Friday, October 13, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

WIPZ - work in progress zine.

This is an exciting new print fanzine from local resident Joseph Simons. It's brimming with ideas that are from all over the zine spectrum, photography, art. satire and literature. There is a lot of exciting and talented pages to ponder and to enjoy. If you want to subscribe or contribute then

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Red Hot & the Sans-Culottes - Frome 1984 recordings

Demo Susan and I (Animals & men/terraplanes) recorded with the Rockabilly trio Last Rats in Paris with Gavin Lusby on lead guitar and Tom Berryman on drums. Stand-up bass. I played harp and Susan sang. Download for free here

Friday, June 16, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

King Biscuit Time 1942 and 52

Silent footage. Max Moore, owner of Interstate Grocery in Helena, Arkansas, was the sponsor for radio station KFFA's "King Biscuit Time" program. We believe he shot this home movie circa 1942. In it, renowned blues musicians Robert 'Junior' Lockwood and Sonny Boy Williamson perform on the front porch of a small-town Arkansas grocery store. This is likely the earliest footage of these musicians performing together. The second portion of the clip is a 1952 tour featuring Williamson and his band. This film was preserved with a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation. Max Moore Home Movie Collection

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Susan Wells by Neil Mitchard

When Sue was in the Terraplanes

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

John Mitchard's 1970 Election campaign in North Somerset

My Dad stood in his hometown of Radstock for the 70 GE. He didn't win but did very well. I can remember it vividly.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Friday, May 05, 2017

The Fallen Leaves - 'punk rock for gentlemen'

The Fallen Leaves Bristol Thunderbolt May 4th
I have always been a fan of the early Subway Sect. This goes back a long time when the single Nobody’s Scared came out and we saw them on the White Riot Tour and heard their Peel session. We were most disappointed when we saw them supporting the Buzzcocks and they had all been sacked apart from Vic Godard. The subsequent LP What’s the Matter Boy was critically lauded but I didn’t like it – it wasn’t the Subway Sect that I fell in love with. So when Dave offered us a lift to see the Fallen Leaves (Rob Symmons’  former guitar-slinger in the Subway Sect’s newish band) we jumped at the chance. We weren’t disappointed. The thrashy trebly guitar sound was there and it was great to behold in an intimate venue. He’s obviously influenced a whole raft of guitarists including me. He is a missing jigsaw piece of punk history. The whole band are good – they all work really well together. Check out the Fallen Leaves – they’re on Spotify and still gigging – a class act.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Frome's Pipe Shop

Nice to see some parts of Frome seem unchanged. And how would we know what sobrani cocktail were like otherwise?

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Napoleonic Association at Hyde Park London c1989

68th Durham Light Infantry - still going strong

18eme de Ligne from France

Neil Morrison leads the British out. He was a Yank connected to the military in Europe
Ralph Mitchard in the 46eme de ligne

Napoleonic Event in Czechoslovakia in 1990

Dr David Chandler leads the French - I am on this if you can spot me

18 de Ligne from France at the Austerlitz memorial

Richard Moore in Czechoslovakia

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Renault Chenilette

Carrier used by the French in 1940. Details

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Jimmy Reed Big Boss Man (Live) AFBF

Radstock Jig

RADSTOCK JIG, THE. English, Hornpipe (cut time). C Major/A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The English collector Cecil Sharp noted this tune from one James Higgins (1819-c. 1910), a fiddle player who was living at the time in Shepton Mallett Union, a workhouse. It was originally simply called “Radstock”, or, as Sharp gave it in his notebook, "Radstock Tune." Sharp published it soon afterwards with the title "Radstock Jig," using the convention of the word 'jig' not to denoting musical meter but rather to indicate a tune played for solo dancing (see Sharp's Folk-Dance Airs: Collected in Oxfordshire, Glocesteshire, Devonshire, Somerset, and Devonshire, 1909). Higgins was a native of the village of Shepton Mallet (south of Bath), Somerset, where he was a clerk in the local Co-operative Society, and Radstock was a nearby mining town. There is some thought, although no evidence, that the tune may have been in the repertoire of the Radstock Band, an old village band.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Bad Detectives in Bath

Had a fun night last night at the Widcombe Social Club (ace venue) with the B-side the A-side dj team.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Delta 88 at Somer Valley Rock n Roll Club

Western Star trio from Devom came to Radstock Working Me' Club for a night of rockabilly. Next one is May 13th Tomcats. Photo Sue

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Frome gets even more famous

So surreal to see Frome become centre stage for the rock
world last night when Foo Fighters played a secret gig in Frome's music venue the Cheese and Grain which was streamed live on YouTube. It was in connection to their appearance at Glastonbury. Quite a few Frome (pronounced Froom) people got in. Apparently. We didn't bother.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

'24 hours from Radstock' The Tripes

Live at the Tyning Inn Radstock Somerset. The Tripes can be seen all over the West Country. Lead vocals Big Rich who wrote the song

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Workers '- Peasants' Red Army

Trotsky and Lenin review the Red Army - some early colour footage here. Also check out my Pinterest page on the subject

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Napoléon 1- part 1/10

I have a new FB group Historical Battle Epics and this film came up today as it's the anniversary of the Battle of Eylau 1807
Anyway I remember blogging about this when it came out - now you can watch a dubbed version online

Thursday, February 02, 2017

1920 Bitwa Warszawska

Bought this cos I like the period.  Polish-Soviet war. Not bad. Watch it - its quite spectacular.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

1980 - My Animals & men Year in Music.

Found my notes to all the dates in the for us in a momentous year. Here goes
Jan 8 - Don't Misbehave in the New Age out - 1st John Peel play
Jan 18 - Gig at King's College London supporting the Coolnotes - meet Mick Mercer of Panache fanzine
Jan 24 - NME review by Charles Shaar Murray. Number 14 in the Sounds Alternative chart
Jan 25 - Melody Maker review

Feb 1 - Geoff leaves
Feb 24 - Puddle in
March 7 - Support Toyah at the Bath Pavilion - Geoff in audience
March 11 - London Scool of Economics gig - Panache interview
March 14 - Leave TW Records
March 21- Corsham Art College supporting Essential Bop
April 2- Panache interview out
April 4th - Terraplane Fixation single recorded
June 7th - single out
Junw 18th - First John Peel play
September Nigel and Puddle leave
October 25/26 - Terraplanes formed with Dave and Andy
December 28 - First demo

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Waterloo (1970)

I can remember the excitement I experienced waiting for this film. I saw the trailer. Blown away - Waterloo was a subject I was really interested in and there was an epic movie been made for seeing at the cinema. I went with my Dad and he knew the projectionist and he secured me a poster which I proudly had on my bedroom wall. These images are from a book that was made to coincide with the film

Ralph Mitchard at Sexey's school Bruton

Before punk.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Three Swans Frome nowadays

Photo Sue Mitchard
Back in the early punk days this was the hangout for us punk rockers. We had things like New Rose by the Damned and things like that on the jukebox and if anyone came in from out of town they knew where to find us. Not sure why it changed but the emphasis moved on in time.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Pubs and premises of the Monmouth Rebellion.

My new blog

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Vintage New France and Old England

Go here to revisit those days long ago

Monday, January 09, 2017

Mark VIB

Being, in terms of numbers, the most significant British tank at the outbreak of war, the Mark VIB saw service with the British Expeditionary Force in France, the Eighth Army in North Africa and in various subsidiary theatres. As a reconnaissance vehicle it was satisfactory, as a fighting tank quite useless since armour protection was minimal and the armament ineffective against enemy tanks