1. Beatles & Monkees Party

    Beatles & Monkees Party

    Monday July 3, 1967. The Beatles hosted a party for the visiting American band the Monkees. I was invited to join the party and sat for a while at the main table with the two main bands, not that was significant as we were too far wasted to care! Photo...

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  2. Local Music Scene

    Local Music Scene

    We were in search of an identity. The generation before us was into a music scene that included skiffle whereby improvised tea chests with a single chord would be used as a base instrument, an old washing board similar to a cheese grater would be used to add rhythm, and...

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  3. Icarus and a Pink Floyd Guitar

    Icarus and a Pink Floyd Guitar

      “Angel on the wind” Written in 2016 is dedicated to a generation reaching out to the stars for help in finding a better path for mankind. Song Lyrics When I first saw you, an angel on the wind Knew something special, was about to begin, this is where it...

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  4. Beatles & Stones Enter My Life

    Beatles & Stones Enter My Life

    I was just a second rate actor, the real leaders were beating their war drums. In the UK the Beatles ruled the north and the Rolling Stones dominated the south. Northerners always appeared to be more genuine, friendlier people. Southerners were more cool & reserved; keeping one’s distance was socially...

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  5. Runaways to Liverpool

    Runaways to Liverpool

    I was now on the verge of total rebellion against everything my life had to offer in London. An idea took shape of running away to join my friend Dean in America. I was still a preteen by just a few months to spare, and would need a lot of...

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  6. Overseas Adventure – Part 2

    Overseas Adventure – Part 2

    The downpour of rain was physically heavy, the cold was penetrating the outer layer of my sleeping bag, and lightening & thunder was disturbing my very being. Where was the pleasantness to be found in creation? The stronger the storm, the more intense I cried out in anger. I became...

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  7. Foreign Exploration

    Foreign Exploration

    Hitching a ride is a precise science. One just has to know where to position oneself, which facial expressions to adopt, and how to move the thumb in a hypnotic gesture; surely mastering this combination of skills would bring any motorist to a sudden stop. There again having good luck...

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  8. Meeting Hendrix

    Meeting Hendrix

    UFO was a favorite club and had to be the rallying point for our generation. Hippies would glide there, rather than consciously arrive in any standard mode of transport. It was a converted cinema that had probably seen better days, before being turned over to an audience that couldn’t tell...

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  9. High Sea Cyclone

    High Sea Cyclone

    On February 23, 1988, the Fiji Meteorological Service’s Nadi Tropical Cyclone Warning Center (TCWC Nadi) started to monitor a shallow tropical depression that had developed within the South Pacific Convergence Zone, about 540 km (340 mi) to the north-northeast of Suva, Fiji. By March 4, Bola had completed the transition into an...

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