Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Animals & Men 1979 demo available to download.

Recorded on a 4 track at Bob Rowsell's Elm Studio which was a shed in a garden in Paulton. Sent to John Peel who liked it and suggested we get a record out
Get it here

Monmouth House Cork Street Frome

You can read about what happened in Frome in the Monmouth Rebellion in my booklet

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Raves from the Grave's new premises

Frome's record shop has moved into new premises. Very good it looks too. Loads of space and an upstairs. Used to be Telefringe - a TV and Hi-fi retailer - my brother worked there in the 80s. 

The Blue House Frome

Built in 1726 at a cost of £1,401 8s 9d, it replaced a previous almshouse dating from 1461 (and rebuilt in 1621). The Blue House provided accommodation for 20 female widows, and schooling for 20 boys, and the front of the building is adorned by two statues, one of a man, colloquially known as "Billy Ball", and one a woman called "Nancy Guy", indicating the building's dual role. Its role as a school ceased in 1921, and it now provides studio and one bedroom flats for 17 elderly residents.[2]
See a sketch of it in the 18thc . 
Two figures used to flank the front door now at the back

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Happy St Patrick's Day

This I have been waiting to post since I saw this film about 4 weeks ago. Basically the kids run away from a wicked uncle to Ireland arriving on Patrick's day. Cue cliches

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

FAME IS THE SPUR (1947) | Michael Redgrave | Full Length Drama Movie | Classis | English

A British politician finds that his intense liberal views become more conservative with his rise to power.This is a really excellent movie that I heartily recommend. A politician rises from the slums with a sword used in the Peterloo massacre but eventually sells out his principles. Wiki
There is a scene I really like when a load of Welsh miners get the riot act read to them and the Yeomanry are there with drawn swords. 

The Two Killings Of Sam Cooke (2019)

Watch ReMastered: The Two Killings Of Sam Cooke on Netflix:

Monday, March 11, 2019

The Mountain by Ralph Mitchard aged 15

Had a request to post the short story I wrote so I scanned it from the school magazine. Pic of me at school at Sexey's

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Timpo U.S. Cavalry

Anyone remember these? Not painted but assembled parts of different colours. 

Norton Hill Colliery 1908. Midsomer Norton - pit disaster

Continuing about my Grandfather

Following along after the Great War my Grandfather (mines rescue in the tunnels) went back underground but he remained on the reserve and during the 1921 miners strike got called up for the Royal Engineers. I have a pay slip from that time. They were sent to the Kent coalfield. But unrest was in the air and my Grandfather and his colleagues agreed that if they were called to shoot they would refuse the orders and shoot the officers. Of course it didn't come to that. But an interesting footnote to his army career.

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Expeditionary Force 60mm Hundred Years War

Some lovely plastic figures for the 100 YW - see them here