Video Saturday – Procol Harum

I hear this song and instantly I’m in the back of my dads Vauxhall Viva, the dark green one, its the August Bank Holiday, the one at the beginning of August like it used to be, its a hot August morning and we’re in a long queue waiting to get into the car park at … Continue reading

Video Saturday – October 1971

In October 2011 I had one of those moments where things just seem to click into place and some order is made of your life, almost as if someone is controlling you like one of those robots we used to see on the telly back in the 1960s, you know, those robots that should be … Continue reading

Video Saturday – October 1995 (2)

The doors were closed, the British Airways 747 was pushed back and the engines started up one by one and I sat in the window seat wondering what the hell I was doing there, the man who was paying for my ticket and for the next seven days at his all-inclusive luxury hotel in Barbados … Continue reading

Video Saturday – October 1995

I freely admit that in 1995 when viewing Oasis my immediate reaction would have been “Do something original, John Lennon has already been and gone” but on the up side it was far, far better than the fledgling phase of the “boy band” or the “girl band” that was making its presence known, particularly in … Continue reading

Video Saturday – Saturday September 17th 1983

And so the day finally dawned, the day of our betrothal, I can’t remember ever agreeing to do it but you don’t just sleepwalk into organising a huge and lavish wedding in one of the UK’s most popular, ostentatious, jet-set resorts, ever, yes I speak of Whitley Bay, what do you mean you’ve never heard … Continue reading

Our Mother Was A Bit Barmy…

Our mother was barmy, it wasn’t her fault for she was born that way, in fact her mother was barmy too in a quaint Irish way, she wasn’t really Irish but she thought she was because somewhere further down the line someone was Irish, but she was barmy and she passed it on to our … Continue reading

Video Saturday – With a Running Theme.

I declare straight from the off here that sporting prowess has eluded me in this current incarnation, whilst my contemporaries at school would eagerly await the two period “Sports” lesson on the school calendar every week I would stare at the word and think, “oh bugger, not sport again, how soon it comes around each … Continue reading

1972, the year that never was.

Its w/e 9th September 1972 or at least it is according to the big dial on the Tardis that I built in my garden shed for the purposes of this here blog anyway and lookee here, Mr Stewart is at #2 in the UK popular beat combo music charts with his second charting single release … Continue reading

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Tortoises for fun and profit…

Why would a ten year old boy want to buy himself a tortoise ? There is no rational explanation as to why I did it, I took the profit from selling the four guinea pigs who only had enough good legs between them to make up two guinea pigs and I went and bought a … Continue reading

The Guinea Pig Scandal…

We had lots of pets in our house although we hadn’t originally intended to have quite so many guinea pigs.. When I was around ten years of age I was already earning my own money by selling programmes at Headingley at rugby matches, yes, in our house you had to start early, yes, it probably … Continue reading

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