Happy New Year Folks!

I’m generally fond of Christmas but always thought the New Year’s fuss to be the real Humbug – other than those golden olden days when we had gigs for loadsamoney. Nonetheless I think it’s not unreasonable to wave goodbye to 2015 which seems to have been a (literally) diabolical year across the globe (except for the cricket of course).

So, here’s to 2016 and “let’s hope it’s a good one without any fear”.


2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 93,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


The Bearded Wonder

Just back from visiting Mick who is cultivating a Hipster image

Mick Cooper 29:12:15

I’m not sure if it’s the chocolate biscuits but he’s looking more cheerful. He’s moving today from QA close to Alexandra Park to the Victory Unit, Wyllie Road, Portsmouth, PO2 9NA. It’s a physio/rehab place which he expects to be in for a week or two. In 2016 he’ll be scheduled for a gall bladder operation.

In the meantime you can visit him  there between 1.30-7.30 OR it’s his birthday next Monday (4th) so why not send him a card?


That’s a Big One

I hope you’ve all had fun over Christmas. We’ve been on our travels for a few days and ended up last night in a hotel on Brighton seafront where we spotted this fellow guest (photo by MRA)

Ray Davies

and what’s she pointing at? Brighton seafront has grown a giant penis:

Brighton's penis


Merry Christmas!

To you all. The Blog is having a little break for a few days although I’ll keep my eye on Comments.

Have a lovely time, take care and here’s a Christmas Tree, hand-made by My lovely Resident Astrologer (MLRA?), to wish you all the very best for this time of year


Lou final Xmas tree



Have Yourselves a

Super Little Solstice


If you’re in the UK, it’s not difficult on a day like today, understanding why the Pagans celebrated like mad as the days got darker and harsher. It’s been a bit like that on the Blog over the past few days although it’s fulfilled its role and (with the companion Facebook site) provided lots of kindness.

So whether you’re BIG on Christmas or think it’s all HUMBUG! here’s to you all on the shortest, darkest day. Everything gets lighter from here on in ..


Like the true Archivist

Mick said I should take a photo:

Mick QA

Also, like the true Archivist he’s fretting cos there’s no internet access and he can’t work on keeping his websites up-to-date. On the other hand like the true 60s rocker he’s taking all his drugs.

In truth he’s not having a great time and expects to be in over Christmas at least. He was VERY touched by all the kind messages and is getting a fair number of visitors from friends (he lives alone with no close relatives). If anyone has time to visit or drop a card it’s:

Mick Cooper, E1 Ward, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, Portsmouth, PO6 3LY

(Pete asks) “What’s that you’re smoking Cooper?”



TERRY (from Morley) & PS

I’ve just heard from Nigel – the message below is clear I think but I’d like to wish Nigel well – he had what ‘they’ call a routine ‘op’ on Friday – I had one myself last year and sometimes the recovery ain’t entirely smooth so good luck and best wishes to Nigel as well. I’m off to see Mick this afternoon so will report back.

Here’s Nigel:

Following my post about Terry I would like to add this piece. In the 1960s there were three of us who went around the local scene together, Terry Shulman, Morley Stewart-Jones and myself and in 1971 my girl friend Audrie (now my wife) joined us too. In reply to my email to Morley about Terry’s passing, he sent me the following verses which I think describe Terry admirably.
So sad.
My Ode to Terry:
A lonely human being, whom few could understand
He lived his world inside his head, no aspirations grand
You’d think him overshadowed when fame called on his brothers
But life was still so rich to him, he only thought of others
I guess he understood the world in his own special way
Creating art from deep inside and living every day
the way he wanted, what a shame the world will never know
the man we knew when finally the time had come to go
PS: (Nigel)
Can you please let people know that Terry’s funeral will be at Catherington Jewish Cemetery at 2.30pm tomorrow (Tuesday). The cemetery is next to Catherington Church of England School, at number 316, whose postcode is PO8 0TD. Friends who would like to attend are welcome, but no flowers. Some people’s memories of Terry are on Jan William’s (Caravan gallery) facebook page here:https://www.facebook.com/jan.williams.125/posts/10153766429949547?notif_t=like