Table of Contents
Aunties (of the paternal kind)
Axel & Damia
“Ben” & Those Devon Churches
Brit Girls Of The Sixties
Dutiful Dogs & Cats
George Formby & His Leading Ladies
In Ted Robledo’s Bed!
Joan Regan & Peggy Lee
Misery At The Mason’s Arms
Paris & La Chanson
Portugal & The Fado
Retribution Can Sometimes Be Such Fun!
Richard III/Roger Normand
Russians & “Vladimir”
Sipping Schnapps With Gunther
That Smiths Singer & The Queen Mother
Valentino & The Windy City
Work Study Officer
Zeffirelli & Maria Callas
I’ve been around. One benefit of my life is that I never settled down. To date there have been nineteen homes and aside
from Grange Farm, where I lived twice, once I left a place I never returned. Thus those I left behind have not changed because I was never there to watch them grow old or leave this world. This made writing these memoirs that much easier, though I have had
to think long and hard who or what I should include here, and who or what I should not. In the end I decided to write everything and be damned, and to change a few names here and there to save a few blushes—primarily my own.
had highs and lows, success, and thankfully and most gratefully in my professional life not that much failure. I’ve loved and lost, experienced joy and pain in equal measure, had friends and lovers who were ordinary men and women, and a few who were
famous—if not bordering on the infamous. I’ve lived life to the full to make up for the miseries of my youth, but even then I grasped life with both hands to get me through the horrors of living with an abusive father.
it not for the adoration and my need to protect my mother from this man, I would have been dead years ago. I guess that makes me a survivor. When I love, I do so unconditionally, but I bear grudges and when I hate—which is not often, and only under extreme
duress—it is with every fibre in my being, which I guess makes me a formidable enemy. Have I told the truth, from A to Z? Yes, I have! And would I do it all again, the good and the bad? You bet! Well, most of it!