Friday, 29 February 2008

Physics group 1975 - sent by David Fish

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Saturday, 23 February 2008

Deep Throat responds ......

Your correspondent seems a little overexcited to
discover the identity of the photographer and I am
delighted to offer help to the bewildered.

I came across the pictures at where they had been posted
by Dr NeiL ClIftoN. I thought they would be interesting for nostalgia purposes.

I don't know Dr Clifton, but he has (so far) uploaded
3991 images at and I think it's
absolutely fair to say that he qualifies as a bit of a

His pictures, of the 60's, 70, 80's, 90's and 2000's,
are trivial, commonplace, mundane, and let's add foR
good measure, banal. They are also a matchless,
stunning record preserved for posterity by a man with
the insight and foresight to recognize that his
photographs would be of ever-increasing interest and
value for future generations.

Here are some samples:

Chipstead Valley Road, June 1968

Brighton Road, Coulsdon, 01 January 1979

Milletts Corner, Croydon, Surrey, 19 March 1977

I've had a good browse through Dr Clifton's photos and

I would add that his narratives are as crass as his
photos are brilliant.

To confirm his credentials as a trainspotter, Dr Clifton went back to the same bus stop at Old Coulsdon five years later - 1988 - and took the exact same photograph AGAIN. I know you don't get it, Alan, but this is pure genius.

Just in case there is any doubt here, as I am led to understand that some readers are easily bewildered, I am not Dr Neil Clifton.

All the best

Deep Throat

Monday, 18 February 2008

Bus Photos Condemned !

Al@n G*rling writes "Hi Chaps, hope you and yours are all well. I must confess to being a bit bewildered. I’ve just had a look at the website, and of course remember the 190 service etc. and enjoyed the moment of nostalgia. But then something struck me. Why on earth would anyone (in 1983 or any other year for that matter) stand in the middle of the road and take a not-particularly-startling picture of a not-particularly-startling bus?

And then the train of thought begins… was the next photo in the sequence a close-up of the road surface as the photographer was hit from behind by a car (or perhaps more appropriately, another bus)? Is the reason for the Deep Throat nom de plume really because said photographer became a train spotter and can be seen at London Bridge (south end of platform 5) armed with notebook and paparazzi-style long lens, taking photos of perfectly ordinary overcrowded trains coming in from Kent? In which case anonymity is a must.

Is it art? If so, what would Pongo have made of it? And what is the artist trying to say, except perhaps ‘hold on very tight please?’

And many more I’m sure. A worthless prize for the best explanation!!



Ed's note - Deepthroat - its Alan Girling that you need to go after !

Mead Way

The 190 bus used to end up grinding down down to firstgear at 5mph to get up Mead Way full of Purley school boys. This is the junction of Mead Way with Tollers Lane, 1980's.
Yet another gem from DeepThroat...

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Thursday, 14 February 2008

The 190 bus stop

A welcome contribution from Deep Throat - the source of many wonderful archive shots. click the photo to see it full size.

"Ah, the 190 bus stop.

Memories of waiting in the cold & rain in a line of
josting adolescents.

What an utterly useless service that was. The drivers
used to wisely head off two minutes before the kids
all piled out of the school gates (who could blame
them?). Then it was a 30 minute wait for the next one.

Quicker to walk home unless you lived in Croydon.

This picture is c1983, a one-man operated version.

Deep Throat."

Sunday, 10 February 2008

Purley High School for Boys circa 83

Stuart Byfield ( Head of biology 1974 - 86 ) , Helen Rainsford and Dr. David Venters ( himself an old of PGS )

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Photos courtesy of Stuart.

Fas et Patria

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