Favourite LP covers
April 16 was World Vinyl Day and there were a number of items about it on the TV news programmes.
Apparently, young people like vinyl album sleeves to decorate their bedroom and/or living room walls with. Original.
I have a Jimi Hendrix Experience album Axis: Bold As Love, in mono, which contains the much sought after orange lyric sheet that only a limited number in the UK were issued with. I’ve lost count of how many bedroom walls this has adorned. Before I learned its value, of course.
There were also discussions about people’s favourite album sleeves. Difficult one that. Cream’s Disraeli Gears? Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew? The notable Escher image that Mott The Hoople borrowed for their first album? Otis Redding’s Otis Blue?
Sleeves designed by the band/artist such as The Band’s Music From Big Pink (Bob Dylan drawing, reflecting also his association with them)? Patti Smith’s Horses? One of my shortlist would definitely be the Andy Warhol designed sleeve for The Velvet Underground And Nico. Original, mono pressings with the “peelable” banana and gatefold sleeve go for small fortunes on some websites. Wonder what other readers would choose?
Better care within union
I fell off my bike in Holland last year, sustaining leg injuries, but I got treated promptly in the accident and emergency department of the local health centre.
A few years ago I had to have a tooth extracted in France and recently treatment at a Spanish national health centre for infection. It was easy as I had my European Health Insurance card.
If you travel to another EU country and are unlucky enough to have an accident or fall ill, you can obtain free basic and emergency care on the same terms as the local residents, because we are all members of this EU inter-country health system.
Moreover, should you decide to retire to continental Europe, as over two million of us have, you will receive health care in your old age similar to that here.
I hope it continues like this and it will, if we vote to remain in the EU.
But just in case, I’ll try to ride more carefully after June 23.
John S Murray
School places and the EU
What a shame it is that many thousands of parents, locally and nationally, have discovered that their primary school-age children will not be able to attend the school of their choice, even if attended by their older siblings, and the attendant problems that it will create for them, due to the demand for places.
This is just one more problem caused in no small part by our EU membership and the unfettered immigration demanded by our unelected European masters.
It’s just one more straw on the camel’s back.
Celebrate St George’s Day
A message from St George to the faint-hearted people, “Wake up, and stand up for England’s green and pleasant land.”