Chances are you have scrolled through the pictures and links, which are just a sample of what I do. So here's a brief bit of history.
I loved music right from a small child, and especially the music from the 1940's and even more so, the 1950's. By age thirteen I'd joined some of my mates who'd got drapes, ice blue jeans, creepers, winkle pickers and other 70's revival frippery. I was a sharp dressed Ted, I thought. Then came the Rockabilly Rebel look, and it's that look and the music I'm still fanatical about heading rapidly towards 50!
I began writing in 1978 for the Halstead Gazette (Essex) on the local reserve football team and back then, I was still at school. Ironically I found that infinitely more interesting than reviewing Silas Marner!!
That stopped soon after I left school and got a job, which didn't involve writing! Then in 1992 I started submitting to the newsletter of the Anabantoid Association of Great Britain, and writing regular articles on the subject of Anabantoids (tropical, air breathing, freshwater fish) for Practical Fishkeeping Magazine, an EMAP title. That reached a natural conclusion in 2008, a good sixteen years of contributions later. In 2006 I also contributed a chapter on Anabantoids to the Interpet Publishing book:- What Fish?: A Buyer's Guide to Tropical Fish.
In 2004 after writing regular reviews on the MSN group 'Sugardoll's Diner' (which can now be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/sugardollsdiner/?fref=ts ) before it was suggested that I try writing on Essex Rock n Roll gigs for the relatively new A4 sized magazine, UK Rock (formerly Southern Rock in an A5 format). I started a monthly column, limited by the then Editor, Dennis Knockton, to 1100 words.
Dennis retired and John Howard took the helm, giving me a free hand to ramble loosely on....which I did. The current Editor, John Hopkins took over from John Howard and the magazine is now known as UK Rock 'n' Roll Magazine, on the shelves of W.H. Smiths since then, my wife June has been involved with illustrating my articles and reviews for weekenders and festivals, with her photography. Check out the examples on site here.
I'll update the blog as and when, however if you have any comments or questions, by all means drop us an email.
Cheers til next time