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Introduction

'Marine Boy, despite being a two-dimensional 1960s Japanese cartoon character, was one of my earliest childhood heroes. He lived in an amazing submarine. His friends were a dolphin called Splasher and a mermaid called Neptina.

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Scary Quo

'What was coming towards me, like an express train, was a young, very tall man with very long hair, like a girls. He was dressed completely in denim (jeans, shirt and jacket) and wearing large, heavy, noisy boots. 

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My Old Man’s a Busman

‘I can’t think of many songs about managing people that work in High Street stores which my kids will tune into because the lyrics have anything to do with their dad’s work. The nearest example is from Laura Catlow’s song ‘If There’s Anything More’:  

‘We work in telesales and IT, in admin and libraries. We sell sweets and work in cafés. We’re shop assistants and police ladies.’

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Back Home with Bobby Moore

‘Singing ‘Georgie Best superstar wears frilly knickers and a Playtex bra’ to the tune of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ was very amusing to many schoolboys in the early ’70s. When Jesus Christ Superstar, written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, was first launched as a rock musical, Playtex bras were often advertised on TV.

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On the Radio

'We spent hours of our early childhood listening to Elvis, Buddy Holly, Cliff Richard, Bill Haley, Frank Sinatra, Herman’s Hermits, The Animals, Gilbert o’ Sullivan and many, many, many more.

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A Transport of Delight

'In July 1973 we left Reigate in our relatively new, Natiola coloured Variomatic engine’d (which means that it was bright red, the engine was turned by a giant elastic band and it was very uncool) DAF 55 car and headed for a new life on the south coast.

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When Elvis Met my Auntie Margaret… Twice

'So one day, sitting in our kitchen, completely out of the blue, like she was telling me what she had bought at the shops that day, mum just came out with it. 

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Getting Ahead in The Movies

'I appeared in a school production of the play Noah as a character known as The Common Man and whist I actually got a review in the local paper, I’ve been back through the Old Testament a few times since and cannot find one mention of that particular character in the story.

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