A nice cup of tea

May 1, 2016

A nice cup of tea

Numerous celebrities have died so far this year. One of them was the last of the PG Tips chimps. I always preferred Typhoo Tea to PG Tips, yet as a child I persuaded my parents (and relatives) to buy PG tea for the whole of the 1960s just for the Brooke Bond collector cards contained within each pack.

In a recent book about Shakespeare (he died this year too…400 years ago though) there was the interesting information that until the discovery of Tea in the C18th and its eventual widespread adoption as the drink of choice for us here in the UK, the majority of the population went about their day pretty well continuously drunk. Alcohol such as Ale/Beer and later, Gin etc was far “safer” to consume than water straight from a well/stream/river. It didn’t seem to occur to people of the C17th and earlier to make the connection that perhaps they should also filter and boil water from rivers or wells before consumption too.

What on earth is this song about I used to think back in the pre-internet days of 1993 when it was first released. Well, the official video for the song shows umpteen images of college kids and the updated video shows them (20?) years later so I guess the song is about regrets of times past when the singer was a teenager. It’s the chorus that makes the song so memorable but the words are vague enough that I can’t really pin down what exactly he’s regretting. Perhaps lost youth or a failed relationship? Personally I say good riddance to 1974 and 1975.

Got no reason for coming to me
And the rain running down
There’s no reason
And the same voice coming to me
Like it’s all slowing down.
And believe me

I was the one who let you know.
I was your sorry ever after.
74 75

It’s not easy
Nothing to say cause it’s already said.
It’s never easy.
When I look on in your eyes then I find that I’ll do fine.
When I look on in you eyes then I’ll do better.

I was the one who let you know.
I was your sorry ever after.
74 75
Giving me more and I’ll define.
Cause you’re really only after
74 75

Got no reason for coming to me.
And the rain running down.
There’s no reason.
When I look on in you eyes then I find that I’ll do fine.
When I look on in your eyes then I’ll do better.

I was the one who let you know.
I was your sorry ever after.
74 75
Giving me more and I’ll define.
Cause you’re really only after
74 75

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RNI World Service

May 1, 2016

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Radio Northsea International broadcast from International waters via the Mebo 11 from 1970 until August 1974 (with a break between September 1970 and February 1971) on a variety of Medium wave frequencies at first before settling on 220m. They also broadcast on FM to Holland and often on 49m and 31m shortwave to the rest of the world. Interestingly, in 1972 and 1973 the daytime shortwave broadcasts on Sundays were in English supplied by the DJs on board, whilst 220m medium wave carried Dutch programming, only some of which was live. The rest of the Dutch daytime shows consisted of tape recordings prepared earlier on land as often happened with Radio Veronica. Evenings on 220m Medium wave usually reverted to live English speaking DJs from 7pm or 8pm onwards.

There are many many hours of recordings of RNI available around the Interwebs. If you click here or click the image below you can hear a recording of A.J. Bierens on RNI on 49m Shortwave that I made on my (t)rusty Philips reel to reel tape recorder on a Sunday morning circa 1972.

RNI

After August 1974 The Mebo 11 moved to the Mediterranean Sea and apparently ended it’s days being “used as target practice by the Libyan Navy in the 1980s and sunk in the Gulf of Sidra”.

Alan Class comics

May 1, 2016

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A steady stream of people continue to type “Alan Class comics” into search engines and, simply because I once posted a few cover images, they end up here. The place they really ought to visit is here where they can buy not only Alan Class comics but even still buy some of the printing plates used to produce the actual covers. A first in comic collecting?

Laya Raki

May 1, 2016

Laya

Do you remember those soft-porn “glamour” magazines of the 1950s and 1960s? There were loads but the only ones I can recall at the moment are Parade, Picture Goer and possibly Tit-bits? They weren’t top-shelf pornographic, but always had covers (and interiors) showing minor film star bikini babes. Laya was gorgeous enough to feature regularly.

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It seems that Laya’s real name was Brunhilde Marie Alma Herta Jörns and she was born in Germany. Her exotic looks ensured a career of thousands of semi-clothed pin-up pictures as well as a few films and TV series (The UK’s “Crane” from 1963-1965 being the most noteable). It is possible that she was photographed even more often than the legendary pin-up Bettie Page.

This little booklet features Laya.

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In case

May 1, 2016

In case of fire

Honor House ads