Penguin Cinema Hastings 4th September 1974

Chris Baker… Where was that? (and don’t say opposite the Car Park!)

Keith Blizard… Well it was Chris…lol

Alan Esdaile… The Snooker Club, Priory Street, Chris.

Tony Court-holmes… and the small one next door

Wendy Weaver… The one next door we called ‘Alf’s. Oh how i miss the Penguin, it used to be my second home (or maybe my first)


The Dharmas with John Wilde – 1993



photos from John Wilde Facebook page

Mary Lipscombe… We went in a minibus from the Nelson to see them at a university gig in Portsmouth!

Pete Prescott… I lost a money on this band. I bet someone that they would be big. They should have been. A truly wonderful band. My favourite gig I saw was the beach gig. I think it was 93/94

Anne Wells… is that Kevin Butcher at the back? Yes, great times, great band x

John Wilde… Yes thats Kevin. We were a fun outfit. I was only with them for a year. We crashed Glastonbury with a van full of equipment and played several times on different stages. They went on to do hundreds of gigs. Most excellent times!

Tony Court-holmes… they look like Gong, who remembers them.

Roy Penfold… Was it really that long ago that the Dharmas were climbing the heights….time flies.


Ides Of March – Witch Doctor St Leonards – 4th September 1965

Anyone confirm if this was the same Ides Of March?

Mike Vawdrey… Having checked – I will own up to being totally clueless otherwise ! – it’s unlikely that the two are one and the same. The Ides Of March depicted on the cover of a Warner Bros single was an American band which had a hit with the aforementioned Vehicle in 1970. That band existed in 1965 but I have not seen any report of them touring in the UK … Subject to correction of course if anybody knows better ! Sorry to add on to my own previous comment but a clincher might be that in 1965 the American Ides Of March were still calling themselves The Shon-Dels. The Ides name was not adopted until the following year ( based on the famous quote from Julius Caesar – well it would be in both cases I guess! )

Cassette tape happy birthday (3rd Sept 2023) from Boom Radio

(pic: Royal Philips) shared from:

Boom Radio…Happy birthday to the cassette tape! 60 years ago this week, Philips introduced its first compact cassette recorder at the Funkausstellung (Radio Exhibition) in Berlin. C60s, C90s, C120s. Did you get the expensive ones or the cheapos? What did you record?

Merv Kennard… I had a Philips used it to play jingles when djing.

Roy Winchester… Great invention loved it we would not have things today without it.

Ken Hatch… My mate had the Philips and I had the ITT KB ….had great fun making compilations and recording “Alan Freeman Saturday show” and “pick of the pops”

David Fussell… It must be the longest running recording format.

Chris Meachen… I had that exact model…

John Wilde…

Alan Esdaile… Probably wrong but not I Am The Tadpole John?

Kev Towner… C30, C60, C90 Go!!!

Paul Crimin… My Dad had one of those!

Mick O’Dowd… Where would we have been without this for recording the Top 20 shows and stopping & starting it to edit out the DJ!

Mark Randall… Me – Xmas morning ‘71