GeneralI love steam engines
LOVE.. this song written about me
Ohh Ohh Fred Dibnah
(Written by Pete Martin & Published by Kid Menthal Music)
'ave you seen 'im? 'ave you 'eard 'im?
Chuggin' down the road, ridin' on 'is old steamroller.
'e's a famous steeplejack
And the old smokestacks
Make his face go black.
'e's a feller from Bolton
Ohh Ohh Fred Dibnah.
'e's not done bad for a local lad Fred Dibnah.
Gainin' fame in doin' what 'e likes to do.
When 'e climbs 'is ladders of red.
With 'is flat cap sittin' on 'is 'ead.
'e becomes content just gazin' at the view.
'is dream at first was to try to nurse these chimneys.
To remind us all of the grand ol' cotton mill.
There's a tear in 'is eye once more
As 'e drops another to the floor
You can see by 'is face 'e'd prefer 'em standin' still.
Another great love is ridin' above town traffic.
A powerful force on 'is big steam 'orse 'e rolls.
'e's restored every bit of it 'imself
Cos you can't get the parts of the shelf
And 'e chugs along while stokin' up 'is coals
With all this power just four miles an hour is the limit.
(So) passin' through the country's not a lot of fun for Fred.
Cos it takes an hour or two
To pass each panoramic view
Towns and cities are much more fun instead.
Folk used to call "'ave you ever 'ad a fall from a chimney?"
Fred gave a sigh then a standard reply began.
"If you ever 'ad a fall from one o' these
You'd be pushin' up the daisies and the trees
Cos it's one day out with the undertaker man."
BooksFred Dibanh's Age Of Steam (hehe)
Steam Engine Principles: Their Application on a Small Scale
The Birth of Industrial Britain: Social Change, 1750-1850
About me:.. Er what can I say. I was born in 1938. I live in the grand t'town of Bolton.
I love restoring things, especially chineys!
I do not blow up chimneys! I have never used dynamite and never will! I prefer an old fashioned method of cutting a mouth out in the bottom of the chimney and propping the opening up with bits of telegraph poles and wooden chocks. Once enough of the chimney is propped up on wood I then sets light to a large fire, which burns the chocks away and the chimney then falls to earth in the designated direction. Not a precise science as things do not always go to plan, it is a lot more precise than dynamite and has enabled me to be awarded jobs where dynamite would have caused too much damage.
So there! Just a little misconception that winds me up.
I have been on TV loads and loads of times, thats probaly where you've seen me before, not that guy that you saw the other day washing his car naked.
Who I'd like to meet:
- Status: Married
- Hometown: Bolton
- Orientation: Straight
- Body type: 0' 1" / More to love!
- Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
- Zodiac Sign: Taurus
- Children: Proud parent
- Occupation: Retired