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 1   Not Pete Atkin / Off-topic / Daniel Johnston RIP  15.09.19 at 12:45 
Started by fueryhk | Newest post by fueryhk
A troubled man and very acquired taste vocally, but boy could DJ write songs - as anyone who's listened to the covers album on 2004's Late Great Daniel Johston will testify.
Any other fans here?
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 2   Pete Atkin / Members / Re: New members  15.09.19 at 12:38 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by fueryhk
More of an old member returning to the fold than a new member, but glad to be back and delighed to see familiar names like Colin Boag and Ian Chippett from the board's original incarnation as a first generation chat board in late 97/early 98.  
Since I was last here, I've left Vietnam, been back to Hong Kong, had a disastrous stint in Dubai and went back to HK again. After getting laid off after I broke my ankle, I set up a reasonably sucessful freelance writing consultancy and eventually moved to Roscommon in Ireland just over six years ago.  
If anyone is really that interested in my wanderings, they might be interested in the book I self-published, Good Morning, Mr. Sh*ttybottom, and have just revised and republished on Amazon Kindle.  
Did send gratis copies to Pete and Clive in the hope they might have had a wonky table leg or two under which said tome might find a useful home. Books went out to Pete c/o Hillside a couple of weeks back but not sure if they got there.  
While the book sold hardly any copies - no indication of quality as every fan of PA/CJ knows - did end up getting banned in 16 countries across the Middle East.  
Still trying to spread the word in rural ireland!  
John F
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 3   Not Pete Atkin / Off-topic / Clive James on Parkinson (March 26, 1980)  13.09.19 at 19:55 
Started by Kevin Cryan | Newest post by Kevin Cryan
10 Sep 2019
BBC releases some historic comedy moments
The BBC is making hundreds of clips from its archive available to watch on a new website.
More than 1,700 videos have been published including clips from the likes of Parkinson, Doctor Who, Blue Peter, Morecambe & Wise......

Included is clip from Parkinson with Clive James and Steve Martin
Kevin Cryan
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 4   Pete Atkin / News / Re: Archiving the website clivejames.com  02.09.19 at 23:57 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by S J Birkill
Now there's a thing! No sooner have I announced our archive than a revised version of the original pops up. And I only re-checked a couple of days ago. So... that should save me some work!
Congrats to Dawn Mancer, credited on the Home Page. Now to see what she's done with the site...
Welcome back the real clivejames.com !
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 5   Pete Atkin / Gigs / Re: The Pheasantry - 5th October 2019  30.08.19 at 09:39 
Started by Pete Atkin | Newest post by Chris H
Ticket booked and I'm looking forward to it.
They always seem to get a good sound here and the service is good and unobtrusive.
Unlike most music venues in London, people don't tend to talk throughout the performance - or is that because MVs are a discerning bunch ?
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 6   Pete Atkin / Words / Re: Prospect - Clive James signs off..  09.08.19 at 19:28 
Started by Kevin Cryan | Newest post by Kevin Cryan
Well, not completely......
The Floral Clock
A new poem by Clive James.
The winter bowed out through a luke-warm week
And now the deal is sealed with this spring snow,
Cold only in the way fluff cloaked the creek
In that Kentucky canyon years ago:
A lavish swansdown stole, but there below
Melt-water burbled while guitars rang clean
As banjos, sugar-sweet or fighting mean.
It must be thirty years since I was there,


read on
Kevin Cryan
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 7   Pete Atkin / Chums / Stephen Thorne (1935-2019) RIP  21.07.19 at 20:08 
Started by Kevin Cryan | Newest post by Kevin Cryan
Stephen Thorne  
Stephen Thorne starred as Uncle Mort in three series of the Uncle Mort written by  Peter Tinniswood and loosely based upon his own 1960s books A Touch of Daniel
 Tinniswood wrote six series under three titles for BBC Radio 4,  the first being Uncle Mort's North Country broadcast 1987. The second and third were Uncle Mort's South Country (1990) and Uncle Mort's Celtic Fringe. (1996)
All six series, I believe, were directed by Pete Atkin
Kevin Cryan
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 8   Pete Atkin / Words / Re: Clive in LegnanoNews  02.07.19 at 19:03 
Started by Kevin Cryan | Newest post by Kevin Cryan
I'd agree about the translation, but then I'm far from being the person to ask.
I take the translator to be Chiara Lazzati, the journalist who published the piece.  
I cannot find out of relevance about her other than she studied modern literature at The University of Milan (Italian: Università degli Studi di Milano ).
One of these days I may ask my friend Martha Cooley, who, with her husband Antonio Romani, does quite a bit of translation, to have a look. Just out in interest, you know.  
Kevin Cryan
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 9   Atkin admin / Tech / Uploading an avatar image  01.07.19 at 08:42 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by S J Birkill
"OK Guys" (imitates intro to a YouTube tutorial video, minus the jangly music)...
Our new user image upload functionality will work for your personal avatar images, the ones that show up under your name when you post to MV. Haven't got one? Shame on you!
Here's how:
To enable upload, you first need to act as if you're posting to MV. Don't worry — you'll not actually be posting anything. Log in to the Forum, open any message thread (this one will do), and find the "Reply" option near the right-hand end of the bottom blue bar:  

Clicking this will open the message composition window. Bottom right of this is the new "Upload an image" button, and top right is the button cluster with the new Upload arrow:

There's redundancy here: either control will open this Image Upload pane above the text entry box:

Click the "Choose File" button, and you'll see your computer's familiar file-selection window. Navigate to the location of the image file you wish to use, select it and click the "Open" button. Or double-click the file name — either will do. The selection window will close and you'll see that your selected filename has appeared in MV's Image Upload pane:  

Now click the "Upload chosen file" button. Gears will grind, you'll wonder why the "Please Wait" spinner didn't work, and the pane will change to one giving you a preview of your image. This will be full size (up to 850 pixels wide), but fear not — it will be downscaled to fit within a 160-pixel square box, with aspect ratio preserved, when it comes to be used. (If you'd rather scale it yourself, first crop and/or resize your image such that neither its width nor its height exceeds 160 pixels.) With any luck it won't look much like this old geezer:  

You'll probably need to scroll the pane to see the full image. Which you should do, as the link you need is the 'also available' one displayed in blue below the image.
As an aside, you don't need to click the "Insert into message" button at the top of the pane — to do so would place an image-coded link into the (otherwise empty) message composition box, also displaying it in red above the preview image:

—  don't worry if you've already done this, it won't hurt — you'll just not be needing it since you're not posting at this time, just uploading the avatar image.
Instead, you need to highlight (don't click) that blue address below the preview image, and copy it (Control-C) to the clipboard. Or make a physical note of it, if you prefer.
Now you've finished with the Image Upload pane, and indeed the Post Reply window, so you can exit these (don't click "Post"!) and select the Profile item on the MV top menu. This opens your personal profile page. Scroll down to the Optional Information section and find the line "I have my own image... at this address":  

Check (tick) the small checkbox to confirm your intention, and paste (Control-V) or type the address into the blue box to the right. It will probably be truncated by the edges of the box, as shown above, but that doesn't matter. Now all you need do is scroll to the bottom of your Profile page:  
—  and click Change Profile. You're done!  
Note that you can change the picture whenever you wish, by uploading another (without limit) and changing the image address in your Profile to suit. Or indeed remove the avatar image entirely, by unchecking the 'I have my own image' box in your Profile and choosing '(no pic)' from the drop-down list.
Problems? Suggestions?
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 10   Pete Atkin / Gigs / Re: Eyemouth Hippodrome 29.6.19  01.07.19 at 03:13 
Started by Rob Spence | Newest post by Phil Smith
Many thanks for words of appreciation directed at me. I did give Pete some suggestions about the set list, and he kindly obliged me on quite a few. I tried to include lesser performed songs, and ones which might draw in those previously unacquainted with the canon. Successful? Well, I certainly don't think we can have any reservations about Pete's performance.But you can't please everyone....
It has been asked of me in the past, given my musical knowledge, why I never considered a career in the "business", and I always replied "no, not ever" given some of the people it was my misfortune to encounter in the early '70s.
This could never be the case in relation to Pete. It has been an honour, a privilege, and a pleasure to link up with him in relation to this gig. I get the impression that the Hippodrome performance has given as much pleasure to others as it did to me.
But reality strikes hard, and at tonight's Spooky Men's Chorale gig in Edinburgh [thoroughly excellent], two people in front of me complained about my paper bag rustling, not, I might add, within a song performance [for such I would not do. EVER].  Arguably, I let the side down with an Anglo Saxon response. I must do better....
I may be suffering with a case of the post promotional hypertension trying to relearn my alto saxophone gig blues. Or possibly I might be mentally unwell. Who could tell?
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