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From City Life 39,Oct ’85 with young Curly Watts on the cover. He couldn't hold a candle to Ray Langton from earlier times, nor Barry Grant or Joe Mangel for that matter;but he used to pop in The Ritz the odd time on a Monday night as I recall so he wasn't all bad.
An Anti Apartheid awareness drive across the city;one of several ongoing major moral and principled battlegrounds in the moshpit of the ‘80s new world order. In Dublin the Dunne's Stores strike and boycott of South African produce was a turning point in the” winning of hearts and minds” as they say in modern speak, across Europe. All this 5 years or so years before Nelson disembarked from Robben Island accompanied by a kind of hush all over the world; a Kennedy/ grassy knoll....”one small step for mankind” moment. My particular memory of the latter inst was sitting in a classroom with the gathered masses of kids on a beautiful sunny day watching a dodgy black and white pic on one of those old school T.V.s on wheels and not really getting what all the fuss was about.I think most of us would have rather been charging around the fields. No doubt the likes of, Miriam Makeba,Hugh Masekela and particularlyThe Specials “Free Nelson Mandela” had a lot to do with adding to the awareness and critical mass, though the movement had been staunch for a long time, particularly round Springbok Tour Times.I believe “Vicar in a Tutu” had nowt to do with Desmond but I may be wrong.....
Artefact added : 2nd July 2011
by dubwise-er
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