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  1. Wasnt former President Carter the guy on the subs who opened the portholes to let some fresh air in while the sub was underwater? And the present President Bush didnt he send troops into Iraq after imaginary W.M.D.s like our own former Prime Minister Blair? Bloody politicians, now if Pete Townshend was P.M. with Roger Daltrey as Chancellor, oh what fun there really would be 'fighting in the streets', LOL Just joking Nige A Democratic Socialist (BUT NOT A COMMUNIST)
  2. Cheers, your support is much appreciated. I would never trespass on anyone's property, after all, I would not like to have a stranger on my front door or in my home. Although, I actually have 2 sons (the eldest has been a Zep fan since he was a toddler must have been all that Led Zep in the car when his mom was pregnant. I brainwashed him ) and my 2nd wife is falling more and more for the magic of Led Zep and 'Raising Sand'. Must say though in reply to 'Not that I really matter. I'm just another bloke'. None of us are just another bloke or girl, we are all in our own ways cabable of making this world a better place for all, therefore we all matter, we just have to try. All the best Nige An eternal optimist.
  3. My soon to be 21 year old eldest son is named Richard. No, not after 'Richie Cunningham' on 'Happy Days' . But, Richard 'Coeur de Lion', who while an absent King of England, was one of the greatest warriors of his time. I also wanted a link to my family's Norman/English roots (12th Century) and didnt like the name William or other Norman options. Robert, my youngest was named after Robert Plant and also 'Robert The Bruce'. As my then other half was Scots and like me a Led Zep fan with Rob Plant being a hero and 'The Bruce' epitomising the patience and strength of Scotland, Robert was chosen. If I ever have a third son he will be called Αλέξανδρος AKA Alexander, because he will be Great . Cheers Nige
  4. Thanks for the kind words and advice. IMO parents should try thinking back to their own youth a bit more and remembering not just how they were but how their friends and other teens once were. I was from 16 onwards a Rocker/Biker (although my next door neighbours when I was a teen thought I was a Hells Angel, I wasnt). As the song says 'I drank my wine and smoked my stuff' (not when out riding though) but didnt attack old ladies, minorities etc. Just chased a few Mods and Skins as The Who's classic film 'Quadrophenia' was a big influence on us back then. But we all grow up to some degree. I now look back with nostalgia on my youth and thank the Lord my parents gave me the freedom and knowledge to enjoy life, not to judge by appearances and take responsibility for my actions. Cheers Nige
  5. Unfortunately due to family circumstances, mine not Robert Plant's, I was unable to get the autograph. But will keep it in mind and try to get it in the future. Any success and I will let the Forum know. All the best Nige
  6. I live right on the western edge of the English conurbation known as the West Midlands and we do have a lot of social problems as you Zep fans do in the U.S.A. and most other countries. These towerblocks from Led Zep IV were a notorious place for drugs and the associated violence (something like I guess 'the projects' are in New York). Which is why the Council demolished 2 out of 3 but I would guess they kept the one as state built housing is rare these days in England. Thanks to Maggie's government in the 80s and later governments cutting social housing projects back to almost nothig. I always intended to buy my own property but it is well outside my range now. For example my parents 3 bedroom semi was worth around £15,000 in 1980. Now its worth over £150,000. As far as I know, they are now well kept by the tenants and the drug problem has been reduced with the council vetting tenants more closely. Although the drug problem has simply moved elsewhere, and in case anyone thinks I am pro the present government attitude to dealing with drugs, i'm not. My personal view is G.P.s should be able to prescribe to addicts in return for them getting treatment and being on a confidential medical register as was done before the 60s. Also scrap methadone why cant heroin users be progressively helped by using milder and milder opiates e.g. heroin to morphine to dihydrocodeine to codeine thus minimizing withdrawl. Rant over Cheers all Nige A Yam Yam and proud of it
  7. I recently took a cple of pics of the 1 remaining block of flats at Eve Hill Dudley that were used on the inside of Led Zep IV. 2 blocks were demolished a few years back one remains. I think the remaining one is the one most prominent in the original shot. BTW I think I was situated on roughly the same spot for the 1st pic as the original, and the other pic is from the entrance side. The final one iis of course the original shot. Does anyone know for sure if this is the block featured as it looks substantially different now to when the original pic was taken? Come on my fellow Black Country peeps clear this one up Cheers Nige
  8. Attached should be 3 pcs of Bonzo which I personally like as all show his enthusiasm for his craft and life. Cheers Nige
  9. Or how about 'tay as good as 'or tay as bad as'. From your Black Country teacher, LOL For anyone who sees Mr Plant try asking him 'hows the dogyeads doin? And why dae he follow the Tescos lot when he was born there?'. He will know what you mean and will doubtless laugh at it. (Its a soccer reference) BTW anyone criticizing my English bein a Yam Yam I cor elp it although I do have a dislike of using and to start a sentence as at school it was frowned upon. Dazed and confused? You should be The power of Led Zep overwhelms the mind almost as much as E=MC2 (soz bae gorra squared button on my keyboard ) Yowm all bostin keep on rockin and rollin. Nige
  10. DOH, sincere apologies to Miss HoneyD. I was being lazy and didnt check back to your posting re Jason and his impressions. Although in my defence I did mean it as a compliment to Miss HoneyD. an embarrassed yam yam Nige.
  11. If she sounds as lovely as she looks she would be and probably is incredible.
  12. We all have a natural flair in some way. My father had a flair for working with engines. My mom for dealing with me and my sister feuding all the time. Myself I hold a History/Politics Honours Degree. Jimmy Page has a talent (understatement or what?) for playing the guitar. My point is while some maybe good with grammar and spelling others are good with carpentry or teaching, each to their own. The main thing is never to think you are better than others because you have an academic qualification. After all who would you want to help you if you broke down in your car a Mechanic or a Professor of Ancient Greek? Rant over Nige
  13. NigeGSX1400UK

    Dazed and Confused

    Bonzo was typical of many guys in the Black Country area (although born just outside it). Knock back the booze, then let rip and sod anyone who complains. He was a real hero to all of my group of mates. I do remember being a teen back in the late 70s early 80s and it seemed everyone was a Mod, Rocker, Punk, Ted etc and each group fought with the others. Used to headbang to Led Zep and the rest at the local Town Hall disco and laugh at the Mods who would run onto the dance floor thinking it was the Kinks 'You really got me' when it was the Van Halen version. Stupid I know, but at the time it seemed everyone defended THEIR music with fists over why Led Zep, Sabbath etc were better than Ska, Soul etc. The Who have a lot to answer for with Quadrophenia and its Rockers and Mods rivalry. Including making some great music (although I didn't admit it back then as The Who were seen as a Mod group despite the genius of the Rock they produced) and an excellent film full of British talent e.g. Phil Daniels (Jimmy) and Ray Winstone (Kev). Rant over Nige
  14. And if hes a Republican (sorry I hate Bush) I would just laugh at him before decking him and packing him off to France. A really good teacher does not need to act stupid he or she just gains respect naturally by being a good teacher. As for being a 'cool grammar nazi' to be honest I would rather you had used another term as I studied the nazis for 3 years on my degree as well as having family murdered by the SS in a massacre in France in 1940. The only 'cool' nazi is a dead one. Cheers though mate Nige
  15. In a way we were, because Dudley has more (stop groaning at the back). How does it have more? Well more people in the U.K. hate the accent/dialect than any other accent/dialect in the U.K. Just goes to show us Brits have no taste cause its a bostin accent As for Dudley Moore not really my type of humour prefer Lenny Henry another yam yam like me. Have fun Nige
  16. Yes Steve, 2 out of the 3 were demolished but 1 is still standing. Typical council, start a job but never finish it. I was quoting from Wikipedia, and had doubts myself to be honest. That would be the old JB's of course that used to be next to the then Austin Rover dealership in Dudley. JB's is now at the bottom of Castle Hill at the lights on the left. I saw Fred Zep there a couple of years ago and they were excellent. Then came out to find my car was minus 1 rear side window and 2 speakers (worth all of £10). But it was still a good night. Cheers Nige
  17. A bit of local trivia and a couple of Dudley's claims to fame relating to Led Zep. The front and inner photographs for the 1971 Led Zeppelin IV album were taken in the Eve Hill area of town; the main tower block, shown side on, is Butterfield Court, off Salop Street, and still stands today. And its still as ugly as it was back then. Jason Bonham lives there, at least according to Wikipedia. I used to work for a family in the mid 80s from Dudley whose son and daughter were friends of Debbie and Jason Bonham. I remember them strolling in on a Monday, after days away at a party at Jimmy Page's home or some other notable musician. They would often tell me how they had been hanging out with various famous figures. Was I jealous? You bet I was. I also worked with a guy who used to act as a roadie for Robert Plant and John Bonham in the 60s, pre Led Zep when they played local gigs. He always said you could see, even then, both would become stars. Cheers Nige
  18. Arabic is a good example of a language which has a long and diverse history, but as you say still retains a form all who speak it understand. But it will never be the World's language due to British and then U.S. culture and science being so dominant. Even the French use English terms now e.g. 'le weekend' and they are not known for their love of the English or Americans. As for English I agree forms of standard English does exist, but not one style, due to English spreading across the world. I sometimes have problems understanding my friends from the West Indies when they use patois and Americans from the deep south on t.v. But I also know if I was to say to someone not familiar with Black Country 'woz yow doin? Tae right, yow bae gonna ger it right yowl bost it' they would not understand. Standard English for this is 'What are you doing? That is not right, you will not get it right you will break it'. So on the Net and when talking to people who do not use my dialect, I use standard English as written in the newspapers. Long live the differences (and long live Rock). They make it far more fun to use all types of English. Rant over again Nige
  19. As an Englishman on all family sides going back to at least 1850 I just want to say. It does not matter that much how English is pronounced or spelled it is a living language and a worldwide one. My local dialect uses Anglo-Saxon words such as bae, bin etc and it varies from town to town and background. There is no such thing as standard English IMO. An Aussie might say 'g'day', a Yank 'hi there' and a Brit 'hello there' but all mean the same thing. Besides which, where does ' whole lotta love' appear in the standard English dictionary? It does not, but it sounds better than 'a whole lot of love' surely? What counts is what the words mean more than how they are pronounced, IMO. Rant over Nige
  20. Ta for the encouragement 'Hotplant'. Nice to know there are a few yampy Yanks out they'r. I doh believe in giyin in just as thankfully Led Zep didn't when they came up against problems. 'Keep on believing, never let the truth be hidden, always be there for your partner and kids and your life will be worthwhile' Nige
  21. Hmm, as far as individual tracks go its: 'Dazed and confused' 'Since I've been lovin you' and the song that changed my life and turned me onto Led Zep, Eric Clapton and Cream, The Who, Pink Floyd, The Stones, Blues and Motown, yes Motown. 'Whole lotta love'. It was also used as the awful cover tune to 'Top of the pops' in the U.K. Album wise I would go with Led Zep IV, but all are great albums even if only in part on some. Gone, Gone, Gone by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss is a good song too IMO AND according to my 75 year old mom. If you asked the public they would doubtless say Stairway. But I personally, think that those who listen to other Led Zep after hearing Stairway often amend their opinions as they hear more of the magic. Cheers Nige
  22. I had a nice surprise from my eldest son last week. 'The Song Remains The Same' double DVD. The sound is so much better, as is the picture quality compared to the single DVD I had before, and the Betamax video copy I still have from the 80s video release . Worth getting for the quality improvement and extras. It still blows me away every time I watch it, pure magic. 'Bostin, nowt yampy bout it'. As we Black Country folk say e.g. Mr Plant and the late much lamented Mr Bonham
  23. Hi all, newbie to the Forum but not to Led Zep (thank the Lord they got me into Blues Rock, instead of FM Rock). I have an 17yr old son who lives a distance from me and is a big Zep fan (guess what his name is yep Robert after you know who) Anyway for his 18th (in April) I would like to get him an autograph from Rob to Rob so to speak. I live less than 10miles from Rob's home but am not sure of his exact address to be able to knock and ask him to fulfill my sons dream. I totally appreciate people deserve their privacy and have seen Rob plenty of times in the past locally, where the caves are, the Robin and the town where the town clock stands out (2 clues for Black Country folk). But not recently, must have been too busy playing that concert and making a great album with the delightful Alison Krauss. Anyway if any site administrators or you folks can help please message privately, and I'm a Black Country bloke so Mr Plant can trust me, even if I am a Baggies fan. All the best Nige
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