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Old 13 May 2017, 10:40 (Ref:3733154)   #1561
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Old 13 May 2017, 10:52 (Ref:3733157)   #1562
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Elkie Brooks still sounding as good as ever. Do you like her new single, justracing?

With all this talk of old motors, my first was 107E followed by Taunus engined and disc braked 100E van. Fav probably one of the 205 GTis I had- red 1.9 phase 2 with no sun roof. Far more fun and usable than the E30 M3 Evo II or 964 RS that followed.....
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Old 13 May 2017, 11:04 (Ref:3733160)   #1563
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Elkie Brooks still sounding as good as ever. Do you like her new single, justracing?
Only heard it once but I'm booked to go and see her again in July at Brighton, saw her last year at Horsham -ignore the age, what a voice!
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Coming from North London, I saw an abundance of live acts doing the club rounds, so many that I can't remember many of them. Bob will probably remember, but we had venues like the Country Club in Haverstock Hill, and just along the road from there, a small place called Conrad's Bistro possibly better known as the Witches Cauldron. Carrying on a bit, we had the Moon Café which on a road that led on to the Finchley Road where there were another couple of places, plus The Refectory in Golders Green. Further up the long Finchley Road (where it became the High Road in North Finchley), a pub that constantly had superb bands on in the back room, was the Torrington.

But on Sunday nights, a constantly changing group of some really serious musicians would turn up at a coffee place on the Finchley Road between Swiss Cottage and the Hendon Way, and they would jam way into the early hours of Monday morning. Not necessarily "pop" music, but sounds that would keep you wanting more and more.

Then, I met the girl who became my wife, and she worked for the New Musical Express. As a staff member she got invites to pretty well all the record releases, so it seems as though every night we were out at the launches. Of all of them, the ones that stand out are (all from Ronnie Scotts in Soho), Osibisa (a fabulous African/Caribbean fusion band based around percussion) who were my absolute favourite, Blue Mink featuring the fabulous Madeline Bell, 10cc and Georgie Flame and the Blue Flames.

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Old 13 May 2017, 11:44 (Ref:3733170)   #1565
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Sadly while attending concerts by the 'stars' one usually had to watch a motley collection of home grown 'talent', all dreadful; Vince Eager, The Animals, The Dangling Blue Jeans, Georgie Fame and so many I care not to recall. When Chan Romero had a hit in America with his 'Hippy, Hippy, Shake' the Swinging Blue Jeans made a British cover version, however, at one Rock 'n' Roll Show in North London featuring Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran (from memory) they tried to perform their version live, but were completely drowned out the booing, heckling audience who appreciated the original. People were walking up to the stage and throwing rubbish at the group, as they endeavoured to complete their 'set'. The next night at another venue they simply came on and dashed headlong through their, limited, repertoire without attempting to introduce the different numbers. Most hilarious.

My company Alfa GTV was great on acceleration, but dodgy over 90mph and cornered like a rice pudding in the wet, but it impressed my kids school mates. One favourite memory was of my eldest daughter's friend, her father had just got his brand new company Cortina, and proudly showed it off to the family, whereupon came; "Leanne Bull's dad has an Alfa Romeo!"

Many years later number two Jennie, and her boyfriend with his Audi were leaving our house to go to his place, while me and Judy were to follow in my old Cavalier. Off they went as I prepared to leave, apparently on the way Jen said "Dad will get there first." "Why?" asked Gareth. "Because he always does." said Jennie. She told me this when they arrived behind us somewhat later. And I did not even try.

Well, Mike, you did ask.
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Old 13 May 2017, 12:05 (Ref:3733177)   #1566
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I saw both the Animals with Eric Burden and Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames live in the 60's and was quite impressed but then I was quite youthful! I also saw the Moody Blues pre Justin Hayward at Weybridge village hall on the eve of the release of "Go Now" which rocketed them to stardom, the lead singer was Denny Laine who later joined Paul and Linda Mcartney to form Wings.
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Aaahhh...but did you see the Spice Girls' girls? That is the question...
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Aaahhh...but did you see the Spice Girls' girls? That is the question...

I don't understand the question....

I have got some of the performance on tape somewhere. Photographers were only allowed to stay for 5 minutes, but nothing was said about journos with dictaphones!
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I think he'd be out of his depth- with some of the knowledge in previous few posts...
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The guy is a complete buffoon, I never could understand how he remained in paid employment.
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Sad to hear about McGuiness's big off in practice for the NorthWest 200, by all accounts he's pretty banged up, I wonder if he'll call it a day?
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I've seen them as well although I preferred the Abba tribute band that supported them.
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Sad to hear about McGuiness's big off in practice for the NorthWest 200, by all accounts he's pretty banged up, I wonder if he'll call it a day?
That's a shame, he'll miss the TT. Wonder why Honda withdrew the bikes Guy Martin was due to ride?
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I've seen them as well although I preferred the Abba tribute band that supported them.
Some years ago I took a picture of a group of glamorous young ladies in the Paddock at the British Grand Prix, and posted it on the BBC local radio web site, where some eagle eyed younker identified them as 'Girls Aloud'.

Who ever they were.

Oh! Did I ever mention that I have interviewed Tamara Ecclestone?
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