Sunday, 2 February 2020

Just Reminiscing

Heard the song “the lion sleeps tonight” on tv other day & it  took me back to the year of 1961 when the original came out by the Tokens.
I remember it well, I was about 16 living in Burnley with my parents, & usually I was first up & would immediately put the radio on as I was well into music then, as I’d started playing sax at 9years old, & as there were no pirate radio stations then or radio1, I always listened to the German (or Danish) version of radio Luxembourg which played all the latest pop, the English radio lux was of course transmitting in the evenings.
I remember it was winter & whilst I had a portable electric fire on, if I had time I would lite the coal fire with a ‘blower’ a piece of metal with a handle.on it over which you placed a large sheet  of newspaper to force the draft up the chimney to get the fire roaring, which sometimes catches on fire sending smoke in the living room. & sparks shooting out of the chimney, ah what memories, no health & safety in those days!!!
That was before portable radios, tape decks & whatever were invented, in fact I don’t think we had a fridge then either, because I recollect going to a girlfriends house where here mum gave me some crumbly cheese out of their fridge, I loved it & consequently told my mum when I got home, begging for us to get one. We did have a square black & white tv though.
Well there you go, all that info from just hearing a song on a tv add.
This particular song seems to have cropped up in my life a few times as in the post below from 2010, regarding radio Luxembourg.

Sunrise

Sunrise
the calm before another storm

1957 Wolseley 6/90

1957 Wolseley 6/90
Came by this photo of one of my favourite cars of all time, the Wolseley 6/90 the other day which takes me back to when i worked at Rolls Royce at Barnoldswick, the Wellfield factory in about 1966. I had a Wolseley 15/60 farina model, but the engine blew up, & this guy who had a small backstreet garage across from the factory put a 1500cc engine out of an A55 in, but it just wouldn't pull so i popped across to see him. As i was looking around he asked me if i fancied this car, a grey 6/90 with a straight 6 2639.4cc engine. He wanted £38 for it so i bought it. The photo is from the original handbook from the car, pity i haven't got the car to go with it! It was an absolute cracker to drive, with a tiny gear leaver at the r/h side as the front seat was a large bench seat right across, an overdrive lever and handbrake coming from under the dash. The body shell was very thick, you couldn't dent the wing, they were solid, really well made. When i was down London doing a bit of recording, i picked up a black 6/90 with an Austin healy 3ltre engine in it but the diff didn't match, so it sounded beautiful but it did not have the power.

Blackpool tower

Blackpool tower
The picture shows the view from the top of the tower looking down through the new glass floor, in August before the comedy patio thing which is brilliant, was finished. The illuminations are good in my oppinion, we had a trip through the lights on the coach, a Chris Cooper coach trip, highly recomended.