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Coats For Geordies Winter Appeal 2016

geordiegirlsnowBefore the 2016/2017 winter snow arrives with a vengeance we would like to remind all you Geordie Lads “n” Lasses of the need to protect yourselves from the extreme weather conditions despite ye warm blooded genes.

In the following youtube video Chris Connely makes an appeal for members of the public to donate to the Coats For Geordies Appeal.

 

Thank you for listening 😀

 

Please note: this is a nicely done and humorous Geordie parody and “of course” no such appeal exists 😛 –  however, coats and jackets can be donated to the numerous charity shops on nearly every High Street throughout Geordieland (and of course in nearby Darlington).

 

Let’s All Have A Merry Geordie Christmas

A couple of Geordie lasses have “Geordiefied” a few Christmas favourites to help us all get into the Christmas spirit 😛

“Let’s All Have a Merry Geordie Christmas”

Please follow the May Arcade link to purchase the various songs.

 

Get Rachel Home

Taking The Piss

pisspotIt’s a well known fact that coal and beer used to be Newcastle Upon Tyne’s biggest exports, however what is not so well known is that another huge export was “Urine”.

Some reports even suggest it was the biggest of them all at one time.

Urine, which was collected from public urinals or barrels in the city, was used for a variety of things at different times throughout the city’s history –  including, ballast in ships, a stripping agent to turn wool into wearable clothes and most importantly in the countries tanneries, where it was used to remove hair and guts from the hides of animals.

Naturally many sailors who worked on the ships that collected and delivered the Urine, weren’t too keen on others knowing the cargo they carried, because If you worked on one of those ships, it wasn’t seen a  good job.

In the Taverns of Newcastle Quayside sailors would meet and ask “what you carrying on your ship?’,  and many would usually make something up, that sounded more exotic.

Wiser sailors who suspected they were telling lies would say, “no, you’re taking the piss aren’t you”? which went on to become a common phrase, still jokingly used in the same humorous sense by many Geordies throughout, Tyneside, Northumberland & Durham.

Other common phrases that come from those times included

 

  1. “Piss poor” : Families so hard up they used to collect their urine in a pot, which once a day was taken & sold to the tanneries.
  2. “Dont have a pot to piss in: Seen as the lowest of the low, because they could not even afford a pot to store the urine in.

The Horrid Story Of William Jobling

Gaslight Pub Marker

On an innocuous corner just east of the Jarrow side of the Tyne pedestrian tunnel you will find a small stone monument that marks where the Gaslight public house formerly stood.

The Gaslight, formerly known also as the Commercial was once one of the oldest pubs in Jarrow and legend has it, where the body of William Jobling, one of the last men to be horribly hung and gibbeted in England, was brought to soon after he died.

His battered and disfigured body was then quickly buried in a secret grave by his family who wanted to prevent the authorities putting his bloodied corpse back in the cage.

 

The trial and sentence unfortunately took place during a miners strike that was being ruthlessly dealt with by the authorities of the time and striking miners were being thrown out of their homes by troops and so called special constables.

Willam Jobling had approached the the Magistrate and begged for money, but his request was ignored and Jobling’s companion at the time, suddenly attacked the Magistrate with a stick and a stone before running off.

Instead of stopping to aid the Magistrate, Jobling, who naturally feared getting the blame for the attack also ran off, but was captured by police on a South shields beach a few hours later.

Finding Jobling guilty of the crime, the judge sitting at a court in South Shields stated that the public execution and gibbeting of Jobling should serve as an example to others of “his like”.

Although Jobling was not the actual killer, his gruesome fate was sealed because he was present at the time of the attack ( guilt by association ), while Ralph Armstrong was never put on trial for killing the town Magistrate.

Not far from this former public house is Jarrow Slake ( jarrow’s lake), near Tyne Dock, where Jobling was hung and gibbeted in 1832, for his part in the death of the local Magistrate Nicholas Fairless, after (in Joblings version of events) the sudden unplanned attack by the actual perpetrator, Ralph Armstrong.

Entrance to Jarrow Slake In The Port Of Tyne, Jarrow

Entrance to Jarrow Slake In The Port Of Tyne, Jarrow

It has been said by Jarrow and South Shields locals that Jobbing’s ghost is still walking around the area of “Jarrow Slake” protesting his innocence to any person or persons who may deem themselves  brave enough to stop and listen.

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