By Pip SmithIdyllic may be a bit strong, but a good life yes. Widy and Tiwi are a blessing, but live in Jakarta and we are an 18 hour bus journey away. Which leads me to extending the offer to you and all who knew me, to stay with us in our mountain retreat. Its close to Jogja (Yogyakarta) which I think is the nicest city in Indonesia, which also means that its close to Candi Borobudur and even closer to Candi Prambanan. Nevertheless it is very remote, no bars, no western food, no supermarkets, no doctors, no transport to speak of, poor mobile and internet coverage, but beautiful and peaceful (see photo).
By Alison HHey Pip
Great to hear back from you. No it’s not me who knows Kipper so you have other followers ha ha
You wouldn’t remember me from back then anyway because I was shy and quiet unlike the gobby chatterbox I am now
Love your comment about how you used to park at the side of the van that Derek used to be in at Wigan without realising it. My memory is not what it is used to be either but I’m sure it was Derek I was with when we called round at your flat, I can’t think who else I would have been with. Next time I see Derek I’ll grill him ha ha
Oh my goodness your life over in Indonesia sounds idyllic & the girls sound an absolute hoot. I bet life is never dull with them around.
Great to see you still have a love of Soul Music and it’s lovely that Widy is showing an interest too. If only Widy could see how you packed that dancefloor at Bradford, that would be something eh.
Your wedding picture is beautiful!!. Melly is stunning and the girls are just as beautiful as their Mum. You don’t carry the Sarong as well as David Beckham did but I guess he didn’t have a knife stuck down the back of his ... It’s a truly gorgeous photo of you all!!
I’m happy that you’ve found a wonderful life over there.
By Pip SmithHello Alison. Yes its definitely me I lived in Rusholme (Curry Mile), Manchester. Although previously I had lived in Chellow Dean in Bradford! I have no recollection of Derek coming round to my flat. I recently posted that I also had no idea that he was in the yellow Wakefield Tree Surgeons van that I always parked next to outside Wigan. Alison are you the person that knows my mate Kipper, he tells of someone who he went up Blackpool Tower with that knew me? Sorry for the terrible amnesia.
But I am very well and live up a mountain in Java with my wife Melly. However, right now I am at our other house in Jakarta with Melly's daughter's Widy and Tiwi. Widy and I are listening to Dave Thorley's Crossing the Tracks. Widy rides a Vespa and all her friends keep asking me if I know all these people who dj a bit of soul around Jakarta, and honestly I don't. Maybe that amnesia again?
By Alison HHey Pip !
You probably won’t remember me but I’m a friend of Derek Pearson’s and came back to your place in Manchester (Uni area) after a nighter (I think) many years ago with Derek. I hope you’re well?
I still have all the brilliant cassette’s you did at Bradford Queens Hall “Rita, Sue & Dove too..” “Season’s of a Dove” and the others. They were a quality addition to my soul journey down those sweaty stairs so thank you.
I truly hope this message finds you safe & well?
All the best
By puwYes, now you've put a rough time on 'my going', I would say I must have been going there '84-'85 - may have been a bit earlier. I'm actually trying to build a timeline of all the venues (where and when) I went, so many venues between Lanc's., Yorks. & Midlands after the Casino shut & through to late '99 (difficult as I left the UK over 20 years ago & lost contact with so many).
I would say yes to the Friday nighters. I literally only recall a few people's names (first) who went at that time and only saw and connected with them there.
I know I've read other people's recollections of going to the above pictured location/time, just don't know when that was, when it closed and when the nighters began again (but now you've given me a good idea).