Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Thursday, August 19, 2021


I see this Brixton , South London band in Todmorden on Saturday. Quite well know in certain circles I understand. One of their promotional videos:

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Solid Air



A Street Singer in Hebden Bridge today singing several John Martyn songs


Friday, July 30, 2021

Chris 's Card

My Birthday today !

♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ Ventolin & Fostair Inhalers hang from the head of the mule........♩ ♪ ♫ ♬
Los Angeles 1974

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Blue Orchids at The Hebden Bridge Trades Club.


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A photo of them backing Nico in the Olden Daze.

Blue Orchids & Bingo Harry


Friday night I went to my first gig since March 2020 ( that was at Bury Met with Don & Margaret) 

Tonight I went to see Manchester band Blue Orchids at The Trades Club in Hebden Bridge.. They have been going since 1979 . They started life supporting Nico during her "Manchester Period" 

Great Music ! 

Ken is mates with 2 of the support band Bingo Harry ( pictured)

Friday, July 16, 2021

"The Blind Pig" in Sowerby Bridge

As a coda to my previous post. Here is Julie Mareth Hall the landlady of "The Blind Pig" in Sowerby Bridge being screened ( the same night) on BBC Look North.

A Photo I took of Julie . Plus , here is the pub's website The BLIND PIG

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Hemmingway in Halifax

This is Phil the Ex-Fireman in front of an advertising hoarding in Halifax town centre.

 He looks a bit like Ernest Hemmingway.Non?

 Phil is my oldest friend. We first met at secondary school in 1963. We went to stay with  his family  on the Shankhill Road in East Belfast in 1968 and, later, hitched around Ireland ,the same year, meeting Beach Boy Mike Love and spending a morning with him  ! True! not bull shitting!

Plus a million other things later (n.b.  I am a Grand Parent to his children) 

A Sound Gezzer! I Love the bloke.We are Solid.

 Anyway.We went in Halifax for our first evening drink in 18 months tonight . Ken & Phil wanted to go in the afternoon , but I'd booked a Sauna/Gym & swim today so it had to be late. 

Very dead in Town .Lots of tumbleweed !. Ken bumped into a friend called Julie .... she's the landlady of "The Blind Pig"  in Sowerby Bridge . It was her birthday on Thursday ... .[Pictured below on the right.....]

The audio is Eric Clapton .


Sunday, July 04, 2021

The dog's called Lulu

So I went up To Bob's in Bacup this week. 9 of us go for a Curry in Hebden Bridge in a couple of week's time.

On Thursday I meet Martin & Ken for a look around Manchester,

3 Saunas: extra Swims & Gyms this past week. So pretty chilled!


Audio is Live at the Calavaras County Fairgrounds, Angel’s Camp, CA; August 23, 1987. Grateful Dead (of course!)

Saturday, June 26, 2021

𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐖𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐖𝐚𝐬 𝐖𝐨𝐧

Pennsylvania coal breakers (breaker boys), 1912.
‘There is work that profits children, and there is work that brings profit only to employers. The object of employing children is not to train them, but to get high profits from their work,’
said photographer Lewis Hine.
Plus I have bought over the counter  some multi vits & (an old favourite of mine) Grapefruit Seed Extract.
By the looks of the packet ,InvitaD3 is pretty heavy duty ( 500.000 units instead of the 10 units from over the counter stuff)
May well be the placebo effect, but i do already feel a bit perkier!
3 lots of swimming these past 3 days plus a 90 minute sauna. 
Hopefully my hypochondria is ahealing........
audio : Laura Nyro :1994 "When I Die"


Wednesday, June 23, 2021

waiting for news of my prescription........


We went in the Antique Place near Hebden Bridge Surgery

 It's the first time I've been in there since the start of Covid.

 Lots of new 'Old Stuff'. For example this 18th century Ball & Chain . A snip at £350 .Although why ,& who for , you would buy one..I'm not sure....... 

After my "Thyroid" & "Cancer" Adventures at the hospital last week..... ( turned out I'm just fat ! ) today I went to see my Blood Pressure Nurse . 

 Previously she had thought I *might* need 'to go on tablets' for it. Thankfully my readings today are much better, so I have been spared that. I asked her to translate all my Blood Results, which mostly are very good . No problems regarding diabetis , liver , etc The only dodgy scores were for vitamin deficiencies ( B & D ) 

.Someone is ringing me tommorrow to sort out a prescription for meds for this. Probably tablets..although she did warn I might need injections ( 6 over two weeks!) But hopefully not that........ 

Anyway , all in all, good news on the health front . My nurse was especially impressed by my kidneys . She said I had "the kidneys of a 12 year old". Which is good news for me, although maybe not so good for that 12 year old...........?

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Sweating Near The Ghost Hotel


This Friday night was almost like the olden days! 

I went swimming in Todmorden and, because the sauna there is still closed, I then drove an extra 7 miles to Burnley Baths for a sweat ( that's the 3rd sauna/Turkish bath in as many weeks)

. Good to see they still have that  ' Ghost Hotel' opposite it ...

Manchester UK Free Trade Hall; May 7,1965

 I am Still Missing Out On Those Live Gigs

 ( Cath at the Hebden Bridge Trades Club watching British Sea Power) 




Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Gammon Googles

I am a fat bastard

Just a quick update on my health . 

Yesterday morning I went to see the consultant at The Ear Nose & Throat Clinic at Calderdale Royal Hospital , Halifax.

( He was a really nice bloke)

 I was half expecting to hear him mutter words like "Thyroid" & "Cancer"  .But instead he gave me a clean bill of health, other than saying if I lost a couple of stone , my wobbly -neck should vanish . 

Which is a great relief, obviously . 'Seems I am still immortal , for another few days at least....! 

Although it might  beg a few questions as to why I was there in the first place? 

At the end of the examination with the consultant  , for want of something else to say , I asked him  to translate the blood tests the GP  had taken over two weeks ago.

It turns out they showed my thyroids were ok . Had I known this ,I would not have spent all this time worrying and 'imagining the worst' . .

I should really have been having having these conversations with my GP  ( who I have neither seen or spoken to, throughout  this whole process........) 

Saturday, June 05, 2021

This Week

My Cancer /Thyroid appointment is now on Monday 14th June at 11 am 

I had my blood pressure checked again today  (possibility of me going on tablets for this !) Another check in a couple of weeks..hey-hoy!) 

Here are some photos from the week...


Or George Galloway..who knows As Promised Don I'm back !  My   abstinence  was not intentional ! So.... pics of the gig at Bury Met will...