Lots of photos of this and previous years Victorian Celebrations. http://pinterest.com/paulkclews/victorian-celebration/
My old shop 'Flipside', in Church Street. I used to sell CDs VHS videos, and musical instruments. This was the late eighties and early nineties.
The inside view. That's me on the right.
If you remember the shop, or even better, if you were a customer, please leave your memories in the comments section.
I arrived Paul's house at about 9:30 and there I learned some songs with him for his birthday party and he helped me plan for the lesson that I would be teaching later at Ilfracombe Infant School. After that we went to the school and I helped Paul with a guitar lesson. During it I helped the student learn the G and C chords. Then Paul taught him a song, using the chords the student had learned..
Once that was over we went back to Paul's house for a bit. After that we had a lesson just outside Barnstaple in which Paul was teaching some songs from the grade 5 rockschool book. After that lesson Paul had one at Arlington during which he taught Picking and sweeping on the guitar, and House of the Rising Sun by The Animals.
By Jake Cole
Got picked up by Paul from my house at about 8:15am and we drove to Filleigh school. It took about 45 minuets to get there because of the traffic, which was terrible. There Paul taught some students how to change chords whilst strumming. After that we headed to Chittlehampton school where Paul taught someone how to read tab for the ukulele. Once that was over we went back to Paul's home, I had some lunch and then I helped Paul print & laminate some posters. Then we went back to my house so Paul could teach my brother. Just before the lesson I learned a couple of chords on the ukulele and then watched Paul teach my brother some grade 5 rockschool on guitar. Then we drove back to Paul's house.
Me at Filleigh School trying out one of Paul's Kala ukes.
Paul tuning up for a ukulele lesson at Filleigh School.
After spending a couple of hours at Paul's house, we headed to Larkstone cafe for ukulele club. It lasted for 2 hours during which we played songs by artists like The Clash The Beatles and Buddy Holly.
Me at Ilfracombe Ukulele Club held at Larkstone Cafe.
Outside Lakstone cafe with my ukulele.
Me and Paul with Larkstone Cafe in the Background.
Me and Paul just before Ilfracombe Ukulele Club started inside Larkstone Cafe.
By Jake Cole
My first electric guitar was a Harmony Les Paul Junior copy. It's the guitar I started to learn seriously on. I bought it from a shop on the outskirts of Walsall. I can't remember the name of the shop, but I'd seen the guitar in the shop window every morning on my way to work. I saved up, then went back one Saturday, parted with £50 (about 2 weeks wages). This guitar took me from knowing next to nothing, to bar F. I bought it purely on the fact that it was the cheapest electric guitar in the shop. This of course is not the way to buy a guitar (See my blog on how to buy a guitar. I've put a link at the end of this blog). It turned out to be not too bad a guitar, I've certainly seen far far worse guitars since.It was at the bar F point, I realised I needed a better guitar. With a little advice decided on a Fender Stratocaster.
By Christmas 1983 I'd saved enough. I sold my Sherpa mini bus to a karate club to raise the remainder, to much dismay from my parents. 'How are you going to get to work with no transport'? 'But you can't even play'! Were just a couple of their kinder comments they suggested to me. I had a dream, or an ambition, and they were dream stealers.
Anyway, I knew I wouldn't be able to get the best deal that side of Christmas, so I waited until the January sales. By the time I was ready to buy my second electric guitar, I knew all the guitar shops in the area, I took my friend with me and went guitar shopping. I was looking at all the Strats in all the shops. I ended up in a shop in Walsall on the ring road. Again, it's name escapes me, but not the same shop I'd bought the Les Paul Junior copy from. I asked the guy who worked there if I could try a Fender Strat that had caught my eye. In other words, the cheapest I could find. It was about £300, and I was having it.
'Before you buy that, try this' suggested the guitar shop assistant. He handed me a Tokai Strat. It's a copy I thought to myself, I don't want a copy, I want the real thing. I tried it. It looked, felt, and played just like the fender, but was only £210.
'Before you make your mind up try this'. This time he handed me a Gordon Smith. It was £250. I liked it, but not as much as the Strats. Insistently, I do own a Gordon Smith now, I've had it about 20 years. I ended up purchasing the Tokai on that occasion. I have used it almost every day since, and I am still using it today. If you see a picture of me with a red Strat, that's the guitar.
Buying that guitar turned out to be the best investment I could have done. It propelled my learning. The guitar was easier to play, sounded far nicer, and made me feel amazing. Without a decent instrument, it is really difficult to develop as a musician. Without taking that risk of selling my transport to work, parting with what seemed an unjust amount of money for me at that time, would I have managed to learn the guitar to the level I did? I suspect not, therefore what career would I now have? Who knows? But I love that guitar and the business it has given me! It has paid for itself countless times.
How to buy a guitar blog http://paulclews888.weebly.com/1/post/2013/02/how-to-buy-a-guitar.html
Information on my guitar lessons http://paulclews888.weebly.com/guitar--ukulele-lessons.html
Tokai Guitars http://www.tokaijapan.com/
Fender Guitars http://www.fender.com/en-GB/#/american-standard-stratLH
Wetherspoons have submited new futuristic plan for two-storey glass-domed pub in Ilfracombe. Click the links below to find out more.
What do you think of the plans?
My mom received an award for her many years of being Queen Victoria, an annual job she does during Ilfracombe's Victorian Celebration. Well done to her. Other winners were Jenna King, Carol Turner, Debbie Barrow Rigler, Vanessa Archer and Gary Tovey, Mike and Yvonne Norris, Jenny Coates, Louise Coad and Mr and Mrs Shaw. Well done to them too.
Mayor, Lynda Courtnadge presented the awards.
Coming soon, please check back.
North Devon Gazette
North Devon Journal
Ilfracombe Victorian Celebration website
I have been asked to upload pictures of the event to Twitter. I thought it might me a good idea to put them in one place. Star Trek website http://www.rotary-startrek.org.uk/
Ali Hunt from North Devon Hospice brings the good weather for tonight @star_trek_walk
Every risk assessment undertaken to prevent horse contaminated meat effecting competitors
And they don't get much riskier than our very own Erica
As the sun drops below the horizon the teams will leave every few minutes in opposing directions
A big thumbs up for twitter for those teams setting off at 6.30
Look what I found a 10k run on Woolacombe beach 28th April
This is known as the hot seat which will be the only warm spot by 3am!
Mucho Walko In The Darkio. Naomi Overney Leader- setting out soon to return we hope (pub calls)
Lost Soules- all very serious hard core! Team 24 I think
Tally Ho Trekkers led by Bernard Robins checking out the Ordinance survey
Lost before they have started? Or just a cunning
St Johns standing by thanks guys!
Brian's Nemisis wow that was quick! Half way.
A most welcome sight after 8 miles in the freezing cold- foods not bad either!
Guardians of the leak and potato soup
Leigh Trekkers just came in after setting out 6.30pm 3.hrs 30 mins halfway time
So Dave don't be shy who were the camp followers! You can tell me just our little secret
Tiny groups of head torches 1/2 mile out making their way under a star lit sky
Handy tip head torch or phone don't use the loos without!
We sign them in we sign them out and In between they take their fill
Thank you Mr Tesco Ilfracombe for providing for our sweet tooth on a cold frosty night
Ahhh but could you eat a whole one? Ann?
Just some of the teams taking part
And just one of the reasons why we are doing all this
Making the most of short and precious lives in Devon
If you want to put something back into your local community ever thought of joining Rotary ?
Check out some of the banners here tonight, could you help in some way?
While the walkers walk their sponsors are helping the vulnerable with their quality of life-"Thankyou!"
I know you shouldn't have favourites even personal ones but...
Andy of Molton Wanderers says " wonderful Parrstee " only kiding Andy only Kiding
Tinker bell and the lost boys couldn't remember their names !- #Longnight
Not saying its cold! O degrees C and the windchill is picking up!
Having that last cup of tea before making their way onto the hills
Mucho Walko in the Darkio having their photo taken with Ilfracombe Rotary President
A big Thank you to Raynet for providing communication and liaison once again thanks guys
Not yet sunrise and only a couple of teams to get back but I now depart to find my own home and bed!
A blog from Brian’s Nemesis, one of the teams that entered http://dalecooper57.wordpress.com/
North Devon Journal http://m.thisisnorthdevon.co.uk/story.html?aid=18314511&category=news
This blog and all the photos are provided by David Jones of Hele Mill Ilfracombe http://helecornmill.com/
Introduction and editing by me.
It's been a beautiful day, so I took a short walk around Hillsborough. I can see Hillsborough from my house, but I don't walk in often enough. Being half term week, I have a little more time to do these special things. Here are a few photographs I took.
I use this picture on the desktop of my notebook. http://twitpic.com/4h8i3i It is a photo of me aged about 10 years old, receiving my first guitar for Christmas.
Yesterday one of my 5 year old students from Ilfracombe, asked me 'who is that'? He pointed to my notebook.
'It's me' I replied.
'When you were young'? He enquired.
'Yes, I was about 10'.
'10 is really old' he commented.