Last weekend was memorable. I say that as a Republican without particular reference to Brenda Windsor. A midnight drive down to Cornwall. The wonderful North Cornish coast. You really can’t beat a cliffside walk from Widemouth to Bude with the sun shining. It doesn’t get any better than that. And “The Weir” bistro at Whalesborough Farm just by the A39 at Marhamchurch. Priceless.
I was particularly touched by the wonderful beacon burning. There is something deep and historic about such a thing. We stood on a hill in Marhamchurch in front of a vast bonfire. We could see a beacon at Poundstock. We saw the fireworks at Summerleaze Downs, Bude. But particularly, we could see the beacon at Dizzard Point (or more accurately perhaps Higher Tresmorn Farm.) There was something fundamentally human and ageless about it all. Just such a shame that the monarchy has monopolised it…
The midnight drive to Cornwall was enlivened considerably by listening to Huey Morgan on BBC Radio Two. I understand he used to be part of a beat combo called the Fun Loving Criminals. I had never heard of him before but, trust me, he’s the best deejay on the radio. He just augments the music in a cool way. Well done. (Tony Blackburn, shoot yourself through squarely the temple now!)
And he played one of the best and most under-rated records ever made, Eddie Kendricks’ “Keep on Truckin'”. Recorded at Hitsville, Detroit 1970, the production, the orhestration, the brass, the squiggling stuff going on in the background. It is just superb. I have it on vinyl somewhere in the attic. It would take me three hours to find it. But it really was an act of brilliance for Huey to play it and introduce it so superbly with the cool words “Do this”….