Tuesday, 30 August 2011


Now you are probably going to think im a grumpy ole git,but the school hols are at an end and the Kid(s) will be back at school next week,personally its been great ive been away from work and spent a lot of time with our son,now all those parents out there who put there job 1st and there career (opportunities) on a higher level then there kids why did you bother having children? we have done loads this hols i would rather be at home with my lad kicking a ball around the local park or whatever any day of the week easily,i know we all have to work its a part of life,its been 6 weeks of footballing schools with a couple of his mates, bike riding for hours on end in the local park,(my knees have had it) the skatepark,and the indoor skate/scooter house,sleepovers,friends round,walking on water (£3!) bargain! in the local park on the boating lake,and a few days out with family,and a few days at good ole chapel st leonards,nice place nice beach but full of overweight benefit scroungers drinking £2.00 pints of H2o and shouting and swearing at there feral kids with the usual catchphrase of "Get here now paris,before i knock you out" but hey lets not dwell on these lowlifes eh?
Is'nt all this technology great? years ago we would take our cameras on our "jollies" and take snaps and once we got home we would rush to the developers and get em done in an hour and that was sort of the last bit of your hols,not so now we have cameras on our phones,we can view what we have taken ASAP delete it,edit it,the list goes on,ive took a few over the last few weeks,to probably go along with the 4GB we took off our pc and stuck on Dvd's never to be printed off, is this going to be another lost skill in years to come? Your parents would always drag out a photo album when relatives,new girlfriends,etc visited,mainly to shame you about how you looked when you where a child! so ive added a few to this post just randoms from over the last 6 weeks,and as we know once the kids are back we are on the downward spiral to the autumn and the dreaded winter,but on the bright side,maybe the blog will be back upto more postings and more music, the last 3 months or so ive hardly listened to anything hence the lack of posts!

a rainbow over chapel st leonards beach

the stage on the beach at ingoldmells

cricket in millhouses park

the monsal trail,7 miles of disused railway line ideal for biking and  walking

the old haddon station

view from the viaduct over monsal dale

our holiday caravan! only kidding this is in the woods in whirlow park

our local park

whirlow park, a great hidden treasure on the outskirts of sheffield

padley gorge,this is a natural stream with giant bolders and stepping stones just 10 mins outside sheffield,a great place to paddle and sunbathe!

all that fresh air makes you hungry! and a homemade pizza is just the thing!

peveril castle overlooking the village of castleton

peveril castle
whirlow park

a much needed haircut!

keep the faith

Tuesday, 23 August 2011


I've collected button badges and footy badges for a long time, the music badges since i started going to gigs in the late 70s,i had a lot of these and over the years some seemed to have disappeared,not sure how as they along with my records are my longest possessions,and i will never part with them, last couple of years ive been making music badges mainly mod and punk, quite a few are copies of old designs that where about all those years ago,and quite a few are new designs,ive had a few on ebay and decided to create a website where you can view what's been made and whats for sale,its just a bit of a hobby with a bit of extra  cash coming in,in these hard times,anyway heres a few new ones that ive just made up for a music loving lad from southampton,please feel free to view and contact me if you would like to purchase.i can also make designs to suit so if you have any badges making please contact me via the comments or the address on the website.

 Above is a great set of badges that came along with the  Generation X single ready steady go,many thanks to john for this picture

Wednesday, 10 August 2011


John cooper clarke is one of my all time greats,i 1st heard him on john peel's festive 50 in 1977,with suspended sentence and since that day i was hooked,got to see him last year at the leadmill in sheffield after a long wait of about 10 years!also on the bill was frank sidebottom who sadly died a few weeks after this gig, as the last time was at the old mucky duck or boardwalk,where i fell out laughing and drunk around midnight! here's one i found on a disc a while ago,not sure where i got it from so enjoy!!


The great man himself, mr hawley live from darmstadt in 2003 just before he went massive!


A short 8 song set from one of the leading mod revivial bands of the late 70s early 80s, i got to see these again 30 years later at sheffield 02 academy and where still great.