ice". He's not going to the reunion either. More sarnies for everyone!

Subject: not Steve Cooper either?

Posted by Nodrog Tebtenn
Saturday, May 31, 2003 at 08:47:35

Subject: Reunion

Posted by not steve benson
Saturday, May 31, 2003 at 02:17:25

I thought that sending our criminal siblings off to Van Diemans land would see the last of them but obviously not in my case.....damned internet thingy. Anyway, I'm up for it, just got back from Cornwallis street and it was bloody marvellous, yes I know I wimped out on the last hour. Dodgy venue though....but could be a warm up for the Bar de'teatre Any not Jim Cassidys or not Fred Bisphams interested??

Subject: 10 pints of Brew X and a cheese n onion sarnie

Posted by Neil
Friday, May 30, 2003 at 12:21:58

Hello Steve. Aren't you going, then?

Subject: Reunion

Posted by Not Mike Benson
Friday, May 30, 2003 at 11:42:06

Excellent idea. Send return ticket Wellington-Manchester and I'll make it a foursome. Worth buying a large loaf then for the sarnies. If Stiff turns up, demand the one and only subversive magazine "Git Aht" as an entrance fee which he confiscated from me in 1972.If he refuses, lob a wooden blackboard rubber at the t**t and challenge him to fisticuffs with one arm tied behind his back. Challenger to nominate which arm he can use.

Subject: dak/reunion

Posted by zorro
Friday, May 30, 2003 at 00:09:25

friends, romans, countrymen, fancy a few beers? it might be that a mini-reunion could happen at the travellers' rest social club on abbey road, barrow, on saturday, june 7 at or around 3pm dak (more cane than louisiana) white has expressed an interest in being there there is no agenda except to give ourselves a breather from the dog-eat-dog mania of modern life, to reflect and discuss the old days/the fallen/chip/whippings/and just to share a few stories and have a laugh former teachers will be made welcome, and while this matter is posted by ex- pupils of the 1967-78 age group, the invitation is open to other old boys whose time at the school stood outside these parameters. we are too old for bearing grudges against minor suckarses/snitches and a general anmesty is in operation (clawley, i'm afraid you are not covered by this) the plan is to grab a few drinks downstairs and go up into the 'big room' for sarnies and a chat might be a worthwhile couple of hours mike benson is in charge of organising the event, and he can be reached on 01229 870241 or get him at zorro is available on 01229 837510 (h) or through speaking to his secretary on (01229) 840155 (w)

Subject: Cornick

Posted by Jack-in-the-green
Thursday, May 29, 2003 at 23:03:06


Subject: glenn barnard/cornick

Posted by zorro
Thursday, May 29, 2003 at 22:46:33

the boy you speak of, rockin' ron/crowfeather jake is the same who went on to fame with wild turkey and jethro tull. former deputy headmaster wilf pickthall (cash) told us (history, second year, 1971) that he had a boy who was 'brilliant, but bone idle' who went on to be one of the 'great unwashed.' i think cash regarded glenn cornick as a sans-coulotte (a la guillotine). last time i saw cash was when he was wandering down the aisles in asda. glenn (who i never met) is probably not really worrying about the regard in which he was held by cash, while sipping cuban rum out of a coconut, with sun-bronzed maidens attending his hammock etc, etc, somewhere off a los angeles beach. paul bryden, a friend of glenn, has some details.

Subject: Gomez

Posted by Sam Raimi
Tuesday, May 27, 2003 at 09:07:29

He was last seen on the set of Evil Dead II.

Subject: Bernard Eales

Posted by Barra Lad
Monday, May 26, 2003 at 19:23:05

Is Gomez still alive?

Subject: Glen Cornick

Posted by Ron Smith
Saturday, May 24, 2003 at 20:52:38

Is this the Glen "Cornick" Barnard that went onto Jethro Tull and then Wild Turkey, who is distantly related to me via Edna Johnson (maiden name Bell) and whose long narrow legged football shorts were passed on to me? If it is I would just like to know. Best wishes Ron smith

Subject: northern full circle

Posted by wash
Saturday, May 24, 2003 at 03:27:09

iwas at a club last night here in Bucks county ( just North of Philadelphia) for a beer or two. it was billed as an over thirties night , so it was grab a granny realy, but the music was top shelf stuff. Jerry Butler moody women was the first to bring my attention to the music followed by some good Tamla, ( contours first I look at the purse) then Chuck jackson "Hand it over" had me and said Granny shuffling out on the floor. On further discussion with the Dj ( name Gerry Glavin) i checked his catolouge of stuff and i have to say it was good enough to get Terry( "And that") Cassette out of semi retirement ((Note to self too old for back drops these days))


Posted by PW
Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at 10:02:26

Hi Ciaran, Nah.. 20 years already and no babysitting so far. On the upside they have at least 5 major bacon slicers down here so I could be tempted to remain a little longer. Unfortunately they can't produce a decent meat and potato pie. The Yorkshire version is a sloppy mess inadequately contained in a fat-laden flaky pastry. You can still eat it with one hand while peddling back to work but only in a county where they are used to seeing lots of dribble down the front of their citizens. Still working on the Sass archive but pressure of work currently prevents even leisurely cable-laying not to mention editing of ancient photographs of bad mullets.

Subject: Soul time

Posted by RM
Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 21:04:34

There's little to compare with it even now! Just ask KFC. Haven't read the book yet but must get a copy. Any other old boys in print?

Subject: Soul and babysitting

Posted by Ciaran
Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 21:03:30

Well i just annoyed the CD club at work by buying "out on the floor again" norther soul compilation. Great Music P.S. Phil, Saw your mam down at south end caravan park at the weekend looking after somebody's kids. You don't get that service free in Sheffield I'll bet. It's about the only reason I can think of that's made it worth staying here all these years!!

Subject: Millom

Posted by A Bootle a day
Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 17:45:59

It looked ever so lovely at Easter...glinting in the sunlight across the Duddon. What do they do with the children when they reach adolescence?

Subject: Soul

Posted by wash
Monday, May 19, 2003 at 04:51:04

not too sure why northern attracts the snubs it does here , but im not sure what was as good out there then? ( i feel like a pedestrian in pamplona now) ok im running

Subject: taboo in here

Posted by wash
Friday, May 16, 2003 at 05:17:08

just got a copy of Nothern soul in barrrow, i was too young to be at the venues , but its a good yarn . Worth the money to see terry casette's wedding pc


Posted by Phil
Friday, May 09, 2003 at 13:37:49

They've gone? I'll have a look. Cheers

Subject: Wether.....

Posted by Bishops Finger
Friday, May 09, 2003 at 12:41:35

.....he liked it or not. Eyes gouged out with a spoon?

Subject: Whether, whither, wither

Posted by Summer Lightning
Friday, May 09, 2003 at 12:39:59

He'd get a "withering" look no doubt, Dave

Subject: Sass Index

Posted by Ciaran
Friday, May 09, 2003 at 12:07:05

Phil, whatever happened to the Sass Index of photo's? I was telling an old boy about them but they appear to have dissappeared. Can we have them back?

Subject: patter for sale

Posted by wash
Thursday, May 08, 2003 at 21:32:20

I was in New york yesterday near Times Square and to my astonishment saw a man with a hand made sigh "BEST PICK UP LINES $1.00" Even more astonishing was the line of people handing over a greenback to hear lines like " you must be tired coz you've been running through my mind all night" Id like to see how long he would last in witherspoons!


Posted by Inch High
Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 10:41:34

Ooh that's pretty low

Subject: Cavitation

Posted by Private Eye
Monday, April 28, 2003 at 22:05:00

So they're the Ship's Prop, then?


Posted by Inch High
Sunday, April 27, 2003 at 22:51:08

Yes they still prop up the Ship.... Most if not every night.

Subject: Weapons of mass destruction

Posted by Blackboard Rubbers/Dusters
Sunday, April 27, 2003 at 22:42:55

Now that Askam has a sewage treatment plant does that mean that the radioactive flounders will be edible?

Subject: Part 17

Posted by Neil
Sunday, April 27, 2003 at 19:23:40

On one of my family's regular visits back to Barra last week. Went to the Ambrose which now caters for parties of old ladies. HOWEVER, it did serve seven "local" real ales and have a large screen for the Utd/Real match. I was very tempted to visit the Ship to see if Slug/Stiff were still collecting dust, but bottled out as I'd forgotten my blackboard rubber.

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