Yes - Chingford. I was brought up there until I was about 18, at which time my parents decided they were moving to Norfolk but not taking me. I had no steady job at the time, although I had joined the Merchant Navy a couple of years previously. I spent another 3 years in the Navy and then came back to London.
Born in Chelmsford Hospital. Not quite a cockney!
After the Navy, I did some driving jobs for a year and then was lucky enough to get a job delivering TVs at Radio Rentals. From there I trained to become a TV Engineer and progressed through various departments to work in Technical Development.
After 20 years in this field, I was made redundant and my next job was in Technical Support for computers and software. I was made redundant a further two times, then retrained as an Energy Surveyor. I did that for a couple of years and now I'm semi-retired.
Cider, but only a decent one. I also like red wine.
Sitting in a pushchair outside my house. I must have been quite young, because I can remember seeing my mum who died when I was 3 years old.
I think it was 'Runaway' by Del Shannon. There was just something about him I liked.
No, I lost it ages ago.
I went to a few gigs at Walthamstow Granada while I was at school. I saw lots of artists there. I remember being blown away by Roy Orbison's voice. He was headlining a package tour with Freddie and The Dreamers (what a nutcase Freddie was..!)
I can also remember seeing The Searchers that night - I was a big Searchers fan and probably went mainly to see them as I wasn't really into Roy Orbison, but saying that; what a fantastic voice he had!
This is a flyer for the very night I'm talking about: September 14th 1963.
...and here's a Flickr link to a set of scanned images of the tour programme. They were brilliant shows in those days - so many top acts on one bill!!
I think I went there two or three times in total. Another time I saw Del Shannon and I think I saw Brenda Lee - possibly on the same show.
I worked for 2 hours in a slaughterhouse once. The Youth Employment Agency asked me if I would like to work with animals. What they forgot to mention was that they were dead animals. There were a lot of gruesome sights there which I didn't mind so much, it was the handling of stuff that I didn’t like.
I used to be in a specialist team when I worked at Radio Rentals. We did the TV monitors at special occasions. I did two Royal events at St Paul's Cathedral - Charles & Di's wedding and the Queen Mother's 80th birthday celebration.
I've had guitars since my teens, with a few hiatuses along the way. I only recently took up bass. I had tried to dabble a little bit in the past but never seriously. I think I like it because it has fewer strings to worry about, but also I enjoy working out nice bass lines. I watch and listen to the bass players at the jam and have picked up a few tips along the way. I was left some money last year, so I indulged myself with a brand new Fender American Jazz Bass. (see "Favourite instruments" further down)
Sort of. I played the 'riffy' bits in a heavy blues rock band and then played in a Country band for a while, but neither band went anywhere. Hardly surprising really.
What really did it for me was when I accidentally walked into a Rory Gallagher (Taste) gig at The Manor House. A couple of friends and I were walking along outside and heard music so we went in for a look. I was mesmerised by his playing! After that, I regularly went there and to other local venues such as The Cooks Ferry in Edmonton and The Red Lion at Leytonstone. I saw lots of brilliant bands.
I like classical guitar - I think that's probably the hardest type of guitar music to play. I also like some Folk music. Some pop is OK. Anything that sounds nice really, no matter what style.
Johnny Winter - he's probably my favourite.
Gary Moore - I saw him a few times in different bands.
Stevie Ray Vaughan - I got into his music only a couple of years before he was killed.
Taj Mahal, T Bone Walker, Albert Collins, Albert King. Too many others to mention.
I like Ana Vidovic - probably because she's beautiful, as well as a great classical guitarist. I love Eva Cassidy - if you analyse her voice, she did some great things with it. James Taylor, Cara Dillon - I've seen her a couple of times live. She has a very pure voice.
Unfortunately not - except, of course, at the Blues Jam. There are so many good musicians there and it's a privilege to have the opportunity to play with them.
(Use the highlighted links to see images of the instruments)
Too many to mention!
The birth of my son.
A lot of great music for a very small sum of money with some very talented people.
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble playing live at The El Macambo. I've got the DVD though!
A Canon EOS 1DX Digital SLR camera (can I have some memory cards too please?)
Not to judge others too hastily.
I can't, I'm sworn to secrecy.