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LPWS & affiliates' Magazines
the Internet, our magazines were printed and posted out, here are a selection
from the past
Back in the dim distant past,
more than 20 years ago, we had to
use an old spirit duplicator to publish The Penrose Gazette, the magazine of
the Laughing Policeman Wireless Society. We later got our hands on an old
off-set printer, and then in 1990, the dawning of Desk Top Publishing and a
the emergence of Desktop Publishing coincided with splits within the LPWS and
several break-away groups started their own magazines. The original Penrose
Gazette was in competition with the likes of The Buffoon, The Thin Blue Line,
Squeak International, and probably the most widely circulated NOT! The Penrose
Gazette. The latter being published by Not! The Laughing Policeman Wireless
In the mid
1990s. due to internal conflict and disagreement about the way the
LPWS should act with regard to radio matters and direct action,
several breakaway groups were formed, basically with the same goals,
but with wildly different ideas of how these goals should be
As far as I can remember, some of these "groups" seemed to consist
of only one or two people, all hell bent on outshining the original
consisted of Not! The Laughing Policeman Wireless Society, The
Laughing Policeman Club, and several people fixated with the
meddling ex policeman Bodwen, who called themselves the Club For
Unlicenced Naughty Telephony Stations (C.U.N.T.S.) rather a good
name I thought at the time.
Apart from work "in
the field", they all churned out magazines to compete with our
original Penrose Gazette, Not The Laughing Policeman Wireless
Society were the most successful with their NOT! The Penrose
Gazette, which they later agreed to call Squeak International.
C.U.N.T.S. had some issues with ex policeman Bodwen, and produced
Buffoon and The Thin Blue Line.
After a while, old
differences were reconciled and at the 2000 AGM we were all friends
again with old differences forgotten, after all, we all had the same
From the early days
of spirit duplicators, offset Gestetner, on to photocopiers, and
then to desk top publishing (a term rarely heard these days) we
always produced magazines etc.
Sadly, the passage of time has meant that many of these are no
longer in existence, however, like the BBC are gradually finding
lost programmes they foolishly wiped, people are finding the odd
piece of LPWS literature and sending it in, the most recent arriving
in July 2011, the WANTED poster and 3 copies of Thin Blue Line.
We are looking for
the flyers and examples of LPWS Christmas Cards, in fact anything
relevant will be scanned and listed here. Keep up the hunt please.
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to our "favourite" ex-policeman.
The Penrose Gazette
Produced by one of our
|NOT! Squeak International
featuring the Aylesbury Repeater Bomb
DOWNLOAD The Buffoon!
DOWNLOAD NOT! The Penrose Gazette
Penrose Gazette Vol.5 Issue 12
Christmas 1994 edition
The Bodwen Wanted Poster
Recently (2011) found unused.
Penrose Gazette Vol5 No 12
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"bumper" edition of the
the Penrose Gazette on the left
The (late) Ray Withers' Highway Code
early copy of the original
has started with some long lost documents being found, firstly, the
Wanted poster above that is referred to in the Bowden Phone Call
recording (above - right)
and 3 copies of a document called The Thin Blue Line that was produced
by the Club for Unlicensed Naughty Telephony Stations (C.U.N.T.S.)
Still missing a few of these, any copies about please?
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|If you have any LPWS
magazines we no longer have access to, please scan the front pages and email to
us without delay!
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