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It's five past midnight so 2005 has arrived. Happy New Year Guestbookers.
Brian Greenfingers
- Sunday, January 02, 2005 at 15:28:53 (PST)
Does anyone have any information regarding Sarah Farn nee Catterrmole. Born 1873.Died 1917.
J. Cattermole <>
Sunderland, Tyne anf Wear UK - Sunday, January 02, 2005 at 15:28:21 (PST)
To "Rev Hammer" It is a little difficult to figure out if Seaham has or is actually improving, or not. I am off work today, and have been browsing over the world news, humanities as well as browsing over my old town I grew up in. I have looked at the school website, the town, the old photos etc... as well as gone back in my mind at all teh memories I have of growing up in Seaham. The education system has all changed, as well as a few of the subjects - they appear to me more advance than they were in the 70's and 80's - However, they must keep up dated with the changes of our times. They also appear to be more encouraging - I think, the school system may not be as "strict" and regimental as when I was in the school 20 something years ago. The new "modules" for the town, are super! mind you... but for now, it does appear that Seaham has still not really improved. Any foreigner or tourist browsing "Seaham" on the website, would indeed think it is such a super, quaint ! town, with a top class Spa - Seaham Hall. However, as both you and I grew up in the town, we know it only from our experience. Though, I do understand your point you are making.... and perhaps it is confusing to fathom why people think it is a great town, when you and I remember the movie theater, the pit-pond, and many of the really neat shops that were there in Church Street. It is all to do with the changing of the times, and the economy.
- Sunday, January 02, 2005 at 15:26:58 (PST)
Obviously the Rev Hammer didn’t like our comments on the improvements my family saw when we visited Seaham. I can’t believe our positive comments could bring such a blind and negative response. So dear Rev, 20 years ago Seaham had a Woolies a cinema, night clubs etc. I have news for you, so did many other small towns. Like it or not, most small towns have seen change. We now live in a world of out of town shopping malls, multi screen cinemas and city night clubs. Our comments were about Seaham’s appearance in general. Perhaps your shopping precinct could be better and maybe it will improve in time. Come on Rev, stop sniffing the bus station wee and take in a lung full of fresh Seaham air.
Peter Bennett
Sandbach, - Sunday, January 02, 2005 at 15:25:25 (PST)
Like to wish all the folk of Seaham a very Happy New Year, especially my cousins, Phil Dobson at Deneside and Douglas Dobson at Fulwell. Miss the old place a great deal and hope to get back soon for a visit especially to Dawdon my birthplace.
Alan Dobson <>
Penzance, Cornwall - Sunday, January 02, 2005 at 15:24:12 (PST)
hi.i would just like to say a big thank you to the three bands who played at the golden lion on monday night. all three sounded really fantastic with there different types of music, the sound and lights was brill, never seen folk enjoy as much.Even multi millionare George Reynolds enjoyed it
- Sunday, January 02, 2005 at 15:22:38 (PST)
I am not sure about my continuing volunteer humanitarian work here in NY.... I think I ought to be in Asia.... I am deeply saddened to hear of the horrific Tsunami quake that has hit 11 countries and the death toll thus far has reached 44,000. I am not sure about you all, but I am feeling so helpless. Here I am living in a privileged lifestyle and have all the comforts - yet, 44,000 people have been killed and will continue to rise... as well as thousands, millions of others in that region are suffering tremendously, that we cannot even begin to imagine. I think this New Year, 2005 we need to all send out our prayers to those people in Asia and gather our churches together and see what we can do to send aid. I am sending aid through various organizations. Let us all be thankful for our blessings this January 1st 2005 - however big or small... we are fortunate.
USA - Tuesday, December 28, 2004 at 15:51:36 (PST)
tom Moreland, re The Lambeth Walk Pub.The Lambeth Lodge meet every Sunday @ 10.30 am to 12.00 upstairs. The landlord is Bro.Chris Cross also the lodge secretary.The Tamar lodge from Portsmouth will be making a visit in the near future.Happy New year to ne and all
John Spencer <>
Portsmouth, Hampshire UK - Tuesday, December 28, 2004 at 15:50:46 (PST)
Who is writing all these guestbook comments saying that they are visiting Seaham and can't believe the vast improvements that have happened to the town since they left many years ago? Let's put things in perpective, shall we? Twenty years ago, we had a cinema, a night club, a swimming pool, a department store, a sports shop, a record shop, and Woolworths. What have we now? A shopping precint full of charity shops and a dilapidated bus station that smells of wee. Anybody who thinks that this town has improved wants their head examining! Bring back the good old days.
Rev Hammer
Seaham, UK - Tuesday, December 28, 2004 at 15:49:14 (PST)
Can Anyone out there help me find some old pictures of the old wind mill that was situated behind the Mill Inn pub?.I currently live in the cottage built on the old site and would love to see a bit of history.
Al Kirk <>
Seaham, Co. Durham England - Sunday, December 26, 2004 at 15:35:11 (PST)
To Ed and SadieCompliments of the season to you both and carry on with the good work.
Tont from Spain
Espana, - Sunday, December 26, 2004 at 15:29:16 (PST)
Merry Xmas to Seaham, A town I miss and love
Anna Mc Intosh <>
Kings Kynn, Norfolk - Sunday, December 26, 2004 at 15:28:34 (PST)
Merry Xmas to everyone connected to Seaham.Thankyou for replying to my message Jackie I can only remember Mr Hargraves who was my form tutor at Northlea! I have been married for 16years and have 3 fantastic kids , Stephanie is the oldest she's 16 now, then its Chris who is 14 and Jessica who is nearly 7.My wife is called Claire and we have been married for nearly 17 years! I met her when I moved down to Surrey while working for A.R.C. which was a construction company paying very good money in those days.That was probably the attraction! Only joking.We are both working , I work for a company called Brakes dealing in food distribution to schools and restaurants and Claire is a nurse working at an old folks home where I'll probably end up!!!!! Hope you have a lovely Xmas American style and hope to hear from you again.bye bye for now.
Bob Mather
- Sunday, December 26, 2004 at 15:27:23 (PST)
Merry Christmas and Best wishes to everyone.
Sadie and Ed Mason
Seaham, - Friday, December 24, 2004 at 16:29:03 (PST)
Great reading through all the memories of Seaham and its lovely people. Many names I recall even after 40 years of living in Cheshire. My family made a rare visit home to Seaham last month. We were all bowled over by the pleasant changes in the area. This guest book is a great shop window for Seaham. It’s a shame it tends to get hijacked by a few lost souls trying to provoke religious or political rhetoric. Merry Christmas to everyone.
Peter Bennett and Family
Sandbach, - Friday, December 24, 2004 at 16:27:56 (PST)
To Richard Thorpe, I never knew your dad was called George, he is (and always has been) one of the nicest gentlemen I have ever known. He had the pleasure of chairing the 125th meeting, and gave a short talk on the history of the lodge. When my father died, mother still had 4 children under school age. Your father was one of those who made sure that the children had new shoes at the start of every school term; who made sure that Santa came at Christmas; who made sure that the family had a holiday every summer, and were also subject to other (unsolicited) kindnesses. My mother was a very proud woman but your father and old Mr. Bruster, never let her feel that she was an object of charitable giving. I know I am preaching to the converted but you must feel proud to know, that a man of Michael (George) Thorpe’s stature, is your dad. Regards TOM
Tom Moreland
London, - Friday, December 24, 2004 at 16:26:45 (PST)
thanks to the people who answered to my email about eddie watson i would like to wish everyone a m erry christmas and a happy new year all the best g robinson
g.robinson <>
doncaster, yorrkshire - Friday, December 24, 2004 at 16:25:27 (PST)
Hi "Bobby Mather" How are you? I remember you very well indeed! You were in my Math class with Mr. Jones and then with Mr.Cousins. I think, too, you were in my History class with Mr. Wilson and perhaps in my Religious Studies class first with Mrs. Potter and then I think with Mr. Eales in the 5th form. I was the one who knew it all! My name is Jacqueline Markie. We were in the math classes with Deborah Macdonald, and Lesley Knight - when Mr. Cousins was teaching us. With Mr. Jones, I think we were in the same class as Elaine Cowell, I cannot remember some of the other names. It is interesting you should write on this guest book, as I am now in USA and have been for 14 years, and have not lived in Seaham for 17 years, however, about three times a year, I speak to Andrea Spurr, and over the summer, we mentioned your name and wondered about you. I hope all is well. I have been to Surrey and it is such a beautiful part of the country - what are you doing there? Anyway,! hope y'all have a great Christmas.... Have fun! :-)
- Friday, December 24, 2004 at 16:24:18 (PST)
John Spencer; you missed a really good night, members may have been a bit thin on the ground but the evening was enjoyed by all. The Shakespeare is now in the Navy Club on a Monday night at 7pm, and any lapsed members are more than welcome. Your father and mine would have been members of the lodge in about the same era; unfortunately his ivy leaves fell in 1963. I did not realize that there is a lodge in the Lambeth Walk; when does it meet? I may give it a try. Regards TOM
Tom Moreland
London - Friday, December 24, 2004 at 16:23:00 (PST)
I see its "decorating" time in Westminster once again, first we had the Hutton and Butler whitewash and now its the Budd Whitewash.
- Tuesday, December 21, 2004 at 16:24:51 (PST)
George Robinson, how are you cus. Our uncle Eddy taught me how to kick a football. Everyone knew I could run like the wind, if only Eddy had taught me how to run and kick at the same time I'd be a millionaire.Send uncle Eddy our love and best wishes.Regards George, Ann, Andrew, Tracy, Zac & Connor (Australia)
George Golden <>
Wantirna, Victoria Australia - Tuesday, December 21, 2004 at 16:24:02 (PST)
Shakespeare Lodge -- Message for John Spencer. If you visit Seaham on any Monday of any week you will find the remaining 23 members of the Shakespeare Lodge at the Seaham Ex Royal Naval Club opposite the cenotaph at the seafront.Prior to meeting there, the Lodge had its own premises 'RAOB Club'in North Railway Street, Seaham, but to the best of my father's knowledge, a current serving memeber, has never met in Dawdon Club or anywhere else. Tom Moreland, perhaps you know my father George Thorpe usually called Michael, now aged 85 and longest current serving member of the lodge, which once boasted the largest serving membership in the country and was once host to tha National Grand Meeting at Durham Cathedral many years ago.The RAOB Shakespeare lodge, once a proud family tradition from the mining era is now almost lost and is doomed to oblivion. There are no new members.
SUNDERLAND, - Tuesday, December 21, 2004 at 16:22:35 (PST)
Hello there.i live in cheshire but had the pleasure of visiting your delightful little town during the summer months. I must say i was very impressed with Seaham; i think the sea air did me good. My hubbie is reluctant to return to Seaham but i have pursuaded him to let me come back next summer. We are staying in an inn near the seafront. I hope to see you all soon, in my experience, Seaham people are a jolly bunch!!!!!
Mrs Renaldo
Wilmslow England - Tuesday, December 21, 2004 at 16:21:09 (PST)
Hi my name is Bob Mather I`ve have recently acquired a new Pc. I was wondering if anyone remembers me? I lived in Deneside for many years before moving to Surrey in 1988 . I attended Sis and Northlea Comp from 1980-85 and hung around with Apps ( Stephen Appleby).It would be great to hear from old friends.Ps.Black Cats for promotion!
Bob Mather
- Tuesday, December 21, 2004 at 16:19:55 (PST)
To George Robinson. Read your request re Edward (Eddie)Watson. Before we were married my wife Joyce ( formally Joyce Waters)Lived on Ranksborough St. which shared a back street with Stanley St. and was a neighbor of eddie's family. She remembers that eddie had three sisters,Rene,Elsie and Frances and that there home was the third one up from the bottom of the Stanley St. My wife's parents names were Jack and Emily Waters. Her father worked in the Lamp Cabin at the Vane Tempest Colliery. Other names Eddie may recall, they all lived in the same general area, Mark Sennet, Alma Mussen, John (Budda) Brown, the Cardy twins Elsie and Edith, Elsie Drinkwater (she married my wife's brother Jack Waters), Phillip Page, June Sandy, Jean Miller. We hope this will revive pleasant memories for Eddie and cheer him up.Merry Christmas to all and to Eddie in particular.Ray and joyce Briggs.
Ray and Joyce Briggs <>
Bridgewater, Nova Scotia Canada - Monday, December 20, 2004 at 16:46:41 (PST)
A cloutie pud Tom, how wonderful, my Ma used to make cloutie puds all the time....just a minute, I hear a song comming on...."Heaven, I'm in heaven, and my heart beats so that I can hardly speak...when I'm having cloutie pud once a week." I've just bought a blood pressure machine, I'm 106 over 73 is that low? Maybe too low! I better sing a bit more.
Brian Greenfingers
- Monday, December 20, 2004 at 16:44:21 (PST)
Re. Tom Moreland and the Shakespeare lodge No87,my Dad sadly deceased some years ago was a member of the lodge and was initiated in the Shakespeare lodge in 1933, idid know about the 125th but could not make it.I see you reside in London ,my lodge the Tamar Lodge 2676 Portsmouth province, visit the Lambeth Lodge @ the Lambeth walk Pulic house on a regular basis.when i return to Seaham to visit my family i always try to go and visit the Shakespeare, i beleive they meet in Dawdon club now.
John Spencer
Portsmouth, - Monday, December 20, 2004 at 16:43:31 (PST)
To all ye moaners and groaners: This is the day I would awake at morn to praise and wonder. Thou didst make this mystery of life on-going, full of power, yet gently as the sun opens the flower. Open my eyes that I may clearly see, this day is mine. To live in harmony with thee.
Brian Greenfingers
- Saturday, December 18, 2004 at 16:20:00 (PST)
Jacqueline you dont half go on.
Seaham, - Saturday, December 18, 2004 at 16:19:18 (PST)
Brian, worry not about poor Tom Moreland. I was in Seaham until Tuesday for the Shakespeare Lodge’s 125-year celebrations. When my friend Colin heard of my dilemma, he presented me with three fine specimens of leeks. My wife and I have enjoyed the first of them tonight (cooked with bacon). The second will be cooked via a cloutie pudding, and I am not sure in which way to enjoy the third (maybe it will be with corned beef). My southern born wife may not have been bred in Geordie ways, but she is learning fast. Regards TOM
Tom Moreland
London, - Saturday, December 18, 2004 at 16:18:46 (PST)
does anyone remember Eddy Watson 69years old from stanley street he is in hospital in doncaster and feeling very down if you could post your good wishes to him on the website i will see he gets them thank you george robinson
George Robinson
doncaster, W Yorkshire UK - Saturday, December 18, 2004 at 16:17:49 (PST)
Tom Moreland, what you say has a grain of truth in it Quote "The only people in this country that you can have a go at, and not initiate a protest march or face possible prosecution for is white hetrosexual males. Unfortunately Prince Charles is a high profile member of this small section of the population. Regards TOM", unfortunately this does not apply to the "Royal" third in line to the throne, who is liable to sort you out if you take his picture, after he's had a drink or two! doh!
- Saturday, December 18, 2004 at 16:16:28 (PST)
I came across this guest book while searching for something else. I`m taking the opportunity to ask after two people I kew well who lived at Parkside in Seaham, in fact, I used to stay with them on visits, Rob and Sharon Bell? They used to live on Elm Crescent. They had a daughter called Michelle who would be around 17/18 possibly now. I`d love to hear from either of them. If anyone knows them please pass this message on. I can be contacted on 07904 162966 Many thanks.Les Pickering
Les Pickering
UK - Saturday, December 18, 2004 at 16:15:42 (PST)
My mother, Joyce Guy, was born in Seaham Harbour in 1925. She sadly died in 2002. Does anyone know anything about the Guy family?
Jane <>
Gravesend, Kent UK - Saturday, December 18, 2004 at 16:14:39 (PST)
Hi Sue, I also own a whippet. When I bought her, my friend Dave Curtis, (from the band Happy The Man) asked, "what are you going o do with her?" I said "I'm going to race her", he replied "by the looks of her you'll proberbly win".
south shields, uk - Saturday, December 18, 2004 at 16:13:32 (PST)
Hello, I am seeking information regarding Falls and Akenhead families who were residents of Seaham Harbour during 1880's. My great-grandfather apparently operated a pub in Seaham Harbour around this time, but I do not know the name of it. My grandfather was Matthew Dodds who married my grandmother Elizabeth Alice Akenhead sometime around 1908 - 1909. He was in the British Navy and died around 1917-1921. They had 3 children - Elizabeth (dob 1910), Janet (dob 1911 or 1912) and Matthew Dodds (dob 1917). My grandmother immigrated to Canada (Quebec) in 1925. I understand there is a family relative by the name of Edwin Akenhead who is perhaps still living in Seaham Harbour. I would appreciate receiving his address and information regarding my family. Information regarding search websites would also be appreciated. Thank you.
Henry Dodds <>
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada - Saturday, December 18, 2004 at 16:12:38 (PST)
The Dictionary description of Cassandra is "anyone who expresses pessimistic views of a political or social kind, I would add to that, they are prone to making crass remarks also,
- Tuesday, December 14, 2004 at 15:18:56 (PST)
When I read this, I knew all waht I have been saying in reference to Christianity being "slammed" is coming true. This is a quote "Christianity in Great Britain is imploding, fragmenting and will soon be driven underground, says a senior adviser to Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams." People can have clubs of gays, lesbians, etc... and all other religions except where "Jesus" is mentioned. "Seahamlad" just always pray for God and Our Blessed Mother, Mary to keep you and your family under their mantle and in their hands - and you all will be just fine. It is not just here in USA where Christianity is now a "fine-line" it is becoming everywhere... We all need to pray very hard, because each year I quote "Mother Angelica" from EWTN Catholic Channel, and each year, her words are coming true... "We will not recognize western civiliation by the year 2004 as we know it today." Meaning, we are ALL in spiritual poverty.
- Tuesday, December 14, 2004 at 15:18:22 (PST)
cant wait for 27th dec. for punk "n" rock night in the golden lion. looking forward to seeing the pistols boys the did a grand job of blowing everybody away in the rugby club closing down do. good luck lads and to the other two bands too.
- Tuesday, December 14, 2004 at 15:17:01 (PST)
As my own final word on the Prince Charles issue, I would like to highlight a point stated by a famous comedian. The only people in this country that you can have a go at, and not initiate a protest march or face possible prosecution for is white hetrosexual males. Unfortunately Prince Charles is a high profile member of this small section of the population. Regards TOM
Tom Moreland <>
London, - Tuesday, December 14, 2004 at 15:16:06 (PST)
Poor Tom Mooreland, have faith my boy and you can grow anything in your garden. Now take the faith I speak of, that is like a plant which grows from within-it cannot be given to you by anyone and remember, "You can If you think you can."
Brian Greenfingers
- Tuesday, December 14, 2004 at 15:14:44 (PST)
Dear Lesley Roberts,being Scottish,i can assure you that i feel i have made a "huge"contribution to the life of the women,or perhaps(singular)woman of Seaham.Huge Xmas,and a chunky New Year to one and all.Bless.x
- Tuesday, December 14, 2004 at 15:13:49 (PST)
Cassandra, I'm proud to be English! but with the Scots, Welsh and Irish wanting "out" being British doesn't appeal to me anymore, think I'll stick to being ENGLISH
- Tuesday, December 14, 2004 at 15:12:43 (PST)
: Let us not forget the true meaning of Christmas. That is getting into loads of debt and causing ourselves 364 days of hardship trying to pay for over indulgence.
Tommy Woods
Seaham, - Tuesday, December 14, 2004 at 15:12:07 (PST)
"Cassandra" Thank you for your message. However, I am not "English" I was born in Scotland, my father was Scottish, my mother was an Irish immigrant. I was raised in Seaham by English parents. I moved away from Seaham at 18 yearrs old - and have lived in the American community ever since 1987. I am proud to be an American with a British upbringing. I live in the USA and once belonged to the "Daughter of the British Empire" expats society. It was fun, but after a while, I got tired of these women cutting down America - the country they have lived in for over 15 years or so, some more than 30 years. They also kept telling me "you sound so American" You are so Americanized - as if it was a bad thing. There are the pros and cons of each of our countries and of our cultures, and it is getting now, that not one or the other is the better one. Both have issues regarding crime, education, retirment, economy, religion and racial tension among the influx of immigrants in rec! ent years. The difference is, I still think Britain still holds on to the "correct protocol" which I am in favor of... and the manners. I still cringe at the way American families allow their children to eat like they were animals in a wild jungle! Eating with their fingers and bobbing up and down from the table at meal times. Addition, to allowing children to be involved in adult conversations and allowing them to rule the roost in their homes. However, I think that is mostly the choice of the parents raising the children - but it is still "typical" American. Otherwise, I am very happy here in this country and proud to be American.
- Tuesday, December 14, 2004 at 15:11:16 (PST)
Hi, My name is Sue and I have a lovely Whippet called Tessie who just loves to run,but I can't seem to find any clubs around where I live or close by where I can take her and find out the things I need to know about racing for fun. Please could you help me out on this point. Much obliged. Sue (from West Yorkshire)
Sue Willing <>
West Yorks, UK - Wednesday, December 08, 2004 at 14:13:46 (PST)
isaac, youre way off the track lad!! in no way did I suggest that "the Royals are to blame for police interpretation of traffic laws and the level of pensions paid to judges?" You'd make a good Politician as they "bend" the words of others too and are most economical with the truth, I also respect Tom, but that doesn't mean I have to agree with him either, You could say however that I don't doff my cap to anyone or bend the knee either, except to God, Oh and I know its unchristian, but I don't "turn the other ckeek either"
- Wednesday, December 08, 2004 at 14:11:48 (PST)
Sorry Jaqueline, you will always be known as a "Limey Broad" for some years to come by your fellow citizens over there in the U.S. The ex-pat community living in L.A. do not regard themselves as American, they are still proud to be British and so should you.
- Wednesday, December 08, 2004 at 14:09:19 (PST)
I am the sister-in-law of Sandra Mitchell Collie. Shemarried my brother, Robert Ackland, in 1982 and theylive near Atlanta, Georgia. They have a son, John,who is 10. Since Sandy's parents have died in recentyears, I don't know when she will be back, but one dayI'd love to come and visit Seaham and the surroundingcountryside.
Lucy Ackland <>
Boyne City, Mitchigan USA - Wednesday, December 08, 2004 at 14:08:30 (PST)
Seaham, Durham - Tuesday, December 07, 2004 at 16:55:24 (PST)
Sorry, forgot to add. I will be travelling home on the 11th. I may not get the chance to visit the Guestbook for a while so I hope everyone has a great Christmas. Thanks Ed for all your work.
- Tuesday, December 07, 2004 at 16:54:16 (PST)
Seaham Lad, have you read your own words recently? You must be the biggest whinge merchant in Seaham. The moment anyone offers an opinion different to your own you sink to personal insults and daft comments. How on Earth can any sensible person suggest the Royals are to blame for police interpretation of traffic laws and the level of pensions paid to judges? Favours happen in all societies, from dictatorships to democracies, Royal or otherwise. I don’t agree with everything Tom had to say, I am definitely not pro Royal, but I can respect his opinions. His comments are crisp and clear and the direction of his argument is as straight as a rifle shot whilst yours are as far flung as a badly aimed shotgun blast.
Lyon, - Tuesday, December 07, 2004 at 16:53:40 (PST)
O Little Town Of Bethlehem how sweet we see thee lie...Some one I know has just come back from there and here is what he said...Entering and leaving Bethlehem is not a pleasent experience. Israeli soldiers, machine guns at the ready eyed us from vantage points as we appoached the barriers on foot. Vast coils of razor-wire and the 8 metre high wall were there before us. The soldiers uttered a meaningless "Shalom" as we reached them, demanded our passports and examined us closely. After handing our passports back on the way out again, the soldiers uttered another meaningless "Have a nice day." Where once Jesus was born, there is now only fear and devistation. We were allowed an exit from Bethlehem after showing passports again but nobody else is allowed to leave the town, everyone else are prisoners.
Brian Greenfingers
- Tuesday, December 07, 2004 at 16:52:36 (PST)
‘If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen’. An old saying, that is still relevant in this day and age. It’s nice to find my written words worthy of copy, even down to the Internet transfer mistakes. In the main, I enjoy the majority of the comments in the guest book. I may not agree with most of what Jacqueline writes but she at least has the courage to put her name next to her contributions. Unfortunately, the last time I was privileged to own a garden was before work commitments forced me to leave Sunny Seaham. All the best gardeners talk to their plants; when you get this close to the land you have a chance to alleviate the problems of rust, black spot, greenfly, and other problems before the plants become too badly infected. I must confess that my conversations must have been crap because no matter how much I begged them to grow, I still never won first prize in the leek show.
Tom Moreland <>
London, - Tuesday, December 07, 2004 at 16:51:32 (PST)
I think I can quite confidently say that Seaham is very far from being American. If that was the case my family wouldn't be over here visiting me every year. Jaqueline I think you are quite blinded by Americanisms. I agree that with the internet, satellites, GPS navigation and overnight express mail to other continents that the world in general has a lot more global similarities in culture but they are not all American. The US loves all things English, just look at the tv shows they try to copy and they can never shut up about Benny Hill and Monty Python. You ask most American about their family and they will try as hard as possible to have some UK link to their family tree, ST Patrick's Day is huge and so are Scottish Clan societies. I think it's perfectly acceptable to take the parts that you want from any culture you like in order to have some individuality.
lesley roberts
phoenix, arizona - Tuesday, December 07, 2004 at 16:50:10 (PST)
Thanks, Brian Greenfingers. But the lady's name is ROWNTREE. Can anyone else help?
An Ex
London, - Tuesday, December 07, 2004 at 16:48:26 (PST)
Miss Markie England will never become Americanized as you put it. Now come home,settle down and raise some nice English children and stop typing ca ca!
George St George
Seaham, ENGLAND - Tuesday, December 07, 2004 at 16:47:30 (PST)
To the Seahamlad, anyone who posts comments like you do cannot possibly originate from Seaham.
Tony from Spain
Espana, - Tuesday, December 07, 2004 at 16:46:26 (PST)
Who remembers Christ Church Boy Scouts? Any old members from 1945 to 1947 still around? Arnold Clayton, Tommy Mortimer, Snowden Whitelock, Gibson, etc. Camping trips to the Scouts Field, Seaham Colliery; Sunday church marches behind a silver band; meetings and dances held in the hall next to High Colliery School (opposite the now Westlea Estate.
Ex Boy Scout
London, - Tuesday, December 07, 2004 at 16:45:42 (PST)
Just spent 3 great weeks back in Seaham, met up with relatives,old friends and colleagues. Seaham may be cold, but the people are the warmest you will ever meet.To Alan Johnson,thanks mate.Thankyou to the Black Tower, Bacardi and Vodka drinkers.P.S. If there is are more efficient Taxi service than Presty's, then I never heard of it (absolutely brilliant).Regards. GG
George Golden
Wantirna, Victoria Australia - Thursday, December 02, 2004 at 14:04:17 (PST)
Tom Moreland in your contribution to the guestbook you state,"I h! ave no respect for are those who spend their lives hiding their faces and shouting, ‘Power to the People’ (while doing nothing except moan). Regards TOM" If you were to reread your letter it is the very thing you are complaining of, ie. a long long moan. I suppose it IS different from the usual rubbish you write about your garden and the other wonderful delights of nature! At least you and Charles have one thing in common, you both know your place in life, do you talk to the Plants too?
- Thursday, December 02, 2004 at 14:02:50 (PST)
Tony from Spain, after your latest rant, mainly against Jacqueline and to a lesser extent myself, I would suggest that, as all you do on this Guestbook is complain, you should change your pen-name to "The moan from Spain" or even "The pain from the plain in Spain" Spain is welcome to you, my condolences to your Wife/Partner or whatever, does she/he complain about your moaning?
- Thursday, December 02, 2004 at 14:01:59 (PST)
Looking for Catherine McGee (McGhee??), who lived in Fox Street, Seaham, in 1998. Catherine worked at Subscription Services Limited, and will know who I am from the information I have provided. Please give Catherine my email address if you know her. Cheers, Stu.
Stu <>
New Zealand - Thursday, December 02, 2004 at 14:01:06 (PST)
Another great example of "Feudal Britain" High Court Judges are being exempted from new Pensions laws limiting the size of the pension pot on retirement! Now our Judges not only administer the law, they are also above it, as are a lot of Police Officers, including the Police Chief who allowed his Driver to exceed the speed limit by driving at almost 100MPH, whilst the Peasants doing 33MPH in a built up area get caned, some justice! Now I really must look for my "Doffing Cap" to use on the next Royal visit to this area, perhaps Tom Moreland could lend me his?
- Thursday, December 02, 2004 at 13:59:50 (PST)
Dorothy Rountree went io the Sis I expect. The Rountree family were well known around Seaham. Mind you, so was Doreen Barker, Doreen Spur, Joyce Groves, Doreen Cogden, Marie Elliot, Joseph Coffee, Raymond Bussy, Brian Willis, Hughy Tasker. The people of Seaham made Seaham and only they. The Londonderry's were parasites, increasing their wealth from our Fathers and Grandfathers sweat and toil in the mines. It seems that all that now has been sweaped away onto some computer archive and we are the better for it. A new incarnation has been forced upon Seaham and that is something that must be told, befor you get too old.
Brian Greenfingers
- Thursday, December 02, 2004 at 13:58:57 (PST)
It has been almost 18 years since I last lived in Seaham and 14 years since I last came home to visit - that is quite a long time, if you ask me. I was just looking at the different websites of Seaham and I came across the Modules for the "New Seaham" Construction. Wow! I like it! You know, Seaham has certainly changed, at least parts of it has and for the better too. Though, there are still parts of it where the town has not changed, perhaps that is more in the "mentality" of those who may not be as adventerous as some. I think reality hit me this afternoon, that I am getting along in age, almost 36 years old and of course, my old home town has changed over the years as well as some people do indeed change. I think if I were to come home, there would be certain areas of Seaham that I would not recognize and perhaps get a little "directionally impaired" or misplaced as I call it. In my mind, I still remember how to get from my parents home to St. John's Church, to ! Church Street, to the Dentist's office, (Dr. Robinson.) and to the Doctor's center. I can still get to Malborough Street and to what was called the "Jubilee Center" and to Rock House. I can still find my way to Ropery Walk school, but I remember going under a bridge. I can get myself to what was SMS school and to Northlea school. I still remember that "round-a-bout" thing that was in the middle of the road to get up to school if one was driving. I even remember the shops on the way up to school starting from SMS school. There was a Chinese food place and I use to love eating the "chips and gravy" and right outside of the shop was a red phone booth. I can still get myself to "SeahamLad's" home and to what was the Vicerage. I think I may be able to get myself to what was the "pit-pond" and to a place called the "Bottly Green" or the "Green Drive?" I think that was a bowling or golfing place, up near where the pit-pond was. I cannot get myself up to Westlea or to Eastlea - I a! m totally lost! I remember how to get to a place called Dawdon to those streets called the "Wide Back" (I think they were WW2 homes)I can still remember "Cottages Road" A boy by the name of "Barry Spurr" use to live there, he was in my primary class at school. I can get myself to the Sea-Front and maybe to the Seaham Center where I use to take Karate -and I think I could get myself partly to "Dont-le-dale." Didn't we, those of us who went to Ropery Walk infant and junior school, use to dance around the "Maypole" somewhere in the Dales? and I think that is about all I can get myself to. Other than that, I think the town has changed so much with different roads built, and buildings being knocked down and new ones put up, along with buildings being used for other activities. Amazing what nearly 20 years can do to a town. I think, however, that it is a shame, that the school uniforms have gone by the wayside and the disipline - other than that, hey! Seaham is becoming "American!" All y'all have to do is work on y'alls accent - whether it be a Tex! an drowl, or Deep southern twang, or perhaps a north eastern nazel, nevertheless, England is indeed becoming American!
- Thursday, December 02, 2004 at 13:57:44 (PST)
Working class people (in England anyway) have always been bigger snobs than any Toff I've ever met and that's a fact. Prince Charles, being heir to the throne do'snt need to be a snob, he'll get the top job when Mummy kicks the bucket.
- Monday, November 29, 2004 at 16:21:39 (PST)
It’s good to know that ‘Citizen Smith’ is alive and well, and living in Seaham. Like all people who have spend their lives as a ‘Looker On’, this sad individual always sees its glass as being half empty. It looks at other people who make their mark in this world, (knows that it could not put the effort in to achieved the same level of success,) moans, gnashes its teeth and shouts, “I could do that”. This is the same type of person who came last in the school race, then jumped up and down because it also got the first prize. In my short synopsis of Prince Charles I gave several positive examples of the work he does, and these could have been multiplied several times over. This ‘Onlooker’ (who is obviously ashamed to put its name against its mealy mouthed words) gives only negative thoughts in return. I have no need to doff my cap to any person; I give respect to most other people and also consider myself to be a Prince within in my own rights. One type of person I h! ave no respect for are those who spend their lives hiding their faces and shouting, ‘Power to the People’ (while doing nothing except moan). Regards TOM
Tom Moreland <>
London, - Monday, November 29, 2004 at 16:20:58 (PST)
The day will soon be coming To stand before the Lord God will hold the Book of Life Where all the names are stored. Look into the Saviour’s face Stand on holy ground Kneel before the King of Kings Pray your name is found. The time is nigh, it's drawing near Tis’ closer than you think Eternal life with God above You’ll either rise or sink. God doesn’t care ‘bout bank accounts Or gems of pearl and jade Your style of home, the car you drive The money that you’ve made. He’s not concerned with age or height The color of your hair The number of the friends you have The brand of clothes you wear. He’ll ask you if you spoke His name Thought of Him each day Knew He gave His life for you Took the time to pray. He’ll know about your closest friends About the books you’ve read The kind of thoughts that fill your mind On what your spirit fed. He’ll take a look inside your soul He’ll go beyond your pride Your sins will be as crimson red There’s nothing you can hide. For once you’ve stood before the Lord He’ll see through every crack And if you were to die today There is no turning back. You'll gaze into His crystal eyes He knows the things you did There’s nothing you can keep from Him Your secret thoughts aren’t hid. So before you meet the Lord You better make it right Start by getting on your knees Kneel down to Him tonight. Get rid of all your worldly ways They’ll just lead you astray Find time to walk with Jesus The Truth, the Light, the Way. I’m telling you, it’s not too late God’s waiting up above To add you to His Book of Life In Heaven up above. When life on earth is over He’ll take one final look When the roll is called up yonder Will your name be in "The Book?"
Seaham Resident
- Monday, November 29, 2004 at 16:19:09 (PST)
I don’t care much for the Royal family but I care even less for the alternative. All this talk of elected heads of state reminds of the prophetic words written in 1920 by the much respected American newspaperman Henry L. Mencken (1880 - 1956) …………."As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron” ………Think I’ll stick with what we’ve got.
Steve Bell
- Monday, November 29, 2004 at 16:18:13 (PST)
Jacqueline, Christians have been persecuted for thousands of years, so nothing has changed, we must continue to worship our God in our own way and just shrug off the Barbs and Brickbats.
- Monday, November 29, 2004 at 16:17:05 (PST)
Jacqueline.A million people is a snowflake in a snowball considering that in England alone there are 59.000.000 people.Are we to take it that 58,000,000 don't wish to have a particular religion forced on them? Christianity is not the heritage of Europeans. Indeed ,something has gone very wrong when nations are attempting to force their beliefs on to nations who don’t wish it. Freedom of Religion includes the right to have freedom from Religion. I suppose that you’ll be telling us next that American, founded by Deists or Unitarians, should be recognized as a Christian country.
Canada - Monday, November 29, 2004 at 16:15:39 (PST)
Does anybody remember Dorothy Rowntree, who lived at the bottom end of The Avenue, Deneside (about No. 26), in the late 1940s?
An Ex
London, UK - Thursday, November 25, 2004 at 13:54:41 (PST)
Seahamlad, is that a code-smae time? Jon Lee-Smith's and my mind must have fused together at... I do'nt know, I'll consult my enigma machine I keep next to my Viewsonic flat screen.
Brian Greenfingers
- Thursday, November 25, 2004 at 13:53:11 (PST)
A bear walks into a bar and says to the bar tender, "I would like a bourbon and.........................................................................a coke." The bar tender says "Why the big pause?" The bear said "I've had them all my life"
The Humour Doctor
- Thursday, November 25, 2004 at 13:52:02 (PST)
Has anybody read the book making friends with Hitler? It clames that after the war Lord Londonderry found it hard to shake off his acquired reputation as the most prominent Nazi sympathizer in Britain and ended up a Billy No-mates! Well I never!!! I never read about that in history classes! How about some nice swastica's hanging out of the windows of the old cop shop to remind us of our glorious past.
The King of Seaham
- Thursday, November 25, 2004 at 13:51:32 (PST)
A sex-discrimination case involving a former member of Prince Charles's household has revealed the astonishing arrogance of Prince Charles.A memo was presented in which the Prince writes:"What is wrong with everyone nowadays?""Why do they all seem to think they are qualified to do things far beyond their technical capabilities?""People think they can all be pop stars, high court judges, brilliant TV personalities or infinitely more competent heads of state without ever putting in the necessary work or having natural ability." These are the words of our unelected future Head of State and the Person seemably "idolized" by Tom MorelandOf course, he has never put in the necessary work to be head of state, since there is none necessary for him. The Prince's mother is the head of state of the UK. The position is inherited regardless of talent, ability, qualifications or electoral mandate. Prince Charles will inherit the position without any assessment of whether he meets any of these 'qualifications' to be head of state.So while the Great British public have to work hard to achieve any status or wealth, the Windsors will continue to be given it unconditionally. And they will continue to arrogantly believe in their own 'natural ability' while criticizing the public who have to work for a living. So Tom keep "doffing" your cap and that "honour" may one day come down your way, but those of us who live in the real World will keep our feet firmly on the ground, which is our proper station in life!
- Thursday, November 25, 2004 at 13:49:44 (PST)
So I hear in the newspaper that more than a million people from all over Europe delivered a petition to Tony Blair requesting that Christianity be recognized in the New European Constition. I had read that a few months ago that the "United Europe" Constitution was going to "abolish" Christianity out of the Constitution; but I did not think it was actually going to happen. I am appauled! It was actually backed by what was one of the Christian (Catholic) countries, no other than France! As well as a few others. What does this tell you? It tells you that Christians are going to be, slowly and surly persecuted for their faith. If Christianity cannot be mentioned in the Constitution, which is the heritage of the Europeans, then something has gone very wrong indeed. It is not just America that is suffering from lack of spirituality, morals and principles - it is the whole world.
- Thursday, November 25, 2004 at 13:47:30 (PST)
My garden is feeling winter blues but not me. I begin to feel a sense of urgancy to get it prepared for spring renewal once more. A sense of urgency is a feeling that lets you know yesterday is gone forever, tomorrow never comes. Today is in your hands. It lets you know that shirking today's task will add to wasted yesterdays and postponing today's work will add to tomorrow's burden. The sense of urgancy causes you to accomplish what today sets before you. Thank God for the sense of urgency that can change a dull, shabby existence into a sparkling life. Right now, ask God to give you a sense of urgency. Belive that He did and then act accordingly.
Jon Lee-Smith
Seaham, - Thursday, November 25, 2004 at 13:44:31 (PST)
Markie I wish some one would fit you into the dark ages and leave you there,how dare you keep commenting about how the U.K. should run their country.Go back to your computer and set up a direct line to Seahamlad,and then you can 'spout' to each other to your hearts delight.To the Rev. and the others you will be pleased to know that the tipping season is over in Portugal.I'am taking my boat to the Greece next season to see how many islands I can tip over. Adios Amigos
Tony from Spain
Espana - Thursday, November 25, 2004 at 13:42:40 (PST)
To "Your Friend" who posted the message to me, "Jacqueline, perhaps I should have signed it "your friend" I would like to know who you are please? Male or female? And perhaps an initial would be just nice... thank you. Are you James?
- Thursday, November 25, 2004 at 13:41:22 (PST)
I see that within aprox 4 years the British will all be required to carry ID cards. I think that is a very good idea for the teenagers of Britain who are able to go to the pubs and are served alchol beverages while they are under age. Did you know, Britain and Ireland have the highest rate for teenage drinking and drinking in general. I was actually surprised when I learned this, as I know here in USA the teenage drinking can be out of control. I wonder if dual citizens are also required to get a British ID card?
- Wednesday, November 24, 2004 at 14:40:55 (PST)
I think it's amazing that two separate individuals, Jon Lee-Smith and Brian Greenfingers, can come up with almost identical entries in the guest book. What are the odds on that being pure coincidence?
An Observer
Seaham, - Wednesday, November 24, 2004 at 14:39:56 (PST)
As usual when any sensible person dares to break with the politically correct train of thoughts, others berate them as being know-all fools or hypocrites. Prince Charles said no more than what the rest of us have thought for years. When you aspire youngsters to reach beyond their capabilities you are in danger of breaking their spirit, and turning them into dangerous re-actionists. My father always taught me that I am no less (or more) important than the Queen. That I should always be the best I can be in all that I do, and never to push myself beyond the point where I could not retreat with a little bit of dignity still in tact. Prince Charles is one of the few freethinking individuals left in this country. He champions projects like affordable housing, physically seeks to protect the environment, helps more young people (to aspire too their dreams) than tongue can tell (via the ‘Princes Trust’), and speaks openly about every day matters, that affect the ordinary ! people of this country. We should be thankful to have a ‘People's Prince’, one who is not frightened or intimidated by the bullyboys in Parliament, and elsewhere.
Tom Moreland <>
London, - Wednesday, November 24, 2004 at 14:39:11 (PST)
Brian Greenfingers, I don't believe in coincidences, how come you and Jon Lee-Smith posted identical messages at the smae time?
- Wednesday, November 24, 2004 at 14:37:25 (PST)
Jacqueline, perhaps I should have signed it,
Your Friend
- Wednesday, November 24, 2004 at 14:36:55 (PST)
Cassandra he is not only tall,good looking he is also windswept and interesting...
One of the many friends of Tony
- Wednesday, November 24, 2004 at 14:36:22 (PST)
Poor John Lee-Smith got my posting instead of his, Well take note John Lee-Smith, take note!!
Brian Greenfingers
- Wednesday, November 24, 2004 at 14:35:43 (PST)
"Seahamlad" first, I want to say "Hello" to you, it has been a few weeks since we have communicated or acknowledged each others presence. I hope all is well with you. Second, as soon as I read the first line of your posting, I just knew somewhere in your opinions, my name would be mentioned, and so it was! "What do you think Jacqueline." Well... let me tell you, dearest... well, I will refrain from using your real name... Anyway, my dearest, I read what Prince Charles had said this past Thursday in our Newspaper, The "New York Times" and I was appauled at him. Who does he think he is? Yes, okay he is the future King of England... I hope NOT! I hope the crown gets passed straight over to Prince William. You know, parts of England are still in the "dark ages" I always knew I was not meant to "fit-in" and America was somewhere going to be in my future. There are many things about the British culture that I love and miss.. namely being the manners in children, and the ! social protocol and the conservatisim. Otherwise, hey! Listen up... England needs to just lighten up! And get with the times and roll with the punches. The "class" system is just over the top and just needs to go away! So what if one's parents are "blue collar" It does not mean their children have to remain "blue collar" and not have any aspirations. Oh, I am telling you, people, Prince Charles just needs to go and live in the mountains - he is so, so, so, out of touch.So, that is my opinion on the issue.
- Wednesday, November 24, 2004 at 14:35:03 (PST)
Dear Sir I am researching an R N officer called Charles William Vane Tempest Stewart LEPPER he was born about 1896 and must i believe be related the Londonderry's. I have emailed the Irish Branch of the family without much success. can you help or point me in the right direction regards Jon Lee-Smith
Jon Lee-Smith
Treasurer of the Naval Historical Collectors and Research Association , - Wednesday, November 24, 2004 at 14:33:31 (PST)
My garden is feeling winter blues but not me. I begin to feel a sense of urgancy to get it prepared for spring renewal once more. A sense of urgency is a feeling that lets you know yesterday is gone forever, tomorrow never comes. Today is in your hands. It lets you know that shirking today's task will add to wasted yesterdays and postponing today's work will add to tomorrow's burden. The sense of urgancy causes you to accomplish what today sets before you. Thank God for the sense of urgency that can change a dull, shabby existence into a sparkling life. Right now, ask God to give you a sense of urgency. Belive that He did and then act accordinglyJon Lee-Smith Treasurer of the Naval Historical Collectors and Research Association
Jon Lee-Smith <>
- Sunday, November 21, 2004 at 16:35:47 (PST)
My garden is feeling winter blues but not me. I begin to feel a sense of urgancy to get it prepared for spring renewal once more. A sense of urgency is a feeling that lets you know yesterday is gone forever, tomorrow never comes. Today is in your hands. It lets you know that shirking today's task will add to wasted yesterdays and postponing today's work will add to tomorrow's burden. The sense of urgancy causes you to accomplish what today sets before you. Thank God for the sense of urgency that can change a dull, shabby existence into a sparkling life. Right now, ask God to give you a sense of urgency. Belive that He did and then act accordingly
Brian Greenfingers
- Sunday, November 21, 2004 at 16:19:59 (PST)
Monday November 8th "Dancing with God" Who sent in that beautiful piece of writing? It is signed "from a friend."I think the "friend" maybe "American" as he/she spelled "realize" the American way. Nevertheless, the words are beautiful. I never thought about the word "Guidance" (GUI-Dance) as being "God, U and I" Dance. Now each time I pray for wisdom and Guidance, I will always think of "God, U and I, Dance." Thank you to whomever you are, who posted such a beautiful piece of writing
- Sunday, November 21, 2004 at 16:18:49 (PST)
i would just like to express my deepest sympathy to the families of the to lads robert temple and brian allinson the two brothers who are at this moment in time lost at sea. my god be with you.
the arbour, - Sunday, November 21, 2004 at 16:17:56 (PST)
Do any relations up in Seaham remember my family at all,my father was Arthur Defty.He left Seaham to come south in the 30s, as did 2 of his brothers.I am in touch with one of our cousins in Twickenham,but often wonder about our other cousins,from 3 of his other brothers up there.I remember coming up there when I was young and it was great!.
janet large <>
chelmsford, essex - Sunday, November 21, 2004 at 16:17:03 (PST)
Why do they all seem to think they are qualified to do things far beyond their technical capabilities?""People think they can all be pop stars, high court judges, brilliant TV personalities or infinitely more competent heads of state without ever putting in the necessary work or having natural ability." These are words spoken by the Heir to the British Throne and the future Head of State of this great nation of ours. It reinforces the view that we still live in the Feudal era here in this Country, where Lords reigned supreme over the Peasants, The People of this Country should have a say on whom they would like as their head of state and I'm sure that the present system of being led by someone "born to be King" would be thrown out, I often wonder just what Planet the so called upper class live on? What on earth is wrong with us Peasants aspiring to "better things" and improving ourselves? Now one thing I admire about America is the democratic way they elect their Head of State, One thing I cannot admire is how some of our former Colonies still retain as their Head of St! ate our Queen. Have any Guestbook users got any views on this? Jacqueline what do you think?
- Sunday, November 21, 2004 at 16:15:30 (PST)
Thankyou Cassandra for pointing my mistake out. Its just this dreadful tipping buisness, its cut me to the quack!
Rev Hammer
Seaham, - Sunday, November 21, 2004 at 16:14:05 (PST)
Rev Hammer, Tony from Spain could not have gone QUITE. Maybe you mean he is quite tall or quite good looking...
- Wednesday, November 17, 2004 at 15:51:53 (PST)
Tarzan of the Apes, strange name? Thanks for the leftie tag, I shall treasure that. Thanks also for your public confirmation that you ‘righties’ really do originate from the jungle. Keep on swinging Ape Man.
Steve Bell
Doncaster, - Wednesday, November 17, 2004 at 15:51:12 (PST)
Rev, "Tony From Spain has gone quite" Quite what? Insane? He must have, you said he'd gone on a tipping trip, he's never tipped in his life! Most waiters steer clear of his table when he goes out for a meal!! (I'm sure you meant quiet, sssssssssshhh, nobody spotted it)
Message for Rev Hammer
Seaham, - Wednesday, November 17, 2004 at 15:50:25 (PST)
punk ."n" rock night @ the golden lion, 27th december, with top ac-dc tribute band, back in black. with support acts, on the level, (status quo). and the north east top pistols sound alikes the next pistols.
next pistols
- Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 15:48:37 (PST)
Helen of Birmingham asks if anyone remembers Billy Wood. Well I certainly remember him as I worked at Dawdon alongside him. I can vouch that he was one of the funniest guys around and recall his banter while we were all using the pit-head baths, he would have a witty answer to anyone who dared to heckle him. This was around 1938 and as I used to give shows for charity I booked Billy for a concert I was organising at Murton and can honestly say he went down a treat. He was so funny, ahead of his time in that he did not have a string of jokes up his sleeve but made it up as he went along which made him more memorable.I would like to thank Helen for a little nostalgic trip to my youth.( I am 81) Regards to Mr.& Mrs Mason.. Jimmy Gilbert.
Jimmy Gilbert
Balga, Western Australia - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 15:47:39 (PST)
Does anybody know the real reason why our troops are getting killed in Iraq? Ive heard the one about the world being a safer place without Saddam but that was about as true as Santy and the Easter Bunny.
Percy Soup
Seaham, - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 15:45:54 (PST)
I see that Tony From Spain has gone quite since telling us about his dreadful tipping trip! Lets all hope and pray that the police got him and put him in jail!
Rev Hammer
Seaham, - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 15:44:57 (PST)
Brian Greenfingers, I believe that you may be confusing Revenge with retribution, now to me the latter is acceptable in certain circumstances and he who has the "last laught etc" comes to mind.
another Seahamlad
- Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 15:44:04 (PST)
I am reseraching my family history and would be grateful to anyone for information to help piece it together. My great grandfather was Robert Turnbull b.1857 married Eliza McAndrew 1886, glass bottle finisher at the bottleworks and lived at Balm Cottage Candlish Terrace Dawdon. Robert and Eliza had three children, Adam, James and Mabel(my grandmother). Adam was a chauffer for the Londonderry's, James was in the army, Mabel married Ned Brown 1924 who worked in Dawdon Co-operative Society. They lived in the family house at Candlish Terrace. I am trying to find out about Robert Turnbull (my great grandfather) apparently he was well known locally and a strong union man. I want to find out also about my grandmother Mabel b.1900, wich school did she attend, who were her frinds? I know she looked after her father Robert after Eliza died when she was very young. Would be grateful for info on any of the above people and the history of the bottleworks.Thanks
anne <>
Lincoln, Licolnshire UK - Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 15:43:10 (PST)
To "Lizzy Dripping" Well, you know, if you take a look at the whole world, every where is at war of some kind or another. I have been away from merry old England for too long now, to suddenly pick up my life here in USA and come home to Seaham to live. 17 years is a long time to have lived in other countries other than the one where you were raised. I have become very American and use to the American way of life, that I would find it very difficult to become accustomed to the British ways again, and to the north eastern way of life. I love this country and am proud to be part of America. It is in the Bible that we are living the end times, so whether the President was re-elcted or if he was not, it does not matter who is President of this country, we are going to be at war no matter what - because we are living the end times.. we are living the prophecies of the Bible. That is not to say our world is going to go, "bing, bang, boom!" It just means we are living some! very scary and interesting and even beautiful times. Thank you for the advice though.... Have a nice day and smile! God Bless..
- Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 15:41:05 (PST)
Steven Bell, your inferences on Apes are most inappropriate,Give me an Ape for Company any time, than any of the "Lefties" like yourself and others.
Tarzan of the Apes
- Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 15:39:38 (PST)
Does anyone remember Maureen or Rita Robson of Seaham?
Angela Loum
- Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 15:38:57 (PST)
Does anyone know if there are any books or online items availble listing world war 1 dead from Seaham Harbour?Many thanks for anything
karen <>
Hyde, Cheshire - Friday, November 12, 2004 at 02:11:52 (PST)
jacqueline come home pet. America is run by a warmongering halfwit who thinks God is on his side. It will all end in tears.
Lizzy Dripping
Seaham, - Friday, November 12, 2004 at 02:10:46 (PST)
Revenge for hurts inflicted is never ultimately satisfying. When the avenger is basically a civilized person and cools down and reflects upon it, such a one usually regrets ever having contemplated it. "Revenge at first though sweet," declared Milton "Bitter ere long, back on itself recoils." What thoughts would Byron have had to say I wonder? and Seaham I know is full of good Poets.
Brian Greenfingers
- Friday, November 12, 2004 at 02:10:03 (PST)
The words of an Ex American President. Dwight D Eisenhower...............Every gun that is fired, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its labourers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity..........Where did it all go wrong?
Lyon, - Friday, November 12, 2004 at 02:09:11 (PST)
Susan, thanks for your comments, well said, but I fear your words will only provoke another predictable unchristian-like outburst from our American friend who is a self confessed right winger. I feel sure she would vote for an ape as long as it waved a republican banner. After 9/11 the whole world was with America. Now just a few years later the world seems to be turning totally anti-American. That is surely the most incredible public relations cock-up of all time. Bush’s indecent haste to get into Iraq and his indifference to most major world issues will only create more anti-Americanism. Over the past few decades America has played a huge part in world stability. It would be a real shame if the world starts seeing America as the big ‘school bully’ rather than the playground peace maker.
Steve Bell
Doncaster, - Friday, November 12, 2004 at 02:08:09 (PST)
Ed Douglas, regarding your question, I can honestly say some of the views are quite good. From some of the houses you can see the sea and from others you can see Seaham Hall, and from some you can see other houses. (But the houses themselves are a bit expensive)
answer for Ed Douglas
East Shore, - Friday, November 12, 2004 at 02:06:49 (PST)
Seahamlad, there is a rose for you, on e-card friendsreunited.
A Friend
- Monday, November 08, 2004 at 23:48:30 (PST)
I've have been looking at a new development in Seaham called East Shore Village, I believe that it is on the site of the Vane Tempest and I am would like the views of people on this development
Ed Douglas
- Monday, November 08, 2004 at 23:47:42 (PST)
Jacqueline. Bush is really into suporting women as noted by his appointment of a witch doctor."President Bush has announced his plan to select Dr. W. David Hager to head up the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee." Do a google search.This guy says that women should pray and read the bible to cure their serious illnesses.America is going back to the Dark Ages. Similar to what the Islamic extremists want.Reminds me of the Taliban and their treatment of women.It is really sad that a once great nation is sliding into a deep pit from which they may never crawl out. As a woman you should cry for our American sisters.Don't bother praying for them Bush and Hager will do that for you. Hopefully women will apreciate the prayers and recover their health. As for me I'd rather take an asprin than pray that my headache will go away.
Canada - Monday, November 08, 2004 at 23:46:56 (PST)
Past and Present.What does our future hold?An evil exists that threatens every man, woman and child of this great nation. We must take steps to insure our domestic security and protect our homeland. "- Adolph Hitler, 1922"Our first priority must always be the security of our nation… We will win this war; we'll protect our homeland"- George Bush, 1/29/2002"Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to greater danger. It works the same in any country." - Hermann Goering, The second in command of the Third Reich."These [terrorist] attacks are not inevitable. They are, however, possible, and this very fact underscores the reason we cannot live under the threat of blackmail…The terrorist threat to America and the world will be diminished the moment that Saddam Hussein is disarmed."- George W BushInteresting how history repeats it's self.Same song, different century. Will the outcome be the same?
Canada - Monday, November 08, 2004 at 23:45:58 (PST)
: I am trying to contact anyone who knows of my grandfather or any of his family, his name was William Henry Wood (Billy Wood) who was born on 30/04/1908 in Seaham Harbour, he worked at Dawdons Colliery with the pit pony's from the age of 13. His mother was Isabella who was a dressmaker and his father was William who also worked at Dawdons Colliery. He had two brothers that I know of one of which was a priest called Thomas. He was involved in a mining disaster and moved the Birmingham, West Midlands and married my grandmother in 1945. I would love to contact anyone who knows of any of the Wood family as he has 4 children, 11 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren that would love to know if we have any further family.
Birmingham, West Midlands UK - Monday, November 08, 2004 at 23:42:08 (PST)
: I am trying to contact anyone who knows of my grandfather or any of his family, his name was William Henry Wood (Billy Wood) who was born on 30/04/1908 in Seaham Harbour, he worked at Dawdons Colliery with the pit pony's from the age of 13. His mother was Isabella who was a dressmaker and his father was William who also worked at Dawdons Colliery. He had two brothers that I know of one of which was a priest called Thomas. He was involved in a mining disaster and moved the Birmingham, West Midlands and married my grandmother in 1945. I would love to contact anyone who knows of any of the Wood family as he has 4 children, 11 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren that would love to know if we have any further family.
Birmingham, West Midlands UK - Monday, November 08, 2004 at 23:43:17 (PST)
Dancing With God. When I meditated on the word Guidance, I kept seeing "dance" at the end of the word. I remember reading that doing God's will is a lot like dancing. When two people try to lead, nothing feels right. The movement doesn't flow with the music, and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky. When one person realizes that, and lets the other lead, both bodies begin to flow with the music. One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back or by pressing Lightly in one direction or another. It's as if two become one body, moving beautifully. The dance takes surrender, willingness, and attentiveness from one person and gentle guidance and skill from the other. My eyes drew back to the word Guidance. When I saw "G: I thought of God, followed by "u" and "i". "God, "u" and "i" dance." God, you and I dance. As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust that I would get guidance about my life. Once again, I became willing to let God lead. My prayer for you today is that God's blessings and mercies be upon you on this day and everyday. May you abide in God as God abides in you. Dance together with God, trusting God to lead and to guide you through each season of your life. This prayer is powerful and there is nothing attached. If God has done anything for you in your life, please share this message with someone else, for prayer is one of the best gifts we can receive. There is no cost but a lot of rewards; so let's continue to pray for one another. And I Hope You Dance.
A Friend
- Monday, November 08, 2004 at 23:39:44 (PST)
Lesely Roberts, Hi, how are you? I hope well. Well, I am not sure if you voted, but the one I wanted as President won the election. I think the majority of the American people, voted for President George W. Bush once again, not all because we agree with his foreign policies, or that we all agree with the War, but more for what he stands for. He moral integrity and convictions. His willingness to speak up for the defense of "Holy Sacrament" of a marriage between a man and a woman, and his respect for human life for the infant babies - thousands are aborted each day and years later, those women have major regrets and painful memories. The President is not afraid to speak up and say, "I am a Christian and I believe in the basic teachings and principles of the Bible. He is a President, whom I believe will indeed keep "God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. The war in Iraq is a "fine-line" discussion/debate, however, he did liberate Afghanistan and he will, eventually, liber! ate Iraq to a full Democracy. The economy here in America.... Well... Like everything, things cannot always be good and prosperous, no matter which President is in the White House, we were bound to go through a "recession." The main thing, is that President Bush does not waffle... He sticks to his convictions and that shows integrity and character. Furthermore, Laura Bush is a far more dignified Lady than Theresa Heinz Kerry. Also, we did not need a change of President while we are at War. I know you were a suporter of Kerry, but as he is not our President, perhaps we can all just put our differences aside, and all begin to support our President and our very brave men and women in teh Military who are risking their lives at War.
USA - Thursday, November 04, 2004 at 03:54:01 (PST)
Well Folks, Dubya back for another 4 years! Thats the end of the world as we know it (sic). Won't be a guest book 2008 thats for sure. Goodbye y'all
Sherwood Forester
- Thursday, November 04, 2004 at 03:52:21 (PST)
Lovely site - very helpfull
Marta <>
USA - Thursday, November 04, 2004 at 03:51:47 (PST)
tarbock, England - Thursday, November 04, 2004 at 03:50:33 (PST)
Jacqueline, your point is taken re. the Guardian, don't think many people in this area read that "left wing trashy rag" By the time this is printed we should know who your new President is, I'm sure that the American People will stand "foursquare" behind him in these troubled times.
- Thursday, November 04, 2004 at 03:49:11 (PST)
I have a lot of memories from Seaham harbour,happy and sad,i lost my father at Dawdon colliery, and my mother was durham coal queen in 1972. There names were Ralph and Susan Woodhouse,can anyone from Seaham remember them.
Ralph Woodhouse
washington, tyne and wear - Sunday, October 31, 2004 at 16:43:25 (PST)
To Jack Charlton.....I vaguely remember the names you memntioned, Ann Long and Reg Bainbridge, but they do seem to ring a bell. My kids and our grand children can't comprehend that both my wife and I were taught to swim at the Seaham Harbour Docks in the cold North Sea. The swimming club was located at the "Slope" and the changing room was an old unheated concrete stucture that was probably left over from WWII. As a kids I remember running along the north pier, timing the dash between waves and swell that crashed over the pier, until we reached the light house. We didn't even think that we could be swept off the pier, some body must have been watching over us.Regards,Ray B.
Ray Briggs
Canada - Sunday, October 31, 2004 at 16:41:58 (PST)
To the "Another Ex" I thought you were talking to me, "Jacqueline" I thought you were someone else - whoops! Sorry!! I guess you are not who I thought you were. I used the word "cat" because that particular person had a cat, named "ginger." Also, I am hoping to be this person's "Inspiration." I had just send the person an "Inspirational" thing... So, I thought, the mnessage was to me and "coded" so that I would know who it was from. Sorry I peeved you.
- Sunday, October 31, 2004 at 16:40:52 (PST)
i was in the army in 1964 posted to belize there i met a beautiful young girl iwas posted back to england we wrote i moved house lost her adress if anyone knows her please ask her to send a e mail to say she had a good life she went to canada to be a nurse my e mail is
tommy roberts
bromborough, merseyside - Saturday, October 30, 2004 at 17:10:56 (PDT)
Does anyone know the history of Ruben's/Rubeus Arcade in Church Street? I think it was created from old houses in about 1928, but don't know for sure. Any help welcome!
sarah riley <>
seaham, durham - Saturday, October 30, 2004 at 17:09:11 (PDT)
I lost my wife on the 15 sep 2004 I was given this to help me to release her.Now that i am gone release me let me go,i have so many things to see and do,you must not tie yourself to me with tears,be thankful for our years.I gave you my love,you can only much you gave me in happiness.i thank you for the love you each have shown.but now it is time that i travelled grieve awhile for me if you must,then let your grief be comforted by your trust,it is only for a time that we must part, so cherish the memories in your heart.i wont be far away,for life does go on so if you need me,call and i will come.though you cannot see or touch me, i will be near and if you listen with your heart,you will hear all my love around you soft and clear.and when you must come this way alone,i will be waiting to greet you with a smile and say; welcome home
dennis breeze <>
albion park, nsw australia - Saturday, October 30, 2004 at 17:08:13 (PDT)
Tony, is that right you have just returned from a month long tip on your boat? Or the boat was a tip after a month at sea? ps. This is a joke, don't spit you dummy and go easy on that Bacardi, all the best NTJ.
Not Thomas Johnson
- Saturday, October 30, 2004 at 17:05:57 (PDT)
Well blow my socks off! Howdy Thomas. Yes, I'm still checking in now and then, but it was Tony who informed me of your return. Where've you been, anywhere near Fuji-San? One of these days I'll get around to buying you that pint, or better still we'll get Tony to perhaps cough up enough for a half shandy each. From memory you like a pint somewhere down the Harbour, was it the Harbour View on a Thursday evening, let me know and I'll call in to say hello. All the best - Not Thomas Johnson
Not Thomas Johnson
- Saturday, October 30, 2004 at 17:05:13 (PDT)
Tony from Spain you should be ashamed of yourself, bragging about your tip! Just think of the ecological damage you will have caused to coast of Portugal by tipping rubbish for a whole month! You sinful wicked old man! I hope the Portuguese police catch up with you and throw you in prison.
Rev Hammer
- Saturday, October 30, 2004 at 17:04:16 (PDT)
With me being the "another ex" I can honestly say this;I have no idea who my alleged "friend" is supposed to be! I have to admit that that reply seems to be nothing but absolute bollocks to me!There is no cat involved in this "entry",so to speak,just people,and not those prone to childish meanderings I might add.The Ginger Goddess might want to text again to find out just how peeved I am at this crap!!
another ex
- Saturday, October 30, 2004 at 17:03:18 (PDT)
Trying to find any information on the family named Straugheir many of my family were born in the Seaham area in the C19th. many thanks.
Rob Gibbons <>
Hereford - Saturday, October 30, 2004 at 17:02:08 (PDT)
All you Lads and Lasses living new lives in differant countries. I'm glad Seaham is never far from your thoughts. I wonder if you all remembered to fill a small receptical of soil from where your roots began-Seaham, as a keepsake, after all Seaham is worth more than GOLD.
Brian Greenfingers
- Saturday, October 30, 2004 at 17:00:59 (PDT)
"Seahamlad" it is okay for the British to be friends to the Americans and stick together, and give positive advise, but the letters received from the British leftist newspaper, "The Guardian" were encouraging Ohio residence in Clarke Country to vote for Senator John Kerry. I would not call that "friendly advice" or "sticking together?" Would you?
- Saturday, October 30, 2004 at 17:00:17 (PDT)
To Ray Briggs-That Scotch team was Shotts and you missed the best diver out Miss Ann Long.Can you remember Reg Bainbridge I think he was team captain about that time.
Jack Charlton
Seaham, Durham - Saturday, October 30, 2004 at 16:59:31 (PDT)
Welcome back Thomas good to hear from you yes N.T.J. is still around,and I'am thoroughly enjoying my time in Spain,I have just returned from a month long tip on my boat from Portugal,had a great time.Where have you been for such a long period?
Tony from Spain
Espana, - Wednesday, October 27, 2004 at 06:19:21 (PDT)
Its really nice to be back home in Seaham after a lengthy trip abroad, nice also to see the Guestbook still going, is my "namesake" and Tony frm Spain still around? Tony Laddie hope youre enjoying your retirement in Sunny Spain
Thomas Johnson
- Sunday, October 24, 2004 at 16:07:56 (PDT)
Old Grey Beard, go back to sleep Old Boy, you need it! you know it makes sense.
- Sunday, October 24, 2004 at 16:07:06 (PDT)
To Jim Shaw.....I grow up in Seaham Harbour,Deneside and New Seaham. Tony from Spain and I were buddies in our teenage years and were both members of the Dawdon Colliery Swimming Club. I remember watching the National Diving Team, including Charmain Welsh and Brian Phelps, practicing at the pool. Both Tony and myself played water polo for the club and I can also recall a swimming club from Scotland competing with the Dawdon Club. I've just emailed a photograph of the Dawdon Swimming Club to Tony from Spain if you would like me to email it to you please contact me at my email address.
Ray Briggs <>
Canada - Sunday, October 24, 2004 at 16:06:34 (PDT)
To the Other "Jacqueline" Well... okay, okay, you may have some validation to your response to me. My mother always did tell me that the Americans just jumped in to help us when they were attacked at Pearl Harbor, previous to that attack, America was not involved in assisting Europe during WW2. Well, at least I do not mind admitting when I make a "Bloob!" Have a nice day!
- Sunday, October 24, 2004 at 16:04:57 (PDT)
ASCOT, BERKS UK - Sunday, October 24, 2004 at 16:04:04 (PDT)
It looks like British troops(all 850 of them) will be in danger once they come in range of American guns in Bagdad. Friendly-fire is one of their specialities as we found out just befor Sadam was deposed
- Sunday, October 24, 2004 at 16:02:37 (PDT)
I disagree very strongly Jacqueline. Who the President is makes a big difference to Europe. When a president is incapable of having any kind of rapport with other heads of state, it matters. As you have never been home in donkey's years you wouldn't know how weak the dollar is to foreign currency as a result of poor foreign policy. When my family was over this summer the exchange rate for them was so good it was like they were visiting a 3rd world country with what their pound would buy.Also for such a well brought up rich guy, Bush had only left the USA 3 times before he was made president, I'm sorry to say that he is a Texas hick in a well made suit. And he is not above his own tricks, I find it really annoying that he uses our troops to go into areas of Iraq that are not our responsibility so that he can make US casualty numbers look better in the last few days of his election campaign. I'd take a real veteran of war like Kerry over a texan trying to make up for what his daddy didn't accomplish 12 years earlier.
Lesley Roberts <>
Phoenix, Arisona USA - Sunday, October 24, 2004 at 16:01:54 (PDT)
Ms Markie...Decide once and for all what you want to be and stop being so contradictive. One minute you are mouthing off at people on here professing that you have a right to "FILL UP " our guestbook because this is where you are from, then the next minute you are having a go for the "BRITS meddling in YOUR U.S. elections. Please make your mind up which country you belong to. ( I have my preference, but i'll keep it to myself ). Anyway it's quite funny that you are getting upset at the Brits trying to influence the U.S. elections, Correct me if I'm wrong but hasn't Mr Bush and all his friends tried to influence the rest of the world? Iraq, the obvious one that springs to mind. Rightly or wrongly, he has virtually decided who is going to govern that country. So please think in future or maybe just direct your comments at some U.S.A. local town guestbook. After all that does seem to be your country now. Ok rant over.
again again again
- Sunday, October 24, 2004 at 15:59:45 (PDT)
Thanks, George Baker, in Canada, for the info on your cousin, Dorothy Reay. I heard she got married - to a merchant mariner. Any more news, anyone?
George Martin
- Sunday, October 24, 2004 at 15:58:31 (PDT)
Jacqueline, you ask "What is with the "Brits" trying to influence our Election?" With respect I would point out to you that the election of the President of the U.S. is of course the business of the People of the U.S. but it is also of great concern to everyone in the Free World and of course that includes us "Brits" its not as though we're asking for a vote in the matter, but I believe friends should stick together and advise each other on matters of "mutual concern" I would dearly love to see Geoge Bush re-elected as I believe also that he is the best Man to represent America AND the Free World. we need a strong Man in the post of President, not some wooly haired, Liberal, who would present a soft set of options to the Terrorist threats.
- Sunday, October 24, 2004 at 15:57:40 (PDT)
It took me a few hours to figure it out, but I once knew a female cat very well named "Ginger" and I like to think I can be an "Inspiration." If that is you, dr. Thank you for the message.
friend of "another ex"
- Saturday, October 23, 2004 at 09:50:14 (PDT)
Jacqueline, the American veiw of history is very one sided and should not believe everything you read in the newspapers. You have to remember that the British as well as Americans were fighting Japan and Germany. America did not just suddenly stand up and say "Oh dear it looks like the Limies are getting a kicking,I know I'll help my old pal Britain across the pond!" Remember also that by the U.S.A where on the attack in Europe the Russians where also inflicting massive damage on the Nazis. So tell your Yank mates that if if was not for us Brits you would all be eating raw fish and watching Godzilla movies without sub titles!BONZI!!
Seaham, - Saturday, October 23, 2004 at 09:49:12 (PDT)
for gods sake jaqueline sort yourself out girl, get a bit of fun in your life. iam afraid seaham lad sounds like a old man/ no good. Talk to the your nun friends i am sure they will find you a man , bound to happen with all their contacts. ps take up surfing babe you might find a bloke at last, you sound frustrated.
old grey beard
- Saturday, October 23, 2004 at 09:48:00 (PDT)
Hi,im looking for my ginger goddess,who may,or may not have,a hectic schedule at the moment.You know who you are.Thanks for the inspiration an ex!
another ex
- Thursday, October 21, 2004 at 03:46:29 (PDT)
What is with the "Brits" trying to influence our Election? I have never heard anything like this before! It is outrages! Americans never meddle in British Elections. Hey, like I have said before, if we knew a third of what our govenments keep from us, we would not be voting for any candidate... but, as it is, we have to vote. I am voting for President George W. Bush. He may not be perfect, he has made human errors, as we all do. But, hey, I trust the President more than I trust John Kerry. Also, lets face it, as I have said before, what President has ever served his 4 years in office where he has done everything so perfect and so pleasing to the entire nation and world? Any President, at this point, walking into the White House, can not fix all what we need fixing in our country and on foreign issues, within four years - Our World, has gone way too far down the drain pipes. It will take a good Christian President who has the faith, and respect for God, for morals,! for marriage between a "husband and wife" and respect for human life, to even try to begin to fix our country which is in "Spiritual Poverty." I pray that President Bush is relected. AS one Ohio Newspaper said, "If it was not for the Americans stepping in to help Europe (and Britian)in WW2 we would all be speaking German and under Adolf Hitler - and if we had John Kerry as President then, we would be surrendered to the Nazi regime.
- Thursday, October 21, 2004 at 03:45:49 (PDT)
I AM trying tok find a friend who went to live in Calgary.I belive he became mayor.His name is KENNETH LESLEY BALIFF.I hope to visit him next year .His cousins BILLY HUGHES was married to my sister BETTY.Thank you. My nsme is MICHAEL COUSINS
michael cousins <>
liverpool, mersyside england - Thursday, October 21, 2004 at 03:44:17 (PDT)
Martin Brown, Dorothy Reay is my cousin. The only information I have, as we have lost touch over the years, is that she married a Kenneth Sidney in 1956.
george baker <:>
brampton, canada - Thursday, October 21, 2004 at 03:42:14 (PDT)
hey loved the website, and i hope you can add some more photos soon!
James Riise
Seaham, uk - Thursday, October 21, 2004 at 03:40:34 (PDT)
happy birthday mam, for today,miss u more than words can say, i love u. look at your pic every nite, look after us, i mean hilary,me i,m beyoned it, but i DO LOVE U MARGARET?(NEE PLOWES) ROBINSON)
bristol, uk - Thursday, October 21, 2004 at 03:39:11 (PDT)
i loved the site, i miss home alot but go home offten, dose anyone know the where abouts of chris waterworth of ford astate he lived at 85 front street had a big family he wil be about 57 years of age now he was my first love, linda
bristol, uk - Thursday, October 21, 2004 at 03:38:21 (PDT)
Gary Carver, you could start by studying the 1901 census which is online, the following came up in seconds, (David Carver age 9 Durham Seaham Harbour Durham Dawdon)
- Thursday, October 21, 2004 at 03:37:15 (PDT)
To "Now in the real world" That was really not a nice message for myself or "seahamlad." This guest-book can be made fun, of we all have a clean sense of humor. I mean, think about it... what else are we to use it for? Not many people write in regarding information about their ancestors, or seeking friends. So, it is always fun to 'spice' up the guest-book once in a while. This G/B is for everyone, and for those of us who grew up in the town and moved away. There is no need for any one to become "slanderous" of people's names, or make direct rude comments. We all should just "get along" and be friends. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but one's opinion does not mean that particular opinion is either right or wrong and people using this G/B should not get all miffed about about it. This guest book is especially fun for those of us who are not yet married, or/and still embracing single-hood. Being single, means you can often have more time on your hands w! ithout worrying about the children, or a spouse, or "this or that." Therefore, instead of scoping out other websites that may not be good for one's spirituality or otherwise, it is always fun to just scope out Seaham G/B. Yes, there are many, in fact hundreds of other stimulating, intellectual and educational websites to research, I enjoy the Political sites and missionary sites as well as reasearching parts of Africa and some medical stuff, but,hey, if I want to just scope out some fun stuff, reading the Seaham G/B can be entertaining too. The fact that "Seahamlad" and I enjoy each others company via the G/B is our business. We know our history and we know this is the best way for us to communicate and have some fun - Until each of us find the one God has waiting for us, Seahamlad and myself, enjoy our freedom to communicate - We go back 26 years of knowing each other. "Now in the real world" don't be upset, just ignore the two of us (Seahamlad and myself) and enjoy the G! /B with other contributors. Take care all.... Your G/B friend... Jacqueline
- Thursday, October 14, 2004 at 16:45:21 (PDT)
Dorothy Reay. I believe she went to Seaham Girl's Grammar School, then was a lab technician at Boldon. A friend of a girl called Dorothy Rowntree, who also lived on the avenue. But what happened to her? Where is she now? I, too, would like to know.
An ex
London, - Thursday, October 14, 2004 at 16:43:08 (PDT)
Now who knows of Alan Gordon, went to Camden Square School, worked in the parks department, played football for Seaham Colliery Juniors, cica 1948-50. A good pal I would like to meet again, if possible. Let me know, please.
His goalkeeper and team bus s
Surrey England - Thursday, October 14, 2004 at 16:42:18 (PDT)
I am the son of a former Seaham resident David Carver (born1928)his father was David Lewis Carver (died 1936) and his mother Lilian.Recently he has been trying to tie-up some loose ends of family history.I'm a bit vague on detail because i want to surprise him with any info.In particular he would like to know anything about his relative known as Polly Carver.If this name rings a bell from the early 1900'si would be grateful for a reply.
Gary Carver
- Thursday, October 14, 2004 at 16:40:50 (PDT)
- Thursday, October 14, 2004 at 16:40:01 (PDT)
Anyone seen or heard of nee Dorothy Reay, formerly of 25 The Avenue, Deneside, Seaham. Living there certainly in 1950-53. Age now 71
Martin Brown <>
Sidcup, Kent England - Thursday, October 14, 2004 at 06:41:17 (PDT)
Seahamlad, You're right, I can apologise and do so unresevedly. I apologise to all other guestbook readers too! I am sorry I ever strayed upon this sad place and am even more sorry that I intruded into the seahamlad/jaqueline online love affair. In future I shall confine my internet activities to websites which actually enrich my life, but hey guys! thanks for reminding me what not to do with my life
Now in the real world
- Thursday, October 14, 2004 at 06:40:08 (PDT)
Would Denis Smart who contacted me about my brother Brian Foulds please write to me again as Brian isn't on the Internet anymore and therefore doesn't have an e-mail address. I will need to give him Brians address and telephone number instead.
Valerie Burrow <>
Norwich, Norfolk England - Thursday, October 14, 2004 at 06:39:19 (PDT)
I am trying to locate June Richardson of Seaham who was a member of the WRAC and served in Singapore in the 1960's.
- Thursday, October 14, 2004 at 06:38:03 (PDT)
Dear Sir I am managing the production of Les Miserables for Seaham and District Youth Theatre, in February 2005. As part of the set we require some lobster pots. I would appreciate if you could suggest someone I could contact, whom I could borrow them off. Your help in this matter would be very much appreciated. Thanks Richard AyreStage ManagerSeaham Youth Theatre
Richard Ayre
- Thursday, October 14, 2004 at 06:37:28 (PDT)
I'm glad people can remember and say Manny Shinwell's name with feeling-Great Man. God gave me faith in myself,not only on days when I'm going great and winning and nothing seems impossible. No matter how many people discourage me, doubt me, laugh at me, warn me. I hear that other voice urging me on to victory. If nobody else in this world gives a darn or belives in me, let me belive in myself. Sounds like something Manny could have written or maybe I just did!
Brian Greenfingers
- Sunday, October 10, 2004 at 17:10:18 (PDT)
These constant, awful damnable sex-ads polluting the Guest Book, reminds me of Terrorisum in another form. The perpetrators of these ads should be caged in a cyber prison where there is no escape.
Brian Greenfingers
- Sunday, October 10, 2004 at 17:09:23 (PDT)
Mum-of-two Jean Hamilton, of Seaham,is swapping her quiet home life for the rocky Peruvian mountains in a bid to raise money to fight Alzheimer's Disease. She is undertaking the gruelling 10-day Inca Trail trek to raise the money. You can find out more in the newly constituted Harbour News & Events. There is a link at the top of the Guestbook page. Please help if you can.
Ed Mason
Seaham, County Durham UK - Sunday, October 10, 2004 at 03:09:42 (PDT)
I'm glad people can remember and say Manny Shinwell's name with feeling-Great Man. God gave me faith in myself,not only on days when I'm going great and winning and nothing seems impossible. No matter how many people discourage me, doubt me, laugh at me, warn me. I hear that other voice urging me on to victory. If nobody else in this world gives a darn or belives in me, let me belive in myself. Sounds like something Manny could have written or maybe I just did!
Brian Greenfingers
- Sunday, October 10, 2004 at 02:13:31 (PDT)
"Rev Hammer" I am not 40 either.. or in my 40th year. Anyway,.... just heard that the British hostage either has, or is going to face the same fate as the other American hostages and sadly be beheaded. I am so sad at all of this evil behavior that is going on, especially toward the Americans and the British. I feel so bad that I was one of the ones who supported this war. I think Saddam needed to be removed, but, now was it worth it? Are we indeed safer? Or if he was still in power in Iraq, would we still be in this predictament? Iran has already said they have nukes, North Korea is not backing down or corporating, Syria is treading "thin-ice".... We are in a huge mess, I think. I am hoping that President Bush will be relected, I am voting for him, only because I think he can still do a better job than Senator John Kerry and the President does speak up for moral issues. I think it is important for our country, (USA) to keep those Judeo-Christian values, morals and ! principles, that I am not sure John Kerry would stick by. Quite frankly, I am not sure at this point if any President could fix what we need fixing in our country or on foreign policies. I just hope the out come of the election will not bring more terror or more be-headings of Americans and British. Though, we still need and MUST support all of our troops and keep in mind there are not just American and British troops in Iraq. Hope all is well with everyone.... Lets pray very hard for PEACE!
USA - Friday, October 08, 2004 at 17:09:51 (PDT)
"Now in the real world" If you don't enjoy reading this Guestbook, why do you read it? One thing I am sure of is that you're not Tony Blair, he can't say sorry, but you can.
- Friday, October 08, 2004 at 17:08:01 (PDT)
Jim Robinsopn
Taupo, - Friday, October 08, 2004 at 17:07:14 (PDT)
Jacqueline, always ignore bum-advice as per Hammer(Rev?)
Brian Greenfingers
- Friday, October 08, 2004 at 17:06:07 (PDT)
I would like to say Hello to a girl who was in my class at hendon school. She was then called Dorothy Newton and the last I heard she was living in Seaham.Another girl from our class met Dorothy only recently in Church St and they had a chat. My name at school was Ann Pike and I would love if anyone could help me find Dorothy.I return to Sunderland quite often and when I do , the girls from our class have a get together.We would all love to hear from Dorothy. Regards from Ann Hansen (Pike)
ann hanson
banora Point, NSW AUSTRALIA - Friday, October 08, 2004 at 17:05:30 (PDT)
In about 1950, My Father Eric PIKE was best man at the wedding of a couple named Nonie and Bob,I think their surname was Ditchfield.They were married in the Catholic Church near Harbour Walk.They emigrated to Australia soon after.Does anyone have any information about this couple
ann hanson <annmackem @ austarnet . com.aua>
banora Point, NSW Australia - Friday, October 08, 2004 at 17:04:09 (PDT)
Hi, I'm interesting in contacting anyone researching Huntrods in the 19th century in Seaham and Daleton le Dale,especially relating to the Sharp family.
Peter Manning <>
Gillingham, Kent England - Friday, October 08, 2004 at 17:02:26 (PDT)
Now now ye of Mansfield, begorra begorra. I'll have ye know this G.B. holds me and the many spellbound. Now it's obvious your worried about the future? Well my advice is simply this: Deal with only one link in the chain of destiny at a time my boy, and may you have manny sons and may your camels have many humps. And good-by.
Brian Greenfingers
- Thursday, October 07, 2004 at 08:29:38 (PDT)
Jacqueline now you are in your 40th year isn't it about time you got married and settled down instead of being a God botherer.
Rev Hammer
Seaham, - Thursday, October 07, 2004 at 08:28:49 (PDT)
Sorry Seahamlad but I agree with "Now in Mansfield". The guest book may be enjoyed, but only by a handful. Why don't yourself and the mad woman from America conduct your clandestine tryst in private? I think you confuse other readers with people who actually give a toss! Ed I'm really surprised you allow them to do it on to speak.
Now in the real world
- Thursday, October 07, 2004 at 08:28:01 (PDT)
How was your Harvest in Seaham? Did you dig a hole in your Harvest of thoughts? Into it put all your disilusions, disapointments, regrets, worries, troubles, doubts and fears and-forget. Cover well with the earth of fruitfulness,water it from the well of contentment. Sow on top again the seeds of hope, courage, strength, patience and Love. Then when the time of gathering comes, may your Harvest be a rich and plentiful one.
Brian Greenfingers
- Thursday, October 07, 2004 at 08:27:10 (PDT)
"Seahamlad" Well, maybe I am a little naive or maybe "American Ditsy"... But, I thought the last contribution from you, saying "look me up" was actually from you.... If it was not from you, oh well, I fell for someone playing a "crank" joke on the two of us.... But, I do remember the last time I saw you, very well indeed... and according to Andrea Spurr, you are even more good looking now at almost 38 than when you were a teenager. Have a great day!
- Thursday, October 07, 2004 at 08:26:27 (PDT)
HITCHEN, HERTFORDSHORE - Saturday, October 02, 2004 at 16:53:38 (PDT)
To "Now in Mansfield" Seaham will always be on the map! and this is not a sad little Guestbook, its greatly enjoyed by Seahamlads and Lasses Worldwide, now I must get my AA guidebook out and find out just where Mansfield is? Jacqueline I'm sure you can work out which contributions are genuine.
- Saturday, October 02, 2004 at 16:52:09 (PDT)
My parents Eric and Bessie Pike lived first of all in Church St where my Dad worked for the Prudential Insurance.They were both members of Church St Methodist church along with my youger brother Ian.They then moved to Corcyra St until 1962 when my Mum passed away.I would like to say hello to anyone who remembers them.I would also like to say hello to an old friend called Joan who I worked at Cosmos with , in S/land.She came from Parkside and married a lad called Billy Black in about 1958/9.Also to a boy (a man now) called David Stephenson who lived on the Avenue at Deneside.We met at a Sunday school camp at Marske about 1952, there was a few of us all hung around together for the week we were there.I now live in Australia, and to all who may remeber me or the family I would like to say "Hello".Best wishes from Ann (Pike) Hansen
ann hanson <>
banora Point, new south wales australia - Saturday, October 02, 2004 at 16:51:20 (PDT)
"Seahamlad" it is not that easy to look you up. Would love to visit with you though. It has been Since 1988 when I last saw you very briefly in church street. I remember distinctly.... You were passing that Newspaper agent store that was once owned, I think by Denise Corner's parents. I think it was called "Green....?" Or "Greenwoods" Or Something like that..... It was next to what was "Woolworths." Anyway, you were walking up past that store, it would have been on your right, toward going back up church street, toward the Church. I was walking down the street and I past you. I REMEMBER SO WELL INDEED!!!! You were still tall, dark hair, magnificant green eyes and a great smile! You were wearing Jeans and a denim jacket.... Now how is that for a memory?!!! That was 16 1/2 years ago..... I have an excellent memory for details. I think you and I would have some great discussions and hours of fun, laughter and lots of great smiles - Skipping down "memory lane." Nice t! o dream..... Maybe one day.... But, if I ever marry, before we visit, the visit would have to be a little short. I have adopted a "Nun" as my pray person, to pray for me to find a good husband. I give donations and she prays for me to find a good husband - so we will just "wait and see" - God has me being single for a reason... Anyway, need to skoot... Bye Sweetie... take care and God Bless....
- Saturday, October 02, 2004 at 16:49:13 (PDT)
Publicity for local groups and performers: Local groups (bands, community, sports and charities) and individual performers may advertise their events and news items on the Harbour News & Events page for a trial period of six months. You'll find details at
Ed Mason <>
Seaham, Co. Durham Uk - Saturday, October 02, 2004 at 16:05:17 (PDT)
Ms Markie, thanks for your kind words to me. I took the advice of some of the other guestbookers and kept quiet for a while, apart from one or two posts under various aliases. How have you been keeping recently my little poppet. Its really good to hear from you again. It kinda brightens up my day. Next time you are in good old England, I seem to remember you mentioning that your Class of '85 should hold a 20 year reunion which would be next year, look me up and we can have some fun together. Oh and some meaningful discussions that would get rudely interupted by the uneducated people on this message board. Lub ya ;)
- Friday, October 01, 2004 at 16:06:04 (PDT)
Born Seaham 1952. Worked as a fireman in Newcastle & Sunderland 1970 - 1980. Migrated to Australia 1980. Would like to catch up with anyone who remembers me & is interested in communicating.
Malcolm Kennedy <>
Langwarrin, Victoria Australia - Friday, October 01, 2004 at 16:05:05 (PDT)
Hi, I have a lot of information on the name Toft(living in Dawdon ) from around mid 1880's to early 1900. Anyone interested please email Pat
Pat <Tyen 7 Wear>
Sunderland, - Friday, October 01, 2004 at 16:03:25 (PDT)
Thanks you for your kind wishes Jacqueline, God bless you too and indeed he has!
- Friday, October 01, 2004 at 16:02:28 (PDT)
Harry, You can be complimentary when you turn your mind to it, a bit like the proverbial Parson's egg, but its a start in the right direction! You suggest I should ask around for words to call you, don't need to do I? after all you are a legal Beagle of sorts! -- enough said,
- Friday, October 01, 2004 at 16:01:59 (PDT)
My goodness! Was brought up and went to Northlea School from 63 to 70 and always had fond memories of the place. What the hell is going on? If this is the best the old place can do, there's no hope. Jacqueline, Seahamlad, Harry, who seem to have such sad existences that they live and dream this sad website, Brian Greenfingers, get a life mate! I think the next print of the AA road atlas will miss Seaham off altogether. Reminds me of the film Deliverance Keep the banjos tuned !
Now in Mansfield
- Friday, October 01, 2004 at 16:01:14 (PDT)
"Seahamlad" thank you again,f or the kind things you have to say about me - you are ever so sweet. I do wish our G/B woudl get back to normal, Ed e-mailed me and explained to me about what is going on with all this 'spam' mail etc... Anyway, glad you are well. Look forward to eharing some of your thoughts on our election debates... God Bless..... Jacqueline.
- Friday, October 01, 2004 at 15:59:56 (PDT)
Im still looking for info on happy the mans next gigorgy!!if anyone see's that word again remember you seen it here first
#1 fan
- Wednesday, September 29, 2004 at 07:37:51 (PDT)
Hi, I am an old Seham Girl and remember it with great love.Can anyone help me trace my cousins, Wilfred, Barry and George Clark of Parkside. Their dad was Wilfred Clark and mother Sofia Foster.Also trying to trace Margaret and Ethel Foster daughters of Alfred Foster.
Christine Lombardo <>
Wellingborough, Northhanys Britain - Wednesday, September 29, 2004 at 07:37:12 (PDT)
Seahamlad, Thanks for the offer but my eyes are fine. You will be the first to know if they do become sick though.
again etc
- Wednesday, September 29, 2004 at 07:35:44 (PDT)
What a fantastic site. My Father was born in Seaham Harbour, but moved to newcastle upon tyne when he was quite young. to be able to see where he was born was fantastic. Why did they ever move over here?
miss green <>
newcastle upon tyne, tynesise - Wednesday, September 29, 2004 at 07:35:06 (PDT)
Lytham, Lancs UK - Wednesday, September 29, 2004 at 07:33:51 (PDT)
Seahamlad...Your pseudo American friend no doubt has the spiritual and selfless qualities of Mother Theresa, but does she need to bore us with such mindnumblingly excerpts of her daily life. I applaud her for her good work, she does something I do not and she deserves much credit for it. Jacqueline you have my admiration. Seahamlad...I can't say anything about you I'm afraid because I can't motivate myself into infant mode to call you anything. "plonker", I like that Seahamlad. Maybe if you ask a grown-up, he might give you more words to call me when I make you cry.
- Wednesday, September 29, 2004 at 07:32:10 (PDT)
Wearside is BLOOMING according to the Sunderland echo. Well done Wearside. I hate the correct spelling of Butiful and I hate Political correctness too. BLOOM ON ye butiful bloomers. I used to have drift-wood fires on the blast beach, perhaps a few pot-plants along the shore now.
Brian Greenfingers
- Wednesday, September 29, 2004 at 07:30:50 (PDT)
"Seahamlad!" Where have you been hiding all this time - so nice to see your contributions once again. Hoep you are doing well. God Bless... from Jacqueline
- Wednesday, September 29, 2004 at 07:30:00 (PDT)
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again etc, I have a Friend who is a sickeyeatrist (can't spell Psychiatrist) whom I can put you "in touch" with
- Saturday, September 25, 2004 at 17:05:35 (PDT)
Was I surprised to find this Jem of a web page.My name is Colin Parker and from 1958 to 1960 I worked as an apprentice Blacksmith at the Seaham Harbour Dock Co I left my employment there to join the Army, after 9 years service as a regular soldier I took my discharge. migrated to Australia in 1970 and have been here since.Jacky Andrews and Jock Kyle were the Blacksmiths I worked with at the Docks so if anyone Knows them or others from that time frame I would love to hear from you. Best Wishes to whom ever reads this
Colin Parker
Seville Grove, Western Australia Australia - Saturday, September 25, 2004 at 17:05:01 (PDT)
Thanks Ed Mason, the mention on your events and news pages looks fine to me.
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Seaham, USA - Saturday, September 25, 2004 at 17:03:12 (PDT)
Brian Greenfingers, that was so beautiful - Thank you! I loved your posting....
- Saturday, September 25, 2004 at 17:00:12 (PDT)
This email is sent for all who new my sister Susan O'Connor, sadly she passed away Mar. 30 2004. I know she had a friend named Pauline Gustard, my Aunt Vera Taylor still lives in Seaham and if you know her you could pass on this message. Sue had a lung transplant 2 year's previous and was 52 at the time of her death. Possibly someone remembers our family, Mother Doris O'Connor who I remember having a jumble sale for the families of the lifeboat disaster and always helped anyone she could. My father David Joseph O'Connor, worked at the Dawdon Pit, both have previously passed. My brother Tony is still living as is my sister Val. All the best to the people and place I still call home, Kevin O'Connor
Kevin O;Connor <>
Victoria, British Columbia Canada - Thursday, September 23, 2004 at 15:13:27 (PDT)
To English thro and thro my brain is not intellectually taxed, but if Labour get in again it will be. At 17.5%!
The Captain
Seaham, - Thursday, September 23, 2004 at 15:11:04 (PDT)
I am trying to track Paul Reynolds down and would love to hear from anyone who knew him or knows where he may be now. He'd be about 50, used to live at 79 Sidecliffe Road, Roker then moved to Back Princess Road, Seaham in the mid 70's. We were at Liver pool Uni together '72 - '76 and went to all of the 73 cup run games together, but I lost contact with him when we left Liverpool. Thanks to anyone who can help.
Mike Tivnen <>
Teddington, Middlesex UK - Thursday, September 23, 2004 at 12:47:57 (PDT)
Jacqueline: I would like to write to you but haven't got your email address. Could you send it please.
Ed Mason <>
Seaham, UK -
Thank you Mr Mason
The GB Pollis
Is there life after death? Well, a certain captin of industry once invited his local Preist to dinner and asked that same question. Only the two of them sat and dined in the rich man's plush dining room. Later, after the port and brandy, the rich man said to the Preist. "I've got everything a man could want in life as you see by my home and surroundings and now I've reached a certain age, what I want to know is; is there life after death?" The Preist thought for a moment then said, "Take a pre-natal baby, tucked under his Mother's heart. Suppose someone came to that baby and said, You can't stay here long, soon you'll die out of this life and be born into another life. To which the baby may remonstreaght, I do not want to be born into another life as you put it, I'm happy here, I'm warm and comfortable and well fed. But ofcourse, the baby is born. So, what dose he find? He looks up into the butiful face of his mother as she lovingly cradles him in her arms. Th! e baby thinks, "What a fool I was, this is a wonderful place I've come to." So comes the magic of childhood and the eventual growing up into a man who marries and has children of his own. The years pass, he grows old and someone comes to him and says: "You have not long to stay here now, soon you will die and be born into another life. The man will say, "But I do'nt want to die, I want to spend time with my grandchildren, I like the sun on my face, the soft snow under my feet in winter." But he dose die, so what dose he find? He finds himself cradled once more in loving arms, he looks up into a face more butiful than the first one all those years ago. he says, "This is a wonderful place, here I will stay forever."
Brian Greenfingers
again etc, youre right also, in that you would never post a serious comment on these hallowed pages, but you need to look elsewhere for your "doppelganger"
Harry, why don't you take your own advice and start talking and writing in a normal manner? If you stop acting like a Plonker, I'll stop calling you one! You should learn a little humility, Jacqueline is a fine example to us all, she is a true Christian person and like a good Christian knows how to turn away wrath, yes Harry, with your temperament, you'd probably make a good, but alas typical typecast Lawyer
Jacqueline -- If you are not going to answer Harry, What was all that drivel. Must you comment on every item in the news? We have read it all in the papers and written, I must say, by much more competant writers than you. Why don't you just stick to bragging about your so-called exciting life in the U.S.A. we are all dying to hear about your next trip.
Hi I am looking for any family connections to Seaham/Harbour for the Snowball, Reay and Stones families. Michael & Ellen Reay circa 1875 onwards, James Reay their son, my g grandfather. William & Frances Snowball (nee Stones) circa 1871 Seaham Harbour Look forward to hearing from anyone with these connections. Best Wishes Sue
sue <>
Australia, -
Advice for the Captain, go back to reading the Dandy and the Beano old chap, they won't be so intellectually taxing for your brain
English thro and thro
Pealla Makah, aka seahamlad, I don't really care about others using my nickname. My last message wasn't meant to be serious, hence the :) at the end. I did think it was strange though using someone elses nickname so that you could post a reply to your own comments..If nobody replies ( apart from Ms Markie obviously ) then it probably means that they are not interested in your posting.So just move on to your next riveting post :)
again again again again again
Its not a nice thing when your pen-name is used by others is it?in your case again again again, two things spring to mind! Kettle calling the frying pan black.
Pealla Makah
Thank you for enlightening me on the concentration camp issue. But I still think the Nazi’s got their ideas from what we did to the Dutch in Africa. It is a credit to the people of Holland that they have forgiven us when you look back at those times and fully understand just what monsters the British army were.
The Captain
Seaham, -
Shaun & Longy so called ex Happy the Man ? Gusling Guitar can swallow more than both of you old hippies together, and that's when he is playing. you two hippies probably stay sober and sing 20 songs with different names that all sound the same and make on you have had 12 pints at the end of the night. Oh sweet caroline !!!!? LONG LIVE PUNK
Gusling Guitars
Seaham, -
Although I am a big fan I have to admit that Happy the Man DO NOT write all of their own material!!Plagiarism (have i spelled that rite?) is part of their MO.I also have to admit that I have witnessed Dave getting drank under the table!!!!Although as he went under,the ginger keyboard player copped off with another member of the band!!Happy days indeed!
#1 fan
"Harry" I am not even going to answer you, because you and I are two completely different individuals. I have a faith and believe in God the Father, God the son and God the Holy Spirit and you do not. Therefore, very rarely are we going to agree with each other, or see things "eye-to-eye." Our lives are very different, not because of where we live, or our chosen career, but of the different views we both hold on the subject of God and Faith and Prayer. Anyway, I hope you have a nice day... and Smile! :-)
English thro and thro - talk sense man!
Peter G
Easington, -
Those autum leaves swish by my window, those autum leaves of red and gold... What a lovley time of year for standing on your head and cocking a snook at traffic wardens or sitting on the outside lav and thinking I wish I'd built a roof on here. The local Council take away my garden waste for a small fee-great service, instead of tipping it myself. By the way, you armchair polititions, may you have many sons and may your camels have many humps.
Brian Greenfingers

The Captain is wrong, concentration camps were used by the Romans during their occupation of England and Wales and we English were certainly not the first to use them. They had a different answer to the Scots, they bult a wall to keep them out! pity they didn't build it a lot higher!
English thro and thro
ARGH someone is nicking my guestbook name.. I would never post a serious comment like the following " Seahamlad, is that the same Manny Shinwell who was a conscientious objector in WW1 and Minister of War in WW2? again again again" My guess is that it's Seahamlad, so that he can have a debate with himself, and if loads of people respond it will be a mass d..... No sorry, I won't go there :)
again again again
Jacqueline..the world won't be sugar coated because you said a prayer today. God does not stop terrorists killing innocent people. God does not stop children dying of cancer. God will not prevent terrorists carring out more dreadful acts of cruel violence. I know you are "married" to God Jacqueline...but we really are sick of hearing you pray for everyone and how such a goody two shoes you are, just shut up luv and give other people a chance to write "normal" things. Why dont you just email Seahamlad and talk about God and your evangelical crusade and give the rest of us a break because we're a bit sick of it.
Jacqueline what do you mean by your statement “If I where Black I would not work for a white family”?!!? What in God’s name does it matter what colour you are, for whom you work and what colour you employers are!
The Captain
Seaham, -
To Shaun of Chester-le-Street I am afraid you must be mistaken we have never heard of you. You must be thinking of some other band. Because you see,Happy the Man write and perform our own material, where as the bands you claim to be a member of are hero worshipping (look at me I think I am Rick Parfitt of Status Quo) cover bands. A sort of ABBA tribute band if you will. We could not and would not allow someone so talentless into our fold. Have a nice day.
Happy the Man
Happy The Man Land, -
I am a former member of Gabby Johnsons Men, who later evolved into Happy the Man.... I now play in Back in Black, an ac/dc tribute and On the Level, a Status Quo tribute band...and can I say that I look younger than all of the past and current members put together...and i can and have, Drank Happy the mans singer (you know who you are Dave...doh!)under the table on more than one occasion.......and I still look younger than him... :-) P.S. Although I do know that Dave has on occasion drank longy under the table....fancy that ...!
Chester le street, -
"Captian".... Thank you for the educational information. Much appreciated, as I was indeed unaware that it was the British who invented the concentration camps. I do know that it was not just the white Americans who brought the Africans over on chains from Africa to be slaves in America (it was also the British.) The Americans and the British broke up the African tribel families only to strip away their own human dignity and to have them as slaves. How sad! Though, the same happened to the Native American Indians too. Still in the southern parts of USA people have black nannies and housekeepers. If I were black, no way would I work for a white family as a housekeeper or nanny. The south, particular Georgia and Alabama are still very racial toward the black; I think it is a disgrace!
Yesterday of all days,(September 11th) there were protests in New York protesting the war on terror/war in Iraq. I think yesterday,should have been a reminder of why we are at war with the terrorist. Almost 3,000 people were killed in an act of terror 3 years ago for no reason at all. War was raged on our country for no reason, and war was raged on Christians and Jews and other western cultures. In Russia the terrorists purposely targeted 350 innocent children. What if we chose not to fight back? What if we chose to ignore Saddam Hussain's brutality to his own people who he torchured and killed with chemical weapons? What we President Bush chose to sit back and do nothing three years ago? I wonder waht other kinds of acts of terror would have been fought on our country. Yesterday, was NOT a day to be prostesting the war. 3,000 lives were lost and 3,000 families live each day without loved ones. I am not saying I am for war, but, hey, what is another solution? If th! ere is a better solution to this, please say and let us all try to help.
Wake up Jacqueline ever since mankind could pick up a stick or rock we have been killing each other and no matter how you dress it up, political, religious or just plain greed we will continue to kill each other till the world ends and no amount of praying will change it. Oh just for the record you have to remember that it was not the Nazi’s that invented the concentration camps it was us British in the South African wars and all though we did not kill as many people as the Nazi’s did, it was not for the want of trying and that included women and children too.
The Captain
Seaham, -
I am a former member of the Seaham based Happy The Man and was amazed to hear that they are still going. You lads must make Status Quo look young. Keep on rockin (boys). P.S. how many pints of lager can a keyboard player drink, whilst playing?..answers on a post card
sand dancin now
South Shields, -
Lived in Seaham until 1974, any Sunderland fans remember home friendlies against Hearts and Verona in 68-69? I thought I'd been to virtually every home match with mates like Geoff Parkinson (who treacherously became a Mag!), Dave McGill, Dave Fawell, but I have no recollection of these. Any help?
Mick Balmer
: Keighley, West Yorkshire UK -
to family tree canada, please e mail me so we can discuss more
maureen rafferty <>
farnborough, hampshire england -
to seahamlad, which wedding were u at on saturday 4th september,
maureen rafferty
farnborough, hampshire uk -
Still miss the old place even though I live in Sunny Cornwall now. By the way SEAHAMLAD are you the the same one I have been corresponding with via Ebay ?.
John Alan Dobson
Nr Penzance, Cornwall UK -
Jacqueline For goodness sake Jacqueline the world hasn’t changed. It’s only the targets that have changed. Don’t you know anything about the history of the world? Which God do you think that we should pray to? Praying doesn’t seem to have worked thus far. The world is hoping that John Kerry IS elected. What utter nonsense that he would let terrorists walk all over the country. It was George Bush who was in power on 9/11, not John Kerry. Doesn’t that tell you something? What a terrible unchristian thing to say about a man who has been in a war. He knows the horrors of war, however, George Bush does not. What plan does George Bush have apart from dropping mega ton bombs on innocent people? Extreme groups do not give up. That includes Christian group that bomb each other in Ireland, Americans that blow up Federal buildings, Arab suicide bombers, you name them every, country has them. Put your bible down and pick up a history book. Civilization is in constant change. Extreme Christians ar! e no better then extreme Muslims. They have plenty of bombings to their credit. Educate yourself and perhaps you may be able to understand what is really going on. Tell me a plan that George Bush has because for the life of me I can’t figure it out it what he plans. The attitude that might is right appears to be his plan, and to date, that plan is an utter failure. Civil war will occur in Iraq if the American occupation pulls out so I guess it will be many years, much money, and less peaceful times for American society. I watched the American Convention and it was a show and brag party. All talk but very little of substance. Some countries ignored terrorism until it bit them.
Canada -
What is with the weather? Back to back hurricans, earth quakes, wildfires, horrendous rains - what is with the world? Wars, talks of wars, rumors of wars... A school teacher in a public school won a case today. Apparently, she is a Christian, and wanted to participate in a Christian activity after school (prayer group)however, the activity, even though was after school teaching hours, was on the school grounds. She was told she was going against school regulations of practicing Christianity on school grounds, even though it was after school teaching hours. Glad she won her case. Tell me people, that Christianity is being rebuffed completely until we will have to practice our Christian faith in secret. Oh, furthermore, I read on "" that the extreme Islamists, feel that the same thing whe happened in Russia to the school children ought to happen in the UK as they claim the British do not treat the Islams fair enough. You cannot sit there and tell me that o! ur world is not getting worse and some day, maybe not in our lifetime, but not far behind, that we will have a full, drawn out, war and I think we will see some major things that Christians have been saying for centuries
Hello Tony from Spain Yes I remember you from Youngs Sunderland. That was a long time ago.What are you doing out there? Good to hear from you
Jim Shaw <>
Peterlee, Co. Durham UK -
So what are the media bleating about? All they wanted was for England to win. They won 2-1 and now they get upset because the players they had slated won't give them interviews. I don't like spoiled brats - never have - but somebody has to stand up to the self-righteous burks who are never wrong. Maybe Sven should do the same.
Sven Garlic
Seaham, ENGLAND -
I think we all need to be praying very hard and sincere indeed, given the horrific terrorism attacks on the innocent children in Russia. The "devil" is certainly lurking around everywhere.I keep reminding myself of what Mother Angelica said 2 years ago... "By the end of 2004 we will not recognize western civiliazation as we knew it." (What does she mean? Spiritual or becasue we are all at war?) What in pizza's sake is going on with our world? This is what happens when we chose to ignore terrorism - it does not go away, the extreme Islams do not give up and get tired, it gets worse and I almost feel that the attack on the Russian children was worse than our September 11th atttacks, because the terrorists purposely targeted innocent children and then tormented them. People are complaining about our American President waging this war on Terror..... Well, I would like to see the results if Sentor John Kerry is elected - He would just let the terrorists walk all over ou! r country. He has no plan whatsoever. I have watched carefully to both the Democratic conventions and to the Republican conventions and I will tell you, there are things about Bush that are not the best, (But no President is going to be perfect anyway.) However, I hope we are not being fooled by Bush, if not, I think he makes the better candidate. Anyway, let us all pray very hard this week for all families who have lost a friend or relative in attacks and in the War in Iraq. And let us continue to SUPPORT OUR TROOPS with our love and prayers.
I have just seen your website celebrating the 25 year link with Rheinhausen. I was part of a football exchange there and I still remember it so well. My name is Keith Fletcher and I coach soccer in America now. I have used the experience of Rheinhausen in my coaching.
Keith Fletcher <>
Apologies once again folks for the problems with the Guestbook. We haven't been on holiday but we have spent a week sorting out problems with spam attacks. I thought we had resolved the problem before but it has happened again. I hope this time it will be a long term solution. Unfortunately any submissions sent during the last week will have been deleted with the spam and need to be sent again.
Ed Mason
Seaham, Co. Durham UK -
Margaret Maureen Robinson (PLOWS). One year today we said goodbye,The time has gone but still we grieve,We wish with all our hearts and souls,Wherever you are you are at peace. Love and miss you always, Dad, Toria,Stephen,Neil,Adam,Caitlind.
Seaham, Durham -
Seahamlad, is that the same Manny Shinwell who was a conscientious objector in WW1 and Minister of War in WW2?
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#1 fan, I haven't a clue when the next happy the man gig will be happening, but the next depressing woman gig will be in about a week or two, when she's ran out of mountains to climb and finishes her holiday :)
Miss J.M wrote " We have gone to "The Garden of the Gods" Climbed up Pikes Peak Mountain, Climbed up "Seven Falls" Mountain, gone way up in the Mountains yesterday to a place called "Happy Meadows" and climbed up mountains there... It is incredible! I love the mountains. Yesterday evening we saw our "Purple Mountains" (The phrase sang in "Amer! ican the Beautiful.") The sky was literally pink and purple right above and around the beautiful mountains " Just incase I missed the point, have you visited any mountains on your holiday? :)
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Can anyone give me an update on when/where the next happy the man gig will be taking place?things have been pretty quiet recently!!
#1 fan
I have just had a quote on my car insurance from "Your Postoffice" on line. It is £80 cheaper than several other quotes I've obtained. It includes leagal protection too. So Sept.1st. Post Office here I come. You are dead right Seahamlad about the Diana Memorial Canal. The Diana Memorial Trust seem to live in a dream world.
Brian Greenfingers
Just was checking my e-mail from Colorado and wanted to respond real quick. "Again, Again" I was not being rude in my response to the person from "Newark" I was to the point. That particular incident, is never to be discussed openly on a world wide web/guest-books. It was sad and tradgic and it could have been prevented and never should have happened. Next, "Seahamlad" why is it that you never use "Friendsreunited" when your name is on? You can easily check your inbox mail? Anyway, that is okay... Our time difference makes is impossible for us to communicate privately. Well, need to go, I am having a super time here in Colorado with friends.. We have gone to "The Garden of the Gods" Climbed up Pikes Peak Mountain, Climbed up "Seven Falls" Mountain, gone way up in the Mountains yesterday to a place called "Happy Meadows" and climbed up mountains there... It is incredible! I love the mountains. Yesterday evening we saw our "Purple Mountains" (The phrase sang in "Amer! ican the Beautiful.") The sky was literally pink and purple right above and around the beautiful mountains. Wow! It was breathtaking!
Brian Greenfingers, interesting news you give on developments in Nevada, we have an even bigger waste of space here in the UK, I refer to the Princess Diana Memorial "Canal" in London, having seen it I think the money would have been better spent on a Childrens Memorial Hospital or similar worthy cause. Its going to cost just short of a £1,000,000/year to patrol and maintain. About the late Manny Shinwell, coudn't agree more, a Polititian of the old school, whom I understand, couldn't be "bought or sold" a Man of deeply held principles, which is a rarity in todays political scene.
Am I right, they are going to create a NUK mountain in Nevada U.S.A? I would have thought it would make more sence to plant trees, since it is mostly desert country in Navada. Talking of desert, I went to see Lawrence of Arabia's grave on one of my little jaunts. The grave has been there since 1935 and there was fresh flowers on it and a card from Australia.
Brian Greenfingers
I know that only my complete honesty and total vulnerability can ever hope to prove my sincerity and regain your trust—a trust so violated, so many times, in so many ways. Though I don't deserve your mercy, still I ask for your continued support as I genuinely seek to earn your trust again and to deserve your love. I ask you to take one more step in my direction, feeling the sincerity of my heart, that we may once again be united, and may once again live in peace. And in return, I will earnestly keep you ever in my heart and mind, and ask you to remind me, should I ever begin to lose sight of you again. I believe the time has come for all of God's children to live in peace and be one again. And I offer my life and my heart to you and toward the fulfillment of that dream. Please find the courage, the strength, and the willingness, one last time, to welcome me back—forevermore.
This morning when I awakened And saw the sun above, I softly said, "Good morning, Lord, Bless everyone I love." And right away I thought of you And said a loving prayer, That He would bless you specially, And keep you free from care. I thought of all the happiness A day could hold in store; I wished it all for you, because No one deserves it more.
Colin Hall, well, well, well, you've never changed have you? almost every contribution you have made to the guestbook has been one long whinge! You are renowned on these pages for your monumental error in stating some time ago "Its a different ballgame down here" and that England would struggle when they went down under to contest the World Rugby Cup! In case you didn't know Colin, the best team won and whilst I admit we've slipped a bit since then, when the next one starts, in France in three years time, I'm sure Clive will have done his rebuilding by then, I'll give credit where its due though, both Australia and N.Z. put up an excellent fight and it was not easy at all. can you now find it in your heart to give the same credit to the Rugby lads of your native Country? I doubt it, you never have. Finally Harry never has and never will be "humble" I think even he would agree with me on that! You also once famously said "I'm off" you couldn't even keep your wo! rd that one time.
I have just been able to visit Salisbury Cathedral recently. An exquisit building if ever I saw one. The spire is 404 feet tall and seems to touch Heaven itself. I stood and I gazed and gazed (with little thought, what wealth this show to me had brought) then suddenly a coach load of Americans turned up. They piled out and one of them said: "O.K. this is Sal-is-bury Cathedral. Take out your cameras and take a picture." After they all did this the same person said: "Now take out your notebooks and write in them: I have seen Sal-is-bury Cathedral". Then they all piled into the coach and were gone. The alacrity of it all made my head spin. As for me, I carried on gazing up at that dreaming spire. Someone mentioned next to me that Edward Heath (WHO) lives just across the Cathedral green. *Mmmm" I remarked. I did not care to mention that the onley Politition I ever liked was The late Manny Shinwall.
Brian Greenfingers
Jacqueline, I don't use Friendsreunited and the wedding I'm going to is a Friends and not my own, if you wanted to get in touch, it would have to be like it was last year, I usually check about the same time. I have also noticed several messages on g/book in your name, which I know are not of your making, I can usually figure out the genuine.
your friend
I am off today to the Rockies for a week, going camping for a few days and exploring! We all should have fun! Will be back next week - Oh, I am sure y'all are glad of that... no reading Jacqueline's posting for one whole week! Wow!!! Have a super week everyone!
Brian [Greenfingers], I have a sneaking suspicion that we may well have mutual aquaintances, or at least knowledge of one anothers families, but I am now a seldom visitor to this thread because it long since lost its way when it accepted the drivel of people as confused as Jaqueline and Seahamlad. They are the antithesis of what the site is about, but continue to spout their inanities, and continue to be given space to do so. I admire Harry who, like myself, has embraced education and moved on from his humble beginnings. He will always be attacked for that of course, because there are some with a mind-set that you are somehow traitorous if you move from Seaham to do better in the world. This site has a tract on the opening page on what is about; I think a few people should try harder to understand what it means. I'm convinced there are a lot of computer-literate people the world over who have been put off posting on the site because of the aforementioned drivel-spo! uters. I'm one who rarely posts because the site isn't about Seaham people; it's about egotists; it's a vehicle for the Jaquelines of this world who can't overcome personal inadequacies! See ya!
Colin Hall
Wellington, New Zealand -
Jacqueline, your reply to Sherwood Forest from newark was very abrupt and unchristianlike. If you are the " ideal " Christian then it's not really putting over a good message to those who haven't got your faith. You did make one good point though. Whatever has happened in your life, or what you think IS none of our business. So please decide to practise what you type and don't tell us anything else because after all, in your words, " It's none of our business " thank you and goodnight :)
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"Sherwood Forest" from Newark... That answer to your question is: None of your business! A long story and it is NOT to be shared on this Guest Book or any where else. It was very tragic and sad and never should have happened.
It was great to view some scenes at Seaham harbour on your website, this being the place where my great-great grandfather, Edward and his family resided prior to emigrating to Australia from Sunderland. Cheers.
Geoff Hunter
Dandenong North, Victoria Australia -
Frank Weetman youre recent remarks are most offensive, keep the guestbook clean
Frank Weetman, you stated its a long time since we had any decent submissions on this Guestbook and then you immediately put on smutty material yourself, please remember young People read these pages and keep it clean and respectful, like the correspondents you mention.
Thankyou Seahamlad for Birthday Greetings. Did I ever mention my first girlfriend in Seaham? Her name was Rosemary Sara Sally Smith. We used to play in the bull-field together (top of Mount Pleasent) Sally always ended up falling into a fresh cow-patt and losing her shoe. What halcyon days they were. I hope the bull-field is still there?
Brian Greenfingers
"Seahalad" I keep posting a message to you and it is not getting on this Guest Book. Are you able to receive your messages from your friendsreunited mail? Also, the Wedding you are attending on September 4th are you one of the guests? Or, are you the Groom? I hope if not at this Wedding, someday, you will be the groom. We have known each other for years and I hope someday you meet a very nice young lady - you deserve to be happy. Have a beautiful day and Smile - I remember you always had such a lovely, kind smile and I suspect you have not changed too much in your older years. Furthermore, I am delighted the gay marraiges have been voided. It never should have happened, it made a complete mockery out of the Holy Sacrament of Marriage.
I do not know who on earth is posting that I like the GreenBay Packers - That is NOT ME! I insist, I like the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys and Ice Hockey games. I am NOT a GreenBay Packer Fan - Never was and never will be! So there!!!
I have been browsing the web for a while now when I came accross your website. I was intrigued by your guestbook and the items it contained. I was taken back many years to the swimming club (The Slope) and also to the angling club. Having moved away some thirty years ago many things will have changed.I have many memories of the old Seaham Secondary School and the people there back in 69 to 74. Has there ever been any reunions. It would be interesting to see how everyone has fared. If there has been or if anyone would like to drop me a line I would be happy to hear from them.Thanks for taking the time to read this mesage.
stanley, Durham england -
To Sue Rogers: Apologies for the "Entry Errors". They have now been corrected.
Guestbbook Referee
In reply to Jim Shaw and Harry Hunter,I remember Dawdon Swimming club and Harry Watts very well and have very happy memories of training every night for the polo team which incidently I was never able to get a game for the first team.I remember the great annual galas we held there and like you Harry the divers Charmian Welsh and Brian Phelps, when they were training ,all polo activity had to cease,nevertheless I enjoyed every minute of that period which was in the early 50s. Incidently Jim does the machine shop. re-grinding crankshafts, remetalling con rods mean anything to you?
Tony from Spain
Espana -
Green Bay Packers are the best With there lovely green and gold vests They're the cream of the crop like Buckingham Palace And 1 million times better than New York or Dallas sorry about my rant before about not liking Green Bay, I think I was drunk. I now realise that Brett Farve is by far the best quarterback in the NFL and Green Bay are the best team. Thanks y'all.
Seahamlad you seem very pleased regarding the decision of the supreme court to outlaw same sex marriages, I have no doubt Jacqueline will be chuffed to little fluffy balls also. However, during the course of my career I have come into contact with many gay men and women ALL who were without exception the kindest, considerate, gentle, caring people I have ever met, much better than the "normal" riff-raff I deal with on a daily basis. Which reminds me..did you and Jacqueline know that the archdiocese of Oregon faces a collection of sexual abuse cases against their priests who were trusted by their parishioners to the tune of $135 million dollars in compensation and punitive damages payments. The diocese will be bankrupt (and not only financially) along with others very soon. "Suffer the little children" eh!
Durham, -
Jaqueline, so sorry to hear your friend shot herself. Why on earth would she do that?
sherwood forester
Newark, -
Been away from the GB for a while. I've got lots of questions - What happened to the AGB? What's the latest on the fishing/docks saga - can folk still fish on the pier?
Ned Leather
Lebanon -
I have been going to Seaham since I was a child (Long Time)! as we have lots of reprobate relatives up there and I have some wonderful happy memories of the place. I haven't been for a while until last weekend when we came for yet another family wedding, and took the time to visit old haunts. The weather was beautiful, the coastline just as gorgeous as ever, and I was delighted with the improvements being made in and around Seaham. There is a real feel of a town which is 'going places' and I loved the care and attention which has been put into making ordinary things like walls and lighting look interesting. The new road in from the A19 surprised me somewhat, for the first time in my life I hadn't a clue where we were and the Docks came as a bit of a suprise as well! I love it. Love to all the Morelands, Plaices and other hangers on's MariAn
Barnsley, South Yorkshire - stat u man? How are you? I was told about this messageboard by one of our mutual friends,(he is no longer infected) Why do you bother going on here man, it's as racy as Dr. Findlays underpants. Email me KB
Darn Saarf, -
MAUREEN RAFFERTY Maureen your husband's family is related to mine. My great grandfather was Peter Rafferty. I'm trying to figure out who his brothers and sisters were. Do you have any idea?
Family Tree
Canada -
Good news from California this week, the Supreme Court has ruled that same sex "Marriages" are not lawful and has annulled all 4037 of them in S.Francisco, perhaps this is a turning point and common sense is prevailing. what do you think Jacqueline
Does anyone know the wherreabouts of Ken Hopps who lived off Station Road. My husband and I would love to contact him after all these years
Hilary <Does anyone know the wherreabouts of Ken Hopps who lived off Station Road. My husband and I would love to contact him after all these years>
mrs maureen rafferty, you and your Family are very well thought of in Seaham, I wonder if you'regoing to the same wedding as me on Sept 4th!
in reply to Jim Shaw we moved from deneside to 16 CHAPLIN ST. in 1942 when i was seven then there was only 9 holes on the golf course and there was concrete post all over it to stop the planes from landing the top half was all grown over with gorse and bushes later on in the 40,s i used to help the professional called jacky sanderson and his assistant a bloke called morley i think his first name was bob to burn the gorse and stuff to reclaim the top 9 holes on top of KINGLY HILL,kidney hill to us kids there was a machine gun emplacement dug in on the top there was a soldier on duty all of the time it looked right down onto the dock dawdon pit pond at that time when the swimming club started was full of weeds and fish, a bloke called FRANK WATTS and his family got it going in later years the olympic swimmers trained there BRIAN PHELPS' CHARMAINE WELSH the only 2 i can remember i hope that gives you a bit of help
Harry Hunter
redcar, yorkshire england -
again again again, didn't make a fuss about your "drivel" posting with my name on it, or about the "drivel reply" you put out in Jacquelines name, because I realised that anyone with half a brain (eg Harry or Peter G) would know its origin. You're right about the Leper colony, so no need to opologise, again - - etc a small reguest could you please shorten your handle? how about "again" or just a.a.a.
Dear Mr makem The magpies will go up int the top three, now thats going up bonny lad, where are de makems going? come on, make a prediction.
Friday the 13th August, my Birthday, so Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me.... Birthstone "Peridot" a symbol of contentment and personal satisfaction. Those born in this month are destined for success and happiness so I'm told. Well I've had success in Love, everything else is just a blure. Is'nt Love Grand?
Brian Greenfingers
I did NOT write that posting about the "Green Bay Packers" being my new football team. I happen to like the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys football team. Also, I was never a one for Soccer teams. I like Ice-Hockey games.
To "Ali P" My sincere apologies to you. I am not a one for swearing of any kind, except the odd "bloody" or bloody hell" now and then, so I think of other words to say, such as: "holy cow, "holy Moses" "for pizza sake" "gosh golly!" "heaven's sake" "Oh shoot" (And I do not even like to say the words "Oh shoot" anymore, because I personally knew someone who shot herself.) Anyway, from now on, I will be more aware of using the phrase, "holy cow" so not to offend people of other religions, where the "Cow" is sacred. Thank you for keeping me aware. have a super day!...
Now, Harry from Durham and Seahamlad. My Father came from the soil and my Mother came from the soil (Infact we were a Dirty lot!) I'll never forget what my dear old Dad told me when I said that I was worried about what other people said about me...."As good as you are and as bad as I am, I'm as good as you are, as bad as I am." So stop the bare Knuckle stuff. By the way, my garden is still looking Fantabuloso.
Brian Greenfingers
Jacqueline Please do not write Holy Cow so flippantly. To Hindus cows are holy and not to be mocked. How would you like it If I wrote "christ on a bike" or "jesus wept" for a joke!
Ali P
Seaham, -
Dear ultraisreal The Maggies are already in the premiership so how can they go up this season? There is nothing above that for them to go up into!
Mr Makem
It’s all getting a bit sad when you have to get the word finder out, just to read the guest book. It is worse still when you find that jejune should be followed with maybe 'interest in social intercourse', and not 'nature'. Still all is not lost, I now know another DULL word. - Harry, if this ranting is from a man who has had the benefit of higher education, I am only too pleased to have the simple teachings of Camden Square Secondary Modern, to guide me through life. Regards TOM
Tom Moreland
London, -
One other thing Seahamlad, I think that you will find that your comical hotch potch ground has the same name as St James Park in London, which if memory serves me correctly, was the site of a leper colony some years back. Glad to see they have moved it to Newcastle : ). PS I apologise in advance for making a complete fool of myself if I got that story wrong, but I seem to remember reading it ages ago.
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Hi y'all. Was wondering why no one has replied to my last message posted here regarding my drivel in previous postings. I was big enough to admit it so I think you guys should all give me some credit. Although my points are always well thought out and valid, I will try not to be as forthcoming with them, because I know some of you readers will not have the worldly knowledge to understand the points. Finally good luck to the GreenBay Packers my new football team for this season.. Oh and Seahamlad, your Magpies play SOCCER, our Packers play football. Please try and get it right next time. Have a nice day, y'all
Seahamlad.Im surprised that you havent kicked up a fuss about the "drivel" posting that was submitted with your name on it. I didn't mean any offence to yourself when I posted it, I just wanted to see what reaction Ms Markie came back with and it worked, hopefully for the better. Maybe she really will stop the drivel now that she's realised by looking back through her old postings. Thankyou and goodnight!!
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no Im not peter g Seahamlad, but I think you'll find that NUFC aren't your local league team. You may aswell start supporting Chelsea this season. They have a better change of fullfilling your gloryhunting instincts than the team in barcoded shirts
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"Seahamlad" Did you get your mail from your "friendsreunited" mail box? Let me know, If so, I will update you with the "goings on..." Have a great day...
I have just started to use the internet and it is nice to see pictures of interest and all other details on the net. My husband whose name is frank rafferty lived and worked in seaham(the nack) his brother johnny is living in murton,one sister in the harbour married to j dent who worked at dawdon pit, sister patsy who lives in seaham married to leo groark who worked at the vane tempest, we live in farnborough now but we like to get up at least once a year(coming up 2nd september for a wedding) and am relly looking forward to it i love the area and the people. it was nice to show my husband the nack pit picture where he worked. everyday i look up seaham news etc. thanks once again
mrs maureen rafferty
Seahamlad. I like your taste in Football teams! Maggies are the tops, just watch us go this season
again again again(aka Peter G) please enlighten me, where is this local team situated? The nearest team worthy of mention is at St James Park. or Hartlepool to the South.
"Seahamlad" You were RIGHT! Oh my golly gosh! Have you and I been ranting on about issues that are of indeed no revelance to this Guest Book. I sat for about an hour or so last night and sifted through some of my own rantings... Holy Cow! For Pizza sake! I can certainly rant! Well... you know I use to be a really good "chit-chatter" when I was a kid in school... so I gues some things never change! But, you know, my excellent communication and people skills serve me an excellent service when doing my humanitarian work. I do not intimidate people at all - they are all so comfortable around me and I get to hear some incredible stories of people's lives. Anyway, I am going to try not rant anymore....Unles, of course, if someone challenges me in a topic, then I will not be able to resist the temptation of having to respond. Okay, have a nice day, y'all.
I liked your letter Seahamlad in which you seem to answer Peter G's letter before he wrote it, anyway I like your style Peter G writes a load of drivel and his pen-name is the last of many, he should change it to aka and clean up that tip at bottom of garden
Paella Maker
Brian Greenfingers, I agree, may world war of any kind never return. BUT, I’ll have to take your word for it that you were a “cute baby” and yes, for your efforts raising money for the Easington disaster fund you now deserve a life of “wine and roses” in fact, tell me where you drink and I’ll buy you a pint bonny lad. All the best Peter.
Peter G
Easington, -
Oh Sadlad... if only you had the benefit of an expensive education like mine then you may have been able to engage me with a battle of rapier like grown up exchanges, alas it can't be, you, like the pseudo American from Seaham, like to think they can dine at the top table but the fact of the matter is, you just don't have what it takes. When you grow up you might be able to understand that a limited outlook like yours and the religious zealot stateside, is just so boring to the rest of us who like to read what's going on in Seaham, so why can't you be like, let's say, Brian Greenfingers, who, when making a submission, is clear, courtious, and most of all interesting. Y'know Sadlad, you can't go through life getting all your current affairs and ideas from the Daily Sport.
Durham, -
"Seahamlad" yes, indeed, we do "Rabbit" on a bit about issues that are not of issues regarding this Guest Book, or of Seaham. That in part, is perhaps because I no longer live in Seaham and rely upon our Guest Book contributers for good and worthy information of what is going on in Seaham. However, not many people of this Guest Book make posting of the "goings on" in Seaham. Therefore, I then bring up other debates which in turn, brings responses from you and others. That is how you and I became to be "driveling" about issues that have nothing to do with Seaham. Anyway, I hope you are well, I see you are making plenty contributions to the Guest Book recently, whereas I am doing my best at not dominating the Guest Book. I am actually busy these days, with work and stuff! I am going on vacation in a few weeks to the Rockies and really looking forward to it. New York is great! But, the Republican Convention is coming up - which means lots of tightened security. I am ! actually going to see "Michael Moore's movie of 9/11 just to see what all the controversy is all about. My friend, Steven Joseph and I are going to go I think this weekend - we are both big time Republicans, so we want to see the movie, jsut so we know how to defend our President when other friends of our are "praising" the movie. Okay, I need to skoot for now, take care everyone and Y'll have a nice day now! God Bless...
I know David Reid, he was in my year at school. I think he was in Andrea Spurr's form class, or he was in form 3 - Anyway, I knew him. He was the class of 1985.
Guestbookers, have just been looking over some old entries for this year and I have just realised that Ms Markie and myself have been rabbiting on about stuff that is of no relevence to this guestbook. I will in future try to refrain from this inane drivel and stick to Seaham and North East related issues, or at least issues in the UK, and not concentrate so much on exchanging views with my " Virtual Girlfriend " across the pond. :) Have a nice day y'all
The cheek of Seahamlad, giving himself that name yet not supporting his local league football team. Can't believe he supports a team of black and whites ( gee, I was almost nice there ). Is it because he is a glory hunter? ( well sort of glory hunter as they have won nowt yet)
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christinemidgley. Dunno if its the same guy, but if you look on friendsreunited for seaham school and leavers in 1985 there should be some contact details on there.
mr helpful
I have just found your web page and thought I would say hello,I also think it a really good idea,by for now Jim
Jim Robinson
Taupo, Bay of Plenty New Zealand -
Is there anyone out there old enough to remember Dawdon before or during the war 30s 40s 1930s 1940s?
Jim Shaw
Peterlee, Durham -
rather miffed, I should have added that whilst I broadly liked your letter, didn't agree with the France bit!
Militants linked to al Qaeda say they will attack Italy if the country does not pull out of Iraq. The group, calling itself Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades, last week gave the Italians a 15-day deadline to quit or "face the consequences." This is only, I believe the start, they are trying to "pick off" the smaller Members of the coalition first and will get around to us eventually and of course the US. President George Bush is right to put his Nation in a state of high alert. The deadline expires on August 15.
A proverbial postcard for Seahamlad - - - Yes, it must have been a truly unhappy place during the second war, and I agree they must all have been miserable lot but, to call them saddists is putting it a bit strong, sadists maybe, but saddists. Please explain? You say, “if you had taken the time to read the history of the 2nd World War, you would have seen that the Japanese were given not one, but two ultimatums, one prior to the dropping of the first bomb and another before the second and refused to an unconditional surrender under ( I think you meant 'until' here) the two Atom bombs were detonated” Seahamlad, there is no need for me to read the history of the second war as you seem to have all the answers, so I know where to come for help, and by the way, thanks for pointing out that we were the good guys. Now how about debating my chosen subject? A reminder for you, “…. whilst on the subject of sticking noses where they are not wanted, how many countries aroun! d the globe have the British stuck their nose in when not wanted. It would be easier to list places where we have not had a spat of some sort, be it a full blown war, conflict or just going in and stirring it up? ! I ask the question seriously as it was put to me recently and, maybe because my history is poor, I struggled to put together a list of countries where we haven't fired a shot in either anger or aggression. I look forward to your list of Countries, if you can think of any. I certainly struggled. And before anybody picks this up the wrong way, I am exceedingly proud to be British.” Still waiting for your reply……..
Peter G
Easington, -
Peter G, I am never lost for words, as you put it, but sometimes don't have the time to respond, Harry's latest offering is a load of rubbish and adds nothing of substance to the Guestbook, he appears to have a "jejune" nature. perhaps its because he's so quick to judge, I did like the contribution from "rather miffed" sensible and down to earth! other correspondents who complain about spelin misteaks shud relise thatt rong leters are ofen punched in in urrer
Peter G. (Blesst of Manny Shinwell,) I ment may world war of any kind never return. I was just a cute baby at the time when I was with my Mother in the Anderson shelter in the garden of 15 Cornish street right next to the Nack pit. It was always night when I could hear planes engines buzzing like angry bees over head, the constant noise of ack-ack guns firing skyward and the awfull thud when a bomb would bury itself deep in the ground befor exploding. Thats when our doors and windows used to get blown in and the roofs damaged. The Council would then come and rehouse us all. May those times never return either. Now, its just days of "wine and roses" in my life, I think I deserve it, sitting under the gazebo with a chilled glass of white wine. The wine is Barton Manor-very English you know, by the way, I raised money for the Easington disaster fund just after it happened in the early Fifties, so treat me nice.
Brian Greenfingers
looking for david reid from duntocher l think was in raf fire brigade left and in the civvy fire brigade,would love to contact him
dumbarton, scotland -
On a more serious note, How do Guest-book readers think that the Magpies will do this year? The chairman is informing us all that the Managers contract will not be extended! perhaps it would be more beneficial if they sacked the Chairman and kept Wor Bobby, also Alan Shearer is standing down at the end of the Season, who could possibly replace him? perhaps he could be persuaded to stay a little longer? but I doubt that, Boro, seem to have made a few prudent signings and could be the "dark horses" of the Premier, good luck to them, and also little Hartlepool, they deserve a good season, as for the Black Cats, perhaps "Micks Mentor" could give us his opinion on their chances, How long Micks Mentor before we resume battle ie in the Premiership!
Jacqueline, you're right about President Bush, it will be a tragedy not only for the American People, but for the whole of the Western World (and further afield) if he is not re-elected in the fall, John Kerry is trying every trick in the book to try and bring about his downfall, but I think the People will "see through this" and the dirty tricks campaign, God bless America and England too
Peter G have read your latest "offering" which seems longish on rhetoric and short on logic! you seem to pose an awful lot of questions and not many answers, but to take you up on one answer you made., "Dear Mr Emperor, pack it in now or I'll kick your backside!" was your answer, if you had taken the time to read the history of the 2nd World War, you would have seen that the Japanese were given not one, but two ultimatums, one prior to the dropping of the first bomb and another before the second aand refused to an unconditional surrender under the two Atom bombs were detonated. you do realise Peter G that we were the good guys, the Japanese at the time were saddists of the worse possible kind, Which side would you have been on? answers on the proverbial postcard.
Would Jacqueline please get herself a life and stop telling everyone else how to spell, when she cannot even spell herself.
Hertfordshire England -
I tend to agree, no-one wants to give up rights that our constitutions are based around. However i for one would like it much less if a nuclear bomb was detonated by terrorists in new york or the likes (france is ok). our society is far from the ideal politicians would have us belive, even though their intensions are good their rationale is not. As i am not breaking no laws i would view it as resonable if laws were put in place to allow for tracking of suspected terrorists, if thats the price we pay what choice do we have. I think what people simply dont see is the fact that out civilisation as a whole is far from the finished article and stopping terrorism is simply another obstacle we must overcome. when we were stopping the germans many new laws were created and once the war was over they were revoked (well most of em). Hopefully one day we will be able to return the law to as it was but for now we need it. When 9/11 first occured public outrage allowed for places such as guantanamo bay and the bombing of afghanistan, no one can argue that either of these is moral, indeed they are not, however they were needed then but because 9/11 is something that 'happend back then' society is starting to say guatanamo bay can not continue. I gurantee another event such as 9/11 will have public oppinion supporting guantamo bay, by then it is already too late.
Rather Miffed
Seaham, England -
I've not been on here for a while due to the pressure of work and travel and all that rubbish. Just read that Seahamlad (or should that be Sadlad) called me a plonker. Unlike you "Sadlad", the rest of us have fulfiling careers and famiies to attend to. Not all of us have to "dear diary" our miserable lives on the Seaham Guestbook. Do you have a girlfriend
Durham, -
jackie. I think you may be Seahamlad too. Maybe as no one else likes responding to your posts,you have made up an alterego so that you can TRY to justify your postings:) Have a nice day ;)
again again
Brian Greenfingers - I notice you made no comment relating to my recent entry, I trawled back to yours and re-read it. It needs clarification as it could be taken as two meanings, it reads, "He dropped the H-Bomb on Nagasaki in 1945, 70 thousand were killed on the ground-the Japanees reaped what they sowed in those days- and may they never return!" The first is the way most would interpret it, for example, ‘may the Japanese never return’ The second way it could be interpreted is, ‘may those days never return.’ Comments and clarification appreciated. Seahamlad, you also seem lost for words, anything to add?
Peter G
Easington, -
: Les Alexander. Thankyou for your story on WW2 Jap prisons. There was also Tenkos (If I've got the name right) mainly for civilian prisoners. I met an old lady once on a hot summers day and I said to her "You should be in the sade somewhere" She just smiled and told me she had spent many years in Burma where it is really hot. I then asked If her husband had been a soldier there, she said yes. I asked her then what happened when the Japanese arrived. The Army managed to get us onto ships, she told me, but about three miles out the Jap navy made them turn back and they were all marched off to prison camps."So I was a real Tenko lady" she said with twinkle (Tenko was been snetscapesearch-button hown on TV at that time) Maybe I'll write a book one day.
Brian Greenfingers
Notice how under George W. Bush's Presidency we have nabbed some terror suspects already within a few days of receiving credible information of another possible attack in New York. John Kerry told the nation that our President is not doing enough, nor is he acting quickly enough. I think President Bush and his team are doing a super job! Under President Bush we have the "Patriot Act" in place, which does not please most people, as we have our privacy taken away, but it does indeed help track terror suspects. Under Kerry's proposal if he is elected President, he wants to abolish the Patriot Act. Tell me people, (Americans who read this G/B) How is it that John Kerry can insist upon saying that President Bush is not doing enough? When he, himself, wants to abolish an "Act" that helps track terrorists? John Kerry and his chosen Vice President are also in favor of "open borders" again, tell me how it is they think they can do a better job of preventing more terrorists! into our country? I will say it again.... November 2nd (All Souls Day) will be a very sad day indeed for America if John Kerry is elected President. Also, on a last note, his wife, Teresa Heinz does not posess the poise or grace that Laura Bush posess.
To "Again" No, that was not me - "Jacqueline" who posted Seahamlad's coments on the War of the Japanese - That was indeed, no other than Seahamlad himself, making some very good points may I add.
Hi, i have got a body pump cd. I was wondering if anyone would be interested meeting for a body pump class at the lesuire centre. it will only be a few pound each. let me know. thanks
Guy 7
Seaham, -
Seahamlad, Seahamlad, are you Jackie in disguise, are you J-a-ckie-e in disguise :)
Seahamlad - Correct. I, like you, was not around at the time of the 2nd World War. I am also sure that Brian Greenfingers is quite capable of holding his own but, as you've chosen to comment, here goes. You said, "I ask you this Mr Peter G. what would you have done?" followed by, "making bland inept statements like yours are totally out of order, unless you can suggest an acceptable alternative." In reverse order, I ask you Seahamlad. Where is it written that the comments I made were bland and out of order? Is this the 'Word' according to Seahamlad? Did you make the rules? They were not bland and certainly not out of order. In answer to your second question, I have a question for you. Do you believe in an eye for an eye and that two wrongs make a right? Every proverb has an equal and opposite alternative, very handy when debating. So, what would I have done? I don't really know but, how does this sound? "Dear Mr Emperor, pack it in now or I'll kick your backside! so hard it will seem like a Tsunami you've never seen the likes of before." Then I would ensure his 'network' was somehow informed of what the Yanks had up their sleeve and given him his options, take the hit or surrender. Then, after giving him and his Generals enough time to consider and make their decision, I would take the necessary steps to end the war. Correct, all those Americans at Pearl Harbor were killed unlawfully but, what and who was the law internationally at that time? You weren't around to make up the rules. What has changed today? Tell me where the Yanks have put their nose into other people's business and completed the job, to everyone's satisfaction? And whilst on the subject of sticking noses where they are not wanted, how many countries around the globe have the British stuck their nose in when not wanted. It would be easier to list places where we have not had a spat of some sort, be it a full blown war, conflict or just going in and stirring it up? ! I ask the question seriously as it was put to me recently and, maybe b ecause my history is poor, I struggled to put together a list of countries where we haven't fired a shot in either anger or aggression. I look forward to your list of Countries, if you can think of any. I certainly struggled. And before anybody picks this up the wrong way, I am exceedingly proud to be British.
Peter G
Easington, -
Aprapos'the comments on Japan. When the Japanese invaded Singapore, all of the British and Australian servicemen and civilians were interned in Changi Prison including a past vicar of Dawdon, Archdeacon Graham White. Later, Changi was used as a military prison and others were placed in Selerang Barracks. These barracks were built to house 800 but 15,900 were ordered into this hell hole. Graham White and his wife (affectionately know as Nobbs) died of dysentery just a few months before the war ended. It is a matter of speculation what would have happened to the other prisoners if the war had continued. War is dirty and bloody and we all know it should not happen but we go on and on
Les Alexander
Billingham, -
I hope this gets posted..... "SeahamLad" You made an excellent point. Now how about this War we are at with Iraq? On Fox news yesterday, (USA T.V) They were interviewing an Iraqi Film-maker, who made a film for the Americans. To my surprise, it was a film to show how going to War with Iraq was indeed th right choice and how lives are much better for the Iraqi people. This film showed thousands and thousands of graves where Saddam and his loyalists had brutally killed their own citizens. The film maker, himself, talked about his own experience of Saddam's loyalist rounding up families and brutally torchuring them and killing them. He was shot 4 times, and miraculously surivived; then coming to America in 1997. Interesting how other major News networks are not publicing this information - all the good teh American troops and allied forces are doing, are being kept "hush-hush" and why? Because most of the news media are liberals and do not like George Bush. Everyone,! who thought we went to war for nothing, who have lost faith in George W. Bush, or who did not care for him in the first place, have not properly understood the facts of why we went to war. We went to war based on intelligent that Saddam had WMD (He did indeed, the evidence is what he did to his own people.) Also, he was told for 12 years to disarm, and furthermore, he was brutal. For he Americans who read and contribute to this Guest-Book, I ask you, tell me how John Kerry thinks he can do things better with the situation we have with Iraq, Iran, North korea and our lives and safety at threat with the new information recently provided (We are on high terror alert here in NY.)John Kerry gives no information of his goals as President. He says he is going to fix the medical care, education, create jobs, and boast the economy, as well as fix our current situation in the middle east, but what he fails to say, is "HOW" he is going to do all of that. Also, Kerry and his choice of! Vice President, John Edwards, is killing our country with their lack of bringing back the values, and morals need to hold our country together. We violate human rights each day, when doctors perform abortions. How quickly, everyone forgets about September 11th 2001 when the extreme Islamists raged a Holy War against Americans and the western culture and the Christian and Jewish religions. Lest, we not forget, yesterday, Sunday August 1st, 5 Christian churches were bombed in Baghdad. When was the first time Christians ever bombed a Mosque? What do you all expect Our American President to do? We, the Americans, nor our European Allies, Austrialian Allies or other Allies, started this war and especially, we did NOT start a Holy War against other religions. On a last note, quite honestly, any President, at this time in our current history, has an enormous challenge on his hands in every situation. Not one President can please a whole entire nation, and not one President has, or will live out his full four years in the White House, where he will p! erform each task perfectly, without any gliches. We are not fortune tellers, and ultimately, God has the last word. John Kerry is not going to do any better than President George W.Bush.
Peter G from Easington, like me you were probably not around at the time of the 2nd World War, I am sure that Brian Greenfingers is quite capable of answering your question, but would like to add my twopenneth! In 1945 the President of the United States has an agonizing choice to make, he could either use the new technology (the Atom bomb) to bring the war with Japan to a speedy conclusion, or he could order a air and Seaborn invasion, the former of course, resulted in the deaths of many innocent civilians, but the second would have resulted in the death of many thousands of Allied troops (mainly American) and also of many many thousands of Japanese Troops and innocent Civilians also. not an easy choice, but I firmly believe he made the right one, bearing in mind that no action at all was not an option, I ask you this Mr Peter G. what would you have done? making bland inept statements like yours are totally out of order, unless you can suggest an acceptable ! alternative. I believe that history has proved that the right choice was made at the time, and everyone regrets the loss of life, but the Japanese "reaped the whirlwind" when they callously killed all those Americans, both Civilians and Military at Pearl Harbor, so come on Peter G. what would you have done?
: Denny from Victoria, found the following on the 1901 census site; Edward Paxton 23 Durham Seaham Hbr Durham Dawdon Excavator Cemetery, perhaps if you studied the website, you could find out more! looks like he was the local gravedigger.
: Hi, Just found your site and am hoping that someone can help me find out more about my long-lost family. Dad, James, son of Edward Paxton and Catherine Ann Raine, was born in 1911 in Seaham Harbour. He had two sisters that I know of but might have had more siblings. Does anyone know of this family. We emmigrated to Australia in 1954. Hope you can help. Denny, email address
Shepparton, Victoria Australia -
hi Kev from Murton, Peter Willey did not attend the SIS until sometime in 63, he previously attended Ryhope Grammar. so he didnt play footie for the SIS, he did play cricket though for the Harbour. I hope this wins the bet. still if Peter willey keeps in touch with Seaham he could confirm all this.
John Spencer
portsmouth, hants -
To all guestbookers, If you submitted entries on Wednesday for some reason beyond our control they didn't reach us please resubmit. Thanks. To Peter G. No I meant exactly what I wrote "outrage"
Sadie M
Seaham, Durham UK -
Thank you John Spencer for helping me with my query but what my wager is about is whether Peter Willey played football for the "SIS" IN 1961. Thankyou Kev-Murton
Kevin Dixon
Murton, Durham -
Sadie, I'm sure you mean outage, "there has been a major server outrage on the internet" but we get the gist of what you're trying to say. B Greenfingers, you could be right, all those Japanese civilians killed when the bomb was dropped won't be coming back. Would you care to explain further your statement, "the Japanees reaped what they sowed in those days- and may they never return!" I'm sure all those innocent children fully understodd why it was them who took the brunt of it.
Peter G
Easington, -
"Seahamlad" About a year ago you had said that we ought to be concerned about Iran and it's Nukes.... Well, it seems that you were not far off target. I really did not know that you had a keen interest in Political affairs. I have been keeping Politics and Religion out of my postings as much as I can, so not to miff certain people, but I do keep up with it all on a daily basis. So, mom told me this morning that today is the Seaham Show... Will you be going? I suspect you will and hope you have a super time. Have a great day everyone....
Has anyone seen Valerie Griffiths.
Joan <>
Dublin, Ireland -
Kev from Murton you are correct to say Peter willey played cricket for the sis as i was at the sis with him. he did play from the dates you mentioned. he is the same age as me and ill be 56 in november. he lived at the bottom of station road by the crossing opposite the red star.
John Spencer <:>
Portsmouth, Hampshire UK -
: I passed through recently, what is happening to the old colliery offices on the sea front? Thanks for the offer of sharing a pint or 2 Seaham Lad I may well be taking you up on that soon. My aunt and uncle ran the Dawdon Hotel many years ago, Jean and George Lacy, anybody recollect?
j greaves
rotheram, yorkshire england -
Golly-gosh, the Greeks are not making much headway with the Olimpic stadium. Forty workers have been killed sofar. Their soccer has improved in the Euro 2004 play-offs but only the Ancient Greeks could build stadiums. WW2 Pilot Charles W. Sweeney has just died recentley. He dropped the H-Bomb on Nagasaki in 1945, 70 thousand were killed on the ground-the Japanees reaped what they sowed in those days- and may they never return!
Brian Greenfingers
Seahamlad, spray privet hedge leaves with a strong weedkiller. When the leaves die and are not allowed to grow again, the whole plant will die. Plants breath through their leaves. Incidentley, speaking of angels and spoons, it was a gentle legpull! Whilst your reaction was good, poor J. do'nt seem to grasp anything-still some were born great, some achive greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.
Brian Greenfingers
Harry Hudini for G.B. Pres? Whatever turns him on I suppose! Give me the simple things of life, a cottage hearth, a quiet room, a little garden green with trees, where birds make song midst leaf and bloom.
Brian Greenfingers
Congratulations Harry! It’s taken a long time for the penny to drop, but at last someone has got one half of the dull duo to realize that this guestbook is not their own personal inbox and there are indeed other methods of communicating their boring drivel. As the two are in touch with each other via Friendsreunited, we can assume that they do have each other’s email address. Unfortunately for everyone else they don’t seem to have figured out how email works. Jackie seems to think that leaving a personal message on the guestbook is an email. And Harry gets called a ‘luvvy’ and a ‘plonker’! Wow, that’s rich.
I C Hall
Harry Town, -
Well I'll bet Seaham is so proud of the people who have written in this guestbook. I know I would be. Gosh.... can't we all just get along?
warn n fuzzy feeling
oregon, usa -
I believe that many of my ancestors may have originated from your town.
Louise Cowell
Banbury, -
My friend and I were discussing school cricket and football in Seaham in the sixties I casually mentioned that I attended Seaham St Joseph's from 59 to 63 and that I played football against Seaham Modern (the sis) possibly in 61 and that Peter Willey the cricket pro was playing for "the sis". My friend stated that this was impossible as Peter Willey would still be in junior school. Can anyone help to clarify please there is a ten pound wager on this. Webmaster if you decide to print this please only include my name and not my full e-mail address to prevent me from receiving spam. Thankyou.
Murton, -
Brian Greenfingers, a Question for you, how do you "kill off" a privet hedge without digging it up by the roots, does any other Guestbook user know?
Harry for Guest Book President? I am not sure on that one.... I think Seahamlad would do okay, but also "DadMorland" would be another good Guest Book President and so would "Brian Greenfingers." Notice I am not voting for myself! I think I would make an excellent Guest Book President, I come up with all kinds of "chatter" and debates.... but no one seems to appreciate what I have to say.. Anyway..... have a nice day!
Its well known that Gordon Brown is getting fed up waiting for the P.M.'s job - Tony Blair won't stand aside to let him have it. I can't understand why Scotland was given Home Rule (almost), and yet they are running the Houses of Parliament. I have nothing against the Scots, but if they want to run the show themselves, then they should all be barred from 'office' in England. what do other guestbook users think?
Harry from Durham for " Guestbook President ". I totally agree with his policies regarding Miss Markie and Seahamlad. Hurray sense at last >>
Hey! Seahamlad... How are you? I hope well. We need to stop e-mailing each other on this Guest-Book, it is annoying to other users. Please, in future, check your "inbox" mail, on "Friendsreunited" I will mail you my mail to you on there - and we can communicate that way. Harry, my postings do not always get posted... How are you these days anyway? Hope you are having a super summer. Tomorrow I am spending the day at the Metropolitian Art Museam in New York - should be fun. Have a super day everyone!
Harry, some of your previous submissions are "luvvy" luvvy, perhaps I should have called you a plonker? are you sure your middle name is not Rodney?
Hi to all guestbookers, Sorry entries have been delayed. There has been a major server outrage on the internet affecting more than 70,000 domains of which was one. Hopefully everything is ok now.
Sadie M
Seaham, -
Well Ed, I'm afraid your upgrading did not work after all, Jacqueline still gets her polarised, zealous, dour nonsense published almost every other day. Seahamlad used to submit a half decent (even if badly spelt) few lines now and again. I Know...why dont you just email eachother with your wacky views and beliefs and just cut us out of the loop
Durham, -
"Seahamlad". Explain to me the reasoning behind your accusation of my being a "Luvvy". Take the time to check on my past will certainly not find my attitude towards criminals "luvvy". I advocate both corporal and capital punishment. Check it out!
Durham, -
Hello I have a question regarding the Lord Seaham Hotel. Could you tell me if the Lord Seaham was ever a Pub operated by the Donkin family back in the 1930's? I am planning a vacation to the Northern UK to possibly visit some area's where my fathers relatives were from. Thank you, Juliet Donkin
Juliet Donkin
To: Seahamlad, Your posting of September 10, 2003, Still Hours of the Night, about the angels caught my attention. I would like your permission to e-mail it to some people for comfort in a time of need. If this is agreeable to you please reply to Sub: permission. You have a way with words if this is an original, if not please let me know also. It brightened my day. thank you David.
David Warwick
Coastal Area, Texas USA -
Harra, theres no bigger fan of our World Cup Rugby Lads than me, but you sound very much like Clive Woodward constantly making excuses for their pathetic performances! as Anne R. would say, he needs to get rid of the deadwood, cut out the slackers. substitute the bone-idle and on a positive note, bring in the young lads and get them ready for 2008
: EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT WHIPPETS. Whippets thrive on two meals a day and these should be given preferably at breakfast and supper times. Meat or fish and biscuit can be given for both meals or a proper breakfast such as scrambled eggs, porridge, weetabix or some other cereal with milk are good alternatives. In the case of an emaciated or underweight dog, "little and often" is the best method to build him up to his proper weight. Four meals a day, two of fish or chicken and two of cereal, are best in this situation. In normal conditions they should have between 8-16 ozs of meat per day. Exercise is best given at the same time each day and not too soon after meals. Free running is what a whippet enjoys most, but a new arrival MUST be kept on a lead until the new owner can be sure of recalling him. These dogs can peak 30mph, so they can disappear over the horizon in a matter of seconds. If complete freedom is not possible or practical then they ! should have at least 2 miles walking on a lead each day. Always towel them if they get wet! Warmth is another must for whippets. They love to be completely covered by a rug, near a rayburn, aga or some other sort of safe heater and their box, basket or beanbed should be well away from draughts, preferably on legs off the floor. Most of all they enjoy sleeping on the bed, but this is not always possible. They can also be great jumpers, so a well fenced garden is essential. A high, inward facing fence is the best type to have but can be very expensive for a large area. A good thick hedge is excellent, providing it is wired at the bottom to cover any gaps. A solid fence or wall is satisfactory because the temptations which may exist on the other side cannot be seen. Gates must be wired as well.
Whippet Fan
Dawdob, -
"another one" thank you for your concern about being influenced by Jacqueline(Don't let yourself fall into her trap.) but I think that Jacqueline is worth a thousand times more than "negative blinkered" thinkers like yourself, at least she does make many meaningful contributions to this Guestbook and whilst I don't agree with all she says, her integrity is her strongest point, as an example I don't agree with her attitude towards Capital punishment, I agree that child murderers as evil as the Soham murderer should be judicially executed, but I agree to disagree in a civilised manner and not in the abusive manner of some correspondents like Harry who appears to be one of the "luvvy brigade" finally Jacqueline, Brian Greenfingers is a funny man/Woman and I say that in a complimentary way, he is no fool, but he does drop the occasional "red herring" as I do also. keeo on contributing Jacqueline.
"Seahamlad" Yes, I know you are taller than Tom Cruise, but you sure do resemble him a little bit, with your smile and dark eye brows. Anyway, glad to hear that the British Government are trying to pass a law that abortion cannot be performed after 12 weeks. Yes, it is a start - to what is a terrible murder that is going on in both Britain and the USA. Glad you told "Brian Greenfingers" exactly what you thought of his silly posting of you and I. Oh, I wanted to tell you, I finally got that very small fraction of a gap closed in my teeth - I got them bonded... "Seahamlad" you know how I always liked to smile - well, now I SMILE constantly! My teeth look great! Anyway, better not chitter-chatter anymore, or I amy "miff" a few people - Sorry people of this Guest-book, don't mean to upset you. Have a super day tomorrow.
dear steve about racing whippets i took up this passtime and invariably lost they were too quick for me but i found if you gave them a big meal before the race it did slow them down but i still lost now i am 61 i have taken up racing snails they are cunning and lay a slime trail for you to slip on but i wish you all the best on your whippet racing i hope you are better than me 16 races and no first place----george
Miss Jacqueline- thank for your kind wishes, actually I think I'm taller than Tom C, bit of good news from Parliament you might wish to comment on, there is a move afoot to introduce a bill to limit "cosmetic" abortions from 24 weeks limit down to 12! it is a step, I believe in the right direction, after all I also believe that life begins at conception, no not a perfect bill but a move towards hopefully a total ban on aborting Babies
In answer to the question about the wereabouts of val and sue bell formally of parkside, seaham, val is living at ludworth and sue is living at scarborough!
v. bell
Ludworth, Durham England -
I am researching my family history but have not been able to find much info. re: my uncle Barry (Bertie) QUINN and my aunt Elizabeth (Bessie) nee SESSIONS who had resided in Seaham during the 1920's - 1950's . any info. would be greatly appreciated.
london, USA -
family research - does anyone remember Barry (bertie) QuinN- he had worked in the mines up until the 1950's
london, england -
Brian Greenfingers, an interesting parable my son, but I understand that they dinna have "long spoons" in heaven! its well known that you need a long spoon to "sup with the devil" but I'll take your story as a compliment
"Brian Greenfingers" You spelled the word "neigbors" the American way. The British spelling is "Neighbours" So Are you American or British? Or, in that particular posting, is it that you cannot spell? I am not sure what I think of that posting - what do you think "Seahamlad?" Brian Greenfingers, Maybe you were just trying to be cute.... but I am not sure it was cute. I don't think Seahamlad or myself are any more annoying on this guest book than other people are. Mind you, it is true that I do love soups! I was so excited a few months ago, I found right here in New York (as y'all know I have spend most of my time down in Texas and in the south)Heinz Tomato soup and Heinz Baked Beans. You cannot find them down in the south or southwest or midwest. So, now and then, I will have myself some baked Beans on Toast and Tomato soup. I also make a delcious Pea and Ham soup and the best Asparagus Soup. (Though, I can't eat the Pea soup too often as it has too many carbs - I ! am into the new trend of "Low Carbs.") Well.. have a super day... I look forward to seeing "Seahamlad's" opinion of your posting
: "Bill Malone" You are in the best place to be - Austin Texas is excellent! I lived there for the summer of 2002. Zilcher Park is a great place for running.
Seahamlad, I think ex seahamer called it "OUR Guestbook" could have something to do with the heading at the top of the guestbook page. " The main purpose of this Guestbook is to allow Seaham Harbour folk around the world to keep in touch, to find each other, to explore their roots " I think judging by his/her nickname "ex seahamer" he probably comes from Seaham originally but doesn't live there now, so is quite entitled to call it "OUR Guestbook ".He/she is probably just as fed up of most of your own and Ms Markies ramblings and decided to make a point. For all you know ex-seahamer could have contributed to the guestbok in the past, but you were probably too excited when checking it to see if you had yet another reply form the Markie lady. I would imagine there are loads more people who either stopped looking at this site or at least feel the same way as ex seahamer because of Ms Markie. Don't let yourself fall into her trap.
another one
researching BOTCHERBY, GOODRIDGE, FICKLING, DUFFLE, families from this area, and doing a one name study on Botcherby any info much appreciated
val everson
england -
: I was born In Seaham but live in Norwich and I visit the Seaham Guest Book to keep in touch with home and I have to say that Jacky has been getting on my nerves for years so all I have to say is a resounding HEAR, HEAR to Harry's entry, he said everything I would like to say about her myself and tell her to get a life, she leads such a sad one inside your guestbook.
Norwich, Norfolk England -
following my message I inadvertently didnt submit the family I am seeking WALLACE ..Mary Elizabeth she had a brother William hemarried a lady named Lilly Laidler in 1899 thankyou
Maryland USA -
perhaps your town is close to Stockton on Tees am trying to find relatives fromWest Row and Charge Place both Stockton.. St Marys RC church may have archives but if they had an email address this would help .. good luck to you all in seaham harbour from the USA , b.heronmd
heron <>
Hampstead, maryland USA -
I spent my early childhood in Seaham Harbour. My father, Tom Spencer was the manager of Boots the Chemists at the top of Church Street. We lived in two houses in Dene House Road and then in Antrim Gardens before moving away from the area. I started at Viceroy Street Council Infants School in 1940 and then transferred to the school at the top of Church Street. Others in my class were Bobby Walton, Margaret Davidson, Shirley Porteous, Judith Mearing, Joyce Hume, Raymond Watts, Geoffrey Bailey and Leslie Brennan. Where are they all now? I have recently been in touch with both Shirley and Raymond. Failing the 11+, I ended up for a short time at the Intermediate School (S.I.S.) before moving away from Seaham in 1947. I well remember the beach being mined and barb-wired at the beginning of the war and the bombing of Seaham, when Church Street was covered in debris. The Junior School in Church Street was closed and we had to share with the Ropery. During the few ! weeks I was at the S.I.S., I remember Jimmy Dyson being in the same class. I remember the football match at school when he was playing full back, saved a certain goal for which Mr.Coxon (the referee) gave a penalty. Jimmy took over in goal and saved the penalty! The rest is history - Jimmy went on to play for Hartlepool United. Happy days. Now living in Birmingham, it would be nice to hear from anyone who remembers me. My address is: 30, Yew Croft Avenue, Harborne, Birmingham. B17 9TR.
Colin Spencer <>
Birmingham, England -
Seahamlad,the Rugby World Champions did'nt do to well on their tour down under. what i think you fail to understand is that after the World Cup Austraia and New Zealand teams had a long break, but not the English players, they went straight back to a long domestic season, including European cup games, the Six Nations, after that they were packed off to tour down under which was clearly a bad decision by Clive Woodward. Don't start writing us off just yet.
Devon -
I would like to add my thanks to those that have created this website. Looking at the pictures of Seaham have brought back some happy memories of my early life and especially those of the piers and beaches that my late father and I used to fish.I made a lot of friends from the area mostly through fishing.I lived in a small village called Newbottle near Houghton-Le-Spring.I moved south a few years ago but miss the friendship of the north east and the people of Seaham.Hopefully I will get the chance to return and maybe walk along the beaches and piers again.
Ron Bell <>
Wokingham, Berkshire England -
Jaqueline and Seahamlad as they lay sleeping one night, an angel came to them both in a dream. "You have been chosen to get a preview of hell." said the angel and away the three of them flew to the afterworld. They found themselves in a huge banqueting hall. On the tables were steaming tureens of the most wonderful-smelling soups. Seated at the tables were the damned. They had long spoons, longer than their arms--permanently attached to their hands. Because the spoons were so very long, they could never get the soup to their lips. The piteous wailing of their agonizing starvation was too much for J. and S. "Take us away from this horrible place," they said. The angel complied. As the glimpse of hell and perpetual famine faded into the distance, the angel said. "You have also been chosen to get a preview of Heaven." They found themselves in a huge banqueting hall again. On the tables were steaming tureens of the most delectable soups. Seated at the tables were the ! blessed. They had long spoons, longer than their arms-permanantly attached to their hands. Because the spoons were so long, they could never get the soup to their lips. J. and S. beheld the scene with awe--that heaven and hell could be so simular, yet so different! For there was no famished wailing and moaning here; rather a steady burble of happy conversation, as the people happily fed their neighbors and were fed in turn.
Brian Greenfingers
If Ed Is updating so am I!....Couliflowers fluffy and cabbages green, strawberries sweeter than I've ever seen. Beetroot purple and onions white: All grow steady day and night.
Brian Greenfingers
Just feeling my way through, I was on Durham ,Port Jackson Port Pirie ,Turakina Gothic Cretic Londoner Vermetus, and thought I might be able to stir a few cobwebbs off all 1960s Deck Dept Blokes Glenn
Glenn Baker
Dimboola, Victoria Australia -
"Seahamlad" Message for you, dated June 17th. I am so glad we make such a good "team" on this Guest-Book. I guess that is what "exSeaham" person thinks. Anyway, hope your summer is going well. Mine is going swell this year, thankyou. I have just got back from spending the end of May in Orlando and will be going to Chicago in a few weeks. Then later, may either be visiting California or the Rockies! Anyway, was thinking about you as I saw "Tom Cruise" on TV last night. Okay, got to go.. take care.. God Bless... From your friend, "Miss Jacqueline."
I am looking for relatives of Frederick & Jane Land(nee Lawrence)lived in Seaham Harbour 1840 and He worked as a ships pilot. Jane`s father was a Master Mariner born on the Isle of Wight, Frederick had a brother Robert Ships steward Died 1901 at Easington, any help would be a godsend. Regards John Land
John Land <>
Wimbourne, Dorset England -
Well said Harry I for one do believe we need the death penalty .
Miss Manners
My Grandmothers' family (Rutherford) came from Seaham, inclucing John Joseph, who sank aboard HMS Royal Oak.
Richard Hornby <>
Garforth, Leeds England -
: My wife and I knew a Doreen Curtis whose address in 1968 was 9, Watson Close, Dalton - Le - Dale, Seaham, Co Durham England. Is there anyway to contact her through your web site?
Bill Malone <>
Austin, Texas USA -
Hello I have a question regarding the Lord Seaham Hotel. Could you tell me if the Lord Seaham was ever a Pub operated by the Donkin family back in the 1930's? I am planning a vacation to the Northern UK to possibly visit some area's where my fathers relatives were from. Thank you, Juliet Donkin
Juliet Donkin
Hi there I used to race whippets a few years back and am thinking about getting back in to it I was wondering if you knew of any dogs for sale. Thanks steve.
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Ed Mason
Seaham, Co. Durham UK -
Sorry folks but our six monthly server maintainance is due again. The Guestbook will not be updated until after this has been completed. It may take a couple of weeks. However, keep sending in your entries to the Guestbook and we will add them once the work has finished. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
Ed Mason, Seaham Harbour Online,
Seaham, Co.Durham UK -
: I may pop back in six months to see if we have our guestbook back says "exseahamer" could I ask why you say "our Guestbook?" can you give one tiny example of a meaningful contribution you have made Mr Ex-Seahamer? but then again as you are a Person of "integrity" you said you wouldn't be back for 6 months. so I won't hold my breath waiting for your reply!
All Blacks 36-England 3. Well its back to the "Drawing Board" for England, We have just over 3 years to the next World Cup to get things right, Lets not take anything away from the All Blacks, they played a magnificent game and really rubbed our noses in it. So well done New Zealand. At least in Rugby circles, we can still applaud our victors. come on England you have a lot of catching up to do!
: I can understand Jacquelines point of view regarding our National Anthem and our Royal Family but I do not agree with her. I feel that we as Britains have almost lost our old culture and it is being replaced by a multiculture, which is ok as we are a country of mixed races. BUT I strongly feel that we Britians should try and save what culture we can, Royalty is just about all we have left. If we get rid of royalty what should we replace it with, shall we demolish Buckingham Palace and build a Mosque?. For gods sake in some counties we cannot even fly our own flag for feer of reprisal. Why is this happening?
Mary Mary
Norfolk, England -
Jim went to church on Sunday morning... He heard the organist miss a note and winced. He felt certain the usher was watching to see what he put in the offering plate, and that made him boil. Five times by actual count, he couught the preacher in slip-of-the-tongue mistakes. During the invitation, he slipped out of th side door muttering to himself,"What a waste of time!" Ron went to church also... He heard the pianist play an arrangement of "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" and he was stirred to worship by the majesty of it. A special missions offering was received and he was glad his church was doing what they could for people around the world. He especially appreciated the sermon that sunday; it really spoke to a need in his life. He thought as he shook the preacher's hand and left, "How can anyone come here and not feel the presence of God?" Jim and Ron were in the same church, on the same day. Each man found what he was looking for.
Brian Greenfingers
Roll up Roll up to the next installment of the Jacquline and Seaham lad show.. As a tribute to their one millionth post, I suggest the guestbook is renamed in their honour. Many Thanks and good luck..I may pop back in six months to see if we have our guestbook back :)
exseahamer <>
northeast, -
hi i am an old student of seaham school in burnhill drive i am now living in panama, panama and i am trying to find the email of this school the head teachers name is mr r dingle if anyone can find his or the schools e mail i would be so greatfull yours michelle sanchez
michael sanchez <www>
panama, -
I've been reading the guestbook for ages but had not had the urge to contribute for some time until I read jacqueline's latest drivel. Jacqueline, do you deliberately set out to annoy people with your wacky views or are you really a "goody two shoes"? Personally, I don't think any one could be that sickly sweet all of the time. Capital punishment Jackie??? so you think we should pray for Ian Huntley, the poor lost soul, he was unloved by God so he decided to butcher two twelve year old girls. I know! why don't we light a candle and pray for the people who flew the two airliners into the World Trade Towers, oh I know they only murdered 3,000 innocent people but never mind about that. Jacqueline please have a singular, warped view of the world we live in. Lily livered liberals like you, hinder the development of our nation, you want to keep us in the era of God fearing ignorance and superstition, you might gain comfort from thinking there is a god and anyone who breaks any of the commandments will have to answer to him on judgement day, but this does not happen Jackie. Religion, Jackie, is the tr! igger for almost every conflict this planet has ever seen. So God will not punish Ian Huntley or anyone else like him Jackie, we, the tax payer fund very very expensive prison terms where they have all the modern facilities they could ever need, much like the families of the Soham girls infact, except that he hidn't have his daughter brutally murdered. As a flag waving liberal Jackie you believe in free speech, try not to bore us with you incredibly stupid views luv.
To "Lesely Roberts" and "FLabaghasted" I am not "trashing" the country I was from, all I am saying is that I do not agree with the British National Anthem. "I vow to thee my country" seems more appropriate. Also, I am saying I am not a fan of the Royalty, nor am I apposed to them either, I really don't care one way or another. I happen to enjoy residing in USA it has worked well for me over these years and I am loyal to my American fellowmen and country. Though, I have not forgot my British roots, or where I came from, economically, or socially. I keep in mind on a frequent basis "where I came from" and thank God for those life experiences; whether pleasant or not. My experiences "shaped" who I was when I moved away and who I am today. Furthermore, I thank God each day for the beautiful blessings I have, that I am not sure I would have had if I had not moved away from Seaham. The reason I work very well with the poor and have an understanding and love them, is beca! use I will never forget where it was that I came from. And I am not talking just about Seaham, I am talking about the very poor area I came from as an infant in a part of Scotland. Oh, one last note, "Which side of the fence am I on." Part of me will always be British: my table manners, my conservatism and my mannerisms. However, there is also a big part of me which is indeed very "American." and I am indeed proud to be an American and love to sing the American national Anthem and to say the Pledge to the flag. Oh, don't forget Lesely, June 14th is American Flag Day. I offer a sincere apology to those I may have offended.
: My father, Philip Yard, was born on Nelson Street in l916 and his father, George Yard, taught carpentry at a school in Seaham. They lived at the top of Ambleside Avenue. My grandmother was Elizabeth Yard. I would love to hear from anyone who might have known them. My father loved Seaham and have visited it twice in the last ten years. I think it is a beautiful place and hope to go again. Please contact me if you knew any of the Yard family. Thank you.
Elizabeth Fleming <>
Toronto, Ontario Canada -
suggested National anthem for GB Land of Hope and Glory Mother of the Free How shall we extol thee Who are born of thee? Wider still and wider Shall thy bounds be set God, who made thee mighty Make thee mightier yet... God, who made thee mighty Make thee mightier yet.
Jacqueline I dont know how you dare slag the royal family and our National anthem off. You clame to be an American now and to have lost all your Britishness.So what do you know?
The death penalty would do one thing Jacqueline. There would be one less killer in the world after it had been carried out!
Harry Hangman
Jacqueline I really wish you would make your mind up which side of the fence you are on. In one breath you're proud to be English, next you trash our National Anthem. Next you're all gung ho about the glories of the USA then you back pedal about every issue you talk about. As for the National Anthem what's the big deal about Royalty. It was instituted at a time that was totally different from present times. Have you listened to the American anthem which is vastly overplayed it's all about blowing up the evil English. I live in the USA and probably would not come back to the UK to live but you don't here me wishing the world to be so perfectly American the way you do with a Starbucks and Organic market on every corner!!! You never even go home so everthing you say about comparisons is either written by someone else or you old jaded opinion of your rough childhood 20 years ago. Just please pick which life you want and get on with it quietly.
Lesley Roberts <>
Phoenix, Arizona USA -
Yes Jacqueline, in certain circumstances I do agree that Capital punishment is necessary, not for all Murders, but there are evil People in this World who deserve it, I think that you have the right approach in the USA, ie Murder one etc. In the Murder one catagory I would put evil people like the Moors Murderer, and the Animal that killed those little Children at Soham, also the evil so and so who molested and murdered that poor little 13 year old child in France some 8 years ago. I don't for one moment think you will change your views on this matter, so we'll agree to disagree on this one. and you said quote "If someone was attacking you, and in response to that, you accidentially hit the person really hard over the head with something and it killed him etc", It would not be accidently at all! you know today in this politically correct World of ours, it seems that to much sympathy is extended by the "do gooders" to the Criminal and the poor Victims are usually ! "hung out to dry"
I personally would like to see a garden knome elected to head of state or maybe Ann Swithernbank, shes great on Gardeners question time. Could anyone in their right mind elect a politition to head of state naaa!!
Brian Greenfingers
"SeahamLad" A second attempt to respond to your opinion on the "Death penalty." So, it appears that you agree with the death penalty? Self Defense is something very different than the death penalty. If someone was attacking you, and in response to that, you accidentially hit the person really hard over the head with something and it killed him, well... that is not the death penalty. The death penalty is given to someone who takes another person's life, and I just DO NOT AGREE With it. If a member of my family or friends were purposely killed, I would hope and pray that I would not wish for the person who committed the murder to be given the death penalty as it would not bring back my family or friends and it would not make every thing all better or for the hurt and sorrow to go away. I would still be feeling angry, hurt and sad. The death penalty does not resolve a thing, however, constant prayer, and time heals as well as counseling does indeed help and resolve i! ssues such as family/friends being purposely killed. Also, who are we to take another person's life? Our lives are given to us as a gift from God.
"Seahamlad" I do not respect the British national Anthem (And have not for years and years.) for the fact that it states, "God save our gracious queen, long live our noble queen, God save the queen" (Or King). What about God save the people, or God save Great Britain. I am not a huge fan of the Royal family, nor am I apposed to them either, I don't really care one way or another, but, to have to sing either God save the Queeen or God save the King as the British national Anthem, I think is not neccessary. If war ever broke out in Britain, like during WWII the Royal family would indeed be saved.. it would be the poor commoners who would have to fight to survive. I agree with another Guest-Book reader that the British National Anthem ought to be "I Vow To Thee My Country." I love that hymn so very much and that ought to be the new British National Anthem.
A Guestbook contributer recently said Quote "FLY YOUR FLAG WITH PRIDE FOR OUR COUNTRY, OUR QUEEN AND OUR IDENTITY" I can go along with two thirds of that. I'll fly it for my Country and ID, but I am not a Royalist in any shape or form, I firmly believe that our Head of State should be elected by the People and not by pseudo accession. what do you think Dear Jacqueline? and what do other Guestbook users think?
sorry Micks Mentor, can't agree with you about Mick "having done" Ok last season, finishing third in the "rubbish" division and having to be there for at least another year is hardly worthy of praise! On the other hand the Magpies only just qualified for the Euro Cup and consider that to be a failure, seems Sunderland fans are easy pleased, thats one of the reasons(sadly) that you're not progressing.
Well, I went to see "The Day After Tomorrow" while I was vacationing in Florida this past weekend. Excellent movie, very tense, keeps you half off your seat! Though, obviously, a lot of "hollywood" hype in the movie, but very good! Poor New York though, (not to forget Scotland and England too.) perhaps sometime, I do indeed need to move back to the southern or south eastern part of USA. Anyway, higly recommend y'all to see the movie.
I think Mick did OK this season. Have a good holiday Mick.
lenaMick's Mentor
Seaham, -
Brian Greenfingers, you could try standing outside said Garden Centre with a big placade stating "Who killed my Cock Robin and his Family" What these Robin Killers do not like is bad publicity! go to it Brian. and why not put a couple of George cross Flags as well!
i had many happy summer holidays up seaham iwas born ther but left when i was a baby.when icame up i used to play football and cricket with some lads from around my grandads house at stanley st north,one of the lads was stewart mussen and michael sennet this was in the early fifties i would see all my relatives and get spoilt grandad would save up the empties from the red star and that was my pocket money my grandads name was martin watson sadly passed on long ago when i was doing my training at the vindicatrix sea training school 1959 when i was sixteen.i still get back to seaham to see my stepgrandad jimmy swan but at the moment we are both unwell so my times up there are getting fewer but still love the place and still have other relatives (william scorer and family) to name one.i enjoyed the website and it is on my list to read it regular. all the bestgeorge robinson
George Robinson <>
Doncaster, UK -
Thought for the day - Think on this; There are 10 types of people in the world. Those that understand binary and then those that don't.
Doug Edwards
I must protest in the loudest possible voice. A resteraunt has got permission from the environment department to shoot poor little Robins who fly into the resteraunt looking for crumbs. The resteraunt just happens to reside in a Garden Centre where I buy plants for my garden. This made Radio 4 news too, I can't say no more, I'm too upset.
Grian Greenfingers
Oh Missy Jacqueline, whatever happened to "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth". You seem to quote from the good book selectively.
Doug Edwards
Saint George you asked; Why is it, if you fly a Scottish or Welsh flag you are a patriot, a proud and loyal son or daughter of your country. But if you fly an English flag you are a filthy Nazi scum bag deliberately trying to invoke racial riots? unfortunately a extreme right wing party is misusing our flag
Lol Seaham Lad. I guess that was wasted on Jacqueline.
"Miss Jacqueline." You really must learn to "lighten up" The Grammatical entry was a wee bit of barmy prose, Don't be so serious! and Jacqueline, sometimes it is in order for you to take a life! its called self-defence, or even self-preservation, and if judicially executing Saddam or any other murdering dictator saves an innocent Person, so be it.
Why is it, if you fly a Scottish or Welsh flag you are a patriot, a proud and loyal son or daughter of your country. But if you fly an English flag you are a filthy Nazi scum bag deliberately trying to invoke racial riots?
Saint George
Seaham, England - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 16:22:13 (PDT)
Well, I see the UK and the USA may be at odds over the possible death penalty of Saddam Hussain. As you all know, I am NOT for the Death Penalty at all - not even for Saddam Hussain or any other evil dictator. It is NOT up to us to take the life of any human being or to decide the if one should live or die - that is up to God and only up to God. if we all lived accordingly to God's word, we would never have to face this decision. I am in disagreement with the USA's possible decision; but that is because I base my decisions upon Chrisitan, humane values as millions of other pro-life citizens do in this country. NOT ALL of us are for the death penalty.
- Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 16:19:49 (PDT)
Well, if you go to China and lay all the Chinese down head to toe in two rows, you would have the longest double yellow line in the world. Not a lot of people know that!
Brian Greenfingers
- Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 16:18:45 (PDT)
"Seahamlad" who are you to tell the rest of us how we ought to be writing? You are not a teacher, though it is in your family - but you are not one. This Guest-Book is NOT an English class - thank you very much! Your dearest friend...... "Miss Jacqueline."
- Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 16:18:01 (PDT)
This ones for Harry! where are you lately? A man was chosen for jury duty who really wanted to be dismissed from serving. He tried every excuse he could think of but none of them worked. On the day of the trial, he decided to give it one more shot. As the trial was about to begin, he asked if he could approach the bench. "Your Honor," he said, "I must be excused from this trial because I am prejudiced against the defendant. I took one look at the man in the blue suit with those beady eyes and that dishonest face and I said 'He's a crook! He's guilty!' So, your Honor, I cannot possibly stay on this jury!" With a tired annoyance the judge replied, "Get back in the jury box, you fool. That man is the defendant's lawyer."
- Sunday, May 23, 2004 at 16:30:49 (PDT)
Words of advice to all Guestbook contributers: Remember to never split an infinitive. The passive voice should never be used. Do not put statements in the negative form. Verbs have to agree with their subjects. Proofread carefully to see if you words out. If you reread your work, you can find on rereading a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing. A writer must not shift your point of view. And don't start a sentence with a conjunction. (Remember, too, a preposition is a terrible word to end a sentence with.) Don't overuse exclamation marks!! Place pronouns as close as possible, especially in long sentences, as of 10 or more words, to their antecedents. Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided. If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is. Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing metaphors. Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky. Everyone should be careful to use a singular pronoun with singular noun! s in their writing. Always pick on the correct idiom. The adverb always follows the verb. Last but not least, avoid cliches like the plague; seek viable alternatives.
- Sunday, May 23, 2004 at 16:29:52 (PDT)
"SeahamLad" in response to your loyalty to Seaham, I forgot to ask that you understand the loyalty I have to my adopted country - America and to my fellow Americans. There are aproximately between 189 and 266 countries in the world (Depending on one's sources.. The United Nations represent 189 countries and there are others the UN do not represent.) And each of those 189 - 266 countries have their own set of issues: Ecomically, Political, Ethnically divided, Educational and Health issues. Not one country is the perfect country to live in. We, as unique individuals, chose to live in a different country or even town, which suits and meets our own comfort levels and which may even differ from our own childhood experiences from our birth place. To many, America is not seen as the better country to live in, given the extreme liberal verses the extreme conservatism trends.. or given the extreme poverty verses the extreme wealth, or the difficulties we face with our healt! h care system and some of our educational systems. More imporantly, the issue at this present time, is the War we are at with Iraq and the terrible news we are now aware of with a very small handful of our soldiers who do not represent the rest of our very fine and dignified Military. However, in the same way as Americans continue to deal with the countries issues on a daily basis, so does each and every other country in the world continue to deal with their countries difficulties: Politically, Economically, Anit-Social Behavior in children/Teens/young adults, Educational and Health issues as well as Ethnically divided problems. People choose to live in a country that may differ from their childhood country to fit and meet their needs and comfort levels that change as one's matures, and get older. "SeahamLad" I have a very strong and deep loyalty to America and to my fellow Americans. (Lets just hope that the UK and the USA never become enemies!!! And we continue to keep ou! r very close Allied Friendship! :-)
- Sunday, May 23, 2004 at 16:28:17 (PDT)
Jacqueline...Seahamlad is very right indeed. I have just returned from a business trip to Shanghai (thats in China Jackie) and every day I made comparisons with my surroundings with Seaham. Firstly Shanghai constantly smells of drains. Shanghai (The Bund Financial District where I had business meetings was very similar to New York City), 300 yards from the Bund district limits is the most acute poverty I have ever seen anywhere in the world. There Annual Per capita earnings are less than $800 USD. Accommodation was primitive, no thats not the's stoneage...I tell you the truth..getting onto a jumbo jet to fly 15 hours to home was the very best part of my trip. I have been to America over 30 times, europe, middle east and far east, so let me tell you this. England (because we are English, not British and not European) is beyond doubt the most friendly, modern, powerful, beautiful country. I would change but one thing...our most dreadful national anthem with! "I vow to thee my country"...I also read in some rag today that certain areas of the country are preventing some areas of the country from flying their St.George's Flag because it "May Offend" certain other comunities. FLY YOUR FLAG WITH PRIDE FOR OUR COUNTRY, OUR QUEEN AND OUR IDENTITY and simple treat these liberal "tree huggers" with the contempt they deserve. In fact if anyone hears of such a case please inform the guestbook..thx
- Sunday, May 23, 2004 at 16:26:31 (PDT)
Brian... I saw Les Miserables in New York wih my wife and we thought it so very good...beautiful music, beautiful singing, superb sets etc. ect. a good story too. If you ever get the opportunity to see 2 girls and 3 lads called "Amici" they are sensational and their music transports you to a higher plane.
Seaham, - Sunday, May 23, 2004 at 16:24:50 (PDT)
Sorry to butt in, but here we go again. Jackie Doodle Dandy on her favourite subject of knocking Seaham. Where was Seaham Lads comment about Seaham being the BEST place to live? Did I miss that bit? Does it even matter? Seaham may have its problems, but I would feel far happier, far safer and much more relaxed walking the streets of Seaham than any town or city in America. I recently read an article in the New York Times about crime statistics since 9/11. Apparently New Yorkers are now much nicer to each other. Since 9/11 crimes against the person have fallen and last year there were only 598 murders, only 1875 rapes, only 26000 assaults and only 29000 burglaries. Sorry, no mention of any vandalism. Despite New York’s many problems, I have no objection to it being described as a magnificent city. Jackie, find something positive to read in the Sunderland Echo, your comments are becoming predictable and a complete bore.
- Sunday, May 23, 2004 at 16:24:01 (PDT)
On a tour of England the Pope took a couple of days off to visit the north east coast. His 4 x 4 Pope-Mobile was driving along the sands at South Shields when there was an enormous commotion. They rushed to see what it was and upon approaching the scene the Pope noticed just outside the surf, a hapless man wearing a Newcastle football jersey, struggling to free himself from the jaws of a 20 foot shark !!! At that moment a speedboat containing three men wearing Sunderlan tops roared into view. Spontaneously, one of the men took aim at the shark and fired a harpoon into it's ribs, immobilising it instantly. The other two reached out and pulled the Newcastle fan from the water and then, using long clubs, beat the shark to death. They bundled the bleeding, semi - conscious man into the boat along with the dead shark and prepared for a hasty retreat, when they heard frantic calling from the shore.............. It was the Pope, summoning them to the beach. Upon reaching land, the Pope went into raptures about the rescue and said "I give you my blessing for your brave actions. I'd heard there were racist, xenophobic people trying to divide the people of Britain but now I have seen with my own eyes this is not true". "I can see your society is a truly enlightened example of tribal harmony which could serve as a model for other nations". He blessed them all and drove off. As he departed, the harpoonist asked the others "Who was that ?!" "That," one answered "was his Holiness the Pope. He is in direct contact with God and has access to all God's wisdom" "Well," the harpoonist replied, "he knows nowt at all about shark fishing. By the way, how's the bait holding up or do we need to get another one???"
Peter Almond
Seaham, - Sunday, May 23, 2004 at 01:41:24 (PDT)
I have just wached a vidio called "Les Miserables." I thought it would make me feel a little Less Miserable. But I'm quite besoted by it. It takes your mind off the news-mind you, it's my own fault after serfing through: C.B.S. Yew york post, Washington post, Sunderland Echo and ofcourse, Seaham Guestbook. I've also planted runner beans, a pyramid of sweetpeas and bought a new lawnmower-and what about the news?....I just grin and bear it!
Brian Greenfingers
- Thursday, May 20, 2004 at 00:03:28 (PDT)
"SeahamLad" I admire your loyalty to your "hometown" and perhaps your birth place. However, I think you are going a bit over the top, when you say "Seaham is the best place.." I realize that Murton, Sunderland or South Shields or Jarrow, Washington are also places that are in worse shape than Seaham, in terms of crime and just vandalism. However, many people who have moved away from Seaham (check out the "friendsreunited" board) all say the same, they would never move back to Seaham. Seaham is a good little community, if you don't "miff" a few of the people, otherwise, life is not pleasant... And Seaham is a good community for those who are not as "adventerous" as others. However, "Seahamlad" Seaham is not the most magnificant place to live. There are thousands upon thousands of more spectacular and beautiful places to live other than in Seaham. I read the Sunderland Echo about once a week or twice a week and all I see is ugly stuff happening in Seaham - it has got! worse in 20 years not better. Perhaps, it is just the new generation. Anyway, glad you like your hometown and think it is the best - you have great loyalty and that is to be admired. I am sorry I am in disagreement with you.
- Thursday, May 20, 2004 at 00:02:32 (PDT)
"Seahamlad" thank you for keeping me informed - I was just curious that is all. It would be nice if there were always a two parent household/family for the children, but unfortunately, as we are seeing and learning each day that we are far, very far indeed, from the world that God intended for us to live in. I am afraid, "Seahamlad" people like you and I who were raised with good Christian values, are now having to fight for our faith and basic values and principles. In Massachuttes, Gay marriages are now completely legalized. This is going to cause much confusion to children and serious consequences to our society. I am all for Human Rights, but I am in disagreement of this latest new trend in our society.
- Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 00:27:57 (PDT)
To John Greaves Rotherham, yorkshire what you say about Seaham is perfectly true, it is a truly magnificent place to live! next time you're up this way on your M/C why don't you stay for a day or two, we as you know have some excellent watering holes and I'd be delighted to buy you a decent Pint, that is unless you are TT, if so how about a coke?
- Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 00:26:56 (PDT)
Jacqueline, the curfew in Seaham appears to be working well, and a lot of Folk, particularly older ones think its a good idea too. Its just a pity that the parents of the Thugs terrorising the district, didn't enforce a curfew of their own, after all discipline should always start in the home, preferably in a sound two-Parent enviroment
- Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 17:16:04 (PDT)
I totally agree with Bruno as regard the birching of criminals. If I had my way I’d bring back the village stocks, with a town crier announcing to all what the little *^^%@$ has done. Put the villain in them for a day or so and let them be pelted with rotten veg and be humiliated for their crimes
Victorian Dad
Seaham, - Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 17:15:15 (PDT)
I was born in Dawdon in 1953, and moved to Rotherham soon after as my dad was following to work in the mining industry. I pass Seaham often during the summer while motorcycling its like a magnet to me. I have a fair amount of family in the area but as ever with living away contacts get broken, but never fogotten. You are all very lucky to live in the gem of the North East, kind regards John.
John Greaves
Rotheram, yorkshire - Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 17:14:19 (PDT)
Ed. many thanks for your prompt reply,great news regarding the Banner fund and the lottery funding in particular.I shall follow the progress with great interest.
Tony from Spain
Espana, - Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 01:25:13 (PDT)
Seahamlad...I would be judge, jury and executioner and what a pleasure it would be. I have just been away on business to China where their tolerance to this type of habitual, serial offending is not even very low, it's non-existant. There is no street crime, there is no graffitti, there are no broken places. On the other is the most dirty, smelly, disgusting place I have ever had the misfortune to be sent. Everything I have eaten over the last four days has had either a face, fur, hair, or in one instance movement. On my return to the UK my wife and I went out for a drink, she had a gin and tonic and I had 11 pints of Gaviscon.
Seaham, - Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 01:24:22 (PDT)
Well said Seaham Lad, I totally agree with you,regarding your comments on the Iraq situation.
Tony from Spain
Espana, - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 16:16:50 (PDT)
Tony from Spain. the SDVT Miners Banner fund is alive and kicking. We have raised around £20,000 which has paid for three new banners to use at Durham Miners Gala and elsewhere without worrying about whether or not they will survive the experience. The old banners which were the focus of all those tragic trips to Durham after miners had lost their lives in the pits and they were draped in black are in a state of disrepair. We are attempting to conserve these for future generations. they are steeped in Seaham's mining history. The Banner Fund have just successfully applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant to run a Mining Heritage Project. This is just a pilot which we hope to disseminate town-wide and area wide. The Vane Tempest banner will be conserved in the first phase and we will be spreading the heritage story through the youngest children in our communiy to there parents and families. Parkside Infant children will lead the way and learn about their mining heritage. they will design there own "Banner for Today" and carry it into Durham at the Gala. Be there,Tony. Don't miss it. It will be a tear jerker. I am currently modifying the bannerfund web site so that you can follow the progress of the project. You'll find it at
Ed Mason
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 15:15:32 (PDT)
Well said Seaham Lad, I totally agree with you,regarding your comments on the Iraq situation.
Tony from Spain
Espana, - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 15:24:02 (PDT)
Hi angie - sorry can't place the name tasker in my not to good memory. My Aunt Jane lived in No. 49 Bethune and my gannie lived in No 45 Bethune. my gannie had only one leg and was the only one legged bookies runner in seaham. The only person I knew in Bethune were the Goundries and the Copelands who lived on the avenue. I was also a good friend of Roy horsley who lived on the avenue a bit higher up than my gannie. give me a few clues on your father so as to jog my memory = regards
Sunderland, - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 15:18:16 (PDT)
"Seahamlad" I do not have much time this morning to write a whole long speach on what it is that I think, But in short, I am in agreement with you. (I am often in agreement with you - with think alike for most things.) I am, however, disappointed in a few of our service men and women, (American) ther was no excuse for that kind of abuse to the prisoners whatsoever. Though, some of the service men and women who participated, were Reservists and they had said, they had very little trainning on how to deal with POW's and if riots broke out etc.. Nevertheless, that kind of "porn" and sexual humiliation was wrong! and no excuse! Our western society has become so "sexual" and comfortable with sexual acts that are degrading and that is just not right at all. This has now casued such a tense situation for the rest of the military men and women, and our allies. But you know, "Seahamlad" There are claims that our government knew what was going on way back in February - and w! hy now is it just coming out? I cannot speak for the British, but I will speak for some of the Americans, we sent young kids out there, who, in this day and age, were very ill prepared for this kind of war. Our young kids fighting this war, grew up in such a privilaged society (even the poorest out in West Virginia, have grown up in a very different life to our soldiers who fought in WW1 and WW11 etc..)There was a young girl been intervied last night, complainning that she now has seek counseling as she has been traumatized by this war. Well... thousands of men fought in WW11, but you never saw that kind of reactions going on. This generation of young kids fighting our war at this time, are ill prepared and have grown up in a generation of luxuries. I will tell y'all what I told you way back when, this war is only the beginning of horrendous things to come to our world. Despite the recent issues with our service men and women, we still need to be in FULL SUPPORT FOR OUR MIL! ITARY AND OUR PRESIDENT/or Prime Minister.
- Monday, May 10, 2004 at 15:17:14 (PDT)
Ed. What happened to the Banner Fund,cannot see any it on the S.H.G.B.
Tony form Spain
Espana - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 10:50:37
fkg u r approching 69 the same age as my father M Tasker u know him from them years back? they lived in Bethune Av.
seaham, - Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 15:55:05 (PDT)
The recent turn of events in Iraq really give cause for concern for the welfare of the Coalition Forces and for all Civilians working abroad, particularly those working in Muslim Countries, there appears little doubt that the photo's/images of the Americans are true, but there is considerable doubt about the British ones for many reasons. What however is not in doubt is the totally irresponsible behavior of a certain national newspaper in publishing these "photo's" and unproved allegations of cruelty. They are making a tense situation even worse for our Lads and lasses out there. a certain Muslim cleric is even offering a reward for anyone kidnapping English Woman or killing service personel. The Newspaper concerned is refusing to publish a retraction! Personally I will never again purchase another newspaper from that publisher. Don't misunderstand me, I think that cruelty in any form is wrong and should be condemned, but lets not condemn our hard working dedi! cated Service personel on flimsy evidence like this! What do other Guest users think?
- Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 15:54:00 (PDT)
does anyone recall attending school with June Sessions in the 1940's - 1950's
patricia sessions <>
london, - Friday, May 07, 2004 at 16:03:17 (PDT)
Hi, I grew up in Seaham, and am coming for a visit in September. If anyone remembers me, (camden square 1977) drop me an e-mail. Thanks Tony
Tony Robson <>
Campbell Rivver, BC Canada - Friday, May 07, 2004 at 16:02:04 (PDT)
Bruno, If they ever brought Capital punishment back, would you volunteer to be the Hangman?
- Friday, May 07, 2004 at 16:00:32 (PDT)
A CURFEW...IN SEAHAM? I've been away and just heard. What a good idea, I hope the powers that be can re-introduce the birch to service the habitual offenders. OK.OK Jacqueline they are Gods children and they are all angels that have come down from heaven b*****ks if they practice anti social behavoiur they should be punished for it and get a good whipping. No Jacqueline 3 Hail Mary's will not absolve them from their criminal activities
Seaham, - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 16:43:10 (PDT)
Hi Hilary tried to send you an Email could not send for one reason or another
Sunderland, - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 16:42:18 (PDT)
Seahamlad my remarks were simply an observation.
seaham, england - Monday, May 03, 2004 at 15:32:00 (PDT)
I will be interested to hear how this "cerfew" in Seaham goes on... and how long it lasts and if it is successful. I think the parents are the one's now who will HAVE to have some control over their teens. (The parents of teh teens causing the havoc - that is.) "Seahamlad" please keep me updated on this - I will be very curious; perhaps I could read about it in the Sunderland Echo online.
- Monday, May 03, 2004 at 15:30:32 (PDT)
Dennis Breeze, Welcome to the R/Club! You're No 11
- Monday, May 03, 2004 at 15:29:30 (PDT)
I've added a solar opperated fountain to my garden pond. The Blackbirds are already using it as their personal shower. The cost of the fountain was small, the pleasure it's giving already is great. A friend of mine said his Mother-in-Law was paying a visit.He said he knew she was arriving because the mice had thrown themselves onto the traps. He said she eats so fast, she has racing colours on her knife and fork and when she hangs up her bra, a camel trys to make love to it. Such is life I suppose. I'm glad I am single. Church was great today, the Minister talked about a sheep in Newzealand that had not been sheered for six years. I remember one Minister talking from the pulpit about the deamon drink. He held a glass of water in one hand and a glass of wisky in the other. Now said the Minister, If I take a worm and put it into the glass of water, it just wriggles and wriggles but it remains alive. But, if I put the worm into the wisky-wham It's dead, so what is the! moral of that? Someone from the rear of the congregation called out. "If you drink wisky you wont get worms." And goodby.
Brian Greenfingers
- Monday, May 03, 2004 at 15:28:57 (PDT)
Hi FKGSunderland I lived in Jasper Ave. and had the same experiences as you remember the sledging down the back streets?
Hilary <>
Guernsey - Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 03:33:06 (PDT)
Hi Would like to contact any Everist family to complete the family tree
T.H.Hilary Siwerby <:>
Guernsey, - Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 03:32:21 (PDT)
Is this a guestbook or a chat line for people with nothing to do with there sad lives. The subject of Seaham rarely rears its tiny head. Spooky that.
Stamford, Lincolnshire - Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 03:31:22 (PDT)
I was in Seaham a couple of years ago and couldnt find anywhere to stay apart from what used to be the Hall hospital and it was kind of pricey and a bit too perfect for the kids. Yes I get all kinds of begging letters and garbage. Its a pain.
mission, Canada - Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 03:30:24 (PDT)
Brian Greenfingers I am pleased you enjoyed your time in Alderney and presume you went through Guernsey to get there. I moved to the Channel Islands 18 years ago and after a long time I am now settled with a family. Although it is tranquil here I can assure you we have problems with teenagers too but they only think they are street wise and coming from England originally I find the things they do and say quite funny. They only follow what they see on the T V. I am also a bouncer, a job that can be quite dangerous but again quite funny as the trouble here is about 20 years behind the trouble you get elsewhere, you only have to swear at the wrong time to get arrested. And if you dare to be drunk in public, well that is a weekend in the cells and in front of the judge on Monday with a £300 fine. Hopefully the trouble Seaham people are getting with the minority of teenagers will ease with the curfew, a good idea but only if it is enforced correctly and the offending people being rehabilitate! d into society.
AmandaCochrane (Sowerby) <>
GUERNSEY - Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 03:29:23 (PDT)
Hello, LIZ PERCIVAL, I see in the pictures of this Web that Seaham is a beatiful place. No wonder you were homesick. I hope you arrived well. See you in June. Jennifer.
Jennifer <>
Benidorm, Spain - Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 03:27:29 (PDT)
New York is so beautiful this time of the year... Yesterday afternoon I took a horse and carriage ride around central park and followed by seeing the musical "Beauty and the Beast." My friend was able to get orchestra seats and we sat in the third row from the front. The performance, the colorful costumes and the art work of the sets, was magnificant! it was really outstanding and very enjoyable!
- Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 03:26:24 (PDT)
To John of Bermondsey if you show your email address on any board forum or guest book there are hackers and other people who harvest email addresses and then bombard you with spam mail. I like many other people get many of this spam and it is a bl**dy nuisance. I am 69 and have been offered the means to increase my p**is by x inches, millions of dollars from people in Africa. and medicines of every description at very low cost. I also understand that the "authorities" are trying to stop spam, and I also understand that software is available to stop the majority.
Sunderland, England - Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 03:25:42 (PDT)
FKG, I think you'll agree that times change (not always for the better) but there's no way we can return to those days! lets give this curfew idea a fair trial and not condemn it out of hand, if you can think of a sensible, practical alternative Mr FKG I'm sure it will be considered carefully, so come on! how about some constructive criticism? bearing in mind that we can't have Coppers going around administering their own kind of rough justice ie a clip on the ear!
- Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 03:24:19 (PDT)
John- My last comment wasn't printed either (this probably won't be either) informing you of a guest house on the Avenue. Let's face it you were never the sharpest tool in the box by disclosing your e-mail address. Hope to see you soon !
Bermondsey - Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 03:23:17 (PDT)
re; miss markie and sals comments to my posting. whilst i do agree on a curfew i still think it unfair on the kids who are not troublesome, lets face it if this had happened when we were young what would have happened. but in this day and age the parents have had most of their rights taken away and the kids given more. i know that if indeed i was troublesome i would have been clouted from either one of my parents and dragged to the person to apoligise. we can all blame the parents for any childs misconduct but is it always the parents fault (i dont think so). the thing is the police know who these children are who are making lives a misery so give them more power to be able to lift these kids off the streets and give them individual curfews make an example of them and it might deter others from following in their footsteps. bring in the short sharp shock treatment but allow the innocent to roam free
once a one parent
seaham, - Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 03:22:13 (PDT)
Isn't John from Bermondsey,London John McVeigh??Havent you moved back up here by now??Shouldnt we be told?
- Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 03:21:02 (PDT)
John, last year Liz and I lodged for a couple of nights at the Harbour View. I have stayed at better lodging houses but the beds were comfortable, and the breakfast was good. The price was also acceptable. If you are the John I think you are, this is from your friend TOM. If you are not, I am still your country friend.
Tom Moreland <>
London, - Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 03:20:28 (PDT)
John from Bermondsey, ps the begging letters weren't from me!
- Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 03:19:26 (PDT)
John from Bermondsey, yes I did send a message about B@Bs but it was not printed in full, so trying again, there is a B@B at Cold Hesleton called "The Chapel House" which I could certainly recommend which is about a mile from Seaham Town Center.
- Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 03:18:56 (PDT)
Polly, if you don't work for the Council, you should apply pronto, then we'll blame you,
- Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 03:18:19 (PDT)
I would like to know,why there are only about ten people in the guestbook,is it because of the rubbish you all talk about
Dennis Breeze
shellharbour, NSW australia - Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 03:17:39 (PDT)
My last comment wasn't put on the guestbook I will try again.I left my e-mail address as I was looking for guest houses in Seaham but all I have got is begging letters, viruses and scams {I ain't daft enough to even open these e-mails} from all over the world. Has anybody else had the same problem? Also Seahamlad, on the 16th of this month you left a message saying "john" was this directed at me if so what was the rest of your message please. Ta, John. P.S. Yeah I know my spelling is crap.
bermondsey, london ENGLAND - Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at 07:55:47 (PDT)
: I was born in Seaham, and am now approaching 69 and lived the majority of my childhood in Hexham Avenue Deneside I spent my recreational time playing games, either in the back street or in the Park. The back streets were ideal for football and cricket and we sharp found out who did not want us outside there backdoor, so we avoided that area, The backstreets were clear of cars where now you cannot get stirred for them. When we went to deneside park we had a Swings etc. area, a Football field and a grassed area where smaller games of footy and cricket took place. the park had 4 or more tennis courts all hard surface. Now if my memory serves me well we had no other amenities available to us except the scouts or other like organisations and I get exasperated when people use the lack of facilities as an excuse for youngsters unruly behaviour. I agree that in my youth that we had unruly lads and sometimes lasses, and other than in extreme cases the wrongdoer was soon sorted out by the local policeman called Jeff who lived on the Avenue. I do feel however that this modern method of using curfews to stop unruly children behaving badly is like using a sledge hammer to crack a nut, and only time will tell whether it will be a success or not. IMHO I beleive that what goes around comes around, and sometimes the sting in the tail becomes more hurtfull
Sunderland, England - Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at 07:54:14 (PDT)
hi, if anyone knows of a site whereby i can seach out relative (Mark Medcalfe), who moved to austrailia in the 1950's, please let me know. or if anyone who reads this knows of a Mark Medcalfe(i think its with an E.) he had a brother charlie and sister Margaret, thats all i know but just maybe, who knows. thanx.
angie <>
seaham, uk - Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at 07:52:00 (PDT)
Seahamlad" why are you spelling "Color" t he American way? The British spelling is "Colour." Also, to "Once a Parent" Okay, maybe I was a bit too harsh in my suggestions.... ther are indeed "two sides to the coin" As "SeahamLad" could verify, I, myself got into some "mischief" when I was out of my parents earshot... I was far from the little Angel... So waht is it that Seaham needs to be doing to be helping the kids and the parents deal with this issue? The only solution at this time is the cerfew... It may well be punishing some teens that are good kids, and that is NOT fair, but, something has to be done.
- Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at 07:50:20 (PDT)
Seahamlad yoyr right Seaham does look good at the moment, but can you tell me when it's good it's Gods work but when it's bad everyone blames the Council???
Durham - Sunday, April 25, 2004 at 16:06:58 (PDT)
To once a one parent, Whilst I agree with you that the innocent could be suffering for the guilty regarding the Deneside curfew. We also have to think of ordinary folk. When you have pcks of 20 to 30 youngsters roaming around it can be intimidating and many people don't feel safe in their homes never mind outside. I think it's right to say adults have rights too/
Seaham, - Sunday, April 25, 2004 at 16:05:02 (PDT)
I am researching my family tree and I am looking for Preston's or Ayre's who could be related to me. I have around 300 names on the tree directly linked to me, can you be added?. You will need to have links to the Trimdon Preston's. Please contact me for info.
Michael Preston
Ferryhill, Durham England - Sunday, April 25, 2004 at 15:59:23 (PDT)
As usual another can of worms opened up by Jaqueline, do you have teenagers???? You try and get a teenager interested in sports etc if they dont want to do them. Dont know about in Seaham anymore but I know here it costs a lot of money to put your child in sports. Enrolment, etc. Not everyone has the money to do this. How can you say if you are not going out to do sports you cant go out End of story? I never heard of the cerfew (sp) how will they inforce this? What happens if a teenager is found on the street after hours? If the teenager is on his or her way back from a sports/church/youth event later that cerfew are they ok? I am just curious.
Mission, Canada - Sunday, April 25, 2004 at 15:58:22 (PDT)
My great grandparents were married in Christ Church in the Parish of New Seaham. Is that church still standing? I am planning a visit there in August 2004
Donna Fiori
Anthem, Arizona USA - Sunday, April 25, 2004 at 15:57:08 (PDT)
: looking for lorna smith, address 32 smiley road horden peterlee county durham u.k. thankyou.
maureen burke masi
pennsylvania, usa - Sunday, April 25, 2004 at 15:56:07 (PDT)
Brian Greenfingers, yes Alderney is a lovely place, but I'm aalways pleased to get home again after a holiday and at the moment Seaham is at its best! I always think that Springtime in Seaham is a sight to behold, I would just like to remind Seahan expats of what thet are missing and what brings a smile to their faces when they return home. for instance the "Graham Road" from the Dale down to Seaham is awash with color, the beautiful yellow of the Daffs (just now past their best) the Gorse Bushes (Whinny) in full blossom and of course the millions of Dandilions which a a sight also to see(unless they're in your lawn) also the seafront, the Harbour and the Beach. God made a real good job of Seaham.
- Sunday, April 25, 2004 at 15:54:33 (PDT)
in response to the comment miss markie has made on the curfew in deneside. i agree with the curfew but lets not paint all those kids with the same brush, just think of all those kids who go out have fun (we created our own fun but not to the extent of been a nuisance) then be in their homes for 10 o`clock without been a nuisance on the streets. (they are now been punished for what?) lets face it there will be only a select few of all the teenagers at fault but lets remember not all the teenagers are from deneside i know of a few of them are from westlea, parkside,etc.who are causing problems. i myself was brought up in deneside and i had friends from all over seaham come to hang around the area of deneside where i lived but we were never a problem. we can blame some parents to some extent but not all, because (lets face it we all done it) while we were out of earshot of our parents we got into mischief (well i did) but werent cheeky or abusive to anyone. i also agr! ee with miss markie that in (i will say 30 years ) there is still nothing for the teenagers to do, but then again i attend a community centre once a week and while there some kids hang around and abuse some of the volunteer staff to the point they decide they will not work there anymore.(not fair is it )but its rewarding to see some of them who do attend these centres do know how to behave themselves. but miss markie we cannot say all the parents are to blame can we as i just said while out of earshot kids do get into mischief. i recently sat with my children who are now grown up and we were talking about when they were young and believe me i got a shock at some of the things my kids got up too but in saying that never once did any other parent come to my door and complain about them as they were never cheeky or abusive to anyone if ever a parent had come to my door believe you and me they would have been sorry for it as i would have punished them severely but not to the ! point of abusing them. so many parents will suffer from this curfew a nd so many kids who dont deserve it (ALWAYS TWO SIDE TO THE COIN )
once a one parent
- Sunday, April 25, 2004 at 15:53:20 (PDT)
Alderney was just great. I flew there on a Trilander aircraft, It's like being inside a shoebox with windows. The weather there was sunsine and cloudless blue skys. I came back to England to rain and gales. Still, my garden needed the rain. Blacbirds have taken over the garden-and how! "Was it coincedence the Blackbird came?" "Or could I know that God would do the same for me, as long ago He did for those whose need was great?" "So great, they feared they could not wait to see His sign?" "God sent His sign, could this be mine?" "Gentley to his accustomed perch he flew. He did not tell me, I have come for you." "Perhaps he did not know, but then, I knew."
Brian Greenfingers
- Wednesday, April 21, 2004 at 15:50:49 (PDT)
: I also just read on the "Sunderland Echo" online, about the cerfew that is going to be passed in Deneside. I agree with Lesey, that in 20 years Seaham has done very little to offer recreational activities for our youngsters. However, in saying that, lets us look at the root of the problem. Almost 20 years ago, when I was 16 years old, the kids in my school year (and all over the north east and England in general) were allowed to get dressed up, with make-up and the full 9 yards, and go out to the pubs drinking, when the parents knew exactly that the kids were drinking under age. I was NEVER allowed! Also, the parents would just allow their teens to be out in the streets roaming around after 8.00pm when they knew exactly these kids had nothing worthwhile to occupy them. There are plenty of things to do in Seaham. My sister has 3 boys and one is a teenager and he is involved in: Karate, Swimming, Scouts and Church youth group as well as he is busy with school homewor! k and school stuff. I, myself was busy with church choir, Ametures, Girl-Guides, dancing, school drama as well as having to do school homework. It is the fault of the parents for allowing their teens to be roaming the streets after 8.30pm knowing exactly the kids are up to no good. These parents, unfortunately, have lost control of their children/teenagers. The parents need to tell their teenagers, "If you have nothing worthwhile to do, sports etc... then you are not going out! End of story!" This is why I always say... "Keep your children in Sports, Church youth groups and Scouts and for the most part, your child will not stear in the wrong direction - he/she will stay on the right path. It is very sad that those children who are causing a stir in Deneside, have very little, if any self-esteem and will most likley not aspire to much - unless, the parents of those kids, get involved in the lives of their children. I think a cerfew is a very good thing! Not only for the tee! nagers, but for the parents too! It will force the parents to get invo lved in their teenagers lives! Maybe it will force the parents to even "sit and talk" to their kid and actually have a decent conversation and communicate. You know, teenagers cannot be blamed for every bad thing that happens in their lives - it is their parents who are directing these kids.
- Wednesday, April 21, 2004 at 15:49:30 (PDT)
Seahamlad...don't you go all mushy on me and say Jesus wants you for a sunbeam aswell
Seaham, - Tuesday, April 20, 2004 at 14:59:33 (PDT)
It has been reported that "speedhumps" or "sleeping policemen" have become a road hazard not only to the emergency services, but also to the ordinary motorist, also the damage they cause to cars etc even at low speeds is astronomical. Two of the worst examples are The Avenue and the road through Dalton-le-Dale. anyone got any thoughts on this subject?
- Tuesday, April 20, 2004 at 14:58:53 (PDT)
I just finished reading the Sunderland Echo online today and saw the article about introducing a curfew in Deneside to stop all of the trouble going on. It's a sad sign of the times when that is the last resort. Even when I was a kid, and we were good kids, there was very little for the young to do, and nothing has been done in the 20 years since to provide activities other than drinking on the street corner in Seaham. Hopefully this curfew will prompt some kind of change. It's about time.
lesley roberts
: phoenix, arizona usa - Tuesday, April 20, 2004 at 14:58:00 (PDT)
"Bruno" again, I answered your few questions to me regarding "politics" John Kerry verses President George W. Bush and they are being censored and not being posted. I am a Republican supporter and support my country - America and I guess it is being censored that I speak my opinions.
- Tuesday, April 20, 2004 at 14:56:34 (PDT)
rev woodwind, it doesn't say there weren't either,
- Sunday, April 18, 2004 at 15:38:15 (PDT)
Bruno! That must be one of the shortest "goodbyes" on record, all of 7 days, yes that 168 hours, welcome back anyway to the real World.
- Sunday, April 18, 2004 at 15:37:10 (PDT)
Sorry to tell you onlooker but the gospels make no mention of angels at the foot of the cross wiping away Marys tears. I think you need to go back to bible school son and do some more research!
rev windwood
seaham, - Friday, April 16, 2004 at 14:57:14 (PDT)
- Friday, April 16, 2004 at 14:56:18 (PDT)
Jacqueline...I can understand your feelings, and I can appreciate how you think I'm "silly" and "immature", however, like many, many, other people, not just on the guestbook, in the UK, or even worldwide, we are tired of having religion, be it Christianity, Judaeism, Islam,or even Shinto or Buddism constantly bombarding us with their own special source of Godliness. Jacqueline...we are not repeat not can indulge yourself surely in your own head and not subject the rest of us to fantastic events we simply don't believe in anymore. Even at school I thought R.I. fraught with artistic licence, and nothing I have seen or heard since leaving school from any religious leader has made me consider in anyway the existance of any higher being or devine entity. I fully understand and fully appreciate religion gives many people comfort in their lives, but please, Jacqueline, put a lid on it love and talk about something different from religion??? Do you think t! hat Sen. Kerry can prevent a second term of the President? Do you think the US can present a liberal President to the world? Is Sen. Kerry strong enough to lead us?
Seaham, - Friday, April 16, 2004 at 14:55:24 (PDT)
There were angels, at the stable in Bethlehem, when there was no room at the inn, and Mary brought forth her son, sent to deliver us from sin. There were angels, at the foot of the cross, as the King of Angels died, catching Mary's tears as her son was crucified. There were angels, around the tomb, as they rolled away the stone, they spread their wings in flight, and carried their King to His home. There will be angels, to sound the trumpet, To tell of His day of glory This is not the end, but This is the beginning of our story.
- Monday, April 12, 2004 at 15:16:22 (PDT)
Would like to know if any one in Ryhope went to school with my father George in the 1950's or primary school with his sister June sessions
: patricia sessions <>
London, England - Monday, April 12, 2004 at 15:15:44 (PDT)
Someone told me there was a meesage on this site someone from Aussie was looking to get in touch but i cannot find the message help
Andy <>
Seaham, Durham - Monday, April 12, 2004 at 15:13:19 (PDT)
Hope the Easter Bunny is good to all kids in Seaham and every where else in the world.
Miss Manners
Canada, - Monday, April 12, 2004 at 15:12:15 (PDT)
Has anybody and i mean anybody have any clue what is the future for certain streets in dawdon ie, melbury st & mt stewart st.I remember some leaked plans that showed these streets to be demolised to create a green belt between church & welfare hall.Up to now those leaked plans seem to be coming true,nearly all the streets in dawdon are being given the choice of improvements except melbury & mt stewart.Why are these two streets being excluded from improvements.WHY?
dawdon, durham uk - Monday, April 12, 2004 at 15:11:38 (PDT)
When we count our many blessings; it isn't hard to see that life's most valued treasures are the treasures that are free. For it isn't what we own or buy That signifies our wealth. It's the special gifts that have no price; our family, friends and health.
- Monday, April 12, 2004 at 15:10:00 (PDT)
"Bruno" You are being silly and immature... we all enjoy reading your postings.. so why don't you give us some good humor... our world needs some fun and laughter and humor at this time. So please do not be put off by my Political and Religious rantings... And it is frustrating if the webmaster is censoring these postings too much, because I have sent in two in the recent days and they are still not posted.
- Monday, April 12, 2004 at 15:08:56 (PDT)
Hello me ex home town. I am looking for guest houses{resonably priced} in Seaham Harbour, All I can find on the net is the Hall. Can someone please help.
john <>
Bemondsey, London England - Monday, April 12, 2004 at 15:08:06 (PDT)
Bruno, Hope you are still around long enough to read this but I couldn't agree more.I only visit this site once or twice a year to see if I recognise any old mates but trawling through the quag {for want of a non profanity} tends to keep me away. I was suprised to see they actually put your message out. Lets see if this gets out aswell....
Ex Seaham, England - Monday, April 12, 2004 at 15:06:35 (PDT)
"Seahamlad" So the airports are all beefed up! I felt like I was part of a cattle herd yesterday while we were directed from one security to another. Though, I am glad for the tight security...It makes one feel more safe, especially during these times. Florida is lovely this time of the year. Easter should be very nice.. My Godson makes his confirmation this Sunday... which, interesting enough, it is on the day of 21 years ago when I made my Confirmation in Durham Cathedral with your brother and many others from our town. My Godson is making his Confirmation in a huge, beautiful, gothic-European Cathedral... so I am sure it will bring back memories of April 11th 1983. Anyway, I hope y'all have a very beautiful Easter. God Bless!
- Monday, April 12, 2004 at 15:05:29 (PDT)
Jacqueline, Seahamlad, thankyou for your kind words. I am flying to the Channel Islands for a few days-Alderney to be exact. Alderney is just a dot on the map. Tourisum has not started yet- so not many people. There will just be landscapes, seascapes, birds and the breeze. All seducing elements, magical tranquility, far from the madding crowd. Although, whilst I am there, in the midst of this magical tranquility, I hope I wont be abducted by Alians!!??
Brian Greenfingers
- Monday, April 12, 2004 at 15:04:25 (PDT)
Interested in any information on ancestors who lived in Seaham Harbour with the names of Cook or Winter. In particular for further info on Caroline (Carey) Edith Winter who was found murdered on August 2, 1889 in a cave adjoining the sea beach at Seaham Harbour aged 7 years 7 months, by persons unknown, Cause of death fracture of the skull. I believe where she was found is still known as Black Rock.
John Cook
York, England - Monday, April 12, 2004 at 15:03:12 (PDT)
"Onlooker" are you initials: J.T Fowler K? I think you are an American because you spelled "neighbor" the American way... I also know that just last summer you were telling me that you were interested in checking out Christianity from Athiesm. I hope you are well, if indeed you are who I think you are... Take care..
- Friday, April 09, 2004 at 15:17:05 (PDT)
Goodbye guestbook....I used to enjoy reading our banter, hearing peoples tales about the harbour, and laughing at the odd outbreak of arguments, sadly no more. This guestbook has become the enclave of the religious zealot and any comment on their ramblings is summarily chopped by the censor. If you believe in religion...fine. If you don't believe in religion...fine just keep it to yourself. I simply cannot read anymore "I do what God wants me to do" from our quasi American Jacqueline or "Jesus wants we for a sunbeam" from Onlooker. There has been more conflict brutally conducted on this earth by religious zealots like you two, than any other cause in the history of the planet, and I for one am sick of reading your submissions. Will you print this Ed?...thought not
Seaham, - Friday, April 09, 2004 at 15:16:09 (PDT)
"Seahamlad" Yes, Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ" is indeed "bloody" and it does indeed go on a bit too much with the beatings of Jesus. I was getting a bit tired of it - my heart was racing! It was a very tense movie. I think you would probably go and see it if you went with a good friend who has the same kind of sincere faith as you do. Then, afterwards you could both discuss it. But, actually, last night, late on the History Channel, "Jesus of Nazerath" was showing, and really that is the better movie to watch of Jesus.
- Monday, April 05, 2004 at 15:53:25 (PDT)
Dear Lord as I say this prayer I need your loving hand, To guide me through each and everyday, To help my fellow man. Please help me to be just like you And do good deeds each day, That I may lighten another's load, As I travel along life's way. My neighbor may be watching me To learn a thing or two, So give me strength to do what's right, And live for only You. I know this world is not my home For long, but yet and still, While I'm here I must do my best, To do your blessed will. So as I close this prayer dear Lord Thank you so much for Your love, For giving Your Son to die on the cross, So we can one day live with You up above.
- Monday, April 05, 2004 at 15:52:42 (PDT)
In reply to Steve Bell's Reference (March 23rd) about moaners and the balanced views in the guest book. There is far too much moaning and private monopolies between certain individuals. I recently forwarded a humorous submission which was ignored by the webmaster who perhaps may own up to having no sense of humour.Yes other peoples viewpoints and experiences are interesting but let's lighten things up from time to time with a little humour.
Kevin Dixon <:>
murton, Durham England - Monday, April 05, 2004 at 15:51:36 (PDT)
Hello there, seahamlad. I see you are on friendsreunited so I left you a message.
- Monday, April 05, 2004 at 15:49:47 (PDT)
Micks Mentor (JH) always said you need a good Striker at S of L. why don't you tell Mick? also got news for you! I won the lottery last week and sent the money to Mick McCarthy to buy a Player, also told him that if I win another tenner this week I'll send that too!
- Monday, April 05, 2004 at 15:49:11 (PDT)
Brian Greenfingers, sorry to hear about your Friend passing away. With Friends like you he will never be alone.
- Monday, April 05, 2004 at 15:48:08 (PDT)
"BrianGreenfingers" Thank you as always for your lovely "garden poetry" I look forward to reading it... you seem like a really nice person, and always have something sweet to say... we need more of you in our world. Hope you had a nice Palm Sunday and that you have a very beautiful and Blessed Easter Sunday next week. Have a great week... your guest book friend, "Jacqueline." :-)
- Monday, April 05, 2004 at 15:47:18 (PDT)
"Seahamlad" you spelled "behavior" the American way..... I do believe the British Spelling is: "Behaviour." Remember Mrs. Wilson from school? I think she would have a fit if she knew you were spelling the American way. I always remember there was a girl who came to our school as a new student right when we were beginning the school year in Mrs. Wilson's class. This girl, lived for sometime in America, in Virginia. Anyway, she was spelling some of her words the American way, and I always remember Mrs. Wilson saying to this girl, "You are not in America now!" And Mrs. Topping would indeed blow her top if you ever spelled American and I know someone else too, who is a school teacher who would be having a huge fit if she knew you were spelling the American way... I think you know her too! Perhaps it was a typo mistake that you did...
- Monday, April 05, 2004 at 15:46:32 (PDT)
"Seahamlad" if anyone burned the American Flag in Times Square or anywhere - there would indeed be an uproar! We Americans are very patriotic! (Even the one's right now who say they are "anti-government" they still love our country and our flag!) I am actually furious about two of our soldiers whose bodies were dragged in Iraq and hundreds of the Iraqi people were cheering... Though, we are hearing a lot about our soldiers being killed and hated, we are not hearing about the good things we have accomplished and we have indeed accomplished some Democracy in Iraq. I am e-mailing a few of my friends who are in Iraq at this time and I am told some interesting things. Though, don't y'all find this terrorism very scary! It has indeed spread and is getting more serious than I think people ever thought it would.
- Monday, April 05, 2004 at 15:45:28 (PDT)
Jim H hope you enjoyed the match. Pity they didn't win
- Sunday, April 04, 2004 at 15:32:23 (PDT)
Onelooker" please continue with your words of wisdom, I enjoy reading them. Are you American? I think you are by the way you spelled "color" where are you from in USA?
- Sunday, April 04, 2004 at 15:30:45 (PDT)
So, this afteroon, when I had got back from Church and afternoon dinner, I read the following: "More than 180,000 abortions are performed each year,(in Great Britain) and it is now one of the commonest and safest medical procedures in Britain."............ I see that Channel 4 of British television are going to broadcast a program of Abortions being performed. I hope that this will show people that abortion is actually a form of "murder!" Of murdering a human life, an infant! My sister and I have had a lot of debates (Which usually end in a one sided yelling match, from lack of understanding another's culture) of which country is the better one - UK or the USA I say neither! It is just I have lived here for 13 years and this is now my home. But both countries have serious MORAL issues.... Not one is better than the other - just two different countries with a difference of culture. The USA do express one's emotions more than the UK... Otherwise, both have small dif! ferences and both have issues with abortions. It is time, we Pro-Life people put the word out about "God's word" and that is, to teach our children about abstinance - that is the only way that abortion will end.
- Sunday, April 04, 2004 at 15:30:05 (PDT)
MY GARDEN IS ALREADY LOOKING GREAT-LIKE "Morning Has Broken." Although, I am sad at present. A lad of just 26 years old that I know died suddenly a couple of days ago. So, this is what I think about it: Death is nothing at all, I have only slipped away into the next room. I am I and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, that we still are. Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference in your tone, wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was, let it be spoken without effect, without the trace of a shaddow on it. Life means all that it ever ment. It is the same as it ever was; there is unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere near. All is well....Thanks Gavin.
Brian Greenfingers
- Sunday, April 04, 2004 at 15:28:21 (PDT)
I wonder why John and Jacqueline don't email each other directly when they want to ask each other a question instead of boring us all with their ramblings?
- Sunday, April 04, 2004 at 15:26:55 (PDT)
Hi does any one know of the where abouts of David welch lived in brown street for along time left SMS in 1972.loat touchafter i in rolled in the army.Thank You
kevan n <>
- Sunday, April 04, 2004 at 15:26:21 (PDT)
: I was disgusted and dismayed at the picture printed in todays newspapers of the muslim extremists burning the Union Flag. this sort of behavior should be made a treasonable offence and the punishment for such actions should be severe. If they tried this sort of thing in the U.S. they would be made to pay the price! I would add that I am equally disgusted when I see the racist National Front displaying the Union Flag as if it were their property. can I ask you Jacqueline, what would happen to anyone, who was foolish enough to burn the "Stars and Stripes" in say Times Square?
- Sunday, April 04, 2004 at 15:25:21 (PDT)
Jacqueline, No I haven't been to see "The Passion of Christ!" I have no doubt that it is a fine film, but the reaon that I probably won't go to see it, is that what what I hear some of the scenes are quite "gory" is that true? I can't staand the sight of blood, I think Mel Gibson is a fine actor and is not the anti-English person a lot of people make him out to be, he is a God-fearing Man and I do enjoy most of his work, but I think I'll give The "Passion" a miss
- Sunday, April 04, 2004 at 15:24:27 (PDT)
- Sunday, April 04, 2004 at 15:23:29 (PDT)
I see the good ol' U.S of A is steam rolling a bill through where a man or woman can be executeted for murder even if they are barking mad.Apprently no matter how insane a person is, that person is still responable for their actions! A case involving a man with a mental age 10 who will agree to anything you say because he likes to please people. That young man is going to the chair even though there is no proof apart from the fact he said he done it( to please the police officers)! Hurrah for Justice!
the undertaker
seaham, - Sunday, April 04, 2004 at 15:22:30 (PDT)
"Onlooker" where is it that you get these beautiful words from? I really enjoy reading these recent postings of yours - thank you! :-) Are you from Seaham?
- Sunday, April 04, 2004 at 15:21:03 (PDT)
Sometimes Lord we get discouraged With so many things to do, That we often forget in our busy day, To spend some time with you. I know dear Lord that you expect my best, No matter what comes my way, Please give me strength to do your will, In all I do and say. I want to serve you all I can So when you put me to the test, That I can feel like I have pleased you, And done my very best. Sometimes I grow so weary And want to sit down and rest, But I know I will rest with you in heaven, If here on earth I've done my best.
- Friday, April 02, 2004 at 15:47:40 (PST)
"Seahamlad" did you or your family get to see Mel Gibson's "The Passion of Christ?" If so, what do you think about it? I went to a discussion group at my church the other day, it was led by a super guy, who has his Master's Degree in Theology from Notre Dame University here in USA. Anyway, he gave an outstanding lecture on the History of the Jews and the Romans, as well as answered many valid questions raised by the movie. Mel Gibson, actually potrayed Pontis Pilate to be to be this great guy, when in actual fact, he was a brutal guy and had already killed over 2000 Jews before Jesus. Also, the movie was more for Christians who already know and have a personal relationship with Jesus.... And if one was Jewish, he/she may very well have seen it as being Anti-Semetic. However, when I saw it, I did not see it Anti-Semetic at all.... but there again, I was not looking for any faults, and I watched the movie from my heart...And I saw, "Wow! Jesus loved us so very much, ! he layed down his life for us." People have to keep in mind that Mel Gibson is an "Artist" and the movie was more about art. Furthermore, Mel Gibson took part of the Gospels and mixed them together, instead of just using one of the Gospels and making the movie from that.... such as in "Jesus of Nazerath." It is taken from the whole Gospel of John. The "Jesus of Nazerath" movie to me is one of the best movies of Jesus.... Did you know that "Robert Powell" who played as Jesus in the "Jesus of Nazerath" movie, actually converted to Roman Catholic. He was so moved when he was making the movie that he was inspired. My mother told me that years ago when I was a teenager and was watching the movie with her on Television. Then, two years ago when I was in Texas, the friends I made at the church in Austin, were also discussing the same thing about Robet Powell converting to Roman Catholic. Anyway, if you have sen the movie, what do you think? Or what do your parents or brother and s! ister think?
- Friday, April 02, 2004 at 15:46:40 (PST)
Hi Brian - Thanks for the information, and yes there were a few lads drowned trying to save her. What a tragedy, and yes the Easington Pit Disaster happened around that time
Fred Gordon <>
Sunderland, England - Friday, April 02, 2004 at 15:44:29 (PST)
Fred Gordon-your enquiry about drownings at the featherbed rock. There were six young people drowned then, five boys and a girl round about 1951-2. All very sad then, all were well known to everyone at that time in Deneside and elsewhere in Seaham. About that time too was the Easington pit explosion.
Brian Greenfingers
- Thursday, April 01, 2004 at 14:47:32 (PST)
"Onlooker" That was very nice..... I hope everyone who read that pays attention. But you know, I think if we are honest with ourselves, even the best of us, falls into being "materialistic" at times, and we fuss over brand name clothes, cars, homes, possesions of this and that.. when really, all of that is really not the issue - the issue is, "Do we believe in Jesus Christ and his teachings? And do we believe that he died for our sins and that he is the Savior of the world? I am more than sure, most of us on this Guest-Book do not live out out whole lives accordingly to God's Will... He teaches: Love, Forgiveness, Kindness, Compassion, Gentless - and I am sure, that somewhere in our lives, we have not lived out all of those and more! The 10 Commandments are the best to evaluate our hearts... Have a Blessed Day everyone! Smile, Because Jesus loves you! :-)
- Thursday, April 01, 2004 at 14:44:06 (PST)
Mark from Seaham I think you gave the answer to the Question you posed yourself "what will be built on the waste land where factories used to be in the harbour?" The last two words of your missive seem appropriate ie More Concrete!
- Thursday, April 01, 2004 at 14:42:51 (PST)
Jacqueline, I'm fine thank you, I am always much the better reading your "words of wisdom" I read today of some really good news coming from your side of the pond! I understand that President Bush is going to attempt to bring in a bill to ban abortions, the sooner the better! I have always believed that life begins at conception and it is morally wrong to abort a Child, unless the life of the Mother is at risk, surely unborn Babies have rights too?
- Thursday, April 01, 2004 at 14:42:05 (PST)
people of seaham!!I need your help!If u make a promise to a friend about something,and then,through no fault of yours,your friend proves to be unworthy of the name,do you have to keep that promise?I should warn you the ex friend lives in seaham!whats our angle on this one?
- Tuesday, March 30, 2004 at 09:21:49 (PST)
God doesn’t care ‘bout bank accounts Or gems of pearl and jade Your style of home, the car you drive The money that you’ve made. He’s not concerned with age or height The color of your hair The number of the friends you have The brand of clothes you wear. He’ll ask you if you spoke His name Thought of Him each day Knew He gave His life for you Took the time to pray.
- Saturday, March 27, 2004 at 17:06:11 (PST)
The day will soon be coming To stand before the Lord God will hold the Book of Life Where all the names are stored. Look into the Savior's face Stand on holy ground Kneel before the King of Kings Pray your name is found. The time is nigh, it’s drawing near Tis’ closer than you think Eternal life with God above You’ll either rise or sink.
- Saturday, March 27, 2004 at 17:04:33 (PST)
: I wonder if anyone remembers the tragic death of a fine girl called Sheila Coxon, who was drowned at Seaham Beach approx. 50 years ago. Sheila was a very good swimmer and was a member of the Harbour Swimming Club, and as I understand it she went down to the club for a swim on the friday night and found that the club was closed due to preparations for the gala the next day so she went to the beach next to the featherbed rocks and went into the water and never came out. I understand that the currents in that area were wicked and that a number of other people were drowned trying to save her. I wonder if any one can fill in more detail for me Regards
Fred gordon
Sunderland, Tyne and Wear England - Saturday, March 27, 2004 at 17:03:40 (PST)
Does anyone have any idea of what will be built on the waste land where there factorys used to be in the harbour? I have had heard many rumours etc.. but does anyone know anything more concrete?
seaham, durham england - Friday, March 26, 2004 at 14:58:34 (PST)
"Seahamlad" question for you... How are you doing these days? Not sure I want to come back to visit; but sure do enjoy some of the memories.
- Friday, March 26, 2004 at 14:55:50 (PST)
"Seahamlad" I never said there was anything wrong with you spelling, I just happened to say you sometimes do typo errors and no one seems to be critical of your spelling. Besides, "J" I thought you were rather a good student in school; just a bit lazy that is all. Also, why is it that you always ask me of my opinions on political subjects and then, I am ridiculed for my opinions from everyone else on this Guest Book - I don't see you speaking out your opinions too often.
- Friday, March 26, 2004 at 14:55:15 (PST)
Thankyou Steve Bell for those few kind words. I love the G.B. because of it's variety. They say variety is the spice of life. My Seaham nights used to be wonderful. When I was a kid in Deneside, at night I would chase a racing moon down Malvern Cresent. When I grew up, I would walk down to the end of the garden at night, sit down and look up at the stars. There would be mars in plain view caressing Jupiter and Saturn wending it's way across the heavens on It's celestial forage and then I would suddenly think to myself, I must get a roof put on this toilet! Well there it is, it's just about midnight now and I'm off to bed, cheers all.
Brian Greenfingers
- Friday, March 26, 2004 at 14:54:09 (PST)'re a regular contributor to the guestbook but only in the capacity to reply to another contributor's submission. Do you have any views on current issues? Why don't you let us have the benefit of you "take on things"
- Tuesday, March 23, 2004 at 16:34:11 (PST)
Seahamlad...I think you might mean "hamas" I think the hamish are scottish fundamentalists who drink a lot of lager.
Seaham, - Tuesday, March 23, 2004 at 16:33:23 (PST)
Bruno, course I'm for the Toon, asked my Neighbour where I could get some Planks as I'm doing some building work and he said they had eleven or more Planks at the Stadium of (is it Light,) and I should try there! What do you reckon?
- Tuesday, March 23, 2004 at 16:32:38 (PST)
"SeahamLad" as you know me very well, you know I have been occupied with concerns and worries over my mother and other "family" matters that are not appropriate to discuss. Anyway, I did make a posting last night (Monday evening - my time) as yet it has not been posted. I am indeed concerned in regards to the assination of the Hammas Leader. I think America needs to be on guard for more terror threats and I am now wondering why we are supporting Israel - but there again, it is all Politics as we have millions of Jews in our country and there "homeland" is Israel. However, that is very contridicatory, as these Jewish people are not residing in Israel - they are here in our country - with beautiful lives and all the freedom they could desire. I think the year 2004 has started off the way Mother Angelica had said it would.... "We will not recongize western civiliation the way we knew it." That means morally, spirtially and all which ways! All we hear now on the world ! Political news is "nuclear this, nuclear that" Terror threat here, terror threat there... Now Valdim Putim of Russia made a comment about restarting the "cold war"... I am telling you, people, we are in for such a year and it is only going to get worse. Oh yes, we all live in our little safe caccons of our sheltered lives, but out there in the real world, it is a big mess! So what are we all going to do about it?
- Tuesday, March 23, 2004 at 16:32:01 (PST)
Jacqueline, thers nout rong with mi spelin! mi aud skoolteechir wud ave a fit aw sirpose iffa he saw it thuogh
- Tuesday, March 23, 2004 at 16:31:07 (PST)
So people, what do you think of the world so far, since the beginning of 2004? Quite disasterous to say the least! Wouldn't y'all say? I told you - the year 2004 we will not reconginize western civilization as we knew it. That means spiritually, morally as well as we are in a state of chaos! And we haven't even began to see anything yet. We all live very nicely in our small cacoons, sheltered lives, but out there in the real world, is a world of terror and threats and big mess! It will be interesting to see how this year is going to play out - we are in a worse state of affairs now, than we were one year ago.I wonder what it is going to take for us all to truly "get it!" Days after September 11th 2001 the Churches, Temples and Mosques were filled with people praying for peace and forgiveness, Christians everywhere were grabbing at the Bible and attending services. How quickly it all went away... and we all went on with our merry little lives. Well, people, "wake up! " call... I am an avid reader of the newspapers: The Financial Times, CNN, BCC, The London Times, The Washington Post, The New York Times and "" and it is all there black and white... Our world is in a terrible state of affairs - in every which way... So what are we all going to do about it?
- Tuesday, March 23, 2004 at 16:30:21 (PST)
Seahamlad..didn't know you were for the "toon", rock on... Anyway did you hear Arsen Wenger told Mick McCarthy he would swap Cole for Kyle, Mick said ok and Wenger said, "how many bags"
- Tuesday, March 23, 2004 at 01:02:38 (PST)
Polly from Dirham, Jacqueline, Miss Manners, Seahamlady. Wow, talk about moaners, you ladies could bellyache for Britain. I repeat there is room on this guestbook for everyone’s views. Political, humorous, religious even a good old fashioned grumble, what the heck, it all adds a little spice. If I didn’t like the guestbook I would not be a regular reader. However, I can see the point that people regularly make. From time to time certain individuals tend to take over and this may deter the occasional visitor from asking a question or making a comment. Hence my suggestion for a little self discipline. What is wrong with that? Brian Greenfingers. Thanks for adding something light hearted when needed. May your garden bloom, your grow bags burst with pride and your pot leeks take first prize. Polly from Dirham, Jacqueline, Miss Manners, Seahamlady. Wow, talk about moaners, you ladies could bellyache for Britain. I repeat there is room on this guestbook for everyone’s views. Political, humorous, religious even a good old fashioned grumble, what the heck, it all adds a little spice. If I didn’t like the guestbook I would not be a regular reader. However, I can see the point that people regularly make. From time to time certain individuals tend to take over and this may deter the occasional visitor from asking a question or making a comment. Hence my suggestion for a little self discipline. What is wrong with that? Brian Greenfingers. Thanks for adding something light hearted when needed. May your garden bloom, your grow bags burst with pride and your pot leeks take first prize.
Steve Bell
Grumbleville, - Tuesday, March 23, 2004 at 01:01:46 (PST)
To Seahamlad, thanks for the suggestion to visit St Mary's Church, is it open during the day or do I need to make special arrangements to see inside? As for Newcastle, I'm afraid ny passport has expired so I will give that one a miss for the time being. To Polly, calm down pet and have a laugh, calm down pet and have a laugh, calm down pet and have a laugh, calm down pet and have a laugh. Oops, that's another Polly - Sorry!
Now in Seaham
- Tuesday, March 23, 2004 at 01:00:00 (PST)
Come on Jacqueline, we haven't heard much from you lately, you know a lot of us on the Guestbook do enjoy reading your "Words of Wisdom" I'm sure its because you've been busy with your charity work etc, and not because you've taken any notice of the undeserved barracking from people who should know better! so come on lets hear from you. What do you think of the latest news from the Middle east about the Assassination of the Hamish Leader? you know part of the Bible says "forgive your Enemies" and another talks of "an eye for an eye" also we are told "he who lives by the sword etc" which do you believe in? what do others think?
- Tuesday, March 23, 2004 at 00:59:07 (PST)
Polly, no one missed your point at all, your first missive to the Guestbook was contradictory. your second proves that you have no "sense of humour" one good point you have is that you can spell "genius" but that is also not a good description of you it seems! are you sure you don't come from Sunderland?
- Tuesday, March 23, 2004 at 00:58:14 (PST)
"Bruno" and even "Harry" made the comment about my spelling - What is wrong with my spelling?!!! I sometimes spell "American" style and other times "British" Style - though, at times I get mixed up which is which! Then, there are times where the spelling is 'off' because of typing errors - Now everyone makes typing errors -"Seahamlad" had quite a few times and I do not see anyone correcting his spelling.
- Tuesday, March 23, 2004 at 00:56:59 (PST)
TO DAVE ROBINS: Can you please send me an email so that I can write back to you.
Ed Mason <>
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Sunday, March 21, 2004 at 16:10:32 (PST)
comments: The first Seaham Lifeboat ==================================================== In 1854 The Beacon: A Poem in Three Cantos by Thomas Moore was printed and published by David Atkinson in Seaham, with a view to raising funds for a lifeboat. A short introduction, headed 'Life Boat for Seaham Harbour', explains: "The exposed position of the Port of Seaham, and there not being an efficient Life Boat attached to the Harbour to communicate with vessels in the Offing in distress, or cast on the Coast by gales, renders it important that efforts should be forthwith made to supply the Port with a Life Boat. "The Board of Trade is disposed to assist Voluntary Subscriptions, but it requires near upon £400 to supply a Boat, Boat-house, and Carriage, with all suitable Gear. "The heavy Gales, Snow Storms, and Loss of Life during the severe Winter of 1853-4, has led the Seamen of Seaham to remedy, if possible, this defect. They have therefore appointed a Committee... to endeavour to raised the necessary funds... "The Boat, if the necessary funds are forthcoming, will be under the superintendence of the Seamen's United Friendly Association of Seaham, and manned on emergency by Volunteers, experience proving that regular crews are not always at their post in the hour of danger. The Government are about to offer rewards to persons saving life at sea, which would act as an additional stimulus to pilots, fishermen, or seamen, to render help when needed. "As a means of assisting in raising the requisite amount, the President of the Seamen's United Friendly Association has placed this POEM at the service of the Committee, and the profit on the sale of the copies will be carried to the LIFE BOAT FUND. Oct.54" The poem recreates the story of Grace Darling's famous life-saving endeavour in rhyming heroic couplets. In the following excerpt she and her father (ordering the dog, Bounce, to stay behind) set off to the rescue: "With mutual efforts soon they urge Their skiff along the rocky verge, Which slanted from the tower's base Forming a wide projecting space, Where, round its edge, and all below Burst the tide every changing flow; Now to the edge the skiff they bear, And for the desp'rate deed prepare; The maiden paused, no time for thought, But grasped the oar her hands had caught, And springing lightly to the boat Eager to push its bow afloat; And Bounce till then forgotten there, As eager sprung her fate to share; It must not be! - the absent hour, Brave Bounce must watch the lonely tow'r; And at his mistress' stern command, Reluctantly regained the strand; The sire then launched the skiff from home Boldly amid the eddy's foam, And sprung beside his child.... The boat shot off the glassy rock, Swift as a Naiad's ocean Bark; At the first plunge its shallow bow Sunk in the boiling waters low; Then thro' the serf it rose to view And swiftly o'er the waters flew, Light as a wild-fowl soaring flings The spray from off its downy wings; Now on the crested waves it rides. Now headlong down the hollow glides; Then on the hollow tops it skims, Or lightly o'er the surface swims, Thus clearing quick, the breaker's sway, The frail boat darted on her way..."
The First Seaham Lifeboat
History Teacher, - Sunday, March 21, 2004 at 15:45:22 (PST)
I voted Conservative for the first time in my life when I voted for New Labour in the last election. do you think that if I vote conservative next time we may have socialist government policies?
moaning minnie
sunderland, england - Sunday, March 21, 2004 at 15:43:17 (PST)
To Now in Seaham, How could you miss my point so completely? I'll try and put it veru simply for you. Whilst I said if I was Ed I would close the guest book because of all the moaners, by thanking him I was leting him know that his efforts are appreciated by many of us. Seahamlad the put the kettle on is old hat and it didn't take a genius to think that one up.
Seaham, - Sunday, March 21, 2004 at 15:42:26 (PST)
True happiness: Has anyone read Psalm 1 in the Bible latley? Well, do't just read it - read between the lines also. The march winds are causing problems, but do't they always? Dalton Internet promotes Seaham plc very well, I wonder what the Londonderry's and Millbanks would think of it all?-even bad Lord Byron? Now my family was a huge Seaham family. There was so many kids, the mice used to set traps for us! But like I said read Psalm 1 boys and girls.
Brian Grenfingers
- Sunday, March 21, 2004 at 15:37:34 (PST)
To "Now in Seaham" Your remark about "Polly put the kettle on" has got to be about the best crack I've heard this year! As for local places of interest to visit, if you haven't already been, try St Mary's Church, which displays a copy of Lord Byron's Marriage certificate and the Church is of Saxon origin, or you could(and this is a must) visit the finest example of Norman architecture in the World; Durham Cathedral, you could even travel "abroad" and visit St James Park, that "hotbed" of Geordie culture, Will come back to this subject when I've had a think about it! A word of warning though, dinna visit the "Stadium of (is it Light?" We Magpies have a different spelling!
- Sunday, March 21, 2004 at 15:35:56 (PST)
I am a loss as to what a few people are moaning about with regard to the town centre of Seaham. While stopping off in Seaham to visit family last weekend, my wife and I walked out on Saturday night. We strolled from Princess Road down Tempest Road, along the terrace, and up Church Street back to Princess Road. I was just a short walk but very illuminating. The traffic calming system on Princess Road leaves a lot to be desired but no system is perfect. Tempest Road has never changed, and in my eyes there is nothing to complain about. The Terrace is a credit to the area, and the way the war memorial is lit up brought a lump to my throat. Church Street was well light up, and clean in the extreme; the shops may be boarded up but no more than any other town (city) area, and graffiti was minimal. The total walk had a friendly feel about it, and there was no oppressive over tones like we have in Peckham, (the feelings that have you looking over your shoulder every few min! utes). Seaham town council and workers should be proud of the effort they are putting into the area; I feel sure that it is appreciated by the vast majority of residents. Regards TOM
Tom Moreland <>
London, - Sunday, March 21, 2004 at 15:34:55 (PST)
JUST when I thought it was safe to read the guestbook again up pops Jacqueline with her fantastic spelling (or should that be fontistic spollong). Jacqueline dearest, I think you should sue the school you attended.
Seaham, - Sunday, March 21, 2004 at 15:33:01 (PST)
I am trying to make contact with John 'Spud' Hood. We served together at Hadrians Camp, Carlisle in the mid 60's.we were both training to be armourers in REME, and we were great friends then. I remember visiting his home in Seaham whilst serving with him. I have made contact with others of our intake and wonder if he would like to make contact?
Deric King <>
Devon - Thursday, March 18, 2004 at 15:28:13 (PST)
"With my tongue between my teeth" could I ask the Webmaster to open up a separate G/book for all those "one-line/one-entry Moaners! If they cannot stand the heat, they should stay outa the kitchen
- Thursday, March 18, 2004 at 15:26:36 (PST)
Message for Polly from Dirham - you wrote, "Ed if I was you I would close the Guestbook" followed later by, "Thanks for the GB Ed please keep up the good work" That's a bit of a contradiction isn't it? Now if I WAS YOU I'd stick to what you do best, go and put the kettle on! As for other subjects, I'm new to this area and used to ask for ideas from locals of places on interest. I got some replies that sent me to the Blast Beach and the Ice Chamber near the back of Seaham Hall, the boarded footpath through the dene there was also pleasant. So, I would like contributions from anyone who can suggest interesting places to visit in the vicinity, somewhere with a bit of history would be good. TIA (Thanks in anticipation)
Ex Hartlepool
Now in Seaham, - Thursday, March 18, 2004 at 15:25:57 (PST)
Perhaps if we could all pick an item(s) currently in the news or at the forefront of public opinion, submit our views, then attack eachother
Seaham, - Thursday, March 18, 2004 at 15:24:42 (PST)
Critics and complainers and contributers, tinker, tailor, soldier, spy. Well don all of you, I love you all.
Brian Greenfingers
- Thursday, March 18, 2004 at 15:24:03 (PST)
Maybe I ought to put some spice back into this guest-book with some contreversial topics and Political topics. I have been pre-occupied for the past two weeks. My mother is still not well, though stable; so I have not been contributing to the guest-book on a regular basis, but just tonight I browsed, and I see a few people are complaining, but not "contributing." Just what is it that you want from this guest-book you people who are complaining? If you don't want discussions that are of Political, Religious or Social agendas - then what is it that you want? There are a few people who write in to contact others, but if that is all what this guest-book is for, then I am afraid to say, it would be so very boring! I have actually missed debating with my friend, "Miss Manners" and with "Tom Morland" and my dear friend, "Seahamlad" as well as "NTJ" and "Harry" and where on earth is "Butterfly Stomach" these days - or, "True American" I think those two are a pair! Of cours! e, "Victoria" (Dr. Vix) and I are always at odds with each other in just about every debate, but that is the fun of it. So, the people who are complaining, just stop! and contribute something worth reading. Have a nice day everyone. Hey, why don't we debate Mel Gibson's movie, "The Passion of Christ." or, better yet, lets debate who has the better medical system - the UK or the USA. I can tell you Sunderland Royal has screwed up before with people's lives giving wrong blood transfusions, and now still not putting my mother and others with heart conditions as a top priority. I think the National Health Care system at Sunderland needs to re-evaluate!
- Thursday, March 18, 2004 at 15:23:24 (PST)
I love England terribly and miss it when I visted in 1982. Met wonderful friend, Michael Haswell, used to be night clerk at old Cora hotel in London. Want to write him very much! Any of you mates have any info? Much appreciated! Sherri in Texas.
dallas, texas usa - Thursday, March 18, 2004 at 15:21:38 (PST)
To Steve, Bruno another Seaham lad and others, why don't you all stop your moaning? live and let live, this Guestbook would be the worse without Contributors like Jacqueline and others like her, so put your money etc where etc, and lets hear your meaningful contributions (free of moans) I won't hold my breath! have a nice day! and I think Church Street is beautiful and should not be changed.
- Thursday, March 18, 2004 at 15:20:13 (PST)
Come on you complainers. Lets have some comments from you. Ed if I was you I would close the Guestbook. I don't know why you should spend your time (I happen tp know for no reward) providing something that is not appreciated. What do these people want? If entries were left to them there would be precious few. To all the complainers I would say if you don't like it, leave it alone and let others enjoy. Thanks for the GB Ed please keep up the good work
Seaham, Dirham England - Wednesday, March 17, 2004 at 16:33:27 (PST)
Why don't the critics of the guestbook give the readers a sample of what they want on the guest book.Funny how the only entries of these people just criticize everyone els's entries.How about it get the ball rolling I am sure the regular reader's and submitters would enjoy hearing some other subjects, come on show us what you think should be on the guestbook. We can't all just be readers someone has to contribute.
Miss Manners
Canada, - Wednesday, March 17, 2004 at 16:28:37 (PST)
To Bruno,Another Seahamlad and Steve Bell why is it that the only entries ever made by you guys is one complaining about the people who contribute to the guestbook on a regular basis.If you don't like what you read then why not make entries about other topics instead of making your only entry a complaint
Miss Manners
Canada - Wednesday, March 17, 2004 at 16:27:37 (PST)
Ed, just a line to endorse the comments from Doug Edwards, Bruno and Another Seaham Lad. The unknown about the guestbook is how many people are put off by all this rhetoric, you only get the complaints from the few who visit from time tio time to see if it has imptoved any. How about giving Doug's suggestion a try.
Ex Seahamlad
Sunderland, - Wednesday, March 17, 2004 at 16:26:48 (PST)
I'd like to second the request by Doug Edwards for a seperate section for those who just want to spout their rhetoric. Why not have a "Discussion Board" and then the Guestbook can be used for its intended purpose. It doesn't have to be a true discussion board, just a seperate area.
Another Seaham Lad
- Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at 16:50:32 (PST)
Doug Edwards..You are so right
Seaham, - Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at 16:49:28 (PST)
Ed, as a regular visitor to the guestbook, I agree partially with Doug Edwards, Grey Beard and others. Something really needs to be done to curb individuals from dominating the guestbook. However, I don’t want to see a complete censorship of anyone. There is room here for everyone to have a say. It would be better if everyone could show a little self-discipline and restrict themselves to say, one entry per week. If that fails they should then face the risk of being chopped.
Steve Bell
Doncaster, Yorks - Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at 16:48:49 (PST)
NTJ, surprised you remember anything at all, time you got that tip sorted.
Pealla Makah
- Sunday, March 14, 2004 at 14:16:20 (PST)
Please, please webmaster can't we have a seperate section for the "saddo's". It's a while since I visited the site and it's no different - it's a wonderful concept that allows people who have left the town to keep in touch, but unfortunately it has been hijacked by the partially opinionated and the semi-literate. Please give them their own "playpen".
Doug Edwards
Caen, France - Sunday, March 14, 2004 at 14:15:44 (PST)
Ah! here comes the sun at long last. My garden is screaming at me "Gimme fertilizer, I'ts nearley the Ives of march."The flowers have been keeping their heads down, even the daffs struggled a bit in the snow. Now, everything in the garden is tickety-boo. It's time for a new start lads and lasses especially on the G.B. No fertilizer throwing please! Remember when the bus driver and the Preist died and went up to heaven.Ofcourse St.Peter met them both at the gate. "For you bus driver a mansion there on the hill." said St.Peter. The Preist rubbed his hands in anticipation. "For you Preist a little shack in the vally." said Peter. "But I'm a priest, have written and spoken many sermons, why do's a bus driver get a mansion and me a shack,"? "Because," said Peter. "When you spoke your sermons, everyone fell asleep, but when he drove his bus, everyone prayed."
Brian Greenfingers
- Sunday, March 14, 2004 at 14:14:41 (PST)
old gray beard, go back to sleep old timer! rip van winkle is missing you.
- Sunday, March 14, 2004 at 14:13:06 (PST)
hi seaham im living there from 59 to 63 my name is kelly i went out with a girl called muriel sheperd does any one remember
- Sunday, March 14, 2004 at 14:12:20 (PST)
Jean Murray <>
Peterlee, Co. Durham UK - Friday, March 12, 2004 at 10:24:14 (PST)
Have lost touch with all my friends in Seaham so would love to hear from any of them but no luck, has everybody of my age group (62) left Seaham then. I lived in Daphne Crescent, Parkside and went to Camden Square School. Worked at Crompton & Harrison til 1962, married and went to live abroad. Now live and retired in Norwich, Norfolk. Please get in touch. Forgot to add that my name was Foulds at that time.
Val Burrows <>
Norwich, Norfolk England - Friday, March 12, 2004 at 10:17:03 (PST)
I thought this site was for Seaham folk who have moved away and want to catch up on seaham news, i was wrong its for sad people who have no lives. Jaquline. The sad seaham lad,And who the heck is miss manners she is living her life in this book, also who sorts the text before it goes in the book. do you have to be very sad and boring to make the pages, surf the real ocean not a webb site and discover real life, live the dream, or can you not get out of your seat.old grey beard
old grey beard <>
Brockenhurst, Hampshire England - Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 16:01:55 (PST)
I remember the good old days, never mind............
Not Thomas Johnson
- Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 15:58:47 (PST)
many thanks to ed mason for info re the ash family
harlepool, england - Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 15:58:15 (PST)
Seaham Lad:many thanks for the seahamscenes site,it brought back a lot of memories
LIVERPOOL, MERSYSIDE ENGLAND - Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 15:57:21 (PST)
LIVERPOOL, MERSYSIDE ENGLAND - Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 15:56:28 (PST)
Hi! Ihave just logged on to your web site and found the information on Seaham very interesting. The walks that you have made recently are excellent although being unable to walk them myself, I could follow them on the web site. I have always been interested in the history of Seahm and hope the web site continues.
Angela Musgrove
Seaham, Durham England - Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 15:54:51 (PST)
trying to find mrs pat shephard nee wood of dawden any one who knows her, would they please tell her i would like to meet up with her for old times sake jean murray nee clough 0191 5868648
jean murray <>
peterlee, durham uk - Tuesday, March 09, 2004 at 15:38:55 (PST)
Sorry to hear about your mother Jaqueline hope she gets well soon
Miss Manners
Canada - Tuesday, March 09, 2004 at 15:37:13 (PST)
here we go again about gays ............can we not just let people get on with their lives .....thing is if two people want to marry then let them.....the thing is in the eyes of god they wont be married just in the eyes of the law ............whereas two hetrosexual people getting married will be married in both eyes of the law and god ...........isnt it about time we let an indiviual do what they think is best for them instead of others trying to run there lives for them ........thats the problem in this world today people who have nothing better to do try to make some individuals feel uncomfortable with their sexuality, religion,and the way they choose to run their lives. let it be said people who live in glass houses shouldnt throw stones. let he who hasnt sinned cast the first stone. (i bet there isnt many who could do that if any at all) let people get on with their lives as you only have one, live it to the fullest and be happy with yourself and let others! do what they want to do with theirs. People today dont live by what the bible says as most dont believe in religion and thats their choice not ours.but remember this everyone god made eve from adam and they went on to have cain and abel then what ???????????????
once a parent
seaham, - Monday, March 08, 2004 at 16:30:56 (PST)
Sorry Seahamlad but what you say is not true why else do some couples get married at city hall, hardly religious now is it.You did not rise to my challenge you still make out that same sex marriages are a religious issue only.I am sorry but I believe all marriages are civil unions first and foremost already France and Germany have civil union laws included in these are same sex marriages and I am afraid for your sake Britain will be adopting these very soon.
Miss Manners
Canada - Monday, March 08, 2004 at 16:28:01 (PST)'re quite right I do have aother name an d if you guess it correctly I will in all honesty tell you if so. Furthermore, I will give you some clues in quest. I do indeed live in Seaham. I have a republican and fiercely english outlook. I deplore injustice (like the Geoff Grey case where both Mr and Mrs Grey are RIGHT) I adore my home town (apart from Church street) but see it blighted by the boy racer cretins who should all be locked up.
Seahamlad, - Monday, March 08, 2004 at 16:27:05 (PST)
If any of you know Mary Green, please keep her in your prayers. She is my mom and has suffered a heartattack. She is now in stable condition and doing fine. I was able to speak to her this afternoon in her room.
- Monday, March 08, 2004 at 16:25:23 (PST)
ps Bruno, you do have another handle don't you? I think I've spotted the connection!
- Saturday, March 06, 2004 at 15:27:06 (PST)
Seahamlass, what you say makes some sense, but you not really "sitting on the fence" are you? but you seem to agree that everyone is entitled to an opinion, To Bruno I would say that your opinions are self-contradictory and biased in the extreme, what is wrong Bruno with free speech? many Men and Women have died to preserve it! Now Miss Manners I do not need to inform you I hope that Marriage in its truest sense is a religious ceremony and a union of Man and woman,so its not possible to separate the two, I will never accept any different interpretation. that is my view and I agree to disagree with you on this matter, To you and others on this Guestbook, I would say you can argue your case in a much better way if you refrain from being offensive, once you do that mutual respect will surface for the benefit of all.
- Saturday, March 06, 2004 at 15:26:33 (PST)
: What a magnificent win for the Irish against our World Cup Holders England at Twickers! It wasn't that the English Lads played badly, far from it, the Irish were so much better on the day, and it was no great surprise when you consider that this is the same Irish team that almost beat the Australians and were denied by a post! What really impressed me was the way the English team and crowd applauded the Irish Lads off the pitch at the final whistle, you couldn't imagine our overpaid Football players ever doing the same! They'd be too busy moaaning to the Referee that they wus robbed or waiting to ambush the winners in the tunnel No its only in the Northern Hemispere that we applaud our victors in this way, but then again it is "a different ball game" up here!
- Saturday, March 06, 2004 at 15:25:25 (PST)
: There is just one thing I would like to say about Mel Gibsons movie .Movies are made to make money.
Miss Manners
Canada - Saturday, March 06, 2004 at 15:24:05 (PST)
Bruno I totally agree with you, Please Webmaster the pontifications of some people must be slowing down the site, good job you don't allow photos here and tell them to start writing to each other via email and leave the guestbook for what it was intended for
FKG <>
Sunderland, England - Friday, March 05, 2004 at 16:46:15 (PST)
LONDON, - Friday, March 05, 2004 at 16:45:10 (PST)
Jacqueline; I've just read that the eccentric rocker turned crooner, Elton John, plans to propose to his long term lover, David Furnish. Apparently, the couple want to wed in the UK and are waiting for The Civil Partnerships Bill to get through Parliament. This Bill will give gay "civil partners" similar rights to heterosexual married couples. Elton is quoted as saying "We are going to get married when the Bill gets passed. If people who want to make a life commitment can't have protection, we live in a pretty sick world". Whether or not you like Elton's music, fashion taste or, dare I say it, "hair", he does seem to have a point. Having said that, I do agree that children should understand heterosexual family values but I think that the world has changed so much that it will be difficult (but not impossible) to reverse ideas of gay life etc that are already in place. I'm a bit on the fence on this subject, I'm afraid. I can see both sides of the argument b! ut we are all individual and we should all have equal rights.
Seaham, - Friday, March 05, 2004 at 16:44:14 (PST)
Bruno - leave Jacqueline alone - some of us find her interesting. In fact I think we should open a Jacqueline appreciation society !!
Brian Foster
Seaham, - Friday, March 05, 2004 at 16:42:53 (PST)
Jacqueline, many of my married friends have split up due to infidelity, yet my two closest gay friends have been together and faithful to each other for more than 20 years. Your assumption that gay people are immoral is very disrespectful. Also I'm not sure why you imagine bisexual people have two partners at the same time?
dr vix <>
- Friday, March 05, 2004 at 16:41:53 (PST)
Jacqueline, I need to "get real" as you say. Could you possibly give me the telephone number of your nun who gets you real. I have never heard anything so crass in all my life, asking a nun to explain a movie...I ask you! For heavens sake Jacqueline get a life, or a husband, or a cat, anything I think you must be very lonely with your outlook on life.
Seaham, - Friday, March 05, 2004 at 16:40:51 (PST)
Jacqueline, your Godly fire and brimstone rantings are so out of place on this guestbook. We come on here to read what our friends and family are doing around the world, not to read your boring pulpit protestations. Talk about the weather in New York, talk about the crime in Philadelphia, but don't talk religion on here. YOU SIMPLY BORE EVERYONE.
Seaham, - Wednesday, March 03, 2004 at 16:54:00 (PST)
"Bruno" the discussion "Seahamlad" and I brought up, was NOT about "putting down" gays in general. The point or debate was all about "Is a legal marriage between two people of the same sex moral?" It had nothing to do with gay friends or gay neighbors who choose to live together. Again it is about what is moral and is it moral and "just" to have the same sex a legal marriage in the eyes of the law and before the eyes of God. Suppose it does become world wide legal that same sexes are able to be married because people are now defining a marriage to be "Between people who love each other." Then what next? Again, does that mean if there are three people who are bisexual and they feel they love each other, does that mean that they "three" can be married and it be made "Legal" and "just?" Come on... get real! The trouble is, now the whole "gay" thing has become so comfortable in our society, that it is going to become as normal as man and woman making love. This means, ! our children in years to come, are not going to have any sense of true meaning of a pure love between a man and a woman. Our children will have become desensitized to what is a little strange. Just as they are desensitized now against "What is violence" or "What is abuse against a woman when a man hits her, as a lot of those video games are about women acting as "men" being kicked and kicking other characters. If you listen to a group of children/teenagers talking to each other, you rarely hear the young man showing respect toward the young lady, or rarely see the young man act like a gentleman or see the young lady, act like a lady. We have taken all the innocence out of our children. This gay marriage thing is going a bit too far.
- Wednesday, March 03, 2004 at 16:52:59 (PST)
I am researching my family history called ASH . They lived in Seaham in the mid to late 1800's. At one time they had a shop and lived in South Crescent. Any information gratefully received. Many thanks, Win Wallace
Winifred Wallace <>
Hartlepool, England - Tuesday, March 02, 2004 at 16:12:40 (PST)
I left the North East of England in 1971 and have recently moved to New Zealand.Love to hear from any former Vane Tempest mechanics and any old friends.
George Wears <>
Torbay, North Shore City New Zealand - Tuesday, March 02, 2004 at 16:11:14 (PST)
: i was born in seaham harbour in 1949 my parents and family moved away to find work with the pits i still have family living there and my late brothers ashes were thrown into the sea off the harbour i still visit and it always feels like i have come home
pat redshaw <>
madeley, cheshire england - Tuesday, March 02, 2004 at 16:09:22 (PST)
: Well, after Seahamlad's question and Jacqueline's diatribe....I went into a McDonalds for a cuppa when an elderly couple sat opposite me. The elderly gentleman orderd from the waiter just one burger and chips, he explained to the waiter that the one order was because they shared everything. When the order arrived the old boy asked for an extra plate and glass. Placing the burger and chips in front of the elderly man, the old man took half the chips and half the burger and gave them to his wife. The old man began to eat and enjoy his half but his wife just sat and looked at her food. The waiter came along and concerned, asked the old lady if the food was ok. OH yes, she replied, I'm waiting for the teeth.
Brian Greenfingers
- Tuesday, March 02, 2004 at 16:07:51 (PST)
I would just like to give the proper meaning out of the dicionary for the word marriage 1.a formal agreement between a man and a women to live together according to the customs of their religion or society.2.Any union: The marriage of true minds.I would like to remind the fanatics of this guest book who love to quote the bible in of coarse their own translations that it was written by men (Moses,Isaias,Matthew)who say god prompted them with the words.I would like to challenge guest's (Markie, Seahamlad etc) to come up with a reason why they are against same sex marriage's without quoting the bible or the dictionary. Ithink too much fuss is being made about the ceremony itself .A lot of hetrosexuals do not take the act of marriage seriously and more couples are prefering to live under the brush than get the contract.As for the act of same sex marriages a lot of these are taking place in churches.I do believe most people are making a mountain out of a molehill.I am a! gainst it if it is going to cost the taxpayers more money.Let me know some of the monetrydownfalls of this not the religious or dictionary meanings.Tell me how people and children are going to be hurt by this.Please Markie stop refering to the guestbook readers as you people.Also who cares if there was two islands with lesbians on one and homosexuals on the other thank god there would be no children what kind of reasoning is that
Miss Manners
- Tuesday, March 02, 2004 at 16:06:45 (PST)
Same sex marriages! SO WHAT! my wife and I have for many years lived close to a gay couple, in fact it has been a pleasure to live close to them, they are kind, considerate, beautifully polite, and will help anyone without a thought for themselves. Look at the real problem..paedophiles! the scum of the earth. praying on defenceless innocent children. they inhabit the shadows, groom their intended victim, ravage their body and destroy their lives and their families lives. Same sex marriages? get real
Seaham, - Tuesday, March 02, 2004 at 16:04:49 (PST)
Today I went to see the movie directed by Mel Gibson - "The Passion of Chirst." Beofre I saw the movie, being Catholic, I was advised to first do the 14 Stations of the Cross - that way it would help me to meditate and to fully understand the meaning of the movie. I saw the movie with friends. At the end of the movie I came out of the theater feeling, "Wow! This is what it means when the Bible says "Jesus was scourged." This is what jesus menat when he said, "I lay down my life for you." There were parts in the movie where the beatings of Jesus from the Romans were a little too much to bare. There were parts in the movie where the devil appears and he is really eery... there is a part where he is holding a child and I was confused by that; so when I got home I called one of the nuns and asked. She had said it was Mel Gibson's intent to show how the devil comes in many forms and how he lures the innocence of our children. After she told me, that part in the movie th! en made sense. I did not at all see any where in the movie where it was "anit-Jew." In fact, it was the Romans who were beating the life out of Jesus. But the true fact is, the Jews did indeed reject Jesus as the Son of God - they are still awaiting for the coming of the Messiah. The movie was indeed powerful, tearful and life changing! If people can go and sit through made up movies of violence, abuse, sexual explicit contents and moives of evil and horror, then why is all the fuss about one man who indeed is the most popular man of all time? Is it that people are afraid to believe in Jesus for what may happen to their hearts and lives as a result of having a sincere love for Jesus? I was talking to a lady infront of me while I was standing in line, she was saying that this movie is meant to be and is a sign from God that we are indeed, truly living the end times. I think most of us do, to some degree beleive our world at this time is so frightening and we are living in ve! ry dangerous times where no one has a sense of morals and "What is sin ?" I recommend everyone to go and see this movie. The art of this movie is awesome! The actors and actresses are awesome! The music is powerful and the scenes are heartwrenching, but will make an impact on everyone's lives. Our world needs this movie at this time. God Bless... Jacqueline.
- Tuesday, March 02, 2004 at 16:03:39 (PST)
Thank you Jacqueline, words of wisdom indeed, I couldn't have put it better.
- Tuesday, March 02, 2004 at 15:59:55 (PST)
Re the question about how to "stop my email from opening its first message" Here's a link that shows how to do this (and a good explanation about why you should :)
Dot <>
- Sunday, February 29, 2004 at 14:32:41 (PST)
Hi K Woodhouse, are you related to Nicola Woodhouse as she was in my class at school,I was at Camden Square until 1979 and then S.M.S. until 1981.
SEAHAM, DURHAM - Sunday, February 29, 2004 at 11:36:16 (PST)
"Seahamlad" I was very good at not bringing up such a subject that may may cause a stir on our Guest-Book, as I am known for doing that. However, as you brought up the subject first and personally asked for my opinion, I will gladly give it. I am absolutly appauled at what is happening in my adopted country, America, in the state of California and other states that are considering allowing a marriage happen between either two men or two women. If you remember sometime last summer I had brought up the subject of the possibility that Massachuttes was in the debate mode of allowing homosexual marriages to take place, however, I did not think it would go this far and actually become a reality. The Dictionary defines marriage as a "mutual love between a husband and a wife - a man and a woman." - Marriages between a man and a woman have been going on since the world began - that is the way it is in order for our world to produce. Children come from the love of a husband ! and a wife. Children are not born of two men or of two women. Even animals cohabit with the opposite sex. This homosexual marriage is wrong, wrong, wrong! It is just downright wrong! And Immoral! The homosexual community are promoting homosexuality and have been for quite a few years now, and finally, it appears they are winning and people are buying into this "Anything Goes." I am all for Human Rights, and our homosexuals being protected against discrimination. However, a legal marriage is just not right at all. If we had two islands, one full of homosexual men and one island full of lesbian women, eventually all the people would die and there would be no offspring. God made man and he made woman and from their love came other lives. Even for those who do not believe that we were made from God, and that we came from Apes, it is still the same practice. Male and female stick together. Furthermore, now that American society are accepting homosexual marriages, what else will! it be.... the liberals say we need to be tolerant. So does that mean in a few years time, that the bisexuals decide they also want to be married to their lovers - as the liberals are now defining marriage that it is between two people who love each other - then the bisexuals are going to say, "Well, we three love each other." Where are the boundries? Where are the morals? When is this "Anything Goes" going to stop? I am telling you people of Seaham and of this Guest Book, just look around you at the news and what is happening in our world at this time - it is getting worse! All we hear now is "nuclear this and nuclear that.... Gay this and Gay that, terrorist attacks possible here and terror attacks possible there, this plane is cancelled and that plane is cancelled due to terror threats, in France there has been a bill past that neither Muslim, Jew or Christian can now display their articles of faith. (France was once a Catholic country) There has been talk, that other European countries may follow suit. There are talks of wars all around ! the world practically - and now it is just not safe for missionaries. People, I am telling you, we all need to wake up and get our souls put right. It does not matter what religion we belong to, or what denomination we belong to, we all need to just get our souls and lives put right. Oh and one more thing, this movie that Mel Gibson has made is causing a huge fuss over nothing. Interesting that one can talk about other religions, or movies that our children watch on TV that have explicit sex, violence and racism and homosexuality and abuse, that no one batters an eyelid. However, mention a movie about Jesus and his last 12 hours on earth, there is a huge uproar about it. When the movie "Shindlers List" came out, I have not once heard that Christians (Catholics)ever made a huge fuss and complained that the Jews blamed us for not coming to their aid as fast as we ought to have. Even the Germans did not make as big as fuss about the movie, as the fuss that is being made over M! el Gibson's movie "The Passion of Christ." The message that is now bei ng sent is "If you mention Jesus, then you are going to receive persecution. We have lost all sense of morals, values and principles and no one knows "What is sin" anymore. (incidentially, as yet I have not seen the movie, "The Passion of Christ." I will be seeing it next week. I am nervous to see it, because I am not sure I can sit and watch the person I believe to be the Son of God, who died for my sins, so that I may live eternally in Heaven, to be beaten so severe. On the other hand, it was so brutal in those days, and perhaps this may give a glimpse of reality to us all of what horror Jesus endured for our lives - for our sins. "Seahamlad" Thank you for inviting me to voice my opinions. Now I am sure I have now just sparked a huge stir on our Guest Book. I dread to see some of the messages back to me. You are right, Seahamlad, a marriage is only between a man and a woman. I am now off my soap-box.
- Sunday, February 29, 2004 at 11:34:55 (PST)
I always considered that Marriage was an act or contract by which a Man and a Woman, became Husband and Wife, so I was extremely concerned when I saw that San Francisco was allowing Gays etc to go through a form of Marriage not sanctified by the Church or more importantly not by God either, luckily the Terminator in the form of (love him or hate him) Arnie was going to take steps to annihilate such goings on. Have you any thoughts on this subject Jacqueline?
- Wednesday, February 25, 2004 at 15:48:46 (PST)
R. Briggs Canada, Brian Greenfingers,Seahamlad,Geordie Hinney Newcastle,Lucy, Thanks all of you for your replies to my request for words to Keep your feet still Geordie Hinney. The visitors to Seaham Harbour Guestbook are alright.Geordie Hinney Newcastle,I really appreciated your version. I had never heard it before but had two brothers who worked down the mine in Dawdon Colliery and can relate to those words, thank you.It's great to see the improvements which have been made so far in Seaham and sincerely hope that Church Street will get the attention it is in desperate need of and will be a nice place to shop again.
JMB <>
Morrisville, USA - Wednesday, February 25, 2004 at 15:47:47 (PST)
C'mon Kelly from Seaham, give us all your definitive answer on wills and trusts
Seaham, - Wednesday, February 25, 2004 at 15:46:15 (PST)
Micks Mentor, I'm sure you'll join me in wholeheartedly comdemning those so-called Sunderland supporters (a minority) who behaved so disgracefully at the Cardiff match during the one minutes silence to the late great John Charles, I consider them to be the lowest of the low and contemptable in the extreme!
- Monday, February 23, 2004 at 16:08:03 (PST)
: HELP,can anyone tell a silverhaired surfer how to stop my email from opening its first message, they tell me this could lead to big trouble. (Microsoft Outlook ).
J. Charlton <>
Seaham, Durham England - Monday, February 23, 2004 at 16:07:26 (PST)
I totally agree with Seaham lad about the football players of today. The slightest knock and they are rolling a round on the floor in pretended agony until a poor player gets sent off then as quick as a flash they are on their feet to take a penalty or free kick. Absolutely no sense of fare play what so ever. Proper over paid big girls blouses the lot of em.
- Monday, February 23, 2004 at 16:06:08 (PST)
I am looking for information about my mother's family, James and Mary RIDDLE who came to the States from Seaham Harbour around 1890, with children James Jr., William, Ralph, Isabel, Mae and Edith. They went to Illinois. I thought my grandfather was a glassworker. I would appreciate any help you can give me.
Isabel Ashkar <>
Sacramento, California USA - Monday, February 23, 2004 at 16:05:17 (PST)
I was pleased to see the responses to JBM's request for the lyrcs to "Keep your feet still Geordie hinney" I thought it was just old codgers like me who could remember and sing that ditty. My own remembered lyrics were fairly sparse compared to "Seaham Lad's and Geordie Hinney's of Newcastle.
R Briggs <>
Bridgewater, Nova Scotia Canada - Monday, February 23, 2004 at 16:03:46 (PST)
Kelly from Seaham, could you qualify your remarks please?
- Saturday, February 21, 2004 at 16:56:27 (PST)
J.M.B.Keep your feet still is more Newcastle/Gateshead than anywhere else.Funny, I remember when President Kennedy first arrived in England. He went to Newcastle and addresed the crowds cheering him and his iconic wife Jackie. His parting words were "Away the Lads" and the crowds loved it.When Kennedy arrived in Paris, Jackie Kennedy was cheered more than he was, so, when he addresed the waiting crowds he said: "I am the man who accompanied Jackie Kennedy to Paris."and they loved it.Many good and bad things have been said about Kennedy but good or bad I still liked him.
Brian Greenfingers
- Saturday, February 21, 2004 at 16:56:01 (PST)
I am a geordie lass living in Australia and it was great to find this page but does sunderland have a similar site ? i cannot find one can anyone help ?
Barbara Rowell <>
Sunderland, Durham England - Saturday, February 21, 2004 at 16:55:00 (PST)
: Iwas born in Sunderland up Hylton Road and now live in Sydney Aus I am looking for Bobby Wilson who I went out with when i was about 14 I think he now lives over Southwick he used to live up Pennywell, My dad had Rowells Cafe in Park Lane or I would like to hear from anyone that remembers me.
Barbara Rowell
Sunderland, Durham - Saturday, February 21, 2004 at 01:31:57 (PST)
: Harry - you do not have a clue (Solicitor my foot). Seahamlad I suggest you go and see a real Solicitor - the information "Harry" gave you is incorrect.
Seaham, - Saturday, February 21, 2004 at 01:30:35 (PST)
: Didn't know this site existed till a few days ago, and have been wading through the different years and found some very interesting topics. I have also found the Seaham Chat room and have visited it but no one seems to be there.Do any of you use it and when is the best day and time to meet up with other members. Chelau
Lucy Taylor
Dawdon, Seaham Durham - Saturday, February 21, 2004 at 01:29:54 (PST)
JMB how about this? KEEP YOUR FEET STILL GEORDIE HINNY Our Geordie and bob Johnson Both lay in one bed In a little lodging house down by the shore Before he'd been half an hour asleep A kick from Geordie's foot Made him waken up to roar instead of snore So keep your feet still Geordie Hinny Let's be happy through the night For I may not be so happy through the day So give me that bit comfort Keep your feet still Geordie lad And don't drive my bonnie dreams away I dreamt there was a dancing held And Mary Clark was there And I thought we tripped it lightly on the floor And I pressed her heaving breast to mine Whilst waltzing round the room That's more than I've dared ever do before Do you know the lad she goes with They call him Jimmy Green And I thought he'd try to spoil our bit of fun But I dreamt I nailed him heavy And I blacked the young fool's eyes If I'd slept it's hard to tell what I'd have done I dreamt Jim Green had left the town And left his love to me And I thought the house was furnished with the best And I dreamt that I'd just left the church With Mary by my side When your clumsy feet completely spoiled the rest
- Saturday, February 21, 2004 at 01:27:37 (PST)
To JMB: Keep ye lamp lit Geordie hinny Keep ye lamp lit Geordie lad An' divvent let it gan oot doon the drift Keep ye lamp lit Geordie hinny Keep ye lamp lit Geordie lad An' ye can test fer gas 3 times a shift. Now deep doon i' the coal mine dangerous gases lie asleep An' fra oot o'l gob an' brikkers they dee seep But the proper use of ye detector In iviry working sector Ye'll not leave a wife an' bairns alone to weep. Keep ye lamp lit Geordie hinny Keep ye lamp lit Geordie lad An' divvent let it gan oot doon the drift Keep ye lamp lit Geordie hinny Keep ye lamp lit Geordie lad An' ye can test fer gas 3 times a shift. If ye lamp shoud gan oot hinny divvent leave it way back-by Cos to pinch it some sly rogue will hev a try An' hard lines tho'it may be Its ye that'll hetter pay £5 or more 'll make ye bonnie missus cry. Keep ye lamp lit Geordie hinny Keep ye lamp lit Geordie lad An' divvent let it gan oot doon the drift Keep ye lamp lit Geordie hinny Keep ye lamp lit Geordie lad An' ye can test fer gas 3 times a shift.
Geordie Hinney
Newcastle, - Saturday, February 21, 2004 at 01:23:21 (PST)
To JMB Oakbrooks,Morrisville,Bucks.U.S.A. Ref. the song "Keep your feet still Geordie Hinney. I believe it goes like this. Keep your feet still Geordie hinney Let's be happy thru the neet Cause we can not be so happy thru the day Keep your feet still geordy hinny Let's be happy thru neet And dinna drive my sweet all dreams away I lived all of my life in Seaham before swimming across the Atlantic. Let me know if you get this. Expatriate Geordie.
R Briggs <>
Bridgewater, Nova Scotia Canada - Saturday, February 21, 2004 at 01:22:04 (PST)
Seahamlad...If a copy of the will is produced at the same time as the original it will be valid if it was signed by the author and witnessed at the same time as the original. It is common practice to have 2 copies of the will, the first original copy staying with the issuing lawyer and the second with the family
Durham - Thursday, February 19, 2004 at 16:40:40 (PST)
It was great to see England get off to a good start in the 6 nations Rugby contest! by all accounts, most Pundits expect England or France to win! after their wonderful win down-under England must be favourites. I'm sure all ex-pats in Oz and especially New Zealand (plus Spain) will be "chuffed" to see the old Country doing so well! We were told often enough that its a different ball game in the Southerm Hemisphere, seems they're were right! We are it seems marginally better here in the North. Don't anyone get me wrong! the Aussies and NZ's have good teams, but we are at the moment better, every Dog etc. and to the ladies I would say "Rugby players are real Men" not like the prima-donna types that play Football
- Thursday, February 19, 2004 at 16:39:47 (PST)
Keep your feet still Geordie Hinny, let's be happy thru the night, for we .....Can anyone out there remember the rest of the words to this lyric or song.?? I remember it from being very young in Seaham many years ago.
JMB <Oakbrookes>
Morrisville, Bucks USA - Thursday, February 19, 2004 at 16:38:40 (PST)
To Karin I know Rob Ashcroft & Joyce I will pass your message on.
seaham, - Tuesday, February 17, 2004 at 16:07:27 (PST)
Harry, a legal question for you, a Person dies and the original will cannot be found, only the copy, is the copy valid?
- Tuesday, February 17, 2004 at 16:06:26 (PST)
I think it appalling that the London Transport Authority, following in the footsteps of LLoyds TSB, Barclays Bank and sending their call centres to India where the local wage rate is so very much lower than ours. When you speak to your bank, its in India, when you speak to your utility company, its in India, and when you want a bus in London, you speak to India. "Brilliant", say all you bleeding heart liberals, "we're helping the third world economies prosper". My view is the Foreign Office should impose a financial penalty on these companies who make billion pound profits by discarding British jobs to India (and China) so that it makes their penny pinching so very much more expensive to do so.
Durham, - Tuesday, February 17, 2004 at 16:05:18 (PST)
doreen bell <ALIVERSIDG@AOL.COM>
HASWELL, CO DURHAM ENGLAND - Tuesday, February 17, 2004 at 16:03:06 (PST)
i was born and bred in seaham and use to attend camden square until it closed,. then northlea if any old mates remember me :k woodhouse: drop me a line.
k. woodhouse <>
liverpool, merseyside england - Sunday, February 15, 2004 at 15:33:08 (PST)
: Doe,s anyone have a copy of a booklet written by the Rev Duncan,called the Airaid of Dawdon
dawdon, - Saturday, February 14, 2004 at 16:44:50 (PST)
i as a dawdon resident disagree with comments made about this place we are no all druggies there are a lot of people in dawdon who lokk after there homes and also do a hard days work not every one should be tard with the same brush as for this area been flattemned you know more than the house owners
seaham, - Saturday, February 14, 2004 at 16:44:15 (PST)
Hey Tom, the spider won't need the mating service of the male at another date. It's in her best interests to mate with someone else next time. I have been looking to nature all of my life, my Ph.D. is in biology, and we'll have to agree to disagree on this one.
dr vix <>
- Saturday, February 14, 2004 at 16:43:26 (PST)
"Brian Greenfingers" I agree with you. In my day, I also use to say I lived in a small minning and fishing community. I am not sure what the people of Seaham can say now. Also too, I was talking to a friend of mine from school, and we both agreed that "1985" was probably the last year to ever be taught the "old school" way... Shortly thereafter, the education system changed as well as the whole attitude of a "new England" - most probably following in some footsteps of "Americanizing" the British society. Interesting, now in my mid-thirties, I relate to living back in the days of the "old country" ("old England" where life was more the traditional English way.)Now and then, I meet English young girls, in their early 20's over here at the health club, or in the city, and their life growing up in England sounds more like an American kid's life. I guess I must be getting old! And times have certainly changed. As soon as the British schools start to have cheerleaders an! d the "proms" for the seniors, then you know, the schools in England have become "Americanized" and England is not the same as it was in the first half of the 80's - it has all changed to a "new England." I think I can say, I was raised in the "old country."
- Saturday, February 14, 2004 at 16:42:33 (PST)
owen mcgann what are you doing in bognor regis should'nt you be in the cuddy with your dad or am i talking to the wrong person harbourlad wellington new zealand
- Saturday, February 14, 2004 at 16:41:03 (PST)
Brian Grenfingers, You've answered your own question, yes Seaham was a mining community, now it is just a community
- Saturday, February 14, 2004 at 16:40:24 (PST)
Question: Does anyone know what the plans for Church Street are to be? I heard a covered precinct had been considered
Durham, - Saturday, February 14, 2004 at 16:39:51 (PST)
Tom, Thank you for your reply last week about the frequency of our boys (and girls) dying in suspect circumstances. I must say Tom you seem very well read on the subject of Private Gray and I hope you can contribute the the Gray family cause with your interest, something I think, can only be given closure by an absolutely independent enquiry.
Durham, - Saturday, February 14, 2004 at 16:39:14 (PST)
Does anyone have any information about a dolphin that was found on the beach at Seaham.
- Saturday, February 14, 2004 at 16:37:39 (PST)
What kind of community do's Seaham folk say they reside in now? In my day, Seaham was a mining community.
Brian Grenfingers
- Friday, February 13, 2004 at 14:07:19 (PST)
Steve, I do not want to force feed my opinion on you; I can see that you still have a lot of loyalty to the armed forces, and that is how it should be. When Geoff was killed (murdered in my opinion), the base at Deep Cut was on high alert, and we presumed he had died in action. When the army said he had committed suicide we found it hard to believe (Geoff was so full of life, and looking forward to his new posting). Going to the coroners’ court our main purpose was in getting the coroner to believe that Geoff would not commit suicide. All the details I have quoted until now were handed to us as we entered the courtroom; we did not have a chance to read all of it till we got home from the hearing. It was not till then that the terrible truth became clear. We know that the armed forces cannot be filled with cowardly people; we know (and Geoff accepted) that the armed forces must have a tough regime; that it is a dangerous place to be and that people do get killed, bu! t this must also be a regime that is fair; an organisation that looks after the well-being of the people who protect our freedom.
Tom Moreland <>
London, - Friday, February 13, 2004 at 14:06:47 (PST)
: Dr Viz, study not the written word on this subject but watch nature. As you rightly say a female elephant is the matriarch of the herd but look who’s in front and to the side of the herd, as they march to new grazing grounds? Someone also mentioned the black widow spider; they conveniently forgot that the female was subservient to the male till she had got what she wanted. After the black widow spider has been serviced, her thoughts immediately turn inward, and look to the feeding of her potential offspring’s. She cannot see that she may need the mating services of the male at a later date. If you watch youngsters you will notice that female children are quicker to learn up to the age of puberty; after this their natural instinct is to be less knowledgeable than the boys. This is to make sure that they draw the most eligible boys to them, and make themselves more attractive to possible partners. This is also the reason why females are more clued up than males; they! know how to work the system to their advantage, and get the male to do exactly what they want. My mother was always subservient to my father (up to a point); he never seemed to notice that she had already decided the decisions he made!
Tom Moreland <>
London, - Friday, February 13, 2004 at 14:05:17 (PST)
Isaac, I say my prayers every night, and thank God for small (and big) mercies.
Tom Moreland <>
London, - Friday, February 13, 2004 at 14:03:42 (PST)
Hello, I am looking for Robbie Ashcroft and Joyce. I would like to say hello, how are you doing, hope to see you soon. Danny will de coming across the beginning of march, he would like to see you if possible. Love Karin
Karin Veltman
Tiel, Gelderland the Netherlands - Friday, February 13, 2004 at 14:02:50 (PST)
"Issac" A very interesting story you put together there... I would not say that women are more clever, cunning or evil than men, I would say it depends on the individual. I am actually getting tired of all this hoopla over "women verses men" issue. I am an advocate for women, but I feel that women in todays society have put themselves in a situation where men no longer know how to treat a women with the love and respect that was originally intended. The same for men, (NOT ALL women or men) but the majority of both sexes, have seemed to have lost the mutual respect for each other. It all depends on the individual and it does not take either a man or a woman to be able to run a country or the world where everything would be in peace and harmony. It takes BOTH men and women to work together and to learn to have an understanding of each other, that would help our world be a better place. A man is not better than a woman and a woman is not better than a man. We both po! sess the qualities needed to improve our world. I think we need to stop this silly debate of who is better - Men or Women, because neither is better than the other. Women need men as much as men need women; and both men and women are qualified to run our world.
- Friday, February 13, 2004 at 14:01:30 (PST)
i just dont understand miss markie first she says women should stand up for themselves then she says the man should take the lead in any major decision making i think this girl is confused . why should men make all major decisions then again why should a women. dont forget miss markie we as women asked for equal rights and got it so therefore we should make these major decisions together
once a one parent family
seaham, - Friday, February 13, 2004 at 13:59:58 (PST)
just a former seaham boy seeing how much the town has changed still looking good
owen mcgann
bognor regis, west sussex england - Friday, February 13, 2004 at 13:58:48 (PST)
Tom, it was the Hive story I was referring to. So, you have had other unfortunate encounters with the sea? It’s amazing you have lasted so long.
- Wednesday, February 11, 2004 at 16:05:07 (PST)
A woman and a man are involved in a car accident; it's a bad one. Both of their cars are totally demolished but amazingly neither of them is hurt. After they crawl out of their wrecked cars, the woman says, " Hmmm. So you're a man. That's interesting. Wow, just look at our cars! There's nothing left, but we're unhurt. This must be a sign from God that we should meet and be friends and live together in peace for the rest of our days". Flattered, the man replies, "Oh yes, I agree with you completely, this must be a sign from God!" The woman continues, "and look at this, here's another miracle. My car is completely wrecked but this bottle of wine didn't break. Surely God wants us to drink this wine and celebrate our good fortune." Then she hands the bottle to the man. The man nods his head in agreement, opens it and drinks half the bottle and then hands it back to the woman. The woman takes the bottle and immediately puts the cap back on, and hands it back to the man.! The man asks, "Aren't you having any?" The woman replies, "No. I think I'll just wait for the police.... " MORAL OF THE STORY: Women are clever, evil, and cunning. Don't mess with them!
- Wednesday, February 11, 2004 at 16:04:32 (PST)
Gene for heavens sake lighten up.You sound like a man who's ego was hurt by my comment if so I apologize
Lilian Smith
Canada - Wednesday, February 11, 2004 at 16:02:46 (PST)
Well Birmingham beat Everton 2-0 tonight. This does not bode well for the cup-tie on Saturday. The Black Cats have not been consistent and have been losing goals too easily. I was sorry to see Proctor leave - he never had a chance in a very mediocre squad. My prediction for Saturday is Sunderland 1 Birmingham City 1. We can certainly hope for no better. What a situation - 48000 potential fans and all that mechandising and massively in debt. Don't tell me we have a financial expert in charge. We are having to swap players to freshen the squad - unbelievable.
Mick's Mentor
Seaham, England - Wednesday, February 11, 2004 at 14:56:15 (PST)
Quote...I have a solution to all the worlds problems put the aprons on all the men and let the women rule the world. To the lady from Canada from whom this quote comes....what rubbish. So all of the worlds problems would be solved would they with women in charge? I think not. For example...right on this site we have women disagreeing with one another as to the role of men. One says that men should be strong and lead the family, while another says that they should all wear aprons and be subservient to women. When you can all get your act together and agree on ANTHING maybe you'll do a better job than men have done.Meantime I will do my best, as I have always done, and lead my family with love and understanding. As to men not protecting their families....UNTOLD MILLIONS have died attempting to do just that. The average little Joe has little to say about how countries are run. But they do their damndest to protect the ones they love. Even making the ultimate sacrifice in their attempts. It's just a pity in my mind that people like you do not appreciate those sacrifices. You silly comments rank up there with those of the 'Nobby' fellow that Slaggie mentions.
Gene <>
London, England - Tuesday, February 10, 2004 at 16:51:45 (PST)
Hey Tom, I haven't checked out this guestbook for ages and was interested to read your comments. I agree with you completely about Thatcher manufacturing the strike and selling off public assests. That woman wants shooting. I disagree that women think inwardly and men outwardly though. I've been studying child psychology lately and believe that genders are taught not intrinsic, but we'll have to agree to differ on that. Also there are examples of species with female leaders, such as matriachal elephants.
Dr Vix <>
- Tuesday, February 10, 2004 at 16:49:30 (PST)
it was good to see a deneside lad on the tv theother night doug weatherel a goal keeper for sunderland boys tv pundit and football writer for one of the daily papers
harry hunter <>
redcar, cleveland england - Tuesday, February 10, 2004 at 16:48:23 (PST)
Tom: Thank you for the information. I was unaware of the brutality recruits endure daily. In civilial law it's ranges between common assault to murder. Where are our Lords and Masters? they have turned justice upside down. criminals are rehabilitated" for doing robbery and murder, while the victim watches the system give care and attention and money to the purp. It gets me so angry to see gecent honest people treated in this manner. Our police and councils are useless. The councils through the social services department ane filled with bleeding heart liberals who feel the armed robber or rapist is sending out a cry for help (the cry for help from the victim while she was attacked was unheard). The police would rather sit in area cars, stop decent people about their business trying to provide a living for their families and fine them for going 32mph in a 30mph limit. They prefer to allow boy racers scream around our roads with their dangerous crap cars with a very l! oud and expensive exhaust pipe thats obviously worth more that the car it's fitted to. There are so many blatant injustices where we live, perhaps I should stand as our next M.P. and shake these up somewhat. In anycase I couldn't any worse that the present incumbent, anyone help?
Durham, - Tuesday, February 10, 2004 at 16:47:03 (PST)
Seahamlad did not mean to confuse you with my name but whether I am married on not does not mean I have to conform to a steroytype of marital status.Men do not go from one title to another when they marry so why should women.This is just another way the leader of the pack controls chattel's.
Miss Manners
Canada - Tuesday, February 10, 2004 at 02:55:42 (PST)
Spartacus After reading your posting, I looked back on the site to see what it was like in those days. I clicked on 2000 by mistake, but did not realise as the three postings at the top of the page were dated Jan 2001. Reading the first few postings, I found out that there was a person called Nobby who was clearly a half witted common little git. Also that he may have been a bully at school and was trying to get his bullying frustrations out on this site. It was suggested that he went to another chat room. Is this what you call SPICE ? Just as a matter of curiosity, did he go ? I haven't seen any Nobbys on here, so he must have gone.
- Tuesday, February 10, 2004 at 02:54:57 (PST)
"Tom Morland" I agree with you on a few things, (I was a strong supporter of Margaret Thatcher - I have read biographies on her and I admire her for her strength and leadership. On the subject of men and women in relationships, I do think that the gentleman ought to take more of a leadership role and stop being "mini-mouses" - but, that does not mean to say, that women ought to be submissive and just stay quiet and not voice an opinion. I think the husbands ought to take the lead in major decision making.
- Tuesday, February 10, 2004 at 02:53:48 (PST)
Tom, interesting comments. However, soldiers are invariably young people, engaged in a tough and risky profession. Their culture strongly discourages complaining ("Whingeing") but encourages a "Work hard - play hard" ethic and they have acess to deadly weapons. These factors naturally leave them at high risk. Nevertheless, I understand that death rates amongst them are no higher than for similar groups in the general population. All deaths are tragic and should be avoided if possible but let us not over-react. Our soldiers are expected to win wars for us, we need them to be strong and decisive. Over-reaction to risk could leave us with less capable soldiers, ironicaly more at risk in the field.
at sea, - Tuesday, February 10, 2004 at 02:52:46 (PST)
Tom Moreland you are right about the iron Lady on all accounts but just like all men are not alike neither are all women.Even in nature some female species are are brutal, take the Black Widow spider who after mating kills and eats her mate. Yes men have always been the leader of the pack but think about the state we are in now .Has man really done a good job protecting his pack. I would imagine that Lilian Smith was talking tongue in cheek when she said for man to wear the apron but I think its not a bad idea.
Miss Manners
Canada - Tuesday, February 10, 2004 at 02:51:55 (PST)
Spartacus or Caesar are you looking for any particular person? The reason I ask is that I too notice those that had posted in the past do not post now, especially one that suggested that England hadn't a chance in hell of winning the rugby world cup.
Peter Curtis
- Tuesday, February 10, 2004 at 02:50:54 (PST)
: I used 2 visit this site quite oftern around 2001/2002,I hav't been on for sometime,when I Ihave had a look through the messages of late I think the site has gone down hill,what I think it needs is a little SPICE!Come on letter writers of the past,were are you all? Oh I see some things never change Jacqueline is still beatig on.Ha!
SEAHAM, - Sunday, February 08, 2004 at 16:26:20 (PST)
Miss Manners it would seem that you did not have to suffer the fate of having to live under Mrs Thatcher’s government. With her policy of divide and conquer, she was the direct cause of the break-up of the family unit in this country. She not only drove children from their homes by cutting their parents benefits, she also forced them out of the district. She encouraged an attitude of me first, me second, and me last. She forced councils to sell state owned houses (at a discount) to people who could not afford them, then inadvertently had these people evicted when they could not pay the mortgage. These houses were then sold cheaply to property speculators, who rented the property back to the same homeless people for an extortionate rent (that the state had to pay). The Falklands war was as manufactured as the miners strike, both were necessary to prove she was a ‘Bodacia’ type person, and keep middle England on her side. Men and women think differently, this a simpl! e fact of nature, and is how it should be. Women think inwardly, and men think outwardly. Both are right, and neither is wrong; the difference is necessary for a family unit to survive and thrive. If you look at any animal pack, or any primitive primate unit, you will notice that a male member of the group is always in charge. This is not sexist, it is a simple fact of nature.
Tom Moreland <>
London, - Sunday, February 08, 2004 at 16:25:23 (PST)
Sorry for the confusion MISS Manners, why don't you sign yourself Mrs Manners? you not by any chance one of those m/s persons?
- Sunday, February 08, 2004 at 16:23:27 (PST)
Micks Mentor, you still around? whats your forecast for the Makems Cup-match next Saturday?
- Saturday, February 07, 2004 at 16:06:14 (PST)
Sorry Seahamlad but it was too good to share. Maybe next time.
Val Burrows <>
Norwich, Norfolk - Saturday, February 07, 2004 at 16:05:44 (PST)
Harry, you ask the question does these tragic events occur at other bases in our forces. Unfortunately the answer is yes. The most dangerous place for a young recruit to be is at Catterick camp in Yorkshire. Soldiers are dying in strange circumstances as far a field as Germany (drown in 18 inches of water), coroners report says no drugs or alcohol; Northern Ireland, shot while talking to his father on the telephone (quoted as suicide). The list just goes on, and on.
Tom Moreland <>
London, - Saturday, February 07, 2004 at 16:04:08 (PST)
To Seaham Lad Yes I agree nowadays in most households women do rule the roost but I was refering to women ruling the countries .Very few countries are are ruled by women and that I am afraid is why there is so much violence in this world .I hope future generations figure this out before it's to late for mankind.As for leap year well I have been married for a long time and I fully believe one husband in a lifetime is enough for any women
Miss Manners
- Saturday, February 07, 2004 at 16:02:31 (PST)
I have just come across your site and can't wait to tell my mum. I was over there in August to visit family. G'day Dick and Freda and Drothy Gaut and families. Love you lots Dot & Alex
Dorothy Wyper <>
Collinsville, Queensland Australia - Saturday, February 07, 2004 at 16:01:45 (PST)
: Well "SeahamLad" I thank you for your advice and reminder on the custom of "leap year" - really, I had no idea that was the custom. Anyway,... well.... perhaps I will not have to narrow it down - perhaps, if I am lucky, or Blessed or God's Will, will be that through some of this dating I am doing of recent, (friends here in New York setting me up - New York area is a SUPER area for singles - not so great for the weather though, if one likes warm weather.) Anyway, perhaps I may meet my "Mr. Right." If not, Wow! Well... who shall I narrow it down to? Can you guess? (green eyes)
- Saturday, February 07, 2004 at 16:00:02 (PST)
Val Burrows, Wow You sure know how to please a man! Stottie pease pudding sandwich! yes please
- Thursday, February 05, 2004 at 16:31:00 (PST)
"Brian Greenfingers" That was a very interesting "poem" you either quoted or wrote - Do I say, "Thank you." Or, do I question?! Either way, it was appreciated. I hope you too have a very nice day.
- Thursday, February 05, 2004 at 16:29:31 (PST)
: Isaac, I am sorry for the confusion I may have caused. While shaving this morning I realised that the incident off Hawthorn Hive would have been when John Ward and I almost drown. The incident I was referring too was when the engine on my boat refused to start; we tied up to the dan-end of a crab pot shoot, until the lifeboat came to our rescue.
Tom Moreland <>
London, - Thursday, February 05, 2004 at 16:27:03 (PST)
: Looking for family members with the surname FAMBELY
Peter Fambelly <>
Sale, Cheshire UK - Thursday, February 05, 2004 at 16:25:46 (PST)
Steve At Sea...You make a valid point, I do think an independent inquiry into Deepcut is overdue and would (if included in the panel an independent forensic scientist) attract some credibility. I wonder if these tragic events occur at other bases in our forces although none comes to mind which means in my mind at least, is an immediate cause for concern. I do know one thing for a parent, I cannot imagine what these poor people are going through. to loose a child is the hardest pain to bear...when it might have been prevented is worse. I think everyone should admire the dignity and poise of the Gray family and join together in wishing them some help in their ordeal
Durham, - Thursday, February 05, 2004 at 16:24:32 (PST)
Miss Manners... well said
Durham, - Thursday, February 05, 2004 at 16:23:43 (PST)
Yes Isaac, that was I. The incident was not without it’s funny side though. That same Saturday night when Keith Adamson and I walked into Dawdon club there was total silence as Billy Gregory called out, ”You had better have some money on you next time you put to sea, I’ve put parking meters on my dan-ends.” Steve, the points I raised were not from Frank Swans report. Believe it or not, this was evidence that was put before the coroner, and he still gave an open verdict. If you could read the report from the coroner it has more holes than a colander, and is a damming indictment with regard to the establishments attitude to soldiers, young and old. The army were even given 1hour to go back to camp and produce a different log sheet. The original timings they gave of that evening’s happenings put Geoff in guardhouse when he was shot. It may interest you to know that there was no police involvement in the original investigation. The first investigation consisted of the Army stating ‘one person, one gun, one conclusion’. That is the cold, matter of fact statement, as it is was said to Geoff’s parents.
Tom Moreland <>
London, - Thursday, February 05, 2004 at 16:23:07 (PST)
Could I on a more serious note offer a word of advice to Jacqueline and Miss Manners? as you know Ladies this is a leap year and on the 29th February it is a Western custom for Ladies of good standing to make a proposal of Marriage to any Man who they desire to marry and spend the rest of their lives with. Now you both have 26 days to draw up your short list and then to narrow it down to that last lucky Guy, could I wish you both,good luck and good hunting. God bless.
- Thursday, February 05, 2004 at 16:20:55 (PST)
thanx seahamlad, if i remember, i'll be there, i have a memory of a goldfish at the mo, ....Tina
seaham, - Thursday, February 05, 2004 at 16:20:03 (PST)
Lilian Smith, in this part of the World (Seaham) Women do rule and quite a lot of Men have to wash up, hoover and wear aprons! maybe thats why Tony from Spain left these parts? wonder who wears the Aprons (and pants) in Spain?
- Thursday, February 05, 2004 at 16:19:05 (PST)
Thanks Seahamlad for the recipe. Much appreciated. Just got the recipe for peace pudding so going to make a huge peace pudding sandwich now with the storrie cake - Deep joy. Val
Val Burrows
Norwich, Norfolk England - Wednesday, February 04, 2004 at 16:51:49 (PST)
Would the lady from Kings Lynn who contacted me about my Stottie Cake e-mail please contact me again as my Mailwasher chewed her e-mail up and I don't know where it spat it out and I would like to keep in contact.
Val Burrows <>
Norwich, Norfolk England - Wednesday, February 04, 2004 at 16:50:53 (PST)
I am sure all Football Followers in the North will be sorry to hear of the passing of a Football Icon, Bob Stokoe, a Man admired and loved by both Magpies and Makems, a true Colossus of a Man, RIP
- Wednesday, February 04, 2004 at 16:49:31 (PST)
Jacqueline Dear Lady, When a storm breaks in the blue, let the clouds roll over you, there is nothing you can do, why worry? When the sun go'es out of sight and a shadow veils the light, you can't make a dark sky bright, why worry? Cares like storm-clouds roll away, if you wait and trust and pray. God will send another day, why worry? Not one hour will be added to your life for worrying about it.
Brian Greenfingers
- Wednesday, February 04, 2004 at 16:48:54 (PST)
Harry, Tom M, I wasn't jumping to conclusions, merely pointing out that the seemingly impossible might be possible. Of course there are other strands of evidence in the cases of these young people at Deepcut. However, to give too much weight to evidence presented by Mr Swann, who I believe was brought in by the bereaved parents, is naive. His views must be balanced against those of other experts involved. Certainly the Army has handled the situation poorly. We should welcome an inquiry presided over by a Law Lord. It may shed some light on the cases, allow relatives/friends to find closure and the Army to improve its performance. A new organisation, independant of the chain of command, to which servicemen could turn might be a fitting memorial to these lost youngsters.
at sea, - Monday, February 02, 2004 at 16:09:52 (PST)
Tom. M. If you are the same Tom Moreland who once faced his own very real life or death dilemma in the sea off Hawthorn Beach, I suppose I should be rather humbled that you could ever see the funny side of my fictional drowning of George W. Bush. Was it you? As for you Jacqueline, keep on giving your opinion, and be critical whenever you like but try and spot the difference between someone ‘having a go’ and someone ‘having a laugh’.
- Monday, February 02, 2004 at 16:08:27 (PST)
I have a solution to all the worlds problems put the aprons on all the men and let the women rule the world.
Lilian Smith
Canada - Monday, February 02, 2004 at 16:07:38 (PST)
: Wake Up Markie has all the news. One does not have to pick up a newspaper when she is around .Markie why don't you wake up, going to church is not going to change anything.Take a look at the hajj for instance it is a religious pilgrimage.I for one would rather have my flight cancelled than take a chance of being blown out of the sky.These flights are not cancelled on a whim.We have had gay priests since Jesus was on this earth.All wars are started over religous beliefs.It is very sad that our men and women are being killed but to think that if we go to church and pray for god to change anthing then you need to grow up quick.It is because of religous fanatics and doomsday sayers like yourself that the world is in the state it is.How dare you tell us to wake up,we don't need you to recite the newspaper we all can read and write hence submitting to the guestbook.
Miss Manners
Canada - Monday, February 02, 2004 at 16:06:43 (PST)
To Seahamlad and all doubters. What is it you want. I'm no fan of Tony Blair but for goodness sake can the man do any right??? The Hutton report clears him and still you want his head. Come on give the bloke a chance. Let him get on with the job of governing this country. As for the BBC and journalists flowering the truth is just not on. I want to read facts, not about who is sleeping with who etc etc. Has anyone exposed a reporter recently? Or are they whiter than white. Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.
Seaham, - Sunday, February 01, 2004 at 15:48:09 (PST)
Okay people... Wake Up! We now have had about ten flights in all cancelled from England, Scotland and Paris to and from the USA since the beginning of the year due to the serious threats of terrorism. Today I read that 244 people were killed in the holy place of the Hajj for the Muslims during a Satan stone throwing act and one Egyptian Muslim had thrown stones at the stone pillar where it had scrolled on it, USA. We now have the report from the BBC that North Korea are now testing chemical weapons on women and children as an experiement. There have been reported today that 50 something people have been killed in two blasts in Iraq....523 American soldiers have been killed, not to mention the number of British and other colation forces. The morals of our society are practically "non-exsistant." We have gay marriages, gay Bishops, Priests who have been basically "black sheep" we have heard of the Ministers in USA who have had affairs with prostitutes. Abortion is ju! st rampent, we have cirles around here in USA where kids are used as "sex slaves" (The New York Times did a whole story on it last week.) Kids in the cities are getting pregnant as young as 13 years old, homicides are on the rise as are suicides. One just has to mention "Jesus" and immediately one is labeled a "holy roller." What in pizza's sake has happened to our world?!!! 2004 began with all kinds of signs that are not looking good. We all need to be worried about North Korea and we all need to go back to our churches or places of worship and ask God to have mercy. "Tony from Spain" Mother Angelica is not far off target - this is just the beginning of this year - 2004 and already it is very scary. We all need to come together, forgive each other and pray for WORLD PEACE!
- Sunday, February 01, 2004 at 15:42:58 (PST)
Tom Moreland, I think Harry got it right! well almost, to quote "So do I think Lord Hutton let the government off the hook...Yes. Do I think the attack on the BBC was deserved...absolutely" but I would go even further and say the Man at the top should carry the can and in the case of the BBC, two Men have done the honorable thing and also Mr Gilligan has quite rightly gone too. but the Govt has I believe got a lot to answer for and no doubt a whitewash job is apparent
- Sunday, February 01, 2004 at 15:41:48 (PST)
Following the death of my grandmother . my mum has found a bible with the following information inside - a name - Joanne summerson and a street name - strangeways street Dawdon . if there is anyone who could shed a little light on either off the above it would be so appreciated .....possibly circa 1880 ?
derek <>
preston, lancs england - Sunday, February 01, 2004 at 15:40:57 (PST)
Tina there is a DW Coutts in the phone book living in Durham City, won't put her details online, but if you go to chatroom on Friday 10-30pm UK time I'll pass same on
- Sunday, February 01, 2004 at 15:39:31 (PST)
Anyone believing WMD's exist in Iraq must belong to another planet and as for George W he went to complete a job his father started, the name of the game OIL which equates to world dominance................and as for Hutton the biggest whitewash paid for by the taxpayers of the UK! Takes jacket and leaves the room..........
Peter Rogers
- Sunday, February 01, 2004 at 15:38:45 (PST)
Seahamlad I'm honoured you seek my opinion...Lord Hutton is a distinguished member of the judiciary who is, like all judges appointed by the Lord Chancellor (usually by a nod and a wink). Judges, by their very nature are wholly impartial and quite rightly so. Judges are "promoted" from barristers (However under The Solicitors Act a solicitor can be promoted directly to a judge) Now then..Judges are paid by the lord chancellors department, a government office, but law lords who sit in the House of Lords have no political affiliations..So do I think Lord Hutton let the government off the hook...Yes. Do I think the attack on the BBC was deserved...absolutely. The BBC gets nearly £3 billion from the fee payer (you and me) with that money they churn out endless home makerover programmes, endless gardening programmes, antique programmes ad nauseum, then fly first class British Airways everywhere in the world to look at a nice roll of wallpaper. The BBC was a paragon of truth and a beacon of honesty, well reported and presented, Andrew Gilligan destroyed the BBC with "HIS" report. Not Lord Hutton. One parting shot..who on earth commissioned Eastenders (The biggest waste of money ever spent) as he needs to be in a secure institution. Anyway Seahamlad BBC verdict ok..Government verdict should have nailed Hoon and Campbell.
Durham, - Saturday, January 31, 2004 at 17:26:20 (PST)
Hi, stupid me, forgot to leave my E-mail in my last message. If anyone does know Donna Coutts, please get in touch with me via my E-mail, here it is this time ...thanx
- Saturday, January 31, 2004 at 17:24:34 (PST)
Issac, that would have been side splittingly funny in the public bar at 10pm but at 10am on a Saturday morning I would save the person, no matter who it was. Tommy Boobar, that is not as fantastic as you think, some 15 years ago a woman from Dawdon thought the A19 ended at Peterlee. Seaham lad, I can guarantee that if the judge had criticize the government and congratulated the BBC, you would have thought him to be the wisest and most morally upright person that has ever lived.
Tom Moreland <>
London, - Saturday, January 31, 2004 at 17:23:53 (PST)
Tom M I see that the Independent forensic bloke, Frank Swann found it impossible for Geoff Gray to have committed suicide in his report quite recently. All very sad and someone somewhere ought to be getting to the bottom of this report rather than spending millions on blaming the BBC in a one sided article report.
Peter Rogers
- Saturday, January 31, 2004 at 17:22:38 (PST)
Steve Smith, Re Deepcut. There's no smoke without fire. I think that there shoud be a totally independant enquiry into that affair. I think all the technical stuff on cyclic whatsits is boring. If you were a soldier and saw active service, tell me about that instead.
- Saturday, January 31, 2004 at 17:21:41 (PST)
Harry, Thanks! Glad my apology was accepted and "no offense" taken. "SeahamLad" I see that you still do your cooking and baking very well - good for you. I may even try to bake that old "Stottie-Cake" Bread thing I had forgotten about. Though, I really do not know what you are talking about in your posting of the "gov. thing" I am too wrapped up over here keeping warm and keeping up with the latest Political goings on.... To Issac, I would SAVE George Bush - he is the President of my country. So, okay we did not find any WMD (Yet.) But, we all agree that Saddam Hussain had indeed used Chemical and biological warefare on his own people and torchured them brutally - we all agree he needed to be out of power. We all agree that he had 12 years to completely comply with the UN. We all saw on television the Iraqi people cheer as the huge statue of Saddam Hussain came crumbling down, we all saw and heard the Iraqi reaction when the United States Military had captured Sadd! am Hussain (except those who are still loyal to Saddam Hussain. We can all agree the Iraqi people now no longer live in fear for their lives. Yes, we went to War, but most Democrats also agreed with the President about going to war and ... so did the British, the Spanish, the Italians and the Polish and other countries. We have 30 coalition forces in Iraq at this time. So, please, people, GET OFF GEORGE BUSH'S CASE! Be honest and ask yourselves, if you have ever known either a President or Prime Minister to carry out his full term of Office where he has done everything so perfectly? And where he or she has pleased the whole entire country? President Bush is not perfect, but nor is anyone else... Who is to say that another President would not have reacted the same way. Bush was mislead by the intelligence over the issue of WMD... Furthermore, they could still be in Syria or somewhere???? Realname: Jacqueline
- Saturday, January 31, 2004 at 17:20:58 (PST)
Val Burrows, Stottiecake recipe3.5lbs plain flour, 1oz salt, 2.5oz white fat, .5oz sugar, 3oz yeast, 1.5 pints water, 1oz milk powder and 1 oven.Mix the flour, salt, sugar and milk powder together, then mix in the fat thoroughly. Dissolve the yeast in a small amount of warm water and add it to the ingredients making sure you mix it thoroughly. Knead for 10-15 minutes, cover with a cloth & stand for 30 minutes in a warm place, if your on a ship, try the boiler room, if not, try up ya jumper or next to someone with a very high temperature. Although the cupboard that houses your water heater should suffice. After the 30 minutes, knead the mixture again & stand for a further 30 minutes (and yes, all you makams, stand the mixture, not you) back in that warm place. Weight dough into 10oz pieces, shape each into a round ball & allow to stand for 10 minutes. Roll out to an 8.5inch diameter, cover & leave in a warm place for 20 more minutes (i hope you did not turn the water heater off?). Pre warm a baking tray, then place as many of the bits as you can onto the tray, press a shallow hole in the middle with a finger, then cook in a hot oven (gas 8 / 230 C / 450 F). make sure you turn them over after 8 minutes and continue baking until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool, but remember what me nan says "the best way tu eat Stottie bonnie lass, is when it's still warm 'n' fresh oot the oven".
- Friday, January 30, 2004 at 17:08:38 (PST)
Yes Amanda I agree with you about Church St. I spent 10 days in Seaham right before Christmas. There's some great changes taking place and I'm looking forward to seeing more of it this summer when we come back, when it's warmer. The old magistrates court needs flattening as that is an eyesaw. It was great to see old fiends again.
Lesley Roberts <>
Phoenix, Arizona USA - Friday, January 30, 2004 at 17:07:56 (PST)
To Steve Smith and any other interested parties. It would be best if you look at all the evidence before you draw any simple conclusions. 1: There had been a conflict with a third party earlier that evening. 2: Geoff’s upper body strength and length of arm could not have raised the gun into the position that was required to fire the shots at the angle of kill. 3: The area where Geoff’s body was found had been walked over and searched three times before it was detected (from a distance of some 15/20 metres in the dark). 4: Persons were heard making their escape as Geoff’s body was detected; I could go on but I do not wish to bore you. If you are interested in reading more, go to
Tom Moreland <>
London, - Friday, January 30, 2004 at 17:06:38 (PST)
Here's a dilemma for you.... With all your honour and dignity what would you do? This test only has one question, but it's a very important one. Please don't answer it without giving it some serious thought. By giving an honest answer you will be able to test where you stand morally. The test features an unlikely, completely fictional situation, where you will have to make a decision one-way or the other. Remember that your answer needs to be honest, yet spontaneous. Please scroll down slowly and consider each line, this is important for the test to work accurately. You're in Florida...In Miami, to be exact. There is great chaos going on around you, caused by a hurricane and severe floods. There are huge masses of water all around you. You are a CNN photographer and you are in the middle of this great disaster. The situation is nearly hopeless. You're trying to shoot very impressive photos. There are houses and people floating around you, disappearing into the wat! er. Nature is showing all its destructive power and is ripping everything away with it. Suddenly you see a man in the water, he is fighting for his life, trying not to be taken away by the masses of water and mud. You move closer. Somehow the man looks familiar. Suddenly you know who it is - it's George W. Bush! At the same time you notice that the raging waters are about to take him away, forever. You have two options. You can save him or you can take the best photo of your life. So you can save the life of George W. Bush, or you can shoot a Pulitzer prize winning photo, a unique photo displaying the demise of one of the world's most powerful men. And here's the question (please give an honest answer): ……….Would you select colour film, or rather go with the simplicity of classic black and white?
- Friday, January 30, 2004 at 17:05:15 (PST)
Seaham Lad. Hate to sound repetitive but I also think he (Harry) hit the nail on the head.
- Friday, January 30, 2004 at 17:03:17 (PST)
I have heard a tale that the world does not end at the Hall car park and if you keep on going you come to a place called Sunderland! Can anybody enlighten me? Is there any truth in this fantastic tale. I thought Seaham was the centre of the universe.
Tommy Boobar
Seaham, - Friday, January 30, 2004 at 17:02:47 (PST)
The "learned" Judge, who was appointed by the Govt. no doubt paid by the same Govt (out of public funds) has now reported in favor of the said Govt. and blasted a Public institution..... why am I not surprised? any comment Harry? or Jacqueline?
- Friday, January 30, 2004 at 17:01:50 (PST)
Jacqueline, no offence taken!
Durham, - Friday, January 30, 2004 at 17:01:03 (PST)
Pauline I sent an email to you but it was returned, maybe you sent the wrong email address which I find unlikely. Maybe you could send it to me again. thanks, we will eventually make contact
Kevin O'connor <,>
Victoria, BC Canada - Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 14:55:14 (PST)
Could someone please send me the recipe for Stottie Cake, I have been away from home for 40 years and lost the nack of making it and I really miss it. I buy a whole pile of to bring back when I visit family at Parkside but would love to make it myself inbetween times. If anybody there remembers Valerie Foulds and would like a chinwag then please get in touch.
Val Burrows <>
Norwich, Norfolk England - Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 14:53:59 (PST)
HI, anyone know Donna Coutts, we have been friends for a few year now, and I have been trying to find her, with no luck, She used to live in seaham, the last I heard she was living in durham, its been almost 6 year, maybe more since we seen each other. If anyone has any information or knew her, please don't hesitate to E-mail me, thanx,
seaham, durham uk - Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 14:52:32 (PST)
Hello everyone.. Well.. from the "Financial Times" online newspaper today... "Syria believed to have the WMD from Iraq." What did I tell you people? I told you that I thought that the WMD would be in Syria... and you people wanted to mock me for being too Political and too much on teh side of My President.. Well, well, well.... Time will tell. I think President Bush knew what he was doing with this War... Time will tell...Perhaps after all Saddam Hussain did indeed have WMD. The Finanical times Newspaper is a credible newspaper... So we will see.
- Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 14:51:07 (PST)
hi there,like the site. i am on the lookout for someone(s) called bettsy and marlon. bettsy stays @ exeter????number 8 i think.marlon stays next to a club on deanside.? i would be grateful if anyone knows of them to pass on my details. with my biggest thanks, robert simmonds
robert simmons <>
glasgow, scotland - Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 14:50:31 (PST)
Access to net limited, just noticed Harry's posting re sad deaths at Deepcut. With ref to the points made and to inject a little balance, it might be worthwhile to reflect that with a cyclical fire rate of over 600 rounds per minute, the weapon used could fire over 10 rounds per second when set to fire automaticaly. Furthermore, there was likely to be relatively little recoil and relatively small calibre rounds would be fired at a high velocity. The effects, therefore, would have been quite different had the weapon been a shotgun. Hope this provides food for thought regarding what is possible and a slightly less emotional perspective.
steve smith <>
at sea, - Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 14:49:16 (PST)
I have just returned from a trip to seaham. The place has changed a bit hasnt it, loads of houses going up at a good price (might even buy one as an investment), but can I say how disappointed I was with church street, the rest of Seaham is being tarted up but the harbour, well ir needs something desperate doing it lets the rest of the place down. Another thing I noticed was the comprehensive school with the metal fence that to keep them in or what looks awful, like a prison. i didnt really speak to anyone in seaham and apart from being very cold I still felt the welcoming air. Come on Council spruce up Church Street. Amanda
Amanda Sowerby <>
Guernsey - Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 14:48:03 (PST)
"Seahamlad" You were right when you said this past summer that the Ordination of the Gay Bishop into the American Episcopal Church (Anglican) here in USA in the state of New Hampshire may indeed be the start of a "Schism." Though in parts of the country here in USA the talk of schism in the Episcopal/Anglican church is downplayed (it is certainly looking that way in the future.) A Schism was downplayed during a two-day meeting in suburban Dallas, Texas. One reason is that parishes would likely be forced to surrender their properties to the denomination if they leave. I think this is another confirmation of what is happening in our world - especially to Chrisianity. I think God weeps at his people on earth. (I don't see homosexual marriages or ordinations of Homosexuals in the Jewish faith, or in the Muslim faith or Buddahist faith - only in our Christian faith - and that is one of the biggest sins that go aganist what God desires. So why are Christians going agains! t that What God desires and other faiths are not? What has happened to the Christian leader of this world? Have they fallen prey to society?
- Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 14:46:27 (PST)
just been on your site and i was really surprised to find a photography of my grandad.The photograhy was of him with Dawdon Celtic FC,i am so happy to have that photograph as my grandad passed away.I didnt even know that he was on the football team,my grandad was Dave Hilton.Thankyou for that photograph.
shelly harrison (jordan) <>
selby, north yorkshire - Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 14:44:59 (PST)
10 Scollan family members from the US will be in Seaham Harbour on May 4 and 5 2004. Our grandparents Felix Scollan and Emily Coakley were from Seaham. We hope to meet family members on this trip
John Patrick Scollan <>
Abingdon, Maryland USA - Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 14:43:28 (PST)
I've been to Seaham qiute a few times, since my boyfriend is from Seaham. I would like to say hi to my good friend Jean Watson and family. Love you lots.
Karin Veltman
Tiel, Gelderland Holland - Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 14:42:09 (PST)
A response to "Slaggie" and "PZ" (Jan 12th) regarding Stonehouses in Sunderland. I believe there are Brickhouses in Seaham and Woodhouses in Murton.
Seaham, - Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 14:40:58 (PST)
Isaac, never could duck a challenge nor a question, I agree (broadly) with Harry (and you?)
- Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 14:40:15 (PST)
I've been hearing rumours (off line) that I have been masquerading under the nom de plume 'Dolphin of the harbour'. Just a note to say that whoever the stirring up of sailors was done by it wasn't meself. Like the cobbler with his last I'll stick to what I know. As we learned to say in the seminary - bless you!
Father Corrigan
- Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 14:39:30 (PST)
Dear "Harry" I apologize that you perceived that I had called you "pathetic." I did not directly call you pathetic, I had said what you had said was pathetic. Anyway, I hope you are well. I would like you to respond to my posting that was meant for you in response to you thinking that God cammands us to do things. Hope everyone else is well.
- Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 14:38:26 (PST)
APOLOGY: Sorry folks but we are going to be involved in maintainence and other work on the server and the Guestbook will therefore not be updated for about 10 working days. However if you keep sending in your contributions they will be added when the work is completed. Ed Mason, Seaham Harbour Online.
Ed Mason
Seaham, UK - Thursday, January 15, 2004 at 00:57:22 (PST)
Seaham Lad, instead of loading the bullets, why dont you fire the first shot and tell us what your views are.
- Thursday, January 15, 2004 at 00:51:37 (PST)
Seahamlad..I do...Robert Kilroy-Silk was giving a personal view of what he thought of Arabs, simple as that. He is villified by the press (except the Express) and condemned by the government, and "sacked" by the BBC. On the other hand (no pun intended) Abu Hamsa, the muslim cleric with the eyepatch and handhook (who incidently claims thousands of pounds worth of DSS benefit) openly denounces our country as infidels, championed the 9/11 attack, and supports any anti British-American interests around the world. What have we done to this man? should we treat him as the muslim bashing Robert Kilroy-Silk, or should we treat him with open arms to our country and shower our prosperity upon him? I say no! I say deport him to wherever he came from and to where there's no DSS. While I practice and promote the law, I cannot help but hope that someday justice will prevail above law. By the way Jacqueline you called me "pathetic", I won't reply to that
Durham, - Thursday, January 15, 2004 at 00:50:57 (PST)
Fred, What was the exact date of the last time you posted on this site ?
- Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at 14:39:53 (PST)
Pauline, I'm sorry I havent replied I lost your email address, you contacted me about the Vancouver B.C Canada area. I now use this e-mail address for junk mail. Hopefully you will read this and send me your address again; at and I could tell you more about Victoria which is where I live. I left Seaham 1967 I attended Ropery Walk and Camden Square schools. My name is Kevin O'Connor and I left there with my parents David and Doris my Brother Tony left first , then my sister Susan and Valerie. would love to here from anyone who knew us or if you happen to know Pauline, please let her know I inadvertantly deleted her address. Sincerly, Kevin O'connor
Kevin O'connor
- Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at 14:39:11 (PST)
I am looking for a lady called Pauline, she used to live in Seaham and moved to Sunderland. I appolagize for not responding to your questions about this area. The email address you used is now my junk mail. Please send your email address. I lived in Seaham and used to go fishing on a boat called "The Treasure." I left in 1967. Happy New year to the folks in Seaham,after reading some of the entries in this guest book; I think 2004 is the year to lighten up. I assumed people would use this guest book to share fond memories, it's sad there is so much bickering; PEACE! Kevin O'connor
Kevin O'connor <>
Victoria, BC Canada - Tuesday, January 13, 2004 at 16:38:35 (PST)
"SeahamLad" you have a way of putting our Tony lad from Spain in his place. For wahtever reason, ever since he has been a guest on out G/B he loves to have a real go at me. I guess Tony and I will never see "eye-to-eye." Hey, you know, I bet he is a nice guy, like all of us are on this G/B - nice people, that is. I think we all just like to bug each other on... We are all as bad as each other. We all must have relatively boring lives, though, I seem to think my life is rather exciting; there is always something going on in the life of Jacqueline. Just today, I kid you not, I slipped and tripped, skipped over a piece of dog doo-doo, and then went down on my bum! Of course, I am keeping close tabs on the Presidential race as well as close "givings" to our homeless. It is very cold here, snowing and just plain rotten; I am bloody sick of it! But our homeless live like this each and every day throughout the winters. it is sad and we, who are fortunate need to reach out! to those who are poor and sick. Mother Teresa said, "Each face you help, is the face of Jesus Chirst."
- Tuesday, January 13, 2004 at 16:36:38 (PST)
Tony from Spain, have just thought of a brilliant idea which will help you to be a more pleasing Person. next time you deign to honour us with your presence, I'll book you in, at my expense to the Seaham Harbour (Church Street) Charm Club, I'm sure they'll soon knock you into shape!
- Monday, January 12, 2004 at 14:39:34 (PST)
Has anyone any comments on the subject of the BBC chatshow Host suspended for comments made in a Sunday newspaper?
- Monday, January 12, 2004 at 14:38:59 (PST)
"Butterfly Stomach" Here goes... Just what I had said... Big Brother Britain, 2004. Four million CCTV cameras watch public. UK has the highest level of surveillance. You were all mocking me before, maybe now, you will all see I am not that fanatic. "More than four million surveillance cameras monitor our every move, making Britain the most-watched nation in the world, research has revealed." The number of closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras has quadrupled in the past three years, and there is now one for every 14 people in the UK. The increase is happening at twice the predicted rate, and it is believed that Britain accounts for one-fifth of all CCTV cameras worldwide. Estimates suggest that residents of a city such as London can each expect to be captured on CCTV cameras up to 300 times a day, and much of the filming breaches existing data guidelines. Civil liberties groups complain that the rules governing the use of the cameras in Britain are the most lax in the world. They say that, in contrast to other countries, members of the public are often unaware they are being filmed, and are usually ignorant of the relevant regulations. They also argue that there is little evidence to support the contention that CCTV cameras lead to a reduction in crime rates.
- Monday, January 12, 2004 at 14:37:45 (PST)
PZ, I think that there are Stonehouses in Sunderland.
- Monday, January 12, 2004 at 14:36:22 (PST)
Its not often I visit this site due to certain persons hugging the place. I would suggest that the webmaster set up a section for Brian Greenfingers and "Jacqueline" so they can talk to each other in privacy and let people who want to contribute sensibly have a go.
Fred Gordon
Sunderland, UK - Monday, January 12, 2004 at 14:35:32 (PST)
"Slaggie" I think someone was trying to be "clever" with their words. So instead of my responding in a negative way, I did in a positive way.
USA - Monday, January 12, 2004 at 14:33:46 (PST)
Spring is here, the grass is riz. I wonder where the boidies is? The boidies is on the wing, no-the wing is on the boid! Graham Norton in New York, they must like him, I must admit I find his show funny perculiar as well as funny Ha Ha!
Brian Greenfingers
- Saturday, January 10, 2004 at 16:35:41 (PST)
Now I am a bit simple, but I thought that greeting to Jaqeline was a bit odd. It seemed to be saying that she did not have peace of mind,and had been forgotten by God. Not really the thing that 'a friend ' would say. Maybe it was just someone being clever with words.
- Saturday, January 10, 2004 at 16:34:54 (PST)
I have been reseaching the Stonehouse branch of my family line - The Stonehouses lived in the Dawdon/Seaham Harbour area from about 1853 to at least 1908 - 1st known residence in Seaham Harbour was at Back Terrace, then at 19 North Railway St & later at 20 William Street - Many of the Stonehouses were Butchers - 1st known Stonehouse known to live there was John Stonehouse & his wife, Margaret Bailey - Both from Herrington who had 5 sons & 5 daughters - Their son, John, also a Butcher, married Violet Thompson & also had 5 sons & 5 daughters I am curious to know if there are any Stonehouses still living in the Dawdon/Seaham area & if any are still Butchers
P Zepernick <>
Nottingham, England United Kingdom - Saturday, January 10, 2004 at 16:34:01 (PST)
Tony from Spain, I see you are on your high horse again aaand your unchristian attitude is appalling, I also humbly suggest that you join Harry and Mr Greenfingers in that quiet darkened room, with the tablets, or you could do with spending a week in the smallest room getting rid of all those bad feelings!
- Saturday, January 10, 2004 at 16:32:12 (PST)
"Your friend" I hope God has good plans for me.
- Saturday, January 10, 2004 at 16:31:23 (PST)
"Butterfly Stomach" It was made public on the ticker notes of CNN that the British Government are going to use Air Marshals on the British planes. It is also on the vote issue, for British police to have more access to guns. We will, eventually have "police Order" controlling us. We are indeed, coming into the "Big Brother" effect. And yes, it is going to be like the novel. I seem to remember in one of your earlier postings last year, during August, that you mentioned in your schools you had gay teacher. So I am not sure if you are a school teacher or a student. (I actually thought I knew you, maybe I do,) Anyway, if you are a school teacher, then over here in the public schools they are now not allowed to say "Christmas Holidays." Instead, they have to call it" "Winter Wonderland" Holidays. (The Chicago public schools announced that. I have a friend who is a teacher in the Chicago public school system.) So, already we are beginning to see the effects of "a slowly,! but surely, being under the Government's control." In Communist run countries, the people are not allowed to mention Christianity. At this time here in the USA we are now well under way of having all personal Privacy taken away from us. The government are now finger printing all foreigners entering our country. Eventually, everyone in USA will have to be finger printed. Then, if the President's new Immigration proposal is approved by Congress close to the end of this year, all of the immigrants will be having all of their finger prints taken. This, now tracks down everybody and anybody in the USA. Don't be naive about this "Big Brother" watch. Don't be naive to the fact that Christanity, especially, is being pulled away from us. Stay informed and be aware and pray.
- Saturday, January 10, 2004 at 16:30:50 (PST)
Jacqueline, I hope you have a prosperous 2004 and that you find that inner peace that we all strive for. This Guestbook would be a duller place without your contributions, I'm equally sure that God has not forgotten you and has plans for you.
your friend
- Thursday, January 08, 2004 at 15:17:22 (PST)
a very belated Happy New Year to all the guestbook readers. I've been away, so have not been to the website for ages. Well I see Jacqueline said 'I will try this year not to be so contraversial & not to cause such a political religious or social rift.' I see you have not 'stuck to your convictions' you've already broken your new years resolution. But i'm not complaining. If you tried to be less contraversial, then you will not be your 'True self', if you have something to say then you should be able to say it...that is the point of the guestbook, whether people agree with you or not. As you know I quite often disagree with you, but who is to say my opinions are right & yours are not? but the point is that we are able to debate. The world would be a very dull place if everyone agreed with each other, or that people kept quiet just to be liked. I thought that it was the American government & not the British that wanted armed air marshalls on flights, maybe i'm wrong. But as Tony Blair will agree to anything George Bush asks of him, then the British will put Air Marshalls onto planes. Also yes it does seem that the governments are taking more & more privacy away from the public, but on the matter of air marshalls, i'd rather be 'safe' than dead, & if air marshalls can stop even 1 terrorist attach, then it is worth giving up a little privacy. If you have nothing to hide, then why should people feel they are getting their human rights taken away. As long as you can still have freedom to speak & protest then i'm quite happy. That is as long as their is no CCTV on every street corner monitoring every public move you make, but i'm not against CCTV's in town centres & shopping places, they are good at identifying criminals & make a lot of the general public feel more safe & secure. When i'm out shopping there are ! loads of cameras in most shops I go into, but i do not feel as if my liberties are being taken away from me. Some people feel we are living in a Big Brother society, but this is not 1984, it is 2004 & although we are monitored more & more in public, I don't feel we are heading for such an extreme society as in the novel.
Butterfly Stomach
- Thursday, January 08, 2004 at 15:16:15 (PST)
: Harry, a bit of advice for you my son, after reading your "Zebra joke" This advice applies also to Brian Greenfingers! Suggest you both go into a darkened room and keep taking the tablets, will try and distract the "Men in the White coats" who are undoubtably looking for you both.
- Thursday, January 08, 2004 at 15:14:00 (PST)
"Harry" God does NOT command us to do anything! I have never herd of anything so pathetic! We have our own "free-will" and we can do anything we like with our own "free-will." With our own "free-will" we make our own choices, whether good or bad, there are always consequences for the choices we make in life; again, whether they are "good or bad" choices. If our hearts are open to God, then through prayer,(and complete sincere faith) we are given peace, and answers and solutions to difficult situations in our lives. God is not commanding us to blow up Iraq or to have a war - those are our choices as human beings on this earth. The "big Brother" watch, is now coming into effect, due to terrorism. The USA and the world need to keep track of it's people who come in and out of their country. I do not completely agree with "how far" this "big brother" watch is going... as our privacy is indeed being taken from us.. However, this is how things are in today's society. (But! I agree compeltely with how our American President is handling the situation. President Bush gets a lot of flack, because he sticks to his convictions.) However, again, this is the way things are in todays society and ask yourself WHY? Why have things got so out of hand in the last 10 years and especially in the past recent 2 years? Is is because of 1. the Fundamental Christians?/Religious people Or, is it because of 2. The leftist Liberals? Perhaps there should have been "moderation" within both opinions to create more of a balance in our world. We all know we are coming into the "One World Government" (New World Order) and when that happens, we all know we are not going to have our freedom rights as we know them today. (it is slowly but surely happening now, people over here are now beginning to "wake up" to this fact.) This "One World Government" (New World Order.) Has absolutely NOTHING to do with God's Command or God's Will for his people. He gave us "Free-Will" of mi! nd so to make our own choices in life, so that each experience is of a different kind. With our own "free-Will" this is what we have created in our world, nothing but disharmony and chaos - that is NOT the fault of God.
- Thursday, January 08, 2004 at 15:13:18 (PST)
Here we go again Markie starting 2004 with her usual prophecy of doom and gloom.Why don't you buy your soap in plastic bags and then you wouldn't have aanything to stand on.Remember the promise you made on the G.B. on the 1st. Jan..By the way we do have newspapers and t/v in Europe but we should all thank our lucky strs we do not have channel ETWN.
Tony from Spain
Eapana - Wednesday, January 07, 2004 at 16:04:02 (PST)
"Jacqueline" it is precisely because of the liberal attitude many others apart from you have that the world is in the mess it is today. Sky marshalls and increased security in every part of our society is due entirely to fundemental religious fanatics who want to destroy our way of life. Wake up Jacqueline, you cannot save the world by facing Mecca or recanting a few Hail Mary's. you must realise that religion compels people to reject eachother en masse. If as you say, God commands us all... why does he command people to blow up aircraft, murder innocent civilians, kill children? I look forward to your reply.
Durham, - Wednesday, January 07, 2004 at 16:02:46 (PST)
"Harry" Thank you for your message regarding spelling! I will do my best; but I am so use to spelling the American way with most words that I know in the British language are spelt a little different..... Anyway... what a bloody start to the New Year of 2004 - what with the cancellations of the British Airways flights due to intellgence agents having information of strong possible terrorist attacks. I wonder if they have some undercover agents in the cells where the Al Quaida groups are? Where do we get our information from? Then, the earthquake in Iran, the earthquake and mudslides in Califonia, the earthquake in Mexico - Oh now did you know there are cell (mobile phones) phones out here in USA where they have "spy cameras" attached. Also the British have announced they are going to put air marshals on some of its flights... I am telling you, we have no sense of privacy - all of our freedom rights are going, going and will be gone before we know it. We will be con! trolled by the governments. Our western society will be headed in the direction of communism before we know it - I hope not in my life time. Mark my words, when "Mother Angelica" of the Catholic T.V channel "EWTN" said, "We will not recognize western civilization by the year 2004 as we know it today." She was making some sense. I mean, just anything goes today - values, principles are all thrown out of the window. And if one sticks to his/her convictions, Oh my! that is it! Society brands you a "square head" and tells you to "Lighten up" and "go with the flow." You all just watch this year... it is only going to get worse, just because North Korea has agreed to have more talks about abandoning their Nuclear weapons, it doesn't mean anything. Just because Libya has agreed to abandon their WPD it doesn't mean a thing... you watch, the world is getting worse! And what is with that Brittany Spears girl, getting married one day and then divorced the next day. These are the role! models for our children and youth. We had all better be saying some p rayers. Anyway, I am off my soap-box... have a nice day everyone.
- Tuesday, January 06, 2004 at 14:35:49 (PST)
Just wanted to wish everyone ALL THE BEST FOR 2004. We have loads of snow right now and the weather forcast says lots more tomorrow (not that they are every right!) Makes a nice change to have snow instead of the BC rain!
Joan(Farn) <>
Mission, BC Canada - Tuesday, January 06, 2004 at 14:33:39 (PST)
Christine Hall if you left school in 1069 I dont think there will be anyone one left alive that age.
captain nemo
- Tuesday, January 06, 2004 at 14:32:15 (PST)
Hello. My name is Jeff Burns and I am pleased that I have found this website as my Father was bred and born in Seaham. His name was "Patrick Burns" but he moved to South Shields during the 2nd world war where he met and later married my mother.He had 3 brothers and 1 sister, the sister being Margaret and the brothers were Billy,Jimmy & Robert.Robert is still active but the others I fear have passed on as did my father in 1988. My grandmother, before she died used to live at number 1 Parkside Crescent where I spent many a fun week end as a youngster,I used to often go for walks with my uncle Jimmy sometimes down the Dene or along the Blast.I have visited my uncle Robert only once since my Father passed away but I will certainly make a very big effort to look him up again this year. Yours sincerely. Jeff Burns. P.S. If anyone reading this knows my relatives or are indeed a relative of mine,please contact me on my hotmail address.
Jeff Burns <>
South Shields, Tyne and Wear England - Tuesday, January 06, 2004 at 14:31:37 (PST)
Sorry have not been in for a while I do hope you all had a prosper New Year wish you all a very Happy new year. Dinasour
Dinasour <>
Newcastle, GB - Monday, January 05, 2004 at 15:24:19 (PST)
Hi Ed and Sadie, just a few words to let you know that I am still alive and kicking. Here's wishing you, and all your readers, a happy and prosperous 2004. Our New Year gathering was at Toyne in North Wales. About 125 family and friends were in attendance, and a good time was had by all. All the best of good fortune, TOM
Tom Moreland <>
London, - Monday, January 05, 2004 at 15:23:03 (PST)
My Camelia shrub and Primroses are bustin' out all over while I'm cold and shiver in the January winds, what a wonderfull world! Have you heard, President Bush is having holes dug in the White House lawn? I've heard it is to trap terrorists as they sneak up to throw things through Bush's bedroom window and it's costing the American tax-payer 10 million dollars per hole. Is there no end to this man's genious?
Brian Greenfingers
- Monday, January 05, 2004 at 15:22:00 (PST)
To "Brian Greenfingers" dated Wednesday December 24th... Did you mean that girls are better guides for directions, or better "Girl Guides" than the Boy Scouts?
- Monday, January 05, 2004 at 15:21:02 (PST)
Jacqueline...could we expect in 2004 even the slightest of correct spellings?
Durham, - Monday, January 05, 2004 at 15:20:23 (PST)
Seahamlad...I know exactly what you's really strange only happens when I've had a drink or two. Anyway...whats black and white and eats like a horse............a zebra
Durham, - Monday, January 05, 2004 at 15:19:41 (PST)
ps, Harry, its not my spelling that's garbage! its my inept use of the Keyboard Mate.
Frank X RileySeahamlad
- Saturday, January 03, 2004 at 08:49:37 (PST)
a decent brain, even though your spelling is garbage. I was directing my comments to the dolphin, unless of course you and he are the same
Durham, - Thursday, January 01, 2004 at 15:11:08 (PST)
Dear Ed and Sadie, Happy New Year 2004. Thank you for all your work you do for this Guest Book - especially having to sift through some of the postings before posting them. I will try this year not to be so "contraversial" and not to cause such a Political, Religious or Social rift with my opinions, as I did last year. Have a great evening and take care... God Bless.
- Thursday, January 01, 2004 at 15:10:27 (PST)
Happy New Year to NTJ,Frank W.,Tony(Feliz Año Nuevo),Jacqueline and all the Good People of Seaham.
Frank X Riley
LaHabra, California USA - Thursday, January 01, 2004 at 15:09:43 (PST)
Captain Nemo
Seaham, - Thursday, January 01, 2004 at 15:08:36 (PST)
well another year closes for another to open and i wish everyone a happy new year and hope for peace in this world
seaham, - Thursday, January 01, 2004 at 15:07:59 (PST)
Hi, 16 years in Western Australia but Seaham Harbour whether pretty or ugly was home for a long time and is still part of me. My maiden name was Button and I went to Camden Square. Anyone outthere who now lives in Perth please contact. Left school 1069.
Christine Hall <>
perth, western australia - Thursday, January 01, 2004 at 15:07:11 (PST)
My comments are directed to Peter Curtis. You Peter are the embodiment of dignity and goodwill. Apart from Geoff ( am I right in thinking he was shot twice?) there was another soldier who was shot 5 times in the head...This (and all the others were deemed as suicide) I may be a lawyer and as thick as a whale omelette, but I was under the impression (I have seen several gun shot wound suicides) that once you pull the trigger and the bullet enters and destroys your brain, killing you instantly do you manage to rally, and shoot yourself a further 4 times.These young servicemen and women have not taken their own lives...using the method they are supposed to have taken, renders it IMPOSSIBLE...Good luck in your search for justice for your loved not give up.
Durham, - Thursday, January 01, 2004 at 15:05:47 (PST)
To Sadie and Ed. The compliments of the season to you both and I'am sure I echo the sentiments of all the guest book readers and contributors in thanking you for the sterling work you both do in the maintaining of the G.B. All the best..and to Frank and N.T.J.have a great year Marras..
Tony from Spain
Espana - Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at 15:07:52 (PST)
Harry! How dare you insult me comparing me to "dolpin in the harbour"?
Haddock Seahamlad
- Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at 15:06:54 (PST)
I agree, Servicemen do not have the right to strike for higher pay, are not allowed to voice political opinions, yet selflessly strive for our rights to do so. For that they have my ultimate respect!
billingham, - Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at 15:06:08 (PST)
"SeahamLad" I think you do a pretty good job of "turning the other cheek. I, on the other hand,.. Well, that is a different story; maybe I ought to do better and try to "turn the other cheek." I certainly need to learn to shrug my shoulders at some of the uneccessary flack I get from some of the the people on the Guest Book and not always respond to some of the rude comments that get flown my way. I am not sure what my New Years reslolution is as of yet.. I am still keeping in shape, still eating reasonably healthy, still helping others.... Maybe my New Years Resolution should be to, "find a Husband!!!" (but he has to be a good Catholic gentleman - So "SeahamLad" as much as I think you are super, that takes you of the list!!! (Jacqueline's sense of humor, come on.. please smile!) I know for a fact, all of y'all are are just praying that someday God will send me a husband, because then you won't have to tolerate my rantings... Anyway, it is a good thing I can smile ! at my own short-comings! Oki-doki.. I am off for now... take care all, and God Bless... your G/B friend...
- Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at 15:05:11 (PST)
The Dolphin might wish to know that according to the MoD British Servicemen dont have a contract. They give up that priveledge and many other basic freedoms to protect, amongst other things, her right to insult the people who will lay down their lives in her protection. Still you can't expect a dull marine mammal to be aware of such things. Stick to fishing Flipper, its all you are good for.
steve smith <>
at sea canaries, - Monday, December 29, 2003 at 15:24:20 (PST)
Come on Guestbook users, how about some New Year resolutions for 2004? I'll start it off by trying to "practice what I preach" and to try and observe the basic Christian tenet of "turning the other cheek"
- Monday, December 29, 2003 at 15:23:03 (PST)
Peter Curtis, I do not think that that young Soldier Geoff took his own life and believe that a cover up was implemented, a full inquiry should be implemented to get at the truth, his Family deserve nothing less!
- Monday, December 29, 2003 at 15:22:28 (PST)
dolphins are prolific shark killers
- Monday, December 29, 2003 at 15:21:50 (PST)
I was looking for a secluded holiday cottage for christmas 2004, to escape from the farse of christmas.Havn't looked at the site goes.
sandra carr <>
halifax, west yorkshire - Monday, December 29, 2003 at 15:21:05 (PST)
Have just found the Seaham Harbour website. I found the entries there very interesting. Having moved away from the "harbour" some thirty years ago and revisiting the town recently I found some massive changes. The dissapearance of the pits which was and still is one of the proud institutions of the area. Keep the banners flying at the Gala. The spiles have gone as well as much of Featherbed Rock. The dock has also changed and I can remember many years of fishing on the North and South Piers as well as the "Green Wall" weather permitting. Driving past my old school on Station Road I find it is now a residential home. I nearly came to grief on the mini roundabout there as I only remembered it as a straight road. Much of the sea front is as I recall it but what changes on the coast road from Greystones to the town. Still enough of my boring ramblings. It is good to see the Harbour is very much alive and boasting a website. Best wishes to the "Harbour", its future and ! the people of Seaham.
derwentside, durham england - Monday, December 29, 2003 at 15:19:27 (PST)
: I wonder if one of the "two" "that now wants to discuss the death penalty over the internet" is me? The dolphin in the harbour sure does! If fact I was so impressed by his/her contribution that I trawled (no pun intended) through the guestbook for other gems of wisdom from the aquatic nom de plume. Guess what? there isn't any. His/her contribution consists only of having a go at Jacqueline and me. There's no mention of his/her thoughts on making Seaham better. He/she does not contribute with any meaningful submission, he/she just calls us names. I think The Dolphin in the Harbour has the i.q. of a haddock.
Durham, - Monday, December 29, 2003 at 15:17:32 (PST)
Come on in NTJ and bring your bat and ball wi yu marra. dont be a silly "billy"
Pealla Makah
- Monday, December 29, 2003 at 15:16:27 (PST)
Would like to wish all the guestbook users and all the people in sunny seaham by the sea a very merry christmas and a happy new year from an ex-pat down here in new zealand, and while i'm about it congradulations to england on winning the WORLD CUP. I wanted them to win but I could,nt see anyone beating the all blacks in the end a glorious victory to england and the barmy army. regards Harbourlad
Wellibgton, New Zealand - Monday, December 29, 2003 at 15:15:44 (PST)
I see the independent report into Geoff Gray's (Deepcut Four)death where the MoD allege that he committed suicide whilst on duty has been published where Frank Swann (Forensic Scientist)has said that his tests concluded that Geoff could not have committed suicide, I wonder what will happen now? Will the Government at last hold an inquiry?
Peter Curtis
- Friday, December 26, 2003 at 16:01:29 (PST)
Humbug! Did Keegan play for them? FANTASTIC!
Captain Fantastic <>
Tashtown, - Friday, December 26, 2003 at 16:00:23 (PST)
Micks Mentor, wasn't gloating and sorry if I gave that impression, was of course, doing a bit of "winding up" but thats normal between Mags and Maks, Your team won't be relegated, but I forecast they'll make the play offs, my advice to you and Mick is "nil desperandum" (thats without the dictionary)
- Friday, December 26, 2003 at 15:59:17 (PST)
: "the dolphin in the Harbour" suggest you do withdraw those unkind remarks. You obviously wrote them without thinking how terrible they are! anyway happy New Year
- Friday, December 26, 2003 at 15:58:33 (PST)
Merry Christmas to all my friends in the Seaham area,Jacqueline in New York and Tony in Spain
Frank X. Riley
LaHabra, California USA - Friday, December 26, 2003 at 15:57:53 (PST)
I would like to be the first to wish everyone in Seaham and all 'ex-pats' a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
seaham, - Friday, December 26, 2003 at 15:56:30 (PST)
To the guests of Seaham Guest Book, I wish y'all a Merry, Merry Christmas :) ............ Hope y'all are having a great day and evening. God Bless, your guest book friend, "Jacqueline."
- Wednesday, December 24, 2003 at 17:01:21 (PST)
MERRY CHRISTMAS HO HO HO! Peace on Earth and good will to all.
Lapland - Wednesday, December 24, 2003 at 17:00:49 (PST)
"Dolphin in the harbour" How old are you pal? You're obviously old enough to open a can..of worms! My great uncle died protecting Seaham during the war. He was one of "the few" who gave his life flying Hurricanes out of Usworth. Contract killer?? I think not. My grandfather was an ARP warden in Seaham and after one call out to Dawdon, I think, sobbed his heart out when he got back home to The Avenue. Have you the grace to withdraw your remark?
Sherwood Forrester
Newark, Notts - Wednesday, December 24, 2003 at 17:00:08 (PST)
Slaggie, a happy xmas to you too! and as you say to those who write nice messages, also to those that don't, you mustn't forget its Christmas, after all even Jesus welcomed all the Sinners back into the fold.
- Wednesday, December 24, 2003 at 16:58:37 (PST)
Jacqueline,It ment woman are better guides than men.
Brian Greenfingers
- Wednesday, December 24, 2003 at 16:57:56 (PST)
Just thinking of some of those far away at Christmas and also those in hospital, happy Christmas everyone and to all the wordsmiths out there a peaceful 2004.
Peter Rogers
- Wednesday, December 24, 2003 at 16:57:09 (PST)
Yes I'm still around and still looking forward to the time when the Black Cats have a decent team to watch. I can't stand gloating Mags though. They have an excellent manager in Bobby Robson and successful teams ALWAYS have a good manager BUT they still haven't won anything for yonks. I believe that we now have a decent, intelligent manager in Mick McCarthy but until Mr Murray steps down or moves on there is no way we will succeed. There is no promotion plan in place and we haven't got a team which is remotely likely to go up. We urgently need to buy just to be safe in Div.1. More likely someone will come in for Arca and Poom and we will sell. My advice to Mick? Don't hold your breathe for money to buy - you might just asphyxiate (looked that up).
Mick's Mentor
Seaham, England - Wednesday, December 24, 2003 at 16:51:22 (PST)
A very peaceful and happy Christmas and 2004 from everyone at Seaham Harbour Online.
Ed Mason <>
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Wednesday, December 24, 2003 at 16:41:23 (PST)
Mick's Mentor, you still around? as you know we Magpies are "flying high" but your Makems aren't doing too well! whats the answer?, we need your lot back in the Premier, just so we can whop you again and again, this makes us Maggies very happy (beating your lot that is) so come on what inspiring words can you dig out of "the oracle" come on lad Mick needs you.
- Tuesday, December 23, 2003 at 15:50:14 (PST)
The days are short now. It is cold in the street. The shops with their decorations and warmth lure you in to spend your brass. Fancy words like 'incoherant rambling' and 'emotive things', seem out of place at Christmas. I thought dolphins were friendly creatures. Which harbour are you in ? Happy Christmas to the people who write nice messages.
- Tuesday, December 23, 2003 at 15:48:31 (PST)
: "Brian Greenfingers" What on earth is that comment all about? I don't happen to "get lost" with directions, I just get "misplaces" and take the scenic route - or I take an adventure before I get to my final destination.
- Tuesday, December 23, 2003 at 15:47:44 (PST)
"Dolphin in the sea" If it were not for our Military we would have all been a the hands of the Germans during both wars. If it were not for our Military Saddam Hussain would still be in power and a threat to his own people as well as to the world. If it were not for our Military during the first Gulf War, the Kuwaities would have been at the hands of Saddam Hussain. We helped liberate Kuwaite. If it were not for our Military Afghanistan would still be under the taiban regime. If it were not for our Military doing their best to fight for our Freedom and for the safety of our countries, I wonder where the heck we would all be? I am proud of every American and British service man and woman who fight for our countries. They choose to join the Military to serve their country, knowing that if war breaks out, they are putting their lives at risk for the freedom of their country. Don't you dare refer to our Military men and women as "contract killers." There are a few peop! le I knew from school who joined up in the forces,one of the soldiers families live in my parents street and another one in particular, I know very well. He is in the Air Force and he is NOT a killer. He came from a good Christian home. I worked for 5 1/2 years in Germany for an American Military family who were both Colonels in the USA Army and they are both down-to-earth Christian people. She is now retired and works with the Homeless. During my 5 yeras in Germany, the only friends I made, (aside from a few Germans) were all Americans and were active duty Military. I learned a lot from my American friends who were in the Military. The friends I made were all college degreed, had dignity and poise and class and were strong Christians who loved the Lord. Also, had a strong sense of what it means to fight for the freedom of their country against the enemy. I am very pro-military, but I am against the death penalty and if that does not make sense to you, then that is your pro! blem and not mine and certainly is not my responsibility to justify my beliefs to you or to anyone. I stick by my convictions and I do not waffle.
- Tuesday, December 23, 2003 at 15:47:02 (PST)
This guest book seems to be getting crazier. Jacqueline can't see that supporting the military is the same as supporting contract killers. Jacqueline, love, unless you've met Saddam Hussein how do you know what he thinks? Why do you think the good people of Seaham care about your incoherent ramblings, we've told you often enough that we don't. Who sold Saddam his weapons in the first place? And now someone wants to discuss the sentencing of a child killer over the internet. Don't you two have friends to discuss such emotive things with?
the dolphin in the Harbour <>
- Sunday, December 21, 2003 at 16:11:53 (PST)
"Butterfly Stomach" First, I I never said there would be no more bloodshed in Iraq. I know very well the capture of Saddam does not mean the end to terrorist attacks against Americans and allies. Second, "SeahamLad" has already challenged me on my convictions of the death penalty toward Saddam. I have given my answer. Unlike our President, I do NOT support the death penalty; but what I said, was is that it is a "fine-line" and it needs to be taken with caution. Third, Perhaps I was wrong to say "I can "guarentee" there would be WMD in Syria or Iraq" but I am more than sure there are. Fourth, pending on how you look at Religion it can be seen as "brainwashing" if one has a negative view of it, or if one is not strong enough to decide for him/herself what it is they think of a certain religious teaching. One should always be his/her own "unique" indivual self and not be a follower, rather be the one who leads. I am not brainwashed by the Catholic teachings. I believe! what it is I want to believe regardless of what my other Catholic friends want for me to believe. If it is that I "miff" them because I do not believe what they want me to believe, Oh well, that is not my problem. (Also, it is not just in religion where people are "brainwashed" into believing something is true. If one is not inquisitive about certain circumstances or situations, then he/she could find him/herself being brainwashed.
not seaham, - Sunday, December 21, 2003 at 16:10:16 (PST)
Saddam's first words' "Did I beat David Blane?"
- Sunday, December 21, 2003 at 16:08:13 (PST)
Three are a lot of Bradley's buried at Wadley's church, Sheffield,and my wife was born in Stamford Linc. Left five years ago. Family names Stokes and Winsor. Just a long shot.
Robert Ernest Bradley <>
Flagler Beach , Florida USA - Sunday, December 21, 2003 at 16:07:42 (PST)
Paella Maker has sure given you a "pasting" NTJ, are you a Man or a Mouse? as you're "dumbstruck" must assume the latter, always thought mind you that you are Female? or are you not sure yourself?
- Sunday, December 21, 2003 at 16:06:06 (PST)
Jacqueline, male raindeers loose their antlers during the winter. So, Santas sled must be pulled by lady raindeers because they do not loose their antlers. So, I've just been informed it takes females to pull a fat assed old man dressed in red all around the worled with out getting lost.
Brian Greenfingers
- Sunday, December 21, 2003 at 16:05:22 (PST)
Slaggie. Can you remember Everton Black Bullets you can still get them my grandfather used to sell them in his shop they take me back.
Newcastle Upon Tyne, uk - Sunday, December 21, 2003 at 16:04:28 (PST)
A question (or two or three) to Jacqueline, As you give so much support to president bush, do you give him your support in his hope that Saddam will be executed? Also, how you can guarantee that iraq has weapons of mass destruction, and also what makes you think that now that saddam has been captured that there will be no more bloodshed in iraq? Also, yes, Saddam brainwashed millions of iraqis, hitler brainwashed millions of nazi's, but in the same vein isn't religion all about brainwashing people into believing ideas relating to whichever religion you belong to?
Butterfly stomach
- Saturday, December 20, 2003 at 15:59:03 (PST)
I was born in Seaham,miss my Mum who is gone now i fished on the piers dug worms in the north dock with my friend Kevin Bacon 30 years ago,my Dad who i fished with on the green wall,the spiles,chemicle and blast beach is my Hero and still manages at 82 to still get to the pub i miss home Seaham is a great Town.
Stephen Robinson <>
Newtown, Gloucestshire - Saturday, December 20, 2003 at 15:58:04 (PST)
"SeahamLad" First, I hope you had a "Happy Birthday." Second, I was waiting for someone to challenge me on my conviction of basically "pro-life" and my views of not being supportative to the death penalty in the wake of Saddam Hussain's capture and others in the past who have been like him. What can I say? I am stumped! It is not for me to wish death upon another human being. It is not for me to support the death penalty. Let us ask ourselves, if God or his son, Jesus Christ was on earth (or even our Blessed Mother, Mary, made an apparaition (appeared) what would they do with Saddam Hussain? Would they have him killed as he has done to millions of others? (Or, would they just send him straight to hell as his just punishment, or would they forgive him if he was sincerely sorry? But I truly believe he is NOT sorry - he loweths Americans and the British and other countries who have given us our support to oust out Saddam's regime.).................... "Seahamlad" and ! Others, I just do not know what ought to be done with Saddam Hussain or others like him. I know we all (those of us who believe he was a brutal tyrant) want him dead; but I do not know if that is the right thing for me to "want" for another human to be dead by killing; or to wish death upon anyone. I know it has been brought up to me that I support our Military, and we all know our Military are trained to kill when faced with the enemy; so because I support our Military, does that mean I support killing? (I am at this moment "challenging" myself this question.) Hypothetically, If I was faced myself with a rapest or murderer, my reaction would be to kick him inbetween the legs and to do everything I can to get him off me and to defend myself. If that meant I hit him over the head with a metal bar and it killed him, would I then be considered a murderer? I would have taken a life that did not belong to me; but if I had not reacted, then my life may have been taken. The death! Penalty is a "Fine- Line" just as "Abortion is a "fine-line" Both are very difficult decisions that needs to be taken with caution.
not seaham, - Saturday, December 20, 2003 at 15:56:22 (PST)
I don't like to say "I told you so" but I Just did. It was proved beyond resonable doubt (which is the legal requirement) that Ian Huntly murdered Holly and Jessica. The forensic evidence placed Huntly at the scene and by his own admission killed the girls. I would estimate that 80% of the UK, knowing the forensic evidence would advocate the execution of Huntly for his brutal murders. Now...I would be very interested in what our Seaham or County Durham Liberals will say regarding the case...let me guess...mmm "Huntly was tried my media and did not have a fair trial" "Huntly was subjected to the most greasy breakfast in prison so there must be a re-trial" "Huntly was only trying to comfort holly and Jessica and they suddenly fell down dead, Huntly must have been so traumatised by the reckless behaviour of Holly and Jessica that we must feel sorry for him". I look forward to your comments Seaham liberals
Durham, - Saturday, December 20, 2003 at 15:54:06 (PST)
"Slaggie" Well, after so many years of people spelling my name incorrectly, as there are a few different ways to spell "Jacqueline" I decided to take my own advice and "Not to sweat the small things in life." Yes you did mispell my name, but, when I can spell every word correctly, I will then be qualified to be critical of others spelling. (Other words, I am not the best at spelling myself and I often get mixed up between some of the British spelling and the American spelling on some words.)Anyway, thank you for the kind compliment, it is accepted with grace. Have a nice say and God Bless...
- Wednesday, December 17, 2003 at 16:15:04 (PST)
Jacky I noticed in your very short rant (only about 20 paragraphs long instead of the normal 500) You say you are proud of your Prime Minister and your President? Make your mind up woman, either you are British or American! By the way, would you like to make a donation to the free Sadam appeal? The man has had some bad press of late and I am sure he is a nice bloke really.
Peter Marshall
Seaham, - Wednesday, December 17, 2003 at 16:13:51 (PST)
Jacqueline I broadly agree with your comments on the capture of that Tyrant Saddam, and would be interested in what "fate" or sentence you think he deserves? baring in mind that he has been responsible for the deaths of thousands, nay millions, many buried in mass graves, the systematic and brutal tortures he has purpetrated, does he not deserve to pay with his life? If the Iraqi Justices in their wisdom sentence him to death, will you support that? Would it not have been better if the Soldiers that found him had not just dropped a hand grenade down his Rathole? to go a little further, last weekend a 97 year Widow living alone was brutally beaten, robbed and murdered by some lowlife scum, what would you suggest we do with them if found guilty in a court of law? "Justice" in this Country will sentence them to "life" and promptly let them out in a few years or so! I think that if proven guilty with DNA evidence confirming it, they should pay with their lives!
- Wednesday, December 17, 2003 at 16:12:41 (PST)
Ah wos only kidding NTJ come out come out from whatever dale ye are hiding in...mucho mucho sensetivo hombre every body loves ye for wot ye are...We do not think the abacus has any place in this modern Europe..
Paella Maker
makkers incoporated, - Tuesday, December 16, 2003 at 17:07:21 (PST)
Jacqeline you are a real lady, to respond to my posting so nicely. Also you did not tell me off for spelling your name wrong.
- Tuesday, December 16, 2003 at 17:05:49 (PST)
Hello. I have just come across this site as i am from ashington and i want to wish you all a merry christmas.
Newcastle, uk - Tuesday, December 16, 2003 at 17:05:10 (PST)
Hy! I stayed in Seaham for 3 years and it was a great time. Please, when you know Leanne Johnson please say her that she can write me a letter, i want to feel great about that.Bye Steffi
Germany - Tuesday, December 16, 2003 at 17:04:04 (PST)
What incredible, positive news I awoke up to this morning: "Saddam Hussain has been captured!" (The war began March 19th 2003 and ended May 1st, and 9 months later, December 13th 2003 Saddam Hussain has been captured!) All of you people who thought our President, George W. Bush and our Prime Minister, Tony Blair were wrong to have this war and were going to be on a "goose chase" I hope now you realize what this war was all about. it was all about getting rid of a tyrant who brutally killed his own people, who were oppressed and brainwashed! (Suppose we all just let Adolf Hitler to do whatever he wanted to the Jews and his own people, what would our world have been like then? Well, we all know, Britian would have defeated to the Nazi Regime.) Yes, 12 years ago, during Gulf War I we should have got Saddam then, but we did not. We gave him 12 years to disarm, (I can guarentee you, that there are WMD hiding somewhere either in Iraq or Syria or somewhere) He did not dis! arm, or stop killing his own people with biological chemicals and he was becoming a threat to our world - Yes he was! I have supported Bush from the beginning, (with a few days here and there where I have "questioned" but deep down I have supported him.) I am pro-Miliarty and am so glad of the news today. Our Soldiers will still perhaps be subjected to attacks, but at least it is a huge Morale Boost to them and a Great Christmas Gift! Perhaps now Iraq can become a country of Democracy and I hope any other leaders of countries who are a threat to the their people and who bad-mouth, Americans, will just now, "keep their mouths shut!" I think, the Americans and the British (and the other countries who gave us their support) have done an incredible job. It is only very sad that close to 500 lives have been lost, since March 19th when the war began, but we had a job to do, and we did not give up. I am very proud of both the Americans and the British Soldiers.
- Tuesday, December 16, 2003 at 14:47:52 (PST)
"I will offer a sincere apology to "Peter Rogers." No problem, just as long as we can all get on together, too many problems and too many problematic people in the world.
Peter Rogers
- Tuesday, December 16, 2003 at 14:46:26 (PST)
The bells of waiting advent ring, the tortoise strove is lit again and lamp oil light across the night, has caught the streaks of winter rain in many a stained glass window sheen, from crimson lake to hookers green. The holly in the windy hedge and round the manor house, the yew will soon be stripped to deck the ledge, the alter, font, and arch and pew so that villagers can say,"The church looks nice on Christmas Day". (Verses from John Betjeman's Poems)
Brian Greenfingers
- Friday, December 12, 2003 at 16:49:10 (PST)
Quote "Next Jacquiline tells off Peter Rogers, as though it was him that said the nasty words about her" I couln't understand this myself. As for the hanging debate, send 'em down!
Peter Rogers
- Friday, December 12, 2003 at 16:48:07 (PST)
: "Slaggie" Well whoops! I did not recongize my mistake; but as you pointed it out, I will offer a sincere apology to "Peter Rogers."
- Friday, December 12, 2003 at 16:47:08 (PST)
"SeahamLad" Happy Birthday! :) I believe today is your Birthday if my memory serves me right. If it is your Birthday, I hope you are having a great time.
Your Friend
- Friday, December 12, 2003 at 16:46:23 (PST)
Leslie Roberts, thanks for the boiled sweets site! passed it on to some English buddies. Brought back some memories! Near us we have a couple of shops that sell sweets in jars etc and sweets from England we remember from our past. It is really expensive though, but I always end up spending a fortune.
Canada - Friday, December 12, 2003 at 16:22:39 (PST)
Thank you Sal for your comments. I would think by now that most visitors to the guestbook know my "lot" is well and truly with the victim while I wish only pain and suffering on the perpetrator
Durham, - Wednesday, December 10, 2003 at 16:50:52 (PST)
I find some of these postings a bit hard to follow. Peter Rogers quoted a Colin Hall from the South Pole. It was about the World rugy cup. He quoted the whole post, which included a bit about Jacquiline. Next Jacquiline tells off Peter Rogers, as though it was him that said the nasty words about her. I have been looking to see if Jaquiline spots her mistake and says sorry to Peter. I liked the message about the sweets from Claire. I will go back and have another look at that site. Talking of sweets makes me think of that Colin Hall quote again. I found it a bit odd that some one should use the words 'Dear Boy' on the Seaham site. It sounds like someone adopting airs and graces, or could be a hint that they are sweet. It is definately not the words you would use, if you were having a shower with miners. It was great for England to win the World Cup.
- Wednesday, December 10, 2003 at 16:50:01 (PST)
Butterfly Stomach" Thought you were somone I knew from here in USA - she knows me rather well. PS, Thank you for spelling my name correctly; I appreciate it.
- Wednesday, December 10, 2003 at 16:48:36 (PST)
"Brian Greenfingers" Thank you so much for the lovely compliment - I feel very honored to have one of your roses named after me - "Sweet and with a statment." (But my name is spelled "Jacqueline" not "Jacquline. Have a beautiful day tomorrow and smile! :)
- Wednesday, December 10, 2003 at 16:47:39 (PST)
Took Lesley's suggestion and visited the and found it interesting so now I realize I am now officially a sad old git. Since finding the SEAHAM website I've found it entertaining and informative so best wishes go to all contributors.
HETTON LE HOLE, - Wednesday, December 10, 2003 at 16:46:53 (PST)
Well said Harry. I,m old enough to remember when punishment was a deterent. Nowadays it's "cool" to have an ASBO placed on you and as you say it is a waste of time. Let's have some sense and let the punishment fit the crime. To Brian B, I'm sure if you spoke to the victims you would not have wanted to see them dead either.
Seaham, England - Tuesday, December 09, 2003 at 16:06:36 (PST)
Jacqueline, I'm intrigued, I'm sure i don't know you, I only know of you through your postings on this guestbook. Maybe when i'm writing on the guestbook i seem to be singling you out, but that is because your postings invoke response, whether in a good or bad way, this does not mean that i'm singling you out because i know you. If i did know you i would say so. So please tell me who you think I am as you've really got me puzzled.
Butterly Stomach
- Tuesday, December 09, 2003 at 16:02:15 (PST)
I'd like to hear from anyone with memories of my grandfather, Dick Wilson and Uncle Billy, or anyone who remembers me, my dad, also Dick Wilson, mother Edith and brother Phil. We moved from Seaham to Kings Lynn and then Coventry. You may remember too the Richardsons - Elsie, Jack, Morris, John, Melvin, Malcolm and Jean.
Andy Wison <>
London, UK - Tuesday, December 09, 2003 at 16:01:03 (PST)
When I was a lad I remember machines that you put a penny in to make things move. One was a model of a graveyard. The grave opened and a skeleton popped out. Another was of a hanging. One man pulled the lever, and the trapdoor opened. The other man fell through and was hanged. Now I can't bear to see execution chambers on TV. I don't believe in the death penalty, but life impisonment should be what it says.
- Tuesday, December 09, 2003 at 15:59:32 (PST)
Father Corrigan, I take on board your point,and perhaps also understand that your view is indeed a paradox for a theologian...I appreciate that. However, I think you may have missed my earlier contribution to the capital punishment debate. The point I made was: execution of a convicted felon should only be carried out after irrefutably sound DNA evidence has (a) placed the felon at the scene of the crime at time of the murder. and (b) proved beyond reasonable doubt that the felon carried out the murder. I do believe a significant decrease in our murder rate would ensue especially those of a pre-meditated nature. I aslo believe the advent of the ASBO (Anti-Social Bahaviour Order) not only ties up valuable police time but magistrates time also. They are treated with derision by the recipients and as a waste of time by everyone else. I understand I am too young to remember the days of corporal punishment but feel this would more than control our serial offenders (burg! lary, car crime, criminal damage etc.). Again, any felon convicted of his crime would be beaten on his back with the birch. It hurt like Hell. It also demonstrated that criminal and loutish behaviour would not be tolerated. The number of re-offenders were few. We in Seaham, no that's not right!, we in the United Kingdom need to tell our offenders that if you commit a crime you will not go to prison (as is the case now), you will however be given six heavy strokes of tethered birch across your back which will make you pass out with pain and shock after which you can go home. He will not offend again. We want protection from mindless, wonton, violent and brutal felons who prey on the elderly, the infirm, and the vulnerable, we as ordinary, decent, law abiding townsfolk demand it.
Harry <>
Durham, - Tuesday, December 09, 2003 at 15:58:39 (PST)
We usually catch New York weather here in the U.K. after you have had yours J. In the meantime, flowers are still smilling at me in my garden including roses. I think I'll call the rose still blooming 'Jaquline.'Sweet and has a statement to make.
Brian Greefingers
- Tuesday, December 09, 2003 at 15:56:22 (PST)
Those concrete discs were anti-aircraft gun enplacements and the air raid shelters were for gun battery personnel
Stan Cooper
Sale, Cheshire - Tuesday, December 09, 2003 at 15:55:30 (PST)
Lesley, I wish I was in Arizona at this time, here in New York we have one of the worst snow blizzard of the beginning of the season that perhaps is on record. Y'all know I strongly dislike the snow and the cold! So, I plowed my way through today to do a few errands, picked up some ear muffs! And that was it! I am back home with a cup of tea. I think this may be the start to a long, long winter!
- Sunday, December 07, 2003 at 15:35:39 (PST)
Well we have our first snow blizzard of this season here in New York/New Jersey. I am not at all well prepared for all this snow, we are to have up to more than a foot of snow by this evening (Saturday) Today I am going to try to venture out to buy some winter socks to keep my feet warm and a hat and ear muffs! One thing I can say about Seaham, I never remember such extreme snow storms - though we all use to walk to school, children here take the bus or school is cancelled. I remember I use to walk 30 minutes to and from school in school uniform in snow, rain, hail, or sunshine. (I think we all did!) Now I am beginning to feel like my parents; talking about the "old days!" Anyway, Christmas is certainly in the air - I love it! We are just full of the Christmas season here. Well.. y'all have a super day!
- Sunday, December 07, 2003 at 15:34:50 (PST)
Sorry to backtrack with my comment but I haven't been on this site for a while. On the point of law and order and specifically the death penalty. I personally DO think the law is far too soft on crime and criminals,particually on child and teenage criminals. I know from the area I live in{Bermondsey} that most of the criminal damage, theft, mugging,bag snatching and burglary is comitted by the above mentioned. We recentley had a small child killed by a teenager on a stolen motorbike whoom the police can't pin it down to because of the "London attitude to not grassing". The Punishment for ALL crime should hold the maximum penalty available for anyone regardless of age or social standing when proven to be BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT.
London, England - Sunday, December 07, 2003 at 15:33:34 (PST)
In my humble view, it seems to me that some have missed a fundamental point in this discussion on death penalties. No one seems to be denying that the justice makes mistakes. If we had a penalty of death then when justice made a mistake an innocent person would die. If we accept that the system would periodically kill an innocent person then which of us would be prepared to accept an innocent victim from time to time. Your brother? Your parent? If you accept the risk of an innocent death then why not let it be your son?
Father Corrigan
- Sunday, December 07, 2003 at 15:32:08 (PST)
I have lived in seaham for 20 years until 2 years ago I moved to washington I used to go to byron terrace primary school 1986-1992 and seaham comprehensive school from 1992-1997. If any body recognises who I am please contact I would like to hear from you. I think this website is very good to hear from people who live in seaham and people who are wanting to know about it.
Claire Ashett <>
Washington, Tyne and Wear England - Friday, December 05, 2003 at 16:45:53 (PST)
I just finished looking at a web site which may interest the over 30's of you out there. It's called and is filled with all the sweets of our youth including all those bolied sweetes I'd almost forgotten about like black bullets, pear drops etc. Well I've gathered all the winter clothing that the Arizona shops have to offer to brave the cold of Seaham for my visit next week. Looking forward to catching up with old friends and seeing all of the work that's been done on the old home town. But I think the first stop will be for a decent pint and a cheese and onion pastie!
Lesley Roberts <>
Phoenix, Arizona USA - Friday, December 05, 2003 at 16:44:09 (PST)
Can anyone answer a question that was raised during a recent discussion with a Seaham resident? What was the function of the concrete disc located next to the air raid shelter in the fields between the top of Deneside and Dalton Le Dale? Believe it had something to do with the WWII but unsure and is it still there?
Paul <>
Belgium, - Friday, December 05, 2003 at 16:42:28 (PST)
To Still a kid, Sorry as I said a bike and chocolates are enough.
Sadie M
Seaham, - Wednesday, December 03, 2003 at 15:53:31 (PST) doubt by now you have been able to catch up on the news of Englands win in the Rugby finals?. As you said, THE BEST TEAM DID WIN. Even the Aussies were big enough to admit that they were outplayed and beaten by a better team. So much for those in the Southern Hemisphere being in a different league. Sometimes some people are just too full of themselves and of how much better they are than we ordinary folk. I am searching for some background on my Maternal Grandmother, Maria Chillman who may have connections with Seaham in about the 1920's. Any information please? Thank you. Gene.
London, England - Wednesday, December 03, 2003 at 15:52:08 (PST)
"Jacqueline", you needn't put my name in "quotation" marks...I know when you are addressing me. Anyway, I hear what you're saying about God and how he is such a large part of life. I am unable to think like that.. I am an agnostic, which means although I do not believe in God myself, (I prefer to believe that the whole of creation was due to nothing more than chemisty and pure physics) I do not deny that he (or something) could be out there. What I don't understand is in a war, take the Falklands for example, in the British forces, God was on our side and helped to defeat the enemy, the argentinians thought God was on their side and helped kill many British servicemen, which is it to be? As for not having a husband at 35 Jacqueline because God wants you for a sunbeam is stretching the point a little don't you think? One last point Jacqueline, do you think God is on the side of the US and UK coalition in Iraq?
Durham, - Wednesday, December 03, 2003 at 15:50:48 (PST)
Stop messing aboot willie H. from Dalton le dale otherwise known as N.T.J. never try te tak the mik out of a makker...ahl.. get yer and tell everybody aboot the tip I had to fight my way through to use your so called facilities ..Change yer shirt or I will expose ye as THE KID HEE HEE HEE ...Gerrim Sadie he is just down the road from ye...Sorry Hammy you started it....
Med Person
The Med, - Wednesday, December 03, 2003 at 15:49:29 (PST)
Brian B, if you'd had a chat with the murder victims relations, you would have got an entirely different impression to the one you got chatting to a crowd of murderers
- Wednesday, December 03, 2003 at 15:48:16 (PST)
My (Own) opinions on capital punishment I am for it.Yes there has been some cases overturned and most of these cases were overturned because of D N A evidence.If a person has murdered someone and DNA positivly identifies them as the murderer then they should die by the scales of justice.I think that today's technology is more accurate that in previous times. I do not feel that a killer should be allowed to rot in prison as I do not believe this is a strong enough detterent to the physco's in this world.
Miss Manners
Canada - Wednesday, December 03, 2003 at 15:47:42 (PST)
OK Sadie, if Kylie's out of the question, who do you have left on your books?
Still a Kid
- Wednesday, December 03, 2003 at 15:46:39 (PST)
"SeahamLad" You must spend a considerable amount of time watching Television, as you are always quoting either Soccer, Cricket or Rugby scores. Don't you have other things to do? I am sure you do...Do you ever zip out to the pubs on occassion? And I know you zip to your volunteer community stuff... So why is it that you have time for Television? Though, I know you once left me a message saying something to the words of the effect of, "Jacqueline don't you ever have any original thoughts of your own, instead of quoting the newspapers or the news." Yes, I am still a "Newspaper" Nurd!" and a "News" Nurd! I love to read the Saturday and Sundays Newspaper back to front all pages! As well as during the week. Anyway... You are funny guy! :) I like reading your postings. PS: "All is forgiven on my end....." Maybe someday... (So I hope you are well... and happy..:)
- Wednesday, December 03, 2003 at 15:46:04 (PST)