North Staffordshire Potteries Workingmen’s Clubs

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North Staffordshire Potteries: Kidsgrove Workingmen’s Club
Bill Cawley: “Peter Kay is not far out when portrays the strange acts at the Phoenix. I recall vividly the Pakistani stand up comedian who told racist jokes against himself, the asthmatic country and western act from Cleverley who stopped for breath half way through his act.” I’ll be with you in a moment “, or the overloud ear-ringing rock bands. Sometimes there were special events like a boxing tournament at the Suburban where one competitor eschewing the basic defensive stance advanced with arms flaying like a windmill to be quickly demolished by punishing jabs that opened his nose up in a crimson torrent. For the turns themselves there was recognition that there efforts were taken with proper regard. As local act Gerry Stephens writing of the time reportedSaturday was the highlight of the week and people would make an effort to look their best. The Committee officers ran them with a grip of iron and membership were as tightly controlled as any freemasons. Instant silence followed the command ” Give order please” and quiet was demanded- and got- when Bingo started. Bingo was a ritual with its language and actions especially when certain numbers were called out ” Ted’s den- Number Ten, Two fat ladies 88, Leg’s eleven” followed by wolf whistles and the clinking of glasses as pens were banging against them. Sometimes a frustrated gamester would call out to the elderly lady caller ” Shake them up, Elsie” if his numbers were not coming up.Then there were the turns.“You’d arrive outside the Club, grab your gear, and go in. The room would be completely empty. Then people start coming in; the room is packed, and it’s your job to entertain them for the night. You’ve only got your guitar, your voice and your patter, to get them going, gets them laughing.It was quite a thing to be an artist in the 70s, there was a lot of respect shown; the audience wasn’t allowed to come in or go out during a bracket”.But the knell- as it was for the working class- was already tolling for the clubs.”

Bill Cawley: “I was born in Stoke in 1955 and lived and worked in the City. I was a City Councillor from 82-7 and a County Councillor from 97-05. I’m a member of the Green party My heroes are Thomas Paine, HL Mencken, Tom Joad and Ernest Everard..,”

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was streaming the stoke match this arvo, crystal palace, knock at me back door. old hag stinking of tarmac holding summit in her dirty paws. old hag says: excuse me sir.., would sir like byes sums lucky heather?! bring u luck and good fortune sir!? ..,if u wud only cross my dirty hand with 30 pieces of silver ? will ye ? pls? u will! u will?! pls!
i says: look duck.., bit busy. just streaming the stoke match. we’re 1 nil down .1st 15 mins! if u dunner mind.., not rite now ?!?
sir! if only u cud? please sir! u will! u will! u will! she insists.., ur fortunes will improve MOST dramatically for the better my love.., once the lucky heather is yours! u will?! u will!
so as not to incur one of thems there infamous Gypo curses.., i did infact purchase a small bud of lucky heather from the ode irish hag. puttin me hand in my empty pockets, or, so I thought, and pulled out 57p in beer change, unbelievably, as i thought i was skinters, not a penny from me Friday nite beer change i never knew i had and crossed that old Irish knackers palm with a single silver fifty pence piece (equivalent to lucky for Yankees half a silver $) and bronzen copers amounting to seven pence:-two 2ps and 3 single 1 pence pennys from heaven as she so insistingly demanded or pre-requested slamming the door, rather abrutely, in ‘er ugly ode face. then, went watch the rest of the stoke game.
as I sat down stoke suddenly scored 1- 1. one all! we equalised! then, again minutes later! as i held this so called lucky heather in my palm. F.! I thought to meself..,Is this summit do with this lucky heather i did indeed purchase from that ode irish hag?!!! the self proclaimed lucky as f. as a seventh son of a seventh son ode Irish knacker!?? seems we on top nah! brilliant!. then we scored again!!!! moments ltr! 3 – 1!!!! F.! this shite really workz? or, is it just bcoz of all the evil tainted money from bet365 we’ve gone 3 in one up??!?
as I pondered these thoughts 4a wee while.., there’s this second knock at me back door at the back of the house.
as i approached the back door once more for the second time there’s this very strong smell of tarmac again enimating from all around me. and there she woz again, stood.there., ode gypsy rose lee (the ode toothless Irish knacker from whom I’d 30 minutes ago purchased a small bud of her so called lucky heather).
stood there she says:
your change sir?!
handing me, unbelievably..,me change!
It’s only 50p a bud of lucky heather sir not 57p! said she.
Well! blow me down?! cheers me duck! who’d av guessed it! u! and me change! thanks very much shug! respect! God bless ya! You Irish pikey toothless old ugly hag.
Nah, get lost!
Then, as suddenly as she had appeared earlier, evaporated into thin air or like smoke enimating from a whakey backy bucket bong!

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Softened, almost into melody

Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) male

“The Longest Knight of Waiting”

The Longest Night of Waiting
This which is written here below is ‘The Winds of Change..’
From It’s Broken English Garden,
A Stoned Rose Departs,
From Beneath Lyme Woods Willow Tree,
To A New Abode,
When Once There,
At Twilight Writes.
Then Hears This,
In The Near Distance,
Softened, almost into melody.
A Freckled Song Thrush Song Bird Sing,
It’s Erie Evening Song.

Source: Rebel DUK | English Rebelliousness
Circa: Sunday July, 8th. @7.17 a.m. MMXIIX
Location: Newcastle – under – Lyme North Staffordshire in Northwest England, U.K.