We’re going on holiday today… Our first actual holiday for 8 years or so. It’s the English Lake district first. My cousin Julie and her lovely man Bill are tying the knot. Then it’s off to Scotland. Al has never been to Scotland and I’ve only made a short visit. We’re taking the car so on the way back there’ll be a trip to Ikea before we get the ferry. We’re taking the laptop and so will be monitoring the site as usual. We’ll be picking up email so you can contact us in the usual way. Back on September 6th when I plan to really get to grips with marketing this site.
So Tony Wilson has died. I knew he was ill but it’s still such a shock and I’m surprised at all the emotions this has brought out in me. I was born and brought up in Manchester. Tony Wilson and Factory’s bands had already been a big part of my life just like John Peel had been when I was a teenager. Then, when I was 18, the Hacienda opened and for a few years, this was the centre of my world. My friend Julie and I spent so much time there and to us (and I know many others) Tony Wilson and his ego became a bit of a joke- the huge picture of him just inside the Hacienda entrance, the leather jacket with his name on the back. Yet at the same time when we saw him, if he said hello, it meant a lot. He was really someone. A man on a mission and a big part of the reason that I look back on those days so fondly, and why I feel today that a big part of my youth has been wiped away. I’ll get over it I know but I’m reminded today of my reason for starting up ‘mylifelists’ in the first place. I can look at the web, read obits, wikipedia, I’ve read 24hr Party People and I’ve seen the film but today I would have really liked to have looked at his Lifelist. Found out what he found pleasure in, read a book that was important to him or whatever.