A bit of grin and bear it, a bit of come and share it You’re welcome, we can spare it – yellow socks (Ian Dury)


I first heard about Ian Dury from Frank, the first actual Cockney, born within the sound of Capital Radio, I knew. Frank’s metropolitan motormouth stories of big city life, inventing unlikely rhyming slang as he spoke, entertained & intrigued a young student straight out of the English provinces who had visited that London all of 2 times (that would be me). He introduced me to his wonderful, welcoming family & to the grubby charms of Harlesden High St (blimey !). When he dropped his “more front than Southend” persona he was an articulate, cultured guy but don’t tell him I said that. Frank’s passions were Fulham Football Club & cinema. He had put me on to the films of Luis Bunuel, the greatest achievements in the history of moving pictures. One weekend in 1973 he was raving about a new band he had seen in a West London pub, an…

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