The Anonymous Widower

Bristol Illegal Rave Attended By 700 People

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

This is the sub-title.

Police say they were attacked as they tried to break up an illegal rave at a warehouse near Bristol.

Let’s hope it gives lots of work for criminal defence solicitors.

November 1, 2020 Posted by | Health, News | , , | 3 Comments

The Death Of My Son George

In some ways our youngest son; George, was more my baby, than my wife’s!

When you have three children under three, you have to devise a system so they can all be fed, watered and managed.

In the early 1970s, I was working at home, writing software for the likes of companies like Lloyds Bank, Plessey, Ferranti and others, usually by means of a dial-up line to a company called Time Sharing Ltd. in Great Portland Street.

  • So most days George sat on my desk in a plastic baby chair, as I worked.
  • C would look after the two elder children, generally taking them to the park or friends.
  • George was still in nappies, real not disposable. We did use a nappy service!
  • I sometimes wonder, if I can still install a proper nappy on a baby!
  • I would feed him as I worked.
  • George also used to come with me to visit clients, I had to meet at Great Portland Street. Usually, the secretaries would steal him away.

It was a system, that worked well for all of us.

Of our three children, George was the only one, that C thought could be coeliac, as I am. Mothers know their families! We once tried to test him with a self-test kit from the Internet. but the results were inconclusive.

I now believe he was coeliac for one genetic reason. His daughter was born with a severe congenital hernia of the diaphragm and research shows this can be linked to a coeliac father.

At least I was lucky with my three boys in this respect, but it points to George being coeliac.

George worked in the music business and was the sound engineer on some of the work of Diane Charlemagne. I met Diane once, when I stood on The Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, which I wrote about in Fun and Games at the Fourth Plinth.

  • Diane was working as the security guard and it was an amazing coincidence, that we realised our connection through George.
  • She spoke highly of his work.

Sadly Diane died of kidney cancer in 2015.

George didn’t drink, but he smoked heavily and not just tobacco. He also lived on a very gluten-rich diet of Subways and the like.

I suspect that his immune system was as good as much protection as a chocolate colander in a tsunami!

I have discussed this with doctors, who specialise in cancer and they feel that it could have contributed to his death from pancreatic cancer.

  • George died at home.
  • He was not in much pain due to the morphine he was controlling through a pump and the cannabis he was smoking.
  • One day, he was in bed and talking to my then aristocratic girlfriend and myself, when he just expired.
  • There was no drama and he just went to sleep.

A few minutes later, my girlfriend and the housekeeper, laid out the body for the undertaker.

I had been at George’s quiet death, just like I had been at the birth of all three sons.

Looking Back

George died ten years ago and his death has left some marks on my mind.

  • Because of our early relationship, some of my grief for George was more like that of a mother.
  • George died a peaceful death, which with modern medicine should be almost a right for many!
  • His death has driven me to fund and take part in medical research, especially for pancreatic cancer.
  • I also feel strongly, we should steer clear of cannabis, eat sensibly and check as many as possible for coeliac disease.

But now above all, I have no fear of Covid-19 or death.

 

May 1, 2020 Posted by | Computing, Health | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Former Gasworks Turning Into Entertainment Venue

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on IanVisits.

This is the first paragraph.

Four giant warehouses and an empty field — a former gasworks in Tottenham — is to become a new entertainment venue.

These are some points about the venue.

  • Four interlinked warehouses capable of holding 10,000 people.
  • Ten acres of outdoor space.
  • Close to the soon-to-be-opened Meridian Water station.
  • It will be know as the Drumsheds.

The first event will be the Field Day on June 7-8, 2019.

This Google Map shows the location of the site.

Note.

  1. The blue-roofed shed in the North-East corner of the map, will be the centrepiece.
  2. The site is bordered on the West by Pymmes Brook and on the East by the Lea Navigation Canal.
  3. The grass area South of the sheds must be the outdoor space.
  4. Meridian Water station is perhaps four-hundred metres to the West.
  5. There’s even an IKEA and a large Tesco, for those who don’t want to hump their tent and food from hundreds of miles away.

Could this be the first of a new style of entertainment venue?

In some ways, this venture brings me back to the vibrant music scene in the area, where I grew up, just a few miles to the North-West.

Artists from the sixties, that I saw in the area included.

  • Adam Faith
  • Animals
  • Chuck Berry
  • Joe Brown
  • John Mayall with a very drunk Eric Clapton
  • Nashville Teens
  • Rolling Stones

But no venue was bigger than the large Regal Edmonton cinema, which held perhaps a few hundred!

After the recent opening of the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, this is surely more good news for the area, which has had its troubles over the last few years.

 

April 17, 2019 Posted by | World | , , , , | Leave a comment

An Encounter In A Lift

I don’t use lifts on the trains very often, except when I am lumbered with heavy shopping, or to use a lift is substantially quicker.

This morning my Northern Line train arrived at Kings Cross, so that I alighted right by the lift, in time to see two ladies with babies in buggies, leave the lift and get on the platform.

Now this was a time-saving that was too good to be true, as this lift drops you just by the ticket gates.

I waited to press the button, in case someone else needed the lift.

My only companion turned out to be an attractive tall lady about thirty, who was strikingly dressed, with a very short leather skirt and shoes with the some of the highest heels, I’ve ever seen on the street.

If I do travel in a lift, I like to not be youngest person in the lift, as one has to keep up standards and fight hard against anno domini.

So I said to the lady. “Thanks for coming in the lift, as I make it a rule not to use a lift, unless there’s someone younger than myself on-board!”

She smiled and replied. “I can’t climb the stairs in these f**king shoes!”

Trying to be sympathetic, I said. “Couldn’t you have worn something more comfortable?”

“No!” She replied! “I’m a backing singer going to an audition. One has to impress!”

I hope all her efforts were rewarded!

 

November 17, 2018 Posted by | Transport | , , | 2 Comments

Kim Quite Dim!

The name was used by Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull in a Radio 5 interview with Rhod Sharp at four o’clock this morning.

Up All Night is always a good listen, when sleep is difficult.

January 30, 2018 Posted by | World | , | 1 Comment

The Pop Group That Saved A City With A Little Help From Their Friends

It is the fiftieth anniversary of the release of one of the best albums of all time; Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

I bought the album and still have it somewhere.

But I don’t think most people understand how the Beatles changed a city completely.

Liverpool in the sixties had nasty undercurrents of violence and religious hatred. But  in the five years, I lived in the city, these changed for the better, with the rivalry being transferred to support for your favourite group or football team.

Liverpool acquired a belief that it could take on the world and win.

Now, when I go back regularly, I find a confident, bustling, modern and friendly city, that compares to any in the world.

But what would have happened if the Beatles hadn’t?

April 5, 2017 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment

A Visit To New Brighton

I hadn’t been to New Brighton since C and myself went during Panto Week, to see Gerry and the Pacemakers and The Fortunes at New Brighton Tower Ballroom. Tickets had been sold in aid of Panto Week.

I don’t remember much of the night, except for Gerry Marsden complaining about the piano and walking off.

The Fortunes rescued the night by playing both spots.

March 24, 2017 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

Music Across Races And Ages

The Times this morning has a small article which is entitled Chuck Berry To Release New Album At 90.

I was on a bus, when I rode it and showed it to black lady next to me, who must have been in her early twenties, saying that I had seen Chuck Berry in the sixties, at the Regal in Edmonton.

We were both surprised though, that Chuck Berry was still recording at 90!

We chatted for a minute or so, before she got of the bus.

I do think though that certain strands of music will always appeal to a very wide variety of individuals.

 

October 19, 2016 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

You Know It’s Glastonbury Time!

Last night on the Overground, an attractive young lady was humping a large rucksack, with a pair of enormous brand-new rubber boots tied to the bottom.

I said “It’s obvious that you’re going to Glastonbury!”

She said “Yes!” And smiled!

I wonder how the sales of boots leap at this time of the year. And do any of them ever get worn again?

June 25, 2015 Posted by | World | | 1 Comment

Lunch With A Swing In Spitalfields

Sometimes on a day when the weather is good, I go for lunch in Leon’s in Spitalfields.

Today there was a free bonus cabaret with every meal! And the brave could dance! Which I’ve never been able to do!

The girls are twins and go by the name of Twin Swing. They probably fall into the “Twice the fun, but double the trouble” category. All my experience with children growing up leads me to the opinion that boys are more difficult, but I’ve met a couple of sets of very naughty girl twins. Boy twins on the other hand seem to behave well, except perhaps for Ronnie and Reggie.

They are appearing at the Waldorf Hotel on the 19th of July as entertainment for the Traditional Afternoon Tea. It’s all reported here in this article in the East Grinstead Courier. The report contains this immortal line.

Lingfield twins Jessica and Emily Evans, both 24

It would be rather unusual for twins to have different ages.

 

June 24, 2015 Posted by | Food, World | , | Leave a comment