Radio was playing Something In The Air

Something In The Air by Thunderclap Newman, with heavy involvement of The Who’s Pete Townshend, was the UK’s No. 1 for 3 weeks in July 1969.

It is indelibly etched in my mind, aged 10, as I listened to it crossing Blackheath to Christ’s College school, radio clamped to my right ear in the bright sunshine. These images and sensations can stay with you forever, like Proust’s Madeleine Cake (and Monty Python’s summary thereof).

Here is me,(far left) in the Christ’s College football team posing in front of the red front door:

Here is the school:

The pond in the foreground was the scene of a school nature trip involving tadpoles, jam jars and string. A bundle of boys developed on the heath, trapping my jam jar. I pulled and pulled on the string, the jam jar was freed and hit my mouth, leaving the front tooth  chipped, and also  leading to an emergency trip home from work for my mum to take me to hospital.

Happy days, ha ha!


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