I am very sad to hear of the death of Ginger Baker today at the age of 80. Ginger was Rock’s first superstar drummer and became an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Cream, of the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2008 and of the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame in 2016.
As a result of a DNA test conducted in Australia, I have recently been contacted by previously unknown cousins from whom I acquired copies of two photographs of my young father. Coincidentally, these arrived at about the time that would have been his birthday and also in the run-up to the 75th anniversary of D-Day. I was therefore bound to be thinking of my father and in particular his involvement in WW2.
Recently, in social media, I was asked to recount a particular anecdote from my schooldays. If a story is worth telling, then it may as well be told in its entirety. In order to make this longer story accessible to all interested parties, I decided to post it on this site.
On hearing the sad news that civil liberties campaigner Darcus Howe died today (aged 74), there are personal reasons why I will be remembering Darcus. At the same time, l will especially be thinking of my former student Yvonne Ruddock, her brother Paul and her young friends ….