(Originally published at artisticechoes.com) To say that Alan Tomkinson enjoys ambitious, quixotic projects is something of a considerable understatement. In fact, I don’t think there’s a single ordinary job or hobby he’s done in his whole life. He designed a new type of mattress; raced karts directed a 32-piece youth jazz orchestra (it became the… Read more
I first met Mary when I was a young man playing the alto saxophone in the big Tony Stuarts Orchestra at the Astoria Ballroom in Plymouth Grove, Manchester.In those days it was a very popular dance venue, and every Saturday night, bands which were famous in those days used to appear at the Astoria to… Read more
With borrowed money, we built the largest private boarding cattery in the whole of England. It came about as the result of a single phone call from a person who wanted me to give his young son private music lessons.… Continue reading How to build a boarding cattery (Part 1)
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