Skilled and semi-skilled in various technical areas.
The Internet is a surprising thing. This month I discovered that I’m in the top three percent overall at Ask Different, which tickles me because: (a) I have no idea when I got there (was I ever higher? I’m the opposite of a rep whore) and (b) I began switching away from Apple products (ceased spending significant time at Ask Different) around three years ago
:-? so maybe I’ll remain in a top something-or-other long after I pop my clogs
The Internet is a surprising, ticklish thing. Today I discovered that the Honky Tinkers have a presence. I played keyboards, quite badly, in the band’s early days. I like to think that they became “one of the hottest live acts” in the area only after they were freed from the sounds created by my chipolata fingers … I have a vague recollection of one or two gigs, many rehearsals, and when I left the band: I had to pay a passing schoolchild £1 – no more (I was that hard-up) – to help me carry the keyboard (portable but obscenely heavy – Fender Rhodes or Hohner Clavinet?) – from the rehearsal studio to the nearest bus stop. Southend-on-Sea, Essex, 1980s. £1. Rock … and … roll.
Fast forward from Essex to East Sussex. I was a founding member of City of Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus (CBGMC), left after a couple of years or so. For the me the highlight was probably a 2006 performance, The Cuckoo Sings.
Before I got hooked on the Internet, I had time for more practical technical stuff. Working on a 1960s Hillman Super Minx was good fun. Enough space under the bonnet for me to have my legs inside the engine compartment whilst sat on the front nearside wing, changing the head gasket.