Tuesday, 29 June 2010

No Smoke without......

In 1965 Herb Alpert released Spanish Flea and in an end of term concert everyone in my primary school (at Highnam, Glos., UK), played along on an assortment of percussion instruments (castanets being by a long way the most popular), encouraged by a new and enlightened(?) headmaster.

The headmaster owned a Mini, was a magistrate and felt unable to explain adequately to precocious(?) me why a good and kind workfriend of my dad had been repatriated to Jamaica for possession of one "jazz cigarette" (as they were probably called in those relatively far off days).