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Sunday, 3 November 2019

Orville Peck - Brighton (the Green Door Store)

Had a night in Brighton last Sunday which brought back many memories having lived there for a period of approx 6 years back in the mid 70's to early 80's. I have been back a few times to watch the Speed Trials / Sunday Ace cafe gathering but this time more memories were triggered.
    Anyway I'd guess that some people would be immediately put off  by Orvilles 'masked' look but what a great gig it was with a excellent band / sound - 3 guitars, bass and drums. They only played for an hour but I expected that as he only has one 40 minute album but did a couple of great 'covers' duetting with guitarist/singer Bria Salmena. Brilliant also that the venue is very intimate and old fashioned/basic  - a pair of thick black heavy curtains divide the bar from the music area. The floor is like a cobbled street, a couple of very high up huge big girders supporting a concrete slab ceiling which in turn is some part of Brighton Railway station flooring as that is where the venue is situated  - under the station. 
The Green Door Store

The Prince Albert and nice pub to have a pint
-just across the road from the venue.
The mural is excellent with great likenesses

The Prince Regent was obviously happy to spend a few quid!

Including the stable block!
I saw The Cure and Bauhaus play here back in the 70's

If you need a car park there's a Council one under here at £18 for 24 hours
which is significantly cheaper that the NCP a five mins walk away at £31!

The British Airways i360 tower / viewing pod

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Guzzi Le Man (sort of) Project

A short while back I decided to sell the 850T / 750S lookalike (it went to a very good home - my friend Pete's son Jack bought it, even though he can't legally ride it until halfway into next year) with my thoughts being that I could make some space out of my spares by building something with the same period feel. Some 8 - 10 years ago I bought a number of spares, including a le man 1 tank, rear mudguard/seat pan, fairing and T3 front mudguard all in matched paintwork. Admittedly the paint isn't perfect with scratches etc inc a reasonable sized dent in the tank, but I really like colour so want to keep it as is. I also didn't want the usual black frame or silver / black wheels. So impressed with the 850T engine with it's P3 cam that I will probably go with a similar spec engine rather than a le man spec item - not even sure that I have a spare set of le man heads to use anyway. 
  I shouldn't really have bolted this all together yet (not even started the engine or gearbox) but I was keen to see how everything worked together.

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Lissie at St George's - Bristol

This was a bit different from the last time we saw Lissie as it was showcasing her most recent album  - When I'm alone: A piano Retrospective.


My friend Pete was at Mandello the other month for the anniversary and here are a few of pics

Classic Car event at Laguna Seca

My friend Mark from Hollister (M. Brando -The Wild One) California sent me these pics a few months back taken at his day out at the above event. Certainly looked a interesting day.


Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Crunchy Gearbox

 My friend Tony bought a very tidy Spada a couple of years ago with the owner telling him " there's a very nasty noise in 5th gear" Having dropped the gearbox off with me I investigated to find wear on the 5th gear mainshaft and the 5th on the layshaft with also a some chipped teeth on the layshaft fixed gears. There was also some damage to the inside of the casing.
  I took the end cover to my welder with a old bearing half inserted thinking it might be used to keep the basic shape. As it turned out he said " that the alloy welding would react against the steel bearing but that he could insert some stainless tube instead. However as it turned out the tube wasn't the best of fits so a little more cleaning up of the welding was needed than I expected so out came the Dremel.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Mind your heads.........

............and their first taste of terra firma in very many years.
    They actually arrived today and managed to give them a quick look over and quick tidy up.
   The wiring on the le man actually looks very tidy and connecting a battery of mine up showed that most of the electrics worked.......actually just the brake light didn't.
   They will both, in theory, be up for sale in the near future but just not sure whether just to get them running or also do much in the way of cosmetics. The mk II isn't too bad at all but the Cali has suffered as can be seen. Neither has been ran for at least 15 - 20 years and the owner has more or less left the decisions up to me?
   I'd forgotten but was reminded today that the Cali was actually bought from myself in 2000 and I'd bought it as mostly restored but unassembled bike a year or so before that.