This comes from a longer piece by Blatchford in the Clarion June 1896
You’ll notice that it is signed “Nunquam” and since it’s a while since I’ve explained this and many people have joined us since then I’d better do it again.
Before starting the Clarion with a group of like-minded friends Robert Blatchford had already found unexpected fame as a journalist on the Sunday Chronicle. He was particularly admired for a series of articles exposing the awful living conditions of people living in the slum areas of Manchester. These were signed “Nunquam Dormio” ( = I never sleep. Though Blatchford whose formal education was almost entirely confined to what he learned in the British army as a young man had to ask his friend Alex Thompson what it meant). The name stuck and Blatchford became “Nunquam.” Other members of staff – and frequent correspondents such as Tom Groom (“the O Groomio”) – also quickly acquired nickmamses. Thompson became “Dangle,” E F Fay “The Bounder”, Blatchford’s elder brother Montague “Mont Blong” and the artist and designer William Palmer “Whiffley Puncto” – apparently because he “whiffled” ( No, please don’t ask me!).
Next time: The Nottingham Camp