Ah August…

High Heel Magazine August 1937 Vol 1 No 5 (I think this is an early naughty Men's magazine!) published by Ultem Publications Inc 404 Fourth Ave, New York

High Heel Magazine August 1937 Vol 1 No 5 (I think this is an early naughty Men’s magazine!) published by Ultem Publications Inc 404 Fourth Ave, New York

Updating my news has been slow but my musical journey has been also.  There are some reasons for this. My computer is very slow these days and it’s more and more difficult to find original images to post!

Woman Magazine Week Ending August 21 1948 printed in Great Britian by Odlhams (Watford) Ltd

Woman Magazine Week Ending August 21 1948 printed in Great Britian by Odlhams (Watford) Ltd

I read back on my May entry and unfortunately Milan did not work out very well (which is putting it mildly). I spent a lot of time wandering the streets of Milan waiting…..waiting….thinking thinking thinking thinking thinking, walking, walking, walking too god damn much…..

Not even this jewellery display in a shop window in Milan could cheer Lettie up

Not even this jewellery display in a shop window in Milan could cheer Lettie up

I need to concentrate on finishing the album with Mark. The good thing here, though, is that we are on the final leg of the journey. I am doing one day next week on my own to nail the final song and do some important tweaks.

Bavarian Card bought in Yoxford Antique market

Bavarian Card bought in Yoxford Antique market

I also performed with little Richard Moore, violinist extraordinaire, at a private members Club in London, which went very well and did so much for my battered confidence. We did it through amps including a hired AC Vox 30. I performed two short sets one on guitar and one on keyboard and went back to my looping keyboard. Strangers came up to us and compared the performance to the DIY attitude of the punks and the Velvet Underground, which was hugely encouraging.  People were engaged and I never thought they would be. I will try and perform in the Autumn it’s just a question of where in London. So many venues I once knew are gone.  No phones or photographs allowed in the Club so here’s one from a few months back….

Lettie In Raj's Flat April 2015

Lettie In Raj’s Flat April 2015

I have collaborated on a few things in the last year which may well turn out well in the end … who knows. You never really do know what will work and what won’t, so in the meantime I need the money to go to the studio but working for a man who spent 9 months in jail at least is not boring.

Daring Detective No 81 A Fawcett Production English Edition by L Miller & Co (Hackney) cover printed by Manton Press London SE1

Daring Detective No 81 A Fawcett Production English Edition by L Miller & Co (Hackney) cover printed by Manton Press London SE1

Larry Adler who I saw at the Jazz cafe a long time ago who inspired me to pick up a mouth organ

Larry Adler who I saw at the Jazz cafe a long time ago who inspired me to pick up a mouth organ

I have to quickly say that whilst things have been quiet on my front I have had the great honour of watching Dave Barbarossa performing with the seriously gifted Roland Gift at the Jazz Cafe, the omnipresent and brilliant BJ Cole perform with Beck at Station to Station at the Barbican, Tony Visconti at Shepherds Bush, as well as hearing the unique voice and compositions of Kirsten Morrison at Stoke Newington St Marys where Lene Lovich surprised the audience by doing a duet.  I originally crossed paths with Kirsten with Peter Murphy at the O2 London when I supported him in 2009.  She did a wonderful performance with Peter.  She is unique.

Kirsten Morrison at St Marys Stoke Newington

Kirsten Morrison at St Marys Stoke Newington

Last week I managed to catch the inimitable Eve Ferret pictured here…who can make you laugh and cry all within a moment…touching…

Eve Ferret performing her Peignoir song at St James Theatre Victoria 29 July 2015

Eve Ferret performing her Peignoir song at St James Theatre Victoria 29 July 2015

Cliff from under the Westway mentioned a magazine called ‘Dogue’ which I had never heard of. A little research I found it on Ebay.

Dogue Woof a parody of the world's most famous fashion magazine by Ilene Hockberg Cover photo by Peter Serra published by Corgi Books (c) 1986 by Ilene Rosenthal Hockberg

Dogue Woof a parody of the world’s most famous fashion magazine by Ilene Hockberg Cover photo by Peter Serra published by Corgi Books (c) 1986 by Ilene Rosenthal Hockberg

Back of Dogue by Ilene Hocberg (c) Ilene Rosenthal Hochberg 1986

Back of Dogue by Ilene Hochberg (c) Ilene Rosenthal Hochberg 1986

Running Penn ...This stunning example of his work ...apeared as a beauty shot in the recent issue of Dogue to illustrate the benefits of mud masque on canine complexions from Dogue by Ilene Hockberg (c) Ilene Rosenthal Hockberg 1986

Running Penn …This stunning example of his work …appeared as a beauty shot in the recent issue of Dogue to illustrate the benefits of mud masque on canine complexions from Dogue by Ilene Hockberg (c) Ilene Rosenthal Hockberg 1986

From Dogue by Ilene Hockberg Copyright Ilene Rosenthal Hockberg 1986

From Dogue by Ilene Hockberg Copyright Ilene Rosenthal Hockberg 1986

Debruff Turberville is recognized for her hauntingly beautiful photographs of dogs lost in thought in surrealist surroudings from Dogue by Ilene Hochberg (c) Ilene Rosenthal Hockberg 1986

Debruff Turberville is recognized for her hauntingly beautiful photographs of dogs lost in thought in surrealist surroudings from Dogue by Ilene Hochberg (c) Ilene Rosenthal Hockberg 1986

But then once I had got ‘Dogue’ I had to get ‘Catmopolitan’.

Catmopolitan by Ilene Hockberg copyright 1987 by Ilene Rosenthal Hockberg printed in Spain published by Corgi Books

Catmopolitan by Ilene Hockberg copyright 1987 by Ilene Rosenthal Hockberg printed in Spain published by Corgi Books

From Catmopolitan by Ilene Hockberg (c) 1987 'Paws to Catch your Breath, Cathletics and Feline Fitness' by Javanese Fonda

From Catmopolitan by Ilene Hockberg (c) 1987 ‘Paws to Catch your Breath, Cathletics and Feline Fitness’ by Javanese Fonda

What Gives Me Pangs of Guilt from Catmopolitan by Ilene Hockberg (c) Ilene Roseenthal Hockberg 1987

What Gives Me Pangs of Guilt from Catmopolitan by Ilene Hockberg (c) Ilene Roseenthal Hockberg 1987

From Catmopolitan by Ilene Hockberg (c) Ilene Rosethal Hochberg 1987

From Catmopolitan by Ilene Hockberg (c) Ilene Rosethal Hochberg 1987

I have also been swimming nearly every day I commute backwards in my lunch break just to do this it takes exactly one hour..

Here’s a postcard from poor old Greece…I rarely sit down to read the backs of postcards but interesting he says there’s been a cholera outbreak in Italy…

Athens postcard 11 September

Athens postcard 11 September

Back of Athens Postcard 11 September

Back of Athens Postcard 11 September

So back in the studio on Friday this time without Mark.  I WILL finish this album….but now the sun is over the yardarm I think its time for a drink…(click on any postcard or image to make bigger)

xxx

Lettie Summer 2015

Lettie Summer 2015

PS I rarely talk politics, world news or even personal things for various reasons.  There is too much tragedy and the spectrum is vast..but I wanted to touch on just one, happening all over the Middle East …..

Karnak Temple Luxor Egypt BC1550 writing on the back hard to read date unknown suicide bomber tries to blow himself up there June 2015

Karnak Temple Luxor Egypt BC1550 writing on the back hard to read date unknown suicide bomber tries to blow himself up there June 2015

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Lunch Break

I’m on my lunch break.  I have an hour.  I wonder if I can stop working for an hour. Debbie Reynolds below is still working and looks amazing for her age.  She’s the Agony Aunt on the back pages in the National Enquirer (which most people think is the most right wing, vicious nasty vile publication that has ever existed).  However, I ignore the paper’s politics and instead head for Stars’ outfits of the week and Debbie’s letters of advice which I find very helpful in its back pages.  Of course she is also known as Princess Leia’s mother.

Picturegoer Film Album 1956-57 Edited by Robert Ottaway Editor of the Picturegoer Cover with Debbie Reynolds

Picturegoer Film Album 1956-57 Edited by Robert Ottaway Editor of the Picturegoer Cover with Debbie Reynolds

Some of these actors I’m afraid I haven’t heard of before…

George Nader used to be the stand-in for Jeff Chandler.  Then the two of them were put together in 'Away All Boats' from Picturegoer Film Annual 1956-57

George Nader used to be the stand-in for Jeff Chandler. Then the two of them were put together in ‘Away All Boats’ from Picturegoer Film Annual 1956-57

But I do have things to look forward to.  I am going back to Milan for a weekend to try and finish off an EP under the name ‘Bongo Express’ with Geppi.  This started last year.  We have written two tracks but we have another two in the pipeline.  Maybe we will manage another one when I’m out there.  I’m looking forward to spending a little more time in the city and I’ve positioned myself quite centrally. I’m not very good at slumming it these days. I’m like Diana Dors except I can’t really afford it:

I like luxury by Diana Dors from Picturegoer Film Annual 1956-57 Edited by Robert Ottaway Odhams Press Limited, Long Acre, London

I like luxury by Diana Dors from Picturegoer Film Annual 1956-57 Edited by Robert Ottaway Odhams Press Limited, Long Acre, London

But my funding comes from doing a pitch for an advert out there with a producer / composer of some renown but sadly we didn’t get it. It’s just enough to cover my costs though.  This is a very funny article.  Paul Grenville goes on to think that Marilyn, unless she can prove she can act, won’t be remembered particularly in years to come….

Can Monroe Stand The Break from Picturegoer Film Annual 1956-57 -She believes that she has registered hard enough to survive this yawning gap in her career.

Can Monroe Stand The Break from Picturegoer Film Annual 1956-57 -She believes that she has registered hard enough to survive this yawning gap in her career.

I am also performing at a Members Club in London in June which will be fun.  It’s nothing too grand but it’s a chance to try out some new material.  The album is very nearly done. Click here  Unbeknown Records for an update on our progress!

Detective Magazine published by L Miller & Co (Hackney) Ltd Vol 1 No 21 (To protect innocentpeople many of the names used in this issue are fictious)

Detective Magazine published by L Miller & Co (Hackney) Ltd Vol 1 No 21 (To protect innocentpeople many of the names used in this issue are fictious)

Anyway it’s all about figuring it out…

Figure this out -From Picturegoer Film Annual 1956-57 Edited by Robert Ottaway

Figure this out -From Picturegoer Film Annual 1956-57 Edited by Robert Ottaway

Figure this out - The Answers from Picturegoer Film Annual 1956-57

Figure this out – The Answers from Picturegoer Film Annual 1956-57

I’ve also been trying to get back into filming artists and I have just done one for my friend Raj Curry.  I do enjoy these little snapshots and I plan to do more when I can get the time.

Lettie in Notting Hill Gate in her grandmother's moth ridden coat with her purchases taken by Raj Curry April 2015

Lettie in Notting Hill Gate with her purchases taken by Raj Curry April 2015

Anyway, here’s some nonsensical ephemera I picked up from Cliff under the Westway (incidentally I went to see Dave Barbarossa play there with Youth on Bank Holiday Monday) who was on great form.  This was before the gig started.  I couldn’t get very near.

Dave and Youth in motion Acklam Village Underground Monday 4 May 2015 (Photograph by Lettie)

Dave and Youth in motion Acklam Village Underground Monday 4 May 2015

Cliff told me to mention his name.  He’s there on Sundays (my favourite day on Portobello Market) under the Westway and he has such a wonderful collection of stuff.  The Picturegoer is one of my favourites.

Picturegoer Editorial Offices 189 High Holborn London WC1 copyright Odhams Press Ltd with Gordon Scott on the cover week ending May 2 1959

Picturegoer Editorial Offices 189 High Holborn London WC1 copyright Odhams Press Ltd with Gordon Scott on the cover week ending May 2 1959

As a huge lover of film noir and B-movies I do love Oxfam Books further up the road. There’s a lovely man in there who recommends things to me. I recently saw upon his recommendation Attach of the Giant Leaches (1959) and The Amazing Transparent Man (1960).  The fear of the atomic bomb is fascinating.  Even in Marlene Dietrich’s husband in 1930’s Blue Angel  (unless she can fund for him to go seek treatment in Europe) is dying of Uranium poisoning. Kill Me Deadly a 50s noir film is really bizarre!

My favourite film noirs has to have a tough moll:

The Women Who Wait Outside from Detective No 21 Published by L Miller Copyright 1958

The Women Who Wait Outside from Detective No 21 Published by L Miller Copyright 1958

The double wedding Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine in Times Square from Guys and Dolls from Picturegoer Film Annual 1956-57

The double wedding Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine in Times Square from Guys and Dolls from Picturegoer Film Annual 1956-57

Now apparently Frank Sinatra gave Marilyn a dog which she named Maf (after Mafia) which he wasn’t so happy about.  He used her just as he was using in this incredible film …Poor Marilyn.

Scene We Couldn't Forget from 'The Man With the Golden Arm' from Picturegoer Film Annual 1956-57

Scene We Couldn’t Forget from ‘The Man With the Golden Arm’ from Picturegoer Film Annual 1956-57

From one mystery lady to another …..

La Deliciosa Christine Schollin aparece aquie rodeada por los argentinos Enrique Carreras y Alonso 1966

La Deliciosa Christine Schollin aparece aquie rodeada por los argentinos Enrique Carreras y Alonso 1966

My lunch break is up….

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Húsvéti üdvözlet!

I love Spring and Autumn….

Ein Frohes Osterfest posted to Famile Monostori Bela Budapest 17 March 1978

Ein Frohes Osterfest posted to Famile Monostori Bela Budapest 17 March 1978

Here are some lovely kitsch German and Hungarian postcards I found in Hungary.

Serie GL 31 Amag posted Budapest April 1972

Serie GL 31 Amag posted Budapest April 1972

Husveti udvozlet April 15 1956

Husveti udvozlet April 15 1956

Ein frohes Osterfest posted 9 April 1968 sent to Momostori Belome Budapest

Ein frohes Osterfest posted 9 April 1968 sent to Momostori Belome Budapest

WSSB 9322 posted Budapest can't read

WSSB 9322 posted Budapest can’t read

Things have been quite quiet on the music front but we had a great session with little Richard.  Mark calls him young Richard. His real name is Richard Moore.  He played with Nigel Kennedy the same night after he had done our session at Ronnie Scotts but sadly he couldn’t get me in. I’m pleased with this beautiful melody he has written on a song called ‘Turn Me On’.

Richard in Studio March 2015

Richard in Studio March 2015

The album is pretty much there. I could see it performed if there was demand and I can see it visually. We’ll have to see.  Here’s Mark Vernon at the piano.  I’m very excited whatever about this album.  I plan to perform at a special event in June.  It’s given me something to aim towards.

Mark at Studio March 2015

Mark at Studio March 2015

Mark and Adie at Unit 2 Studios London March 2015

Mark and Adie at Unit 2 Studios London March 2015

Hungary was a wonderful place to visit.  I swam twice a day.  As I swim mainly underwater I admired huge bodies through my goggles in the lovely pool that was attached to the hotel which was the inspiration for the film Grand Budapest Hotel.  I sat in the hot thermal baths.  Faded grandeur, under the shadow of its communist past.  My guide book was from the early 80s I got it because of the photographs. I didn’t realise it at the time it was that old.  Here is the guidebook to Communist Hungary.

The Hungaria restaurant on the Great Boulevard from Budapest 150 Photographs: Tourist Information published by Rozsa Szalontay Szalontai Publishing House 1980s

The Hungaria restaurant on the Great Boulevard from Budapest 150 Photographs: Tourist Information published by Rozsa Szalontay Szalontai Publishing House 1980s

This restaurant doesn’t exist anymore neither does Maxim’s or the casino

Casino Budapest and Maxim's Night Club from Budapest published by Szalontai Publishing House 1980s

Casino Budapest and Maxim’s Night Club from Budapest published by Szalontai Publishing House 1980s

But you can go to Momento Park (didn’t quite make that)

Memento Park leaflet found in hotel lobby February 2015

Memento Park leaflet found in hotel lobby February 2015

But you can have the most amazing breakfast at the Gallert Hotel ….if you haven’t got poisoned in the bar the night before.  Tip: Avoid whatever looks like champagne/ prosecco.  Whatever it is it isn’t ….

Breakfast at the Gallert February 2015 (Photograph by Lettie)

Breakfast at the Gallert February 2015 (Photograph by Lettie)

Have beauty treatments:

Hungarian Shop front February 2015

Hungarian Shop front February 2015 (Photograph by Lettie)

Or buy a souvenir:

Souvenir at Market Budapest February 2015

Souvenir at Market Budapest February 2015 (Photograph by Lettie)

Or you could hang out in the cafes…

Self portrait by Lettie

Self portrait by Lettie

Or see a wonderful exhibition at the House of Photography Mao Mano and buy a beautiful book…

Signs and Relics by Sylvia Plachy signed with forward by Wim Wenders The Monacelli Press 1999

Signs and Relics by Sylvia Plachy signed with forward by Wim Wenders The Monacelli Press 1999

And of course hide a doll…

Comedy Bar Donde Dolly February 2015

Comedy Bar Donde Dolly February 2015 (Photograph by Lettie)

You can buy lots of things at the flea market in Pest…

Tolnai Vilaglapja Budapest 1943 Julius 7

Tolnai Vilaglapja Budapest 1943 Julius 7

EIBRIS Rona Jazz found in flea market Pest February 2015

EIBRIS Rona Jazz found in flea market Pest February 2015

Exposita Budapestini Anno 1966 Ex Libris Polonica found in flea market Pest February 2015

Exposita Budapestini Anno 1966 Ex Libris Polonica found in flea market Pest February 2015

You could find the kitschest book you could find at the flea market in Pest…

A Giccs by Gillo Dorfles cover published Gondolat Budapest 1986

A Giccs by Gillo Dorfles cover published Gondolat Budapest 1986

And look at its wonderful images…

A Swissminiatur Melideben (Lugano) from A Giccs by Gillo Dorfles Gondolate Bupapest 1986

A Swissminiatur Melideben (Lugano) from A Giccs by Gillo Dorfles Gondolate Bupapest 1986

From A Giccs by Gillo Dorles Gondlat Budapest 1986

From A Giccs by Gillo Dorles Gondlat Budapest 1986

Tajkep festett autgumikkal from Gillo Dorfles Gondolat Budapest 1986

Tajkep festett autgumikkal from Gillo Dorfles Gondolat Budapest 1986

A brusszeli atomium from A Giccs by Gillo Dorfles Gondolat Budapest 1986

A brusszeli atomium from A Giccs by Gillo Dorfles Gondolat Budapest 1986

From A Giccs by Gillo Dorfles Gondolat Budapest Gondolat Budapest 1986

From A Giccs by Gillo Dorfles Gondolat Budapest Gondolat Budapest 1986

My most precious thing though that I bought at the flea market was an 80 year old Hungarian bear who I have been talking to tonight…he has told me the most hilarious joke…

Lettie and her 80 yr old Hungary bear

Lettie and her bear

Lettie and her bear

Lettie and her 80 year old Hungarian bear

Why do communists only drink herbal tea?  Because proper tea is theft!

I was going to sell him but after tonight I just don’t know how I can considering all he’s been through and he can still make a joke about it all…

Happy Easter!

xXx

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St Valentine be mine I’m Hungry

Cover of Photoplay February 1972 published by Photoplay Film Monthly 12-18 Paul Street London EC2A 4JS

Cover of Photoplay February 1972 published by Photoplay Film Monthly 12-18 Paul Street London EC2A 4JS

We went to the studio in December with Dave Barbarossa – what a legend. His own band Cauldronated are doing gigs around London so do keep an eye out for them – having watched ‘Birdman’ (parts of it filmed in the Edison Hotel where I began my musical journey) and the extremely good ‘Whiplash’ it’s all about drums at the moment!

Dave Barbarossa in studio December 2014

Dave Barbarossa in studio December 2014

I’m not back in the studio till March (with the wonderful Richard Moore on violin joining us) but in the meantime I’ve been away in Mexico and been pondering visuals for the album I am writing with Mark Vernon.

Adie, Dave and Mark at Unit 2 Studios London December 2014

Adie, Dave and Mark at Unit 2 Studios London December 2014

It may be these visuals are too personal and will not work but I’m creating them anyway. They include the underground museum in Mexico. I love scuba diving. I have only been four times but I feel totally at home down there. I took some underwater footage on an underwater camera that was only £30. Thanks to Cameron Craig (our producer/ mixer/ engineer) who told me how good these little cameras are. I also spent hours untangling some Mexican puppets, which I feel have some kind of story to them.  Lettie or Letty or Leticia is quite a common name out there.

Letty's Local Mexico 2015

Letty’s Local Mexico 2015

Here I am with my cabellero!

Lettie and her caballero January 2015

Lettie and her caballero January 2015

There was one quite funny incident out there after I got the most amazing Mayan Massage (sprinkled with branches, a full hour and a half but no feet because I’m too ticklish).  I have only had about two massages in my life.  Anyway, I had bought a Celia Birtwhistle dress for about £20 from the Trinity Hospice shop and it’s rather floaty and pretty, not my usual style.  I was all perched on a bench and I thought I was fine but actually the mixture of the massage and the margarita obviously went straight to my head and I completely lost my balance and fell down in the busy street.  So uncool.  Dress very floaty indeed.    Anyway, here’s an example of her amazing designs:

Celia Birtwell's Floating Daisy pattern Ossie Clark Vietnam 1969 photograph by Jim Lee from 'vintage fashion' published by Carlton books 2006 by Emma Baxter-Wright, Sarah Kennedy and Kate Mulvey

Celia Birtwell’s Floating Daisy pattern Ossie Clark Vietnam 1969 photograph by Jim Lee from ‘vintage fashion’ published by Carlton books 2006 by Emma Baxter-Wright, Sarah Kennedy and Kate Mulvey

I got a very surprising message from some guys writers / DJs in Italy and I’m keeping quiet for the time being but I’m rather pleased with the track which we are calling ‘Hungry’. It’s a revelation working on a dance track. I’m really pleased with it and it is in total contrast to the album I’m doing.

Lettie with the guys in Tuscany's email saying how much they like 'Hungry' February 2015

Lettie with the guys in Tuscany’s email saying how much they like ‘Hungry’ February 2015

I know my journey to Milan last year was not a wasted one. Geppi and I have recorded two tracks under the name ‘Bongo Express’. Things take time but they sound great.

Milano Viktor Emanuel II Gallery Fotographia GIESSE unmarked

Milano Viktor Emanuel II Gallery Fotographia GIESSE unmarked

I sometimes wonder if it’s worth doing my blog because I don’t think many people read it but I really must make myself do it. Not only is it my memory and musical diary it is a constant reminder of things I must never forget…  I recently read that Myspace destroyed everyone’s blog from that time. I know that I had hundreds of images and stories on there. My whole tour with Peter Murphy back in 2009 was recorded on there. In one gigantic swoop they tore it all down.

Unknown picture from Mexico

Unknown picture from Mexico

So I thought I would get into a romantic mood instead….

May 1908 to Miss Davis West Malvern hope you got home safe.  We have just been up the tower to fetch the cards ...shall come Friday if fine love from G

May 1908 to Miss Davis West Malvern hope you got home safe. We have just been up the tower to fetch the cards …shall come Friday if fine love from G

Aug 30 1907 He is handsome, beautiful Brown eyes and such a nice curl x Mr F L Murray 136 Kilburn Park Road date August 30 1907 (Valentine's Series)

Aug 30 1907 He is handsome, beautiful Brown eyes and such a nice curl x Mr F L Murray 136 Kilburn Park Road date August 30 1907 (Valentine’s Series)

January 31 1936 so pleased to get your letter ...what a city of moruning London was...such crowads you were a long way off.  I suppose...Dear love keep well to miss Clark 38 Priorty Road London NW6

January 31 1936 so pleased to get your letter …what a city of mourning London was…such crowds you were a long way off. I suppose…Dear love keep well to miss Clark 38 Priorty Road London NW6

When first among the jessamine he saw her looking on The Rotopaot Postcard Postkarte Carte Postale 1907

When first among the jessamine he saw her looking on The Rotopaot Postcard Postkarte Carte Postale 1907

Dear Wilfred just a few lines to let you know I shall come down on Saturday night yours truly ...Lizzie xxxxx Holmfirth Bamforth Y Co Ltd Publishers date not known

Dear Wilfred just a few lines to let you know I shall come down on Saturday night yours truly …Lizzie xxxxx Holmfirth Bamforth Y Co Ltd Publishers date not known

Unknown photograph

Unknown photograph

To Mr R Grosly in Leytonstone 1905? Alexander's Life Model series No 87

To Mr R Grosly in Leytonstone 1905? Alexander’s Life Model series No 87

I do love Roxy Music

Single The Same Old Scene & Lover by Roxy Music 1980 E.G. Records Ltd

Single The Same Old Scene & Lover by Roxy Music 1980 E.G. Records Ltd

And this book ‘Manwatching’ by Desmond Morris makes me laugh here he advises that the neck embrace is only for lovers who really trust one another:

'Manwatching' A Field Guide to Human Behaviour Desmond Morris 1978 'The Neck Embrace is so similar to a throttling action that it is rarely used and can only be employed where there is total trust and... both partners are completed relaxed

‘Manwatching’ A Field Guide to Human Behaviour Desmond Morris 1978 ‘The Neck Embrace is so similar to a throttling action that it is rarely used and can only be employed where there is total trust and… both partners are completed relaxed

From 'Manwatching' A Field Guide to Human Behaviour by Desmond Morris 1978

From ‘Manwatching’ A Field Guide to Human Behaviour by Desmond Morris 1978

I’m off to see Eve Ferret perform tonight.  Last time I saw Hazel O’Connor with her who was excellent…she’s totally unique and brilliant…she will probably mention the sad passing of Steve Strange who was a good friend of hers…

Eve Ferret UK Films-TV-Actress Blackpool Golden Mile on a movie location February 1996 Photograph copyright of Robert McDougall

Eve Ferret UK Films-TV-Actress Blackpool Golden Mile on a movie location February 1996 Photograph copyright of Robert McDougall

27.5.56 arrived today from Cortina D'Ampezza where the winter Olympic games were held ....On the back is a picture of a group who are giving a concert dancing and yodelling. I have bought their postcard here it is best love Dad

27.5.56 arrived today from Cortina D’Ampezza where the winter Olympic games were held ….On the back is a picture of a group who are giving a concert dancing and yodelling. I have bought their postcard here it is best love Dad

More very soon….

From Delys Nash 272A Blackhorse Lane Walthamstow E17 (1928)

From Delys Nash 272A Blackhorse Lane Walthamstow E17 (1928)

Here’s an old track called ‘Eternity’ ….Happy Valentine’s Day xxx

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Happy Christmas

Thank you to everyone who has helped and supported me this year.  I did manage to get out there and perform a little.  Thank you to my friend Dave Bagg for helping me so much, Denise for having me over on the island, Geppi in Milan, Dave Barbarossa for drumming the two gigs we had.  Without music I would not have known or met any of these people, so for that alone I am grateful.  But I am always indebted to David Baron – a long time has passed since I made those Catskills but his year has been a good one!

Photoplay Christmas Number Barbara Murray Rank Organisation December 1950 Vol No 10 Cover printed by Ben Johnson & Co Ltd York

Photoplay Christmas Number Barbara Murray Rank Organisation December 1950 Vol No 10 Cover printed by Ben Johnson & Co Ltd York

I have nearly finished the album with Mark and it should be ready in the Spring.  I’m excited about the project. It’s very raw.  Its marking quite a bit of time for me now.  It’s like looking at the last two years of my life.  Dave Barbarossa very kindly came in to do some drums in early December and I shall find photographs to post next time.

Good Luck a jolly time for you all Ernie to Mr Harvey Scorey Opera House Weymouth Dorset 1907

Good Luck a jolly time for you all Ernie to Mr Harvey Scorey Opera House Weymouth Dorset 1907

This is just a little visual message sending good wishes to everybody for Christmas and New Year….

Dear Pa Wishing you a very Happy Xmas Love Ma xxx

Dear Pa Wishing you a very Happy Xmas Love Ma xxx

Xmas 1911 We expected a familiar foot step this evening but the wet night must have chaced it away so we will hope for a bring dawning of a happy Christmas morning for you all...

Xmas 1911 We expected a familiar foot step this evening but the wet night must have chaced it away so we will hope for a bring dawning of a happy Christmas morning for you all…

Vera Ellen Publicity Photo Wearing the costume from the finale of 'White Christmas'

Vera Ellen Publicity Photo Wearing the costume from the finale of ‘White Christmas’

The Shenley Real Photo Dear Edith just ending you a card hoping you will have a good time this Christmas

The Shenley Real Photo Dear Edith just ending you a card hoping you will have a good time this Christmas

Set of Dynasty date unknown unmarked

Set of Dynasty date unknown unmarked

To people I have come to know through places I have entered now….Thank you to Barry Lategan for taking this photograph

Petra and Lettie outside the Chelsea Arts Club Summer 2014 by Barry Lategan (Copyright Barry Lategan)

Petra and Lettie outside the Chelsea Arts Club Summer 2014 by Barry Lategan (Copyright Barry Lategan)

Tonight I remember Billy…….whose smile lit up the room

To absent friends and family we miss you

xx

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Noephemera

Having gone through all my ephemera again recently I realise I have nothing which has any link to November. No poppies nothing.  This November we have come to remember more than just the 5th.  November made me feel very nostalgic, and sad. I’m a December baby.

Petra and Lettie in fancy dress

Petra and Lettie in fancy dress scenes from my childhood

I went to San Sebastian at the end of September to the San Sebastian Film Festival and watched a lot of films! It was a good idea to go since who wants to sit in restaurants every night amongst stony silent couples and anyway they eat pinchos in San Sebastian.  It was very much off season almost too late to call it a Summer holiday. I braved the pool every day even though it was only 18 degrees.  I was the only one swimming.  It closed the day we left.

Swimming pool San Sebastian September 2014

Swimming pool San Sebastian September 2014

It’s a beautiful town on the sea and the hotel we stayed at was in the middle of a theme park! (By tower on hill in postcard).

San Sebastian Ondaretta Beach Dominguez- Madrid

The reason I bring this up is because of my lack of ephemera to share this month, I thought I would share some of the postcards I found and photographs I took in this strange amusement park.

San Sebastian Big tides Foto Color Galarza

San Sebastian Big tides Foto Color Galarza

San Sebastian Vista Panoramica Rio Urumea y puentes  Nocturna

San Sebastian Vista Panoramica Rio Urumea y puentes Nocturna

It is probably one of the oldest in the world. Some people complained on Trip Advisor about this but all I can say it was the most surreal experience apart from the site of the three very sad donkeys that walked up and down the mountain promenade for the odd child that wanted a ride. We went on the rollercoaster and boat ride and walked into a rather frightening tunnel of terror which only the Spanish can do.

Casa del Terror September 2014 San Sebastian

Casa del Terror September 2014 San Sebastian

For some time now I’ve been doing a project based on this Sicilian doll who I have called Dolly and basically there is a concept which is fairly simple.  Donde Dolly is a series of photographs where you have to find her as she is a very shy doll.  Here she is not hiding.

Dolly at San Sebastian fairground September 2014

Dolly at San Sebastian fairground September 2014

Choosing postcards San Sebastian September 2014

Choosing postcards San Sebastian September 2014

Dolly seeing how strong she is September 2014

Dolly seeing how strong she is September 2014

Here she is hiding.

Donde Dolly?  Where is Dolly? Can you find her in Inglesa de Santa Maria in San Sebastian Church September 2014

Donde Dolly? Where is Dolly? Can you find her in Inglesa de Santa Maria in San Sebastian Church September 2014

We are back in the studio and we had a nice reunion with Richard Moore an exceptional violinist and top company. He’s only 24 and has played with Nigel Kennedy. He’s a star in the making. Five tracks mixed (two years later) it’s become an ardous journey lately. I work four full days now which has slowed down progress considerably.

San Sebastian was very inspiring.  I had many ideas.  I love hotels the more deserted the better – the view from this one was staggering.

Hotel with a view San Sebastian September 2014

Hotel with a view San Sebastian September 2014

I would just look out to sea. It was totally anonymous.

 

I live with someone with dementia which unfortunately I am sure people know is a very frustrating thing. My aunt with whom I have been hiding upstairs at for the past 10 years was boring at the best times apart from the film jobs I got her (and she had a very successful film extras career spanning hear early eighties) so now she’s even more so.

 

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Lettie in the bath a few years ago worried – shes still worried

 

She forgot that when I came back from Spain it was I that found her on the floor got her in a bath but couldn’t get her out then called an ambulance. We don’t know how long she had been there for but I estimate about 8- 12 hours.  So quite honestly I saved her life!  But what can you do? She only likes men so she thinks it was my brother. Anyway, she’s back . People keep saying never give up like this wonderful inspirational lady that releases her own CDs and sits in San Sebastian performing with her friends, but I just can’t see I will be able to it for much longer.  This really does feel like the last album.

Lady singing in San Sebastian September 2014

Lady singing in San Sebastian September 2014

I have had wonderful news that despite Dave Barbarossa’s commitments to his other projects he has agreed to drum on a couple of the tracks. I’m so happy about this. Mostly though the album has no drums on it at all. It’s pretty bare.  The most important thing at the moment though is to cut down the number of tracks as we have far too many and that’s what I’m going to be doing this weekend. It’s time to focus and try and finish.

Hinkcley Knight Hotel Watling st A5 Route HInkley The proprietors John and Pat Stubbs will make you very welcome Tel. Hinkley 2335

Hinkcley Knight Hotel Watling st A5 Route HInkley The proprietors John and Pat Stubbs will make you very welcome Tel. Hinkley 2335

A huge mention again of David Baron who played all the instruments on the song of the year “All About The Bass’ by Meghan Trainor. It’s a really catchy song which is breaking all over the world. It is such an honour to know him and have worked with him on all three of my albums. As I said before without the generosity that I got from David, I wouldn’t be writing today. I used to be on instant message with David every day. These days it’s hardly ever. Simi Stone the most beautiful singer songwriter as well as person, with whom David has just recently been working with has just got signed too.  I first met him in 2008 at the Hotel Edison where the studio was hidden.  The biggest private recording studio in New York. Now it’s gone and so next will it’s famous cafe where you could see Broadway stars having breakfast.

New York's Art Deco Gem Hotel Edison - In the heart of Times Square- Broadway Theatre District, close to cultural and tourist attractions and many corporate headquaters.  Restaurant, coffee shop, lounge, exercise room and business centre

New York’s Art Deco Gem Hotel Edison – In the heart of Times Square- Broadway Theatre District, close to cultural and tourist attractions and many corporate headquaters. Restaurant, coffee shop, lounge, exercise room and business centre

You may have noticed my website has changed address. This was by accident and it’s a long story but the only good thing about it is that I can now update my site more quickly.

For more album news check out www.unbeknownrecords.com 

xxx

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Louise and Andrea from Crystal Fighters outside Shepherd's Bush Empire before he had to and pack away his drums

Louise and Andrea from Crystal Fighters outside Shepherd’s Bush Empire before he had to and pack away his drums (September 14 2011)

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