John Wilson - Home Page John Wilson is a great singer/songwriter. I was once in a band called "The Dodgers" with him. We have remained in touch and I have produced DVDs for him.
Check out his site.
timjamesblues Home Page Tim is a really close friend who has had a site for as long as it was possible. If I need to know what I or my friends were doing since the year dot..this is where I find it out.
The Fortunes Photo Page Alex Hoek is a good friend to both myself and The Fortunes. Check out his site which he has dedicated to The Fortunes and you'll see lots of pics not even seen on the official Fortunes website.
AndyBlog Andy Curtis is a rare breed.He is a creative and multi- talented, very articulate, and highly intelligent individual who's blog outshines most in it's capacity to both astound and amuse. Check it out.
LuLu Rebecca de'Wessington, good neighbour and purveyor of Northumbrian delights via her "Northumbia Pride" retail outlet. Always en-devouring to bring class and culture to the table. This is her blog.
Persistent The blog of Ian de'Wessington partner of Rebecca. The most resourceful man I know. I often wake to his whittling arrows in the yard and applaud his industry.
Smitham's Meanderings Michael is the longest serving member of The Fortunes, a great guitarist, a good friend. Check out his blog
Jason Thompson Jason, another drummer and media merchant and good friend. Check out his blog cause it's always interesting.
Barbara and I had a fantastic time over in America staying with friends Stuart and Suzanne in their wonderful homes In Maryland and West Virginia. During our stay we took the opportunity to drive down the Blue Ridge Mountains, Visit Washington, including the White House, take in Pennsylvania with a visit to Amish county and Gettysburg. We even bumped into Senator John McCain..
As part of a photographic course I'm attending we were asked to take some images representing Autumn. Here are a few of my photographs taken from a couple of separate days out with the camera two weeks ago.
March 2009 and The Fortunes do a mini tour of Prairie Land Canada, taking in Winnipeg, Regina, Moose Jaw, Edmonton and finally Calgary. It was cold , it was flat but it was invigorating. The band went down very well and every one wants us back. Here are a few photos of the landscape variety. All the personal ones can be found on the Fortunes Website.
Our Holiday this year of 2009 was spent in Dubai....too hot to actually enjoy sunbathing..so sightseeing was the order of the day...and many sights were seen,
This album contains only a fraction of many photos that were taken...I have chosen those that have a difference to them or some artistic merit. This naturally means that by and large they are objects and locations rather than posed snaps.
You, dear reader, may well think I was being a tadge facetious in my last post by humourously alluding to the way our lives are being driven and effected by environmentalists and our ever developing nanny state.
However I draw your attention to yet another interfering piece of legislation which threatens to impinge on my livelihood and thousands of others who's work is in the live entertainment business.
This starts to become the thin end of the wedge. I quote from an email sent to me.
"I write this with some concern having just been made aware that new legislation regarding the mandatory use of noise assessment equipment in live music venues is to be introduced. The government wish to consider it legal requirement in the new tax year to introduce laws insisting that anyone applying, or re-applying for an entertainment license must have a noise control device fitted in the venue.
If pushed through,this will be the final nail for much live entertainment in the UK as the level at which these devises cut you off is extremely low and also damaging to musicians electronic equipment.
Even worse...the regulation of these "Limiters" will come under the control of local councils who are stretched enough trying to manage the government's draconian laws brought into place to help destroy the pub, club and leisure industry."
Our sound engineer, Paul, has in the past, when confronted with one of these devices, always complained about them and how they can play havoc with our set. Forcing amps to suddenly go off is no joke and potentially disastrous, not to say dangerous. It's a well established fact that a Symphony Orchestra belts out far more decibels when giving it the full monty than many a rock band, however, they seem to escape the full wrath of these kill joys. Often these "limiters" do not work well at all, cutting off electric supplies when certain frequencies become more dominant and not really having much to do with the overall sound balance or pressure.. In short, they are an unnecessary infringement and restriction of a musician's work place.
I have no doubt that some interfering environmentally-friendly body is behind this and will be persuading the powers that be that it is "for the benefit of all". What tosh! Having played loud rock n roll music for 40 years without any real damage to my ears I see no reason for this legislation to be put into place. (PARDON?! I HEARD THAT!)
let's all go and live on the Isle of Lundy, where the nanny state takes little interest and they can live their lives without too much interference! Or better still- Lets all keep the heating off, stay in bed all day, don't drive anywhere, don't take a holiday or fly, don't import anything, don't make anything, just grow our own veg. Then we'll see how our economy will cope...Back to the dark ages with a bullet I would guess.
It's only natural to have climate change, always will be. Last summer was a cold wash out, the summer before not much better...we've just been through quite a cold snap. No sign of galloping global warming as far as I can tell. Beware the greens, they'll tax you and restrict you to death, all for your own good you understand.