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Why Throw Away History?

The Web, History, Link-rot & Crawling Chaos

A Hockey Stick

A Hockey Stick, nothing to do with Climate Change

Again, while checking for link-rot, I came across a broken link on the Crawling Chaos website.  Specifically, it’s when I deal with our introduction to Factory Records and that I played with a hockey team called Northumbria alongside the Tyne Tees Television (TTTV) newsreader called Rod Griffith.

I included a referral link to their old website, http://www.warrm.demon.co.uk/history.htm.  This is now dead so I’ve used the Wayback Machine’s link from 2001 on the page instead.  Using a well known search engine (he he), I now find they are called Whitley Bay & Tynemouth Hockey Club with this website.

1902

It is definitely the same club as there’s another link to this website, a place-marker in a compendium of clubs that has a single piece of history on it – it says “founded 1902”!!

Disappointing

It’s actually more than disappointing, it’s very sad.  There’s a fair bit of history to the club and all they can publicly pronounce is “founded 1902″…   It should be more than this.  The Toon has a history page, only from WW2 mind, but it’s more than nothing.  Spurs like-wise, and it goes back to the 19th century!

It all adds to the guts of what makes a club.

It’s not hard to compile a history for the web.  Once someone has typed it out, it’s not going to change much is it?  It’s history!  The typed words can be copied anywhere.  Any, where.  Even here, say….

A Short History of Whitley Bay & Tynemouth Hockey Club (founded 1902)

From an article dated June 16, 2004 here.

Tynemouth Hockey Club has recently celebrated its centenary year. The club began life playing under the name of North Durham in 1902. At that time most of the players were clergymen who travelled to away games in a horse drawn carriage. Later in the century the club changed its name to Northumbria and played its home games at the Miners’ Welfare ground in the village of Backworth. The club made another move to North Shields where they became known as Tynemouth Hockey Club and played on the ground used by Tynemouth Cricket Club. In 1989 an astro pitch was laid at Wallsend Sports Centre so the club transferred itself to another new location but retained the name of Tynemouth Hockey Club.

In November 1997 Tynemouth Hockey Club moved from Wallsend Sports Centre to two new astro pitches at The Parks, North Shields.

Conclusion

Thanks to The Parks and Ali Gordon for corresponding with a gentleman from Inverness who has sent this photograph to the club. As far as we know it is the oldest surviving photograph that we possess. Durham North as the men’s team was originally called, began life in 1902. The first match was played on 18th October 1902 against Novocastrians. We lost 4-1!

Thanks to The Parks and Ali Gordon for corresponding with a
gentleman from Inverness who has sent this photograph to the club.
As far as we know it is the oldest surviving photograph that we
possess. Durham North as the men’s team was originally called, began
life in 1902. The first match was played on 18th October 1902 against
Novocastrians. We lost 4-1!

This is a very short history, but it’s better than the nothing that is currently shown.  I played for Northumbria (as it then was) at Backworth & Tynemouth from 1972 to around 1980, not too regularly, but enough to feel part of it.

There are some documents that are downloadable, but nothing that exposes the past to a wider audience.  They are nearly all either Word or PDF files!  Totally un-crawlable with the web search spiders.  For instance, in the newsletter for October 2015 here, we find this wonderful photo.

Because it’s wrapped inside a PDF file, no-one would ever know.

I’ve copied it, and the text, as a caption (I’ll pull it, if asked, but one has to consider if my reasons are valid first).  Now, I know my website will be crawled within a few minutes of me posting – this means that all the text will be available for all, the small amount of history from the original website too.

And the Novocastrians as mentioned in the photo?  Yep.  I played against them too.  It’s all fun and it’s a part of many folks’ lives especially in an age of increasing information and decreasing paper records.

This stuff needs to be public and kept else what is a society?  Sometimes looking and talking about history is very comforting.  It’s what some people do when they stop playing, since sport is for younger folks.

Now, because of my SEO skills and experience I can guarantee that if someone searches for Whitley Bay & Tynemouth Hockey Club, Backworth hockey, Tynemouth hockey, Rod Griffith or Novocastrians (say), this page will be there for all to find.

Recent Activity

Recent Activity

On top of that:

  • There seems to be no effort on the part of Pitchero who host the website or whoever else may maintain the website to keep links alive.  The site is riddled with 404s and inconsistencies.
  • Some document files are PDF, some are DOC, some are XLS files.  Some are links to a Pitchero login so are unavailable, except if you login with Facebook ffs!
  • A major part of a sports club is the fixture list.  Some links don’t point to where they should or else the template hasn’t been updated from the 2012-3 season.  Some are XLS files with the same info appearing on other webpages.

It is all a mess, primarily supporting the sponsors’ huge logos and it’s all very sad.  Maybe there’s some information overload for the webmaster, maybe it’s internal politics, maybe too many people have their fingers in the web pie?

It could be so much better, cleaner, consistent and useful to a club member.  I see Steve Troup just joined as a webmaster, hopefully he can tidy things up and get some club history sorted out!

Rant over.

 

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Gazza’s funeral in Whitley Bay is on Friday.  Very strange.

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It’s Now Illegal to Take Rememberance Day Photographs

WARNING:  This Posting Contains Illegal Pictures

I Can Be Imprisoned for Publishing Them.

Legal Photograph

Legal Photograph

A little realised consequence of Bush’s ‘war on terror’ and the ramping up of common hysteria across the English speaking western world is, bizarrely, that it’s now illegal to take pictures of people commemorating, in a patriotic symbolic way, the lives and deaths of the millions who’ve strived to keep us free!

Q. How Can This be Possible in  Free Society?

Illegal Photograph

Illegal Photograph

A. Simple.

Section 76 of the Terrorism Act, 2008, introduced by our freedom-loving government on 16 Feb 2009.

This law has been brought in by a former economics teacher who gets confused about allowable expenses to fulfil her job.

Now lets see the actual text of the law which allows bestial pictures of man’s inhumanity in preference to pictures of heroes protecting our humanity.

It can be read in it’s official entirety here:

76 Offences relating to information about members of armed forces etc

(1) After section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000 (collection of information) insert—

58A Eliciting, publishing or communicating information about members of armed forces etc

(1) A person commits an offence who—

(a) elicits or attempts to elicit information about an individual who is or has been—

(i) a member of Her Majesty’s forces,

(ii) a member of any of the intelligence services, or

(iii) a constable,

which is of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, or

(b) publishes or communicates any such information.

(2) It is a defence for a person charged with an offence under this section to prove that they had a reasonable excuse for their action.

(3) A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable—

(a) on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years or to a fine, or to both;

(b) on summary conviction—

(i) in England and Wales or Scotland, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum, or to both;

(ii) in Northern Ireland, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum, or to both.

(4) In this section “the intelligence services” means the Security Service, the Secret Intelligence Service and GCHQ (within the meaning of section 3 of the Intelligence Services Act 1994 (c. 13)).

(5) Schedule 8A to this Act contains supplementary provisions relating to the offence under this section..

(2) In the application of section 58A in England and Wales in relation to an offence committed before the commencement of section 154(1) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (c. 44) the reference in subsection (3)(b)(i) to 12 months is to be read as a reference to 6 months.

(3) In section 118 of the Terrorism Act 2000 (c. 11) (defences), in subsection (5)(a) after “58,” insert “58A,”.

(4) After Schedule 8 to the Terrorism Act 2000 insert the Schedule set out in Schedule 8 to this Act.

Now, after wading through this bollox, the key bit is 58a up to sub-section (5) which means that;

It’s an offence to gather information about a member of the police and other governmental forces, serving and non-serving!  “Information” means everything, which naturally includes taking photographs.

Furthermore, you have to have a “reasonable excuse” to save being arrested, and the maximum penalty for not having a reasonable excuse is 10 years jail.  The bollox does not even mention the usual government sweetener that “proper safeguards are in place to ensure fair bollox and safe bollox etc”.  It’s gone so far now that they think (and do) get away with murder, illegal imprisonment, bombing of civilians etc.

I suggest, although it’s not been tested yet, that a reasonable excuse in a free society, is “because I felt like it”.  Here’s a scenario:

In Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear, is a street, Whitley Road that runs parallel to the Sea Front.  To get to the Rex Hotel on the sea front I could choose North Parade or South Parade out of the many options.  Let’s say I go down North Parade.

  • Q. Why go down North Parade?
  • A. “Because I felt like it!”
AP photo of gun-toting British Police from: POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

AP photo of gun-toting British Police

Now suppose I had a camera and was impressed by the late Victorian and Edwardian buildings and the impressive British Police Sergeant upholding the law.

As it now stands I could be arrested and locked up for 10 years.

  • Q. What if I’d gone down South Parade?
  • A. It depends if there’s a copper there, really!

But in both cases I would be doing what I’d be doing “because I felt like it!”

And that’s the trouble with this stupid, stupid law, enacted by a government devoid of common sense.

Legal Photograph

Legal Photograph

It opens up a free path to a society like this photo, where the man being killed did far, far less than take a photograph.  He was a man born in the wrong place, that’s all.  The people at top are commemorating a struggle to free the world of acts like this and ensure it ‘never happens again’.  Now I need a ‘proper reason’ to go there and photograph them.

And the ultimate irony, of course, given that the police have direct control over who they arrest, is it’s also illegal to photograph a policeman beating up an innocent! But if I photograph a person shooting someone, like here, that’s okay.

It really is a police state.  The actual police, derived from our citizenry to ‘uphold the law’, unfortunately,  are asked to deal with this crap – I see it in their eyes sometimes, when they’re finished dealing with the piss-heads and dregs of society.  And with a morally bankrupt home office and financial system, what chance for fairness?  See the acquiescent uniformed people in the background watching these people die in the photograph?  How many times have we seen this happen since WW2?

That’s the future unless we fight to stop it.

So far, no-one has been arrested for the ‘offence’ in Trafalgar Square or outside Buckingham Palace yet.  But let’s see someone taking pictures outside Whitehall or the Admiralty or any air-base in the country frequented by the anoraked airplane-spotters?  What hope on Fairford Open Day?

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Updated Anecdotes Page

Strangely post on October 7th, 2007
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St Mary's Island, Whitley Bay (the tide's in!)

I’ve updated the Anecdotes page on the Crawling Chaos site with information as I remember it about the gig at the Hamilton Hotel in Whitley Bay. This involved Crawling Chaos, a lot of noise, the lady owner as a red-lipped archetype of a hotel owner (a bit like Sybil), a magician, a rotund police sergeant and a very large crowd of punks.

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