A song by the O'Jays from about 1970 and most memorable tome as the record Kenny Everett played on his return to Radio 1.

I think it was on a Sunday and I had a tape recorder all hooked up to my clock-radio to record the show.

I remember Mum calling me for Sunday dinner but not wanting to leave the radio!

We used to have an old gramophone/wireless set in the living room. It had a hinged lid that hid the record deck and a set of push buttons in the centre of the front panel.

 

I used to pull the back off of it and take out the speaker plugs (banana plugs) and plug in my high-impedance (2000 Ω), ex-military headphones to lie on the floor, while the rest of the family watched TV and I would listen to Radio Northsea International (RNI).

 

They were a pirate ship operating out of Scheveningen, Holland anchored in International waters and broadcast on many frequencies. I used to listen on 220M, MW.

They have an interesting and sometimes secret history including being bombed by a rival pirate station (Radio Veronica) and being accused of manipulating the UK national elections of 1970 as well as spying for the Russians (allegedly!).

 

The mother of one of the presenters - Rob Eden - worked in the school office of Haverstock School in Chalk Farm. I was fascinated by this and she even managed to get me one of their publications, a glossy picture book.

 

Each Saturday, I used to go shopping with my Nan, who lived just across the road.

Most days it would start with being sent to the local shops for spam!

Then it would be a walk or a bus from Hampstead road to Camden town.

The only real shops I remember were the fishmonger near the junction of ? road where the owners always remembered us.

 

A bus home along Albany street was, for some reason, a treat!

 

Once home, the sorting used to start.

Two bags would be produced - one for my Mum & Dad and one for my uncle and aunt, Des & Vera.

Once they were complete, that would be the end of the day for me. I seem to remember being given something like half-a-crown for helping and that included taking 'the bag' home to Mum (which, for some reason always seemed like an enwelcome task!)

 

It also included shelling peas - one for the bowl, one for me, one for the bowl, two for me. Definitely where I got my taste for fresh peas!

Sunday mornings I used to go to help my Nan clean and vaccum the house.

I remember periodially we would have to clean all of the ornaments from the large cabinet.

 

I also remember listening to the radio while there. This was around the time Kenny Everett was sacked from Radio 1 and Noel Edmonds appeared on the scene!