Out of the Camp Ch. 34 – Sunday Mornings in Moredun

Before I get back to Moredun I need to finish this story referred briefly to in OotC – 22. “Ten days later he was gone. Irina told us that he’d received a late-night phone call from the police in Genoa where there was a problem with the truck containing his equipment and that this had…

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Out of the Camp Ch. 33 – Back to Moredun via Worksop & Music

Pleasurama was a duo consisting of songwriters, Mike Young, aka David Motion, and Dave Kovacevic. They produced and released a 12” dance mix vinyl record released on Sedition Records called ‘Come Dance With Me’ which we published and which I’d completely forgotten about until I found a copy during a search of demos and other…

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Out of the Camp Ch. 32 – Jeddah, Moredun, the Chain Pier & Music

(This continues the story prior to the ‘flashback’ following the Saudi Arabian episode, ‘Out of the Camp–23’) As Wali drove us back to the hotel from the Sheik’s compound – Dima had left his car there earlier – I was processing the events of the evening and, indeed, the additional other-worldly events of the past…

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Out of the Camp Ch. 31 – The Leaving (2)

The day came for me to go to London for my audition at the London Academy of Modelling. My recollections of this are very hazy. I travelled down to London on the overnight train – second class, of course – which meant I had to share the cabin with another passenger. Fortunately, I arrived first…

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Out of the Camp Ch. 30 – Fish, Chips & The Infirmary

All this bouncing around was unsettling enough except that all the while I was trying to devise a story that would get me the hell out of an unhappy home situation and off to London…, and my fortune! Really! I was daft enough to believe this; I was going to be a famous pop star.…

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Out of the Camp Ch. 29 – Grants & Mason Webb

When I worked at Grants Furniture Store, we were based in the service department on Niddry Street, which was off the High Street just down the road from the store. They fixed TVs, radios and radiograms, etc. there, if anybody remembers what those gadgets were. I worked in homes all over the city and beyond…

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Out of the Camp Ch. 28 – Out of the Pit

Shortly before I joined the National Coal Board, I’d parted ways with the Boys Brigade after nearly seven years if you include the three years spent with the Life Boys, now known as the Boys Brigade Junior Section. During that time, I learned the basic rudiments of drumming from the then Drum Major of the…

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Out of the Camp Ch. 27 – Liberton and the Mines

So, then I started at Liberton Secondary and I really don’t remember anything about the first day or days or, indeed, anything much at all about my time there. My initial, overall feeling about being there was relief and real happiness but probably for all the wrong reasons. There was no bullying, and I made…

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Out of the Camp Ch. 26 – The Inch Secondary Modern

One day when I was playing with Alan Baird, a friend who lived across the street, I overheard part of a conversation his mother was having with another neighbor, Elsie Smith. They were sitting in the living room unaware that Alan and I were in the adjacent hallway when I heard a reference to Hazel,…

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Out of the Camp Ch. 25 – The Dragon & the Coronation

My first memory of church was as a member of the Tron Church Junior Choir when we performed an operetta called ‘The Dragon of Tangly Mountain’ by Gertrude Sullens.  I remember the first couple of lines of the song sung by the chorus which went, “Poppies in the corn are gently swaying, Slyly peep the…

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