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Brighton Marathon - 18th April, 2010
Bobby, Helen's dog and Pammy Rosie's dog enjoying a kip - both are half peke half pug.
« On the sea front in Brighton South coast UK where I've lived and worked for over 20 years - it's my home town and I'm proud to have been a part of the development of Homeopathy here. My children were born and brought up in Brighton and still live in the town.We have over 60 Homeopaths locally many working with other disciplines and there is a thriving professional homeopathic community. Remedies are available in all the Health food shops and local chemists.There are several community homeopathic clinics where local homeopaths give their time freely or at low cost, ie. The Dolphin Clinic for Children and the Body Positive clinic for HIV patients, for both of which I was a founder.
» The rock star Tom and his twin sister Rosie. All my family keep their own remedy kits and liase with me wherever I am for help if they're not sure what to do. Rosie used her kit when she got bitten by a spider in the Australian bush nowhere near an anti venom centre. She was in a lot of pain and paralysed up that leg. I was in Whistler, Canada at the time and we were in touch on mobiles about it. She had judged her remedies correctly but wanted to make sure and needed reassurance.She used Arnica Apis Belladonna Bryonia Hypericum Ledum where indicated from The Helios Travellers Kit with 36 remedies. She was better in 8 hours - much to everyone's surprise.
« Tom's customised car.
He's the drummer in the UK band "The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster"
Visit www.EightiesMatchbox.com. He travels round in his luxury tour bus on gigs etc and deals with all the hangovers, flus, etc. himself.
He is never without Arnica and Nux Vomica - the hangover remedy!
REVIEW - The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, Engine Room, Brighton
Who needs progress when you can have inspired mayhem?: Some bands never change their sound. This can be a good thing
By Simon Price
Published: 06 January 2008
I often find myself drawn towards the view that "artistic progression" in music is a dishonest hippie myth. The best acts in pop history, give or take a tiny handful of genuine geniuses (and not everyone can be David Bowie), have generally had their one "thing" which they hone and improve, until they finally pack it in and/or someone else comes along and nicks it wholesale, hybridises it with someone else's "thing", and creates something newer and better. That's how pop moves along, not through the capriciously experimental whims of a try-anything-once auteur.
The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster are very definitely a band who have their "thing". Guy McKnight and his motley crew of longhairs and bogbrush bonces still play tag in the auto graveyard of garage-gothic rockabilly, standing atop a teetering tower of rusting car wrecks previously driven by the likes of The Birthday Party, The Stooges, The Damned in their frilly-shirted mid-Eighties pomp, The Cramps and World Domination Enterprises.
There may be new material nestling among the set list of tonight's hometown warm-up show in a grimy alt-rock seafront cellar, but if so, it's essentially indistinguishable from the old. And that's absolutely fine. On record, they have occasionally succeeded in creating something with stand-alone listenability – notably 2004's actually rather fascinating The Royal Society album – which is unconnected to the visceral live experience, but the flesh is where it's at.
And, as is the way of rock's cannibalism, they've since become a food source themselves: first for fellow travellers Pink Grease and, more successfully, The Horrors. (It's inconceivable that Faris Rotter wasn't listening to Celebrate Your Mother in his dormitory at Rugby.)
But Eighties Matchbox deserve better than to be merely a footnote, a taxonomic missing link, a gateway drug to a (slightly) younger, (slightly) prettier band. Their swamp-rock, Stray-Cats-being-skinned-alive sound feels as though it's risen reanimated from the Bayou, rather than the Brighton Marina.
Up close and personal they're a fearsome and face-melting proposition, and inspire mayhem, with several kids being summarily ejected for crowd-surfing (quite a feat in a low-ceilinged venue where to do this means your crotch is in the lighting rig). The name of their third single, "Psychosis Safari", says it all: they're a theatre of personality disorders, constantly at boiling point, where the incipient lunacy we all keep reined in is cathartically exercised or exorcised.
And McKnight, whose vocals sound like Vic Reeves's pub singer strapped to a speeding train, is the perfect front man for such an entity: his default setting seems to be a mild form of Tourette's – for ever puffing his cheeks, gurning, staring, or exploding in sudden spasms.
The band climax with "Mister Mental" a song that will always be inseparable in the imagination from the spectacle of Bill Nighy turning into a zombie in Shaun of the Dead (and thus giving a whole new meaning to "road rage").
Who needs "progress", when spinning on the spot, limbs threshing like a dervish, can be so much more fun? Lester Bangs would have understood Eighties Matchbox. The kids with their crotches scraping the ceiling understand. I understand.
My daughter Helen's online photo gallery at Flickr - click here to visit
My son Tom
My daughters Rosie and Helen.
Rosie, Tom and Helen in younger days.
View of Perth, Western Australia from the Anzac Memorial at King's Park
Rosie, Tom and Helen at Tom's Halloween gig
2006 Soho London
« This is my sister's family ! - the Piasecki ‘Koalas' - the Western Australian branch of our family who live in the next street to me.There are 8 of them and all have had homeopathic treatment from me over their lives with remedies being sent through the post from the UK as none were available locally. Now they run round the corner for remedies if needed and they have a basic kit for home use. Even the youngest, Jonny (7 years old) knows to take Arnica if he hurts himself.
Jackeroo Joe is now 18 and working in a station near Port Hedland and took his Accidents and Emergencies cdrom and Homeopathic kit with hm.They are very remote from any medical help and these will really help in Emergency before any doctor could be reached.He is loving the work mustering cattle on horseback, and has already been rescued by his horse when he collapsed in the extreme heat (40 degrees+)He woke to find his horse patiently standing over him providing shade.
Jackeroo Joe from the Perth Hills Age 18 - 2006
»These children, from 5 -16, (now 7-19!) are strong and healthy and have always been used to home treatment with Homeopathic remedies from a very young age. As in any family there were a variety of health problems from severe eczema, ear, nose and throat problems, repeated chest infections, behavioural/sleep disturbances.
All were treated successfully with Homeopathy without recourse to the repeated use of antibiotics, steroid creams etc. which sadly so many people are used to. These children reacted badly to vaccinations which were not given after the initial doses caused health problems.
They are all happy and well adjusted to home, school, and now for Kate 19 - uni life. Joe 18 above is pleased not to go and really enjoying the freedom the Australian bush and the opportunity to learn real skills on a traditional station.
» "Boadicea of Barklands" known as Bodie to all of us. She is a pedigree Golden Retriever who in this picture on arrival in Australia has just had her 10th birthday.Shehas been Homeopathically treated all her life with no recourse to the vets - until I came to Australia and she had to be vaccinated for immigration purposes. Needless to say I treated her constitutionally all her life and she has always recovered very well from any complaints she had. These included diarrhoea (these dogs are very prone to it as they are such scavengers!) the odd cold and some torn skin injuries. She is full of energy, has never been sterilised and has never been overweight.
Bodie is now 14 and has survived pyometra -aka- cancer of the uterus.The local vets wanted to put her down as she was bleeding so heavily.It all happened in a week.On advice from a colleague I had introduced to Homeopathy years earlier,and taught at the College of Homeopathy in London, I gave her Lapis Alba 12 and she had surgery 2 days later.After the removal of a large encapsulated tumour of the uterus, an encapsulated tumour of 1 ovary,the other unaffected ovary and 2 satellite tumours on her nipples,with 36 stitches from one end of her abdomen to the other,she made an excellent recovery to the vets' surprise.They said she had the insides of a 3 year old and were amazed that there were no secondaries in the liver, spleen, or abdominal cavity.
Bodie couldn't wait to get out of the surgery -ran across to the playing field and rolled and rolled.She then ran back to the car and jumped into the back seat of my car unaided.We had taken the van and had expected to lift her gently into the back!She has never looked back,and is a healthy dog, still demanding and enjoying car rides and walks and plenty of company.She assists with looking after patients in my practice as she always did in Brighton UK,and particularly enjoys the voluntary weekly drop in clinic I do for the less advantaged homeless and addicted in Perth.They all stroke, pat, and feed her and she is always given a warm welcome.I don;t feed her on that night!
Animal healing has been well recognised for many years in the UK; pets are encouraged to visit the wards especially where there are very sick or terminally ill patients.As a former nurse for many years I can vouch for the effectiveness of animal doctors!
» See www.sharonabroad.com for Rosie's alter ego in India 2005.Rosie has had an exciting time in India travelling nonstop for 6 months, filming as her hero Michael Panin did on his travels.She has no camera crew though, and it has been a real challenge.
Tsunami clinic Sri Lanka 2005, in the grounds of ancient buddhist temple. Kate (left) Ivy Dieltiens, South African Homeopath: