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Re: Local "Characters"/Nutboxes
« Reply #180 on: January 08, 2019, 06:16:00 PM »
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Re: Local "Characters"/Nutboxes
« Reply #181 on: January 08, 2019, 06:29:04 PM »
The thread title's a serious contender for the Sensitivity over Mental Health Issues award.

Re: Local "Characters"/Nutboxes
« Reply #182 on: January 08, 2019, 06:49:26 PM »
The thread title's a serious contender for the Sensitivity over Mental Health Issues award.
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Re: Local "Characters"/Nutboxes
« Reply #183 on: January 08, 2019, 06:59:25 PM »
The thread title's a serious contender for the Sensitivity over Mental Health Issues award.

I'm just surprised that this contest is still going!

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Re: Local "Characters"/Nutboxes
« Reply #184 on: January 08, 2019, 09:44:03 PM »
Growing up in Worthing we had an eccentric fella nicknamed Burlington Bertie (real name Horace Duke). A Wodehouse character who would cycle around the town greeting all and sundry and often stood at roundabouts waving at traffic.



Kids would sometimes take the piss to which he would reply with a laugh and two fingered salute.

There's even a video of him in action. Mentally ill, comic genius or just eccentric?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJi7OtrMC5M

Thankfully he's still remembered warmly and there is apparently a Horace Duke day now.

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Re: Local "Characters"/Nutboxes
« Reply #185 on: January 08, 2019, 09:46:43 PM »
Fucking hell

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Re: Local "Characters"/Nutboxes
« Reply #186 on: January 08, 2019, 11:39:31 PM »
I always remember Three Cress Dave.

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Re: Local "Characters"/Nutboxes
« Reply #187 on: January 09, 2019, 12:44:27 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJi7OtrMC5M

How long would he be there doing that?  Was he playing up to the camera a bit?

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Re: Local "Characters"/Nutboxes
« Reply #188 on: January 09, 2019, 11:01:12 AM »
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Re: Local "Characters"/Nutboxes
« Reply #189 on: January 09, 2019, 11:48:26 AM »
How long would he be there doing that?  Was he playing up to the camera a bit?

He definitely appeared to enjoy the attention as a local celebrity and would 'perform' like that with no camera present.

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Re: Local "Characters"/Nutboxes
« Reply #190 on: January 09, 2019, 11:59:57 AM »
He definitely appeared to enjoy the attention as a local celebrity and would 'perform' like that with no camera present.

I’m curious to know what kind of attention he thought he was receiving there.  Did he feel the traffic was a kind of audience?

It’s not a question anyone can really answer, and I’m sure there’s no way of knowing whether he would do it even without an audience of any kind.

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Re: Local "Characters"/Nutboxes
« Reply #191 on: January 09, 2019, 12:15:03 PM »
I’m curious to know what kind of attention he thought he was receiving there.  Did he feel the traffic was a kind of audience?

It’s not a question anyone can really answer, and I’m sure there’s no way of knowing whether he would do it even without an audience of any kind.

He was a staple of the town for decades so it would appear the attention received was in his eyes mainly positive.

edit. Just found this on a cycling forum!

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The south coast had a classic cycling eccentric in the 1960s and 70s, known locally as 'Burlington Bertie' but his real name was Horace Duke. He was based mainly in Lancing and Shoreham, and used to cycle about dressed in elaborate cod-Edwardian costume involving a white blazer, flannels, straw boater, and comical glasses, waving a white-gloved hand to all passers-by in a most regal way. He also sometimes rode a vintage motorcycle in a different costume consisting of leather flying-jacket and goggles. Anyone driving round the Lancing roundabout in those days would have memories of Horace standing at the side of the road with his bicycle, gesticulating and prancing about in what is really a form of performance art. Apparently if anyone approached him he would be abusive. There's this weird bit of film of him on YouTube, and also a Facebook page dedicated to him. He died in 1995.

Pinch of salt with that I think as they have a few facts wrong.

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Re: Local "Characters"/Nutboxes
« Reply #192 on: January 09, 2019, 07:32:32 PM »

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