Mike Hugg’s drum stick.

  February 1968 and the buzz was that, none other than, Manfred Mann would be appearing at Sussex University, students union. For the purists and also most all the women I knew, the loss of Paul Jones as lead vocalist had destroyed the band, but I was a Mike d’Abo fan and the material they…

Bond 2 – The story continues

  The reality of my Bond ownership was that I actually had another Bond before I bought the MkG. and I now have to admit I skipped over that bit in my previous post.. Even by late 1966 my interest in motorbikes was increasingly at odds with a new and more pressing desire and this…

A way of Life

1967 was one of those milestone years for me. After living in Patcham since the age of 5¾, things were about to change. I’d just turned 18 and was about to leave home, or to be more accurate home was about to leave me, as Mum and Dad were at last to realise their long…

Conversations with Adam Faith

I used to see Adam Faith quite regularly on Saturday mornings, usually round the Clock Tower or in Churchill Square or sometimes wandering down Duke Street towards the Lanes. This was during his Budgie years when he had a house just outside Brighton. He always went out dressed the same way as he appeared in…

Coincidences

Last week, I got talking to a chap who was taking his 2 dogs for a walk down the lane. I picked up from his accent that he wasn’t local and he told me he’d been living in the village about 9 years, just round the corner from us. I asked him where he was…

Nettles

  In my garden this year I’ve decided to leave a clump of nettles. As well as the basis for an amazing liquid feed, these remarkable plants are brilliant for wildlife and among the insects that lay their egg on them are some of our most iconic butterflies including both the Peacock and Red Admiral….