Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Gigs in the West Country

 I have a fb group called Old Radstock and recently we were discussing gigs in the area who played where. Them with Van Morrison played Coleford British Legion as did Lule and the Luvvers. Beatles played the Pavillion, Bath. John Lee Hooker played there too.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Brix & the Extricated at the Thekla Bristol

If you are an old Fall fan there is only one show in town these days the band made up of old stalwarts from the glory days of the Fall. We went as a family group - daughter Celia got at the front and took this photo and was given a pick by Brix for dancing. Sister Anne drove. The set was excellent - old Fall classics like New Prinz, Cruiser's Creek, Deadbeat Descendant - the years rolled away under the wheels of the Hanley brother's juggernaut-style rhythm section. Their own songs were good too - all in all a great package. Brix was a ball of energy and enthusiasm filling the old boat with warmth. A night out to remember.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Jessie Mae Hemphill - Train, Train.

National Downhome Blues Festival. Atlanta, GA 1984.

Friday, November 03, 2017

Somerset history

If you haven't bought my booklet now is a good time - post free from ebay.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

1/35 WW2 Italians

This scale is pretty good for vehicles and a few sets of figures. 

Italian movie from 2002 El Alamein - La linea del fuoco,

It's up on Youtube but you have to pay. Or you could buy the DVD. Here;s the wiki

Perry Miniatures WW2 (desert) range

If you are thinking of 28mm Italians in the desert these figures by the Perrys are very appealing.

Battle! Charles Grant

These old school wargames rules for ww2 were published in book form in 1970. Copies of this book fetch high prices but fret not. They are available  in magazine form free to download here

Monday, October 30, 2017

Italian cavalry ww2 1/72

Waterloo 1815 do quite a lot of Italian subjects. These could double as Greeks.

Charge of the Italian Savoia Cavalleria at Izbushensky

There's a distinct lack of 10mm cavalry for WW2. Here's an action with Italian cavalry - Pendrad Pithead take note
"On 23 August 1942, the Savoia Cavalry Regiment, under Colonel Alessandro Bettoni was ordered to take Hill 213.5 in order to secure the right flank of the Sforzesca Division that had been forced to withdraw to new positions. The Italian cavalry reinforcements advanced on the night of 23/24 August, but the Savoia were soon under fire from two battalions from the Russian 812th Regiment that had just taken up positions overnight in preparations for further attacks. The Italian Commanding Officer, Colonel Bettoni Cazzago decided to counter-attack immediately the Russians in order to regain the initiative. With Captain Francesco De Leone leading the the 2nd Squadron forward shouting "Avanti Savoia!"., the Italian cavalrymen overran the 812th Regiment in a series of attacks lasting several hours." ( Battle of Isbuscenskij)

World War 2 Greece

Fine webpage with lots of info
"Greek Uniforms - A group of Greek Re-enactors showing a variety of uniform details." Photo kindly supplied by permission from the Greek ΣΤΡΑΤΙΩΤ ΙΚΗΙΣΤΟΡΙΑ Magazine, 1998.

Pithead Miniatures

If I was wargaming the Greek-Italian war I think I'd use these.  10mm - do Greeks and Italians. Don't do Greek cavalry though.
Italian L3 35 tankette

Greek infantry in greatcoats

New Osprey of interest to me - Armies of the Greek-Italian War 1940–41

Men-at-Arms 514
  • Author: Phoebus Athanassiou
  • Illustrator: Peter Dennis
In October 1940 an Italian army some 200,000 strong invaded Greece across its largely undefended border with Albania. Although supported by Great Britain, at first by sea and in the air and later by landing British and ANZAC troops from North Africa, Greece bore the main brunt of the six-month war. Outclassed in materiel and outnumbered, LtGen Papagos's Greek army was so successful against the Italians in north-west Greece that, by 22 November 1940, it was advancing into Italian-held Albania. This would eventually force Hitler to send in German reinforcements to support his beleaguered Italian allies, delaying his invasion of the Soviet Union. Complete with contemporary photographs and full-colour uniform plates, this fascinating study explores the history, organization, and appearance of the armies of this oft forgotten conflict.
Below is an Italian propaganda film

Fats Domino

A legend has passed away. Loved him when I was a teenager. Will never see his like again