Archive for September, 2016

Friday 3oth September 2016

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on September 30, 2016 by bishshat

Love is the Key

Ray Thomas

Somewhere the sun is always shining
Somewhere the breeze blows in another brand new day
So let us gather up our tears
We’ll save them for a rainy day

Come on let’s fill our world with laughter
Let’s put the sunshine into everybody’s heart
Then peace will last for ever after
Oh what a lovely start
It gives you hope for a brand new day
Have faith in love it will show the way
Happiness, who could ask for anything more
So realise there’s no need to hide
Show yourself to the world outside
Don’t you know that the world is an open door
Don’t you know that love’s the key to open any door

It gives you hope for a brand new day
Have faith in love it will show the way
Happiness, who could ask for anything more
So realise there’s no need to hide
Show yourself to the world outside
Don’t you know that the world is an open door
Don’t you know that love’s the key to open any door

The earth is good, why do we abuse it
Our land, our seas, our skies, let’s try our wings and fly
Across green meadows hand in hand
Let’s be the brotherhood of man
Come on, let’s fill our world with laughter
Let’s put the sunshine into everybody’s heart
Then peace will last for ever after
And that’s a lovely start

Kayliegh with Oliver only 2 months left?


I was very excited about the gig at the town hall in Birmingham but over an hour on the motorway stuck in M42 traffic quelled my excitement a touch.
I thought that instead of driving into Brum I would take an easy route by parking at the NEC and taking the train. The £12 parking fee at 11:30 at night came as a nice surprise. Anyhow The gig was nice and although the Town Hall which I had not visited for some time had been spruced up a lot. I am out of touch with Birmingham I go to London often and I feel more at home there now than Brum.
I met with some friends at The Shakespeare pub and sat outside it would have been wonderful had the summer still been with us. I loved the sound of the trams as they passed by at the end of the street. They had that little bell and rumbling sounds that reminded me so much of Amsterdam.

The town hall does not lend itself to getting to the front of stage so I remained in my seat and just sang from there. My voice actually trashed during Saved by the Music I guess it was telling me I had had enough singing for one month.
Saved by the Music is the highlight of the show for me but the songs off the new album sound better live. It is I guess the same as Justin’s gig I was not sure about the last solo album until I heard him do it live and I enjoyed very much the live versions of John’s solo album. Candle of Life of course is a very precious song and the TOCCC is my top draw Moodies number one favourite album. The Blue Jays is there at number two. Gemma had a problem with her electric cello and the crew worked hard trying to fix it. She had to leave the stage and go and buy another cello from the back of Rackhams. I felt sorry for the girl as she trundled in from stage right with the massive cello in a huge white hard case on her back. No roadies for Gemma must be a Brxit issue. They hooked it up and it was the old one she played at Hampton Court and believe me it sounded sweeter and I could hear it better than that electric one. Well done Gemma.


The Saints and Sinners gave Ray a taste of being centre stage. His voice had gone down well with the audiences so he wasted no time in joining up with fellow Brummies to form El Riot and the Rebels. With Ray as El Riot, dressed in a green satin Mexican toreador suit, the Rebels set out to take Birmingham by storm. The band entered and won several competitions. Ray developed his trademark entrance of sliding across the stage on his knees. He once took out a row of potted tulips! They landed several spots on the popular TV show “Lunchbox”. Their first appearance was on 14 November 1962 playing “Guitar Tango” and “I Remember You”. At some point a 78 rpm acetate was recorded of “Blue Moon” and “Down the Line”. On 15 April 1963, El Riot and the Rebels performed at The Riverside Dancing Club in Tenbury Wells as the support band for a group that would change the face of Rock n Roll forever. It was a little band from Liverpool – The Beatles. By October 1963, Ray decided it was time to quit the day job and go pro in the rock music world.


There was a guy in a BJH shirt in front row the typical loner at a gig you know the one I mean. They are at every gig in every city in every country.
I had noticed him walk past the Shakespeare over two hours earlier and I saw him several times pass by the area we were sitting. You know the guy right? The guy you don’t want to be sitting next to. But heck these folks know how to have a party.
Bless his cotton socks he danced and pointed fingers at the sky. He jumped around up and down and stared about him at the other motionless fans as if they were the somehow not on his planet and he could not understand why they were not helping him out. I loved this guy. It is very wrong of me to say that I would not want to sit next to him because I would have had a blast with him also had I been at the front next to him. Looking about me there were lots of really old people. Yes really old and I often forget I am one of them. Anyhow I enjoyed seeing all my mates and seeing them have fun. I enjoyed them living their dreams and meeting with John and Tomo and getting their stuff signed. Lots of new and not so new friends. I have enjoyed the last few weeks of singing and meetings I guess now its back to winter coming and watching the roller coaster world of Tottenham Hotspurs.


I had a very busy month in September following the music.
Justin Hayward was doing solo gigs all across the UK and John Lodge was doing likewise. The Moody Blues have not split up as they are now in the USA playing together.
Sue and I travelled to Cardiff where we were going to spend three nights. I went to see Justin at St David’s Hall. I had a nice seat and I met a few friends at the show.
As usual Justin was wonderful his voice is still excellent.
He never comes out after the shows to see the fans.
We Sue and I spent two days instead of three in the Cardiff era as the weather was so bad and we were surprised how dreary and run down the area was.
Even the beach where Sue had wanted to visit was grubby and full of iron and bricks and concrete.
I had several shows booked and Sue did not want to see any of them.
The next event was at Hampton Court where John Lodge and his band were giving a special show with wine. Wine because John has a couple of vineyards where he produces his own wine. I travelled to stay with Stuart on the Saturday before the show which was on the next Wednesday.
We spent a few days together visiting art galleries and museums and churches.
Then on the Wednesday I drove to Richmond on Thames where I had booked a bed and breakfast. I left the car there and took the ferry boat which was a converted paddle steamer to Hampton Court it took nearly two hours.
I expected cold and grey but the weather was really astonishing. There was a blue sky and it was very hot.
We were given a ticket that would allow us to spend the whole day inside the palace.
Then on the evening was the show where John and the band greeted us with free wine and when the glass was empty they topped it up. They played a few songs live in front of us acoustic and there was only about forty of us. It was really a special moment.
I was seeing the John Lodge show in Stratford upon Avon then Justin Hayward’s show in Wolverhampton. The weekend after was Johns last show of his tour at the Town Hall in Birmingham. I had a great time but for me Johns show at Stratford upon Avon and The Hampton Court show were wonderful.
The month before all this I had been working very hard during the summer and at one point I worked 12 days in 14.
Richard is now getting married to Kayliegh the baby is due around the 2nd December and they will be getting married on New Years Eve.
They are going to call the baby Oliver.

Thursday 29th September 2016

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on September 29, 2016 by bishshat


Finding Altimira

Banderas plays Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola, a well-to-do amateur archaeologist and prehistorian whose insatiable curiosity and acceptance of Darwinian principles often place him at odds with his loving but devoutly religious wife, Conchita (Golshifteh Farahani), and a dogmatic local monsignor (Rupert Everett). When Marcelino and Maria (Allegra Allen), his worshipful 9-year-old daughter, find millennia-old paintings of bison in the Altamira cave on his property, he is thrilled by what he deduces is evidence that prehistoric humans attained intellectual prowess thousands of years earlier than 19th-century scientists had heretofore theorized. Much to his dismay, however, his discovery brings him more pain than acclaim.


Marcelino is denounced as hubristic, if not downright heretical, by the monsignor, causing Conchita no end of distress. (Galileo is pointedly referenced during a key early scene.) Worse, the enthusiastic amateur is publicly humiliated by implacable experts — chief among them the noted Émile Cartailhac (Clément Sibony), one of Marcelino’s scientific idols — and accused of faking the cave paintings with the help of a young artist (Pierre Niney) who, not incidentally, may be in love with Conchita.

In the midst of all this turmoil — actually, even before her dad gets brickbats tossed his way — Maria repeatedly imagines the bison angrily stampeding off the cave ceiling, and at one point gathering just outside her bedroom door. It’s easy to admire the special effects employed to animate these fantasies, but rather more difficult to refrain from laughing out loud at them. Banderas labors under the handicap of having to convey Marcelino’s sagacity with clumps of stilted dialogue provided by scriptwriters Olivia Hetreed and Jose Luis Lopez Linares. (“It is impossible to ask too many questions, as long as you pay attention to the answers.”) Still, he acquits himself admirably with his restrained yet subtly detailed portrayal of an intelligent man subjected to the stings of intolerant attitudes and professional jealousies.


The Cave of Altamira (Spanish: Cueva de Altamira is a cave in Cantabria, Spain, famous for its cave paintings featuring drawings and polychrome rock paintings of wild mammals and human hands, created between 18,500 and 14,000 years ago, during the Upper Paleolithic by early human beings. Altamira was the first cave] in which prehistoric cave paintings were discovered. When the discovery was first made public in 1880, it led to a bitter public controversy between experts which continued into the early 20th century, since many did not believe prehistoric man had the intellectual capacity to produce any kind of artistic expression. The acknowledgment of the authenticity of the paintings, which finally came in 1902, changed the perception of prehistoric human beings. It is located near the town of Santillana del Mar in Cantabria, Spain, 30 km west of the city of Santander. The cave with its paintings has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The cave is approximately 1000 meters long[2] and consists of a series of twisting passages and chambers. The main passage varies from two to six meters in height. The cave was formed through collapses following early Karst phenomena in the calcareous rock of Mount Vispieres.


Archaeological excavations in the cave floor found rich deposits of artifacts from the Upper Solutrean (c. 18,500 years ago) and Lower Magdalenian (between c. 16,500 and 14,000 years ago). Both periods belong to the Paleolithic or Old Stone Age. In the millennia between these two occupations, the cave was evidently inhabited only by wild animals. Human occupants of the site were well-positioned to take advantage of the rich wildlife that grazed in the valleys of the surrounding mountains as well as the marine life available in nearby coastal areas. Around 13,000 years ago a rockfall sealed the cave’s entrance, preserving its contents until its eventual discovery, which occurred after a nearby tree fell and disturbed the fallen rocks.

Human occupation was limited to the cave mouth, although paintings were created throughout the length of the cave. The artists used charcoal and ochre or haematite to create the images, often diluting these pigments to produce variations in intensity and creating an impression of chiaroscuro. They also exploited the natural contours of the cave walls to give their subjects a three-dimensional effect. The Polychrome Ceiling is the most impressive feature of the cave, depicting a herd of extinct steppe bison (Bison priscus) in different poses, two horses, a large doe, and possibly a wild boar.
Great hall of policromes of Altamira, published by M. Sanz de Sautuola in 1880.
Dated to the Magdalenian occupation, these paintings include abstract shapes in addition to animal subjects. Solutrean paintings include images of horses and goats, as well as handprints that were created when artists placed their hands on the cave wall and blew pigment over them to leave a negative image. Numerous other caves in northern Spain contain Paleolithic art, but none is as complex or well-populated as Altamira.

In 1879, amateur archaeologist Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola was led by his eight-year-old daughter María to discover the cave’s drawings. The cave was excavated by Sautuola and archaeologist Juan Vilanova y Piera from the University of Madrid, resulting in a much acclaimed publication in 1880 which interpreted the paintings as Paleolithic in origin. The French specialists, led by Gabriel de Mortillet and Emile Cartailhac, were particularly adamant in rejecting the hypothesis of Sautuola and Piera, and their findings were loudly ridiculed at the 1880 Prehistorical Congress in Lisbon. Due to the supreme artistic quality, and the exceptional state of conservation of the paintings, Sautuola was even accused of forgery. A fellow countryman maintained that the paintings had been produced by a contemporary artist, on Sautuola’s orders.

It was not until 1902, when several other findings of prehistoric paintings had served to render the hypothesis of the extreme antiquity of the Altamira paintings less offensive, that the scientific society retracted their opposition to the Spaniards. That year, Emile Cartailhac emphatically admitted his mistake in the famous article, “Mea culpa d’un sceptique”, published in the journal L’Anthropologie. Sautuola, having died 14 years earlier, did not live to enjoy his rehabilitation.

Further excavation work on the cave was done by Hermilio Alcalde del Río between 1902–04, the German Hugo Obermaier between 1924–25 and finally by Joaquín González Echegaray in 1981.


Wednesday 28th September 2016

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on September 28, 2016 by bishshat


Tuesday 27th September 2016

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on September 27, 2016 by bishshat


Banbury’s two Edwardian signal boxes are being made redundant by the Banbury Area Upgrade scheme. South box has already gone. Despite efforts to save the North Signal Box, the date for its demolition has been set for the 8th October 2016.

The ‘Project Crossover’ team and Network Rail will be holding open days from mid August until early October, to enable members of the public, local schools, enthusiast groups and local businesses to be able to see the signal box in working condition for the final time.

A safe access route will be installed to allow pre-booked tours to take place. These tours will demonstrate how signal boxes work, teach about railway safety and the dangers of railway trespass and outline Banbury’s former importance as a key railway junction on the UK rail network.


The group was praised by Network Rail for their professional approach in attempting to secure long term access to the box, given all the challenges they faced, however they we were unable to secure the £162,000 surety required to underwrite the project, despite raising over an amazing £23,500 in 3 weeks from crowd-funding and appeals .

Pledges from local businesses of between £500 and £5,000 were received from the likes of local Banbury companies Norbar Torque Tools, Peter Haines Engineers, Tapper Interiors, RP Lovatt Insurance and Belos Ecology. Donations and pledges of up to £1,000 were received from individuals from across the country. All money donated through Just Giving has now been refunded.

The group expresses special thanks for the support, guidance and specialist advice provided by comparable heritage groups (notably Epping Signal Box, St Albans South Signal Box, St James Deeping Signal Box, Princes Risborough Signal Box and the Swindon Panel Society) as well as all those involved in the rail industry on a day to day basis who have helped to get the project to where it is today. Special thanks are also due to Solid Structures Ltd of Hook Norton, who produced a vital structural survey report at extremely short notice.


Whilst we are disappointed that efforts to retain the Signal Box have been in vain, without the level of support and effort by all concerned, the unprecedented public access opportunity to the North Box would not exist.

Please help us make the most of this opportunity by spreading the word through local, business and rail networks.

We are in discussion with Network Rail and local bodies regarding the retention of Signal Box and signalling artefacts locally as a reminder of the public of Banbury’s important rail heritage.

Further details regarding the open events will be published in due course shortly through this Facebook group. The Project Crossover Steering Group group can alternatively be contacted at

Banbury South Signal Box was demolished on Saturday 30th July ‘16. Banbury North Signal Box will follow around Saturday 8th October ‘16.


Banbury North Signal Box
Farewell Tour

It’s all about change I guess
Switching to the future
Pulling and pushing at the past
The brass polished as a matter of pride
Reminds me of a fire station
The floor gleaming and the mop laid to rest
A home from home feeling about the place
Welsh coal heats the box
Smoke dispels down the line
Bells and buzzers still playing their role
We frottage about the place trying to create
A crow as black as the Welsh coal calls from atop the lamppost
And a class 66 zings past and salutes the Bobbies

John Bish September 27th 2016


Straight From The Heart

Bryan Adams

I could start dreamin’ but it never ends
As long as you’re gone we may as well pretend
I’ve been dreamin’
Straight from the heart

You say it’s easy but who’s to say
That we’d be able to keep it this way
But it’s easier
Straight from the heart

Give it to me straight from the heart
Tell me we can make another start
You know I’ll never go
As long as I know
It’s comin’ straight from the heart

I’ll see you on the street some other time
And all our words would just fall out of line
I was dreamin’
Straight from the heart

Give it to me straight from the heart
Tell me we can make another start
You know I’ll never go
As long as I know
It’s coming straight from the heart

Give it to me straight from the heart
Tell me we can make one more start
You know I’ll never go
As long as I know
It’s coming straight from the heart


CSK 0 Spurs 1

The South Korea star made it five goals for the season – in fact, five in his last three away games – as we recovered from the disappointment of losing our opening match in the competition at Wembley a fortnight ago.
Erik Lamela sent Son clear in the 71st minute and he squeezed his finish through the advancing Igor Akinfeev.

It was no less than we deserved at Arena CSKA in Moscow as we controlled the game from start to finish and racked up another 22 attempts at goal (to the home side’s eight).
Dele Alli came closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half when his rasper rattled the crossbar. Son, Lamela and Vincent Janssen all had half-chances before Son finally hit the net to grab maximum points.
Meanwhile, Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen drew 1-1 in France, so we’ve moved above the German side into second in Group E.



Sunday 25th September 2106

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on September 25, 2016 by bishshat


San Fransisco 18 Seahawks 37

Seahawks Offense “Executed At A High Level” In Victory Over 49ers
Bradley Sowell’s Seahawks career consists of one offseason, preseason and only three regular-season games, but the left tackle already knows what Seattle’s offense is supposed to look like. And after two games in which the offense struggled to score points—“some ugly (stuff) on film the last couple of weeks,” Sowell called it—while looking nothing like the team that finished the 2015 season on such a high note, the Seahawks offense looked more like, well, the Seahawks offense in a 37-18 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
“Bradley Sowell said that?” receiver Doug Baldwin said with a grin. “How long has he been a Seahawk? No, it definitely does feel more like Seahawks football because of the fact that we ran the football in the manner in which we did. That’s our calling card. We want to be able to run the ball, control the game with the ground game. So we were fortunate enough to be able to do that. So he’s right, even though I don’t think he knows what he’s talking about. It did feel more like Seahawks football.”
And in a dominant win over the 49ers, it took all of three plays to know that things were going to be different for Seattle’s offense. After struggling through the first two games, scoring just one touchdown and 15 total points, the Seahawks needed just three plays to go 75 yards for a touchdown. After Russell Wilson’s first pass attempt went incomplete, he audibled from what he said was “a good play” to “something bigger and better,” and hit Baldwin down the left sideline for a 34-yard gain. On the very next play, Christine Michael exploded through a big hole for a 41-yard touchdown run.

After Seattle’s defense forced a three-and-out, the offense went 62 yards for another touchdown and a 14-0 lead, doubling the number of touchdowns it was able to produce in its first eight quarters in a span of eight minutes.
“This was a really good day for us,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “We needed this badly. It really feels to me like we started. I’d like to build on this one and get going, and have another good solid week next week. The first two weeks didn’t feel like we came out of the chutes the way we wanted to. I’m happy about what happened up front. I thought the line did a nice job, the tight ends did a nice job. You saw we used Luke (Willson) a little differently today, and he did a nice job with it. Russell threw the ball well, guys caught it. It’s just good stuff. For us to get C-Mike 100 yards today, that’s terrific, that’s the kind of output we hoped that he could have. This was really the first game where he had to carry the load. He knew that and he came through in a good way. Jimmy had a big day today. Doug had a terrific day, too, making plays. Really good day’s work.”

During the week, Carroll pointed to two issues in particular when it came to getting better on offense—the running game and third-down conversions. And sure enough, the Seahawks ran the ball significantly better than they had in their first two games, gaining 127 yards on 31 carries, with 106 of them coming from Michael, and they converted on nine of their 14 third-down chances.
“We just executed at a high level,” Baldwin said. “We were able to get our running game going. We really focused on that during the week, because that’s where everything starts. We were able to do that and just feed off of that. Obviously we struggled in the past two games against good defenses. We wanted to come out here and be successful, especially on third down, and we were able to do that today.”
Just about everyone on Seattle’s offense contributed to the team’s 418-yard, 37-point output, from the offensive line, which took another step forward, to Michael, who had a career game, to Baldwin and Jimmy Graham, who had huge games, to Wilson, was 15 for 23 for 243 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game after, as Carroll put it, spraining his knee “a little bit.”

“We’ve worked so hard,” center Justin Britt said. “We’ve been waiting for this. We wanted it to happen sooner, but I feel like our season is just getting started. We’ve got a clean slate and we’re ready to go… Our game plan was on point and we went out and executed. It was really good to score that quick the way we did. It definitely set the tone for how the day was going to go.”
One indication of Seattle’s offensive success is the fact that, for the first time since late in the 2014 season, they had two 100-yard receivers in Baldwin and Graham, and a 100-yard rusher in Michael.
Baldwin established a career high with 164 yards on eight catches, including a 16-yard touchdown from Trevone Boykin, who played well in relief of Wilson. Baldwin’s big day also included a 59-yard reception, as well as a diving one-handed catch that might rival the leaping one-handed grab he made in last season’s playoff win at Minnesota.
“Doug Baldwin looked great today,” Wilson said. “He started of the game quickly right off the bat. He got the ball down the sideline, made a huge play for us and just made play after play after play. He got a touchdown pass, then he also had that deep post route that he caught for a huge play on third and long.”
And while Baldwin’s big game, combined with his nine-catch, 92-yard performance two weeks ago, was an indication that he’s picking up right where he left off last season, Graham’s six-catch, 100-yard game was a sign that the All-Pro tight end is all the way back from a very serious knee injury.
After tearing his patellar tendon in November last year, Graham’s status for the start of this season was very much in doubt, but he made it back for the opener, though on a limited basis. Graham increased his work load significantly last week, though he was targeted only four times and had three catches. On Sunday, Graham looked very much like a player who will be a big part of Seattle’s offense going forward, making plays in the red zone, winning jump balls in traffic and being a matchup nightmare throughout the game.
“He’s huge for us,” Baldwin said of Graham. “His presence on our offense, not only as a football player and what he can do in terms of catching the ball and blocking, but also his leadership and his presence in the huddle, I can’t talk about that enough. It’s not talked about enough.”

The Seahawks knew Graham might need a few weeks to have this kind of performance considering the severity of his injury and how much of training camp and the preseason he missed, and while they weren’t going to rush him back, everyone is excited about what they’re seeing now.
“It’s been a process,” Carroll said. “He was back well enough to get in there (in Week 1), it was like his first preseason game. Then, it was like his second preseason game (in Week 2), the 50 plays, and then bouncing back from that, showed that he was ready to go. He was on it this week. He had a great week of practice. He had every intention—he wanted to have this kind of impact in the game. He looked great. It’s thrilling to see him, he’s a fantastic football player. I think you can see the benefits of Jimmy and Russell throwing, they’ve thrown thousands of balls together in preparation for this. That’s what it takes to see it like this, so hopefully we can really come back and keep building on it, and really see a fantastic influence that Jimmy can have helping everybody.”

Saturday 24th September 2016

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on September 24, 2016 by bishshat


Middlesborough 1 Spurs 2

Heung-Min Son’s goal-den spell continued as we ran out deserved 2-1 winners at Middlesbrough on Saturday.
The South Korean star buried two beauties at the Riverside to take his tally to four in the Premier League this term. He’s already equalled his league goals total from last season.
The only mystery on Teesside was how Middlesbrough were still in the game after we dominated the first half and created numerous chances. Indeed, the shot count ended 19-6 in our favour.

Son opened his account by drifting in from the right and finishing low in a crowded box and then topped that effort with a sublime curler after it looked like he’d run out of room.
Further chances arrived for Christian Eriksen, Moussa Sissoko and most notably Dele Alli, but it stayed 2-0 at the break.
The pattern remained in the second half but a double substitution – Adama Traore and Jordan Rhodes coming on – inspired the home side.
Ben Gibson responded with a header as Boro pushed on but we remained in control and while it was a nervy ending, in truth there were few heart-stopping moments as we stretched our unbeaten run to six matches at the start of this Premier League campaign, claiming our third victory in six days in all competitions in the process.


Purple Rain


I never meant to cause you any sorrow
I never meant to cause you any pain
I only wanted one time to see you laughing
I only want to see you laughing in the purple rain

Purple rain Purple rain
Purple rain Purple rain
Purple rain Purple rain

I only want to see you bathing in the purple rain

I never wanted to be your weekend lover
I only wanted to be some kind of friend
Baby I could never steal you from another
It’s such a shame our friendship had to end

Purple rain Purple rain
Purple rain Purple rain
Purple rain Purple rain

I only want to see you underneath the purple rain

Honey I know, I know, I know times are changing
It’s time we all reach out for something new
That means you too
You say you want a leader
But you can’t seem to make up your mind
I think you better close it
And let me guide you to the purple rain

Purple rain Purple rain
Purple rain Purple rain

If you know what I’m singing about up here
C’mon raise your hand

Purple rain Purple rain

I only want to see you, only want to see you
In the purple rain


Justin at Wolverhampton was an altogether strange experience.
First of all I booked my seat D7 way back when the tour was announced.
The D7 seat being fine was an end of row close to stage all in all a good seat and view. I was thinking it was The Wulfrun Centre so on the night I would have bowled up there.
Lorraine Hilton-Salter A woman whom I had first met when she was a seventeen year old and needed a ride to Bingley Hall Stafford in 1979 to see and meet The Moodies.
I drove to her house in Dudley Port and we took the ten minute train ride to Wolverhampton and on the way we gathered another fan who actually took off as we arrived at the station.
We met up with Paul, Judy and Pamela for a drink then headed into the gig.
On the evening before Roland Giblin had offered me a front row seat so Lorraine took my seat and I sat in row A right in the middle.
Now you know I love Justin’s voice and his songs, his guitar playing and love to sing along especially to Question.

Last night I was a little down on the Justin’s show because after John’s show and when I compared the fun and the vivacity of John’s solo tour there was just no comparison. John’s show rocked and I felt like I do after a Moodies gig all encompassed and knackered. But I have to cut Justin some slack here as I think I have to come to terms with the fact that this is an entirely different show to a Moody Blues show. That’s how Justin wants it to be and I must respect that.
Sometimes I think I and we expect too much from them. It is because we love them so much we want them to love us back, but after all they are just singers in a rock and roll band. I want interactive experience but not everyone in the audience wants this they just want to hear his songs.
But I am stuck with the fact that to me it is Rock n Roll.
When Justin sings Question I want to stand and sing it also however the pleasure police were having none of it.
I think Mike Dawes and Julie Riggins back him amazingly and Mike is just astonishing he did a brilliant rendition of Purple Rain. I felt I offended him unintentionally.
I said when you play it appears you have six hands or that there are more of you on stage. I meant it that I cannot believe the sounds he gets out of his guitar on his own. But hey ho he has probably already forgotten me and my words.


Anyhow I will always go see Justin and John in whatever line up they appear in.Lorraine had her Justin pick and we headed to the train station. It was the last train home and we had an issue with the doors not opening and we had to rush across the station to catch the train running back to Dudley Port. A group of women were struggling to walk and younger girls were wearing very little a tottering around the platforms.
The state of the train was interesting too it was covered in a mess of rolling around beer cans a girl in gold boxing gloves was hitting a man in one of the seats. Another girl who had had too many was clutching a metal mug full of wine and asked me where I was going. It was all very strange. I guess I am not used to public transport that time on a Saturday night. I was well happy to get back safe to my bed.


Friday 23rd September 2016

Posted in Life the Universe and Other Things on September 23, 2016 by bishshat

I am really having problems getting my head together after another night of terrible dreams one in which my mobile phone fell in half while trying to call Lily.

She had left me by a bench and told me NOT to wonder off!!!!!!!
Well I had and when I returned to the bench there were signs of her being there…
I was trying to call when the phone melted in half right before my eyes…

I have been in London since last Saturday and I am sure you know how that can turn an old mans head. I need to remember where I am and what I am doing next. Tonight it’s John Lodge in Stratford upon Avon. Tomorrow Justin Hayward in Wolverhampton! Next week it’s John Lodge in Brum. I need to do my blog feed the pigs do some work and have a wash. The Field has to be walked as the farmer has raked it over. The report on Hampton has to be written but it can wait.

Well it would be nice to have tea and cake and show John and the band around olde Stratford which I am sure he used to cycle to also. But I guess they are busy its a hard life being a Rock Legend. but I will be at the gig and thats good enough as I have never had a Moody Blues Legend this close to home playing in a show at any time previous 5 miles is very close.


Broken Dreams, Hard Road

John Lodge

I looked everywhere
Thought that I would find you thro’ the night
Shadows dancing in the moonlight
Broken dreams, hard road
Wish I could write of the love I have known in my lifetime
Wish I could find just one word, one small line
When I’m down the world has gone and changed it’s face
The world has gone and changed it’s place
While we were dreaming for the human race
I know I’ve been down this road many times
Many ways in my lifetime
And somehow the path that you’ve walked in your life
Has led to me
Your love has gone and changed my world
Your love has changed the world I see
While I was waiting
You came to me
I looked everywhere
Knew that I would find you
Thro’ the night shadows dancing in the moonlight
Broken dreams, hard road
Hard, hard road, hard road
Hard, hard road
Hard, hard road, hard road
Hard, hard road
Hard, hard road, hard road
Hard, hard road.


I have had some very special moments with members of The Moody Blues past and present. I was nearly run over by them in a limo as they pulled around the back of The Odeon in New Street in Birmingham. It was lashing with rain and I had just bought a ticket on the street. I was trying to see if I could speak with the band backstage when they pulled into the alley and I had to jump out of the way. It was the band and they waved an apology this was December 1969.


Then I met with John and Justin at the Threshold store in the Bull Ring Centre Birmingham Blue Jays 1975. Tony Clarke was with them and I had a nice chat with him he also signed a photograph. Tongue tied as usual I just quickly said hello to John and Justin and moved away. No camera. The Blue Jays tour was magnificent.

1978 was obviously the big special moment met with the entire band backstage at Madison Square Garden. Before the 1979 tour I was in Threhold when John popped his head around the door and we spoke briefly about the flight to Vancouver and how I could deal with my air sickness. I had only ever flown once before and that was the New York flight. 1979 was in Seattle and Vancouver meeting the band again backstage in Seattle.


I then met the band a few times at Christmas parties and video shoots.
All of these meetings I never really said more than thanks and how much we loved them. I gathered more and more friends as we travelled about friends that I still see at gigs today. I would meet and great say hello and return to my own world. Now there is social media and I connect with many, many of these friends from all the corners of the planet. Some of my friends have passed away and I wish they were still travelling with us.


Seeing them in the Netherlands at Amsterdam with the many moody fans is also the best of fun. I always sing Question as loud as I can. Singing Question with the boys is just the very best thing.

I was in Swindon thanks to Yvonne and Jan Bouten from the Netherlands to see Justin’s solo gig and we had a truly smashing day meeting new and old friends. I stood back not speaking with Justin to allow others to say hello how silly I was.

Canada tour with Wade Marwood who sat behind me in Swindon. We were on Highway 1 driving in our rented Fiat 500 from Vancouver to Calgary and back. In fact I got a speeding ticket just outside of Calgary. The Bear came across the freeway jumping the central reservation to catch us.

I have met with Tomo and his wife Lee twice and goodness me this was amazing thanks to Stefan Stanimirov for sorting this out it was great fun.


With the solo tours I have met with Mike Dawes and Julie Ragins both brilliant musicians and they were very nice to me. Justin’s solo tours have also been very special the last one being in Cardiff the other week. I was overjoyed when Justin asked us to help him on Question and I excitedly obliged with full gusto.

No meets with Justin but that’s ok. I would of course like to say hello but that’s how it goes I love him tons.

I would have attended the event on the boat with John Lodge last year but I thought the Moodies would do two shows in Amsterdam and I was still there when I found out the boat trip was on.

So when I saw John was doing shows in the UK I was more than happy. I booked Stratford upon Avon tonight and Birmingham.


The gathering at Hampton Court was last Wednesday and wow I was not going to miss out on the fun this time. The whole day was wonderful.
I had booked a small cheap room in Richmond on Thames and travelled by boat on the Thames to arrive at Hampton Court around 12.30 in the afternoon. September Sunshine all the way. I had never been to Hampton Court before so the whole day was brilliant. Throughout the day old friends faces and forms would appear around different secluded red brick corners. We drank tea together had chats and I met friends I had only spoken and shared things with on face book.

At the actual gig it was just so like being a part of a family reunion. All the band members were just so approachable and just fun to be with. I always get a bit excited and still worry about talking with the band and often have to force myself to do it.
This is why I feel I may appear a little crazy but I really do try my best to be calm.

When it came to the music John opened with My Old Mans a Dustman which I encouraged him to release but he said it is more than not on You Tube now. They did a handful of songs including Simply Magic, Candle of Life and Isn’t life Strange and finished with Saved by the Music. This has now become my number one John Lodge sing along song. I promise I will sing it loud and proud tonight in Stratford and next week in Birmingham. So heed the warning.


It was just a splendid day. One of those days that you say: Man its great to be alive.
As Nick Kounoupias said it was almost like a wedding celebration. It felt like a gathering of like minded souls. Tomo, Lee, Gordon, Norda and Alan all were just so open to us all.
Emily John’s daughter and the girl from the song was there.
I got to say hello and this proved to me that indeed life is strange.


Say You Love Me

John Lodge

If I could read you like a book
If I could read your second look
If I could be the one you love
The one you’re thinking of

I wouldn’t need these eyes
I wouldn’t need to see
I wouldn’t need to hear your voice
Say you love me

If I could stay here for a while
If I could hang on to your smile
If I could turn your loving ways
Upon my lonely days

I wouldn’t need these eyes
I wouldn’t need to see
I wouldn’t need to hear your voice
Say you love me
Say you love me

I tried so hard to find
The reason you came my way
And now I can’t believe my eyes
Are you here to stay?

If all the world came falling down
And lay in pieces on the ground
With only darkness from above
If I could touch your love

I wouldn’t need these eyes
I wouldn’t need to see
I wouldn’t need to hear your voice
Say you love me
Say you love me