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In the Mists of Time!


I was having a couple of weeks break over the past fortnight and decided to try and digitise some more of my  slides & negs. However, I didn’t have that much success!

One of my main problems is this. For as long as I can remember I have been a Nikon user, so much so that when I needed a slide and negative scanner, I automatically chose a Nikon. And very good it has been as well except, when I tried to update the software and drivers etc, I was very politely informed that Nikon do not make scanners anymore and hence, there is no updates to the software! Now I fully understand about product loyalty, but I wonder what the head(s) at Nikon think about Customer Loyalty? Or does that not exist anymore at that level? Perhaps they expect their distributors to handle that tricky end of the deal!

Having said all that, here is a dreadful pic of a wonderful occasion. The original slide is perfect but the scan which I had to do on my all-in-one ain’t so good. The occasion was the first photo session of a brand new idea and invention in percussion, specifically Arbiter Auto-Tune Drums. This pic shows l-to-r, Ivor Arbiter the inventor and Music Industry legend, me (with a droop face as I am suffering from Bells Palsy at the time) and the great Carl Palmer, he of ELP holding a Snare Drum. Carl was a tremendous help during the final stages of testing the equipment, as was many other fine drummers including Jon Hiseman who toured the kit all over Europe with his various bands, Coliseum II. and Tempest with the late and great Irish guitarist Gary Moore. I guess the photo was taken around 1977/8.

Ivor Arbiter, Mark Goodwin & Carl Palmer

Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia


Live 05 DVD

I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of this DVD from my very old friend Jon Hiseman, Barbara’s husband a couple of months ago, but unfortunately I have been so busy that I have not had the time to sit down and watch and listen until today.

It is a live recording of a concert the band did in Stuttgart and I have to say I was absolutely Blown Away!

Barbara who was awarded an OBE for her services to the music industry was unfortunately diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease  a few years ago and Jon, being the guy he is, said he wanted to get Barbara recorded before it was too late. Jon and Barbara first met when they were teenagers, and have been together ever since.

I am not worthy to actually review this album, suffice to say the music is soul lifting, you have to go and get a copy. I’m not sure if it is for sale in the shops but a quick visit to  www.temple music    will give you the details. I should mention that I am not on any commission here good readers, just spreading the word and waving the flag for great British music.