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Many have binned over the years but those most adept at the Biniscular art are recorded in the following list:

Andy Biggar
Mark Cowper
David Dunham
Neil Dunham
Carl Fleischer
Andy Horwood
Leppo Marxx*
Wayne Lang
Aidan Marsh
Mick O'Sullivan

* For reasons of poncing about, James Arber has asked that his real name be disguised on this website. In respect of James Arber’s wishes, we have changed his name to Leppo Marxx.


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Leppo Marxx is one of the earliest people to be swept up on the Binner Band Wagon. Although not always seen on some of the more recent trips, Leppo has a vast wealth of experience of the Binner Cannon - both within and without conventional Binner expeditions. Leppo’s first trip took place in November 1989, when Bonfire night spectaculars were still being held at Avebury Manor. Possibly his biggest Binner claim to fame though is that he was involved in the near disastrous New Years Eve trip of 1991/92. It was then that Leppo became the only Binner to be banned from the Red Lion, for playing on the pool table. But fair’s fair: he was playing football! This picture of Leppo has been distorted at his own request to disguise his identity. Here is Leppo’s five least favourite Binner things:

Cart Gap
Presumably so named because some farmer used to drive a cart through this small gap in an embankment. Curiously, you could have driven a coach and horses through the gap I made in my hand when we stopped there for lunch whilst walking the Ridgeway (well, that’s what it seemed like). Only prompt bandaging by Wayne prevented a small scar from being a slightly bigger one (and everyone passing out from having to look at my knucklebone).
Binner Verdict: Safe enough if you can avoid the uncontrollable urge to try and get corned beef out of the tin with a plastic spleen (sorry, spoon)

Winterbourne Abbas Ninestones
Not strictly speaking a Binner Venue, I went there on a non Binner trip, but bad enough to be included anyway; notable for being utterly tiny and next to a main road.
Binner Verdict: Blink and with any luck you will miss it.

Longleat Doctor Who Exhibition.
Possibly the most overpriced farrago of junk this side of EuroDisney. If you don’t like Doctor Who you won’t like it; If you do then you probably won’t like it anyway - I didn’t.
Binner Verdict: Dave’s Room is more impressive and cheaper.

The Avebury Club
Avebury residents are more advanced than some others in this part of Wiltshire: they are merely deeply suspicious of electricity, not actively hostile towards it. This may be why Dave Wayne and I narrowly escaped with our lives on THAT New Years Eve.
Binner Verdict: Could have more fun in a cat litter.

Stonehenge is nothing if not spectacular, and it’s not spectacular. Take away the fences, the souvenir shop. The main road and ninety per cent of the other visitors and you might have a decent Binner venue; as it is you might as well take away Stonehenge.
Binner Verdict: Could have more fun in a cat litter.