Sunday, 30 October 2016

I`ve Heard That Somewhere Before

You never know who is reading your posts. A couple of years back I had a good night out at a gig in a pub that brews its own beer. I had quite a bit, and when I went outside, it hit me I headed for the bus stop and had to cross a duel carriageway with shrubs in the central reservation, as I walked over them I remember thinking “Well at least I can name them all in Latin.” When I got to the bus stop I posted that thought on Facebook
CAMELLIA williamsii
CEANOTHUS Blue mound
COTONEASTER Variegatus
HYPERICUM Guttiferae
I have just watched an episode of Sherlock and in it Dr. Watson says to man “I am a Amy Doctor, I can break every bone in your body whilst naming them in Latin! 
Hummmm That sounded familiar …….. Wonder if one of the writers had read my post?

Friday, 28 October 2016

RIP Pete Burns


I have `copied and pasted` the following from my long term friend, and Leeds`s premier Music Promotor John Keenan. Who had known Pete for many years, in fact since 1979.

Nightmares in Wax (pic from google)

What a shock to hear that Pete Burns, of Dead or Alive, has passed away from a heart attack at the age of 57. He was a creative originator who somehow lost his way. Younger people will not realise that he was a major influence on the British post-punk scene.

The first time I booked him with his band, Nightmares in Wax, was as support to The Cramps at The Fan Club at Brannigans. With dramatic style, Pete, his wife, and the band swished into the club together; they were all dressed in black, pale faces, dyed raven hair, bleached white, chicken-bone jewellery. Heads turned, especially that of a young Andrew Eldritch, who at the time was dating Claire Shearsby, the club`s DJ: Ian Asbury was also a big fan and known to adopt similar bone and feather accessories prior to his days in The Cult. Later on, Pete went on to sport long-flowing chintz patterned clothing and wide-rimmed hats, a look that was blatantly copied and popularised by Boy George.
Both Pete and his wife were a stunningly good-looking couple. At the beginning, Pete was probably one of the most handsome guys in rock, 6 foot tall with chiselled features and lots of charisma, but he was always trying to change himself. I remember one gig at TifFANy`s, he turned up with the whole of his eyeballs black. When questioned about it, he told me that he had obtained some contact lenses intended for dogs and asked his optician to adapt them to fit his eyes. Not sure how true this was, but it showed how far he was prepared to go to be different. The mind boggles when you think of the excessive lengths he went through to alter his appearance. R.I.P. Pete, a troubled soul, but truly unique.

Although I was at many of the mentioned gigs, I never spoke to Pete, and so I couldn`t have put it that good. (Thanks John)

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Weekend at Eden Camp

To say that I was disappointed with the number of people that turned up for this weekend could be the biggest understatement of the century! The trouble was that 6 mile away in the town of Pickering was a similar but much more established event, namely a 40’s weekend with camping at the showground they had over 300 caravans turn up. We had 12 And although I have nothing to do with the booking I had tried my best to promote this.
It was planned that I would do Friday and Sunday night`s entertainment, but as no one was staying to Monday both of my `nights` were compressed into one. For the first part I played sixties music at low levels, we did a quiz before seamlessly moving on to Ball Room After the Blitz, scheduled for Sunday night.
At Eden Camp
I would like to make it clear at this point, that I only use the high quality smoke fluid in my smoke machine, which is none allogeneic, despite some claiming it was upsetting their chest.
Here’s the Set list for that part of the night.

Bad Moon Rising, Creedence Clearwater Revival
Smoke and Mirrors, Dawn of Elysium
Wasteland, The Mission
London Calling, The Clash
Swords of a Thousand Men, Tenpole Tudor
Oliver’s Army, Elvis Costello
The Killing Moon, Echo and the Bunnymen
Knocking on Heaven’s Door, Bob Dylan
Where Have All the Flowers Gone, Peter, Paul and Mary
The Damage Done, The Sisters of Mercy
Stop The Cavalry, Jona Lewie
Ship Building, Elvis Costello
Sailing, Rod Stewart
Timeless and Elegant, Rhombus 
The Call Up, The Clash
Heroes, David Bowie
Johnny Ain’t Coming, The Lost Souls
Blitzkrieg Bop/Commando, The Ramones
Bomber, Motorhead
Enola Gay, O M D
Warhead, UK Subs
English Civil War, The Clash
Winds of Change, Scorpions
Give Peace A Chance, John Lennon
Do You Believe in Angels, The Last Dance.
At Eden Camp
It`s always nice when you FB messages from people saying how much they had enjoyed themselves, just a pity more had not turned up.
At Eden Camp
Eden Camp is a modern museum about WW2 set in a prisoner of war camp in North Yorkshire. For more details see their website  http://www.edencamp.co.uk/

Waited For The Right Time, Place And People.

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