1993 and 1988

No one reads much at this end of the blog these days (not even me). So I can quite safely warble on about being all old and nostalgic about years long gone. Listening to Jellyfish and thinking about the strange, strange year that was 1993 (for me). Pondering 1988, seemingly a “nothing year” for me […]

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Vehicle Derek on French Podcast

From the department of “looking for something else”, really, exactly what it says on the tin (okay, exactly what it says in the title of this blog post). 2nd track in, and it’s “one of mine” too 😀 They also play a track by a band with a similar name to one of our support […]

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Recollecting A Broken Brandy Glass

A memory I buried for a long time. An emotional moment that I wanted to just forget about. It seems like I had more of those when I was younger than I do now as an adult. There were numerous times when something stirred my emotions to turmoil and I couldn’t handle that. Maybe I […]

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OMG

There is an LP that I own, and its spatial sound, the sound of the mix of all the songs and its lush, reverberating production remind me of a time and a place that I experienced “between lives”. The place and the time are combined, though the place existed long before the time. The time […]

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Farewell Dad

13 years ago today I was in a kind of strange no-mans land. I absolutely knew my father was dying, imminently, but he wasn’t dead…yet. We had the call from the care home on the Monday night that he had been taken very ill with pneumonia and went up to the hospital, saw him conscious […]

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1986

There’s a teeny bit of my town that just resembles 1986 Why do I say that? Well, in 1986 you had a group like Level 42 who represented a nice clean way of living. Level 42 were…a Ford Fiesta XR2 or a Ford Escort XR3i. They were a house on a modern estate at the […]

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Rock Bottom

It’s a thing for sure that when I was once zooming up the M40 to Birmingham for a Vehicle Derek rehearsal and blasting Phenomenon by UFO on the tape deck, that it got to the point in “Rock Bottom”, around about 4.23 where the 19 year old Michael Schenker’s guitar solo reaches peak-pant-weeing-ecstasy and I […]

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Totality

Back when I lived in East Oxford and could ride my bike to work I developed a special game to play on my commute. It was called Totality. It actually began in about 1986 back in Boston, Lincolnshire when one of my brothers came home once from his girlfriend’s house and told me that he […]

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