Battle of Hastings – 14th October 1066 – coincidence?

Battle of Hastings today 14th October and first thing this morning when I checked,  we now have 1066 members on the SMART facebook page. It does go up and down all the time but a nice coincidence.

Jim Breeds… Yay!!

Peter Fairless… Watch out for arrows, then!

Pete Fisher… Was in my last year of junior school in 1966, and some of the local schools got together and made a film reenacting the battle at the original location, in which I was an extra, and had to play a dead Saxon…would love to see it again!

Mick O’Dowd… What’s the secret of the rejuvenation and long life after death Pete?

Alan Esdaile… I would say its one in the eye for SMART but notice someone has just left the group and we are down to 1065!

Martin Richter… mislaid my first day cover, during a move

Jeff Belton… Who won ?

Lyn Humphrey… Who won? Hastings Utd.

Steve Amos… Is their name Harold?

Dave Nattress… 1066! Well the story I heard was that when the chief of the Norman long-bowmen decided to tell his men to fire their arrows up into the air, his second in command said, well that’s all very well boss, but don’t you know if they’re not careful they’ll have some poor sod’s eye out!

 

 

Sergeant featuring Pete Prescott – 1980’s poster and rare video

supplied by Pete Prescott. video supplied by Kevin Burchett

Pete Prescott… I remember four days in the mountains filming with two helicopters. we had an amazing time. Sadly the result (a 40 minute documentary on us making a video) was absolute crap !
We were filmed in hockey stadiums and night clubs and the local police chief was our driver in the car chase. Great stuff ! We were taken to the top of a mountain and filmed sledding down it. My arse was frozen after an hour of that ! I remember the buzz when the helicopter took off really fast. it was brilliant.
What was less brilliant was not realising they were going to do acrobatics.I was in it screaming my head off.
Terrible 40 minutes but fun to film. this was the video. Good memories.

cassette recorder – did you have one of these?

Dennis Torrance… Brilliant got my first one from curry’s queens road used to put 🎤 by transistor radio

Josie Lawson… I have a similar one even now. I bought it a couple years ago so that I could go through my cassette tapes to see if I could find my homemade shows I did on my cassettes also I have a few copies I was always made of the hospital radio shows I was interviewed. I thought I might be able to then have transferred to cd rom cds to listen too in my computer, what do you think, do you reckon that could be done?

Tony Ham… Pixels in Rye will put cassette recordings on cd.

Mick Guy… Also useful for the \BBC micro!

Andy Pilkington… there making a comeback to, even Argos now selling them

Tiffany Barton… Once played with one and it broke down the tape kept sticking and reels of mess came out then I gave up and it ended up in a car boot sale. Its a beautiful thing. I regretted breaking it. Then I got one of these & was listening to Soul & Motown of course.. Why did the tape keep tangling up?

Pete Prescott… I still have them and use them in my Micra. Some of my tapes are over 45 years old. Most still sound amazing ! Love them !

Nick Prince… Recordings of Pirate Radio and Radio Luxembourg on mine….

Wendy Belton… Used to record the top twenty on one of these on Sunday evenings in the 70s. Still have the recorded cassettes ok and maybe even one of these players in the loft!

Nick Prince… Me to… back in the days when Tony Blackburn did the charts

Keith Cowper… Had one for recording all my music rehearsals

Pete Prescott… I found a tape of Andy Caine and I working on a couple of songs (we were put together to see if we could write by Ike Nossell ) one was good.

Jeff Belton… I had one these, and that’s what I used to practise being a DJ. Alot of fun !

Ian Brown… Definitely had one of those I used to sell them I’m the audio department at boots in Blackpool I think they were made by Ferguson

Tony Ham… I used to record John Peel’s show, happy days.

Will Cornell…I had one too of course…recorded almost the entire 1974 Philadelphia Folk Festival and those cassettes lasted years…even with the batteries going dead they were great tapes. I did not know until recently the acoustic guitar intro to “Street Fighting Man” comes from a cassette recorder like this….and I still wonder why the shortwave radio that had a built in timer cassette recorder did not take off. I guess SW was at it’s final days anyway. Being able to record something that broadcast while you were asleep woulda been real cool.

Dave Nattress… Yes for sure. Several over the years. First portable one was Mono, Philips job, poor sound etc. took it in the car before I got the first car cassette player for the Ford Anglia!! That had a poor sound also – speakers on back shelf. Then at least 2 more. ITT stereo (apparently), used to take it to band rehearsals – Damaris, Samisen, Prisoners. Keep meaning to look for the old tapes in the loft. Many pre-recorded cassettes and home recorded for car back then. They play OK in the TEAC cassette player/recorder – so called Hi-Fi. Also got walkman somewhere and a portable dictating recording type job that takes standard cassettes. Tried to record a few gigs but totally awful sound – used to have to conceal it when getting into the gigs back then!! Tried The Blue Nile at Albert Hall for one – waste of time, sound reproduction awful.

Terry Hardwick… Had one for Christmas lasted years