After such a long time of worrying about how to use RapidWeaver Stacks and accessing RW training sites and the intricacies of HTML, I think I may now be able to use audio files and put simple players in my diaries without the need for Audioboo(m) or embed code from another site, for regular audio diary updates!

Here I seem to have successfully uploaded a test file (courtesy of @FreakyFwoof, thanks)!

This is how simple it has been all along….!



Hank and Jim

If you like good 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s music why not join me and friends for a listen and chat at Hank and Jim? Many, like myself, like The Beatles and Pete (see below) is the expert in that regard. I'm usually there 6am GMT Mondays and Wednesdays and sometimes on Saturday mornings a bit before 9am GMT for after hours. Direct link to the Hank and Jim Radio Network above. All those who appreciate proper good music are welcome!

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Mum's Musical Influence

We all brainwash our children. Happy


Dad and Dee

This is perhaps my favourite saved Instagram photo and comments.
My father and my daughter together in my dad's garden.



Took a snap whilst waiting for our grocery delivery and I'm pleased and relieved to say following the 'Beast From The East" we now have fresh milk.

The snow can't have made the Polyanthus look worse than the mess the slugs have already made and I'm curious to see how the crocus have fared. They were in flower this time last year.

Thawing #snow #slush #garden #sleet

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There hasn't been much snowfall over the last 24 hours so, thankfully, it seems to be very slowly melting as temperatures are expected to rise very slowly over the next week. Crocus were flattened.

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March Snow

Running out of milk for coffee. No transport. Farmers are having to dump milk because of problems with tankers in and out of their farms.

At least our snow isn't as bad as this poor farmer's. He opened his door to this…. and the animals must be fed.

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I'm Back!

Hello! I'm back! I apologise for this website being neglected. I aim to put things right from now on with regular updates.

First of all, I've added a Garden Diary to record my time in our little back yard with our [mostly] shrubs.

In future, when I've done some reading about Rapidweaver and found out how to take old pages down in EasySpace, to educate myself, I intend to add a few new video and audio clips and there should be a monthly turnaround with old material taken down and new for you to see. I've saved a treasure trove of material to share with you over time.

There will still be Beatles and select social media content published here which will probably be erratic because life gets in the way sometimes. Happy

Hope to see you again soon.



2018-01-26 Crocus

οΏΌThe old plants from last year had been left in the wall plot and crocus shoots were found underneath when I cleared them out.

My Last Post On Audioboo(m)

My last post on Audioboo(m).

(2017-09-22 - I included a thank you to Shannon @gwenllian, I hope she heard it.)


David Hamilton

As a 55-year-old listener of early Radio 1 and 2 and viewer of 70's Top Of The Pops, I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this David Hamilton podcast talking about his radio life. Highly informative and entertaining. Many thanks to David Lloyd for sharing so many interesting 'Conversations' in this series.


George Martin

I wish I'd known George Martin personally. His voice and his manner was always calming to me. This morning the world is waking up to the sad news of his death. I'm spending my day listening to George interviews and watching George tv programmes. My condolences to Giles, Judy and family.

You can find 'Arena - Produced By George Martin' HERE and Desert Island Discs 1982 and 1995, and George Martin Record Producer on the Listen page.


Trevor Dann

This is a very interesting interview with Trevor Dann, a man who has shaped much of my radio listening over the years.


Robert Stigwood and The Beatles

On hearing today of the death of Robert Stigwood, I went to Wikipedia to refresh my memory on the Beatles connection:

"Merger with NEMS

On 13 January 1967 Stigwood signed a deal with his friend and colleague Brian Epstein to merge their two companies. The Beatles were by now no longer touring, and Epstein was tiring of the demands of his ever-expanding business. He was keen to reduce his involvement in NEMS Enterprises, the company he had founded in 1963, so he decided to strike a deal with Stigwood.

Why Epstein decided to merge with Stigwood is uncertain. There had been numerous other offers made for NEMS over the previous couple of years and Epstein is reported to have turned down more than one multimillion-dollar offer from American interests, so it is unlikely that he chose to become a partner with Stigwood simply for financial reasons.

According to author George Gunby, Epstein told The Beatles' publicist Alistair Taylor that Stigwood had originally offered to buy NEMS, but the deal eventually became a merger, in which Stigwood would have to put all his company assets into NEMS; in return he would received a reciprocal shareholding in NEMS, plus a salary, an executive position as co-managing director, and access to all of NEMS now-considerable financial and other resources.

It was a beneficial arrangement for Stigwood, and it effectively placed him at the pinnacle of the British pop industry in one step, but Epstein seems to have been about the only person in NEMS who was keen on the idea. Alastair Taylor is reported to have exclaimed "You must be joking!" when Epstein told him of the merger. Epstein was also considering handing over his role as manager of The Beatles, but when the Fab Four learned of this they were outraged. They evidently disliked Stigwood intensely. Interviewed in 2000 by Greil Marcus, Paul McCartney recalled the group's angry reaction:

"We said, 'In fact, if you do, if you somehow manage to pull this off, we can promise you one thing. We will record God Save the Queen for every single record we make from now on and we'll sing it out of tune. That's a promise. So if this guy buys us, that's what he's buying.'"

Consequently, Epstein stayed on as manager of The Beatles but he handed responsibility for most of his other acts to Stigwood.

The NEMS' staff were also reportedly unhappy about the deal. The company had expanded rapidly growing from fifteen staff in 1964 to eighty in 1966. Epstein had taken over the Vic Lewis agency in 1965, (bringing in Donovan, Petula Clark and Matt Monro) and Lewis became a NEMS director, but many staff members found Lewis' abrasive manner difficult to handle. According to Gunby: "...(they) could see the same problems arising, multiplied tenfold, when Stigwood moved in. His autocratic style would be a time bomb ticking beneath people who had stuck by Epstein through thick and thin."

Gunby says that Epstein told Derek Taylor that the merger with Stigwood would bring new talent into the fold and would strengthen the operation. Taylor remained unconvinced—Stigwood, he said, had "a ruthless reputation, a cavalier style that upset more people than it pleased." Epstein himself soon found himself at odds with his new partner—he was reportedly unhappy about Stigwood's spending, was upset by Stigwood renting a yacht for The Bee Gees, and was also angered by Stigwood's unilateral decision to send Alastair Taylor to America on a business trip, a plan Epstein overruled. It is claimed that Epstein subsequently decided that he didn't want Stigwood in the company."

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Dee BSc.

Dee BSc.

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Dee BSc.

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Dee BSc.

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