Wednesday, December 12, 2007



Went to VE day celebrations in mother’s womb.
Don’t remember a thing.


They didn’t really happen over ‘ere.
Grey war films and Doris Day…until our parents read about Elvis and locked us up


Life began.
Beatles and Blackburn Rovers
Crossed Pennines to university - where there were great bands - Geno Washington, Animals, Spencer Davies, Kinks. Joe Cocker. Julie Driscoll,
Shame about the exams.


Marriage to Jaaaaazz fan.
Back over Pennines to Manchester.
Grew taller.

Taught in inner city comprehensive
Danced a lot.


'You were working as a waitress in a cocktail bar'.
Wore shoulder pads
Worked in city centre
Met Kev

Shouted *Maggie Maggie Maggie - Out Out Out!! *- a lot.


Lunatics took over my asylum
*Upstairs Downstairs* living arrangement


Stopped work ….. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!




Blogger MJ said...

Face it. You’ve had attention deficit problems right from the get-go otherwise you would have sat up and taken notice of VE Day.

I’ll be surprised if you have the patience to read this comment through to the end.

1:44 pm  
Blogger Geoff said...

Did you do the "Maggie Maggie Maggie" and the "Out Out Out"?

I always thought it was call and response.

1:50 pm  
Blogger Arabella said...

I giggle at Geoff's comment and then remember yes - I spent fucking years pounding around London and other cities, getting a sore throat, warming hands around picket braziers, trying to get rid of that bloody woman. Thank goodness for woolie hats.

1:57 pm  
Blogger homo escapeons said...


You are a love child of the universe. No less than the trees or movie stars, you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you. No doubt the universe is unravelling as it should.

1:59 pm  
Blogger garfer said...

Get back to work.

I don't pay my taxes (the ones I can't evade) to support the likes of you in your idle hedonistic lifestyles.

2:02 pm  
Blogger Rimshot said...

ah, for the day that I, too can say: "Stopped work ….. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!"

you're lucky.

2:02 pm  
Blogger Flaming Nora said...

What next for the new decade Kaz? And what will it be called? The tensies? The tensions?

2:58 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Spot on - my ADD is definitely getting worse .... now what were you on about?

We just wanted to make doubly sure she heard us.

Once we marched to reinstate some teachers from a local school - nothing to do with Thatcher - but we still shouted it all the way.

(Wipes tear from eye)
'Neither be cynical about leurve
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass'

Er (scratches head and considers carefully) - no - I don't think so.

I'm very very lucky.
But youthful persons like yourself should work - it keeps you out off the drink.

Tension is in my past.
Tens will do - but did we decide what to call this one?

4:29 pm  
Blogger Mopsa said...

This is so much more fun than the innumerable reviews of the year that we'll have to sneer over in the colour supplements.

4:58 pm  
Blogger ziggi said...

I never realised you were quite that old!

7:52 pm  
Blogger ziggi said...

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

7:53 pm  
Blogger Murph said...

We don't hear too much about Skip Bifferty these days.

Geno's Ram Jam Band running through the soul classics were brilliant!

9:24 pm  
Blogger Gordie said...

I used to work for Geno Washington's drummer. Feel like I know you better than ever before after reading this.

Blackburn Rovers? Brighton Top Rank? Does the name KenKnighton ring a bell?

12:16 am  
Blogger Rimshot said...

(blush) she called me 'youthful'!

12:20 am  
Blogger homo escapeons said...

ah they just don't write like that anymore...

"But do not distress yourself with imaginings, many fears are borne of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself,
and when I think about you
I touch myself."

6:41 am  
Blogger Dave said...

How unlike the home life of our own dear Queen.

7:47 am  
Blogger tony said...

Blackburn Rovers!!!?????
So some formative years were spent in God's County !

7:59 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

It'll all be 'The Ups and Downs of Gorgeous Gordon'.

Ha Ha Ha! The clue's in my url!
Your turn will come.

Never heard of him - you always manage to mystify me.
Life has been all downhill since that Geno Washington gig.

Hello Gordie:
Don't know Ken - but I used to go to Blackburn Top Rank every Saturday night.

It's all relative.

'Wholesome discipline' ??
Methinks you jest!

At least that's something to be grateful for.

God's County - yes.
I thought you knew I was a Chorley girl - and I lived on the road to Blackburn.

10:33 am  
Blogger Gordie said...

Ken is the only Rovers player I can remember from the Seventies. Of course, if I'd known you were a Chorley girl, I'd have said Paul Mariner.

Isn't the Blackburn Road the A666? Wonderful name...

12:23 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not anonymous actually, it's just that silly Blogger comments no longer recognises me, so.....
NiC says:

Ah, the Maggie Maggie Maggie throat twinges at the thought.

Mrs.LDNP was brought up on an earlier "Margaret Thatcher, Milk Snatcher" chant from being push-chaired through demos in early life and it has lived on ... our two teens will chant "Milk Snatcher" whenever the evil troll's name is mentioned and though they can tell you the reasoning behind the chant I don't think they really know who she was in her later years.

12:51 pm  
Blogger Betty said...

I think Julie Driscoll is responsible for the fact that, every few years, I decide to get my hair cut really short in the deluded belief that I'll look as cool as her. Of course, I don't, and it takes forever to grow back.

Can remember the celebrations in my office when Mrs T. finally was booted out after her thousand year reich ... happy days!

2:59 pm  
Blogger I, like the view said...


you are my idol, I hope you know that, Idler. . .

5:55 pm  
Blogger Old Wom Tigley said...

Hello Kaz.
What a great post. I loved the candle picture it real tells a story all by itself.
Thank you Kaz for the concern and well wishes you have sent me whilst I've been ill. A true blogging friend for sure.

Cheers luv.

6:36 pm  
Blogger Roses said...

At least you can say, you've not often been bored (except when reading my comments)

Damn girl, you know how to have fun!

8:13 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Yes - Paul Mariner. My cousin still supports Chorley even though he moved away in the 60s.

During the 'Milk Snatcher' period we were promised a new school to replace the ancient pile of bricks we were using.
As Education minister, she cancelled it at the same time as the school milk.
So my grudge goes back a very long way.

OOh Me too - I always wanted to look like Julie Driscoll .
But Betty surely you were still in your push chair when she was around.

'Idle Idol' - I love it,

Thanks - now get back to bed.

I edited the boring bits out.
Now I'm free I can edit them out of my life as well.

10:19 pm  
Blogger tony said...

you will know Darwin! i taught in Darwin once! Ah !

12:06 am  
Blogger stitchwort said...

Those of us born in the forties are now part of the history syllabus.
Kids nowadays can't imagine houses with no TV, no car, no central heating, no indoor plumbing...

11:51 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

I'm far too young to have known Darwin.
I've never been to Darwen ... or 'Darren' as they call it up there.

Ah Stitch:
It's great to hear from a contemporary ... sorry ... I know you're a bit younger than me.

12:24 pm  
Blogger The [Cherry] Ride said...

Yes, but are you still #1 for "Helen Mirren's Boobs"?? That is the question.

5:47 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

I most certainly am.
It's my one claim to fame.

8:20 am  
Blogger Gordie said...

Last night in the pub I dropped the name "Skip Bifferty" into the conversation. "Ah, Skip Bifferty" said Geoff the barman, with a smile.

Helen Mirren's boobs. Helping me become a man since 1975.

10:41 am  
Blogger Oswegan said...

Time flies.


7:40 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

We should form the 'Skip Bifferty' fan club (shouts up to Murph)- I've just seen it on the poster!

Sure does!

7:22 pm  
Blogger Midnight said...

I'm not really back in the swing of things yet with blogs, but just wanted to say thanks for the earlier post. But life begins at Blackburn Rovers? I find that hard to believe! Have a fab Christmas and maybe Europe on the horizon?!

12:22 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Good to see you back and in good form.

2:44 pm  

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