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Your questions answered.

It seems my desperate plea for letters and e-mails is beginning to pay off ( the Your Questions Answered mail box is no longer empty!

Last week I asked a number of questions in an attempt to get more of you involved in the column and, so far, it's worked.

John Patterson, a YQA newbie, sent in a very nice letter introducing himself in an attempt to help me out.

He wrote: "Since your inbox is empty I thought I might try to fill it up somehow with the questions I've never got round to asking as they seem pointless to anyone else, but here goes ...

"Whenever I asked my dad for pocket money when I was a child he would say 'Who do you think I am, Lord Nuffield?' Who is this Lord Nuffield?"

Mr Patterson, from Westmoor, Newcastle, didn't stop there. "If I was to buy a business and I wanted it all, they might say lock, stock and barrel.

"The first two words answer themselves but why barrel?"

If anyone thinks they might know the answer to either of these questions, get in touch.

LAST week I asked if anyone knew when the first swear word appeared in a film.

Leslie May, of Washington Gardens, Gateshead, e-mailed saying: "Your question about the first swear world uttered in a film brought memories flooding back to the time when I sat in the Ritz cinema in Gateshead in 1949 watching The Guinea Pig, featuring Richard Attenborough as an unruly public school boy.

"When Richard was called to the headmaster's office and asked to bend down to be caned, he shook the foundations of the establishment when he said, and I quote still with a blush, 'you only want me to bend down to whack my a***'.

"Well I don't know whether this is classed as a four letter word these days but that night the girls were swooning with disbelief with eeeeeeeeees all the way around the cinema. Even broad-minded men couldn't believe what they were hearing.

"Of course we have progressed a long way since those days 57 years ago as anything goes these days. In fact, I swear that if some of the four-letter words that are uttered in films now were around in my days as a teenager there would've been a fleet of ambulances waiting outside the cinemas taking patrons away to be treated for severe shock."

Thanks for that Leslie. Jimmy Lackenby, of Gateshead, has come up with his own answer. He said: "The first film to use a swear word was The Big Parade in 1925. The word was beeped out of the film but it said: 'You got my buddy, you b******s."

I ALSO posed a question from Mr G Shepherd from Whitley Bay who asked where the Bevin Boys' training camp Cramlington Lamb was, and why it was called Lamb.

Neil Finlay e-mailed a response, which read: "The Lamb Pit was located in East Cramlington, together with the Engine Pit. Lamb was an owner of the Collieries in the East Cramlington Area. This was a very important area for coal as the coal from the outlying pits all came to the Washing plant at East Cramlington.

"The Amelia Pit (named after the wife of Lamb), in Shankhouse, closed in 1938 although two shafts were sunk each side of a massive Fault, named Nelson Pit and Joy Pit. It's possible that the Amelia could have been used for training. The Lamb Shaft and Headgear stood until 1963. I hope this will help a bit." Thank you Mr Finlay.

Fingers crossed that next week's column is as successful ...

IF you would like to pose a question, write to: Mitya Underwood, Your Questions Answered, Evening Chronicle Groat Market, Newcastle, NE1 1ED. Or send an e-mail to
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 14, 2006
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