It’s snowing again

December 1, 2016

Dunno if we’ll get much snow again this year but It’ll be snowing for the next few weeks at Oddly, the snow stops on January 4th 2017 even though according to the long-range forecast, here in the UK we are far more likely to see real snow after that date.


Nuff Said 60

December 1, 2016



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The Rolling Stones

December 1, 2016

Perhaps you recall the popular musical combo known as “The Rolling Stones”. They had a couple of hit platters back in the day. Do you know how they came to acquire their name?

There are three theories about this. Some say they got their name after seeing an American music magazine called “Rolling Stone”. Others claim they took their name from the Robert Zimmerman tune “Like a rolling stone”. After many hours of research I have discovered the true answer.


Founder member Brian Jones had a younger brother who regularly purchased the comic “”Swift”. This was a companion comic to, and aimed at a slightly younger readership than, the “Eagle”. One day in 1962 Brian flicked through an old copy of this comic and noticed page eight. The rest, as they say, is history…as is the late Mr Jones.


Twelve and a half revisited

December 1, 2016

12-5You can’t beat the oldies.

Herbert Khaury

November 1, 2016


The legend that was Mr Khaury was born in 1932 and after many years in obscurity finally achieved overnight success with a “novelty” single in 1968 at (what was then seen as) the ancient age of 36. Over six foot tall, with an ironic Dickens-inspired stage name he was left-handed yet strummed a right-handed stringed ukulele and sang sometimes in falsetto, sometimes in baritone. It’s odd to think how strange people found his novelty hit in 1968 as it was a cover version of a song released (back in the dawn of time) 39 years earlier in 1929! No one would think twice today if I released a cover version of any song from 1977…..a similar 39 years ago. Herbert continued to perform and record until his untimely death at the age of 64 twenty years ago. Here is my tribute to this legendary performer.

More Monitors

November 1, 2016


Roland C. Pearson, better known in Free Radio circles as “Buster” (1928-1985) was the man responsible (with help from others) for the fascinating publication known as “Monitor”. Begun in 1972 as coloured foolscap sheets, by the early 1980s it had progressed into an A5 booklet format. Always crammed with information about Offshore Radio these news-sheets have become even more interesting as time has gone on. There were 37 issues produced. Join me in my Time Machine as we revisit the first three issues published in those interesting times of 1972 and early 1973.

Monitor 01 issued Spring 1972

Monitor 02 issued Summer 1972

Monitor 03 issued early 1973

 PS: Monitor 01 was typewritten onto white foolscap paper. Monitor 02 was typewritten on dark blue foolscap paper. Monitor 03 was typewritten on multi-coloured foolscap paper for the full psychedelic experience. Do you remember typewriters? If you didn’t clean the keys regularly some letters got a bit clogged up with ink. My antique machine would make neat little holes whenever I used the full-stop key. Foolscap paper is longer and thinner than A4 which made copying these newsletters a pain. I apologise if some pages are difficult to read. Fuzzy typewritten text on blue paper doesn’t make for the greatest readability. I guess I could have spent a week or two tweaking things to improve them, but hey I’ve got a life, so they are what they are.

Published monthly. Not.

November 1, 2016


I don’t know why it says “Published monthly” in the small print of issues of “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”. It’s taken almost two years for them to publish six issues. Number 1 was cover dated December 2014. Then we had 2 June 2015, 3 July 2015, 4 September 2015 with another massive gap before number 5 dated July 2016 and number 6 September 2016. I used to like my comics weekly! There’s no wonder more people these days pass on the floppy comics and wait until a trade paperback book collecting six issues is available.