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Part of the pleasure in spending your later years near where you grew up....is bumping into friends from 60 years and more ago.......\i constantly do this in Bulwell.....old school pals from the 50s and football mates from the 60s and 70s........

              The only downside to this is when in conversation names of those 'no longer with us always crop us......making me sad........

                  Even the odd times i drive past or thru Old Bestwood i cant dwell on my memories ...this makes me really down.....some roads i new nearly everyone and they are all gone.....

           In the last few weeks ive had coffee and a chat with several old friends....and its been a delight to reminise (sp) with them....remembering days of laughter....football....Youth club dancing.......schooldays.......to say nowt of trips to Skeggy...Locarno and the Palais.......eeh here i go again.......l\ol

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Part of the pleasure in spending your later years near where you grew up....is bumping into friends from 60 years and more ago.......\i constantly do this in Bulwell.....old school pals from the 50s a

Moved into our new home today,,now sat quietly apart from a little jig when the music of Dr Hook gets too much to sit still, The site seems to have got back to its friendly ways,,so I'm back,,

Ben, another group called The Spinners with some fantastic shots of the UK. The song was all about the "Right to Roam". Written by Ewan MacColl I've walked and climbed in most of the places in th

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I still meet up on a Monday night with a couple of flying club friends I first knew in the 70's and I'm still in touch with three friends from Mellish but they're too far away to regularly visit - Ayrshire, the Wirral and Hampshire. I seem to be the only one who's remained in Notts. Sixty years in this village and I'm still not the oldest inhabitant!

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15 hours ago, benjamin1945 said:

Part of the pleasure in spending your later years near where you grew up....is bumping into friends

 

That's what I miss Ben.  It didn't bother me so much when I was younger.... but as we age.. we seem to need to return to our roots, and the friendships that gave them meaning.

 

I haven't been to Nottm since Covid started...close on two years ago.  Today, around lunchtime, I almost decided to set off down to Nottm to see my brother and his wife, have an evening losing money at the Gala Bingo, and come back the next morning.  The only thing which stopped me was that there woould be no cars on the drive..and almost all neighbours are away too.  Maybe next weekend.

 

Eitherway.. on the subject of lost friends/youth:

 

 

"Bob Dylan's Dream"
 

While riding on a train goin' west
I fell asleep for to take my rest
I dreamed a dream that made me sad
Concerning myself and the first few friends I had

With half-damp eyes I stared to the room
Where my friends and I spent many an afternoon
Where we together weathered many a storm
Laughin' and singin' till the early hours of the morn

By the old wooden stove where our hats was hung
Our words were told, our songs were sung
Where we longed for nothin' and were quite satisfied
Talkin' and a-jokin' about the world outside

With haunted hearts through the heat and cold
We never thought we could ever get very old
We thought we could sit forever in fun
But our chances really was a million to one

As easy it was to tell black from white
It was all that easy to tell wrong from right
And our choices they were few and the thought never hit
That the one road we traveled would ever shatter and split

How many a year has passed and gone
And many a gamble has been lost and won
And many a road taken by many a first friend
And each one I've never seen again

I wish, I wish, I wish in vain
That we could sit simply in that room again
Ten thousand dollars at the drop of a hat
I'd give it all gladly if our lives could be like that.
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Marmalade 1960s

Robertsons golden shred 1/6

Robertsons Silver Shred 1/6 

But my favourite was Roses Lime 1/11

Only at Marsdens Quality stores......           

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The one and only Rod.......unique voice....great dresser....and mover.....

Mind you he'll have somebodys ''Eye out'' with that 'Mic-stand''

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I've just spent a good bit of my evening 'digitising' a Lovin' Spoonful LP so that I can make a CD of it for Mrs Col's new(er) car..which doesn't have a tape player. She loves her tapes....

Anyway, I had almost forgotten a couple of the old Lovin' Spoonful hits..so here goes.

 

 

 

 

 

Different age...

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Another band came into my thoughts today.  The Troggs.  We always saw them as a bit of a joke.  While Lovin' Spoonful were super cool and more than a bit fond of 'certain substances'.. the Troggs were more about getting legless and having very sweary recording sessions.  But.. looking back they were innovators and old Reg Presley wrote some great songs, most notably of course, 'Love Is All Around', which was in the charts for about ten years when Wet Wet Wet covered it.

 

 

 

'With A Girl Like You' ..with a few laydees for our Ben...

 

 

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I liked most of their stuff.  Paul Jones was an excellent singer.  Of course I wasn't aware at the time that many of their songs were covers of US hits. ( Doo Wah Diddy -The Exciters, Oh No Not My Baby-Maxine Brown, Come Tomorrow-Marie Knight..etc) It became rather more obvious when they covered a string of Dylan songs which had been hits here...and it all got a bit tedious. Still.. they deserve credit, like many other UK bands for 'breaking' R&B/Soul etc.. over here, to audiences stultified by low grade UK 'pop'.

When Mike D'Abo replaced Paul Jones.. I liked him too. and D'Abo wrote Handbags and Gladrags.. possibly one of the best songs of the 60s.

Judge for yourself..

 

 

 

 

 

I like the origiinals and the covers, but since I learned about the originals, which would almost certainly have never got played on BBC Radio.. , or even Luxembourg, I always try to pay respect to those pioneering and mostly black Americans.

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Just to complete this session...

 

Mike D'abo wrote this and this is his version.

 

 

The first released version was this..by Chris Farlowe:

 

 

Next up was our Rod.

 

 

And then the Stereophonics.

 

 

It's a fascinating progression for a song.  And I think that it is such an inherently listenable and beautiful song, many people end up missing the point of it.

 

My personal fave is the Rod version.. but they are all stunning.

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3 hours ago, DJ360 said:

Just to complete this session...

 

Mike D'abo wrote this and this is his version.

 

 

The first released version was this..by Chris Farlowe:

 

 

Next up was our Rod.

 

 

And then the Stereophonics.

 

 

It's a fascinating progression for a song.  And I think that it is such an inherently listenable and beautiful song, many people end up missing the point of it.

 

My personal fave is the Rod version.. but they are all stunning.

Paul Jones using the pseudonym Sheila McLeod wrote "I Want To know" that was recorded by Ten Years After. Regards,Will2017

 

 

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Another nice bit of trivia Will.  Thank you.

 

Kev, I didn't include Summer in the City because it's possibly one of their best remembered songs now. It always reminds me of the Penguin Cafe in Boowul Market.  Maybe they had it on the juke box.

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Nice song......forgot about the ''Fortunes ''..........must get a double breasted jacket......1964 last one i had....went stiff when i spilt Whisky on it........in a bath in Tamworth........

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