Monday, August 17, 2015

The grand opening of the new Ideal Continental Liaison Office in East Grinstead heralds tremendous growth for Scientology in the UK

East Grinstead Courier 12 August 2015, page 14
East Grinstead Courier 

"Hundreds of Scientologists go to opening of new site

Officiating at the opening on July 18, in front of around 1,500 Scientologists, the religion's worldwide leader, David Miscavige, said: 
"If by chance you hadn't yet noticed, we're not slowing down - in fact, we're just getting started. For this is our time and this is our place in global hostory. So, yes, with the cutting of this ribbon, we now take yet another monumental step forward as we celebrate this Ideal Continental Liaison Office for this United Kingdom!""
Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board Religious Technology Center

UK’S NO. 1 SWING BAND and Scientology's very own Jive Aces kicked off the celebration with a lively medley of “Rule Britannia” and their hit song “Bring Me Sunshine.”

For more information and photos from the day, please visit: 

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Woody Woodmansey's Holy Holy & Tony Visconti at the O2 Shepherds Bush London

I'm a big fan of Bowie, particularly of the album Aladdin Sane. On one holiday as a teenager back in the 70s, I only had one one cassette to listen to while sunbathing; it was Aladdin Sane. I listened to it again and again and quickly began to realise it was really special! I loved every track (which I can't say about many albums) and still do today with a passion. It will always be one of my all-time favourite albums.

Unfortunately I never saw Bowie live, but last night's gig pretty close. Woody Woodmansey's Holy Holy band were on fire! I got to see two tracks from Aladdin Sane performed live for the first time (Time and Watch That Man) and loads of other big Bowie favourites: Man Who Sold The World, Life on Mars, Changes, Ziggy Stardust and the concert ended with the huge sound of Suffragette City.

After the gig, the whole band (almost) signed albums and posters, posed for photos and chatted with fans for ages!

The warmth and affection the audience had for the band, and especially for Woody, was palpable. It was also very moving to see tributes paid to the two deceased members Spiders from Mars, Mick Ronson (two members of his family were in the band!) and Trevor Bolder.

An added bonus to the evening was to see both Marc Almond and Steve Norman of Spandau Ballet on stage singing several numbers! It was a shame David couldn't be there too, but I have to say Glenn Gregory (of Heaven 17) did a really excellent job as his replacement ;-)

I learned last night that David & the Spiders used to play a live medley of songs that included Oh! You Pretty Things and All The Young Dudes that David wrote and gave to Ian Hunter (Mott the Hoople). Pleasantly surprised to see that, because I saw Ian Hunter live recently and my mate Steve Holley is his drummer. Here's my clip of All The Young Dudes last night:

The sound quality was superb, so #respect to the sound guy! And what a treat to see and hear so many amazing and highly talented musicians on stage.  I'd also like to say #respect in particular to Paul Cuddeford, Berenice Scott and James Stevenson - and of course to Woody.

I wish the band all the very best for their forthcoming tour of Japan.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Criminon - Changing Lives Through Knowledge

Criminon UK recently received the above unsolicited letter from an offender in HMP Whatton who is currently studying Criminon courses. It really shows the difference Criminon is making.

What is Criminon? Criminon delivers correspondence courses and tutoring to prisoners. Their programme covers drug education, communication skills and – most importantly – personal integrity. Personal integrity is taught by reference to a non-religious and practical moral code, described in a book called The Way To Happiness. Prisoners doing their courses achieve genuine changes of heart. They make honest decisions to change their lives. In many cases, their life experiences would make you cry, no matter what they’ve done. But our programme enables them to win back their self-respect and with that, the confidence to live a future without crime.

Criminon UK delivers distance learning courses approved by LASER (the OfQual approved organisation which promotes, develops, accredits and quality assures courses and qualifications at all levels of education and training) and additional courses in basic moral values.