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October 20th 1975

“Started new English essay. Wrote some more poetry. At college Suzie J really annoying me”

I refer you, dear reader, to the previous entry wherein I documented my reasons for not posting my 70’s scribblings.

Please don’t be disappointed or unnecessarily irritated.

There really is no need to be.

Unless of course you are the aforementioned Suzie J.

In which case… “you deserve it!”

(FYI, I… somewhat naturally… have absolutely NO idea what this girl had been doing to really annoy me. But, I suspect, you had already accepted that. Most regular EFA70sTRO fans have long become accustomed to being let down. It is my stock in trade.)


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October 19th 1975

“Got up about 11 o/c. Nig came round in afternoon. Did posters and typed some poems in the evening”

Last time I mentioned my teenage poetry on this blog I received a complaint from a (presumably disappointed) reader that I had not appendaged an example of my early literary skills.

Well I am about to disappoint her all over again I’m afraid.

This time, unlike last, not due to embarrassment but because despite – all – my best efforts I cannot find the folder that I know contains much of my ‘written output’ from the mid-70s. It is in this house somewhere and commonsense dictates that it should be in with other vintage ‘dodgy keepsakes’ in a raggedy old suitcase that once belonged to my father when he was in the Merchant Navy… however, whilst the suitcase can be found, my poetry has mysteriously disappeared.

My fear is that we were broken into one night, that the burglar specifically targeted my 70’s poetry as something über-valuable and is currently hawking it around the world’s publishers, passing it off as his own fabulous set of manuscripts. I worry that one day it will appear at the top of the best sellers list, proving more popular than even a Jon Bon Jovi autobiography, and I will not receive one nickel in royalties from all my hard work.

If you do happen to notice some top notch poetry that looks suspiciously as if it could be mine, please send an email to “delusionalEFA70sTRO@mindlessdrivel.net”

Astute readers will notice that this is my first ‘proper’ post in almost two months. Please don’t get too comfortable, normal service may remain ‘bitty’ for a little while longer yet. Sorry.

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Oh No!!!

A disaster has occurred. Remember me saying I still had all the poetry I’d written back in the 70’s?

Well, I was going through and reading it all earlier today and… the pile of papers all slid off my desk and straight into the shredder, reducing them all to mere shards and strips. In fact, they just kept falling, one after another until every single example of poetry had disappeared into the ether.

Sorry to let you all down.

I am obviously distraught *cough*


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September 8th 1975

“Speaker not fixed but got it back again. Read Mr F’s poetry, wrote a critique”

I don’t understand that first sentence. Not at all.

Why would I get the speaker back if it wasn’t fixed? Maybe whoever was fixing it – and I am still clueless as to who that may have been – told me keep using the speakers until a part arrived. Who knows? The not-inconsiderable trials and tribulations of a teenage hi-fi enthusiast!

The second sentence relates to my brief – very brief – flirtation with poetry. STOP laughing at the back!

But not for me the beauty and prose of someone like Tennyson, Yeats or Frost. No, my fascination was for the poetry of… my boss, John F at Francis Records!

I will give him some credit though. His poetry influenced me to write my own. Mine was… let’s just say a little more ‘song lyricy’, owing much to the classic stylings of such luminaries as… well, Steve Harley, Bill Nelson and Roger Waters.

I know what you’re thinking… does EFA70sTRO still possess any of his teenage poetry and will he share it with us?

Maybe, but only if you behave!

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