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Title: Posts from the past - illustrations from the forum
Post by: johnjohn on August 24, 2018, 08:28:36 am
On the old Shoreham site I would occasionally post a visual comment.....it was suggested that any sketches found could be posted and see if anyone can remember what prompted them .......here goes!
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: Nelson on August 24, 2018, 06:45:00 pm
Lovely to see your sketches again - they bring back a few memories!

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Post by: johnjohn on August 29, 2018, 08:23:22 am
Thanks!.....yes, it does not seem long ago.....time seems to speed up as you get older !
The sketches referred to when free parking disappeared from Shoreham and the council introduced parking wardens.
The next referred to a rumour that was circulating........
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: Nelson on August 29, 2018, 05:18:47 pm
That one I do remember. We had a bit of banter over whether or not Shoreham's geology supported oil based deposits - low and behold bitumen (stromboli?) was found to have existed. (love the oil covered drillers!)
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: johnjohn on August 30, 2018, 08:19:30 am
Yes I remember saying that I had found Lignite washed up on Shoreham Beach from a source farther to the West...also a discussion on Church Rocks which I said was chalk !
Anyhow the next batch was before the World cup when Shoreham was awash with St George flags
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: Nelson on August 30, 2018, 10:41:08 am
Was it England's disastrous performance in the 2014 World Cup?
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: johnjohn on August 30, 2018, 07:50:18 pm
Was it England's disastrous performance in the 2014 World Cup?
Yes,...I think the goalkeeper fumbled and then dropped the ball !
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Post by: johnjohn on September 03, 2018, 07:59:20 pm
2009......The end of an era and the start of the rot.....
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Post by: Spinalman on September 07, 2018, 02:54:57 pm
Keep them coming JohnJohn!
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Post by: Nelson on September 07, 2018, 07:53:55 pm
Great stuff!
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Post by: johnjohn on September 07, 2018, 08:22:08 pm
Thanks for the encouragement........,there are a few more stored away but I hope that viewers of the cyborg/humanoid prototypes coming later do not question my sanity !
Next was a 'special' Saturday for Shoreham !
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: johnjohn on September 10, 2018, 07:55:22 am
Can't remember this one....was it the opening of the West Street Loft in Shoreham ?
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Post by: johnjohn on September 16, 2018, 07:22:34 pm
Some time back Gerry wrote about the Dog polution in his area,so I got the Cyborg/Humanoid design team active.
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Post by: Gerry White on September 17, 2018, 08:00:15 am
    Johnsy, thank you for your six legged poo shifting and disposal machine. Hope you took a patent out
    on it, O, just one thing to ask, are the brushes replaceable ? Enjoy your Cartoons, very much, we have
    a challenger to Giles methinks Best wishes  Gerry 
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: johnjohn on September 17, 2018, 08:00:19 pm
Yes,the brushes are replaceable,the one currently installed is now a bit short of bristles but we have a stock of best quality Kleenezy detritus mover Mk 1  for spares.
Regarding patents we will have to look into that before we go onto 'Dragons Den' we will also have to remove the Lincoln logo from the side as the contract is not yet finalised.
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: johnjohn on September 18, 2018, 08:32:18 am
The design team had a request for another machine for street cleaning,the commitee decided that yellow lines and the clutter of parking meters should be targeted by a nocturnal operated humanoid.
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: Nelson on September 19, 2018, 07:52:38 am
Gosh - they bring back memories. A few more and you could do a book!
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Post by: johnjohn on September 19, 2018, 08:30:01 am
Hello Nelson,
Yes,I seem to have a few more stored away 'though a few were lost when the last laptop blew up !
Do you remember when the new Footbridge was built ( misnamed a Ferry Bridge ) and there was a problem with broken glass panels.CCTV was fitted but the problem persisted and was blamed on vandalism.
Our design team got busy and produced a 24/7 patrol,unfortunatly it was later withdrawn as the algorithm could not distinguish between vandals and people stopping to admire the river view.
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: Gerry White on September 19, 2018, 01:47:47 pm
 Sorry to mislead you Johnsy, I meant the indefatigable dynamo brushes, fitted in best Carbon grips , spring release types.     Cheers Gerry.
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: johnjohn on September 19, 2018, 08:10:47 pm
Gerry we have no electrical brushes on our latest model, it is all AC....a battery is topped up by a solar panel ( mounted out of sight behind the 'container' with windscreen type wipers to keep it clean ) and this drives an inverter for the AC supply.We had thought about a small gas turbine driving a generator for power but this would rely too much on a regular input of doggy do fumes which we would not get in Shoreham.
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: johnjohn on September 21, 2018, 07:51:59 pm
Am not sure what prompted the design of this non anthropoid machine from our team.....it could have been to assist one of the forum members to navigate Steep Hill.
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: johnjohn on September 22, 2018, 08:11:55 am
Do you remember when we had a local police officer that was a regular poster on our forum ? Her name was Verity.
To do our part in assisting the reduction of the local crime wave ( cycling on the old footbridge and general underage drinking ) and to enable a more speedy response the design team got busy........
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: johnjohn on September 23, 2018, 07:52:49 pm
Do you remember that before the demise of the old forum we were plagued with all sorts of problems and a lot of man hours were put in to try and sort things out ?
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Post by: Gerry White on September 23, 2018, 10:01:46 pm
 John am completely gobsmacked ,  very well thought out and very funny indeed..still chuckling....Love the Potty locker..was that for me or Bobby. and the Chariot wheel knives a la Ben Hur .  Yes you clearly know Steep Hill in Lincoln ...some here call it Cardiac Hill. 
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: johnjohn on September 24, 2018, 07:43:36 pm
One of the old forum members got a parking fine when the ticket he had purchased got mislaid....he searched his car thoroughly !
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Post by: Gerry White on September 25, 2018, 05:40:13 am
Was it in the Glove Box , all along !
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Post by: Nelson on September 25, 2018, 07:27:57 am
Love the one about trying to access the forum johnjohn and the lost ticket reminds me of the joke about the learner driver who said his manouvering skills must be progressing well because someone had left a note of appreciation on his windscreen saying ‘Parking Fine!’ 
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: johnjohn on September 26, 2018, 08:16:22 am
Talking of parking fines,I had an incident on Worthing Seafront about a month ago when I came back to my car and found a Warden writing  a penalty ticket.I protested,then noticed that my payment receipt had fallen on the floor!.....warning,even on a hot Summers day don't leave the window cracked open.
On the subject of parking,remember when wardens and extra parking restricions were introduced in Shoreham ?
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: johnjohn on September 27, 2018, 08:08:39 am
I seem to remember that Shoreham had exceptionally large swarms of flying ants one summer and there was a discussion on the best way to remove or kill them....I did not like the ideas !
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: johnjohn on September 28, 2018, 08:06:59 am
And there was the time when the Icelandic Banks crashed and we wondered if our council had any deposits there
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: johnjohn on September 29, 2018, 08:12:59 am
Do you remember in early 2008 the Greek registered 'Ice Prince' had a problem with stability when her deck cargo of timber shifted and she eventually capsized and sank.....most of the cargo ended up on Worthing Beach but a lot ended up at Shoreham,much of it eagerly collected by D.I.Y ers .(correction it should have been 'flotsam' and not 'dunnage' in the sketch )
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: Nelson on September 29, 2018, 11:00:57 am
I remember that johnjohn and how guilty I felt trying to hide one of the planks under my coat ..... until I saw people taking van loads away!
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Post by: johnjohn on September 29, 2018, 08:19:18 pm
Did you use it for making furniture or Kindling ?
I don't know what the post mortem came up with on the cause of this event,but the national registry made me suspicious regarding the stability when she sailed....I remember that under the pressure of the owners some tankers were loaded with a 'hog' by loading the forward and after tanks to cause the bend then slowly load the middle so that the plimsoll ended up higher that it should have been...after sailing the cargo could be moved to return it to the real loaded level.....
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: johnjohn on September 30, 2018, 08:04:24 am
Some time ago on the old site a restaurant owner posted that they were going to do an international menu on certain days....the menu was entitled 'Quo Vadis'.I imagined what the fare could be like for certain countries.
Their project started around February the fourteenth
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: johnjohn on September 30, 2018, 08:33:01 am
This may have sparked a discussion on the lack of Shoreham takeaways ( At that time ! )
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Post by: johnjohn on October 01, 2018, 08:07:29 am
It was reported in the Argus last week that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were going to come to Sussex for a visit...on the way to Brighton, where they are expected to pop in to the Royal Pavilion, they could be passing through Shoreham.
To present a nicer view of our town we are covering up the local eyesores and moving any drunks or rough sleepers seen as was done at the time of the last Royal Visit.
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: johnjohn on October 01, 2018, 07:48:47 pm
Do you remember in early 2008 the Greek registered 'Ice Prince' had a problem with stability when her deck cargo of timber shifted and she eventually capsized and sank.....most of the cargo ended up on Worthing Beach but a lot ended up at Shoreham,much of it eagerly collected by D.I.Y ers .(correction it should have been 'flotsam' and not 'dunnage' in the sketch )

Have just unearthed a couple of snaps of the event,a Worthing 'Keep Off ' sign and some of the deposits on Shoreham Beach
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: johnjohn on October 02, 2018, 08:18:00 am
But Worthing got it worse !
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Post by: johnjohn on October 02, 2018, 08:25:02 am
There was a discussion among the site posters about the choice of their favourite GP......I think it must have been around late October !
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: johnjohn on October 03, 2018, 08:18:38 am
As Politics have been in the news for the past weeks,it reminded me of the time when the MP's expenses scandal broke and  was widely discused on the forum. Claims for Duck Houses and Toilet Rolls were mocked although the latter was debated as being an essential expense for some Politicians.
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: johnjohn on October 04, 2018, 08:24:25 am
Before the days of our Cyborg/Humanoid production facility, we encouraged ideas from DIY contributors. The attatched was a machine to convert dog energy into useable power. On the command 'Walkys', the animal would go to position and its interest maintained by either a coiled lead or a juicy bone.
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: johnjohn on October 05, 2018, 08:03:40 am
For rubbish disposal the council used to supply black plastic sacks and a blue plastic box for re cyclables...then it was decided that wheely bins would be provided,blue for recyclables and grey for the general landfill rubbish..... and for a small charge,a green one for garden refuse.
Comment was made on the forum about the disadvantages of the new scheme and the problems of vandalism and stability of them in high winds.
I thought that a new competitive sport might be started.
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Post by: Spinalman on October 05, 2018, 11:38:08 am
Hi JohnJohn,

Did you do a cartoon about the new "Ferry Bridge" that is not a ferry bridge?  I see the same old BS is spoken about it:  A spokesman from West Sussex County Council said: “Since it opened in 2014, Adur Ferry Bridge has provided significant benefits to the local community."       So the same benefit as the old bridge then?
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: johnjohn on October 05, 2018, 07:39:35 pm
Yes,I did not agree with the name of the new footbridge ' Ferry Bridge' is a bit of an oxymoron and it is just not a FerryBridge ! I did belly ache a bit with others on the site and as far as I am concerned it is just the new footbridge.
I did some cartoons about ways of crossing the river but as river crossings are too sensitive to joke about at the moment I will hold back for a while.
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: johnjohn on October 06, 2018, 08:21:28 am
After assisting Gerry solve the problem of local dog poo contamination.We decided to produce a modification that not only cleared up the streets but arrested owners that had been seen not clearing up their pooches deposits.....later release would depend on compulsory attendance to a Dog fouling awarenes course
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: johnjohn on October 07, 2018, 07:57:38 am
Do you remember when the Holmbush site was being planned,part of the deal was the building of a swimming pool...a lot of our posters were complaining about the size of it !
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: Nelson on October 07, 2018, 09:28:49 am
Hilarious!
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Post by: johnjohn on October 08, 2018, 08:21:20 am
Do you remember all the street closures in Shoreham for the Jubilee Street Parties ?
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Post by: johnjohn on October 09, 2018, 08:36:30 am
Remember when the Southern section of East Street was pedestrianised.....it took a long time and the adjacent traders werenot very happy
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Post by: johnjohn on October 10, 2018, 08:07:52 am
One of the times in the past when our local hospitals were under threat and the cuts were either going to fall with Chichester or Worthing/Southlands hospitals,a group was formed 'Keep Worthing and Southlands Hospitals' abveviated to 'KWASH.'
Many people displayed a KWASH poster in their car or home windows and many were involved in linking hands and encirling Worthing Hospital to get publicity. Naturally the supporters of Chichester Hospital were a bit miffed about this and a bit of rivalry and some bad feeling was generated.
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: johnjohn on October 11, 2018, 08:10:15 am
At the time of the MP's expenses and second homes scandal,the new Ropetackle Centre was having a few problems with its financing...so Johnjohn came up with a possible solution
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: johnjohn on October 12, 2018, 08:26:42 am
The Southwick Tunnel took a very long time to complete,seems to have far more doors in it than normal and is now frequently closed. It was mooted on the forum that it might be a secret underground missile base and the closures could be to change the watch......silly ?
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Post by: johnjohn on October 13, 2018, 08:06:34 am
One enterprising person started up 'Ghost Tours' around Shoreham and the forum discussed the places that spooks have been seen or reported. Johnjohn thought that the Ropetackle area might be eligible as it was built over the site of the historic 'Kings Head' Public House which had been demolished in an act of planning vandalism.
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: johnjohn on October 14, 2018, 08:12:18 am
Unfortunatly the crime of a cigarette behind the cycle sheds at school had escalated into more serious stuff ....... the local Police Force ( which we used to have in Shoreham ) decided on a druggie purge for a week
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: johnjohn on October 15, 2018, 08:06:17 am
Many of us walking West along the High Street at that time missed the lovely view of the Downs blocked by that hideous new building....I guess that we are now accustomed to seeing that wart on the landscape
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Post by: johnjohn on October 16, 2018, 07:56:07 am
A local artist paints a picture of a recent construction
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Post by: johnjohn on October 17, 2018, 08:13:49 am
I remember that a young Shoreham lad 'Gavin'? went to the 'States for some time and  returned some years later.....he posted on our site to say how much Shoreham had changed !
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: Nelson on October 17, 2018, 09:05:22 am
Talk about history repeating itself - during the 19th century an ex Shoreham man who emigrated to Australia returned for a visit and said exactly the same thing!
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: johnjohn on October 18, 2018, 08:11:20 am
Some time back there were several complaints from posters about the amounts of junk mail,leaflets and duplicate free newspapers delivered.
A suggestion of how to stop this was proposed,a bit OTT but effective.
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Post by: johnjohn on October 19, 2018, 08:05:19 am
It has been announced that there will be no Beach Green event and fireworks this year due to several reasons including lack of cash in the kitty.The shortage of funds was mentioned some time back on the forum and suggestions were made on how to 'raise the wind'
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: Nelson on October 19, 2018, 12:33:56 pm
Is it me getting older johnjohn or are the ladies in your cartoons beginning to look more attractive?
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Post by: johnjohn on October 19, 2018, 05:34:05 pm
Was not sureif I could post it these days ...it was done before the days of Facebook,Twitter and this #meto busness and " The past is a foreign country they do things different there"....us wrinklys have to be very careful ....people are so prickly !
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Post by: johnjohn on October 20, 2018, 08:02:47 am
The time when the 'Green Jacket' public house was bought by Mr Tesco caused quite a lot of protests from lots that lost their 'local' and many others,calls for a boycott and predictions of road chaos and dangers in the area opposite the school.
Title: Re: Posts from the past
Post by: johnjohn on October 21, 2018, 08:10:13 am
In the early days attendance at the Ropetackle centre was low causing financial problems,at an emergency meeting several ideas were mooted,one of them would be likely to cause other problems.............!
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Post by: johnjohn on October 22, 2018, 08:07:09 am
But later more exotic acts were to follow......!
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Post by: johnjohn on October 23, 2018, 08:03:19 am
One of the most regular posters had not been heard of from for some time and there was speculation as to what had happened...this was before the days of Facecrook.
Title: Re: Posts from the past - illustrations from the forum
Post by: johnjohn on October 24, 2018, 08:07:45 am
There was a lot of discussion about the new housing developments in Shoreham.....most of them critical.
Title: Re: Posts from the past - illustrations from the forum
Post by: johnjohn on October 25, 2018, 08:16:10 am
Just more moans about the housing developments in some parts of Shoreham.
Title: Re: Posts from the past - illustrations from the forum
Post by: johnjohn on October 26, 2018, 08:00:52 am
Can't remember what prompted this one as there were often comments about parking possibly when a free car park in West Street ? was built over.
Title: Re: Posts from the past - illustrations from the forum
Post by: johnjohn on October 27, 2018, 08:11:27 am
Continuing on the maritime theme this was prompted about a discussion on the safety aspects of swimming off Shoreham Beach with the ever increasing number of jet ski's buzzing about....this was before the demarcation buoys were installed.
Apologies to Southern Water about the depiction of effluent floating around.....this was a reminder of the old days when strange jelly fish and poo lumps were often seen floating offshore due to the location of the sewage outfall being at the end of Middle Pier operated at high tide.
Title: Re: Posts from the past - illustrations from the forum
Post by: johnjohn on October 28, 2018, 08:04:20 am
A local Artist posted on the site promoting a set of cards in a modern abstract style titled 'Beautiful Shoreham'.although the new footbridge was included another new construction was not......!
Title: Re: Posts from the past - illustrations from the forum
Post by: johnjohn on October 29, 2018, 08:14:54 am
I can't remember what prompted this one...it was done in response to a poster from Roger about some local 'Saint George'and medieval monster called Goram ?
Title: Re: Posts from the past - illustrations from the forum
Post by: Nelson on October 29, 2018, 05:07:49 pm
Blimey - I'd forgotten that one. It was something to do with Lancing's lost village of Pende I think and one of the dragons that haunted the place! What a shame we can no longer retrieve the old posts.
Title: Re: Posts from the past - illustrations from the forum
Post by: johnjohn on October 29, 2018, 09:02:54 pm
Yes..... I will always remember that Spinalman was kept very busy moderating the posts of one young lady in particular who was at University and tended to post late evenings while 'in her cups'.....and of course the times when I played 'Devils Advocate' to stir up a debate !
Title: Re: Posts from the past - illustrations from the forum
Post by: johnjohn on October 30, 2018, 08:20:28 am
Distant memories of the Tea Dances held at the old Shoreham Town Hall.............not really !
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Post by: johnjohn on October 31, 2018, 08:04:12 am
Many of us were puzzled to see lights in the sky after dark slowly rising and drifting then the cause was found out to be Chinese Lanterns which turned out to be a new craze......you hardly see them these days.
Title: Re: Posts from the past - illustrations from the forum
Post by: johnjohn on November 01, 2018, 07:59:12 am
Inspired by the works of Antony Gormly one of the posters suggested that a local artist made steel sculptures and sited them off Coronation Green !
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Post by: johnjohn on November 02, 2018, 08:03:00 am
One ex RN poster complained about the lack of pedestrian crossings as they were having trouble crossing the road during rush hours....the development team referred him to a method that already existed.
Title: Re: Posts from the past - illustrations from the forum
Post by: johnjohn on November 03, 2018, 08:24:19 am
The old Footbridge was very narrow and could get a bit conjested at peak times with the addition of cyclists,prams and mobility scooters.
Title: Re: Posts from the past - illustrations from the forum
Post by: johnjohn on November 04, 2018, 08:13:53 am
When the time came to replace the old footbridge the problem arose on how to transport the beach community to their homes from the main town. As usual the development team spung into action and produced a prototype 'Roboaquaticabus' which was sucessfully tested and a 30minute 24/7 service offer was tendered....unfortunatly the offer was not accepted and the beach residents had to endure a long uncomfortable bus ride.
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Post by: johnjohn on November 05, 2018, 07:53:37 am
Anyone wishing to avoid this journey could use the helicopter Taxi service based on Coronation Green. To offer a lower priced alternative and with the KIS principle in mind the development team decided to go back to basics and used a long tried and trusted technology.
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Post by: johnjohn on November 06, 2018, 08:10:59 am
This option was not used as the test runs showed that operator exhaustion severly affected the schedule
Title: Re: Posts from the past - illustrations from the forum
Post by: johnjohn on November 07, 2018, 08:02:28 am
Now that the air has finally cleared after all the firework and bonfire parties I was reminded about a poster that had been troubled by an upwind neighbour that liked to help global warming by frequent smelly bonfires !
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Post by: johnjohn on November 08, 2018, 08:09:21 am
Another poster was also getting upset about frequent noisy parties round their hot tub.We agreed to charter him a modified 'Robogannet' these were designed for use by Council Parks Departments to water and fertilize high up flower displays and hanging baskets.The Guano release mechanism was modified  from dispensing small measured amounts to one large dollop.
Title: Re: Posts from the past - illustrations from the forum
Post by: johnjohn on November 09, 2018, 07:59:12 am
Several posters were exchanging information on the areas of the river and beach at low tide where lugworm and other baits could be dug. I suggested that the small inlet on the South East end of the Toll Bridge was a good source of soft back river crabs
Title: Re: Posts from the past - illustrations from the forum
Post by: johnjohn on November 10, 2018, 08:12:27 am
A part of the estuary, near the Nolfok Bridge, which is an SSSI site, is often invaded by groups of Asian cockle collectors illegally removing bags of them ( my complains about this to the Police,Council,Environment Agency etc. fell on deaf ears !)  apart from cockles there could  be other things that one might find there ?
Title: Re: Posts from the past - illustrations from the forum
Post by: Nelson on November 10, 2018, 11:11:21 am
I'm on my way there as we speak johnjohn!
Seriously, it annoyed me too, particularly as thousands of wading birds depend on it during the winter. I thought it had been resolved - are they still picking there?
Title: Re: Posts from the past - illustrations from the forum
Post by: johnjohn on November 10, 2018, 07:42:14 pm
I have not seen them for some time and I think that the Police got involved to warn them off.I did at the time request that  notices were put up like on the opposite bank that warned that a penalty of £1000 could be incurrered for removing items from an SSSI site...perhaps they have done it now?
Title: Re: Posts from the past - illustrations from the forum
Post by: Nelson on November 10, 2018, 07:55:46 pm
I saw some new notices on the east side a while ago - half of it was a warning in English not to dig for shellfish, the other half was in an eastern script which I assume said the same thing but you never know!
Title: Re: Posts from the past - illustrations from the forum
Post by: johnjohn on November 11, 2018, 08:04:27 am
At last !....now the diggers have no excuse...I have not been in that area for some time now,however memories come back about the times that my Grandfather and I used to do the same thing during the war, our biggest haul was Winkles and Mussels very few cockles. There seemed to be few problems about polution,I cannot remember any thing about upset tummies only the delight of facing a plate of frehly boiled winkles with pin poised.
Title: Re: Posts from the past - illustrations from the forum
Post by: johnjohn on November 12, 2018, 08:07:32 am
On the subject of notices I am reminded of the time when after a complaint from yours truly to Verity about the illegible condition of the 'No cycling' notice in St Marys Churchyard it was replaced by a nice sparkling new one.
Title: Re: Posts from the past - illustrations from the forum
Post by: johnjohn on November 13, 2018, 08:25:07 am
Many posters bemoaning the fact that the last Butcher had gone from the High Street where now would they get their delicacies of pigs trotters Kidneys liver tripe and lumps of fresh suet.....it was roumoured that a new shop would be opening that also catered for the tastes of the multiculturaled residents of Shoreham.
Title: Re: Posts from the past - illustrations from the forum
Post by: johnjohn on November 13, 2018, 08:26:59 am
P.S.    Johnjohn is a 'Veggy' !
Title: Re: Posts from the past - illustrations from the forum
Post by: johnjohn on November 14, 2018, 08:10:00 am
Just a modification of one of the aerial robot family that was used to rescue Nelson from the roof of the Crown and Anchor
Title: Re: Posts from the past - illustrations from the forum
Post by: Nelson on November 14, 2018, 08:13:57 am
Very grateful for the rescue  johnjohn although I must say it scared me to death at the time!
Title: Re: Posts from the past - illustrations from the forum
Post by: johnjohn on November 15, 2018, 08:00:01 am
A boyfriend of one of our posters  entered into the World Beard and Moustache Competition held at Stuttgart annually in November....unfortunatly he did not win in any group as the Germans walked away with most of the  prizes....I wondered about the Health and Safety implications of a crowd of heavily bearded men.
Title: Re: Posts from the past - illustrations from the forum
Post by: johnjohn on November 16, 2018, 08:03:20 am
Unfortunatly there were a few problems with the annual Beer Festival that was held at the Red Lion. Many were woken by the noise of drunken revelers heading home a lots of broken glasses and bottles left lying around vandalism etc. In the forum it was suggested that future 'festivals' be held nearer the town....johnjohn suggested a more suitable venue......
Title: Re: Posts from the past - illustrations from the forum
Post by: johnjohn on November 17, 2018, 08:38:07 am
The subject of football cropped up when the Brighton team had a big match in the offing.I said that the local team should onlyhave local players and manager to truly be able to support a local team... it seemed to be that the teams that had the most money won the games as they could afford very expensive managers and super players from Azerbaijan !
Title: Re: Posts from the past - illustrations from the forum
Post by: johnjohn on November 18, 2018, 08:15:23 am
Many voiced anoyance about the amount of junk mail leaflets and cold callers that they were getting...I reminded them of the idiom about 'walking a mile in anothers shoes' as some of them to earn a crust have to call on some very unsavoury households.
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Post by: johnjohn on November 19, 2018, 08:28:32 am
This was the World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands played in South Africa 2010
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Post by: johnjohn on November 20, 2018, 08:14:05 am
A small quality pie company started up in Shoreham and since then has gone from strength to strength ( You can actually buy them in Tesco now !)
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Post by: johnjohn on November 21, 2018, 08:27:33 am
On the subject of pies ( The porky type ) election time was here and several posters were getting fed up with the proliferation of party political propaganda leaflets that were full of the politicians stock-in-trade ,lying by ommision
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Post by: johnjohn on November 22, 2018, 08:02:19 am
This was posted at the height of the Parliamentary expenses scandal, claims for second homes, duck homes and some exotic expenses...many MP's seemed to be tarred with the same brush !
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Post by: johnjohn on November 23, 2018, 08:26:10 am
On the cubist theme a portrait of the architects involved in the development of modern Shoreham
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Post by: johnjohn on November 24, 2018, 08:20:49 am
There was a discussion about why married men generally lived longer than single ones.....I suggested that excessive alcohol and nicotine consumption made possible by small housekeeping bills might be a factor !
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Post by: johnjohn on November 25, 2018, 08:12:01 am
When the Ballmys Garage site was due for re development we were wondering what monstrosity was to take its place?
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Post by: johnjohn on November 26, 2018, 08:08:55 am
There was talk of a Tower Block which would have afforded some lovely views of the River and Countryside.
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Post by: johnjohn on November 27, 2018, 08:26:18 am
Not sure if this had been posted before but one of the most successful humanoids was the 'General purpose and Towing robot'....the automatic valve project did not get beyond the drawing board stage.
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Post by: johnjohn on November 27, 2018, 08:28:28 am
Whoops!...not sure what happened there?
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Post by: johnjohn on November 28, 2018, 08:17:33 am
It was the time when several people that were having trouble selling their houses  decided to start a lottery for them as a first prize....I wondered if our council might do this ?
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Post by: johnjohn on November 29, 2018, 08:19:01 am
During one hot Summer there were discussions on how to keep cool and the cost of running var. air conditioning units ....it could also apply now after the Bank of Englands report on 'apres brexit' !
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Post by: johnjohn on November 30, 2018, 08:08:39 am
One of the posters that had a garden / landscape business had tools stolen from his van parked overnight, several solutions were offered.....!
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Post by: johnjohn on December 01, 2018, 08:20:50 am
Many had received information about local flooding from the Environment Agency with a plastic bag enclosed for holding documents with  the opportunity to request 'phoned flood warnings for ones locality. Seeing as I lived in an area that was 50metres above sea level with a once in 1000 year flood risk I declined the offer.
Shortly after the combination of spring tides SWly gales and a 'supermoon' caused a lot of flooding especially along the Brighton Road this was a subject that was discussed.
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Post by: johnjohn on December 02, 2018, 08:02:17 am
And it continued to rain...........
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Post by: johnjohn on December 03, 2018, 08:15:23 am
The team, some time back,decide to design a humanoid to be able to assist the Fire Brigade in their routine duties of rescuing pussy cats from trees and releasing young boys heads stuck in railings. Its duty was to patrol the streets and reduce the fire hazard of discarded smouldering cigarette ends. Since the introduction of 'Vap' units and the decline of smoking its secondary purpose of hosing down areas of dog fouling is now mostly utilised.
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Post by: johnjohn on December 04, 2018, 08:30:59 am
I think that this was prompted by an increase in the fuel tax that added cost to a pre Christmas 'booze cruise' over to France.
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Post by: johnjohn on December 05, 2018, 08:20:28 am
Many were expressing boredom about the side entertainments at the Airshow....the annual Home Guard routine was losing its appeal so suggestions were sought on how to liven it up a bit....I thought that a local celebrity could hire a Pegasus and do a few passes round the airfield,it could equal the exposure gained from a Saturday market.
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Post by: johnjohn on December 06, 2018, 08:16:06 am
Its less than three weeks now before the big day. The local Christmas Tree has been installed in the East Street pecinct ( sans lights !). and I thought that a few others may be considered  to cover up local eyesores during the festive season
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Post by: Nelson on December 07, 2018, 07:43:34 am
A happy Christmas to you johnjohn and to all on SBS - and thanks for your wonderful cartoons.
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Post by: johnjohn on December 07, 2018, 08:25:43 am
Reciprocations Nelson...and thanks to you and Spinalman for the work put in on the forum ( And the article in last weeks Herald )
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Post by: johnjohn on December 07, 2018, 08:33:09 am
Many having the Chinese,Indian and Pizza takeaways were nostalgic for the old, bland, British fare and wondered if an old fashioned English Restraunt/Takeaway could be opened ?
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Post by: johnjohn on December 08, 2018, 08:10:46 am
The Shoreham Christmas Tree lights are now installed and the frantic run up to the big day starts in ernest
.Looking ahead to Christmas eve I wonder how to spend it?

1.  Midnight Mass at St. Nicholas
2. A pre Christmas Bash
3. Or locked in the arms of Morpheus
 Decisions...Decisions !
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Post by: johnjohn on December 09, 2018, 08:14:28 am
I cannot remember what prompted this one...possibly when one of our posters was unfairly treated by the parking authority ?
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Post by: johnjohn on December 10, 2018, 08:26:16 am
The time had come for the Annual RSPB garden bird count...the bird feeders were charged the baths topped up and binnoculars and identification books at the ready......now for the hours wait hoping that the neighbours cat does not make an appearance
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Post by: johnjohn on December 11, 2018, 08:35:37 am
Many times motoring was discussed on the forum and I speculated what driving today would be like in my first car.
Hand straps to hold onto if you navigated a bend in the road at 40mph.
No heater or means of de icing the windscreen
No flashing indicator or stop or reversing lights
No electric starter
No seat belts ( note; the compulsory use of these when introduced was strongly oposed by the motoring organisations !)
And a 30mpg fuel consumption ( and almost as much engine oil ! )
How times have changed !
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Post by: johnjohn on December 12, 2018, 08:29:03 am
One poster reported seeing plastic bags of dog deposit discarded in the bushes alongside a popular country walk and remarked on the well intentioned but stupidity of this practice.....I commented on the voluminous deposits that some small dogs can leave !
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Post by: johnjohn on December 13, 2018, 08:08:52 am
At last the nice white paving slabs were  laid in the East Street precinct. Comments were made on the durability and choice of them....I suggested that a new road sign be installed.
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Post by: johnjohn on December 14, 2018, 08:02:18 am
It was suggested that posters had a social ' get together' in a local hostelry...I think it was around Burns Night ?

This is the last of the cartoons that I can find which were posted on the old forum over a matter of years
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Post by: Nelson on December 16, 2018, 04:21:16 pm
Enough for a book! Hope there will be more johnjohn, Shoreham is bound to have many more contentious issues occurring!
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Post by: johnjohn on December 20, 2018, 07:41:04 am
Brexit !!
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Post by: johnjohn on January 03, 2019, 07:09:06 pm
Have just uncovered the last of the ideas for Adur transits during the construction of the new Foot Bridge Sometimes referred to as the "Ferry Bridge "
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Post by: johnjohn on January 17, 2019, 07:45:25 pm
There were many members on the old forum and is was suggested that it would be good to meet up and put faces to nom de plumes......would the venue be large enough ?
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Post by: Nelson on January 18, 2019, 05:15:13 pm
You're right johnjohn, in fact a couple of the venues were the Crown and Anchor and the Lazy Toad (now Piston's Broke) in the High Street. Sadly there are one or two who have passed on - Carol Benati (I think her surname was) was one, an ex Shoreham resident in Italy. You and I are still around (just), Paul Osborne of course and so is dear old Chris Dowling was but it would be nice to know if any others are with this current group.
Our new website continues to do extremely well with the number of visitors and visits but unfortunately our forum is not what it was so for me your recent contributions are are all the more welcome!
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Post by: johnjohn on January 24, 2019, 08:01:30 pm
In the past we had a go at drilling for oil which unfortunatly proved unsuccessful. However encouraged by the Cuadrilla results at Broadford Bridge it was decided to convert our drilling plant to Fracking against the wishes of Shoreham residents.
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Post by: johnjohn on January 26, 2019, 08:47:32 am
Some time back there was a World Oceans Day environmental exhibition on Coronation Green. One of the stalls there was about the threat of 'Peak Oil time' and how we should do what we could to conserve power and look for alternative sources.....I started to wonder...!
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Post by: johnjohn on February 19, 2019, 08:34:26 am
Our devlopment team had been contracted to produce a multi purpose humanoid. After two years of contradictory ammendments to the specifications and requests to make the impossible possible. a prototype was built,the designer took early retirement and the plans were filed under the title of "Brexit"
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Post by: johnjohn on March 07, 2019, 07:47:26 pm
Only another nineteen days to go.......we live in interesting times !
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Post by: johnjohn on May 13, 2019, 08:46:20 am
Another one I have unearthed....Do you remember when there was a discussion about the proposal to build a Motel on the South side of the High Street and the problem of car parking was raised....johnjohn had a solution !
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Post by: johnjohn on May 26, 2019, 08:55:44 pm
These past two weeks have seen a lot of activity in Connaught Avenue.The gas supply metal pipework has been made redundant and used as conduit  by inserting smaller gauge yellow plastic tubing through it.
This has involved digging lots of holes in the road mostly one for each pair of houses,the loose earth is sucked out via a very large vacuum tube and then followed by a mobile dispenser of yellow tubing.
To speed up the operation and reduce the amount of plant required our development team has produced a prototype for evaluation
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Post by: johnjohn on June 28, 2019, 10:42:17 am
Had a leaflet from the council yesterday about the stopping of weekly household rubbish collections....I am still trying to work out how this helps us to meet the national recycling target ?
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Post by: johnjohn on July 23, 2019, 07:35:05 pm
Another note from the council that was hooked onto the wheely bin handle informed us that 'to protect the environment' 'reduce waste' and' recycle more' household waste rubbish, would not be collected weekly. I guess that on alternate weeks it will mean joining the queue of cars outside the tip on the A259 or non car owners taking to the bus holding a smelly cargo.
To avert thse johnjohn has suggested that the council provide a local legal fly tipping site to avoid desperate DIY ers from sourcing their own !
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Post by: johnjohn on October 09, 2019, 09:40:50 am
As the annual 5th of November bonfire celebrations has been stopped together with the weekly household waste collection it was mooted that combustable household waste could be collected at the recreation ground to provide the annual spectacle... some crusty Extinction Rebellion eco warriors protested but were over ruled ....whats a little more dioxin and furan in Shoreham's atmosphere when compared to the savings generated by a weekly rubbish collection ?