Godfather in a lift

For some reason been looking back again. I’ve been working recently with some of the funkiest folk that I’ve ever met in the shape of  Jon Cleary and Earl Thomas and the musicians playing with them. Jon’s chaps are the finest sidemen from New Orleans and Earl’s for some years were Ike Turner’s  backing band now resident in California.

Had the treat of driving Earl Thomas who’s song ‘Get Me Some’ was recorded by Tom Jones past Tom’s birthplace afer a gig at the delightful Mumbles Blues festival and chatted with Doug; Jon’s drummer about playing with Willie Nelson in the end credits shot of the Dukes of Hazard movie whilst gazing over the Tyne from The Sage. Good Criac.

But through the funk an image from ten years ago has kept recurring. One morning I was alone facing the lift on the ground floor in Polydor Records, thoughts quite elsewhere, stepped forward as the doors opened to be faced, from the lift, by Mr James Brown at the front of his large retinue. My immediate reaction was to take a step back and salute, not just any salute but the three fingured salute of the Boy Scouts where I’d last had occasion to salute anyone in 1964. Mr Brown nodded and gave me a “Huh” as he walked by. Perfect.

Here is a most strange version of “This Is A Man’s World”


How high is Birmingham?

As I mentioned there’s been a major clear out in the office but thought I should share this one:

Fed up a couple of years ago with the ‘second city’ tag I wondered if Birmingham is the highest city in the country? I mailed Ordnance Survey and they said they couldn’t tell me. Then they mailed to say they could, then within 24 hours mailed to say they couldn’t. “Well if you can’t then who can?” I ask “Beats us” they say.

Not buying this I dropped a line to my wonderful local MP Dr Lynne Jones who wrote to Ordnance Survey on my behalf and below is their reply. Shame about the result but now we know and hopefully something here for you pub quiz compilers:



Having been prompted by Dr Lynne Ordnance Survey sent the following too

The Rest!

Heights for cities in England based upon the average height of the points within a city boundary: