Easter blighted by travel to work. Not completely blighted, travelling out on the Sunday, but enough to be, blighted, so to speak.
Genesis gig from 1973 playing on You Tube, a great rushing wave of nostalgia is washing over the office. Allatsea was always very suspicious of folks wot liked mainstream pop stuff. If ever there was a situation (and there was, frequently) when he found himself liking a song or track that could be so described he would immediately take steps to either pretend he didn’t like it (in public) or re-designate its genre as alternative prog, underground expose or inward house, anything to allow him to continue liking it in the public forum without shame. Pathetic isn’t it. That said Steve Hackett’s work is still worth listening to, big time. The towers will often don travelling kit and make the pilgrimage to see him and his band. The first time we saw Genesesi was circa 1971 at Gravesend’s Woodville Halls and admission was around 50p. Those were the days…..sigh. Not all folk are so picky though. The other day when the towers asked daddy Dan where Dan was (Dan is a 38 year old chartered engineer) and was informed that he’d gone to the O2 to see ‘Take That’ we couldn’t help but blurt out, shocked, ‘Christ! Has he really?’. No shame in that house hold obviously. God help us.
In a similar vein BBC4 was re-running ‘Guitar Heroes’ late last night, mostly wonderful stuff (Ronnie Wood is NOT a guitar great, not then, not now, not ever), Johnny Winter’s version of ‘Jumping Jack Flash’ though, was wonderful wonderful wonderful stuff. Drifted off to bobos very happy indeed. A lovely day it had been all the way through. Mate Mick P was newly returned from his winter sojurn in Spain, very fine to see him again. We marked the occasion by spending 8 hours in Wetherspoons. Thank you Wethers!!! Any place where you can get a large plate of cod and chips and mushy peas…..and a pint, for £6.50 has got to be applauded and supported. Judging by the crowds in there, it was. Long may they continue. As for Mr Thorley, a local pub operator famed for attracting the town trash, in quantity, to his establishments………………..let’s hope he continues to do so.
So that’s it for today, Air Chance flight to Nantes at 1415 from LCY tomorrow. At least the telly news won’t be mandatorily showing footage of the Royal Baby. Frankly parading the newborn as some kind of ‘aren’t we clever, isn’t he/she cute’ trophy statement, royal or otherwise, is sickmaking. Bleurghhhhh!!