Mobile phone in your pocket, discussed in 1963!

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Leigh Mitchell… The witches and the wizards of yesteryear! Very prophetic! Don’t know what I would do without mine now

Tony May… The mobile phone has been one of the most socially destructive inventions of all time. It has a lot to answer for and has killed off community shopping and drastically reduced people’s interaction with other real people. A simple mobile telephone would have been o.k. but ‘cell phones’ (well named if nothing else!) are a real curse. Now people are more used to interacting with computers they have become more like computers – pedantic and intollerant. I hate mobile phones and will never own one!

Richard Porter… Tony, It is not the device but the user. Please allow me to point out that mobile phones, even simple ones, are ‘cell’ phones because they all use a cellular network.

Tony May… My point about cell phones was that they take over people’s lives to the point that it’s like a jail sentence having one! (lol) I saw a few people in the crowd at the recent F1 G.P. on the t.v. looking at their phones even when the F1 cars were racing past! They must have more money than sense seeing the cost of a ticket to an F1 G.P.! (lol) I also think mobile phone technology is being exploited to shape ‘social engineering’. If we end up in a cashless society then all privacy about everything will be lost and ‘instant fines’ for minor misdemeanors will become possible. Some things are better left to manual than automation…

Richard Porter… As I said. it is up to the user. I share one with my wife. We use it for making and taking calls, nothing else. My wife barely uses it, I seldom do unless there is no alternative.

Sheila Maile… I live on mine as don’t have any real contact with people. It gives me all the information I want. And online shopping. I have smartphone & 2tablets.while one is charging I use the other

Gerry Fortsch… That will never happen?

Andy Qunta… They hit the nail on the head with that!



Freeway – brass rock music. 1972


Freeway – A few bands called Freeway. Anyone remember this one from 1972? Joe Milligan, Clive Pearson, Mick Bradley, Dave Greenfield, Tony Savva and Tim Raven.

Janine Anne Hemsley… I wander where they all are now ?

Andy Gunton… Is that the Dave Greenfield who went on to be part of The Stranglers? It sure looks like him.

Colin Norton… Yes, that is the very same Dave ‘Stranglers’ Greenfield.

Pete Shaw… Helen Savva? Your brother?

Dave Greenfield’s pre stranglers bubblegum single… in 1975. I have not yet managed to hear the pre-Stranglers groups the Initials (pictured below), Freeway or Credo, but Greenfield’s old prog band Rusty Butler, whose name suggests a particularly arcane.

Colin Norton… It was also pre-Rusty Butler

Harry Randall… Whatever happened to Ron Milligan?

Tim Moose Bruce… Went to a jam night party at 6 Bells at Chiddingly about 10 years ago. Dave Greenfield was there. A load of us with guitars playing different stuff, and we got Dave up on the keys and we did a version of Golden Brown. Great night.


Wilko Johnson R.I.P.

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John Gale… RIP Wilko Johnson

Steve Vollrath… Seen him many times over the years, great musician RIP

Tony Court-holmes… saw him live

Jane Hartley… Saw him at DLWP a few years ago.

John Gale… Jane, same here, he was brilliant…with Norman from the Blockheads on bass

Dave Nattress… I am absolutely gutted. Loved the man and everything he did. Lucky to see him at the DLW Bexhill a couple of years back.

Graham Belchamber… Such sad news. I saw him live a few times over the last 30 years. A great guitar player and live performer. The film about his life and career; ‘ Oil City Confidential ‘ is well worth a watch.

Barry French… Such sad news. We have lost a real character & inspirational guitarist, famous for his strut/stride performances & his unique style of guitar playing.

First Emotion (or sometimes billed as 1st Emotion) – Aquarius 1972


 supplied by Barry French

Barry French, Den Wootton and Cliff Wootton – supporting ‘Total’

Cliff Wootton… Great pic. I still have the Hayman 4040 bass although I restrung it as BEAD instead of EADG and reversed the polarity of one of the pickups. This made it sound like a Rickenbacker which annoyed a genuine Rickenbacker bassist who heard it and claimed it sounded more authentic than his bass did. Sometimes you can’t help upsetting folks without even trying. For the geeks, Baz is playing an Antoria Les Paul copy and Den is playing Hayman drums. The Antoria guitars were pretty good and in some cases better than the originals.

Sarah Harvey… his bring back so many memories. St.Helens Youth Fellowship, The Regent Hotel etc…. What a wonderful picture.

Alan Esdaile… Crushed velvet trousers? I used to wear a Red pair.

Dave Nattress… Sarah, did you not have an Antoria Les Paul? Crushed velvet – between me and my mates in Bexhill we had the Dulux colour chart in hideous crushed velvet flares.

Cliff Wootton… Nah – not crushed velvet. These were medium grey brushed cotton/denim/corduroy (not sure which). They replaced the faux velvet Dralon suits we bought from the Undergound Boutique. We had matching maroon velvet blazers to go with these trousers. Looked quite posh. The Dralon suits weren’t robust enough for gigging. We bought them for a season opener at Frenchmans Beach in Rye. I tore the arse out of mine, den split the back of his jacket while drumming and Baz was strumming so furiously that the sleeve came off his jacket. Shaw Taylor who was MC for the night thought it was funny. I stood with my back to the amp for the second half of the gig to hide my embarrassment. Later I also had black crushed velvet flares when I was doing some DJ gigs. They didn’t seem to last very long either and split when I leapt up onto the stage (there’s a common theme starting here). Maybe some other contributors can tell us some funny stories about mishaps at their gigs.

Barry French… Your right the Antoria was a great guitar, not as heavy as a Gibson & had a bolt on neck like a fender (I wish I still had it). Regarding the Frenchman’s Beach Gig, I got the impression that Shaw Taylor thought that the wardrobe malfunctions were all part of the act.

Alan Esdaile… I hope Shaw Taylor didn’t advise you to ‘keep em peeled’.

Sarah Harvey… I had a white Antoria Les Paul. A lovely guitar. Bought new from a shop in Bromley for £150. I sold it because I needed the cash in the early 80s. Regretted it ever since 🙁

Cliff Wootton… I  was chatting to Baz yesterday at the Beatles Day and recalling this photo I didn’t realise how much of a fashion trend setting chap I was back then. This was 1972. It took until 1977 for George Lucas to copy my hair style as a model for Princess Leia in Star Wars.

and at The Lintonian Club Winchelsea…

Lucy Pappas… All great guys! I guess this was after I left the band. We were all about St Helens Youth Club at that time! x

Meccano and Train prints

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Jim Hatcher… A couple of 1950s prints I bought years ago. Unknown artist.

Lloyd Johnson… Really nice pictures!

David Wilkinson… When we visited Liverpool we stayed in Maghull pronounced magl. It turned out to be the home town of Frank Hornby. There is a small museum in the civic centre dedicated to the products of Binns Road. And the Wetherspoons is named after him. The family grave is in the churchyard.

Kevin Hilton… Back in the days when all school boys were 40-years old.

Alan Esdaile… I remember having to wear a tie if we had guests coming round and on a sunday!.

Shaft – Graffiti photo 1971 and promo photo.

Shaft 1971

Shaft Poster

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featuring Bob Shipway, Colin Pierce, Andy Knight, Jim Beadle and Dave Shaw. The graffiti photo was taken in Alfred Street, St Leonards. Is that Daisy on the wall?

1970’s advert Shaft & Valhalla Disco – Christ Church.

Robert Searle… I remember seeing Shaft play at The Regent St Leonards. Dave Shaw was with me in a band called Foxy with Colin Fox and Les Harding.

Yvonne Cleland… Yes looks like Daisy graffiti!

Bob Shipway… Happy (and great fun) days!!!


Jeda – Bexhill Band 1986 and Forcefield write up and local gigs.

Phill Wood – Vocals, Steve Spencer – Guitar, Malcolm Leeves – Keyboards, Brian Barker – Bass, Rick Portsmouth – Drums. Never fulfilled their potential. Where are they now?


Cutting supplied by Pete Prescott

Pete Prescott… I remember Jeda.

MM0SDK… Surely this is the same “talented keyboard player and vocalist” Malcolm Leaves who is still missing to this day. Went missing in 2006 from his home in Bexhill On sea, East Sussex? So sad. Where are you Malcolm.

Dave Weeks… Norman Norman at the Royal Sovereign. Happy days.

ABC Acoustic Blues Club – Revue 22 – The Jenny Lind. Mon 12th Dec 22

Mick Knight… We are celebrating six months of ABC this December. Come and join us for Blue Monday Revue 22….before we head into 2023 where we already have some great shows planned. Thank you to everyone who has contributed and supported us. May the blues be easy on you this Xmas.   Mick Knight