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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ryhoper1, Oct 24, 2019.

  1. rxodium

    Perma Banned

    Joined: Sep 26, 2019

    Posts: 494

    A lot of characters seem to be Elvis fans as we have one in our town too, Billy Elvis. No idea what his real name is.
  2. Minstadave


    Joined: Jan 8, 2004

    Posts: 26,128

    Location: Rutland

    There was a guy in the university library that used to wear a suit that had been shredded. The university is pretty safe place to be bonkers.

    Remember bike man well :)
  3. LEK-89

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 11, 2008

    Posts: 2,197

    Location: Leicester

    We used to have a random guy who became known as "Palph" around the Wigston / Glen Parva side of Leicester that you could guarantee you would spot literally everywhere around these parts any time of the day, he just seemed to be always walking everywhere everyday, complete with either shopping bags full to the brim or carrying an empty wheelbarrow... I used to spot him without fail several times a week when going to / from work.

    He gained the name Palph as he used to always wear the same clothes, in particular a distinctive Ralph Lauren shirt that was so old, part of the "R" was worn away. Not much more was known about him but he soon became more popular after he went viral with thanks to his old Facebook group. A few people did go to the extent have taking random selfies with him a few years ago and he was reported as just being an ordinary guy, albeit it quiet.

    Since moving away from the area and even driving through since I've yet to spot him and other people confirm he's just no where to be seen anymore.

    Last edited: Oct 26, 2019
  4. Yadda


    Joined: Nov 19, 2009

    Posts: 3,766

    Location: Baa

    There was an old man from Sunderland,
    Stood outside Annabel's in a cumberband...
  5. RxR

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 16, 2019

    Posts: 1,753

    ...And his songs flew the gale
    Tho his cider was pale
    From the wine glass he held in his hand
  6. Yadda


    Joined: Nov 19, 2009

    Posts: 3,766

    Location: Baa

  7. Chojin

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 21, 2004

    Posts: 2,313

    I've seen the guy on the bike a few times.

    Also the guy in Cambridge who plays guitar sitting inside a public waste bin.
  8. Illuminist


    Joined: Sep 26, 2017

    Posts: 3,959

    Location: In the Masonic Temple

    Looks like I'm coming to Cambridge, love heavy metal!
  9. ryhoper1


    Joined: Jul 2, 2016

    Posts: 251

    was that the spectre ?

  10. morbid42


    Joined: Mar 24, 2011

    Posts: 296

    Location: Sherwood Forest

    Looks the right age but heavier so not sure! But he looks good enough to be a placeholder
  11. The-Plethora


    Joined: Mar 17, 2009

    Posts: 406

    In Bristol we have a cat called Molly that spends most of her time at the local tesco on one of the trolley seats, she has been there about 4 years, been on the news and has a facebook page.

    There is also "man with shopping bags on a bike" as his facebook page is known. For about 3 years he would push his bike around with as many shopping bags as would fit on the handle bars. The bicycle had no chain for at least 2 years and the guy has a massive beard. I still see him occasionally but the chain is finally fixed. Nice chap, just quiet.

    Heroin man. I am not sure if he has another name but he hangs around by the corner of our high street. He lived in a tent under a huge tree in the local church yard for 2 years. I think he has since been given a caravan on the local common. He was stealing all his mothers money to buy heroin, so much so that she had to sell her house. His mother visits the local church weekly and his stoop is pretty much opposite. He does this so he can berate her every time she arrives as if it is her fault that he is in that position now. nice chap!

    Also I used to live in Bangor in North Wales and there was a guy there who I knew as "penny whistle man" who used to attempt to play this hideous screeching flute thing. He literally had no musical skills whatsoever but was very much a fixture. I had heard tales that he died of a drugs overdose but I occasionally still travel to that area for work and heard his dulcet tones still so he is still going.
  12. FortuitousFluke


    Joined: Jul 7, 2011

    Posts: 4,007

    Location: Cambridgeshire

    I used to hang around with a girl who was in with a number of the tenured academics at the University. Suffice it to say, they may be incredibly intelligent but outside of the sanctuary of the Colleges they'd be dead within a week! Startling lack of common sense, life skills and social nous.
  13. adam cool dude


    Joined: Oct 22, 2002

    Posts: 8,136

    Location: Boston, Lincolnshire

    It is very difficult to find both of those things in a person. We had a guy at school who A* everything without breaking a sweat but his common sense was non existent. Would love to see what he is doing now.
  14. FortuitousFluke


    Joined: Jul 7, 2011

    Posts: 4,007

    Location: Cambridgeshire

    Hi there, I'm Fluke, I believe you've been looking for me, that's right, social nous, intelligence, AND GORGEOUS!
  15. JonnyT

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 2,112

    Location: Cambridge

    Cambridge folk, don't forget Disco Kenny!

    Often frequenting the hostelries of Cambridge city centre, in his blue polo shirt, shorts and hat, exclaiming "World's gone mad, mate" and "Gotta laugh, gotta laugh" he's not quite the full ticket
  16. uncle_rufus


    Joined: Mar 14, 2011

    Posts: 4,171

    As soon as I saw the title this is what I thought of... Sorry to say though that there's a 99.9% chance she's popped her cloggs as the heyday of the Guildford bearded lady was probably like 2002ish and she was no spring chicken even back then... Did you ever see the website? In hindsight it was a all very mean-spirited but boy was it funny back in my college days! :D
  17. molinari


    Joined: Jan 6, 2003

    Posts: 5,159

    Came in here because I remembered Moses. I live not too far away but haven't seen him for years, but went to Kingston College in the late 90's so we saw him all the time then. He used to wear diferent outfits, sometimes in full horse riding gear with a whip, other times as a country gent, and several others. RIP Moses.