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What was the first record you ever spent your pocket money on ?

What was the very first record you spent your pocket money on ? Do you remember ? Back in those far off distant days a 7” vinyl record cost six shillings and nine pence, 6/9d. Don’t ask me what that   is in today’s silly plastic money ! Anyway, there I was with six shillings and nine pence in my pocket, metaphorically clutched in my hand as I headed with my Mum on the number 29 ‘bus into Birmingham City Centre there to part with my pocket money cash to buy my very first record. But what was I going to buy ?   My mind kept jumping from HATS OFF TO LARRY by Del Shannon and RUBBER BALL by Bobby Vee. I could not make my mind up. There is a bit in Rubber Ball which goes: And like a rubber ball, I come bouncin' back to you Rubber ball, I come bouncin' back to you Bouncy, bouncy, bouncy, bouncy Bouncy, bouncy, bouncy, bouncy Hats and rubber balls were bouncing all over my ten year old brain as I tried to decide which record to buy. Walking into the record department in Bi

Plant A Tree In MK3

  An idea for a community project in 2020 In the very early 1970’s Britain lost many tress due to Dutch Elm Disease. The government came up with PLANT A TREE IN ’73 encouraging people to plant trees in their gardens. This catchy phrase and the thinking behind it were such a success it was followed by PLANT SOME MORE IN ’74. Although the government announced in January 1969 an area of land was to be designated for the building of a new city these were the early days in the actual construction of Milton Keynes and the government scheme was not part of the development. However, within the planning this was to be MILTON KEYNES THE CITY OF TREES. In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s Milton Keynes Development Corporation gave every home a voucher for a tree to plant in the garden.   MILTON KEYNES THE CITY OF TREES. Within this there was an edict that NO BUILDING SHALL BE TALLER THAN THE SURROUNDING TREES. Sadly Milton Keynes Council has trashed that and   is currently amplifying within