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H Ferguson
24th Sep 2006, 17:30
here are some famous people from my hometown of Navan in County Meath, Ireland.

Sir Francis Beaufort.

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Pierce Brosnan.

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Tommy Tiernan.

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Dylan Moran.

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Hector O'hEochagain.

http://img179.imageshack.us/img179/9205/hector27aafd6mg3.jpg

Loki
24th Sep 2006, 17:31
I was born in London, so there are too many to mention.

colmac747
24th Sep 2006, 17:32
They can't be that famous. Who the **** are they all?:p ;)


I'll see who i can find from my neck of the woods:ok:

pigboat
24th Sep 2006, 17:35
Sir Francis Beaufort. Wonder if they had permission to drill for oil in his sea?

colmac747
24th Sep 2006, 17:42
I've done a check:hmm:

Falkirk is famous for having produced no famous people

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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!
24th Sep 2006, 17:45
I'm from Blackpool, home of Billy Conolly

(not many people know that)

tony draper
24th Sep 2006, 18:01
That would be Billy Conolly the milkman would it?:rolleyes:

ormus55
24th Sep 2006, 18:08
Hylda Baker, b 1909, Farnworth, Bolton.
Johnny Ball, childrens TV entertainer.
Sara Cox, b Astley Bridge. from the Radio 1 breakfast show.
Allen Clarke, b Bolton author of Windmill Land and many other books.
Fred Dibnah, Steeplejack and TV personality.
Shirley Anne Field, was raised in an orphanage in one of the villages.
Frank Finlay, b Farnworth, Bolton.
Dave Foddy, b Farnworth.
Glenn Ford's mother was born in Horwich, Bolton.
Ruth Hamilton, writer, b Bolton.
Annie Haslam, (Singer/Songwriter/Painter).
Jack Hylton, b Great Lever Bolton 1892, singer and band leader.
Danny Jones, of McFly (pop group).
Peter Kay, comedian.
Vernon Kay, TV presenter.
William Lassell, astronomer, discovered Ariel and Triton.
William Lever, founder of the Lever Brothers detergent empire.
Nat Lofthouse OBE, played/managed Bolton Wanderers Footbal Club.
Sir Ian McKellan, Shakespearian actor.
Bill (William) Naughton, writer and playwright.
Paul Nicholls, b Halliwell, Bolton.
Started in BBC1's 'Earthfasts'.
Eastenders, as 'Joe', also in the BBC's 'City Central.'
Is now a successful film actor.
Brian Pringle, Actor, Halliwell.
Mark Radcliffe, of 'Mark and Lard' on BBC Radio One afternoons.
Arthur Henry Rostron, Captain of Carpathia, which went to the aid of Titanic saving 706.

handysnaks
24th Sep 2006, 18:11
Falkirk is famous for having produced no famous people
It produced my old man though
but he wasn't famous
I don't know where that leaves us......
It has produced 'probably' the most consistently poor team in Scottish League Football:p

Mr Lexx
24th Sep 2006, 18:33
Myra Hindley and Ian Brady

Harold Shipman


(I see a bad pattern here...)

G-CPTN
24th Sep 2006, 19:28
Battle

In the Ambulance

By Wilfrid Wilson Gibson


“TWO rows of cabbages,
Two of curly-greens,
Two rows of early peas,
Two of kidney-beans.”

That’s what he is muttering,
Making such a song,
Keeping other chaps awake,
The whole night long.

Both his legs are shot away,
And his head is light;
So he keeps on muttering
All the blessed night:

“Two rows of cabbages,
Two of curly-greens,
Two rows of early peas,
Two of kidney-beans.”



http://www.cs.rice.edu/~ssiyer/minstrels/poems/622.html
http://www.theotherpages.org/poems/gibson02.html


and . . .


:confused:

Edited to add:-
Bugga ME! Robson Bloody Green was born in Hexham.
I DIDN'T know that!

PPS, just wait until Drapes is raised from his Hammock!
There's Farsands of musically-talented (and otherwise associated) folk from his neck of the woods:- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bands_from_North_East_England

OTOH Kathryn Tickell's father (she of the Northumbrian Pipes and Fiddle) DID go to School with ME.
Several pupils of the same school (or it's later manifestation as High School rather than 'select' Grammar School) have entered 'the media' - to name but Daniel Walsh, Actor. He was buddy with both my son and my daughter.
http://www.hexham-courant.co.uk/people/viewarticle.aspx?id=409459

AcroChik
24th Sep 2006, 19:32
John Gotti.

Howard Hughes
24th Sep 2006, 19:52
People, people, people, the thread asked for FAMOUS PEOPLE, so far I only know Pierce Brosnan, Billy Connolly and John Gotti, as for the rest well...:hmm:

C130 Techie
24th Sep 2006, 20:07
Presently living in Swindon. Famous? Swindonians:

Diana Dors

Billy Piper

Julian Cleary

Mark Lamaaar

Hmmm:uhoh:

hetfield
24th Sep 2006, 20:08
http://images.google.de/images?q=tbn:RNPiJFasJSTWfM:www.friedmanarchives.com/Too%2520Unusual%2520to%2520Sell/images/Hitler%2520Only%25208x12%2520300%2520dpi.jpg

AcroChik
24th Sep 2006, 20:13
Richard Feynman ~ Nobel Laureate (for QED) physicist.

Mel Brooks ~ Funny guy, actor, author, filmmaker.

Anne Bancroft ~ Actress and wife of Mel.

Kirk Douglas ~ Actor.

Millard Fillmore ~ US President.

Lou Gehrig ~ Baseball legend.

Katharine Graham ~ Publisher of the Washington Post (she moved into the job after her husband's suicide).

A few others.

woolyalan
24th Sep 2006, 20:21
Robbie Williams,
Anthea Turner,
and everyones favorite,
Sir Stanley Matthews!!!

AcroChik
24th Sep 2006, 20:23
Alfred E Neuman ~ "What, me worry?"

Burt Lancaster ~ Actor.

Humprey Bogart ~ "The only thing wrong with him is, after a few drinks he thinks he's Bogie."

flugholm
24th Sep 2006, 20:36
Born in Hanover:
Adolf Friedrich Ludwig Freiherr von Knigge
Georg Friedrich Händel
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz
Kurt Schwitters
John Kay (Steppenwolf singer)
Karl Jatho (aviator) (Some claim he flew before the Wrights.)
And probably a few other clever heads I forgot...

hetfield
24th Sep 2006, 20:39
Born in Hanover:
Adolf Friedrich Ludwig Freiherr von Knigge
Georg Friedrich Händel
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz
Kurt Schwitters
John Kay (Steppenwolf singer)
Karl Jatho (aviator) (Some claim he flew before the Wrights.)
And probably a few other clever heads I forgot...

That's exactly what the brits want to hear.

fireflybob
24th Sep 2006, 21:22
Robin Hood but others might like to claim otherwise?

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!
24th Sep 2006, 21:37
I'm from Glasgow, home of Ian Anderson (from Jethro Tull and expelled from my school) Roger Utley (England rugby captain and expelled from my school)

(not many people know that)

fkelly
24th Sep 2006, 21:57
Mr lexx

Neither Hindley, Brady nor Shipman were from Hyde, if that's your home town. I did once get some jolly good stair spindles made there though

G-CPTN
24th Sep 2006, 22:34
That's the trouble with small towns. Very few folk achieve their famousness whilst remaining in the small town. Who, then, is to say whether their famousosity derives from the source of their creation, or from the location of their development? Furthermore, were they CREATED in the town of their birth, or during a torrid excursion? There are so many variables as to make the question irrelevant (or at least the results).
Anyway, what constitutes 'famous'? To those from small towns, the local wag might be deemed to be famous, whereas few might have heard of international entrepreneurs or impresarios who might not achieve renown until after their demise.
In any case, what's so special about famous people? Ask not whether you know famous people, but, instead, whether they know YOU. That is perhaps a richer basket of knowledge. Perhaps there are unknowns who have furthered the development of those who are subsequently deemed to be famous? As an (invented) example, the drama teacher who encourages others to take up (and become successful in) the profession. People such as Bert Weedon (who inspired many Popular Musicians to master the guitar), Raymond Baxter (who inspired many to take up aviation).
I know (to my own satisfaction) that, by copying and distributing a letter requesting involvement of the Industrial Company in which I was, at that stage a very minor cog, the 'decision makers, uncertain from whom they had received the copy of the letter, assumed that 'someone' (important?) had to be behind the proposal and therefore it was 'a good idea'. Further down the line I was can active participant in the development of the project, and when my involvement (ie my success) started to become an embarrasment to senior management (who had flouted company policy and were denying official involvement) I was able to introduce a professional acquaintance to take my place and further the project. He was kind enough to refer to me by name in his memoirs, but to many people they were puzzled how somebody that they had never heard of should deserve a mention for something that they never realised had happened.
To me, it is much more satisfying to be of help to somebody (and be appreciated for that help) than it is to receive the fame. Knowing that it wouldn't have happened without my interference gives me a nice, warm feeling.

slim_slag
24th Sep 2006, 22:41
Got some BBC TV newsreader living in the gaff the other side of the fence at bottom of my garden. A lot shorter and fatter than what the TV would have you believe.

There are plent of more interesting and better paid people in the village with better jobs, but not as famous in the common use of the word.

planepsycho
24th Sep 2006, 22:56
Sir John Templeton (Franklin-Templeton Investments)
Dinah Shore (singer/actress...Burt Reynolds was her toyboy)
Davy Crockett (early settler, his first wife Polly is buried here)
Sondra Locke (actress, born in a town near here)
Phillip Fulmer (University of Tennessee, head football coach)
Tracy Hayworth (Detroit Lions)

:bored:

AcroChik
24th Sep 2006, 22:59
Ernest Rutherford (First Baron Rutherford of Nelson), discoverer of "heavy water," composed of heavier isotops of hydrogen, and essential for making the initial nuclear weapons, was born in Brightwater, New Zealand. What's in a name?

G-CPTN
24th Sep 2006, 23:00
A long-term acquaintance (who happens to share his name with a star of a detective series of the small screen) has a house with an adjacent cottage which he lets. He let the property to a couple of young men (who have been excellent and ideal tenants). One evening during the summer, the young men were having a 'sort of barbecue' get together, and they asked my friend whether he would like to join them for a drink. He accepted, and noticed that there was a collection of exotic motor cars parked there. (This guy is cool, but not 'hip') After several bevvies, the young men say "You have NO idea who we are, have you?" "No." says my friend. "You pay the rent and don't misbehave or create excessive noise." They then revealed themselves as members of various 'Pop bands' (including Internationally famous Heavy Metal Bands). They'd reasoned that, had he had ANY idea who they were, he wouldn't have risked leasing the property to them (that they just wanted as a retreat - a country bolt-hole).
Both sides are still content with the arrangement, but they smiled when he introduced himself by name . . .

haughtney1
24th Sep 2006, 23:14
Russell Crowe, I even thumped him one on the rugby field in a previous life:ok: (aero your a kiwi?)

rab-k
24th Sep 2006, 23:33
Dougal Haston:

http://www.topworldbooks.com/images/Scott%2022833%20Dougal%20Haston%20on%20Everest%20lg.jpg

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!
24th Sep 2006, 23:54
funny how the camera is looking down on him though . . . :p

G-CPTN
24th Sep 2006, 23:55
Taken by a guy in an R22 I suppose. :E
Same guy as took the Moon-Landing shots.

woolyalan
25th Sep 2006, 00:16
:eek: Russell Crowe is Oyrish? never would have huesseg

reynoldsno1
25th Sep 2006, 00:55
Robert Fripp

21st Century Schizoid Man.....:8

AcroChik
25th Sep 2006, 01:20
Russell Crowe, I even thumped him one on the rugby field in a previous life:ok: (aero your a kiwi?)

Nope, born in New York Hospital, Manhattan, New York City. See my previous posts for who was born here.

But, I've been the length and breadth of Aotearoa ~ from Reigna to Bluff and back. Two of my greatest friends live in Brightwater. They're crossing the planet to come to my wedding this December. God bless 'em.

wiccan
25th Sep 2006, 01:22
"Pack up Your Troubles" was writ in the next town to me [StalyVegas]....I live in Dukki .... well some beggar has to
bb

Bluesteel705
25th Sep 2006, 01:35
John Hurt, the actor

Paul Burrel - The *****r

:E

vapilot2004
25th Sep 2006, 01:48
From my hometown:

Martha Washington
Lawrence Taylor (NFL)
Linda Lavin - actress
Bruce Hornsby - singer/songwriter

Not me :p

A V 8
25th Sep 2006, 04:38
Hector O'hEochagain

How the f:mad: do you pronounce that then?:}


Clackmannan is up there with Falkirk on famous people production!

Do the locals who appear in the local paper for their latest jail sentence count?

Clackmannan - county town of Clackmannanshire: the smallest county in the UK with the largest name.

BombayDuck
25th Sep 2006, 04:52
Born, raised and living in Bombay (now Mumbai).

That would mean all of bollywood lives here (and half were born here).

Bombay has also contributed more cricketers (Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Vengsarkar, the Manjrekars, Kambli, Agarkar, Zaheer Khan) and those are just a few from the last 20 years.

hmmm... who else, I wonder....

Low Flier
25th Sep 2006, 06:56
Falkirk is famous for having produced no famous people

John Hart, of Falkirk, was the guy who did most of the prototype development work on John Logie Baird's early television transmitters and receivers. His workshop, in Falkirk's High Street, has since been demolished and is now a shopping mall, but the world's oldest still operable television transmitter is in the possession of Falkirk Cooncil and is languishing in a warehouse in Grangemouth. I've lobbied the Cooncil to have it properly displayed in the Callendar House museum.

Falkirk does have a couple of more significant claims to fame though: battles.

William Wallace, the 13th century's bin Laden, got a good dicking at the first Battle of Falkirk and that wee Italian shirtlifter had a rare success in 1745 when his bit of rough spanked the English at the Second Battle of Falkirk.

One's own hometown, Embra, has far too many famous sons to make a readable list.

chuks
25th Sep 2006, 07:22
Salem, Oregon, USA!

Once home to the Dautremont Brothers, who committed one of the last train robberies in the classical Western mode... and their brother Vern. Poor Vern was so put out by this blot on the Dautremont escutcheon that he never married but chose a monastic life as a Flight Instructor instead, even teaching my father to fly.

One of my other home towns, Westport, Connecticut, has been home to lots of famous people, among them Paul Newman. My bratty sister was visiting some posh friends when the telephone rang. She answered it to be told that 'Paul' was calling to speak to the lady of the house. She asked, in her uncharmingly abrasive way, who 'Paul' might be, when the answer came, 'Paul Newman.' She was quite chuffed over her chance to be rude to someone famous. She went on to live in Manhattan, New York City, where she continues in that way to this day. It must be a target-rich environment.

B Fraser
25th Sep 2006, 07:56
Falkirk does have a couple of more significant claims to fame though: battles.

Aye, the Woodlands v Graeme High set-to's were legendary.

There's the local footie teams, Falkirk FC who I follow through thin and thin ......................and errrrrrrr, ummmmmmm, East Stirling (nuff said).

Falkirk, it's handy for Glasgow.... or Edinburgh ..... or Stirling. At least the surrounding middens, sorry, towns such as Bo'ness and Bonnybridge make it look posh.

Alloa is something else, eh Pan Pan Splash ?

Low Flier
25th Sep 2006, 08:35
I've just thought of another famous Fa'kirker: Robert Barr.

OK, so mebbe he's not very famous, but his Irn Bru certainly is!

Mr Lexx
25th Sep 2006, 08:47
"Pack up Your Troubles" was writ in the next town to me [StalyVegas]....I live in Dukki .... well some beggar has to
bb

You will have to come along to our next gathering at the buffet bar on SVegas station! :ok:

ferd
25th Sep 2006, 09:21
In 1842 William Makepeace Thackeray drifted through town and penned an ode to a hooker called Peg. Jane Ross covered an old tune called The O'Cahans' lament, and renamed it Danny Boy. There was also a Prime Minister of NZ called Massey who may have had something to do with tractors, I’m not sure if I made that last bit up.

The SSK
25th Sep 2006, 09:25
Sting and Me, that's two of us.

When I was eleven, I got a scholarship to the posh school in Newcastle. If I had gone to Wallsend Grammar, like my mates, I would have shared my time there with four people who subsequently had major careers in folk/rock music - Ian Fairbairn (my best pal's brother) who was a member of Jack The Lad and also played with Lindisfarne, Alistair Anderson, who is the greatest exponent of folk concertina, and the Richardson brothers who went on to Boys of the Lough. Apparently the school lunchtime jam sessions were legendary.

DirtyPierre
25th Sep 2006, 09:59
I grew up in Brissie, so did Jerricho and Tobzalp.

Others who might be considered famous from Brissie:

Mick Doohan - Motorcycling
John Eales - rugby
Mat Hayden- cricket


Jerricho or Tobzalp any others?

BenThere
25th Sep 2006, 10:03
Detroit Entertainers:

Stevie Wonder
Robin Williams
Bob Seger
Madonna
Alice Cooper
Aretha Franklin

hetfield
25th Sep 2006, 10:14
Franciscus Sylvius (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franciscus_Sylvius) (1614)
Johann Heinrich Kopp (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Heinrich_Kopp) (1777)
Johann Christian Hundeshagen (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Christian_Hundeshagen) (1783)
Brüder Grimm (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Br%C3%BCder_Grimm), Jacob (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Grimm) (1785) und Wilhelm Grimm (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_Grimm) (1786)
Ernst Friedrich Georg Otto von der Malsburg (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernst_Friedrich_Georg_Otto_von_der_Malsburg) (1786)
Moritz Daniel Oppenheim (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moritz_Daniel_Oppenheim) (1800-1882)
Wilhelm Carl Heraeus (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_Carl_Heraeus) (1827)
Reinhard von Scheffer-Boyadel (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinhard_von_Scheffer-Boyadel) (1851)
Paul Hindemith (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Hindemith) (1895)
Renate Schmidt (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renate_Schmidt) (1943)
Harald Schmid (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harald_Schmid_%28Sportler%29) (1957)
Dominic Raacke (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominic_Raacke) (*1958)
Rudi Völler (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudi_V%C3%B6ller) (1960)
Thomas Berthold (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Berthold) (1964)
Dirk Raufeisen (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirk_Raufeisen) (1966)
Tayfur Havutçu (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tayfur_Havut%C3%A7u) (1970)
Angelo Barletta (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angelo_Barletta) (1977)
Daniyel Cimen (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniyel_Cimen) (1985)
Marco Russ (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marco_Russ) (1985)

H Ferguson
25th Sep 2006, 10:44
[quote=A V 8;2870764]How the f:mad: do you pronounce that then?:}

Hector O'hEochagain

O 'huck-a gawn.

probably only well know in Ireland and the UK, he made a series about buying and owning a race horse.

[quote]Do the locals who appear in the local paper for their latest jail sentence count?[quote]:D :D :D

probably to many to mention!:ok:

woolyalan
25th Sep 2006, 10:52
ooo ooo, i forgot, the captain of the titanic used to live just round the corner from where i live now :)

keyboard flier
25th Sep 2006, 11:00
From Ilkeston - Derbyshire

Robert Lindsay

and William Roache

Pan Pan Splash
25th Sep 2006, 13:18
BFraser

I reckon you had too many pints of heavy down at Coasters as a youngster.. its fried your brain.. Alloa has loads of endearing features.. notably the road out is one of them!!!!!

Alan Hansen is from Sauchie.. that wee cowp counts as Alloa!!!

barit1
25th Sep 2006, 14:38
The Candoli brothers. (http://www.candoli.com/home.htm) :ok:

Binoculars
25th Sep 2006, 15:04
I'm rather surprised at Acrochik getting involved in this conversation, and equally surprised that we haven't had someone from Hollywood, the only other place on earth where being famous is a reason for existence, and vice versa, taking up a few pages.

But given the quallity of Acrochik's previous posts I'm prepared to cut her some slack. Since she hasn't mentioned Woody Allen yet she's clearly being tongue in cheek. :}

As for me, I can't add any more to Dirty Pierre's list for Brisbane except more cricketers and the greatest rugby league player ever to pull on a boot. I think somebody from Brisbane wrote a book once. Oh, and there was Savage Garden.....:uhoh:

rotated
25th Sep 2006, 15:21
Which home town? :} Moved too much to call any one town home, but my roots are (remotely) connected to those of:

Fred MacMurray, famous for many TV and movie roles (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0534045/); he grew up in Beaver Dam, WI. Also Robert Lee "Bobby" Hatfield (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Hatfield) is from there.

Roger B. Chaffee, one of the astronauts (http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/chaffee-rb.html) who died in the Apollo fire. (Grand Rapids, MI)

Parapunter
25th Sep 2006, 15:23
Nick Faldo, David James, Some weather girl off the beeb & yer man what used to play guitar in the rolling stones when they went all country in the early seventies.:confused:

682al
25th Sep 2006, 15:53
Quote:
Originally Posted by wiccan
"Pack up Your Troubles" was writ in the next town to me [StalyVegas]....I live in Dukki .... well some beggar has to
bb
It was Jack Judge, from Staffordshire who first sang It's a long way to Tipperary, on the stage in Stalybridge. He is supposed to have written it in a train on the way to Staly.
So there.
682al (Newton lad)

frostbite
25th Sep 2006, 18:16
I may well be famous for an occasional total lack of concentration.

Sometimes I even

lexxity
25th Sep 2006, 18:33
So that's pruners from Hyde, Stalyvegas, Dukinfield, Newton any other Tamesider want to put themselves on the map?

L.S.Lowry used to live up the road in Mottram, my Dad reckons he was a right miserable bugger.

Jinkster
25th Sep 2006, 20:14
From Sheffield, UK

Too many to mention but...

ABC, Pulp, Moloko, Sean Bean, Living in a Box, Micheal Palin and err... :hmm:

AcroChik
25th Sep 2006, 20:30
Woody Allen ~ Former stand up comic and television writer, author and film maker.

I love this man's work. He sees into the heart ~ and, yes, the soul ~ of my hometown with a unique clarity and sense of irony.

See his classic film, Manhattan.

http://www.amazon.com/Manhattan-Charles-H-Joffe/dp/0792846109/sr=1-1/qid=1159212551/ref=pd_bbs_1/102-6403338-0453759?ie=UTF8&s=dvd

The gorgeous cinematography by Gorden Willis is a work of genius (he won an Academy Award for it).

Some people say that quite by accident he wrote some aspects of my biography into the script.

Happy now, Binos?

Silje
25th Sep 2006, 20:34
Gerhardt Schröder, German Ex-Chancellor

http://www.germany.info/relaunch/info/publications/d_nachrichten/2003/030829/photos/schroeder.jpg


The Scorpions :}

http://www.jeschenko.de/presse/coca-cola/steigerdichrein/gross/scorpions.jpg

Big Tudor
25th Sep 2006, 21:49
From the town of birth Rowan Atkinson (my auntie went to school with him apparently).
From my adopted town a gentleman by the name of R.W. Thomson, inventor of the pneumatic tyre.
Also Bruce & Stephen Aitken. You'll know if you have ever met them. Any man who can throw a 22lb hammer a distance of 120ft 2ins does tend to leave a certain impression upon one. :eek:

muppetofthenorth
25th Sep 2006, 22:23
Being from York:

Mark Addy - actor in 'Full Monty' [the fat one] also went to my school...

Shed 7

Guy Fawkes

barit1
25th Sep 2006, 22:35
My wife's great-aunt was once a neighbor to Ernie and Dodie Gann. Does that count?

TBirdFrank
25th Sep 2006, 23:03
Me old mucker from primary school - didn't he do well
and like all the best people - he'snever left

www.tonyhusband.co.uk/

ShyTorque
26th Sep 2006, 00:12
From Ilkeston - Derbyshire
Robert Lindsay
and William Roache

Ilkeston actors, eh? I'll raise you Timothy Dalton, Alan Bates and Graham Haberfield, no less! All Derbyshire raised (they all went to the same school as myself). Talking of Coronation Street ex's, Tracy Shaw is from the same place.

Oh yes, not forgetting Audley Bowdler Williamson. His son also went to the same school :8

Binoculars
26th Sep 2006, 00:26
Much bettter, Acrochik! Glad you picked Manhattan out of all his movies, certainly my favourite.

Back on thread to justify this post, more famous people from Brisbane;

umm...........

Carry0nLuggage
26th Sep 2006, 00:27
Without Googling my current hometown, Erica Roe :E (used to work in the bookshop at the end of our road, George Best (RIP) used to assault his liver in some of the bars and pubs :sad: and Henry Willis of the church organ making family is one of our neighbours.
From the town wot I was brung up in, come Nick Faldo and jumpseater :ok:

Bluesteel705
26th Sep 2006, 04:07
Also from Chesterfield;

Johnny Pearson -Composer of theme tunes for Captain Pugwash, News at Ten and All Creatures Great and Small.

Jo Guest - The Model :E :E

And George Stephenson died here, if that counts :}

G-CPTN
26th Sep 2006, 04:19
Jo Guest - The Model :E :E
Sure you don't mean Jo Brand? :E

Atlas Shrugged
26th Sep 2006, 05:15
Everybody's famous in Ivanhoe, all 285 at last count, including the 41 or so in the prison

Blacksheep
26th Sep 2006, 06:50
To name but a few.

Thomas Sheraton who designed antique furniture (it wasn't antique when he designed it, obviously)
Francis Bainbridge the physiologist
John Walker who invented the friction match
Will Hay and Jimmy James the comedians
Norma Levy, the prostitute in the downfall of Lord Lambton (aka by his wife as 'The Worm')

Some actors, a couple of journos and a former Lord Mayor of some place down south called London.

Stockton on Tees is mainly famous though, for the Stockton & Darlington Railway - the world's first passenger steam railway service.

angels
26th Sep 2006, 07:53
Well I, too, am from London. But London consists of a whole load of towns and villages which have morphed into one great city.

So, from the village of Balham where I was born, err, none that I can recall.

Greenwich, where I live, is obviously known for it's maritime connections so I suppose one could count Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I as two former residents.

Suppers Ready
26th Sep 2006, 13:39
Not a soul. No-one. Zilch. Zero. Does Gary McAllister count????

ShyTorque
26th Sep 2006, 15:06
Blacksheep: Will Hay? That's a co-incidence because he used to live in MY home town for a while, too. Different town though. :)

Pan Pan Splash
26th Sep 2006, 15:12
Hey Shy I heard a rumour he moved out cos you kept pestering him for an autograph, is that true?? ;) :p

Jerricho
26th Sep 2006, 15:16
Smithy, I think you need to ask Plazbot where he and I were born. Infact, aren't you originally from down that way as well?

As to growing up, being RAAF brats, we "ended-up" in Brisbane.

As to more from Brisbane (or just north of)

Steve Irwin.

ShyTorque
26th Sep 2006, 15:17
Now then, you cheeky young whippersnapper, I might be younger than I look! I think he died in the 1940s.

BTW, How's the hangover after your wild weekend? Has it had time to kick in yet? ;)

Sultan Ismail
26th Sep 2006, 15:22
Hey Binos, I didn't know that Willie John McBride came from Brisbane, and I'll bet he doesn't know either.

From my hometown, that wonderful songstress Olivia Newton-John, although in fact I lusted after her sister Rhona, we were in the same class at school.

Foss
26th Sep 2006, 15:45
Big Tudor
From my adopted town a gentleman by the name of R.W. Thomson, inventor of the pneumatic tyre.

That might have been Dunlop, from here.
Simple ideas can change the world. In 1888, while watching his son ride a tricycle, John Boyd Dunlop noticed his discomfort whenever he rode over cobbled ground.

He knew the tricycle's solid rubber tyres were to blame. The solution? He wrapped the wheels in thin rubber sheets, glued them together, inflated them with a football pump for a cushioning effect - and created the first commercially viable pneumatic tyre.

Dunlop patented the idea, giving his fledgling Dunlop tyre company a head start over automotive competitors who had already recognised the tyre's many advantages. Ten years later, Dunlop's invention had almost entirely replaced solid tyres.

Ferguson is responsible for the tractor.
In 1909, Harry Ferguson, more famous for his invention of the integrated tractor hydraulic system, made the first flight in Ireland in a plane he built himself.

Fos

matkat
26th Sep 2006, 17:05
I'm from Glasgow, home of Ian Anderson (from Jethro Tull and expelled from my school) Roger Utley (England rugby captain and expelled from my school)

(not many people know that)
Seems that You got that wrong Mate, He maybe went to Your school but He does not come fa Glesga
http://www.isbuc.co.uk/People/IanAnd.htm

AcroChik
26th Sep 2006, 18:43
Robert DiNiro ~ Famous as an angel investor in such wonderful NYC restaurants as Montrachet, TriBeCa Grill and Nobu, he's also appeared in a few movies.

Arthur Miller ~ Cranky literateur, playwrite, and sometime wife of Norma Jean.

Lou Ferrigno ~ The Hulk.

Robert Moog ~ Inventor of the electronic music synthesizer.

Stanley Kubrick ~ Made some movies.

Jennifer Capriati ~ What's her racket?

Gingerbread Man
26th Sep 2006, 20:43
Glenn Ford's mother was born in Horwich, Bolton.

I have just lavishly wet myself with excitement :} .

This will be a long and tedious thread indeed if we include people who are relatives of famous people (or "famous" people, delete as applicable).

Ginger ;)

Pan Pan Splash
26th Sep 2006, 20:49
For the benefit of anyone from Hull, I believe I'm right in saying Slash from Guns N Roses is originally from there...:\

Bluesteel705
27th Sep 2006, 02:59
I have just lavishly wet myself with excitement :}

Brilliant! :D

Coffee on the keyboard moment.

I realy need to use that phrase more in everyday conversation :ok:

AcroChik
27th Sep 2006, 04:00
Moe Berg ~ Harlem-born, Jewish, Princeton University graduate (B.A, magna cum laude, in modern languages), professional baseball player and spy. One of his missions to Europe during WW2 was to assassinate Werner Heisenberg if ~ in his opinion ~ talks at a physics conference made it look like Germany was successfully developing the atom bomb. Berg resigned from the intelligence services in 1945. When he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, he turned it down. The balance of his life was troubled by mental illness. After death, his body was cremated and the ashes scattered in Israel. There is no grave or memorial to the man. His player card from his pro baseball years is on display at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

Moe, Curly and Shemp Howard ~ Stooges.

Binoculars
27th Sep 2006, 04:40
I think we should just hand this thread over to Acrochik. I don't think anybody else's home town can compete, apart from LA I suppose.

Willie John McBride? Was he one of the seven McBrides or one of the McBrothers? I have a feeling I should know the name. :confused:

Brisbane.....umm, nope, still nothing.

lynchburglemonade
27th Sep 2006, 08:38
Fleetwood Mac, David Essex, Roger Hargreaves, Dame Dench all live/lived with in spitting distance of my old home town. Went to School with Anika Rice

lexxity
27th Sep 2006, 09:26
But nobaody famous actually comes from LA, they all just migrate there.

TBirdFrank
27th Sep 2006, 12:41
Oi - daughter and son in law - just passing your place this morning and this Beamer X5 turns out behind me - registration R1CY H

The flyweight champeen of the wurld no less - Mr Ricky Hatton from "Attersley - how come we hadn't put his name up in lights?

GOLF_BRAVO_ZULU
27th Sep 2006, 12:45
Dame Wendy Hiller
Fred Perry
Wilfred Wood VC
Chris Finney GC


The Christmas hymn, Christians Awake was written in our Parish Church


The Peterloo Massacre is alleged to have been provoked by some of our mill lads throwing stones at the militia.

ormus55
27th Sep 2006, 13:06
glen fords mother etc......

I have just lavishly wet myself with excitement :} .

This will be a long and tedious thread indeed if we include people who are relatives of famous people (or "famous" people, delete as applicable).

Ginger ;)

i cant believe it took 3 pages for someone to comment!
when i saw the item on the net, i just had to leave it in. brilliant.
:D

ormus55
27th Sep 2006, 13:13
1890 - 1930
J.W. Foster

The Bolton company was founded for one of the best reasons possible: athletes wanted to run faster. So, in the 1890s, Joseph William Foster made the first known running shoes with spikes in them. By 1895, he was in business making shoes by hand for top runners; and before long his fledgling company, J.W. Foster and Sons, developed an international clientele of distinguished athletes. The family-owned business proudly made the running shoes worn in the 1924 Summer Games by the athletes celebrated in the film "Chariots of Fire".

now the company is better known as Reebok.

G-CPTN
27th Sep 2006, 16:24
Brendan the lad did well too . . .

The Hustler
27th Sep 2006, 16:56
Dave Prowse, actor who appeared in Clockwork Orange and was the Green Cross Code man - came from Bristol, and went to the same school as my mum - he was there a bit before her though.

Oh yeah - he was also the proper Darth Vader :E

Really nice guy - tons of anecdotes. If you've ever heard a broad Bristol accent, you'll understand why they got James Earl Jones to do the voice :hmm:.

Also from Bristol :- Johnny Ball, Lee Evans, Cary Grant, Damien Hirst, James May (from Top Gear), Cozy Powell (Black Sabbath drummer), Tony Robinson (Baldrick), JK Rowling . . .

Oh, Pan Pan Splash, Slash was from Stoke (not much better than Hull though - I've lived in both :bored: )

Foss
28th Sep 2006, 10:49
Willie John McBride is a famous rugby player who frequents my club and must be 250 years old. But when he's towering over you at the bar, even with a slight stoop, and a pipe in his mouth, you think, tackle him.... nah. He'll kill me.
If he ever needs a zimmer frame they're going to have to use scaffolding.
Fos

seacue
28th Sep 2006, 12:05
My county is really a city, since there are very few separately-incorporated areas in the county. Part is an upscale suburb of DC, full of "names", but they are from elsewhere.

Real, local people include the Marriott family. Their business started as a take-away in DC.

Another name is Roger Mudd, the newsman. His parents lived in the apartment one floor above my aunt when he was born. My aunt kept up with his family and after her death I once took my parents to visit his aged mother. I can only record meeting Roger once, but since I was about 8-yrs-old, I wasn't impressed by any future fame.

My last year of high school was spent at Montgomery Blair. Well-know people who went there (all much later) are

*Carl Bernstein, Watergate scandal journalist
*Kiran Chetry, journalist
*Connie Chung, television journalist
*Dominique Dawes, Olympic Gymnast
*Matt Drudge, journalist
*Stan Greenberg, pollster for Bill Clinton and others
*Goldie Hawn, actress
*Nora Roberts, romance novelist
*Ben Stein, actor, professor, game show host, Nixon speechwriter

Ontariotech
28th Sep 2006, 12:16
The Next James Bond....

Daniel Craig Chester-Cheshire


And of coarse, the Cheshire Cat. Though not from chester I believe, but from the county.

And Cheshire Cheese. Not a person, but still very famous.

Capt.KAOS
28th Sep 2006, 13:26
Arie van der Neut.

If you don't know him then that's your problem.

McAero
28th Sep 2006, 17:32
Ex world snooker champion John Higgins, ex AC Milan and Scotland footballer Joe Jordan, and the current home secretary John Reid (all within 5 minutes from my hometown in North Lanarkshire)......that grey area in the west of Scotland....there's more but I can't be bothered :cool:

AcroChik
28th Sep 2006, 18:04
J. Robert Oppenheimer ~ The Bomb.

Barry Manilow ~ He wrote the songs.

Lena Horn ~ That voice!

David Blaine ~ Pole sitter, box liver, bubble guy.

Curtis Jackson ~ Half a buck.

Viggo Mortensen ~ Friend of Hobbits.

James Cagney ~ Dancer, singer, tough guy.

ormus55
28th Sep 2006, 21:34
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat_Lofthouse

i went to the same school as nat lofthouse. albeit about 35 yrs later.

Noah Zark.
28th Sep 2006, 21:44
From Sheffield, UK
Too many to mention but...
ABC, Pulp, Moloko, Sean Bean, Living in a Box, Micheal Palin and err... :hmm:

...........err, well, just to mention a few then.
Marti Caine (R.I.P.)
Bobby Knutt.
Pete Stringfellow.
Naz. (Ex boxer, and convicted Dangerous driver.)
John & Sheila Sherwood. Ex Athletes.
Jilted John.
The Fortunes.
Paul Eaton (Beautiful South.)
Paul Carrack.
Roger Taylor. Ex- Tennis player.
Dave Berry.
Jarvis Cocker.
Human League.
Joe Cocker.
Arctic Monkeys.
Joe Elliot. (Def Leppard.)
Helen Sharman. (U.K.'s first Spaceperson.)
Tony Christie.
Jimmy Jewel & Ben Warris.
Richard Hawley.
"Snoozing" Fred Mulley. ("Politician" who famously nodded off sat beside H.M. The Queen at R.A.F. Review, Finningley.)
Mickey Adams. Footy Manager.
Neil Warnock. " "
Olive. (Songstress.)
Chloe Newsome. (Ex-Corrie actress.)
Tommy Craig. (Also ex-Corrie.)
Richard Caborne. (M.P.) :yuk: :yuk:
Roy Hattersley. " " " ".
Heaven 17.
Sharon Duce. (Fine actress.)

barit1
28th Sep 2006, 23:42
...
Lena Horn ~ That voice!

...

I swoon every time I hear her! :ooh:
(but her surname is Horne...)

con-pilot
28th Sep 2006, 23:56
Okay, small city, small state but;

Will Rogers

Wiley Post

Vince Gill

James Gardner

Garth Brooks

Thomas Stafford (Astronaut, my wife's second cousin.)

And of course,







Me! :p


(Well I really don't count, not born in Oklahoma, so never mind.)

widgeon
29th Sep 2006, 00:55
Marc Almond , soft cell.
Southport Lancs.

barry lloyd
29th Sep 2006, 12:17
I couldn't resist this one, and I'm surprised that no other Scouser has contributed to this, so here we go:
Went to school with - Paul Mc Cartney, George Harrison, Mike Mc Gear (Paul Mc Cartney's step-brother and ex Scaffold), Steve Norris (ex candidate for Lord Mayor of London), Peter Sissons (BBC newsreader), Bill Kenwright (West End impresario and Everton FC :yuk: chairman.
A few others off the top of my head...
John Lennon
Ringo Starr
Cilla Black (singer)
Gerry Marsden (singer)
Billy J Kramer (singer)
Arthur Askey (50-60s comedian, who also went to the same school - but much earlier than me!)
Ken Dodd (comedian)
Leonard Rossiter (actor)
Jean Boht (actor/ress)
Tom O'Connor (comedian)
Freddie Starr (comedian)
Cherie Blair (wife of PM)
William Gladstone (one-time PM)
Elvis Costello (singer)
Steven Gerrard (footballer/soccer player and captain of LFC :ok: )
George Melly (singer, author and raconteur)
Simon Rattle (conductor - of orchestras that is!)
Patricia Routledge (actor/ress)
Lily Savage/Paul O' Grady (actor and comedian)
Alexei Sayle (actor)
Anne Robinson - (You are the weakest link!)
Edwina Currie (author and one-time MP)
John Middleton, aka The Childe of Hale, (1578-1623), who grew to be 9' 3'' tall - yes, really. There's loads of stuff on the web about it,
and is buried in a churchyard near the airport.

"Liverpool is the pool of life." Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) - who came from Switzerland.

lexxity
29th Sep 2006, 12:21
Went to the same school as Lee Sharpe (ex Manchester United:ok: and now Football pundit.) Poor bloke was forever being called upon to open this or give away that.

AcroChik
29th Sep 2006, 12:26
"Enter ten random characters here."

Flip Flop Flyer
29th Sep 2006, 13:40
I'm thrilled to learn that I know next to bugger all about famous people! Either that, or some people interpret "famous" widely different!

Anyway, here are another two names which I'm sure will mean as much to you as the previous 100 or so did to me:

John Tranum
Oberst Koch

(at least they've got streets named after them in my hometown)

The SSK
29th Sep 2006, 13:51
Anyway, here are another two names which I'm sure will mean as much to you as the previous 100 or so did to me:
John Tranum
Oberst Koch
(at least they've got streets named after them in my hometown)
Now we're getting somewhere
Close to where I live, there's
Passage Stan Laurel
Passage Oliver Hardy
Passage Simone Signoret
Passage Yves Montand
Chemin Bourvil
Chemin Alfred Hitchcock
Chemin Luis Bunuel
Chemin Luigi Visconti
Chemin Francois Truffaut
Chemin Eric Von Stroheim
Clos Laurence Olivier
Rue Charlie Chaplin
Rue Audrey Hepburn
Rue Marlene Dietrich
Square James Dean
Clos Marylin Monroe
Clos Ingrid Bergman
Clos Tom et Jerry
I win.

BALIX
29th Sep 2006, 14:05
James Mason (Actor, deceased)

Harold Wilson (Prime minister, deceased)

Anita Lonsborough (Swimmer, not deceased)

Derek Ibbotson (Runner, may or may not be deceased)

Roy Castle (Record Breakers legend, deceased)

Wilfred Rhodes (Cricketer, long time deceased)

George Hirst (Cricketer, long time deceased)

Lawrence Batley (Founder of Cash and Carry, deceased)

Lord Hanson (Rich bloke, and one time fiance of Audry Hepburn, deceased)

Gorden Kaye (Rene in Allo Allo, not deceased but almost was in 1990)

Zoe Lucker (Some bint in Footballers Wives, not deceased)

Simon Armitage (Poet, not deceased)

David Brown (Tractor manufactorer, deceased)

Nina Hossain (Newsreader, not deceased)

Andy Booth (Footballing legend in Huddersfield, not deceased)

By the way, I got most of these without looking at Wikipedia...

Cheerio
29th Sep 2006, 14:12
Arie van der Neut.

If you don't know him then that's your problem.

I think I've seen it written on the nose of a KLM 737, but I might be wrong ;) - anyway scribing names on aircraft is a good idea, you learn all sorts of interesting stuff - I'd never have known who 'Annie Romein' was for example.

Anyway heres an Annie from mine:

Annie Lennox

TBirdFrank
29th Sep 2006, 19:06
Wot - shagger Norris a Scouser - no wonder he was a used car salesman!

It wasn't my company's crap maintenance it was - errr - sabotage your honour - and he wants to be Lord Mayor?? - God save us from politicians

Noah Zark.
29th Sep 2006, 19:56
I couldn't resist this one, and I'm surprised that no other Scouser has contributed to this, so here we go:
Went to school with - Paul Mc Cartney, George Harrison, Mike Mc Gear (Paul Mc Cartney's step-brother and ex Scaffold), Steve Norris (ex candidate for Lord Mayor of London), Peter Sissons (BBC newsreader), Bill Kenwright (West End impresario and Everton FC :yuk: chairman.
A few others off the top of my head...
John Lennon
Ringo Starr
Cilla Black (singer)
Gerry Marsden (singer)
Billy J Kramer (singer)
Arthur Askey (50-60s comedian, who also went to the same school - but much earlier than me!)
Ken Dodd (comedian)
Leonard Rossiter (actor)
Jean Boht (actor/ress)
Tom O'Connor (comedian)
Freddie Starr (comedian)
Cherie Blair (wife of PM)
William Gladstone (one-time PM)
Elvis Costello (singer)
Steven Gerrard (footballer/soccer player and captain of LFC :ok: )
George Melly (singer, author and raconteur)
Simon Rattle (conductor - of orchestras that is!)
Patricia Routledge (actor/ress)
Lily Savage/Paul O' Grady (actor and comedian)
Alexei Sayle (actor)
Anne Robinson - (You are the weakest link!)
Edwina Currie (author and one-time MP)
John Middleton, aka The Childe of Hale, (1578-1623), who grew to be 9' 3'' tall - yes, really. There's loads of stuff on the web about it,
and is buried in a churchyard near the airport.
"Liverpool is the pool of life." Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) - who came from Switzerland.

Baz,
Not wishing to rain on your parade, but I think you'll find Elvis Costello was in fact born in Paddington, London.

barry lloyd
30th Sep 2006, 11:19
Noah,
Yeah, you're right, and the book from what I was quoting was obviously wrong!
Can I replace him with Jimmy Tarbuck - a comedian (allegedly)?;)

Noah Zark.
30th Sep 2006, 16:25
Baz,
Well o.k., but only if you keep in the "allegedly" ! :ok:

G-CPTN
30th Sep 2006, 16:29
I heard that Jimmy Tarbuck's registration COM1C now belongs to Rowan Atkinson. Is that an admission on Tarbuck's behalf?

E-Girl
1st Oct 2006, 06:21
As for me, I can't add any more to Dirty Pierre's list for Brisbane except more cricketers and the greatest rugby league player ever to pull on a boot. I think somebody from Brisbane wrote a book once. Oh, and there was Savage Garden.....:uhoh:

Don't forget the Bee Gees (singers),
Sugar Ray Robinson (boxer),
Scott Miller (television vet)
...:=

Loose rivets
1st Oct 2006, 07:01
Originally Posted by barry lloyd View Post
I couldn't resist this one, and I'm surprised that no other Scouser has contributed to this, so here we go:
Went to school with - Paul Mc Cartney, George Harrison, Mike Mc Gear (Paul Mc Cartney's step-brother and ex Scaffold), Steve Norris (ex candidate for Lord Mayor of London), Peter Sissons (BBC newsreader), Bill Kenwright (West End impresario and Everton FC chairman.
A few others off the top of my head...
John Lennon
Ringo Starr
Cilla Black (singer)
Gerry Marsden (singer)
Billy J Kramer (singer)
Arthur Askey (50-60s comedian, who also went to the same school - but much earlier than me!)
Ken Dodd (comedian)
Leonard Rossiter (actor)
Jean Boht (actor/ress)
Tom O'Connor (comedian)
Freddie Starr (comedian)
Cherie Blair (wife of PM)
William Gladstone (one-time PM)
Elvis Costello (singer)
Steven Gerrard (footballer/soccer player and captain of LFC )
George Melly (singer, author and raconteur)
Simon Rattle (conductor - of orchestras that is!)
Patricia Routledge (actor/ress)
Lily Savage/Paul O' Grady (actor and comedian)
Alexei Sayle (actor)
Anne Robinson - (You are the weakest link!)
Edwina Currie (author and one-time MP)
John Middleton, aka The Childe of Hale, (1578-1623), who grew to be 9' 3'' tall - yes, really. There's loads of stuff on the web about it,
and is buried in a churchyard near the airport.
"Liverpool is the pool of life." Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) - who came from Switzerland.

Flippin' 'ek. Livin' there must have a strange effect on people.:}

Parapunter
27th Apr 2008, 21:32
Basildon. Russell Brand is from Grays. Never was a town better named.

JB007
27th Apr 2008, 21:44
Anyone done Leeds yet?!


Mel B (Spice Girls)
Vic Reeves
Malcolm McDowell
Chris Moyles
Peter O'Toole
Jeremy Paxman
Jimmy Saville
Ernie Wise
Patrick Stewart
John Craven

rab-k
27th Apr 2008, 23:38
Only one (I know of) from my home patch:

Dougal Haston (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dougal_Haston)

Cron
28th Apr 2008, 00:10
Robert Plant - Halesowen, West Midlands, UK.

Never met him, but got two mates who lived in the same street.

Cron.

barry lloyd
28th Apr 2008, 00:25
Well to be sure oi tink de good people of Connemara might take issue witcha about Peter O'Toole - but I'll give ya' t'others.
Anyway, since Liverpool is so reviled by Prooners, (especially those who live in the south:E), here are some more famous Scousers to add to the list:-

Even in Prooneland, there must be one of these who appeals to the readership:rolleyes: - OK - maybe not - it is Liverpool we're talking about after all - I mean if Mother Teresa had been born in Liverpool, people would probably say "Well she moved to Calcutta, didn't she?"

Kenny Everett (DJ)
Billy Fury (Singer)
Rex Harrison (Actor)
Frank Hornby (Model railways & Meccano)
Carla Lane (Television writer)
Lynda la Plante (Screenwriter & actress)
Jimmy Mc Govern (Television writer - remember 'Cracker'?)
Nicholas Monsarrat (Author)
Derek Nimmo (Actor)
John Parrott (World Championship snooker player)
Phil Redmond (Producer of Hollyoaks, Grange Hill and of course, Brookside)
Willy Russell (Playwright- Shirley Valentine, Educating Rita, Blood Brothers)
Alexei Sayle (Comic)
Freddie Starr (peviously mentioned, but not as the owner of a Grand National winner - Minnehoma - 1994) {One for the pub quiz!}
Ricky Tomlinson (The Royle Family)

and there are more, burra I wouldn't wanna to bore yiz like...

Lon More
28th Apr 2008, 02:32
From my birthplace, Andrew Carnegie.

Sat next to Sir Alec Jeffries at Lootin Grammar School.ian Thompson was in the same year and David Renwick was a year behind.

howard2107
28th Apr 2008, 03:48
Yorkshire Ripper........murdered lots of women in 70`s.
Black Panther.............murdered a few post office people and killed Lesley Whittle in a drain also in the 70`s
Joe Johnson 1986 snooker world champion.
The M606 quickest route out of the place.

Nice place Bradford...not

ampan
28th Apr 2008, 05:03
What about those cities where no-one famous was born? I think that the topic should be expanded to include famous visitors.

LBJ came to Auckland, as have the Queen, Lady Di, and Prince William - plus all the Beatles.

Atlas Shrugged
28th Apr 2008, 06:48
There was only 123 people in my hometown, including the 82 abo's in the jail (Ivanhoe NSW AUS).........no one famous apart from me mate Macca who moved to Menindee in '78. :rolleyes:

ford cortina
28th Apr 2008, 09:51
Well.... as sombody has aleady done scouser's... My wifes home town is Accrington, as in Accrington Stanley who are they?
So:

Jon Anderson, Yes and Jon and Vangellis

barry lloyd
28th Apr 2008, 11:21
My wifes home town is Accrington, as in Accrington Stanley who are they?


Nowt wrong wi' Accrington - lived near there for three years. Also birthplace of David Lloyd (cricketer) and Mystic Meg:eek:

Oneil
28th Apr 2008, 12:15
Whitehaven- Cumbria.

Does the man who got fined for over filling his bins count?

parabellum
28th Apr 2008, 12:17
Portsmouth 3 - Accrington Stanley 3. Final score of an FA cup tie early 1959, last game I saw before joining the Army.

tony draper
28th Apr 2008, 12:33
The man who invented the Electric Light Bulb the man who invented the Steam Turbine and the man who invented the Railways.
Keep yer feckin pop stars although saying that, we did produce Hank Marvin and Mark Knopfler.
:rolleyes:

27mm
28th Apr 2008, 12:33
Walton-on-Thames - Julie Andrews - sorry folks.

barry lloyd
28th Apr 2008, 13:53
The man who invented the Electric Light Bulb the man who invented the Steam Turbine and the man who invented the Railways.
Keep yer feckin pop stars although saying that, we did produce Hank Marvin and Mark Knopfler.


And Eric Burdon, whose rendition of 'House of the Rising Sun' still sends shivers down my spine.

egbgstudent
28th Apr 2008, 14:45
Ah Bo!!ocks I am not getting into this thread.
I am from Leicester...
Home of Joseph Merrick....

The Elephant Man!!!

MMEMatty
28th Apr 2008, 20:44
Pat Barker, Author and Richard Griffiths, off the telly was born in my home town.

I went to the same college as Bob Mortimer (but not at the same time) and the same university as Harold Shipman.

SkyToddler
28th Apr 2008, 22:32
The one and only...

http://www.broadcastfreelancer.com/broadcast/repository/127844

And another familiar face

http://www.coogans-run.co.uk/img/news/ruthjones_175x125.jpg

Outremer
28th Apr 2008, 22:53
Pudsey, Yorkshire

Sir Leonard Hutton
Herbert Sutcliffe
Matthew Hoggard

Anybody else's village come close to three world class cricketers?

(Pudsey St Lawrence do a cracking pint of Tetleys though I'm a Pudsey Congs man).

JB007
28th Apr 2008, 23:02
Outremer,

You missed off Pudsey The Bear...!

Outremer
28th Apr 2008, 23:10
Good point JB007.

My brothers and I have tried to set up a "children in need" event where we tie Pudsey Bear to a stake and burn him.

Our overture wasn't well received by BBC Leeds.

ihoharv
29th Apr 2008, 02:44
doyenne of, ahem, 70's "art movies" IIRC. Clears [deep] throat...

She wasn't born in my hometown but went to my secondary school - father was a vicar (I sh*t you not) in a local village.

merlinxx
29th Apr 2008, 03:13
Born Llwydcoed 02/06/1912. Concorde development team and RAeS Gold Medal holder.

fernytickles
29th Apr 2008, 03:54
Up until the beginning of Primary 3 (when he & his family moved away :( ) my best friend in the whole wide world, Mark Pasteur, lived at Auchendarroch house and I used to play there often. I didn't learn about the Barnwell Brothers connection until relatively recently.

Those 'Magificent Men', the Barnwell Brothers - aviation pioneers

Richard H. Barnwell, managing director of Fairfields, the Govan shipbuilders, lived at Auchendarroch around the beginning of the century. However, it is not Mr Barnwell's association with the sea which is significant, but his sons' preoccupation with aviation which links Balfron with those "magnificent men", the early pioneers of flight.

It is hard to envisage, as we picture the horse and cart turning in the cobbled Buchanan Street of the 1900s, the sight of the experimental gliders and engine-powered aircraft struggling into the sky to the south of the village as young Harold and Frank Barnwell began their life-long love affair with "flying machines" in the grounds of the Elcho House, their family home until 1905.

In a subsequent trip to America, they met the famous Wright brothers and when the Barnwells returned to their new home in Bridge of Allan, their innovative work began in earnest. Having encountered trouble with their initial monoplane design, they opted for the concept of a biplane and on 27th July 1909 Harold flew a prototype powered by a Humber car engine. It travelled 80 yards before nose-diving into a field when Harold over-compensated on the joystick. At this stage, of course, the aviation "trailblazers" were not only learning to design aircraft but also to pilot their designs.

Two years later, a monoplane piloted by Frank reached a height of 50 feet and flew for 600 yards before incurring a similar nose-over landing.

Harold joined Vickers, the centre of aircraft design in Britain, and, in 1912, became chief instructor and test pilot. He helped to design the FB5 "Gun Bus", mainstay of the Royal Flying Corps in the first year of the First World War, and the "Barnwell Bullet" which saw service in Macedonia and Palestine, as well as on the Western Front.

He grew increasingly impatient with the "powers that be" and, after an illness, while test* flying the "Vampire" FB26, which he had helped to design, a newspaper of the time reported that "the aircraft dived into the ground killing him instantly". He was 38 years of age.

When Harold had gone to Vickers, Frank enlisted his services with the British Colonial Aircraft Company at Bristol. While working as a draughtsman, he designed a small biplane in a "penny exercise book" in 1913. This Bristol Scout "D" became known as the "Bristol Bullet" and was considered to be the best single-seater fighter of the Great War.

Frank, too, ran foul of bureaucracy. In his case it was Whitehall's bias against monoplanes, but he overcame this by designing the "Bristol Fighter" in 1915. Its clear superiority to its competitors won over the "desk-pilots" and proved extremely popular with the crews who flew these "Biffs" or "Brisfits".

Between the wars Frank continued to produce a variety of successful designs including the Bristol Blenheim which was to play such a vital role in the early years of World War II.

Unfortunately, Frank was not to see the result of his efforts as, on 2nd August 1938, at the age of 57, he crashed and died in his own monoplane. The sad postscript to this story is that Frank's three sons were also killed in the war: two of them while flying Bristol Blenheims.

Tragic though their story appears, the "Intrepid Barnwells" had staked Balfron's claim in the field of aviation.

http://www.balfronheritage.org.uk/history

ampan
29th Apr 2008, 04:06
Thanks for this information, fernytickles. Very interesting. The "Barnwell Brothers".

A question for the American aviation buffs: What is the origin of the phrase "barnstorming"?

BlueWolf
29th Apr 2008, 04:39
What is the origin of the phrase "barnstorming"?

One thinks it originated from returned WW1 combat pilots turned cropdusters, who invented the art of flying through barns, when the doors of said edifices had been opened at (hopefully) both ends.

Why they did it, I don't know; probably for kicks, because the barns were there. Must be similar to flying under bridges.

Mad bastards.

ampan
29th Apr 2008, 05:10
I saw some film with Robert Redford innit years ago where he flies through a barn and comes out the other side spitting out bits of hay. But to actually do that would be almost certain death.

So my new theory is that the phrase "barnstorming" originated from the exploits of the Barnwell Brothers of Balfron.