Records Of The Past: Muses.

First Record Matters ( 1957- 1969)

I paused.

And thought it started for me with British Steele-
Tommy Steele.
His ‘Handful of Songs’ propelled me onwards, found me,  a Diana on
The 'Last Train To San  Fernando ' and pretty soon
I was putting on the style with Lonnie.

I reflected.

 My new number was forty five bringing me a
'Whole Lotta Woman', a' Purple People Eater' and soon
succumbed me to chirping crickets full of Holly.' Oh Boy'
did I' Rave On.'

I remembered.

'Come On' it's 1962 and  time for the Stones to start rolling with
album covers which bore no script and also to bring white blues here,
Satisfaction  was  guaranteed with Them Pretty Things howling
at wolves and drinking muddy waters and always  prowled
 at by geordie Animals.

I recollect.

'Strange Days' ahead. The doors of perception opened
And Love and the Byrds flew into the grooves, whilst Jimi
Mixed some foxy cocktails into a Purple Haze and we all 
Waited for the seventies to commence.

Happy Daze.

Ck. 6/4/'16

Record Store Day 16th April 2016

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Well you remember I spoke last week of the need for Newcastle and Cheltenham to win their respective football games, verses Norwich and Grimsby .

Cheltenham ( the Robins ) did us proud beating Grimsby 3-1 and in doing so set up a five point lead over rivals Forest Green Rovers at the top of the table. That was last Friday ( 1/ 4).

On the Saturday Forest Green Rovers played a 0- 0 draw against Wrexham. This reduced the points deficit to four, but with Cheltenham having a far superior goal difference the Robins are effectively five points ahead at the top of the pile.

They have four games to play. The fixtures being: Guisely (A) 9/4; Fc Halifax (H) 16/9; Macclesfield (A) 23/9 and finally Lincoln (H) on the 30th of April. All games start at 3 pm.
The league championship is in their hands.


Newcastle playing away to Norwich were clearly unused to the spring-like conditions in Norfolk.
They caught 'sun-stroke ' in the ninety third minute and from being 2-2 with a safe point allowed Norwich to grab the winner.

Putting it kindly their stay in the Premier League looks bleak. That are currently in 19th place with 25 points, second from bottom needing seven points to move out of the  relegation zone.

They have seven matches to play being: Southampton (A) 9/4; Swansea ( H ) 16/4; Manchester City  (H) 19/4; Liverpool (A ) 23/4; Crystal Palace ( H) 30/4; (A) Aston Villa 7/5 and finally Tottenham (H )  on Sunday the fifteenth of April.

As you can see this looks a pretty formidable task and what an end game, at home to the 'Spurs; who may be needing the three points to clinch the Premier  title from Leicester..

Relegation will mean selling off their striker assets; Gini Wijnaldum; (ironically Spurs believed to be interested); Moussa Sissoko and Daryl Janmaat ( all good Geordie names). With the money from these sales, we can shore up the defence and face the Championship league with determination and pride. Perhaps next season we may even become " Moyes' Boys, " with new manager and team building back their reputations.

I don't mind dropping a league, but it will hurt if Sunderland manage to stay up' especially with 'Boro looking likely to win promotion.
Oh well- Que Sera Sera.


Tomorrow brings the Grand National race. For the first time for years I have a horse I feel, all things being equal, should win the races. The animal is " Many Clouds, " who is not only carrying the weight of my  prediction, but in addition, is  also seeking back to back victories. Pros: carries only one pound extra. Cons: possibly hampered  by soft going (7/1).

Three others for consideration: " The Last Samuri. " Pros: coming rapidly into form; acts on any going could bring back ' the glory days ' for local Cotswold trainer Kim Bailey. Cons: may carry the burden of favouritism on the day, not proved  on the course. (10/1)

 " Holywell. " Pros: well handicapped, returning to form, may provide local trainer Jonjo 'O ' Neill with the big winner he has been seeking all season. I like the jockey ' Ritchie McLernon, a good horseman who will look after his mount. Cons: Although a good jumper can fade in finish, would be anxious about that long run-in. (14/ 1).

" O' Faolain's Boy." Pros: ran well in this year's  Gold Cup, often a mark of a horse for the longer race. Comes from Rebecca Curtis's Welsh stable, which is firing well. Cons: Has the infamous squiggle, denoting inconsistency. Needs a going day ( 25/1) 

May I just say before leaving this race, how disappointed  I am to learn that this event will not be run until five fifteen in the afternoon. This seems unseasonably late and means the punters will have a long racing session whilst  not to mention  all those forty  horses kept waiting for the off.

May your lucky fortune lighten your spirits and many clouds show sunshine eventually.
Cheerio for now,


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