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I live in Macclesfield
It's where Ian Curtis was from
That is all.
Ray Wilson (world cup winner) and John Hurt (brilliant actor), and a couple more.
only two miles away from the village of peasant poet John Clare!!!!!!!
Lowestoft: Benjamin Britten, Sir Samuel Morton Peto, The Darkness, Tim Westwood, Lil Chris
He works in Poundland now, fwiw
there's a school in the village, it has a massive catchment area. amanda holden went to the school. i did too.
Swallow is a detective who tackles vandalism. Bit of a maverick, not afraid to break the law if he thinks it’s necessary. He’s not a criminal, but he will, perhaps, travel 80mph on the motorway if, for example, he wants to get somewhere quickly
Lady Mary from Downton Abbey is from there.
InMe were from Hornchurch or Upminster I think. AND Frankie and Rochelle from S Club Juniors/The Saturdays were from up the road (Harold Wood)
AND [totp music]....the death of Graham Hill.
[makes divvy face]
He famously hated it.
The Automatic (RIP) were in the year above me.
But Queen Victoria used to live here.
I DO NOT LIVE THERE ANYMORE.
Chalk. Kent. Cheers.
There's a bit of a ramble about how there used to be a grammar school there that got replaced with the comp in the 60s, or something, but then it quickly gets onto the more recent matters of being torched twice and having a stripogram perform there once since 2004 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arnold_Hill_Comprehensive_School
although I know that's bollocks because there was a guy a couple of years above me who was a professional Prince William lookalike.
that was like 2 minutes walk from my house / the school. We thought a mate's brother had done it, but apparently not.
Do you know anyone with the last name barrow? First name began with J?
Aye, I know him well.
(no, I don't think so)
My old high school has a Wikipedia page.
Bit dull though.
Lawrence Park Collegiate...
Canadian singer Neil Young was rumored to have been expelled from Lawrence Park for riding his motorcycle through the halls in an attempt to stir up excitement for the release of the film Kangaroo Jack, in which Young had a brief speaking part.
- Grew up in and went to high school in my town
- Bought his mum a farm down the road from me
- We buy eggs from her
- She's really nice
- My dad once went over for some eggs the day before Take That played in Manchester a couple of years ago and Gary was there chatting to his mum and regarding some ducks
- Went to my primary school
- His mum runs my local
- She is also very nice
- However one of the rooms in her pub is covered in softcore porn from the 1980s and its definitely hers because we asked her once
'regarding some ducks'.
I liked it a lot.
Formerly home to Dangermouse, Quentin Crisp, George Best and the Bee Gees.
Now just known for being crammed with mung bean eating, Guardian reading, courdoroy trouser wearing, liberal, lesbian cyclists with beards.
Where Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett in the original Star Wars trilogy), and Martin Johnson are from. I saw Johnno at Homebase a couple of months ago.
It is not where I grew up. That was in Bradford.
Kenneth Branagh (born somewhere else but grew up there)
David Lean, Jim Broadbent, Michael Foot & Laura Marling went to my school
Do you know people from there?
but I visited their library on Friday.
[Not embarrassing, looked like a lovely school TBH]
Yeah the grounds are beautiful, I loved it as a place to live but the actual schooling, not so much. If you looked out of the library window across the fields towards the astroturf, my "house" was the brownish one down at the far end.
every Friday morning we have "staff development" which sometimes includes visits to other libraries / relevant places. So yeah :D
Was trying to give you a demonstration of the famous Old Leightonian banter.
he's at least as famous as pieces_of_reece
maybe a nice quiz show. he could put all that energy he puts into creating threads into coming up with crazy new conceits.
His brother will hopefully turn out to be an even better footballer.
She has moved, obviously.
...he's not my nan :)
Hmmm think the Smee joke writing team need to put in a few hours on that one.
famous for being the second town in Roman Britain (although others try and fight us for it). No-one famous from there but we claimed Swindon celebrities Mark Lamarr, XTC and Melinda Messenger.
Now live in Crouch End in North London. Lots of minor celebrities live here, but the best thing is this apocryphal story about Bob Dylan: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crouch_End#Arts_scene_urban_legends
I grew up on the road where Gillian Taylforth was alleged to have sucked off her boyfriend in their Range Rover in 1994.
No blue plaque as yet, but will keep you posted.
my dad claims he is THE FIRST PERSON to have noticed that Kate Moss looks like Gillian Taylforth, and is very bitter that the tabloid newspapers 'got all the credit'.
she dropped an earring.
He suffered an attack of pancreatitis and she was massaging him.
(I'd have posted my reply earlier, but I had to check the spelling of pancreatitis)
although my mum does reckon she taught emma bunton ballet.
answer my email (you not Feargal)
home of Andy Park, aka Mr Christmas
Celebrity chef James Martin is too.
This serial killer was apprehended in Malton: http://www.murderuk.com/serial_barry_peter_pruden.html
That's about all.
Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' is inspired by the bells of my local church. He lived here once and his house is now a museum.
I think this is about it:
And it's coming home this year!
Also, Brian Wilde (Foggy from Last of the Summer Wine) used to live there. Before he died.
(such as Gazza and Ian Walker)
And Nigel Hawthorne and Chris Lowe (from the Pet Shop Boys) lived in Cold Christmas.
Me and a mate used to go on bike rides to Cold Christmas and would press the buzzer of the Hawthorne/Lowe house (gate at the end of a massive driveway) before cycling off and laughing like dicks.
Also, saw Ian Walker on the High Street once, coming out of 7Eleven. Think Gazza (and Cheryl) lived in Stanstead Abbots for a bit. Bianca went to Presdales.
as it used to be known.
like my ex-girlfriend. (Not a whore, to my knowledge)
Kim Wilde went their too.
my mate lived next door to jane mcdonald/her from gavin and stacy
a pub has just renamed itself the Free Charles Bronson Inn and is decorated with its art work
i saw Ian Huntley get moved there
it has something like the highest number of pubs/clubs in one square mile on the Westgate Strip or whatever that stat is
its a fucking shit hole
Also Alice Barlow, who was in Hollyoaks for two years up until last year.
Oliver Cromwell live here
Guy Pearce & Sir Clive Woodward were born here.
Hometown of Danny Boyle. He no longer lives there. Neither do I.
It is a shit town.
Famous people who were born on the Isle of Wight:
How could I forget?
How could you forget?
Especially as I kind of knew his son.
He was a bit odd.
David Icke regularly goes to the same pub as my parents. If you didn't know about him you wouldn't think he was that mental.
Some hills, some water and some Cher Lloyd
But I was born and lived for a while in Worcester, of Sauce, Elgar, civil war, King Charles hiding in a pub and flooded cricket fame.
Nick Faldo and Tom Lewis are both from there. Outside of golf, Mat Osman (bassist from Suede) and The Subways make up the music, and Glyn Maxwell covers the rest of the arts. Oh, and Alesha Dixon.
It worries me that more people may well have heard of S*M*A*S*H than Glyn Maxwell.
Anthony Hegerty (Anthony and the Johnsons)
Kate Mosse (author)
You're welcome, Britain.
And Declan Curry who used to be the business correspondent or something on BBC Breakfast and then presented Working Lunch. That's it. Really.
and Charles Dickens lived here for a bit.
patrick stewart (sort of - i refuse to count mirfield as a real place)
former olympic swimmer anita lonsborough
also cameron jerome, whose dad played sunday league and whose team, deighton, was so feared they were banned from ever having more than 2 of that team on the same team ever, after they started issuing threats of violence towards opponents and referees and then carrying them out
So enough, but specifically I live a 5 mile radius from where DH Lawrence and Lord Byron lived (not together...)
Mmmm Literary bonkbusters...
And according to Wikipedia the below, some I knew already, some I didn't know / care about.
David Bellos, professor/translator
James Bourne, singer/guitarist in Son of Dork and previously in Busted
Kevin Bowyer, concert organist
Gary Brooker, lead singer of Procol Harum
Dave Brown, comedian and actor, The Mighty Boosh
Dean Chalkley, photographer
Emma Chambers, actress
Jeannie Clark, former professional wrestling manager
Brian Cleeve, author and broadcaster
Jonathan Clements, author
Phil Cornwell, actor and impressionist
Snowboy aka Mark Cotgrove, DJ and Latin percussionist
Tina Cousins, singer
Gemma Craven, actress
Matthew Cutler, ballroom dancer
Danielle Dax, musician, actress and performance artist
Warwick Deeping, author
Sam Duckworth, musician, AKA Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.
Warren Ellis, comic book writer
Nathalie Emmanuel, actress, Hollyoaks
Lee Evans, comedian
Mark Foster, swimmer
John Fowles, author
Chris Gentry, guitarist of Menswear, music manager and ex-model
Benjamin Grosvenor, musician
Roy Hay, musician, Culture Club
Joshua Hayward, guitarist for The Horrors
John Heald, cruise director for Carnival Cruise Lines
John Hutton, politician
Daniel Jones, musician, producer and former member of Savage Garden
Phill Jupitus, comedian
Mickey Jupp, musician
Russell Kane, comedian
Dominic Littlewood, TV presenter, most notably To Buy or Not to Buy
John Lloyd, tennis player
Robert Lloyd, opera singer
Ron Martin (businessman), Southend United chairman, 1998–present
Lee Mead, musical theatre actor
Helen Mirren, actress
Tris Vonna Michell, artist
Dicky Moore, singer/songwriter, guitarist in Scritti Politti
Bob Parr (producer), multi Emmy Award-winning television producer
Annabel Port, broadcaster
Spencer Prior, footballer
Lara Pulver, actress
Rachel Riley, Countdown co-presenter
Joy Sarney, singer
Simon Schama, historian / TV presenter
Jake Shillingford, singer/songwriter, My Life Story
Keith Taylor, politician
Peter Taylor, football manager
Theoretical Girl, singer/songwriter
Kara Tointon, actress, EastEnders
Hannah Tointon, actress
Robin Trower, rock-blues guitarist
The last non-league team to knock a top flight team out of the FA Cup.
Any excuse to wheel that one out..
I know Handy Andy from Changing Rooms and Tommy from Ground Force both live there now. It's apparently the place where stars of 90's home-improvement shows go to die.
David Bowie also liked living there so much he pretended to be from another planet.
My friend met her in a club there (Tiger maybe?) pre-fame and said she was "quite nice".
Used to know her pretty well and think our families are still in touch. Genuinely forgot about that, I sort of blank it out now that she's really famous. It's a bit weird- she still seems nice though.
On a road called Frogge Street.
According to wikipedia the village church is undoubtedly one of the most important in East Anglia, on account of some 12th / 14th century wall paintings uncovered by fire.
Also there was the Ickleton Mandelbrot - a crop circle which I believe was the first one of that design.
I'm from where he's from. Ashton-under-Lyne. Somewhat coincidentally, there's actually an area of Ashton called Hurst Cross. I don't know if he's from there specifically, but it'd be REALLY exciting if he was.
Noel Edmunds lived here in the 80s, as did Peter Sissons. Daniella Westbrook has a big house nearby. Pocahontas died a few miles up the road...
gordon ramsey lived in the area for a bit. dermot gallagher (ex-premiership referee) still does.
gary glitter was born in banbury too, likewise ex-wigan manager chris hutchings and former northern ireland footballer kevin wilson.
ALL THE BIG NAMES
from Broughton castle in Banbury.
Home of the Witchfinder General
Margret Thatcher lived here when she worked at the plastics factory, across the river Stour, in Brantham.
Claude Greengrass out of Heartbeat.
Darling from Blackadder.
Tom from Editors.
Bronagh Gallagher - Actress/singer whose films include Pulp Fiction and The Commitments
Fergal Sharkey - Undertones
Nadine Coyle - :/
Belfast - Current City
a few more, but thats the most well known of them
David Sullivan, the guy behind the Daily Sport went to my school. They were initially embarrassed about being associated with him, but then they realised he had a hell of a lot of money. Think they refer to him as an "entrepreneur" now.
Also: Geri Halliwell. Vinnie Jones. Tim Lovejoy. Brian Conley's ma. Great town all round, really.
Dominic Howard - moved to Devon as a kid, as did I...
James Hickman (swimmer, yeah?)
Lee Dixon - just found out he also shares my birthday...
Will Mellor - who I once saw at Stockport train station with a can of paint, for real)
Dominic Monaghan - news to me, but awesome!
my favourite, James Leyland Kirby. not hugely famous, although his music scored 'Everything and Nothing' on BBC 4...
also, Rick Witter. :D
oh, and Paul Morley. Yes, 'He'.
A bunch of sportspeople (mainly footballers). Tex Perkins, singer with The Cruel Sea and Beasts of Bourboun. Australian Idol runner-up Jessica Mauboy.
Famously, DarwinDude is NOT from there. Not a dude either, I hear.
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Good work DiS
It was recently used as a film set for the filming of bits of Private Peaceful.
Also David Carr was born in Reddish, he is believed to be the first confirmed human case suffering from AIDS
Stated as the hometown of Basil Fawlty.
In real life, the destination of millions of GCSE geography students with clipboards.
We also had a hotel called the Queen Victoria which Queen Victoria was supposed to stay in but refused as it wasn't posh enough. Arrogance
Home to this English cricketer, whose name is inscribed on the verse on the Ashes urn.