Friday, 26 August 2011


Guest Post from Mr Blossom...
I suggest you scroll down to the link on Drinkin' Wine and listen while reading! Drink that slop!

Uwe, (oo-va), came from Bremen on a self-financed work placement scheme and to buy 45s.

Growing up listening to The Sweet and collecting rock and roll had given him a good command of the language, but it was to improve his technical English that he initially came to work with us. He came back as a full member of the team and stayed that long he began to dream in Merry Olde English.

He drank Becks because it was brewed in Bremen. His best friend, Tammo, was in Velvetone, who recorded a version of Funnel of Love with Wanda Jackson. In conversation about home, we would respectfully refer to his girlfriend as 'Little Eva'. (Can't remember her real name!). One of my abiding memories was whilst working at Salford Lowry a few of us were staying in Halls of Residence at Castle Irwell Campus. Having finished work, late one summer evening, Uwe and I took two chairs from the communal kitchen and sat on the stretch of grass that ran between the blocks of houses. Uwe had his Sony Walkman and we shared an earphone each 'Drinkin' Wine Spo-dee-o-dee', or a can of cider, in this case!

We were listening to a compilation tape whilst a lone student roller bladed around the paths. I don't know what was the most surreal, him or us?

One classic conversation that Mrs Blossom reminded me of, when I wrote the previous guest post, 'Ornament', was a non-derogatory (affectionate, I might add), conversation about the shopping habits of women..."Figurines" said Uwe.

Mr B


  1. hahaha,drink that slop!!! I do,as often as possible!!
    Growing up on The Sweet has to be good for a chap!

  2. Hello, Mr and Mrs B! Lovely to meet you both. Together for twenty years, no kids, two cats could be us as well. I have a feeling we are going to get on!
    The Sweet? Top band! xxx

  3. Ooh I've been away from blogging for a wee while and I get back to find Mr B making a special guest appearance!