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THERE is a nice variety of different topics to get through this week.

Firstly, a few staff members here at the Chronicle wondered what 'dust happy' meant in reference to the war.

In response, E Walmsley wrote: "Anyone who served with the British Forces on the plains of the Punjab will know what being dust happy meant to those who survived the searing heat and the hurricane-force dust storms which were enough to drive anyone mental.

"During my time awaiting shipment to Malaya prior to the Japanese surrender in 1944, several of my comrades became dust happy. There was no shame in this. Most victims recovered after a spell in a hospital camp well away from the dust bowls." Thank you Mr Walmsley.

LAST week Bill Cheesman asked for information on the Newcastle and District Motor Club. LF, of Killingworth, wrote: 'The club was formed by local businessmen, and was quite popular. I cannot go

back to I923, but about I928, Mr Lawrence Charlton was secretary and Mr George Roper was treasurer.

'The club held functions most weekends, competitions, rallies, treasure hunts etc and one event was an all-night run to Edinburgh, when successful competitors received a teak cigarette box, the top of which was engraved with the checkpoints on the journey." Hope this helps.

DESPITE the good ponse there are a few unanswered questions. Mr Lackenby asks: "Which footballer who plays for Newcastle United has also played for Leeds United and Middlesbrough during their career?

"One is Mark Viduka, who is the other?" AY, of Byker, asks: "Could you find out for me when Sadler Terrace, Byker, became Shields Road? The name is on the wall above a shop."

Write to Mitya Underwood, Your Questions Answered, Evening Chronicle, Newcastle, NE1 1 ED. E-mail:
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 23, 2007
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