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Thanks for visiting the site. My name’s Barry and I’m based in Bethnal Green, the heart of London’s east end (England). If you’re interested in the Cockneys, the East End kids of the 1950’s or the history of The City of London this is the site to bookmark.
That’s me, the old Whiz wrinkly in the photo. Too old to be a whiz-kid, too stubborn to stop trying. The name Oneoff? Well that came about because I used to design and print individual greetings cards. Now it’s one-off logos and the odd web site.
Are you a patriot? Do you feel gagged by political correctness? Being considered as racist for trying to be patriotic? Or just want some information about the patron saint of England? This is the place to go then. There is also a full list of our Kings and Queens, as well as some of my personal views.
This page began as a brief history of the original “Square Mile” from Roman times onward, but as my interest grew, so did the content. My interest grew so much that in 2008 I joined a City University course to become an official City of London tour guide, and passed the exams in 2009
‘Ere, ‘ave a butchers at this, geezer. (Butchers hook - Look). You can pick up a bit of cockney rhyming slang, learn about today’s changing East End or see what we got up to as mischievous kids in Bethnal Green during the 1950’s. If you’re not old enough to remember the 50’s then have a look anyway, it might surprise you.
If you are old enough to remember, then it may bring back a few nostalgic memories.
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This was the last section to be added to the site, and was inevitable really. It leads off from both the East end, and the City pages to give a small insight into the great Victorian age. The vast gap between classes, caused by one thing only; money! The Victorians were also good at sweeping things under the carpet to prevent feeling guilty.
I added the forum in May 2003 in the hope that local people and ex patriots could get together for a chat online. It is now popular with many people, including those tracing their family’s east end roots. Membership was slow to take off, but as well as the natives we now have members from all over the world. We are always looking for new additions so why not have a look?
For anyone who wants to know a little more about me, the old Whizwrinkly, there’s a page dedicated to me. After all, I designed, researched, took the photos and put the site together, I must be entitled to a mention (modest as I am). Just a brief look at who I am. Feel free to skip it if you wish.
In 2009 I did the course and passed the exams to become a fully qualified City of London tour guide so you can have a one-off City walk too!
There is plenty more on the site, including the legend of Saint George and some of my views on why we should celebrate England’s patron saint on April 23rd. There are a few other pieces on the site you may find interesting. Have a look below for more details of what’s available.