Going Bodmin???

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by piedwagtail91, 15 Feb 2008.

  1. piedwagtail91

    piedwagtail91 Über Member

    i've just been watching doc martin again and a young girl said to the doc "they think you're going bodmin".
    can anyone from that area or any other tell us waht it means?
  2. Haitch

    Haitch Flim Flormally

    From the Urban Dictionary:

    Chav central of Cornwall, you don't want to be left alone there at night OR in the day. People often use this as an insult. It is very good for being able to discribe someone as chavy or a pikey.

    Insult: e.g. "You going Bodmin" Or , "Oh My Bodmin" Or, "Bodmin" (plainly)Or "Your muffas from Bodmin".
  3. OP

    piedwagtail91 Über Member

    thanks. will have to keep a link to the urban dictionary.
  4. Maggot

    Maggot Guest

    Actually, and far be it from me to dispute the Urban Dictionary, Bodmin was the home of the County Lunatic Asylum, St Lawrences Hospital, for Cornwall. It's still there, but mostly closed except for St Aubyns Villas, a small outpost of the North Cornwall CPN team, the Assertive Outreach Team, the Forensic Psychiatry Community Team and 2 wards, one of which is a "locked" ward. Therfore, I imagine it was a euphamism for going mad.

    (Was that too much knowledge:wacko:)
  5. Haitch

    Haitch Flim Flormally

    Wow, I think they might have made it up themselves. Type "going Bodmin" into google and virtually every single hit is about Doc Martin. It was also the name of an episode.
  6. OP

    piedwagtail91 Über Member

    yes thats all i got, so wondered if a local could give more info.
  7. Maggot

    Maggot Guest

    Trust me, I'm a nurse (psychiatry). In Wiltshire it would have been "Ooooh, you're off to Roundway", in Somerset the equivalent would have been Tone Vale, Bristol would have been Barrow Gurney etc. Each county had an asylum and each asylum became infamous in it's own area. They've all been converted into houses now though, and the streets are full of people who need help:sad: Care in the community my arse:angry:
  8. Maggot

    Maggot Guest

    Cornwall county Asylum just down the road from the Workhouse and up the hill from the infamous Bodmin Gaol.
  9. simonali

    simonali Guru

    What about Newquay? Surely that's chav central of Cornwall?

    'Orrible place! :ohmy:
  10. Renard

    Renard Guest

    There was a documentary on telly a few weeks ago about some chaps from Bodmin moor (all weirdos to a man). There was one guy in particular who collected road kill for food. He had a freezer full of wild animals :thumbsup:
  11. Nothing wrong with that, as long as it's reasonably fresh.
    A mate of mine once played frisbee with a very flat rabbit when he was on a drunken walk home from the pub. That's probably a step too far for most people.:ohmy:
  12. Maggot

    Maggot Guest

    That was Arthur, he's a keen orienteerer:wacko:
  13. Renard

    Renard Guest

  14. redcogs

    redcogs New Member

    Moray Firth
    i wasn't going to contribute to this thread, but i feel the need to defend Arthur.

    The main point is that Arthur isn't the least bit "weird". The tv program that featured him was tied to a specific agenda, and was very misleading.

    Had the producer decided to feature Arthur as the man of many interests, who, to use maggots example, orienteers, who is passionate about wildlife in general, ornithology in particular, and enthusiastic about ecological matters generally, then he would perhaps have come across as the fascinating human being that he actually is. Eccentric? certainly. Weird? absolutely not. Still, its not the first time individuals have been portrayed by the mass media as other than what they actually are, and it did make enjoyable TV. But not honest or accurate.

    Bodmin is a lovely little town. Some of my schooling was done there, and my old Dad psychiatric nursed some very sad cases at St Lawrence's over a long period. i think its closure damaged the town and continues to injure the interests of many mentally ill people who today just roam about more or less abandoned by an increasingly cruel system whose only concern is £sd.

    My advice is to get to the Bodmin moors for a biking holiday. Its absolutely superb away from the regularly beaten track. Highly recommended.
  15. I once worked in East London.

    I believe at the time I heard the expression "He's Barking!"

    Is that similar?
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