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.
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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?