Memories

i came across a new blog yesterday. A few of the posts were music-themed, and kinda reminded me of my own youth. So I’ve spent periods these last 24 hours listening to some old music of mine, to get back into the feeling.

I bought my first Walkman while I was at university. I can remember I was upset about something, but can’t remember what. So I hit my overdraft a bit harder and bought my very first truly portable cassette player, plus an album. It was Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s Welcome to the Pleasuredome.

I was also lucky because one of my best friends at university came originally from London, and had contacts in the London Nightclub scene. In particular he had one friend who worked in a Soul Club and used to send cassettes over every now and again. Cassettes which I gladly copied! The songs on them were quite rare, if only because most soul music was American and music wasn’t global yet. Do you remember 12″ records? So we used to hear not just rare tacks, but rare mixes of rare tracks.

I had a look on YouTube and found one such track on there.

The singer was somebody called Gwen Guthrie. She sang as an artist in her own right, but also as a backing singer for the likes of Aretha, Madonna and Stevie Wonder.When I looked her up, I expected to find somebody maybe ten or fifteen years older than me, who’d made pots of money, sailed off into the sunset, and who we never heard of again. Instead I read that we lost her in 1999 to cancer, aged just 48.

Introduction (Fandango's Friday Flashback)

Fandango posted about how he is getting ready to move house, so his WordPress activity will be hit and miss for the next few months. But he made it today and has posted his Friday Flashback.

I have always liked the idea of his Friday Flashback, so shall also post my own. As much as anything, it reminds me of where I was. Hopefully, you will find it entertaining too. Whether he gets to post or not, I’ll continue to post under the Fandango’s Friday Flashback tag, just to stay consistent with my previous posts on the theme.


Hahaha, I was rummaging through my old posts and chuckled some when I found an amusing post I ceated today, two years ago. In fact I remember I had to re-post the video up to YouTube at the same time as I moved from Blogger, because WordPress is anal and will not let me upload videos, despite my having paid for the space already. So I guess it was a quick learning curve to bring YouTube into the loop too.

I’ve never really been big on videos. I used to enjoy taking still photos, but I’m not big on that either any more. In fact, if you’re one of those bloggers who posts vivid photographs of things, that’s why I appreciate your posts. Here is one of mine from when I was healthy:

Switzerland, 2008

But both the camera on my phone, and my old SLR, are now fiddly to work one-handed, plus my eyesight no longer appreciates the finer details. I know the photo above is half-decent, because it has previously received acclaim from other photographers. But for my for my re-post, it was just easier to use the tiny webcam on my laptop instead.

Although the video is two years old, very little else has changed. Maybe I grew up a little bit (unlikely!) but my favourite room, my favourite chair, are still the same, and still as well-lit as they were. In fact I have a small, bright LED which plugs into my USB port, which spots onto the keyboard so I can see to type. If your eyesight isn’t good, they’re cheap as chips from Ikea.

So I hope you enjoy my brief introduction!

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