Survivors TV Series 1975 – 1977 – who remembers this?

Anyone remember watching Survivors on tv in the 70’s? Wikipedia says… It concerns the plight of a group of people who have survived an apocalyptic plague pandemic, which was accidentally released by a Chinese scientist and quickly spread across the world via air travel.

Barry Hilton… Yes, absolutely freaked me out, but watched all of it!

Allyson Breeds… I’m gonna play the part of Jenny, she (I think) was the only character to last from episode 1 to the final episode!

Steve Thorpe… Remember this, art mimicking life at the moment!

Martin Richter… “and the band played on* is similar – stay safe x

Judy Atkinson… Remember this well

Peter Brazier… I don’t know how I missed this but I did! 😲 scary coincidence? I DON’T BELIVE IN COINCIDENCES!

Nick Shute… I remember this…was disappointed that there wasn’t a follow up series…..last episode ended with two of a group heading into the unknown in a hot air ballon…..featured a young Brian Blessed character called ‘Brun’ or ‘Bryan’ ?

Tim Moose Bruce… .think they did an up to date version a few years ago.

Nick Shute… yep…think the same thing happened again…..was meant to have another series that failed to happen …

Reid Mc… Nick, it ran for several seasons

Sophie Ash… The Seventies was a bit schizo. It had it’s Glam/Fun/Sex side but it also had it’s Ecology/Intellectualist/Dystopia-Fear side.

Andy James Long… I remember this, we used to watch the latest episode in college during our free study, or whatever it was called, period. Had a cool lecturer!

Judie Struys… Me too. I thought of it when I first heard about the spread of covid19.

Reid Mc…. This was an interesting series to start with. Once the survivors had established a community it became rather dull. Apart from one or two stories dealing with interesting ethical issues, it rapidly deteriorated into a sort of cozy post apocalyptic version of The Archers. Fascinating if looms or goat husbandry are your thing…

John Harper… Yep, remember it well but couldn’t recall the title. The present plague reminded me of it!

Peter Houghton… Yes i did it was a brilliant series well done

Jo Avery… Have all 3 series on DVD, the half keeps saying we should re watch it, I’d rather wait till this has passed!Great series, but very funny listening to everyone speaking so poshly as they did back then!

Alan Pepper… Same as me I don’t believe in coincidences either – how weird !!

 

Samantha’s Club – New Burlington Street. What clubs and venues do you remember in London? Tiffanys Club and Gullivers People chat.

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All images supplied by Colin Bell

Colin Bell… I was looking for something in my archives (I must organise them one day!) and came across this. I was struck by the artwork and how creative it was then. Samantha’s was in a basement off Regent Street and I was introduced to it on a night out with Clem (from the Foundations) and Jimmy James, from memory  it was around late 1969 early 1970. A great place with soul bands appearing and the D.J. ‘booth’ was the body of an E Type Jag (very swinging sixties). Drinks 2/6d! You could get well pissed for a coupla quid! I was lucky enough at that time to have the use of a mate’s flat in Berwick Street Soho, ideally placed to go to all the great clubs. Many hours spent at the Marquee, Whisky-a-go-go, the Flamingo, Middle Earth and Hatchetts in Piccadilly, a great club over 3 floors with a chill out bar level, a restaurant with a glass wall overlooking the ‘disco’ floor. I’d be interested to hear any memories of this period from other Smart members? Great times and great memories…………..

Alan Esdaile… Happy days in Wardour Street at The Marquee. Also the Speakeasy. Also remember auditioning bands at Tiffanys nightclub in Shaftesbury Avenue and a club in Piccadilly with the disco on the top floor, mirrored lift and the club had records stuck to the wall. 100 club, Roxy, Ronnie Scotts etc.

Peter Fairless… Went to some dodgy, some good clubs in London. Some were very dodgy but very good! Can’t remember all the names but most of those listed above.

Steve Gage… My mate Ray was a bouncer at Samanthas where are you now mate??? 🙂

Mick O’Dowd… Went to The Q Club in Paddington after seeing James Brown at The Rainbow in the 70’s I think. JB turned up after we got there and jammed with the band. Awesome!

Read moreSamantha’s Club – New Burlington Street. What clubs and venues do you remember in London? Tiffanys Club and Gullivers People chat.

Radio Sutch 1964 and Screaming Lord Sutch memories by John Warner

Photo: Colin Dale

John Warner… 1964, David (Screaming Lord Sutch) invited Steve Rigby and myself to visit his new radio station, Radio Sutch situated off of Southend in the shivering sands army fort. What a place, Sutch called it the Sh****use on stilts. The radio operations was worked by a large bank of car batteries and I don’t know what the range was but I believe that most of the listeners were probably fish. Anyhow we ate all of the food and drink on the first night as we were expecting to be picked up the next morning. The weather changed and we had 15 foot high waves. We were stranded for another 2 days and even then the boat struggled for 2 hours to get us off. Sutch who was making a personal appearance at the Flamingo in Wardour Street, Soho, thought it was hilarious, Happy days! Sadly David became bi-polar and took his own life in 1999. A great character.

Wendy Weaver… We saw him on the Pier at a Young Farmers disco not long before he died. He had Cynthia Payne with him.

Tim Moose Bruce… Saw him at the 1993 cuckoo fayre. Great gig. Hat on fire for when he did Arthur Brown’s Fire.

Jack Irving… We actually played “Great Balls of Fire” when he’d set his hat alight. I played with the Savages from 1978 until 1983 and again from 1990 until 1997. Apparently, I was his longest-serving drummer.

Tim Moose Bruce… There was lot of scrumpy downed that night at the cuckoo fayre. Afterwards we went back to a friends living wagon for more drink. One guy went out in the dark for a slash. We heard a howl of pain in the dark and found him on the floor holding his cobblers. Claimed someone had kicked him and wanted to fight them. He had actually peed on an electric fence!

John Warner… He made several appearances at the Star Ballroom. Maidstone and later at the Cellar Club in Kingston. All to capacity crowds.

Pete Houghton… He lived in George Street Hastings .And Lord Tiverton Had a house in George Street where Lord Sutch and Cynthia Payne had a room

Paul Huggett… Would have loved to have met him.

Nash Sunley… He went to my school, Percy Road in Kilburn

Paul Huggett… There is an internet station Radio Sutch dedicated to the great man, plays old Rock and Roll, R and B etc and his tracks. Some old time station promos and ads too.

John Warner… David will be listening in!

Brian Tanner…I met David Sutch at String fellows in 1980s and we went through our Percy Road school memories and the teachers. I was a few years younger so I did not know him from school. That night in String fellows Cynthia Paine was there with a couple of her girls offering under the table favours!

Steve Maxted… great story

Alan King… did you have enough luncheon vouchers?

 

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Hastings Pier 28th March 1973

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Manfred Mann 28th March 1973

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poster supplied by Mick Mepham

Andy Qunta… As I recall, although my timeline could be off, Factory had supported MMEB in Brighton not long before this. I thought they were interesting, but I wasn’t quite sure if I liked them that first time (the music, not the band – they were fine). This 2nd time, at the Pier, I decided I definitely liked them. They had a big hit with Joybringer at this time, and I think that due to what I have since learned is Manfred’s quirkiness, they did not play that song live!

Dave Nattress… From the sketchy memory….Joybringer was a nice single and partly based or maybe it “sampled” a classical piece – could it be from the Planets Suite? I did have the single. I also have “The Good Earth” vinyl LP which came with a certificate (I think) but anyway if not a certificate as such, some blurb about the band having purchased a plot of land in deepest Wales and that each owner of the album was the owner of a one square foot of this plot – a bit small for a house – unless it was a Lego House. “The Roaring Silence” was the next album which I have on vinyl which contains I think “Blinded by the Light” – I’ve forgotten who wrote it – was it “The Boss”. Am I right, Steve Kinch has been in the MMEB for some years? Just one more thing as a connection obviously, “The Manfreds” – who’ve done The White Rock a good few times and The Congress are excellent.

Gerry Fortsch…I saw this line up on many occasions at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon, I cant remember why not on the pier?

Andy Qunta… I was at this gig. Wasn’t sure if I liked them or not, although it was interesting. They didn’t play Joybringer as I recall. However I kept thinking about it. Shortly afterwards, Factory supported them in Brighton. After that I was a big fan & still am. Later on they recorded my song “Tribal Statistics” on their Somewhere in Africa album. I got to know the singer, Chris Thompson, & we started writing songs, eventually including You’re The Voice, which we wrote with Keith Reid & Maggie Ryder. At some point Chris told me MMEB were going have auditions for a new bass player. I played keyboards with the band for them at the auditions as Manfred was busy or didn’t want to. Of course I told Steve Kinch he should try out. He came in & was his usual fabulous self & got the job, beating out many other top notch players!

Ernest Ballard… Great piece of rock history there Andy.

Electricity Hastings – The Bathing Pool St Leonards advert

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Any idea what year?

Mike Guy… 2021?

Jane Hartley… Not long after it opened probably!

Willie Wicking… My wife’s uncle has an amazing video of the bathing pool of the Tarzan actor Johnny Weissmuller giving a diving exhibition must have been late 50s early 60s it only comes out at Christmas gatherings would love to do a screen shot to share when these troubles are past

Alan King… elec-trickery to quote Catweazel

Pete Fisher… Bathing Pool was opened in 1933, and I read that the first electric train (Ore to Brighton) was introduced in 1935. The first big coal-powered power station was built in Broomgrove in 1925. I’d guess this is mid 30s…

Phil Gill… Electric Bathing Land

Pete Fisher… Bathing At Baxters would be another candidate Phil.

Kevin Sherwood… Thats a great picture i have a couple of posters already is this available?
Very fond memories of the bathing pool brilliant in the summer holidays.

Alan King… together in electric wet dreams

 

Does anyone remember Battersea Fun Fair? asks Colin Bell

photo Stewart Townsend. Cover from the 2020 book. More details… https://joylandbooks.com/books_new/battersea-fun-fair.htm

Colin Bell… After recently watching the film, ‘The Day The Earth Caught Fire’ which featured lots of memories of Battersea Fun Fair, I wondered who else has memories of this fair?

Robert Carey… Worked right on Queenstown Roundabout in 60s and always over there. Great fun.

Paul Crimin… Sure do!

Steve Thorpe… Went there as a kid, I remember the high level walk through the trees and the water splash

Alan Esdaile… I remember going on The Rotor at Battersea funfair and probably about 9/10 years old. Excited to tell my mates at school and explaining it went really fast, then you got stuck to the wall when the floor disappeared. No one believed me!

Phil Little… Used to visit Battersea funfair when I first moved to London in 1972, it was one of the cheapest things to do.

Jane Hartley… I remember going as we had friends in South London, can’t be more specific though!

Colin Bell… The best thing for me was the Schweppes Grotto with its four caves ‘air’ ‘fire’ ‘earth’ and ‘water’ i’ll never forget crossing over the ‘molten lava’ in the fire cave, it was all magical for a 10 year old. The tree walk at night was amazing with its illuminated ‘dragons’ ‘pixies houses’ and animals etc. Then when you had seen all that next to it was the Guinness Clock with all its animations, a version of which came to Hastings seafront opposite the entrance to Robertson Street in the 1950’s. Different world but brings back so many happy memories in this grim time. Stay safe and well everyone x

Rick Pentecost… I went there a few times when I was very young. I loved it! Was there a Guinness Clock,- or did I imagine that?

Nicola Dobson… Yes my dad used to take me there..loved it and the roller coaster

Peter Houghton…My partner comes from Battersea And he used to ride the rides before the fun fair opened. And he used to work on some of the stalls + worked in the cafe there

Broken Wheel Discotheque with Spangles Muldoon 27th March 1970.

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photo source http://www.offshoreradio.co.ukSpangles Muldoon in the Radio Northsea International studio in 1970. Photo from the ‘RNI-book’ published by Hit-Publications, Switzerland.

Nick Prince… Spangles Muldoon also had a very short period on Radio Luxembourg. Still didn’t we all. Lol. Chris Carey also worked on Radio North Sea International and Radio Nova. He died in 2008 following two massive strokes.

Mick O’Dowd… Wasn’t he a Caroline DJ? I think Andre might have info on that.

Andre Martin… Hi I promoted this at the Regent Hotel, we renamed this the Broken Wheel for a short while and Spangles who was real name Chris Carey, living in Cambridge at the time. Paul was also involved in this project. the advert is for the first night, I have to say that it did not pull too many punters. Another little piece of the Past. Mick – your quite right, we also did a couple of gigs for us at Bluies-Canterbury around the same time as this. He was ex Radio Caroline South.He ended up working for commercial radio in Ireland.