Withernsea died a bit when railway went in '63. No more wheelbarrowing suitcases from 'The Station' to the caravan parks. A train trip to 'Ull always involved plodding around Hammonds and looking into Picadish to see if I could afford it
Much later, arriving back in 'Ull to do a year's teacher training at the University where Mr. Larkin seemed to haunt the Library before he had died.
Teaching in Cleethorpes and Grimsby for 6 years prepared me for Sir Henry Cooper School on Orchard park Estate (why no trees?).
Here, I replaced someone who had had a nervous breakdown, but as long as you negotiated fairly with the kids you could teach some, charm others and strike 'deals' with the rest.
Great pubs around Hull at that time and Hull Brewery beer.
My mother was originally from Hull and my favourite utterances all seemed to be based on toilet humour, such as: If something was not satisfactory then 'Shove it up your claypit' - lovely poetry. Or, knife not sharp enough, then 'I could ride bare-arsed to London on that' - Shakespeare would have been proud. And, if you were feeling a bit bloated or 'blocked-up' or better, 'bunged up' then, 'I could do with a good tonn out' - what a picture that conjures up
Then I went to Aberdeen and Dundee. What a joy it was to see 'Ull become City of Culture. Dundee is not so bad but 'Ull deserves it.
Articles - The Schoolboy and The Rebel By Brian Hodgins.
'Right boys, take out your geography books' said the teacher to the class. There was a loud banging of desk tops as the boys noisily complied, followed by a buzz of whispered conversation behind raised lids.
'Quiet. Pay attention for a moment please.'
Silence descended upon the classroom as the boys folded their arms across their chests
Articles - This Has Been Thisisull 2013
By Michelle Dee
The year 2013 will forever be remembered for that magical moment when on a cold wet morning in November crowds gathered inside Hull Truck Theatre to hear the 2017 City of Culture announcement.
We were there thisisull.com all the whooping, cheering and celebration: Cilla, tireless and inspirational editor of thisisull.com and me, Michelle Dee, regular contributor and champion for Arts and Culture in the city.
Articles - Theatre in Hull; A Lifelong Passion
By Michelle Dee
I started going to Hull Truck Theatre in its Spring Street days. I had a very switched on drama tutor at high school and saw
gritty Remould Theatre productions such as Steeltown, In Blackberry Times, Streetbeat and more.
As a young adult I remember seeing dance productions such as Orpheus in the Underworld and then Woza Albert by a Zimbabwean
company, as well as a host of John Godber shows, Wuthering Heights, Up n Under etc.
Articles - Memories of Hull Part 5 By Terry Hood
When I was in my early teens I went to my grandparents in Gypsyville to do any shopping for them.
I remember going to the cinema in Gypsyville but cannot remember the name of it.
It was just a few yards from the corner of North Road towards Dairycoates.
Articles - Longing to Snorkel By Phillip Rhodes.
How do you define an obsession that doesn't dictate your daily routine? That said, how do you put to bed that nagging regret of a life-long unfulfilled dream? We all have aspirations and ambitions - without them we remain stagnant automatons.
But what if others think your interest is insignificant or not worth getting involved? And what if you have to rely on others to make things happen? Yes, Mr. Rhodes is definitely on one!
Articles - Monkeys By Merle R. Stone.
Monkeys. We have all seen them. Monkeys in the zoo. Monkeys on the television. Monkeys in books. Monkeys everywhere. If you want to know something about monkeys, you don't have to go far for information on them.
Why do you suppose thats is? Why do humans have such an incredible thirst for knowledge and understanding of these fuzzy little beasts?
Articles - Finding Nigel ... Can You Help? By Therese.
My story begins on Saturday 8th may. I was working as a bartender in a bar in Kristiansund, Norway when Nigel and a couple of his work friends came into the bar. It was busy, but I saw him right away. We got eye contact and said hello and smiled and all this ''I like looking at you'' out of the way - but since it was busy we didn't get to talk too much.
I was then sent down to the cellar to get some Bacardi Razz (yumyum) and when I came back they had gone.
Articles - End of 2010 By Joe Hakim
Maybe it's because winter is here... Maybe it's because we're here at the end of the first decade of the new millennium... Maybe it's because we have a new government in power... Maybe it's because I'm getting on a bit...
...but just lately I've been thinking about a lot of things; things that have happened, things that are happening and things that may yet happen. I've been thinking about the journey I've been on, both as an artist and a person.
Articles - One Banana Banquet By Brian Hodgins.
The old man stood by the fruit racks in the super store contemplating at what to buy today, 'just for a change'. As his eyes took in the plethora of fruit before him, his gaze fell upon an absolute mountain of yellow and green Bananas. His thoughts flew back over the years, when such a sight would have been absolutely unimaginable ...
Articles - Is This An Article Or A Letter, Or What? By Merle R. Stone.
It is with tremendous trepidation and maybe a tiny bit of panic that I begin this writing. You see, I once wrote with exceptional ease, and had no trouble at all putting my thoughts into print. As of late, though, it would seem that that particular talent has abandoned me. Has this ever happened to any of you (I presume, of course, that somebody is actually reading this)?
Not that I feel that I ever had any real talent for writing.
Articles - Philip Wincolmlee-Barnes By C.B. Tempest.
There are times when a friend's death can be such a surprise, as to justify it being shocking. With Phil Barnes, otherwise known as 'Acker' was just such a moment.
Though never the centre of the action but passing his fine arts degree all too easily, he always lay to the side, carefully rolling his 'baccy' to smoke, dressed in his 'ironic' suit and tie: he never
held down any obvious 'career' jobs, like being a lawyer or banker; rather he was an outsider,
Articles - Memories of Hull Part 4 By Terry Hood
Whilst living in Hull I worked for other companies. They were C.D.Holmes, Blackburn Aircraft and Ideal Standard which is in National Avenue.
We purchased our first house in National Avenue and we found out that when the washing was put out on the line, when it was brought in the items had smut marks on them and had to be washed again. This was due to the smoke from Ideal Standard's chimney.
Articles - All About Sex, the Government Minister, the Dead Boy in the Orphanage and the Cover Up By Tim Roux.
When I am not focusing on Hull (and I have recently completed another 'Hull' book, called Missio, about a boy whose father went down with the trawler The Gaul in 1974) I do sometimes engage with the wider world although, to be honest, it isn't up to much.
However, there is one excellent site I contribute to called Speak Without Interruption Read more...