Jim Reeve League Table
At William Hulme's Grammar School, in a particularly enlightened moment, several Nocturnal Emissions listening pupils decided to create a competition. Basically you would get points for your appearances on the programme and these would be calculated and compiled into a weekly table, known as the "Jim Reeve League Table". James was alerted to this a number of times by several pupils as they started a major campaign of letter writing and phone calls in order to attempt to become the Jim Reeve League Champion. Points were awarded as follows:
NUMBER 2 This letter was sent to me in early 1990 after I had written to James sending him a cassette I had made myself called "The Nocturnal Emissions : A Musical Tribute", which is featured elsewhere on this site. The cassette was basically full of the records that either I used to request all the time, or were famous on the programme for some other reason like "something for the chinese new year" etc. I wasn't expecting a reply from James so was pleasantly surprised with it!
NUMBER 3 This photo was sent to me by James in 1988 or 1989 (to be confirmed exactly soon) a couple of weeks after I sent in a spoof letter pretending to be from a friend from school who sent James an example of my mum's shopping receipt. In fact I had written it myself and included a real receipt from a major shopping trip that my mum had done to Asda in Pilsworth - and according to my "friend" I ate a lot (which I didn't, but anyway). However I had not bothered to vet it, as I hadn't expected him to actually read out the whole shopping list from the receipt, so it had lots of odd things like cake covers, large baps and a jumper (in the days when no-one bought clothes from a supermarket), which James found highly amusing. Given that the receipt was clearly genuine, James must have actually believed that a friend of mine had taken the receipt to send it to him, because I received that signed photo from James with a copy of the receipt telling me there was a fifth columnist in my midst. I didn't actually know at the time what a fifth columnist was, so for a while I didn't have a clue that he had believed the spoof letter. Anyway, here is the signed photo...
NUMBER 4 I've no idea what or when this compliments slip was from. Seems like it was in response to something I had sent him. I presume it was with something, as it would be strange to bother to just send me a compliments slip. Maybe it was with the signed photo above?
Last Updated: Wed 19 December 2012