Aug 222010
 

I was christened “Balsaboy” when  i was 16 by my best mate, Nige. We had just left our regular public establishment in York called the The Lowther. I don’t recall the exactly what was said, but he hailed me: ‘Oi, Balsaboy’. He said it once and it stuck. Although i didn’t pick him up on it at the time, he later recounted that i looked like the Viz character of the same name. Given that the comic strip character was as pinoccio style, balsa wood made boy, i can only assume that the similarity was based around my then lanky characteristics. Regardless of the reasons, it stuck well enough that for a period of time, even my parents were known to refer to me by the name.

Twenty odd years later a lot of my friends still call me by the name, and even some of my colleagues.

Other nick-names i’ve been known as in the past:

  • Scotty dog (original!)
  • Wuff (Scotty dogs go ‘wuff’ apparently!)
  • Mr. Incredible (based on my striking resemblance to the cartoon character, “Mr. Incredible”! [although he does have more than i do])
  • Derivatives of Balsaboy, including ‘Balsa’, ‘Bals’, etc

Viz's Balsaboy Character

Viz's Balsaboy Character

Mr. Incredible

My Doppelgänger

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Aug 222010
 

Wow! I’ve just installed WordPress to my server and this is my first post – its a bit of a test really to see what happens… i’m quite excited (and also quite worried that i’m quite excited – it must mean i have too many geek genes!)

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