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Béarla Feirste

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« Reply #1305 on: September 26, 2019, 09:37:09 PM »
Brendan, How’s it going mate, Jackie Fitzpatrick here.  I remember you very well mate. We had a good wee bit of craic back in the day. Good to see you’re still in the land of the living. Hope you did more with your life than I did with mine 🍺🥃🍷🍺🍺🍺

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« Reply #1306 on: September 26, 2019, 09:48:33 PM »
Grease is the Word[/size]
The music charts over the summer of 1978 produced some fantastic singles and many new groups.  "Night Fever" from The Bee Gees was still at No.1 as the 1977-78 football season drew to a close in May 1978.  It was the trio's third UK No.1 single and from the album "Saturday Night Fever," the soundtrack they wrote for the movie of the same name. That soundtrack made the Gibb brothers the "Kings of Disco" as well as adding millions to their bank accounts.  [/size]

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On 13 May 1978, a song recorded by a Caribbean band in West Germany (yes I did say West Germany as there was also an East Germany at the time) took the music industry by storm and was the top selling single of the year.  Boney M shot straight in at No.1 with their debut single "The Rivers of Babylon" and went on to become mega recording artists churning out hit after hit.  They even released a single called "Belfast" but for the life of me I couldn't figure out why. A lot of kids in the Short Strand area of east Belfast, where I grew up, would copy the styles worn by pop stars of the day but if you had gone around our area dressed like that boy out of Boney M then you were asking for a kicking.  You would have needed a pair of balls the size of King Kong's to wear a sparkly jumpsuit, high heeled boots and a white fur wrapped around your neck when I was a kid knocking around the street corners of the Short Strand.[/size]

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And remember, Boy George and Culture Club did not release their mega hit, “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?,” until September 1982 so trust me if ya went around the Short Strand in 1978 looking like Bobby Farrell (Boney M’s male frontman) there would definitely be a few lads really looking to hurt you![/size]

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Mind you, I did have a go at copying the Barry Gibb look some years later minus the beard – I’ve never been into too much facial hair.  Then the biggest thing of the summer happened when the movie "Grease" was released starring John Travolta (yes, yer man from "Saturday Night Fever") and Olivia Newton- John.   [/size]

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The movie gave us a string of hit songs with the first release from its soundtrack, "You're The One That I Want," going straight into the charts at No.1 on 17 June 1978.  One of my best mates, Anto (Anthony Farrelly), had a copy of the album in LP format (as in on vinyl record and some readers may need to search the internet to understand what I am talking about here) and we played it until we almost wore the grooves in it out!  Anto also owned a copy of the absolutely magnificent “Bat out of Hell” LP from Meat Loaf.  I love listening to Meat Loaf as nearly all of his songs are stories in themselves.  The Grease soundtrack album spent nine weeks in the top spot in the UK Album Charts and the video for it was great. God, I can still vividly see Sandy (played by Olivia Newton-John) in that all black outfit, red shoes with a massive blonde perm.  Those shiny black satin trousers  must have been sprayed on her because she filled them better than the best barman in Dublin could fill a pint glass of Guinness.  She made some impression on this 15-year old horn ball that is for sure. Tell me about it stud!  [/size]

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Danny (played by Travolta (jealous as hell Big Lad)and Sandy were knocked off top spot the same day the 1978-79 football season kicked-off.  Who didn't want to be Travolta back then?  He must have made a right packet from both movies.  All my mates and I would have swapped places with him in a shot even if it did mean having to “take a redner” and dance with a girl at the parish disco in Saint Matthew’s Hall (sorry Denise, I lacked the courage to ask you up for a dance).  The Commodores took their place at No.1 with "Three Times A Lady," their only UK No.1 hit.  That was a great song for the slow set at discos for years to come.  But Danny and Sandy weren't finished yet and went to the top of the charts again on 30 September 1978 with another song from "Grease" entitled "Summer Nights."  It was a catchy number with Sandy dressed as a High School girl but I much preferred her skin-tight black outfit. Cold shower time again![/size]

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Do you remember that time?[/size]
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Short Strand (1969-82) & Saint Augustine’s (1974-80)[/size]

stranmillis v

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« Reply #1307 on: September 26, 2019, 11:28:06 PM »
Aquinas bosco and savio is all I recall then you went into C or G in fourth year depending on what you were sitting CSE or GCE I think? Don’t ever remember a 4th house. 69-72
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Béarla Feirste

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« Reply #1308 on: September 27, 2019, 07:54:49 AM »
I was there same time as you mate and there were three houses but I think there was a forth before our time. It might have been ‘Rosario’. But something beginning with the letter ‘D’ comes into my head too.

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« Reply #1309 on: September 27, 2019, 10:00:24 AM »
Thank you.

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« Reply #1310 on: September 27, 2019, 11:21:45 AM »
I’ll as Martin Shiels he was in my class at Gusties.1964-April 69...

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« Reply #1311 on: September 27, 2019, 05:17:06 PM »
What was the names of The Houses in Gusties.
Aquinas,Savio,Bosco?..fourth one?

there was only only 3 back in my days there

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Re: st augustines
« Reply #1312 on: September 27, 2019, 09:32:28 PM »
Brendan, i remember we used to jump the fence and go into your house for a wee cup of tea and a smoke rather than going to classes.


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« Reply #1313 on: October 10, 2019, 03:38:37 PM »
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[font=]When I was growing up in the Short Strand, east Belfast during the 1970s we had the nicest neighbours you could ever meet.  All of the families got on so well[/font][font=&amp]
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[font=]that an outsider would have staked their life on us all being related.  But that was the same in every street in our area because everybody looked out for one another.  If there was a kid who needed minding, or picking up from school, feeding or even if a baby needed looking after for a few hours and its nappy changing, there was no shortage of free help.  It was true friendship and community spirit, but much more than that, it was an unbreakable bond which tied the families in our street together.  Our families did not interact and socialise the way families do today because we simply did not have the money to do so.  Such was the strength of community in our street that no matter which house you lived in, or whether the man of a particular house was signing on or lucky enough to be in employment, no family ever spent a day searching for their next meal. [/font][/font][font=&amp]
[font=]We were an inseparable bond, treating each other equally.  If one family had more than another, then they shared what they had with their neighbours because every family was living on the knife edge of survival.  There were no tiers of society in the Short Strand because if you lived in the district, regardless of whether you were born there or not, then you were one of us.  We had your back covered because we knew all too well that one day we would be calling on you to stand beside us, whether that call was for financial support or for the safeguard of our families.  You know what?  I really miss those days of my childhood but what they taught me has helped make me the person I believe I am today. [/font][/font][font=&amp]
[font=]In No.40 beside us lived John and Bernie Close.  I admired John Close so much because to me, just like Danny Young across the street, he was someone I looked up to, someone that I one day hoped I could aspire to be.  They were my early, real life boyhood heroes.  Mr and Mrs Smith (Matt and Maisie) lived next door to us in No.36 for as long as I can remember and were still there when I left the Short Strand in 1989.  Matt Smith was a lovely man, a real gentleman.  In fact Matt and my Dad were practically like brothers as both would do anything for anyone if asked.  Matt was retired and was one of the few in our street to own a car but he did not own an old banger; he always had the latest Vauxhall.  Come to think of it I think he worked for the Vauxhall factory in Belfast and so enjoyed a generous staff discount. [/font][/font][font=&amp]
[font=]The first car of his I remember was a brand new Vauxhall Chevette which he got when it came out in 1975.  Vauxhall started selling the car on 1 May 1975 with an asking price of £1,593.  This may not sound like a lot of money nowadays but in 1975 it was an absolute fortune: the average price of a house in the UK in 1975 was £10,876.  Matt bought himself an orange 2-door hatchback saloon.  I know what you are thinking. An orange car in the nationalist Short Strand and why didn’t he pick a green one given where he lived!  But aren’t green cars supposed to be unlucky?  I don’t believe this, as I used to own a British Racing Green Hyundai Sonata 2.0L GSi.  Now that was some car.  The Chevette was a classy wee car even for an old man like Matt!  In fact it was the best-selling hatchback in the UK from 1975 to 1978 (the Ford Fiesta was not launched until 1976). [/font][/font][font=&amp]
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[font=] which was powder blue and had a 1.2 petrol engine.  After the Viva I remember a red Austin Morris.  In 1976, my Dad bought himself an orange Ford Cortina Mark 3 GXL.  When Dad arrived home with this beast, complete with a hard vinyl black roof I can remember thinking: “[/font][font=&amp]
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[font=]The Cortina was the car all the Ford salesmen drove, but you had to work your way through the ranks of the L model and the XL model.  Only the executives had the 1.6 and 2.0 GXL models.  They were the crème de la crème of the marque.  And it had a sports steering wheel with chrome bumpers.  If I had to describe this car to someone who was born after the 1970s, then I would say take a look at the red Gran Torino with the white stripe in the 2004 movie “[/font][font=&amp]
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[font=]” and it might come close to my Dad’s Ford Cortina 2.0 GXL Mark 3.  Mind you, if you asked my Dad what colour it was he would say it was Sebring Red! [/font][/font][font=&amp]
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[font=] only this time in a glossy black.  [censored] me, that car was gorgeous, no wonder he cleaned it every day.  And if I was playing football in the street, I made sure my mates knew that Mr Smith’s car was out of bounds.  On Sunny days that car sparkled like an expensive diamond.  [/font][/font][font=&amp]
[font=]Just one of the memories I have written about in “Kicking Through The Troubles- How Manchester United Helped To Heal A Divided Community.”[/font][/font][font=&amp]
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« Reply #1314 on: October 11, 2019, 04:54:21 PM »
Heard Gerard Morgan has died.  i always found him to be good natured, pleasant and easy going and a quite useful footballer, back in the day.

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« Reply #1315 on: October 11, 2019, 08:32:43 PM »
May he RIP.