Dr Feelgood – Roxette – Another genius R@B track

Dr Feelgood – Roxette – Another genius R@B track

Dr Feelgood were an early seventies Pub Rock band who specialised in R@B just like the Alligators. Wilko Johnson on guitar was amazing. Lee Brilleaux unfortunately died. But what a great band.

This is what happens when a bunch of Canvey Island guys do R@B.

Poetry – Johnson the deceiver

Johnson the deceiver


He ducks debates.

He lies.

Afraid of scrutiny

And tries

To distance himself

From Tory policy

As they’ve robbed the life

Out of you and me!


Opher – 7.12.2019



I cannot believe anybody believes in this lying git. He is the epitome of Tory arrogance and elitism – a bumbling buffoon who consistently has been the most self-serving idiot.

We see him ducking debate after debate because his party know he’s a liability. Just like Rees-Mogg, they want to hide him away!

Yet the right-wing Tory media have been drip-feeding lies about Corbyn and presenting Billy Bunter, the Eton toff, as a jolly good fellow.

Poetry – Drip Drip Drip

Drip Drip Drip


Drip Drip Drip

Poison falls fron the Sun

Drip Drip Drip

Lies and propaganda

Drip Drip Drip

As the wealthy elite

Drip Drip Drip

Use Express and Mail

Drip Drip Drip

To control the masses

Drip Drip Drip

The media owned by the wealthy

Drip Drip Drip

Spread their slander.

Drip Drip Drip

Drip Drip Drip

Drip Drip Drip

Drip Drip Drip

Drip Drip Drip……………………


Opher – 7.12.2019



It is not a democracy when the capitalists control the media and deliberately manipulate the masses.

That’s a tyranny.

Photography – The Waddeston Manor 1870

Photography – The Waddeston Manor 1870

Nothing illustrates the inequality in the world so much as the lavish homes of the super-rich.

Waddeston was built by Baron Rothschild in 1870 in order to display his art collection and entertain. The wine cellar still contains 10,000 bottles of quality wines (Chateau Lafite and Mouton). One can only imagine the homes of the working people and the number of servants necessary to maintain this huge estate. The house was so far away it could not be seen and we had to be bussed in from the carpark.

We were passing and dropped in to get some food. We had National Heritage cards so it was free entry. Quite a sight.

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I love trees.

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Wine bottles.

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I’m not sure what bird this was – a kite?

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These were the stables

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An accurate portrayal of Baron Rothschild?

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The buttery.

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An extensive estate.

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Photography – Anthony Gormley’s at the Del La Warr – Bexhill 2010

Photography – Anthony Gormley’s at the Del La Warr – Bexhill 2010


This was a special Gormley exhibition in 2019. They were real fun.


Liz took this one

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My friend Nic Walster is a professional photographer and artist. He used to like putting his shadow in to compositions. I nicked it off Nick.

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I find the Gormley’s weird but fun.


The Mississippi Blues Trail – A bit of Elmore, BB and Sonny Boy

The Mississippi Blues Trail – A bit of Elmore, BB and Sonny Boy

The Mississippi Blues trail is a brilliant way to discover Mississippi. It takes you into the back of beyond and to strange parts of town. You pass the fields the slaves used to work in, the dives they used to play in and the street corners they used to busk on. By the time you’ve finished you’ve got a real feel for the place.DSC_0481 DSC_0490

I saw Big Joe Williams perform in the late sixties on one of those Blues packages they brought across. He was on the same bill as Son House, Skip James, Bukka White, James Cotton and a few others. He went down so well that they couldn’t get him off stage.

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You found the markers out in the middle of nowhere.

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Back in the early days the people like Jimmie Rodgers and Woody Guthrie would mix quite freely with the black singers. Musicians seemed free of the evils of apartheid. Jimmie did a lot of blues numbers.

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Trumpet records recorded my hero Elmore James (as well as people like Sonny Boy Williamson). I found it quite thrilling to stand where he had recorded a lot of those searing slide guitar riffs that I love so much.

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Both Elmore James and Sonny Boy Williamson performed at the Alamo Theatre. A lot of those places were run down and neglected. But then they ripped the cavern in Liverpool down too. These politicians are fools. We should respect our heritage.

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This was close to the place where BB King used to busk and record.


This was the site in Natchez where the Night Club burnt down killing so many people. Howlin’ Wolf sang about it in the song Natchez Burning.

The Best year for Rock Music – 1967? Hendrix, Beefheart, Doors?

The Best year for Rock Music – 1967? Hendrix, Beefheart, Doors?

Was 1967 the best year ever for Rock Music?

I think it might be.

This was the year when the British Underground and American West Coast took off with Acid Rock and Psychedelia taking Rock into a new dimension! This was the year where there was an explosion of new bands and a great expansion in music styles, depth, lyrics and complexity. 1967 was when it all began – Rock grew up!

Look at the albums that came out in 1967. A lot of them were the first albums of major new bands, new sounds, now genres and experimentation.

Roy Harper – Come out Fighting Ghenghis Smith

Doors – The Doors/Strange Days

Velvet Underground – Velvet Underground

Canned Heat – Canned Heat

Jimi Hendrix – Are you Experienced/Axis Bold as Love

Cream – Cream/Disraeli Gears

Buffalo Springfield – Buffalo Springfield/Again

Country Joe and the Fish – Electric Music for the Mind and Body/ I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die

Byrds – Younger than Yesterday/Notorious Byrd Brothers

Beatles – Sgt Peppers/Magical Mystery Tour

Big Brother & the Holding Company – Big Brother & the Holding Company

Pink Floyd – Piper at the Gate of Dawn

Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac

Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow/After Bathing at Baxters

Love – Forever Changes/Da Capo

Mothers of Invention – Absolutely Free/We’re Only in it for the Money

Eric Burdon – Winds of Change

John Mayall – A Hard Road

Rolling Stones – Their Satanic Majesties Request

Captain Beefheart – Safe as Milk/Strictly Personal

Yardbirds – Little Games

Phil Ochs – Pleasures of the Harbour

Leonard Cohen – Songs of

Albert King – Born under a Bad Sign

Traffic – Dear Mr Fantasy

Incredible String Band – 500 Spirits of the layers of the Onion

Nice – Thoughts of Emmerlist Davjack

Grateful Dead – Grateful Dead

That gives you a flavour – What other year could boast such a range of great albums? With all those brilliant debuts?

Photography = Lea Valley Canal – Pt. 1

Photography = Lea Valley Canal – Pt. 1

In the centre of London next to the Hasidic Jewish centre there is a beautiful canal with wild-life and greenery. Far from the noisy bustle of the smoky roads you can wander down the tow-path and sit and drink a cup of tea at the café.

Swans, geese, ducks, cormorants and flowers.


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