Video Saturday – Christmas 1964

There was a time, a time of childhood innocence, a time when we had just come up in the world, when my father had finally saved up the £250 deposit he needed to purchase the bungalow in this here suburb in which I still live and the Leeds & Holbeck Building Society had deemed to … Continue reading


Video Saturday – Old Heroes Die of Old Age

You know you’re getting old when the musicians that you admired and followed during your youth start to die , from old age. Musicians from the 1960s and 70s weren’t supposed to do that, they were supposed to die young from the excesses of youth, to then be remembered forever by old people as the … Continue reading


Video Saturday – Being a Youth in the 1960s

In 1968 a group of 30, 11 year old boys sat in alphabetical order in a grim classroom that hadn’t been remodelled since the school was built in 1931, images of Tom Browns Schooldays sprang to mind, fagging, caning, cold baths and the making of us is what we feared, these would be our formative … Continue reading


About this time of year…

It was always about this time of year when our mother would return from one of her regular visits to our posh Auntie Doris’s house clutching a blue A5 page ripped out of a Basildon Bond writing pad from the Post Office, scribbled upon which, in our posh Auntie Doris’s neat hand, would be her … Continue reading


Two weeks in Edinburgh and nothing to do…

The great thing about Google Earth is the ability to revisit the scenes of your own history, to open up the museum of recollections and then zoom into a photographic street map of the location really enhances the history, confirms to you what the museum of recollections is telling you, reminds you that no, you … Continue reading

Destroying Ancient History and The Life and Times of Major Matt Mason.

Life was so much simpler back then… how many times have you heard that, how many times have I written that, well, it was probably true. Just for an example, childcare for working mothers, how much simpler was that back in the day when I wor nobbut a lad ? Much simpler is the answer, … Continue reading

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How I spent my early working life…

“Socks four, trousers on, underpants four, shirts two, jumpers one, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, razor…all checked, good to go, over and out” Monday morning 6.45am, location my bedroom at the back of the family bungalow in Leeds, Gola sports bag open in front of me on the bed, I’m ready for yet another week working 100 … Continue reading

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


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