As a Mancunian fan of the Smiths born 10 days after the author, the book had a resonance with me and I enjoyed it. It captures the early atmosphere of the working class city that was to spawn Joy Division, The Buzzcocks and The Fall amongst many others.
It’s very much an autobiography of a man living with depression and Asperger’s yet still living a full life. He has been a successful musician, studio producer, landscape gardener, IT systems administrator and cafe & nightclub owner. And he has struggled with relationships throughout his life going through four marriages.
The fact that he was the bassist in the world famous band seems secondary although I’m sure Smiths fans will be interested by his insights into Morrissey and Johnny Marr’s personalities. Dale didn’t get on with Morrissey and found him ‘aloof and extremely quiet’ – even when they shared a motorbike ride. Johnny Marr on the other hand is a typical outgoing Mancunian full of swagger and it was he who invited Dale to be the bassist with the fledgling Smiths until he was replaced by Andy Rourke 6 months later. It was Johnny Marr who broke the news to Dale in November 1982 after The Smiths had played their first ever gig. The author claims to this day he doesn’t know the reason for his departure but seems convinced that it was Steven’s (as Morrisey insisted on being called) decision.
A young woman may need your help now but don’t offer it if you are expecting something in return. The flashbacks you are experiencing are the result of the LSD you took as a teenager so you will have to put up with them. Think carefully about who you vote for.
Sagittarius 23 Nov – 21 Dec
Now is a good time to reassess your political leanings bearing in mind that we are all interlinked and need each other. A good time to distance yourself from all forms of exploitation and to be nice to anyone you meet.
Capricorn 22 Dec – 20 Jan
You may find yourself financially embarrassed this month but don’t worry as help will come along just when you least expect it. Stop chasing happiness as it will come to you. A man with a moustache may surprise you with one of his attributes.
Aquarius 21 Jan – 19 Feb
A friend with a windy bottom may teach you a valuable lesson next week. It is a good time to start cooking for yourself and putting the money you save towards a much needed holiday. Your hair needs urgent attention.
From our small roots we are growing into a reputable online magazine with a growing readership. As with other magazines both online and in printed form we would hope to generate some much needed revenue from Advertising. This is scheduled to happen possibly late this year or early next year. In the interim we are offering FREE advertising within From The Horse’s Mouth eMagazine. This advertising is going to be free for a limited time to those people that contact Dean with a small advert detailing their service, web URL’s and how to get in touch. Video can also be included.
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I have been reading this magazine for just over a year now, having picked up the details from a leaflet in a Todmorden café and admired the initiative and the sentiment behind the magazine, a sort of therapeutic outlet.
I have enjoyed the very eclectic mix of articles and interviews with random people, all of whom have their story to tell so I hope that you don’t mind me adding to that mix.
Just recently I have been writing a blog upon a subject which has been near and dear to me for fifty years, that of music and to be more specific that of rock and roll music.
I enjoy other forms of music but it is this genre that really has been with me all my life. You only have to hear a piece of music for it to transport you to a place in your mind or a time. Memories of good times and the circumstances of your life, way back when, instantly spring to mind triggered by that piece of music.
John, can you tell me a bit about yourself? I’m 44. I was born in Leeds, in England, but I am of Chinese origin. I have lived in the UK for most of my life although when I was about 5, I spent two years in Hong Kong as my parents went to work in a Chinese restaurant in Belgium – and I was left with grandparents. My dad was the first to come to England when he was 16.
Did he come on his own? Yes he came to England to support his family (my grandparents never worked). After a few years, he went back to Hong Kong where he met my mum – they then married and came back to England together.
From Rumbie Mapanga
Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said: “I see a branch of an almond tree.” Then the LORD said to me: “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.” (Jeremiah 1:11-12 NKJV)
One of the questions I have been asked after writing about fear, was how one can overcome fear in the middle of adversity? How do you keep on going when life keeps on taking from you? When it’s all apparent to the naked eye that you are not educated enough to get a well- paid job, when your friends and family tell you to quit because it’s too hard for you. When your haters are laughing and saying you will never amount to anything. What do you do when it seems like there is no hope?
INTERVIEW ABOUT AUTISM WITH ILLONA AND PETER METCALFE
I understand that you have brought up an autistic child – can you tell me a bit about autism?
(Illona) Autism is a condition where a person has deficits in communication, imagination and social issues – they lack interaction with other people. If people have two or more of these deficits, they are categorised as being autistic. Our son Aiden has deficits in all three areas so he’s unable to imagine himself in someone else’s position – but having said this, when he was a young child he had periods where he thought he was Peter Pan and he actually fell off of a banister and hurt his head. Read More of this article here
Don’t be afraid of being labelled a geek if you’re following your passion. Someone who used to sniff glue at school may come back into your life and now be a respectable member of the community.
Sagittarius 23 Nov – 21 Dec
If you meet an antique dealer this month challenge them to do something creative themselves – instead of just being a parasite living off of poorly paid craftsmen and women. An old friend may die this month leaving a temporary void in your life.
Capricorn 22 Dec – 20 Jan
A driving examiner may show you that they can act like a human being this month. Someone who is partially sighted may astound you with their knowledge of classical music. A child may need your help at this time.
Aquarius 21 Jan – 19 Feb
A woman with a twitch may swear in your presence but don’t be alarmed as she may have Tourette’s syndrome and mean nothing by it. Consider booking a trip to a hot destination so you can show off your winter gym work.
The From The Horse’s Mouth Art Competition winners have been decided.
It was a great competition with plenty of entries and we will be organising another one in the future, so subscribe to this blog in order not to miss out.
In First Place Samuel Butterworth who wins the £100 (well done):
From The Horse’s Mouth Art Competition First Prize
In Second Place with a Prize of £50, James Gaukroger:
From The Horses Mouth 2nd Prize Competition Winner
In Joint Third Place, my friend and fantastic Photographer, Linda Hodges:
Linda Hodges – Joint 3rd Prize Competition Winner
The Other Third Place Winner C Jordan:
From The Hores’s Mouth Joint 3rd PLace
And Finally there was an encouragement award to one of the youngest entrants at only seven years old. Well done Elliot