There will be a 2nd election, regarding stay or leave the EU


The E.U. Referendum


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There have been many assumptions & assersions from both sides concerning leaving or remaining.

Labours claims, Workers Rights will be protected if we remain, the National Health Service will be protected if we remain.The E.U. gave equality to Women in the work place.All incorrect.

Images of Belgium & French striker demonstations

Fact: In both Belgium & France, workers rights are under attack from their respective Governments. Belgium is introducing austerity measures bringing cuts to wages, the legal system. There are strikes & workers demonstations in protest at these cuts, even Judges are contemplating striking at proposed legal cuts, no mention of this on British media .

France has introduced measures to make it easier for employers to sack workers, make them work longer hours than those already agreed, or cut workers hours should there be a temporary drop in orders. If a worker is unfairly dismissed at present, the employer is heavily fined. Under new proposals , any fines would be derisory. 1.3 Million took part in demonstrations last week , there were violent clashes with Security Police , stretching Police resourses who were alreadt stretched with both the Footbal & possible Terrorist attacks. Again no mention on British Media        All this makes Labour’s claims,  workers rights will be protected by remaining , as a complete falsehood.

We have been a member of the Common Market since 1974. From the 1980’s , the Health Service, has been under attack with cuts, privatisation, being a Member of the E.U.  has not prevented this, so the claim we will be protecting our N.H.S. is false

Since the end of the 70’s & through the 80’s to present time , we have seen Utilities sold off, [privatised] Gas, Electricity, Railways, Post Office, with cuts to wages & working conditions, Our  E.U. membership has’nt prevented this. The only people to benefit, were friends of the Tories.

Immigration, is being used as a smoke screen. Certainly with the initial influx of Eastern European workers, particularly in the Building Trade some years ago, there was a detrimental effect to British skilled workers wages, this was caused by a greater number in the work pool , meaning employers held the whip hand, & could lowere wages accordingly. Five years ago I worked night shift for a National Bus company. The work force consisted of Argentinean, Latvian, Portugese Polish, Hungarian, co-workers, the most pleasant bunch of colleagues you could wish for. The one thing that came out in conversation, was the wages they received in Britain were so far in excess of what they were receiving in their home country,in one case , 5 times more,. Initially, they felt like millionaires,  when they received their first weeks wages , a quote from one of my co-workers

In Britain, under the Tories, we have had to suffer severe austerity cuts for the last five years or more, cuts, zero wage increase, wage cuts to public sector workers. Cuts to the Fire Service, Border Control, Immigration Service, Council services, Refuse Collectors ,cuts to Nurses & other Hospital Workers.According to the Guardian 25th April 2016 West Midlands Fire Service, faces 46% cut to it’s budget. Being in the E.U.  has’nt prevented this.



The E.U. did not give British women equal rights in the work place. This right was won by the Unions, & the Labour Government in the early 70’s. It was won by the sacrifice of British workers , industrial action,& workers presenting their case to Acas. Remember the women in the Ford Motor Company, who after a prolonged strike, finally won their case for equal pay, Nothing to do with our membership of the E.U.







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Just wanted to share
My first club experience, was the Black Cat in Woolwich, opposite Woolwich Arsenal station. This was about 1963, Music was mostly the Mersey sound & pop chart. And plenty of girls to slow dance with.
My friends lived around the Shooters Hill area, so the next club we frequented was the Inferno, a wooden shed at the end of a dead end road on the borders of Welling & Bexleyheath.
Tracks I remember, Sugar Shack, The Purple Pill Eater, Chuck Berry. The music was drug enough to keep me dancing all night, well til 11 pm when it closed, & time to get the bus home.
During my apprenticeship at Wm Cory’s in Charlton, I worked with Mad Fred, a rocker with a 650 Bonny. He was in his teens, when I mentioned the Inferno, he said “Oh yea, I spent 12 months in Borstal for blowin that up, with weed killer and sugar”. The reason for this action, “he didn’t like Mods”. A great guy, but a completely reckless biker, gave me a lift home one night, as we approached the Charlton to Woolwich main crossroads, he didn’t slow down but went full speed across the junction, after that I caught the bus home.
It was during one of these Inferno nights, I met a new group of guys, never seen them before. One guy, Eric, asked if I fancied clubbing up West, when the Inferno finshed, he also told me I would need some Blues to keep me going. I bought 4 at a shilling each
We drove up West, parked up in this cobbled yard (Ham Yard). Just being around Soho at midnight with places still open at midnight, & hundreds of people milling around was exciting enough, as a 16 year old.
We queued up outside The Scene, at the top of the stairs. As the queue slowly wended it’s way downstairs, a flight of about 8 steps, turning sharp left, a further 10 or 12 more. At the bottom pinned to the walls, were LP covers, the one that stood out for me was Huey Piano Smith’s, Rocking Pneumonia, which I later bought.


I remember haggling with the bouncers over entry price, can’t remember what we eventually paid. we paid our money through a small window, to an attractive, but old (probably mid twenties) blonde female. Once the money was handed over, we were pushed through the first door into a small dimly lit space facing another door, everything seemed to be painted black. It was through this second door we were shoved & the music deafened you, assailng your ears, at first it seemed you had been pitched into complete darkness. The atmosphere was unbelieveably exciting, it was so dark, you could barely make out peoples faces. To the right, in the corner, was a small glass fronted DJ cubicle. The only lighting for the whole dance floor came from his small convex shaped cubicle. Straight in front, in the middle of the floor was a 2 ft dia vertical support beam from floor to ceiling, and to the left of this at ceiling height, dangled a mirrored disco ball. Situated on the left wall was the stage with a piano, this was curtained off. Under the piano, a couple were getting friendly, on the far left hand wall, were small curtained cubicles with seating for two people. We followed the crowd to the far left hand corner into a long passage. On reaching the front of the queue, it turned out this passage led to the cloack room. I realised I had been blindly following the crowd, as I didn’t have a coat to deposit, just as well, because in the morning there were several arguments over lost leathers & suedes (nicked).INSIDE THE SCENE ham yard.gif
The record being played, as I blindly followed this queue, was La la la by the Blendells, I had never heard music like this before, amazing, the trumpet wah wah break, after being daily bombarded with pop, Mersey sound guitar groups and this new sound was on the off beat, totally mind blowing. It’s impossible to describe the mixed feelings of fear & excitement invoked being in this deafening dark cavern. From now on, The Scene, was to become our regular Fri. or Sat. night venue, couldn’t afford two cosecutive nights. The music was underground, never played on Radio 1, only pirate radio stations. We were the in crowd, as Dobie Gray put it. Every week, we were treated to Doris Troy, Rufus Thomas, Betty Everitt, James Brown, Night Train, Jacky lee, The Swim, The Duck, Little Walter, Tommy Tucker, Otis Redding, Major Lance, Alvin Cash, Impressions, Jimmy McGriff, Don Covay, Folks Brothers and the list goes on. And of course all the fantastic Mowtown… Velvelettes, Marvalettes, Temps, Tops, several early Mowtown tracks being issued on Statesideoutside the scene.jpg
One night I had been on one of my West End wanders, when I returned to the club, I noticed 4 Black Maria buses with dark tinted windows, lined up in Great Windmill Street. Not realising the significance, I made my way to The Scene entrance, only to be turned away by burly police officers, my friends were still inside, so panic set in. As I waited, the whole Scene was evacuated, with most of the club goers being marched onto the waiting buses, to be driven to West End Central police station. My mates emerged being allowed to go, because they claimed to be eighteen or over, one of my friends “H” claimed that when the raid began, & all the police piled into the club, the lights went up, everyone was lined up, boys on one side, girls on the other, & told to strip to their underwear ready for drug search, not sure if this was true, as “H” was known for exaggeration. At first The Scene didn’t finish until 7 am, but as time went on, sometimes they would throw us out at 5 or 6 am. We would make our way round to Tiles, I think it was in Oxford St. a weird club, from the entrance, you walked down a long, wide aisled staircase, with long tables and bench seats either side of the aisle. The stairs finished at the bottom, there was a tiny dance floor, wouldn’t hold more than 10 people, and the DJ table, he always seemed to be playing Sue label, Frankie Ford, “Sea Cruise” etc. Another after club venue was the Blue Rooms, no idea where this was. I remember a tiny coffee bar, whose entrance was a flap in the pavement, you walked down a short wooden staircase about 6 rungs, it was probably on old pub cellar entrance where draymen rolled the barrels down into the pub cellar. The coffee bar was quite cramped but had a brilliant juke box collection of sounds.
Before going up West, we would go to the Apples & Pears, a brand new pub situated just off The Old Kent Rd. Brilliant DJ (who’s trade was a diamond cutter) The pub used to get so packed that on reaching the bar, we would order a crate of beer if we were staying for the night. It was also the place to score your Blues prior to going up West.IMG_1014APPLES AND PEARS.png
Other clubs we frequented, were the El Partido near the clock tower in lewisham, a converted Victorian three storey house, just an ordinary front door, as you made your way upstairs to the first floor, the darkened dance area played Motown & Soul, the next floor up was Blue Beat, Ska, the top floor was well lit with canteen tables & chairs set out, with tea, coffee & soft drinks being served. I remember sitting there one night, looking out the window you could see the roof of the buildings across the street. I noticed the opposite roofs which had a parrapet surround, every now & then police helmets would appear over the parrapet, thought it must’ve been the drugs I’d taken, but then the whole club was filled with police. The floor of the canteen was filled with little packets & little blue pills, from where everyone had thown them from their pockets, before the drug search took place.
Another club we visited after Scene chucked out was in Bromley near the station, music was all Ska & Reggae, can’t remember the name. A couple of times we went to Slough or Windsor (memory fade) to a club called the Rik Tik, it was done out like castle dungeons or caves, I remember seeing Geogie Fame playing solo, without the Blue Flames.
Summers were spent caravaning in Clacton, Rosebanks, Highfields, St Osyths. Driving into Clacton, heading for the Royal, for a relaxing pint. When the pub closed it was round to Fred’s Cafe opposite the underground public toilets. Fred had all Soul, Mowtown, as well as regular chart sounds, one coffee would last several hours while we spent the time chatting listening to the music. Fred’s was a Mod hangout full of Londoners, where tribal differences were left behind. We got chatting to a 10 strong group of Mile Enders. The look of horror on my mates faces, when being asked where I was from, and I replied Woolwich. One of our gang lived in Surrey Docks, Deptford should have been my reply apparently, sounds more hard. Big Lou, & Kenny Woo, were two names I recall of the Mile End gang, we had to follow their car convoy to Chelmsford one night where we were going to turn over the local dance hall, can’t remember the details, but we never reached our destination, pulling birds, not fighting, was our forte. I was happy & relieved not to reach our destination. The Clacton local boys hated our annual visits, their girls were attracted to our mod dress & rebel like behaviour.
The drug scene was mostly either amphetamines or hash, depending whether you wanted to dance all night, or sit at home with your mates, listening to music. At the Black Cat one night, early 1963, some guys came in, & asked if we wanted any purple hearts for thruppence each, a few weeks later the price had risen to sixpence ( 2 1/2 pence). Once the drug companies realised these curved-edged triangle pills were being used by the Mods for weekly recreation, the shape was changed to circular, thus the name change to French Blues, Black Bombers, long capsules were an alternative . By the time I started taking pills, the price had risen to a shilling each, this price remained for several years. For those who smoked, you could buy a small block of Hash, about 3mm square for 2s-6d or 5 shillings, memory fade again. This block would make one good joint for three people, lasting a good one hour’s music listening pleasure.

Have you recently taken up the free upgrade to Windows 10 ?
Experienced, printer not working, music files dissapeared,or mysteriously jumping, other programs giving problems ?

You are not alone. I assumed it was due to my lack of computer skills.
But no, of the people I discussed this with, the last one, who’s husband is a computer programmer, have all had similar experiences.

To date I hav’nt seen any notifications or updates from Windows, addressing these gliches.

please contact Windows through their “feedback” facilities, expressing your concerns & dissatisfaction & hopefully they will come up with the neccessary repairs



Roll on the snow. Since the killings in Paris, every news bulletin, discussion program, is focussing solely on the Paris attrocities.
It is no longer simply to report the incident, but, because of it’s constant repeating, must be for propaganda reasons, to incite knee jerk reaction, to get public support for escallating, the continuing bombing of the Middle East.

While sympathy and condolences for those killed and injured is natural, the reaction on facebook, where everyone seemed to change their profile page, to include the French Tricolor,there was a conspicuous absense of the Lebanese flag, showing the same sympathy, for the 240 injured and 40 people killed in the terrorist bombing in Beirut the day before.
Why ? , because it would’nt have the desired effect on British public opinion
Articles are beginning to appear on public media sites expressing news bias, I refer to the article by Belen Fernandez []
Another interesting article, Truth in Media: The Origin of ISIS [The Revolution video]explains how America helped train and arm some members of ISIS. Again, never reported in any regular media newscasts.

The conflict in Syria, America has a problem with President Assad, solution, train, arm, finance an army to overthrow him. Reports in the British media, referred to these armed insurgents as “anti government rebels” such a pleasant term. Weapon carrying groups who try to overthrow the recognised government are Terrorists, not “rebels” Another example of media propaganda.

For me, the most upsetting and graphic incident , never reported by British tv or press, was the killing of unarmed civilians including two camera carying Reuters reporters, followed by the shooting of two children in a van, driven by their father, who had arrived to pick up the dead and wounded. [JOHNPILGER.COM..The War You Don’t See] This happened in Baghdad in 2007. The final part of this video, shows an American serviceman who arrived on the scene with his patrol, and tries to get the children evacuated to an American hospital, but his request is denied


An American kills a lion, an unneccessary slaying.

Social media get wind of it, suddenly the story goes viral, the perpetrator receives death threats, the story is covered on world T.V.  news broadcasts. He receives World condemnation,

Iraelis invade Gaza, using tanks, bulldozers, superior weapons against stone throwing protestors.The city is completely obliterated,leaving civilians dead & wounded, & 10s of thousands homeless

U.K. & good old US of A. invade Iraq & Afghanistan. kill 10s of thousands of innocent, women,children & civilians

Luckily no lions were killed during these invasions .