The Man Who Saved A World

Listening to The Man Who Sold The World

on the Bob Harris show at your Nana’s

when you should have been revising.

The traffic from the Kingston by-pass

roared by her New Malden terrace.

Harris played it again and again.


Oh! You Pretty Things on the radio

in the spring sunshine on the

back porch. Or was it Changes?

What a euphoric song that was.

Catching the Routemaster

at the end of the road.


The fish and chip shop

on the corner. The house

of your mother’s early years.  

It’s a God-awful small affair

And for those moments

you didn’t care about the way


you broke up with that girl,

and whether you might

get together again

after the exams were over.  

Forget the summer of love,

those conformist hippies


flashing peace signs, following

Chairman Mao. It was five years

later, the year that Bowie, and Ziggy,

told you it was ok to be different,

to drop out of uni, to have

no particular place to go.  


◄ The wind in the dark

The viaduct ►


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Greg Freeman

Sun 22nd Jan 2023 08:26

Oh, you pretty things! Thanks for the Likes, Frederick, Jordyn, Chris and Stephen

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Greg Freeman

Tue 17th Jan 2023 21:34

Thanks for your comments, Graham and Uilleam. Still feel gratitude for the real difference Bowie made back then. We were in Barbados, of all places, morning had broken, the day we heard he'd died.

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Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh

Tue 17th Jan 2023 20:43

Music -any kind-has to be one of the most powerful memory / emotional triggers. Oh you pretty things is!

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Graham Sherwood

Tue 17th Jan 2023 10:22

Music eh? How easy it is to recollect and take one back to places, people and times. I love this piece Greg. A little nugget of the early GF years, wonderful. On the DJ front, John Peel used to stamp the back of our hands at our weekly music venue in the late sixties/early seventies.

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Greg Freeman

Tue 17th Jan 2023 09:24

Glad you liked it, Steve. Saw a wonderful documentary on Bowie the other night that I hadn't seen before - a miracle in itself - and realised what a great guy he was, always so polite with daft interview questions, particularly those of Russell Harty, who always seems to feature in such clips. Like the true artist he was, he was even interested in and wanted to confront his own death.

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Stephen Gospage

Tue 17th Jan 2023 07:41

Wonderful roller-coaster ride down memory lane, Greg (if that makes any sense!). I see Bob Harris is still going - he is younger than I thought he was at the that time.

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