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Will and Guy's - About Us

About Us - Brief Biography of This Website's Authors

Will Baker

I was born in Southsea, Portsmouth after the 2nd World War had ended and I lived for most of my childhood in Portchester; Trincomalee, Ceylon [Sri Lanka]; and attended the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, Suffolk. Sport was one of the few things that genuinely excited and interested me and I played and watched avidly.

I trained to be a teacher at Bulmershe College of Education, Reading and later at Sussex University and have taught in Paulsgrove; Leigh Park; Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico; North East Surrey and Gosport. Humour has always been an essential aspect of my teaching and attitude to life in general.

I am extremely happily married to Steve and have been since 1970 and we have two grown up children of whom we are very proud.  Will's favourite holiday destination was Les Costes, a Holiday Cottage in Pardaillan, Dordogne, France.

Guy's Update
Sadly, Will died on the 3rd of January 2013.

Will was my friendliest friend; not to mention a great listener who never criticised.  During the 7 years since 2005 we have amassed over 2,000 pages; I was always amazed at his ability to discover interesting and funny items for this site.  When a group of his friends discussed this, his great friend John Franklin pointed out, 'Will was a the consummate historian'.  As you can see, Will's research abilities are reflected on nearly every page of this site.

As for my own tribute: I can just say, 'Will we did it!  We built a readership that, if transported to Portsmouth, would fill Fratton Park's football ground every day.

Other's ask, 'What of Will and Guy's humour now that Will has gone?'  Well, Guy wil carry on collecting new material as best he can.  What would be useful is for friends and readers to contribute clean and interesting snippets.  Will cannot be replaced, and his humour will be remembered forever throughout this site.

Guy Thomas

I was born in Cowbridge, which is in the Vale of Glamorgan in Wales.  My formative years were spent at the local grammar school followed by Cardiff University.

For 4 years I flirted with research into growing better plants.  What I like most about that job was part time teaching of undergraduates so I moved into mainstream education and to the teaching front line.  It was at my first school at Wakeford, in Hampshire that I met Will.

Story about Will

Will and John Franklin jointly coached one of the school's football teams, this was unusual, as normally the games staff trained and coached the sports teams.  Will and John did their job so well, but so unassumingly that the Headmistress did not know that they had coached the team for 5 years culminating in the league and cup double.

In the cup final against their arch-rivals Broomfield, Wakeford (our team) soon went 1-0 behind.  In those days, soccer teams were only allowed one substitution.  Ross was Will and John's sub.  Ross would have made the starting line-up except he had one fatal flaw, he could only last about 15 minutes.  John, Will's co-coach was anxious, and kept on saying to Will, 'We are behind, shall we bring on Ross'. 'No' replied Will, 'not yet'.  Half time came and went the score was still 1-0 against Wakeford, but Ross was still sitting on the touchline.  Then with 15 minutes to go, Will brought him on.  The rest is part of the team folklore, how Ross scored a hat-trick and Wakeford won 3-1.

Guy After Wakeford

After Wakeford Will and I parted, I went on teach for 11 years at Northease Manor in Lewes, East Sussex.  Thereafter, I got married to Pauline and started my Computer Training business in Droitwich, Worcester (Guy is now living in Burrium Gate Usk, Wales).  If I had one piece of advice to give to young people and that is get married when you are still young.  Marriage to Pauline has been the best time of my life, I only wish that I had married when I was younger.

Guy's Gallbladder Operation

Guy Thomas

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Suitability of Jokes

Before I go any further, I would like to say a word about the suitability of these jokes for viewing.  In my opinion, there is nothing in the content that is unsuitable viewing for children.  My only concern about the content is, will you get the joke, not about the nature of the material.  Our goal is to record and relay humour without descending into the crude or the gratuitous insult.  I will let you into a secret, before publishing a page I apply the litmus test: 'Would my Aunt approve of this joke?'

I have a relative called John who is a journalist, his specialty is cartoons and funny images for the paper.  One day the boss invited John into their office.  I say invited, the boss actually said, 'John I have a complaint about your funny pictures' .  Therefore, it was with much trepidation that John entered the boss's office.

'This is the problem' said the boss, 'I have not had enough complaints, I always judge a funny picture, cartoon or story by the number of people that it upsets.  So make your pictures funnier, I expect to get more complaints about your black humour in the next edition'.

While there is a grain of truth in John's story, my point is that humour is definitely a case of one man's meat is another man's poison.  All I can say is that Will (and I) just set out to entertain with our brand of jokes and funny pictures.

Lastly, I would like to say again that Will has been the inspiration and has done all the hard work, I just load the pages up to the website.   As the site is about English humour, I have decided to use the English spelling, rather than the American humor.  That said, I hope that much of the humor or humour works in any culture.  Naturally, sometimes we have changed the names of people to protect the guilty.

 

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