Tenuous Claims to Fame.

Londo

LE
I'd do her justice.

As long as it's not all liver and bacon
First time I met her (we are friends of her parents) she was wearing a halter top with bare midriff and running shorts and very bronzed skin at the time .
Mistook her for being about 18 and not the best part of 40 at the time .
A very nice person too and runs her own little company .
 

mrboo

LE
Used to work nights in a hotel and had the joy of answering the ’phone every night for a week to Keith Chegwin requesting to be put through to Maggie Philbin, his then wife, whilst she was filming something locally. Some kind of Hospital Watch IIRC.
Apparently Keith Chegwin was an avid smoker. The story goes he used to carry a tool kit with him and could dismantel any hotel window, so he could smoke in his room and would not need to keep going outside
 
I recall a history teacher from school who told us that as a young man he had spoken to a man whose father had been at the Battle of Waterloo - albeit as a drummer boy, who married late in life.

The Independent once carried a letter from a Member of the House of Lords ( I forget who) recounting that his Father had been diamond(?) hunting as a young man in South Africa. Their parties camp cook, an grizzled old chap with one leg, had been a Drummer at Waterloo. He had apparently been at a cross roads behind the British center when a 'spent' french cannon ball rolled down the hill toward them. He put his foot out to stop it and that was when he lost his leg.

EDIT I should emphasise he was a Drummer Boy.
 
Not exactly 'famous', more infamous, but I have worked in some secure establishments and have 'met' (wrong word, really) Peter Sutcliffe, Kenneth Erskine (aka the Stockwell Strangler), as well as Ronnie Kray and other associated London gangsters (by then rather past their prime),

Although working as Prison Officer, part of the training I did to qualify as a health care officer (i.e. community nursing in prison, for all intents and purposes), involved working in a scattering of NHS hospitals, including Broadmoor.

Was Kray still, to put it in their terms ‘the guvnor’ in there, or just another inmate/patient?

Was Sutcliffe ‘normal’?

I’ve often wondered what that sort was like away from the public eye & after they’d been convicted.
 
My old next door neighbour's granddaughter's was one of George Michael's God-daughter's. Her dad was big in Sony. She is also God-daughter to Elton John. Nice girl and well balanced. She didn't take his death too well, although I suspect several million quid in inheritance might help her get over it.
 
Was Kray still, to put it in their terms ‘the guvnor’ in there, or just another inmate/patient?

Was Sutcliffe ‘normal’?

I’ve often wondered what that sort was like away from the public eye & after they’d been convicted.
Both were just insignificant nobodies.

Ronnie was a little old man, Sutcliffe a tubby nothing. You'd have passed them in the street and not noticed. It was Erskine that scared me; his eyes were definitely windows into a twisted soul.

Although he was sent to the nick I had just vacated and so I never encountered him, I understand that Reggie Kray still attracted a little of the respect he used to have. Not much, but some. It is common for lifers, especially for long tariff or whole-term lifers, to settle in and try to quietly get on with things. They are in the system for a long time, after all.
 
It's good to hear tales like this, which remind us of how close history is to us.

I recall a history teacher from school who told us that as a young man he had spoken to a man whose father had been at the Battle of Waterloo - albeit as a drummer boy, who married late in life.

ETA: Other Arrsers might have heard the same story. RS left my school in the direction of Sandhurst.
John Tyler, born 1790 and 10th president (1841-1845) has a living grandson aged 93.

John Tyler - Wikipedia

Harrison Ruffin Tyler - Wikipedia
 

Aphra

War Hero
I just discovered yesterday that Andrew Castle, former mediocre British tennis player and the worst commentator imaginable on the sport currently occupying the BBC schedules, is apparently the great, great grandson of Annie Besant.

For those who might not know, Annie Besant was a socialist, activist, prolific author, educator and vocal proponent of Irish Home Rule and independence for India, where she lived and worked for a number of years before her death there in 1933. She first came to public prominence during the Bryant & May matchgirl strike of 1888 and worked her whole life to improve education and living conditions for the poor, especially for women.

I knew of her as a friend of my grandmother, who as an activist herself, set up a union branch in the munitions factory where she worked in 1917 (she was born in 1898) and invited Besant to come and speak to the mainly female workforce to encourage them to join the union, and to fight for better safety at work. They became and remained great friends until Besant's death and her letters were among my grandmother's most treasured possessions.

How's that for tenuous?
 

dan_brown

War Hero
Cheggers played a Families Club at Scampton many years ago. Pitched up at the MGR and no one knew who the feck he was :(

Being a bit older, i knew him and quite happily chatted away while i escorted him to the club.
 

Truxx

LE
I hope he kept his clothes on. Did he play pop?
You get a like for the phrase "play pop". A phrase taking me right back to my childhood and one routinely deployed by my dad. These days we might refer to someone having a rant as "going radio (rental). But at the dawn of time, threats such as " your mum will play pop" were de rigure.
 

EddieVDog

War Hero
Both were just insignificant nobodies.

Ronnie was a little old man, Sutcliffe a tubby nothing. You'd have passed them in the street and not noticed. It was Erskine that scared me; his eyes were definitely windows into a twisted soul.

Although he was sent to the nick I had just vacated and so I never encountered him, I understand that Reggie Kray still attracted a little of the respect he used to have. Not much, but some. It is common for lifers, especially for long tariff or whole-term lifers, to settle in and try to quietly get on with things. They are in the system for a long time, after all.
During my time in I 'looked after' Kenny Noye, Micky Steele, Barry George, David Bieber...
 

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