My Life part One

This is purely a list of (some of) the significant events in my life. After August 1992 they become more detailed, because that's when I bought my first Psion (a 256k Series 3) and began writing a daily journal. That period of my life is in My Life Part 2.

By the way, I make no apologies for the things that I do and don't mention - this is subjective and I've only included things that I particularly remember, or that were important to me later on. Also, I confess that a great deal of the historic and musical background in the years 1960-1970 was taken from Ian MacDonald's book "Revolution in the Head".

Here and there you'll see a graphic, this links to more detailed info - reflections, memories, and (after 9/92) extracts from my journal. Brain dumps, basically - they'll be updated as and when anything occurs to me. At the moment there are dumps on this page about childhood. Please send comments, corrections etc here.

Main headings:
early life - secondary school years - post-school arsing about - gigging - not gigging but chef'ing - unemployed, psychotherapy & Haringey Community Workshops - No. 1 Bedford Hill
In Part Two: With a Psion - working for Psion Software - Symbian - with a son - life after Symbian -

Part 1) Early life

As 1955 turned into 1956, Bill Haley was at number one with Rock Around the Clock. You *could* argue that that was the beginning of modern music (but don't bother arguing with me cos I don't really care). Subsequent number ones in 1956 (the year of my birth) were: Tennessee Ernie Ford - Sixteen Tons, Lou Busch - Zambesi, Dean Martin - Memories Are Made Of This, Dream Weavers - It's Almost Tomorrow, Winifred Atwell - Poor People Of Paris, Ronnie Hilton - No Other Love, Pat Boone - I'll Be Home (number one the day I was born), Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers - Why Do Fools Fall In Love, Doris Day - Whatever Will Be Will Be, Anne Shelton - Lay Down Your Arms, Frankie Laine - Woman In Love, Johnnie Ray - Just Walking In The Rain.

So I was born on 22/6/56. I imagine this was a significant event in my life, and had a fair amount of influence on later events, but I don't remember it too well. Someone was shouting & I couldn't breathe.

1957 Number Ones: Guy Mitchell - Singing The Blues, Tommy Steele - Singing The Blues, Frankie Vaughan - Garden Of Eden, Tab Hunter - Young Love, Lonnie Donegan - Cumberland Gap, Andy Williams - Butterfly, Johnnie Ray - Yes Tonight Josephine, Lonnie Donegan - Gambling Man, Elvis Presley - All Shook Up, Paul Anka - Diana, Crickets - That'll Be The Day, Harry Belafonte - Mary's Boy Child

NB: for a definitive list of chart entries, number ones, etc., check out I referred to them a lot while doing these pages!

1958 Number Ones: Johnny Otis Show - Ma He's Making Eyes At Me, Jerry Lee Lewis - Great Balls Of Fire, Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock, Michael Holliday - The Story Of My Life, Perry Como - Magic Moments / Catch A Falling Star, Marvin Rainwater - Whole Lotta Woman, Connie Francis - Who's Sorry Now, Everly Brothers - All I Have To Do Is Dream / Claudette, Kalin Twins - When, Connie Francis - Stupid Cupid, Everly Brothers - Bird Dog, Lord Rockingham's Xi - Hoots Mon, Conway Twitty - It's Only Make Believe

On 10th January I gained a sister, Mary aka Mame.

1959 Number Ones: Elvis Presley - I Got Stung / One Night, Platters - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, Russ Conway - Side Saddle, Buddy Holly - It Doesn't Matter Anymore, Elvis Presley - As Fool Such As I / I Need Your Love Tonight, Russ Conway - Roulette, Bobby Darin - Dream Lover, Cliff Richard - Livin' Doll, Craig Douglas - Only Sixteen, Cliff Richard - Travellin' Light, Adam Faith - What Do You Want


Albums released that I bought later: Dave Brubeck Time Out, Miles Davis Sketches of Spain
Number One hits in the UK: Emile Ford & The Checkmates - What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For, Anthony Newley - Why, Adam Faith - Poor Me, Johnny Preston - Running Bear, Lonnie Donegan - My Old Man's A Dustman, Everly Brothers - Cathy's Clown, Jimmy Jones - Good Timin', Cliff Richard - Please Don't Tease, Shadows - Apache, Ricky Valence - Tell Laura I Love Her, Roy Orbison - Only The Lonely, Elvis Presley - It's Now Or Never

And: Everly Brothers, Tommy Steele, Drifters, Acker Bilk/Kenny Ball/Chris Barber etc. Oliver! opens in West End, Kennedy elected president November, Maigret & Danger Man on TV.


Number One hits in the UK: Johnny Tilotson - Poetry In Motion, Elvis Presley - Are You Lonesome Tonight, Everly Brothers - Walk Right Back, Elvis Presley - Wooden Heart, Allisons - Are You Sure, Temperance Seven - You're Driving Me Crazy, Marcels - Blue Moon, Del Shannon - Runaway, Elvis Presley - Surrender, Everly Brothers - Temptation, Eden Kane - Well I Ask You, Helen Shapiro - You Don't Know, John Leyton - Johnny Remember Me, Shadows - Kon Tiki, Highwaymen - Michael Row The Boat, Helen Shapiro - Walkin' Back To Happiness, Elvis Presley - His Latest Flame, Bobby Vee - Take Good Care Of My Baby, Frankie Vaughan - Tower Of Strength

And: Emergence of Bob Dylan, Dion Runaround Sue, Dave Brubeck Take 5. West Side Story, Yuri Gagarin 1st man in space, Catch-22, On The Road, Stranger in a Strange Land & Burroughs Soft Machine published, The Berlin wall built, Beyond The Fringe (Cook, Moore, Miller & Bennett), Coronation Street, Avengers & Morecambe & Wise show begin on TV, contraceptive pill available on NHS.

17/9/61: Family went to Rome (dad filming Cleopatra) until Xmas.


Records Mike and Tim had that I listened to: Shadows Guitar Tango, Venus In Blue Jeans (aunt Mary probably!), Love Me Do (November)
Albums released that I bought later: Dylan 1st album
Number One hits in the UK: Acker Bilk - Stranger On The Shore, Cliff Richard - The Young Ones, Elvis Presley - Rock-A-Hula Baby / Can't Help Falling In Love, Shadows - Wonderful Land, B. Bumble & The Stingers - Nut Rocker, Elvis Presley - Good Luck Charm, Mike Sarne - Come Outside, Ray Charles - I Can't Stop Loving You, Frank Ifield - I Remember You, Elvis Presley - She's Not For You, Tornados - Telstar, Frank Ifield - Lovesick Blues, Elvis Presley - Return To Sender

Other records released: Joe Brown, Speedy Gonzales

And: The Twist arrives in UK, Z Cars, Crossroads, Dr Finlay, Steptoe & The Saint begin on TV, Dr No, Private Eye launched, Cuban missile crisis, Something Wicked this way Comes, thalidomide scandal.
11/9/62: I started at Muswell Hill primary school. Before then I'd been to Mrs. Summers' nursery, Birklands convent and St. Gilda's convent (both in Crouch End). All I remember about either is orange juice and a chocolate marshmallow for elevenses - no wonder I turned out so religious...
20/9/62: Moved to Rookfield Avenue, Muswell Hill


Records Mike and Tim had that I listened to: Beatles 1st album, singles and EPs, Charmaine (The Bachelors - aunt Mary probably!)
Albums released that I bought later: Beatles Please Please Me
Number One hits in the UK: Cliff Richard and the Shadows - Bachelor Boy, The Shadows - Dance On, Jet Harris and Tony Meehan - Diamonds, Frank Ifield - Wayward Wind, Cliff Richard and the Shadows - Summer Holiday, The Shadows - Foot Tapper, Gerry and the Pacemakers - How Do You Do It?, The Beatles - From Me To You, Gerry and the Pacemakers - I Like It, Frank Ifield - Confessin', Elvis Presley - Devil In Disguise, The Searchers - Sweets For My Sweet, Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas - Bad To Me, The Beatles - She Loves You, Brian Poole and the Tremeloes - Do You Love Me, Gerry and the Pacemakers - You'll Never Walk Alone, The Beatles - I Want To Hold Your Hand

Other records released: Freddie and the Dreamers, "The Mersey Sound", Rolling Stones 1st single (Come On).

And: Beatlemania! Ready Steady Go & Dr Who begin on TV, Dr Strangelove, The Birds, The Pink Panther, Harold Wilson becomes leader of Labour party, Profumo affair, The Bell Jar, Cat's Cradle, Great Train Robbery (Aug), Kennedy assassinated 24/11, TW3 pulled off air.
Xmas 1963: Winter Olympics (5-4-3-2-1) at the Bakers' (my cousins)


Records Mike and Tim had that I listened to: With The Beatles, I Feel Fine, A Hard Day's Night and EPs
Records my parents' friends had that I listened to: Dylan "Freewheelin" and "Times They Are A-Changing" (Frank & Nita Hilton)
Albums released that I bought later: Beatles and Dylan albums as above, early Beach Boys stuff
Number One hits in the UK: Dave Clark Five - Glad All Over, The Searchers - Needles and Pins, The Bachelors - Diane, Cilla Black - Anyone Who Had A Heart, Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas - Little Children, The Beatles - Can't Buy Me Love, Peter and Gordon - World Without Love, The Searchers - Don't Throw Your Love Away, Four Pennies - Juliet, Cilla Black - You're My World, Roy Orbison - It's Over, The Animals - House of the Rising Sun, Rolling Stones - It's All Over Now, The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night, Manfred Mann - Do Wah Diddy Diddy, Honeycombs - Have I The Right, The Kinks - You Really Got Me, Herman's Hermits - I'm Into Something Good, Roy Orbison - Oh Pretty Woman, Sandie Shaw - (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me, The Supremes - Baby Love, Rolling Stones - Little Red Rooster, The Beatles - I Feel Fine

Other records released: Yardbirds, Hollies, Lulu, Dusty Springfield, Barron Knights, Beach Boys, Zombies, Val Doonican, John Coltrane A Love Supreme.

And: Beatlemania! Ready Steady Go, Top of the Pops & Dr Who begin on TV, Cassius Clay beats Sonny Liston, Radio Caroline & BBC2 begin, Mods and Rockers, Nelson Mandela jailed, Man From Uncle, Vietnam hostilities start to escalate
5/6/64: Butlins (Clacton) with Bottomleys
Xmas 1964 at the Bakers'


Records I bought included: Moody Blues Go Now, Twinkle Terry, Mary Poppins, Help, Rubber Soul
Records Mame bought that were in the house & I listened to: We Can Work It Out/Day Tripper,
Records Mike and Tim had that I listened to: John Mayall's Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton
Albums released that I bought later: Byrds, Beach Boys, Who My Generation
Number One hits in the UK: Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames - Yeh Yeh, Moody Blues - Go Now, Righteous Brothers - You've Lost That Loving Feeling, The Kinks - Tired Of Waiting For You, The Seekers - I'll Never Find Another You, Tom Jones - It's Not Unusual, Rolling Stones - The Last Time, Unit Four Plus Two - Concrete and Clay, Cliff Richard - The Minute You're Gone, The Beatles - Ticket To Ride, Roger Miller - King Of The Road, Jackie Trent - Where Are You Now (My Love), Sandie Shaw - Long Live Love, Elvis Presley - Crying In The Chapel, The Hollies - I'm Alive, The Byrds - Mr. Tambourine Man, The Beatles - Help!, Sonny and Cher - I Got You Babe, Rolling Stones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, Walker Brothers - Make It Easy On Yourself, Ken Dodd - Tears, Rolling Stones - Get Off Of My Cloud, The Seekers - The Carnival Is Over, The Beatles - Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out

Other records released: Them, Herman's Hermits, Yardbirds For Your Love, Donovan, California Girls, The Who My Generation,

And: Churchill dies, Krays arrested, Catch Us If You Can & Sound of Music, Vietnam war begins, Moors murders, Carnaby Street, Mary Quant, Jean Shrimpton & Twiggy, Stingray, Jackanory on TV. Jane & Jackie (students) with us, Chase Farm hospital swimming with the Knipes,
5/6/65: Back to Butlins
25/6/65: Me to France with primary school.While I was enjoying the pink aeroplane (l'avion rose ha ha ha), Mame was in hospital having an operation on her ear. She'd been having hearing problems for a while and a bloke called Mr Fuller finally diagnosed the problem and fixed it for her. Good job too!
1/8/65: Nana, May & Marg to 27
9/65: Bought radiogram (and so I could start buying records). Me into class 6
20/9/65: Newcomers launch party at 25 - A Hard Day's Night & Judy Geeson & "Lance"


Records I bought included: Beach Boys Barbara Ann, Beatles Paperback Writer, Yellow Submarine, Best of the Beach Boys & Good Vibrations,
Records Mame (or Dad) bought that were in the house & I listened to: Nancy Sinatra These Boots Are Made For Walking, Jim Reeves Distant Drums, Lovin Spoonful Daydream (dad)
Records Mike and Tim had that I listened to: John Mayall's Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton
Albums released that I bought later: Pet Sounds, Blonde on Blonde, Byrds 5D, High Tide and Green Grass, Fresh Cream, Freak Out,
Number One hits in the UK: Spencer Davis Group - Keep On Running, Overlanders - Michelle, Nancy Sinatra - These Boots Are Made For Walking, Walker Brothers - The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore, Spencer Davis Group - Somebody Help Me, Dusty Springfield - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, Manfred Mann - Pretty Flamingo, Rolling Stones - Paint It, Black, Frank Sinatra - Strangers In The Night, The Beatles - Paperback Writer, The Kinks - Sunny Afternoon, Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames - Get Away, Chris Farlowe and the Thunderbirds - Out of Time, The Troggs - With A Girl Like You, The Beatles - Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby, Small Faces - All Or Nothing, Jim Reeves - Distant Drums, Four Tops - Reach Out I'll Be There, Beach Boys - Good Vibrations, Tom Jones - Green Green Grass of Home

Other records released: Stones 19th Nervous Breakdown, Kinks Dedicated Follower of Fashion, Sloop John B, Mamas & Papas, Byrds 8 Miles High, Simon & Garfunkel, Hollies Bus Stop, God Only Knows, Semi Detached Suburban Mr James, Gimme Some Lovin, The Who Happy Jack & A Quick One, Donovan Sunshine Superman

And: Tamla Motown starting to take off big time, Dylan "motorbike accident", Beatles recording Sgt Pepper. We bought an open-top Morris. Frost Report, Man from Uncle, The Newcomers (starring my dad!) on TV. Blow-Up, Morgan (A Suitable Case For Treatment), World cup stolen & found, North Sea oil discovered, Anti-American demo in Grosvenor Square, Swinging London, Biba, Till Death/Likely Lads/Batman/Monkees/Its a Knockout on TV. International Times launched in London, Aberfan disaster October, UFO opens in London, Ronald Reagan governor of California
6/66: Paperback Writer released - I think we were on holiday in the Isle of Wight
7/66: Bond Beach Club in Altafulla, Spain - Yvonne Jones!
30/7/66: England win world cup - dad watched the final in a Spanish bar.
1/11/66: Sold grand piano


Records I bought included: Beatles Strawberry Fields/Penny Lane, Sgt Pepper (released June 1st), All You Need Is Love, Hello Goodbye
Records Mame bought that were in the house & I listened to: Monkees I'm a Believer, A Little Bit Me A Little Bit You, Alternate Title, Daydream Believer, The Monkees & Headquarters LPs, Tremeloes Silence Is Golden
Records Mike and Tim had that I listened to: Magical Mystery Tour
Albums released that I bought later: Pink Floyd Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Incredible String Band 5000 Spirits, Cream Disraeli Gears, Beach Boys Smiley Smile, Surrealistsic Pillow & After Bathing at Baxters, Doors 1st, The Velvet Underground & Nico, Lumpy Gravy,
Number One hits in the UK: The Monkees - I'm A Believer, Petula Clark - This Is My Song, Engelbert Humperdinck - Release Me, Nancy and Frank Sinatra - Something Stupid, Sandie Shaw - Puppet On A String, Tremeloes - Silence Is Golden, Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale, The Beatles - All You Need Is Love, Scott McKenzie - San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair), Engelbert Humperdinck - The Last Waltz, The Bee Gees - Massachusetts, Foundations - Baby Now That I've Found You, Long John Baldry - Let The Heartaches Begin, The Beatles - Hello Goodbye

Other records released: Seekers Morningtown Ride & Georgy Girl, Cream I Feel Free & Strange Brew, Are You Experienced, Hey Joe & Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix, Stones Between the Buttons, Kinks Waterloo Sunset, Byrds Younger Than Yesterday, Hollies Carrie-Anne, Traffic Paper Sun, Mamas & Papas Creeque Alley, Pink Floyd See Emily Play & Arnold Layne, Small Faces Itchycoo Park, Keith West Excerpt from a Teenage Opera, Beach Boys Heroes and Villains, Bobbie Gentry Ode To Billy Joe, Stones Satanic Majesties, Motown Chartbusters vol 1

And: Donald Campbell dies in Bluebird, Jeremy Thorpe becomes leader of Liberal party, Bonnie & Clyde, Graduate, Cool Hand Luke, The Producers, Drug squad busts Jagger & Richards, Torrey canyon runs aground off Cornwall, Be-In at Ally Pally, Release founded, Politics of Experience (Laing), Naked Ape, Technicolour Dream at Ally Pally, Monterey Pop festival, Be-Ins and Love-Ins, The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, offshore pirate radio stations close Aug, "military" fashion (I was Lord Kitchener's valet etc) inspired by Sgt Pepper, The Prisoner, Forsyte Saga, Frost Program, Light & Third programme dropped in favour of radios 1-4, Christian Barnard performs first heart transplant, Britain devalues the pound, Concorde flies for the first time. We got a dog (Bonnie), I went to see "Half a Sixpence" with aunt Sybil, we went on holiday to Truro and I started playing the piano!
1/4/67: Holiday in Calpe & Knipes, Dad came later. Meanwhile, central heating installed.
8/67: Boating holiday on the Thames

Part 2) Secondary school years
7/9/67: Start at William Ellis School - Mum & Dad at Marion's funeral so Maurice took me. Did I stay with them, or in 27?
12/67: Dad left


Records I bought included: Beatles Lady Madonna, Donovan Hurdy Gurdy Man, Richard Harris MacArthur Park, Pink Floyd A Saucerful of Secrets, Hey Jude, On The Road Again (Canned Heat), Lily The Pink, Fleetwood Mac Albatross, Love Sculpture Sabre Dance, Beatles Hey Jude & White Album, Classical Gas, The Nice America,
Records Mame bought that were in the house & I listened to: Hugo Montenegro The Good, The Bad & The Ugly,
Records Mike and Tim had that I listened to: Traffic Mr Fantasy, Donovan A Gift From A Flower To A Garden, Cream Wheels of Fire, Listen Here (Transatlantic sampler), You Can All Join In (Island sampler), The Pentangle,
Albums released that I bought later: Traffic, Donovan & Cream as above, Love Forever Changes, Incredible String Band Hangman's Beautiful Daughter, What We Did On Our Holidays, Notorious Byrd Brothers, The Mothers of Invention We're Only In It For The Money, Electric Ladyland, Beggars Banquet, Family Music in a Dolls House, Waiting for the Sun, Spirit & Family That Plays Together, Come Out Fighting Ghengis Smith, Wee Tam and the Big Huge, Magical Mystery Tour boxing day, Caravan 1st, In-A-Gadda-da-Vida, Eli & the 13th Confession,
Number One hits in the UK: Georgie Fame - The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde, Love Affair - Everlasting Love, Manfred Mann - Mighty Quinn, Esther and Abi Ofarim - Cinderella Rockefella, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich - The Legend of Xanadu, The Beatles - Lady Madonna, Cliff Richard - Congratulations, Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap - Young Girl, Rolling Stones - Jumping Jack Flash, Equals - Baby Come Back, Des O'Connor - I Pretend, Tommy James and the Shondells - Mony Mony, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - Fire, Beach Boys - Do It Again, The Bee Gees - I've Gotta Get A Message To You, The Beatles - Hey Jude, Mary Hopkin - Those Were The Days, Joe Cocker - With A Little Help From My Friends, Hugo Montenegro - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, Scaffold - Lily The Pink, Marmalade - Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da

Other records released: Nights in White Satin, Small Faces Tin Soldier, Pictures of Matchstick Men, Who Sell Out, Move Fire Brigade, John Wesley Harding, Lazy Sunday, Ogden's Nut Gone Flake, My People Were Fair, Julie Driscoll This Wheel's On Fire, Mrs Robinson, Need Your Love So Bad, Jose Feliciano Light My Fire, Barry Ryan Eloise, Harper Valley PTA, Bonzos I'm The Urban Spaceman,

And: If..., Rosemary's Baby, assassination of Martin Luther King, Enoch Powell "rivers of blood" speech, decimalisation, Ronan Point collapse, Decimalisation, Ronan Point collapse, Dad's Army, Please Sir, Forsyte Saga, Russia invades Czechoslovakia, Nixon elected president,
3/68: Mum at Highgate school
8/68: Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia - I was staying with Dad at the time
16/8/68: Holiday at Butlins, Cliftonville
9/68: Hair opened in London. I must have seen it (with Dad) a couple of months later


Records I bought included: Yellow Submarine soundtrack, Hair, Get Back, Pinball Wizard, Goodbye (Mary Hopkin), Albatross, Man of the World & Oh Well (Fleetwood Mac), Frozen Orange Juice (Peter Sarstedt), Ballad of John and Yoko, Living in the Past (Tull), Something in the Air, Breakaway (Beach Boys), Give Peace a Chance, Abbey Road, Ssssh (Ten Years After), Wheels of Fire, Songs for a Tailor (Jack Bruce), Cold Turkey, Nice Enough To Eat,
Records Mame bought that were in the house & I listened to: Windmills of your Mind
Records other people had that I listened to: Ummagumma (Claire K and Jon B), The Contemporary Guitar Sampler, Come Out Fighting Ghengis Smith (Mike & Tim), What We Did On Our Holidays & Unhalfbricking (unnamed sudent - Jane?), If Only For A Moment (a different student?), Changing Horses/Wee Tam/1st album (Incredible String Band - the music teacher at Highgate school),
Albums released that I bought later: Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse, Cream Goodbye, Happy Trails (recorded 1968), Family Entertainment, Tommy, Led Zeppelin, Stand Up, If Only For A Moment, Unhalfbricking, Blind Faith, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Everybody's Talking (Nilsson), Led Zep 2, Court of the Crimson King, Ummagumma, Let It Bleed, Crown of Creation, Love Chronicles, Folkjokeopus, Clear Spirit, Live/Dead, Changing Horses, Family Entertainment, Blues Jam At Chess, California Bloodlines, The Gilded Palace of Sin, Time And A Word, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Uncle Meat, Miles Davis In A Silent Way,
Number One hits in the UK: Fleetwood Mac - Albatross, The Move - Blackberry Way, Amen Corner - (If Paradise Is) Half As Nice, Peter Sarstedt - Where Do You Go To My Lovely, Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Desmond Dekker and the Aces - The Israelites, The Beatles - Get Back, Tommy Roe - Dizzy, The Beatles - The Ballad of John and Yoko, Thunderclap Newman - Something In The Air, Rolling Stones - Honky Tonk Women, Zager and Evans - In The Year 2525, Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising, Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg - Je T'Aime... Moi Non Plus, Bobbie Gentry - I'll Never Fall In Love Again, The Archies - Sugar Sugar, Rolf Harris - Two Little Boys

Other records released: Going Up the Country, Wichita Lineman, Barabajagal, Space Oddity, Everybody's Talking (Nilsson)

And: Midnight Cowboy, Butch Cassidy, Alice's Restaurant, Easy Rider, 2001, Woodstock festival, Isle of Wight festival, Concorde flies, The Godfather (book), 1st men on the moon, Charles Manson family murders Sharon Tate, Colour TV in UK (Sept), Callan, Star Trek, Nationwide, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Me going to the Albert Hall a lot with Peter Burnett, Me in the London Boy Singers, Hot Air Balloon (school band with Martin Rickenback), mum in Oedipus Rex & The Boyfriend (Highgate School plays),
Jan 1969: I bought my first Melody Maker (headline "A Toast To The Marmalade") and continued buying it every week until I defected to the NME some time in the mid-70s.
22/6/69: Went to see "Hair" with friends for my birthday
9/69: Mame at Camden - when did Sue B arrive on the scene?
22/9/69: Country Joe And The Fish at the Albert Hall
12/12/69: TYA at RAH
25/12/69: I got "SSSH" for Xmas - Albatross was in the charts I think


Records I bought included: Basket of Light (Pentangle), Amazing Grace (Judy Collins), Voodoo Chile, Caravan 1st album, Deja Vu, Let It Be, McCartney, Bryter Layter, Witches Promise (Jethro Tull), Venus (Shocking Blue), Fill Your Head With Rock, Willy & the Poor Boys, Question (Moody Blues), Green Manalishi, Who Live At Leeds, Cosmos Factory, Eric Clapton (Sept), Paranoid, MSC Woodstock, Deep Purple in Rock, Traffic John Barleycorn, Love Chronicles, I Feel Like I'm Fixing to Die, Come Out Fighting Ghengis Smith, Mama Told me not to Come, Led Zeppelin III, Black Night (Deep Purple), After the Goldrush, L.A. Woman, Emerson Lake & Palmer, All Things Must Pass, Tommy, If Only For A Moment,
Records other people had that I listened to: Tommy (Jonathon Champion), Zero She Flies, FolkJokeopus/Flat Baroque & Berserk (M&T),
Albums released that I bought later: Leige and Lief, The Band, Morrison Hotel, Burnt Weeny Sandwich, Moondance, Ladies of the Canyon, Hot Rats, Volunteers, Get Yer Ya-Yas Out, Atom Heart Mother, Candles in the Rain, Workingmans Dead, Abraxas, Sweet Baby James, Live Dead, 12 Dreams of Dr Sardonicus, Vintage Violence, If I Could Do It, Layla, ELP, On The Boards, Christmas and the Beads of Sweat, Abraxas, Unicorn, The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other, Bitches Brew,
Number One hits in the UK: Edison Lighthouse - Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes), Lee Marvin - Wand'rin' Star, Simon and Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water, Dana - All Kinds Of Everything, Norman Greenbaum - Spirit In The Sky, The England World Cup Squad - Back Home, Christie - Yellow River, Mungo Jerry - In The Summertime, Elvis Presley - The Wonder Of You, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles - Tears Of A Clown, Freda Payne - Band Of Gold, Matthews' Southern Comfort - Woodstock, The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Voodoo Chile, Dave Edmunds - I Hear You Knockin'

Other records released: Let's Work Together (Canned Heat), I'm a Man Chicago, All Right Now, Lola, Ball of Confusion, Ride a White Swan, Nothing Rhymed

And: MASH, Performance, Catch-22, Magic Christian, Tories (Heath) win, Female Eunuch, Janov Primal Scream, Oh Calcutta at Roundhouse, Billy Travers, Skinhead reggae, Snooker with Andrew & Jonathon Champion - Tommy, "Joseph" with London Boy Singers, Isle of Wight festival, Hendrix dies sept 18, Janis dies 4 Oct, Doomwatch on TV,
1/4/70: London Boy Singers in Denmark - Suzanne Karlsen
5/70: Gillian O'Leary
7/70: Neil & Lissa Bisson,
8/70: Colony holiday & Sue Shenton
10/70: SUR 287J car
16/12/70: London Boy Singers at Bournemouth


Records I bought included: Sweet Baby James & Mud Slide Slim, 4 Way Street, If I Could Only Remember My Name, U (Incredible String Band), Who's Next, Every Picture Tells A Story, Leige & Leif & Angel Delight (Fairport Convention), Morrison Hotel, Led Zeppelin IV, Grateful Dead, Stormcock, Meddle, Light Flight, Zero She Flies, Flat Baroque & Berserk, Polnareff's (Michel Polnareff), Feliciano!, Sinatra and Company & the Capitol Years, Be Glad For The Song Has No Ending (ISB), If You Saw Through My Eyes (Ian Matthews), El Pea, In Search of Space, Aqualung, Nantucket Sleighride, Pilgrimage, The Yes Album, 200 Motels, Electric Warrior, Other Voices,
Records other people had that I listened to: Fragile (Jon Blend), Salisbury & Tarkus (Jon Seckl), Moving Waves,
Albums released that I bought later: Bless The Weather, Blue, Never Never Land, Please to see the King, From the Witchwood, Pawn Hearts, Pigmy (Keith Christmas), Fog on the Tyne,
Number One hits in the UK: Clive Dunn - Grandad, George Harrison - My Sweet Lord, Mungo Jerry - Baby Jump, T.Rex - Hot Love, Dave and Ansil Collins - Double Barrel, Dawn - Knock Three Times, Middle Of The Road - Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep, T.Rex - Get It On, Diana Ross - I'm Still Waiting, The Tams - Hey Girl Don't Bother Me, Rod Stewart - Maggie May, Slade - Coz I Luv You, Benny Hill - Ernie

And: "A Clockwork Orange", Working in Petticoat Lane Sunday mornings & Loulou, Michelle Abrahams, Jim Morrison dies July,
4/5/71: French exchange - Marie-Paule & Sylvie
12/7/71 - 28/8/71: Sue Carpenter
31/7/71: Fairport & Yes at Crystal Palace
8/71: Led Zeppelin & Stone the Crows at Wembley, Me & Mame to France, John Reynolds on the scene until 4/72
28/8/71: Carol Abernethy, Nick Hedges, Jean & Veronique Luylier with us
11/9/71 - 9/11/71: Michelle Abrahams
12/9/71: "Goodbye Summer" at the Oval - Who, Faces etc.
Oct 71: Bought my first copy of ZigZag magazine (no.23). Continued buying it every month until it folded in about '78
31/10/71: ISB at Drury Lane & Michele
6/11/71: The Who at the Rainbow
12/71: The "Silly parties" - Jon Blend, Mark Chapple etc.
6/12/71: ISB at Watford town hall
23/12/71 - 18/2/72: Ursula Staunton
29/12/71: Dad & Mum decree absolute
31/12/71: New year at Trafalgar Square.


Records I bought included: Caravanserai (Santana - released in October), Nilsson Schmillsson, One House Left Standing (Claire Hammill), Grave New World, Ummagumma, Candles in the Rain & Leftover Wine (Melanie), Waiting for the Sun, Liquid Acrobat As Regards The Air (ISB), Roxy Music I, Velvet Underground III, After Bathing at Baxters, Five Leaves Left, Obscured By Clouds, Grateful Dead Europe 72, Al Stewart Orange, Yessongs, Frank Sinatra sings for Only the Lonely, Happy Trails, In Search Of Ameila Earhart, California Bloodlines, Greasy Truckers Party, Be Good To Yourself At Least Once A Day, Live/Dead, Eat a Peach, America, Whatevershebringswesing, Hunky Dory & Ziggy Stardust, Brinsleys Silver Pistol, Schools Out, Machine Head, Pink Moon, Bandstand, Garcia, Foxtrot, Transformer, Exile on Main Street, Grave New World, Henry The Human Fly, Fragile, Harvest, Beware The Shadow (Help Yourself),
Records other people had that I listened to: Salisbury (Uriah Heep - Jon Seckl)
Number One hits in the UK: New Seekers - I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing, T.Rex - Telegram Sam, Chicory Tip - Son Of My Father, Nilsson - Without You, Royal Scots Dragoon Guards - Amazing Grace, T.Rex - Metal Guru, Don McLean - Vincent, Slade - Take Me Bak 'Ome, Donny Osmond - Puppy Love, Alice Cooper - School's Out, Rod Stewart - You Wear It Well, Slade - Mama Weer All Crazee Now, David Cassidy - How Can I Be Sure, Lieutenant Pigeon - Mouldy Old Dough, Gilbert O'Sullivan - Claire, Chuck Berry - My Ding-a-Ling, Jimmy Osmond - Long Haired Lover From Liverpool

1972: Leon Russell at the Rainbow with Eric Clapton surprise guest, Writing poetry (Jenny Pearl). Drumming, Micky Cohen, Steve Ashley & Sue, Jamming with Dhev, Trev etc.
14/1/72: Yes at the Rainbow
19/2/72: Pink Floyd at Rainbow (Dark Side of the Moon / Eclipse) on my own. Also tomorrow night with Jon Blend
21/2/72: Imelda Staunton
14/3/72: Cathy Giles
28/3/72 - 6/5/72: Mary Dot Jacobs
4/72: Mummy Seckl
5/72: Jane Davison, Amaranda, Nick Lankester, Babysitting for Arthur Baker
13/5/72 - 8/7/72: Sarah Lankester
6/72: O levels. Reading "The Dice Man"
21/10/72: Pink Floyd at Wembley & Mandy Reynolds
10/12/72: Frank Zappa pushed off stage at the Rainbow, me & Les waiting outside for second show that didn't happen
23/12/72: Dad & Pat wedding
25/12/72: Xmas at Tilehurst - Home Thoughts from Abroad (Robin Williamson) for Xmas


Records I bought included: Dark Side of the Moon, Magnetic South & Loose Salute (Mike Nesmith), North Star Grassman and the Ravens, No Ruinous Feud (ISB), Transformer (Lou Reed), Hunky Dory, Desperado, Back Into the Future (Man), For Girls Who Grow Plump In the Night & New Symphonia, Deke Leonard's Iceberg, Valley Hi (Ian Matthews), Wake of the Flood, Urban cowboy, The Well Below the Valley, Holland, Tyranny & Mutation, Aladdin Sane, Long Train Running, Desperado, The Faust Tapes (48p), Tubular Bells, Flying Teapot, Baron Von Tollbooth, Band on the Run, Parcel of Rogues, Can't Buy a Thrill, 10CC, Traffic On The Road, Close To The Edge,
Records other people had that I listened to: not many by now, I had my own tastes!
Number One hits in the UK: The Sweet - Blockbuster, Slade - Cum On Feel The Noize, Donny Osmond - The Twelfth Of Never, Gilbert O' Sullivan - Get Down, Dawn - Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree, Wizzard - See My Baby Jive, Suzi Quatro - Can The Can, 10CC - Rubber Bullets, Slade - Skweeze Me Pleeze Me, Peters and Lee - Welcome Home, Gary Glitter - I'm The Leader Of The Gang (I Am), Donny Osmond - Young Love, Wizzard - Angel Fingers, Simon Park Orchestra - Eye Level, David Cassidy - Daydreamer, Gary Glitter - I Love You Love Me Love, Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody
Other records released: Houses of the Holy

And: Sue B, going down to Virgin Records above the shoe shop in Oxford Street, Faces, Max Bell & Harriet Bakewell,
8/73: Calella & Si, Max, Richard, Andy.
15/9/73: Crystal Palace Garden Party with Lou Reed, Beck Bogart & Appice, James Taylor etc
12/73: Narcissus, George


Records I bought included: Nina and the Dream Tree (Andy Roberts), Pygmy (Keith Christmas), Chameleon in the Shadow of Night (Peter Hammill), The Divine Miss M (Bette Midler), In The Land of the Grey and Pink, Hatfield and the North, Dragonfly, Grievous Angel, Killer Queen, It's Only Rock and Roll, Kimono My House, Pretzel Logic,
Albums released that I bought later:
Number One hits in the UK: New Seekers - You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me, Mud - Tiger Feet, Suzi Quatro - Devil Gate Drive, Alvin Stardust - Jealous Mind, Paper Lace - Billy, Don't Be A Hero, Terry Jacks - Seasons In The Sun, Abba - Waterloo, The Rubettes - Sugar Baby Love, Ray Stevens - The Streak, Gary Glitter - Always Yours, Charles Aznavour - She, George McCrae - Rock Your Baby, Three Degrees - When Will I See You Again, The Osmonds - Love Me For A Reason, Carl Douglas - Kung Fu Fighting, John Denver - Annie's Song, Sweet Sensation - Sad Sweet Dreamer, Ken Boothe - Everything I Own, David Essex - Gonna Make You A Star, Barry White - My First, My Last, My Everything, Mud - Lonely This Christmas

And: Landslide, Jackie & Cathy, Art shop & painting, Wendy in the bathroom!
6/74: A levels & 18th birthday
8/74: Windsor Festival, Byzantium
31/8/74: Roger McGuinn & Roy Harper at Hyde Park
25/11/74: Nick Drake died
12/74: Jackie Sisman


Records I bought included: Cunning Stunts (Caravan), Blues For Allah, The Original Soundtrack (10CC), Bad Company Straight Shooter, Down By The Jetty, Rising For The Moon, Wish You Were Here, A Night At The Opera, Pour Down Like Silver, Godbluff,
Albums released that I bought later: Fleetwood Mac,
Number One hits in the UK: Status Quo - Down Down, The Tymes - Ms. Grace, Pilot - January, Cockney Rebel - Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me), Telly Savalas - If, Bay City Rollers - Bye Bye Baby, Mud - Oh Boy, Tammy Wynette - Stand By Your Man, Windsor Davies and Don Estelle - Whispering Grass, 10CC - I'm Not In Love, Johnny Nash - Tears On My Pillow, Bay City Rollers - Give A Little Love, Typically Tropical - Barbados, Stylistics - I Can't Give You Anything (But My Love), Rod Stewart - Sailing, David Essex - Hold Me Close, Art Garfunkel - I Only Have Eyes For You, David Bowie - Space Oddity, Billy Connolly - D.I.V.O.R.C.E, Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody

Part 3) Post-school arsing about
1/75: Retake French A level & leave school. Nick & Sue, Si & Juliet, Nicky & Patsy, Bruce & Charlie. Dad & Barry Linehan, Annie Jones
28/2/75: Moorgate underground crash
12/3/75: Off to Spain & Simon
4/75: Bazooka Joe & me at Hampstead, Spain & Simon, John Reynolds *2 -30/7/76
7/5/75: Dad & Pat separated
6/75: Julia Kamlish & Bogroll / Dildo
8/75: Cornwall & Ben, Dave, Dhev.
9/75: Cropredy & Fairport, "The Family", Ben & Jenny, Christine & Bruce
12/75: Xmas at Cropredy & Simon


Records I bought included: Caravan Blind Dog At St Dunstans, Spiral Scratch, The Ramones, The Bothy Band,
Albums released that I bought later: Hejira,
Number One hits in the UK: Abba - Mamma Mia, Slik - Forever and Ever, The Four Seasons - December '63 (Oh What A Night), Tina Charles - I Love To Love, Brotherhood of Man - Save Your Kisses For Me, Abba - Fernando, JJ Barrie - No Charge, The Wurzels - Combine Harvester, The Real Thing - You To Me Are Everything, Demis Roussos - The Roussos Phenomenon, Elton John and Kiki Dee - Don't Go Breaking My Heart, Abba - Dancing Queen, Pussycat - Mississippi, Chicago - If You Leave Me Now, Showaddywaddy - Under The Moon Of Love, Johnny Mathis - When A Child Is Born

Other records released: Frampton Comes Alive,

And: Going to the Marquee club (I was a "privilege member"), working full time in art shop,
1/76: Ben busted, met Dave Barbe
3/76: "Function" > "Pimple Lizard". Jamming at Dhev's. Christine's Psychiatrist!
4/76: Yasmina Rasheed
5/76: Jill Metherall & Caravan, Jamjah

Part 4) Gigging
7/76: John Beeby, Country Wine (till 10/77), Marlon
29/7/76: Van der Graaf at Marquee
9/76: Jel Tyson, Dransfields
6/11/76: Left the art shop for the last time
12/76: Play Away, Dad in "The Cedar Tree",


Records I bought included: The Kick Inside, Camel Rain Dances, Never Mind The Bollocks, Evita, The Clash, New Boots and Panties, Rumours, Nasty Nasty (999), Aja, Marquee Moon,
Number One hits in the UK: David Soul - Don't Give Up On Us Baby, Julie Covington - Don't Cry For Me Argentina, Leo Sayer - When I Need You, Manhattan Transfer - Chanson d' Amour, Abba - Knowing Me Knowing You, Deniece Williams - Free, Rod Stewart - I Don't Want To Talk About It / The First Cut Is The Deepest, Kenny Rogers - Lucille, The Jacksons - Show You The Way To Go, Hot Chocolate - So You Win Again, Donna Summer - I Feel Love, Brotherhood of Man - Angelo, The Floaters - Float On, Elvis Presley - Way Down, David Soul - Silver Lady, Baccara - Yes Sir I Can Boogie, Abba - The Name Of The Game, Wings - Mull Of Kintyre

And: Punk Rock,
1/77: Boris & Doris
2/77: Snooker & Nick, Dad & Clive
3/77: Germany & Kev & Mo
13/4/77: The Rule book
28/5/77: Jubilee Fete
22/6/77: My 21st
11/7/77 - 31/8/77: Donegal & Poteen
8/77: Les left Sarah & came to 25 - Smog monster!
10/77: Lizzie Codling & Christine, Ants & Buzzcocks at Marquee, Les & Julia, Mame to Royal Free, Simon's party & Vermilion
11/77: Brahms & Liszt, St Just feast
12/77: Simon moved to 736 Holloway Road (with Les). Nick Crowe working at Maxwells


Records I bought included: Mirrors & Water Bearer (Sally Oldfield), The Clash, The Scream (Siouxsie & The Banshees), Parallel Lines, The Kick Inside & Lionheart, This Year's Model, Dire Straits, Wavelength, Rawlinson End, More Songs About Buildings and Food,
Number One hits in the UK: Althia and Donna - Uptown Top Ranking, Brotherhood of Man - Figaro, Abba - Take A Chance On Me, Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights, Brian and Michael - Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs, The Bee Gees - Night Fever, Boney M - Rivers Of Babylon, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John - You're The One That I Want, The Commodores - Three Times A Lady, 10CC - Dreadlock Holiday, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John - Summer Nights, The Boomtown Rats - Rat Trap, Rod Stewart - Do You Think I'm Sexy?, Boney M - Mary's Boy Child

And: Roadying for Adam and the Ants, Playing in Brahms & Liszt, Freemasons
2/78: Simon wrote "Vacuum Cleaner", I wrote "Executive Suite"
3/78: Auntie May > Gwendolyn Sim
31/3/78 - 2/79: Working for Ironside Promotions
21/4/78: Sandy Denny died
7/78: Odd Zozimus gigs
26/7/78: The Clash at Music Machine
2/9/78: Cornwall & Simon - busted! Chrissie Quayle
10/78: Spent lots of time in Motspur Park & Liz Codling & Christine Carr
11/78: "Sex for Sale" song
12/78: Dad in Basildon, Ringwood


Records I bought included: London Calling, Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick, Tusk, Stateless (Lene Lovich), Regatta De Blanc, Fear of Music,
Records other people had that I listened to: Broken English (Marianne Faithful) & Making Movies (Dire Straits) (Karly Olsen-Haveland),
Number One hits in the UK: Village People - YMCA, Ian Dury and the Blockheads - Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick, Blondie - Heart Of Glass, The Bee Gees - Tragedy, Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive, Art Garfunkel - Bright Eyes, Blondie - Sunday Girl, Anita Ward - Ring My Bell, Tubeway Army - Are Friends Electric?, Boomtown Rats - I Don't Like Mondays, Cliff Richard - We Don't Talk Anymore, Gary Numan - Cars, The Police - Message In A Bottle, Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star, Lena Martell - One Day At A Time, Dr. Hook - When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman, The Police - Walking On The Moon, Pink Floyd - Another Brick In The Wall Part 2

Other records released: Replicas (Tubeway Army),

And: Blake's Seven, me in the Melvin Country Band
10/1/79: Mame & Caroline's 21st. Mame with Richard
4/79 - 5/79: Nuala Cullen
29/5/79: Carolyn's 30th birthday - me with Carolyn till June 80
6/79: Zozimus, Hi Speed Grass, B&L in Pye studios with Dad
1/9/79: Dad in hospital in Stockport
7/9/79: Dad died today. Funeral 14th
10/79: "Alien", "Hair"
12/79: Carruthers Brothers, Crannog Xmas party & Bazza & B&L


Records I bought included: Korgis, Dean Friedman, Fleetwood Mac Live, Signing On (UB40), Seed of Memory (Terry Reid),
Albums released that I bought later: Cumpass Com'pas (Dalek I Love You), Crocodiles, Underwater Moonlight, Boy (U2),
Number One hits in the UK: The Pretenders - Brass In Pocket, The Specials - Too Much Too Young, Kenny Rogers - Coward Of The County, Blondie - Atomic, Fern Kinney - Together We Are Beautiful, The Jam - Going Underground, The Detroit Spinners - Working My Way Back To You, Blondie - Call Me, Dexy's Midnight Runners - Geno, Johnny Logan - What's Another Year, Theme From MASH, Don McLean - Crying, Olivia Newton-John and ELO - Xanadu, Odyssey - Use It Up and Wear It Out, Abba - The Winner Takes It All, David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes, The Jam - Start, Kelly Marie - Feels Like I'm In Love, The Police - Don't Stand So Close To Me, Barbra Streisand - Woman In Love, Blondie - The Tide Is High, Abba - Super Trouper, John Lennon - (Just Like) Starting Over, St. Winifred's School Choir - There's No-one Quite Like Grandma

Other records released: Loads of Adam & the Ants stuff, Geno, Making Movies,

And: Tiswas, making effects boards and electronics generally, Electric Shock, John Lennon shot dead
8/80: Leixlip & Zozimus, Ally Pally fire
10/80: KoolRay, Mr JJ, Mal & Bri to Canada
2/11/80-15/12/80: Living in Raleigh Road


Records I bought included: Heaven Up Here (Echo and the Bunnymen), Madness Seven, Juju, Teddy Boys Don't Knit, October (U2),
Number One hits in the UK: John Lennon - Imagine, John Lennon - Woman, Joe Dolce - Shaddup you face, Roxy Music - Jealous Guy, Shakin' Stevens - This Old House, Bucks Fizz - Making Your Mind Up, Adam and the Ants - Stand and Deliver, Smokey Robinson - Being With You, Michael Jackson - One Day In Your Life, The Specials - Ghost Town, Shakin' Stevens - Green Door, Aneka - Japanese Boy, Soft Cell - Tainted Love, Adam and the Ants - Prince Charming, Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin - It's My Party, The Police - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, Queen and David Bowie - Under Pressure, Julio Iglesias - Begin the Beguine, Human League - Don't You Want Me
Other records released: Depeche Mode Just Can't Get Enough, Human League Dare,

1/81: Playing in Mr JJ and The Bantry Blues. Donna around a lot.

Part 5) not gigging but chef'ing
21/1/81: Mame's graduation
3/81-5/81: Writing Rothmans International Atlas of World Sport book
21/3/81: Got my first video recorder
7/8/81-25/3/82: Living in Cedar Court & Caroline Carter
20/9/81-?: Karly Olsen-Haveland, Petherton Rd,
29/9/81-5/2/82: Doing 706/1 at Waltham Forest College
12/12/81: Carolyn & John wedding


Records I bought included: Kilimanjaro & Wilder (Teardrop Explodes), Of Skins And Heart & The Blurred Crusade (The Church), Squeeze greatest hits, O Superman (so me at Commercial Union), Big Country Fields of Fire & In A Big country, Chameleons 12"s, Fiction Comsat Angels, New Gold Dream, Passion Fruit/Pastels (In Embrace),
Albums released that I bought later: Garlands (Cocteau Twins),
Number One hits in the UK: Bucks Fizz - The Land of Make Believe, Shakin' Stevens - Oh Julie, Kraftwerk - The Model, The Jam - A Town Called Malice, Tight Fit - The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Goombay Dance Band - Seven Tears, Bucks Fizz - My Camera Never Lies, Paul McCartney/Stevie Wonder - Ebony and Ivory, Nicole - A Little Peace, Madness - House Of Fun, Adam Ant - Goody Two Shoes, Charlene - I've Never Been To Me, Captain Sensible - Happy Talk, Irene Cara - Fame, Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen, Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger, Musical Youth - Pass The Duchy, Culture Club - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me, Eddy Grant - I Don't Wanna Dance, The Jam - Beat Surrender, Renee and Renato - Save Your Love

Other records released: Rio, Thriller,

Jan 82: Working as a chef in Commercial Union building, City Road
9/3/82: Went to work at Ormonds restaurant, party for Sting with Billy Connelly, Elton John etc
25/3-20/4: Living in Harvey Road
4/82: Crannog & Kev, Mo, Charlie, Joe O'Donnell
6/82: Falklands war conflict
30/7/82: Karly to Northolme Road
8/8/82: Party at Northolme Rd - me & Margaret!
9/82: Brighton & Karly, Chrissie etc.
11/11-30/11: Campylobacter poisoning


Records I bought included: Chameleons, Comsat Angels, Echo & The Bunnymen, Way of the West, Modern English, China Crisis, Head Over Heels (Cocteau Twins), After The Snow (Modern English), Sad Lovers & Giants, High Land Hard Rain, Bauhaus Burning from the Inside, Script of the Bridge, Sweet Dreams Eurythmics AAARGH I CAN'T BELIEVE I BOUGHT THAT AWFUL SHIT (sorry Dave!), The Waterboys, Gravity Talks, Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream) (Icicle Works), Emergency Third Rail Power Trip, Hand In Glove, True (Spandau), Secrets of the I Ching (10,000 Maniacs), War (U2), Fetisch (X-Mal Deutschland),
Albums released that I bought later: Murmur (REM),
Number One hits in the UK: Phil Collins - You Can't Hurry Love, Men At Work - Down Under, Kajagoogoo - Too Shy, Michael Jackson - Billie Jean, Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart, Duran Duran - Is There Something I Should Know?, David Bowie - Let's Dance, Spandau Ballet - True, New Edition - Candy Girl, The Police - Every Breath You Take, Rod Stewart - Baby Jane, Paul Young - Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home), KC and the Sunshine Band - Give It Up, UB40 - Red Red Wine, Culture Club - Karma Chameleon, Billy Joel - Uptown Girl, Flying Pickets - Only You

And: Spending time with Steve Burgess, going to the Culture Bunker (drunken blackout one night!)
9/4/83: Simon & Carol wedding
6/83-11/10/83: Mandy Pickard
7/8/83: Caroline's wedding in Bristol
12/83: Malcolm into George Robey


Records I bought included: Murmur & Reckoning (REM), Ricochet Days (Modern English), It'll End In Tears (This Mortal Coil), Mothers Spiritual (Laura Nyro), Jamie Wednesday, Treasure, The Medicine Show (Dream Syndicate), Ocean Rain, Careless Whisper, Everybody is Fantastic (Microdisney), Swoon (Prefab Sprout), The Traffic Tax Scheme (Sudden Sway), Do they know it's Christmas?
Number One hits in the UK: Paul McCartney - Pipes of Peace, Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Relax, Nena - 99 Red Balloons, Lionel Richie - Hello, Duran Duran - The Reflex, Wham! - Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Two Tribes, George Michael - Careless Whisper, Stevie Wonder - I Just Called To Say I Love You, Wham! - Freedom, Chaka Khan - I Feel For You, Jim Diamond - I Should Have Known Better, Frankie Goes To Hollywood - The Power Of Love, Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas?


14/1/84: Leave Ormonds - unemployed!

Part 6) unemployed, psychotherapy & Haringey Community Workshops
3/84: Steve, Bridget, Sue (later)
8/5/84: Bought portastudio
6/84-12/84: Small Family Band, Crannog, Kool Ray & the Polaroids
17/9/84: Panic attack!
10/84: Sandrine Chalopin
12/84: Do they know it's Christmas?


Records I bought included: Fables of the Reconstruction, Spleen And Ideal (Dead Can Dance), The Firstborn is Dead (Nick Cave), What Does Anything Mean (Basically), The Clock Comes Down The Stairs, A Secret Wish (Propaganda), The Wishing Chair,
Number One hits in the UK: Foreigner - I Want To Know What Love Is, Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson - I Know Him So Well, Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record), Philip Bailey and Phil Collins - Easy Lover, USA For Africa - We Are The World, Phyllis Nelson - Move Closer, Paul Hardcastle - 19, The Crowd - You'll Never Walk Alone, Sister Sledge - Frankie, Eurythmics - There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart), Madonna - Into The Groove, UB40 with. Chrissie Hynde - I Got You Babe, David Bowie and Mick Jagger - Dancing In The Street, Midge Ure - If I Was, Jennifer Rush - The Power Of Love, Feargal Sharkey - A Good Heart, Wham! - I'm Your Man, Whitney Houston - Saving All My Love For You, Shakin' Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone

And: Pine Street Day Centre,
1/85: Vivienne Cohen at Bart's, Grandma died, Steve & Fiona
2/85: Office windows
18/3/85 - 1/10/87: Pine Street
6/85: Pigeons in the loft & no hot water!
13/7/85: Live Aid
9/85: Christine Thomas in hospital
5/10/85: Andy & Sylvie wedding in Lauderdale House.


Records I bought included: Fables of the Reconstruction, Miracle Legion, Strange Times, Victorialand, Ballad of a Thin Line Man (Giant Sand), True Blue (Madonna), Throwing Muses, Standing Up Straight (Wolfgang Press),
Number One hits in the UK: Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls, A-ha - The Sun Always Shines On TV, Billy Ocean - When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going, Diana Ross - Chain Reaction, Cliff Richard and the Young Ones - Living Doll, George Michael - A Different Corner, Falco - Rock Me Amadeus, Spitting Image - The Chicken Song, Doctor and the Medics - Spirit in the Sky, Wham! - The Edge Of Heaven, Madonna - Papa Don't Preach, Chris De Burgh - Lady In Red, Boris Gardiner - I Want To Wake Up With You, The Communards - Don't Leave Me This Way, Madonna - True Blue, Nick Berry - Every Loser Wins, Berlin - Take My Breath Away, Europe - The Final Countdown, The Housemartins - Caravan Of Love, Jackie Wilson - Reet Petite

And: Sound engineering in the Robey, Hill Street, Moonlighting, Pine Street,
3/86: Charmian starts at Pine St
4-10/86: CC, Storr, Plath, Jung. Also got my first pair of reading glasses!
11/8/86: To Exeter with Mum, bye bye Mame inc Paignton - grim!
17/9/86: Pat Phoenix died
22/9/86: Mame went to NZ
10/86: Allergy clinic


Records I bought included: Life's Rich Pageant, The Lion and the Cobra,
Number One hits in the UK: Steve Silk Hurley - Jack Your Body, George Michael and Aretha Franklin - I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me), Ben E. King - Stand By Me, Boy George - Everything I Own, Mel and Kim - Respectable, Ferry Aid - Let It Be, Madonna - La Isla Bonita, Starship - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now, Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody, The Firm - Star Trekkin', Pet Shop Boys - It's A Sin, Madonna - Who's That Girl, Los Lobos - La Bamba, Michael Jackson - I Just Can't Stop Loving You, Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up, MARRS - Pump Up The Volume, The Bee Gees - You Win Again, T'Pau - China In Your Hand, Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind

And: The Real Alice, Queen of Swords
22/6/87: My birthday but Nana ill...
13/8/87: Nana died
17/8/87 - 12/8/88: HCW. Cupeselunger!
3/9/87: Christine Thomas died
1/10/87: Leave Pine Street

Part 7) After Pine Street and pre-Series 3
7/10/87: Bought Schaeffer pen £33
10/87: Gigging with Joe Giltrap
15/10/87: The winds!
18/11/87: Kings Cross underground fire
12/87: HCW panto, Apocalypse Now at NFT


Records I bought included: The Koln Concerts, Children of God (Swans), Blue Bell Knoll, Isn't Anything (My Bloody Valentine), Surfer Rosa (Pixies), Daydream Nation (Sonic Youth), Life's Too Good (Sugarcubes), House Tornado,
Number One hits in the UK: Belinda Carlisle - Heaven Is A Place On Earth, Tiffany - I Think We're Alone Now, Kylie Minogue - I Should Be So Lucky, Aswad - Don't Turn Around, Pet Shop Boys - Heart, S-Express - Theme From S-Express, Fairground Attraction - Perfect, Wet Wet Wet/Billy Bragg - With A Little Help From My Friends/She's Leaving Home, The Timelords - Doctorin' The Tardis, Bros - I Owe You Nothing, Glenn Medeiros - Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You, Yazz and the Plastic Population - The Only Way Is Up, Phil Collins - Groovy Kind Of Love, The Hollies - He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother, U2 - Desire, Whitney Houston - One Moment In Time, Enya - Orinoco Flow, Robin Beck - First Time, Cliff Richard - Mistletoe and Wine

And: Uncle Flaum, gigs in Railway
26/4/88: Bought CD player
5/88: "Cabal", headphone jams
6/88-11/89: Crannog & Kev, Wickens
30/7/88-4/8/88: Went to France on my own. Paris-La Flotte-La Rochelle-Les Sables d'Olonne
6/8/88: Karly's wedding
8/8/88: Max & Anna's wedding
16,17,18/8/88: Long weekend in Calais
9/88: National Theatre
6/10/88 - 15/6/89: IGA introductory year
12/88-1/89: Tommy O'Sullivan in Crannog (Kevin away)

Part 8) No. 1 Bedford Hill


Records I bought included: Yo Frankie (Dion), fROMOHIO (Firehose), Like A Prayer, New York (Lou Reed),
Number One hits in the UK: Kylie and Jason - Especially For You, Marc Almond and Gene Pitney - Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart, Simple Minds - Belfast Child, Jason Donovan - Too Many Broken Hearts, Madonna - Like A Prayer, The Bangles - Eternal Flame, Kylie Minogue - Hand On Your Heart, Various Artists - Ferry 'Cross The Mersey, Jason Donovan - Sealed With A Kiss, Soul II Soul feat. Caron Wheeler - Back To Life, Sonia - You'll Never Stop Me Loving You, Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers - Swing The Mood, Black Box - Ride On Time, Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers - That's What I Like, Lisa Stansfield - All Around The World, New Kids On The Block - You Got The Right Stuff, Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers - Let's Party, Band Aid II - Do They Know It's Christmas?


23/1/89: Went to work at Bedford Hill
4/89: Tina Bunce
8/5/89: New 1BH opening hours, Tues closed
5/6/89: BAP assessment - Helen Alfille. Day Care begins. Gem off sick...
15/6/89: End of IGA course
10/8/89: Cornwall, Cardiff, Edinburgh. Starting to feel grim!
6/9/89: Start therapy. Feeling worse!
6/89-7/89: Sound engineering for Candymen (ex Way Of The West)
15/9/89: Maureen leaves
18/9/89: Gem back
10/89: Derry, me not functioning very well...
25/12/89: Working with Andrew - no cab pm so Trivial Pursuit 4 - 6.45pm


Records I bought included: Eberhard Weber Orchestra,
Number One hits in the UK: New Kids On The Block - Hangin' Tough, Kylie Minogue - Tears On My Pillow, Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares To You, Beats International - Dub Be Good To Me, Snap! - The Power, Madonna - Vogue, Adamski - Killer, England World Cup Squad with New Order - World In Motion, Elton John - Sacrifice/Healing Hands, Partners In Kryme - Turtle Power, Bombalurina - Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, Steve Miller Band - The Joker, Maria McKee - Show Me Heaven, The Beautiful South - A Little Time, The Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody, Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby, Cliff Richard - Saviour's Day, Iron Maiden - Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter

1/90: Meg starts. Jennifer chaotic. Sue Brent in Circus Moon.
2/90: Eberhard Weber @ QEH.
5&6/90: Sandwich, Southend etc. Gigs with Tommy.
31/5/90: Rosemary leaves BH
6/90: 3x therapy. World cup & Gazza
16/7/90: Paul starts as agency worker
7/90: Went to Carnoustie with Max (Emil), IOW with Jonathon (Felix), Iraq invaded Kuwait, recording Haze with Simon
24-28/9/90: MR ill so no therapy. Tony also ill - my support system is collapsing!
3/10/90: Psychoanalysis in Britain today
3/11-8/11/90: Chanter in Budapest
18/11/90: Caravan in Brixton with Ozric Tentacles
22/11/90: Maggie Thatcher quits!


Records I bought included: Bob Dylan - the Bootleg Years vol 1, The White Room (KLF), System 7, The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Underworld, The Real Ramona,
Number One hits in the UK: Enigma - Sadness Part 1, Queen - Innuendo, The KLF - 3AM Eternal, The Simpsons - Do The Bartman, The Clash - Should I Stay Or Should I Go?, Hale and Pace and the Stonkers - The Stonk, Chesney Hawkes - The One And Only, Cher - The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss), Color Me Badd - I Wanna Sex You Up, Jason Donovan - Any Dream Will Do, Bryan Adams - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You, U2 - The Fly, Vic Reeves and the Wonder Stuff - Dizzy, Michael Jackson - Black Or White, George Michael and Elton John - Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me, Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody/These Are The Days Of Our Lives

11/1/91: Go to Cardiff for weekend & Mame's birthday party.
15/1/91: Midnight deadline for Iraq out of Kuwait - Gulf war till 28/2
1/3/91: Paul leaves (but he came back...)
16/3/91: Gig in Jersey
4/2/91: Anne-Marie starts
5/2/91: Mame goes to NZ
30/3/91: Recording "Turn And Run" with Simon.
8/4/91 - 9/91: Community Support Group with Amanda MacKenzie
15/4/91: Consider buying Grosvenor Avenue flat
23/4/91: LCP course starts
31/5/91: Beate leaves - late night dancing at 1BH.
4/7/91: Went to see Kirkstall Avenue.
5/7/91: One of many regular gigs in the "Shebeen" in Acton.
10/7/91: Went to Shoreham, Hove, Brighton
22/7/91: Alan Harmsworth broke the cafe window.
14/8/91: Recording then barbecue with Simon
16/8/91: Meg leaves
18/8/91: Went to Richmond, Hammersmith, Kensington, then a gig in the Vic for Kevin.
21/8/91: Barbecue with Andy.
22/8/91: Went to Hastings & Eastbourne - it rained. Back very late.
13/9/91: Drinks in Kensington & Ben, Andy & Simon
30/9/91: Gig in Camberley for the Barleycorn
31/10/91: Move from North Hill to Kirkstall Avenue
20/11/91: Washing machine and TV aerial installed
12/91: 1BH exhibition in BH gallery


Records I bought included: Barbra Streisand box set, Peng! (Stereolab),
Number One hits in the UK: Wet Wet Wet - Goodnight Girl, Shakespear's Sister - Stay, Right Said Fred - Deeply Dippy, KWS - Please Don't Go, Erasure - Abba-Esque EP, Jimmy Nail - Ain't No Doubt, Snap! - Rhythm Is A Dancer, The Shamen - Ebeneezer Goode, Tasmin Archer - Sleeping Satellite, Boyz-II-Men - End of the Road, Charles and Eddie - Would I Lie To You?, Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You

And: Danny Baker & Chris Evans on GLR
1/2/92: LCP meeting with UKSC chez Lynette Fraser
4/2/92: Pub Quiz (Wandsworth) with Kathy, Anne-Marie, Margaret
27/2/92: Andy Biddulph & Rosa leave
12/3/92: LCP introductory year ends
4/4/92: Assessment interview with Jenny McDonnell
5/4/92: Danny Baker's last GLR Sunday show
10/4/92: Recording Chanter album in Barnet
11/4/92: Jackie Sookai at work
15/5/92: Foulkes lecture (IGA) - Lionel Kreeger
9/7/92: Day trip to Rye & Camber
14/8/92: Anne-Marie leaves
16/9/92: Bought Psion Series 3 - entered 1990s!

Go to My Life part 2