Just read the news that Giggler Alexander Thynn, Lord Bath aka the Loins of Longleat, he of the many wifelets who starred in the Western Daily Press in the 1970s nearly as often as Diana Dors and Dr Miriam’s husband Tom, has died. Previous posts have discussed Lord Bath, his family and wifelets in some depth…
I’ll just highlight that after years of wifelets and painting erotic murals and robust support for marginal political parties dedicated to a mythical Wessex, after inheriting his father’s title, the Loins found his true home and sat in the Lords as a Lib Dem.
Lord Bath died in the Royal United Hospital Bath, as a result of er Coronavirus…
Surely Lord Bath must be the poshest explorer of Uganda to have been wiped out by Coronavirus to date.
The Loins – he was still Viscount Weymouth in his heyday – must have been one of the grandest Insider witnesses alive to Ugandan discussions in Wiltshire, Bath and Royal Circles. Will Brenda Pay Tribute to the Loins in her Address To The Nation this evening?
Lord Bath was Lord of the Bath of Quaker Chocolate King Jeremy Fry and his shagfests, one of which was the occasion of the conception of Jeremy’s daughter Polly, as a result of Lord Snowdon’s activities rather than Jeremy’s, just as the Royal Engagement between Snowdon and Ma’am Darling was announced.
Previous posts have discussed how Bath, always a Nice City in Somerset, became very expensive and very fashionable in the 1980s. As far as I could see the phenomenon was considerably helped by the trains between Paddington and the West Country becoming fast; the bar and first class carriages became noticeably full of wealthy City workers who had settled in Bath. Bath became very popular for Civil Service Mandarins as well.
I realised that the joint had started jumping at Bath when Peter Gabriel moved there (in the 1970s before the rush) and established recording studios at Bath. As rock legends tend to when they buy impressive houses in rural areas, Peter Gabriel recorded a song about a nice hill in the West Country.
Bath also attracted a number of high profile artists, including pop artist Peter Blake, notorious for creating the sleeve design of the Beatles 1967 album Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, who moved to Bath in 1969. Sir Peter Thomas Blake the Who‘s albums. Blake’s other best known works include the cover of the Band Aid single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?“, and the Live Aid concert poster.(born 25 June 1932) is also known for co-creating the sleeve design for two of
Band Aid was substantially the result of St Geldof and Midge Ure. St Geldof’s partner of many years Paula grew up in the Llandudno area, Gwynne’s Fatherland and went to the primary school in Rowen, the village in which Gwynne and Dafydd’s mate Lord Wyn Roberts lived. Midge Ure began his musical career as a member of teeny band Slik, which was managed by Tam Paton, the Edinburgh-based gangster with a penchant for teenaged boys and Class A drugs who managed the Rollers.
Band Aid was a 1984 sensation, the year of the Gwynne Row.
Peter Blake also designed the 2012 Brit Award statuette.
Peter Blake was born in Dartford, Kent, on 25 June 1932. Thatch and Denis had very strong connections to Dartford as a result of Thatch being politically active in the area while she was still trying to get elected as an MP. Bill Deedes, their close friend who ended up as the Methuselah of the Torygraph, was elected as the MP for Ashford in Kent. Kent was strong Thatch country in a very personal way, a lot of Kent Tories knew Thatch very well. Blake was educated at the Gravesend Technical College school of art and the Royal College of Art.
During the late 1950s, Blake became one of the best known British pop artists. Blake was included in group exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and had his first solo exhibition in 1960. In the “Young Contemporaries” exhibition of 1961 in which he exhibited alongside David Hockney and R. B. Kitaj, Blake was first identified with the emerging British Pop Art movement. Blake won the (1961) John Moores junior award for Self Portrait with Badges. He came to wider public attention when, along with Pauline Boty, Derek Boshier and Peter Phillips, he featured in Ken Russell‘s Monitor film on pop art, Pop Goes the Easel, broadcast on BBC TV in 1962. From 1963, Blake was represented by Robert Fraser placing him at the centre of swinging London and brought him into contact with leading figures of popular culture. His Captain Webb Matchbox piece is another of his works in the pop art movement.
At the “Pop Art in Changing Britain” exhibit and as reported by The Telegraph on 21 February 2018, Blake’s Girls with Their Hero, a 1959 painting of facets of Elvis Presley was said to have “fashioned a highly personal form of Pop Art, infused by nostalgia for Victoriana and a long-lost world of native pastimes”. Blake has referred to the work of other artists many times. Another example, The First Real Target (1961) a standard archery target with the title written across the top is a play on paintings of targets by Kenneth Noland and Jasper Johns.
Blake painted several album sleeves. He designed the sleeve for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with his wife Jann Haworth, the American-born artist whom he married in 1963 and divorced in 1979. Blake also made sleeves for Paul Weller‘s Stanley Road (1995) and the Ian Dury tribute album Brand New Boots and Panties (2001; Blake was Dury’s tutor at the Royal College of Art in the mid-60s). Blake designed the sleeves for Pentangle‘s Sweet Child, the Who‘s Face Dances (1981), which features portraits of the band by a number of artists, and 38 years later, the Who‘s Who (2019).
In 1969, Blake left London to live near Bath. His work changed direction to feature scenes based on English Folklore and characters from Shakespeare. In the early 1970s, he made a set of watercolour paintings to illustrate Lewis Carroll‘s Through the Looking-Glass using a young artist, Celia Wanless, as the model for Alice and in 1975 he was a founder of the Brotherhood of Ruralists.
A number of the Brotherhood of Ruralists lived in Somerset. Graham Ovenden is the name that many people know from that group of artists – Ovenden lived in Cornwall for many years – because of the controversy over his work ie. the allegations of child porn/paedophilia, followed by Ovenden and his supporters’ robust response of .
In 1991, as Ovenden’s work States of Grace was being published, a set of proofs and a photograph for the book were seized by U.S. Customs and held for over seven months. In February 1992, the U.S. Department of Justice claimed that the work depicted “sexually explicit conduct” and therefore was illegal to import, sell or own. During a court hearing one month later in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, a federal prosecutor identified page 54 as containing the sole offending image in the book. This was a substantial retreat from the Govt’s initial position that the book contained numerous images which, theoretically, could be found illegal.
A hearing before Magistrate Zachary Carter was held on 28 May 1992, attended by the subject depicted in the allegedly offending image, then 18 years of age, and eminent photo-historian and critic, A. D. Coleman. Both witnesses were prepared to testify in support of Ovenden and proffered written statements. Representatives of the American Civil Liberties Union’s ACLU Foundation Arts Censorship Project were also in court to offer their brief, which was joined by artists, art critics, administrators and organizations, in opposition to the government’s attempt to censor States of Grace. As to the image on page 54, the ACLU brief stated: “[W]hether viewed individually or as part of the entire book, Ovenden’s portrait appears plainly to be a photograph with genuine artistic, not pornographic, intentions, and thus a constitutionally-protected work of art.”
Ovenden himself attested in writing as follows: “Symbolically speaking, we are dealing with feelings of the heart and the human yearning for Edenic simplicity – a state of grace, as it were, where there is neither sin nor corruption. The apple has yet to be eaten. The subject, of course, symbolizes this state in the photograph. At the same time, we see that the attainment of Eden is no easy task: the vulnerability of the child suggests, or rather confirms, the fragility of Eden, as well as its fleeting nature in the face of the concerns of the adult world and the demands of modernity.” Ultimately, no testimony was required at the 28 May 1992 hearing. In the face of the subject’s account of her experience of being photographed by Ovenden, the statements proffered by Ovenden and Coleman, and the support of the ACLU and others, the Govt acknowledged defeat and returned the photograph and the proofs. Two months later the book was imported into the United States.
On 21 May 1998, censors in New Zealand classified States of Grace as UNRESTRICTED, meaning that it was deemed suitable for all audiences. A document containing the classification, Classified books from 1963 to 31 July 2009 is available online from the New Zealand Office of Film & Literature Classification.
On 5 May 2000, the San Diego Public Library announced that it did not consider States of Grace (as well as David Hamilton‘s Twenty Five Years of an Artist) to contain child pornography and stated that both Ovenden and Hamilton are “contemporary and historically important photographers” whose work is “culturally and artistically significant” and “within the library’s collection-development guidelines”. The determination was made in response to a ruling by a San Diego Superior Court judge that a man had photocopied images from those books “not for art’s sake but for sexual purposes.” In late October 2009, British customs permitted entry of Ovenden’s book, States of Grace, sent to a customer who purchased it at auction in the United States on eBay. A year later, in England, some of Ovenden’s photographs were confiscated by the Obscene Publications Squad from Scotland Yard but returned after a campaign by Lord Hutchinson and fellow artists Sir Hugh Casson and David Hockney.
Ovenden’s work Five Girls and 29 other images in the permanent collection of the Tate Gallery were accessible online until October 2009, following the scandal that erupted over a photograph of Brooke Shields as part of the Tate Modern’s 2009 Pop Life exhibit.
Graham Ovenden was born in New Alresford, Hampshire, into a Fabian household, attended Itchen Grammar School (1954–59) and was taught music privately by Albert Ketèlbey. He was a student at the Royal College of Music, before taking up painting around 1962. He was tutored by Lord David Cecil and Harold Wilson’s wife’s close friend John Betjeman. Ovenden attended the Southampton School of Art, and graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1968. One of his most important teachers was James Sellars, an expert on Samuel Palmer.
Thus Ovenden was of Hampshire originally.
Ovenden moved to Cornwall from Richmond upon Thames in 1973 with his wife painter Annie Ovenden and their family. In 1973 there already existed a big paedophile ring in Richmond, substantially assisted by Louis Minster, the Director of Richmond Social Services who was an active paedophile. Louis had previously worked for Oxfordshire Social Services, under Barbara Kahan, who spent an entire life facilitating abuse. After Loyal Service to abusers of Dudley in the West Midlands and then Oxfordshire, Babs’s talents were spotted by Grocer Heath’s Govt and she was appointed children’s social work adviser to, initially the Home Secretary, Reginald Maudling and then to Secretary of State Keith Joseph when responsibility for children in care was transferred to Joseph’s Dept.
Babs, who was married to child psychiatrist Vladimir Kahan, remained at the pinnacle of children’s social work for the rest of her career, advising Govts, charidees, writing educational material and in the early 1990s Co-Chaired the Public Inquiry into the Staffordshire Pin-Down Scandal. Louis was Trained and Protected by the most senior figure in Govt advisory work re children’s social work.
Ovenden bought a cottage on Bodmin Moor with 22 acres of land and began constructing “Barley Splatt”, a neo-Gothic building. The style is eclectic and has been influenced by John Betjeman and Frank Lloyd Wright; some features are influenced by World War II aeroplane engines and tin mine chimneys. All the building was done by Ovenden himself and by 1988 the house was about half finished. It was put on the market as an unfinished project in 2008 and sold.
In 2009 Ovenden was charged with 16 counts of creating “indecent” photographs or pseudo-photographs (i.e., artistic renderings which appear to be photographs) of children, and two counts of possessing 121 “indecent” photographs or pseudo-photographs of children. The 121 images are all versions or stages of the 16 works and had been deleted from Ovenden’s computer at the time his home was raided in 2006. The images were subsequently undeleted by police. The prosecution argued that these images are “indecent” and that there can be no defence of creating or possessing “indecent” photographs or pseudo-photographs for artistic purposes. The defence argued that the works 121 images were temporary stages toward the creation of the 16 works, that those works constitute art and in no event were any of the works created with criminal intent. The Crown has not alleged that the images at issue depict any actual children.
On 22 October 2009, after less than two days of trial, the jury was discharged and a new trial date set. On 9 April 2010, after a five-minute hearing, the case was thrown out by the judge as two key prosecution witnesses, police officers who had searched his home three and a half years earlier, failed to appear in court. Graham Ovenden described the police as “totally and utterly transfixed by childhood sexuality” and himself as “a controversial figure and, at the moment, a very angry old man”. The prosecution declined to launch an appeal.
On 19 April 2010, the Western Morning News said the Child Abuse Investigation Team of the Metropolitan Police, the force which had carried out the three and a half-year investigation for the trial, was investigating Ovenden over allegations of child sex abuse. Ovenden said such allegations had been made at the start of the previous investigation and dropped, and that, “the Metropolitan Police are being very vindictive about this.”
In March 2013, Ovenden went on trial at Truro Crown Court, accused with nine charges of indecency with a child and indecent assault on victims aged between six and 14. He denied the claims. On 2 April 2013 Ovenden was found guilty of six charges of indecency with a child and one charge of indecent assault against a child. The charges came from adults who claimed they had been abused by Ovenden as children. Some of them involved claims that he abused children while they were posing for his pictures. The abuse charges related to incidents between 1972 and 1985. Ovenden was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for two years. On 9 October 2013 the Appeal Court increased his sentence to an immediate prison term of 27 months.
Following his conviction, the Victoria and Albert Museum removed half of their 14 Ovenden images from its website, and the Tate removed 34 of his images from its online collection, although it later reinstated images of three abstract landscapes. In 2015, District Judge Elizabeth Roscoe ordered that Ovenden’s personal collection of paintings and photographs, created by him and others, be destroyed, stating: “I have very little doubt that sexual gratification is, at the very least, part of Mr Ovenden’s reasons for making these images.” Ovenden responded to the press that: ““I am a famous artist. I am an equally famous photographer, and they are destroying material which has been in the public domain for over 40 years.”
Graham Ovenden was a founder of the Brotherhood of Ruralists in 1975, along with Graham Arnold, Ann Arnold, Sir Peter Blake, David Inshaw, Annie Ovenden and Jann Haworth. The Brotherhood is no longer extant, although in 2005 it had a major London exhibition at the Leicester Galleries. They were given the name “Brotherhood of Ruralists” by the writer Laurie Lee.
Laurie Lee provided a great deal of valuable support to the Brotherhood of Ruralists in their attempts to establish themselves in the 1970s, and he continued to do so until his death; his essay Understanding the Ruralists opened the Brotherhood’s major 1993 retrospective book. Laurie Lee is discussed in previous posts. He was a Giggler who lived in Gloucestershire in the Stroud area and worked as an accountant, as did my grandfather before he moved to Somerset. If Lee and grandpa didn’t personally know each other, they knew mutual people.
Lee met Lorna Wishart of the high profile bohemian family in Cornwall in 1937 and they had an affair (Lorna was married) lasting until she left him for Lucian Freud in 1943. They had a daughter, Yasmin David, together. Wishart’s husband Ernest agreed to raise the girl as his own; she later became an artist.
Lorna Cecilia Garman Wishart (11 January 1911-12 January 2000) was the youngest of the nine children of Walter Garman, an eccentric doctor, and his wife Margaret. Lorna, her six sisters and her two brothers grew up at Oakeswell Hall, Wednesbury, and then became prominent in the Bloomsbury set in London. Cressida Connolly said of Lorna:
“Lorna, the baby of the family, was perhaps the most flamboyant of the fabulous Garmans. She wore beautiful and unusual clothes, and smelled of Chanel No. 5, went riding on her horse at night, drove a chocolate-brown Bentley, and would strip naked to swim in inviting lakes or rivers or 10-metre waves. At 14 she seduced the man who would become her husband when she was 16, the publisher Ernest Wishart.”
I have no idea whether Cressida Connolly had a complete grasp of the situation or whether she was a sort of Dafydd who routinely believed that steaming 14 yr olds lead Adult Men Into Temptation.
Ernest Wishart founded the publisher Wishart & Co., which soon became Lawrence and Wishart, which became the publishing house of the Communist Party of Great Britain, in collaboration with Douglas Garman, the Party’s Education Secretary. Throughout her marriage to him Lorna had several affairs. With Wishart, she had a son, Michael, who became a painter. Both Lee and Freud went on to marry nieces of Lorna’s, respectively Kathy Polge and Kitty Garman. Lorna Wishart died on 12 January 2000.
Lorna’s son John Michael Wishart (June 12, 1928-June 29, 1996) known as Michael Wishart, spent most of his career in France, America and North Africa. A friend of Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud, he published a memoir in 1977 entitled High Diver (in French Le Saut de l’ange), which caused a scandal with its description of his bohemian lifestyle.
Born on June 12, 1928 in the London borough of St Pancras, Wishart was the first son of Ernest Wishart (1902-1987), co-founder of the Marxist publishing house Lawrence and Wishart, and of Lorna Garman (1911-2000), future model and mistress of the painter Lucian Freud. His godmother was the collector Peggy Guggenheim, and his step-sister Yasmin was the daughter of Laurie Lee. Raised in Sussex, Michael studied at Bedales School, at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London and at the Anglo-French Art School in St. John’s Wood, where he was taught by Óscar Domínguez, Antoni Clavé, Jean Lurçat and André Lhote. Michael then studied with the painter Cedric Morris in Suffolk.
He had early success with his first major exhibition at the Redfern Gallery in 1956. It was given a glowing review by David Sylvester who had hung the exhibition for him, so much so that Wishart stated that he had been overawed by the reaction, giving him doubts as to whether he would be able to live up to it. In the eyes of several who knew Michael and his work, this he signally failed to do, succumbing instead to a hedonistic lifestyle, his painting activity continuing only because “his need to paint was always stronger than a desire to go under.”
Michael Wishart died on June 29, 1996 in Wandsworth. I’ll remind readers of Michael’s Indie obituary written by Philip Hoare, that clarifies Michael’s friendship with Gigglers of the Gang Ancient and Modern:
With his sonorous monotone drawl, floridly handsome features and quiet erudition, Michael Wishart could have been taken for a rather urbane landowner, or perhaps a bookish squire. Anyone eavesdropping on the artist lunching at the Travellers’ Club might therefore have been surprised to hear Wishart report that preparation for his last art lecture in Normandy consisted of two very dry Martinis and “a little amphetamine”.
Michael Wishart’s ability to balance high-society propriety with Bohemian kudos was ever a delicate acrobatic skill. He was born in 1928, son of the publisher Ernest Wishart (of Lawrence & Wishart), whose Marxist sympathies the boy did not inherit. He was brought up at Pulborough in Sussex: “As a child there were no quarrels, no terrors, no rages that could not be healed by running into the fields with a paint box.”
His patron Peter Watson introduced Wishart to Denham Fouts, an opium addict (he was amused to hear Cocteau describe Fouts “as a bad influence”) who in turn introduced a besotted Wishart to the habit. Wishart memorably described Fouts as looking like “the best-looking boy at a West Coast college. He wore nothing but cream-coloured flannel trousers and had the torso of an athlete. Along his beautiful shoulders and golden forearms ran snow-white mice with startled pink eyes, which he stroked gently with the backs of his hands.”
Wishart’s memoirs, High Diver (1977), reflect his conversational talent for such vivid cameos: Nancy Cunard’s legs “so thin that it looked as though two threads of her knickers had come undone”; Francis Bacon applying boot black to his hair and Vim to his teeth.
Much of Wishart’s subsequent life seemed to be spent in a search for profound sensation (a Catholic convert, he revelled in its ritual, as well as revering its tenets). His sense of adventure was tinged with doomy pessimism. He was, perhaps, out of time, caught between the pre-war aesthetes, the wartime Bohemians and the post-war pop generation, and influenced by all three. He was wilfully eccentric. Like Stephen Tennant’s artfully composed letters, Wishart’s communications spiralled round the page in colour-changing felt-tip pen. “I have conceived a searing passion for Michael Jackson,” he wrote to me in 1988, “how I am to live apart from him is an appalling quandary.”
As an artist, Wishart applied himself fitfully to his calling. His 1956 exhibition at the Redfern received excellent reviews, and David Sylvester wrote in the Listener of “a sensibility that is at once shamelessly romantic and deeply sophisticated, and which endows the wide open spaces of the great outdoors with a sort of hothouse preciosity . . . he is one of the select band of English romantic painters who are truly painters.”
Whether Michael Wishart’s will be vindicated only posterity will tell. Certainly, in his lifetime, he did not fulfil his promise. (He called has as-yet unpublished second volume of memoirs Injury Time.) He was forever talking of being unable to attend some function because he was in the midst of his very finest creative phase, thereby concealing his own terrors. But the work he did accomplish merges with the memory of his exuberant life, to leave a lasting impression of something precious.
John Michael Wishart, artist: born London 12 June 1928; married 1950 Ann Dunn (one son; marriage dissolved 1959); died London 28 June 1996.
Previous posts discuss the influential Giggling Wishart/Garmon circle in detail. They can be summed up thus:
Before 1951 Laurie Lee worked primarily as a journalist and as a scriptwriter. During the Second World War he made documentary films for the GPO Film Unit (1939–40) and the Crown Film Unit (1941–43). From 1944 to 1946 Lee worked as the Publications Editor for the Ministry of Information. In 1950 Lee married Catherine Francesca Polge, whose father was Provençal and whose mother was another of the Garman sisters, Helen; they had one daughter, Jessie. From 1950 to 1951 Lee was caption-writer-in-chief for the Festival of Britain, for which service he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1952.
Lee’s work was popularised by the media around the time that Mr Thrope found himself in hot water and when the Gang went after Mary Wynch.
Graham Ovenden and his work have been the subject of broadcasts and films, including Lolita Unclothed for the series World without Walls (ITV, Channel 4, 1993), Stop the Week (BBC Radio 4, 1989), Curious Houses with Lucinda Lambton (BBC-TV, 1987), Bats in the Belfy – Home Sweet Home (ITV, 1987), Robinson Country: The Painter (ITV, 1987), Figures in a Landscape: The Brotherhood of Ruralists (BBC Radio 3, 1983), and Summer with the Ruralists, a film produced and directed by John Read for the BBC (1978–79). In 2000, the British Library funded a formal interview with Ovenden as part of its Oral History of British Photography series.
Some of those close to Graham Ovenden, although very probably not all of them, will have known that his conduct around some children if not all, was very worrying. Ovenden knew a great many high profile people; he was being protected by some of them.
Peter Blake moved back to London in 1979 and his work returned to earlier popular culture references.
In 1990 and 1991, Blake painted the artwork to Eric Clapton‘s 1991 million-selling live album 24 Nights. A scrapbook featuring all of Blake’s drawing was later released. In January 1992, Blake appeared on BBC2’s acclaimed “Arena” Masters of the Canvas documentary and painted the portrait of the wrestler Kendo Nagasaki.
In June 2006, as The Who returned to play Leeds University 36 years after recording their seminal Live at Leeds album in 1970, Blake unveiled a Live at Leeds 2 artwork to commemorate the event. The artist and The Who’s Pete Townshend signed an edition which will join the gallery’s collection. More recently, Blake has created artist’s editions for the opening of the Pallant House Gallery which houses collections of his most famous paintings. The works are homages to his earlier work on the Stanley Road album cover and Babe Rainbow prints.
In 2006, Blake designed the cover for Oasis greatest hits album Stop the Clocks. According to Blake, he chose all of the objects in the picture at random, but the sleeves of Sgt. Pepper’s and Definitely Maybe were in the back of his mind. He claims, “It’s using the mystery of Definitely Maybe and running away with it.” Familiar cultural icons which can be seen on the cover include Dorothy from Wizard of Oz, Michael Caine (replacing the original image of Marilyn Monroe, which could not be used for legal reasons) and the seven dwarfs from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Blake revealed that the final cover wasn’t the original which featured an image of the shop ‘Granny Takes a Trip’ on the Kings Road in Chelsea, London.
Blake created an updated version of Sgt. Pepper – with famous figures from Liverpool history – for the campaign for Liverpool to become European Capital of Culture in 2008, and is created a series of prints to celebrate Liverpool’s status. Miranda’s mate Drummond Bone the VC of Liverpool University at the time was the man behind the Capital of Culture campaign. In 2008, Blake painted a pig for the public art event King Bladud’s Pigs in Bath in the city of Bath.
A fan of Chelsea Football Club, Blake designed a collage to promote the team’s home kit in 2010. He also designed a shopping bag for the Lucky Brand Jeans company for the holiday season. As part of ‘The Big Egg Hunt’ February 2012 Sir Peter Blake designed an egg on behalf of Dorchester Collection. Blake created the carpet which runs through the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom’s Middlesex Guildhall building.
As he approached his 80th birthday, Blake undertook a project to recreate the Sgt. Pepper album cover with images of British cultural icons of his life that he most admires. The new version was created for a special birthday celebration of Blake’s life at fashion designer Wayne Hemingway‘s Vintage festival at Boughton House, Northamptonshire in July 2012.
Tony Francis died at some point in the summer of 2012. Bodger’s son was a business partner of Wayne Hemingway. Bodger was still alive in 2012. Oundle School is in Northamptonshire, where Clough and so many who subsequently joined Gwynne and Dafydd’s Gigglers were educated.
An exhibition was held at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester to celebrate Peter Blake’s long associations with music called [Peter Blake and Pop Music] (23 June to 7 October 2012). In 2014, Blake exhibited his illustrations inspired by Under Milk Wood at National Museum Cardiff. In 2016, Blake designed the artwork for Eric Clapton’s studio album I Still Do.
Blake became a Royal Academician in 1981. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in Brenda’s 1983 Birthday Honours and Knight Bachelor in Brenda’s 2002 Birthday Honours for his services to art. Blake was knighted by Carlo in an investiture ceremony at Buck House. Retrospectives of Blake’s work were held at the Tate in 1983 and Tate Liverpool in 2008.
In February 2005, the Sir Peter Blake Music Art Gallery, located in the School of Music, University of Leeds, was opened by Blake. The permanent exhibition features 20 examples of Blake’s album sleeve art, including the only public showing of a signed print of his Sgt. Pepper’s artwork.
In March 2011, Blake was awarded an honorary DMus from the University of Leeds, and marked by the public unveiling of his artwork for the Boogie For Stu album. On 18 July 2011, Blake was awarded an honorary degree for Doctor of Art from Nottingham Trent University. In 2014 he was made an honorary academician at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
Blake was married to the American-born artist Jann Haworth from 1963 to 1979, and they had two daughters together, Liberty and Daisy. In 1980, Blake met fellow artist Chrissy Wilson, they married in 1987, and have a daughter, Rose.
Peter Blake has lived in Chiswick, London, since 1967.
Here’s a Recent Sad Passing of Significance that didn’t receive the publicity that it surely deserved:
Miranda Elizabeth Louise Macmillan, Countess of Stockton (née Quarry; 1947-20 March 2020), a British socialite and fashion model. Miranda was of course the wife of Maurice Macmillan’s son Alexander. Miranda was the ultimate Insider witness; before she married Alexander Macmillan – in 1995, year of Brenda’s Birthday Honours Of Shame and the 1995 Club opening for business – Miranda was married to Peter Sellers, who Giggled with many and was a good customer of Gwynne and Dafydd.Miranda was born in Wokingham, Berkshire, the daughter of Richard Bridges St. John Quarry and his first wife, Diana Elizabeth, the daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Horace Lloyd. Her mother later married Stormont Mancroft, 2nd Baron Mancroft in 1951. The Mancrofts had Giggles links, most notably Benjamin, 3rd Baron Mancroft, as discussed in previous posts. Ronnie Waterhouse knew Benjamin and his dad…
Miranda was married three times:
See previous posts for gen on Miranda, Alexander Macmillan and their huge network of ex-partners, discussers of Uganda etc. This man is one of that network:
A small deaths notice appeared in the Torygraph following Miranda’s death:
From the Telegraph of 20 March 2020: STOCKTON Miranda, Countess of Stockton, neé Quarry, daughter of the late Lady Mancroft, mother of Gytha, Amber and Olympia, died peacefully at home following a short illness. Private funeral. A celebration of her life will be announced at a future date.
She was d of Richard Bridges St John QUARRY (1912-2002) by his 1939 m to Diana Elizabeth (1917-99, having m 1951 2nd Baron Mancroft (1914-87) and was mother of the 3rd & present Baron) d of Lt-Col Horace LLOYD DSO (1882-) by his c1913 m (reg Q1 London) to Margaret Jessica GODDARD (1878-1941). She m 1st (as his 3rd of four wives) Sir Nicholas Keith Illington NUTTALL 3rd Bt (1933-2007) and had three daus as above. She m 2nd as his 2nd w the actor Peter Richard Henry SELLERS CBE (1925-80). She m 3rd 1996 (div 2010) as his 2nd w the 2nd Earl of STOCKTON (b 1943).
I’ve not had time to finish blogging about the above re some of those who spiralled out from Loins of Longleat, when another RIP needs to be mentioned on the blog. I’ve just read on ‘The Guardian’ online that Leonard ‘Nipper’ Read, the Scotland Yard copper wot finally brought the Twins to justice and saw them jailed in 1969 has died, at aged 95. Supposedly of er Coronavirus. I am still waiting for news of Heseltine’s death, but when it comes I assume that the cause of death will be Coronavirus.
Leonard Read holding a miniature handcuffs tie clip at the Home Office in London in 1972 (Home Secretary = Reginald Maudling):
Nipper of course wasn’t allowed to bring the Twins to justice until all the other arses of those who needed to be saved were well-covered eg. Bob Boothby, Gwynne, Dafydd, the entire staff of the London Hospital and no doubt Maurice Macmillan as well. The fact that the paw prints of that lot were absolutely everywhere while people were grumbling about the Twins was the reason why Met Commissioner Sir Joe Simpson – one of Clough’s old Oundle boys circle – just couldn’t touch them.
The official reason for Joe’s lack of action was that after the Mirror dared publish an article about Bob Boothby, Lord Arnold Goodman advised Boothby to do a huge , the Mirror shelled out. It was taken as a George Carmanesque Warning To Others who might feel like mentioning the words ‘bisexual gangster with celeb friends using the services of rent boys supplied by Gwynne and Dafydd while discussing Uganda with Labour MP/Spy Tom Driberg and furthermore shagging Dorothy Macmillan’ in the same sentence as Bob Boothby’s name.
The Mirror ‘defamation’ case woz all a deceit; Maurice Macmillan, his family and friends, needed armour plating before The Twins woz nicked. Gerald Gardiner, Harold Wilson’s Lord Chancellor, was in the thick of the criminality as of course was Harold’s Home Secretary Frank Soskice. But Gardiner was Mr Big. See ‘Let’s Tell Them Shall We’.
Bob Boothby died on 16 July 1986, three months after the Gang killed Anne Vernon and three months after Mrs Simpson died. Ollie Brooke was awaiting trial and on 17 Aug 1986 the Gang unlawfully detained me, causing me to encounter Dafydd for the first time. Gwynne the Royal Lobotomist died himself sometime in the autumn of 1986. Ollie was jailed in Dec 1986, on the very day on which I was detailed, again unlawfully, in the Bryn Golau Peep Show and then Supermac died on 29 Dec 1986.
‘The Guardian’ mentioned that Nipper also Brought The Great Train Robbers To Justice and it was after that triumph that Nipper was transferred to the Twins’ case. I think ‘The Guardian’ meant that Nipper brought some of the Great Train Robbers to justice. Those gangsters from Theodore Goddard, Solicitors To Bertrand Russell, who tried to fit my father up in 1963 and then turned up at his farm with cases of used notes after he said ‘no thanks’ to the dodgy business deal, weren’t Sent Down.
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Neither was Lord Denning or Maurice Macmillan. Or even Fotherington-Heseltine, let alone Lord Gnome. I have a further post planned about those events, but I have a few other matters to deal with first.
I note re Theodore Goddard that: John Theodore Goddard (1879-27 November 1952) was an English solicitor and founder of the law firm Theodore Goddard (TG) based in London. The firm merged with Addleshaw Booth & Co on 1 May 2003 to become Addleshaw Goddard. As a young man of 24, Goddard founded the practice of Theodore Goddard & Co in 1902. For some years, he practised on his own account from offices in Clement’s Inn, close by the Law Courts. Working the London court circuit as a litigator, Goddard’s reputation soon enabled him to attract as a valuable client the newly created office of The Public Trustee. Years later, that office played a central role in ruining Mary Wynch. With the growth of the practice, Goddard moved to new offices in Sergeant’s Inn in the Temple area of London in 1917.
Over the next 30 years, there was further progress and by 1946 the firm of Theodore Goddard & Co had eight partners. John Theodore Goddard become known nationwide when, in 1936, he was instructed by Mrs Wallis Simpson (the late Duchess of Windsor) to act for her in her divorce proceedings. When King Edward VIII‘s intention to marry Mrs Simpson became known, Goddard became closely involved, at the behest of PM Stanley Baldwin, in the delicate abdication negotiations.
Following Mrs Simpson’s divorce hearing on 27 October 1936, Goddard became concerned that there would be a “patriotic” citizen’s intervention (a legal device to block the divorce), and that such an intervention would be successful. The courts could not grant a divorce by consent of both parties, and so the case was being handled as if it were an undefended at-fault divorce brought against Mr Simpson, with Mrs Simpson as the innocent, injured party. The divorce action would fail if the citizen’s intervention showed that Mrs Simpson had colluded with her husband by, for example, conniving in or staging the appearance of his adultery so that she could marry someone else. On 7 December 1936, the King heard that Goddard planned to fly to the south of France to see his client. The King summoned him and expressly forbade him to make the journey, fearing the visit might put doubts in Mrs Simpson’s mind. Goddard went straight to Downing Street to see Baldwin, as a result of which he was provided with an aeroplane to take him directly to Cannes.
Upon his arrival, Goddard warned his client that a citizen’s intervention, should it arise, was likely to succeed. It was, according to Goddard, his duty to advise her to withdraw her divorce petition. Mrs Simpson refused, but they both telephoned the King to inform him that she was willing to give him up so that he could remain King. It was, however, too late; the King had already made up his mind to go even if he could not marry Mrs Simpson. Indeed, as the belief that the abdication was inevitable gathered strength, Goddard stated that: “[his] client was ready to do anything to ease the situation but the other end of the wicket [Edward VIII] was determined”.
Goddard had a weak heart and had never flown before and so asked his doctor, William Kirkwood, to accompany him on the trip. As Kirkwood was a resident at a maternity hospital, his presence led to false speculation that Mrs Simpson was pregnant and even that she was having an abortion. The press excitedly reported that the solicitor had flown to Mrs Simpson accompanied by a gynaecologist and an anaesthetist (who was actually the lawyer’s clerk).
In 1941, the offices suffered a direct hit during a Blitz air raid and were completely destroyed, together with most of the firm’s records and clients’ papers. The firm then relocated to New Court, immediately behind the Law Courts, when they acted for gangsters linked to the Royal Family and Master of the Rolls, which remained its home until its move to the City of London in 1965.
John Theodore Goddard retired as Senior Partner in 1950 and died in 1952. However, the 1950s saw a period of further growth through amalgamation with, in particular, the City firm of Deacons & Pritchard (founded in 1834) and the firm of Rhys Roberts & Co, founded in 1883 by future PM David Lloyd George, a partner of the firm until his Parliamentary duties grew too burdensome.
The firm of Theodore Goddard developed as a balanced general practice, with an emphasis on private client work. The firm starred in the Profumo Affair. In 1963, then senior partner Derek Clogg was instructed by John Profumo. That was at the very time that Theodore Goddard made my father an offer that they didn’t foresee that he would refuse. The solicitor was referred to in the Hansard transcripts of the House of Commons as “a solicitor of the highest reputation and widest experience” who “has had great experience in cases dealing with libel, with divorce and all those matters where human frailty and possible lying may come into account”. The firm was similarly described as being “a very well known firm of London solicitors”.
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Theodore Goddard & Co. attracted many company clients and the commercial side of the practice grew rapidly. This led to the decision in 1965 to concentrate on this work and move to offices in St. Martin’s Le Grand in the City of London.
Company, commercial and international work continued to increase during the next 20 years, by which time it had become the predominant part of the practice. By the end of the 1980s the London office had grown to a total of over 300 staff with over 40 partners. This made it necessary to move offices again in 1990, this time to offices at 150 Aldersgate Street, which continued to form part of the London network of offices operated by the merged firm Addleshaw Goddard.
During the expansion of the practice throughout the 1990s, the firm at times experimented with international associate offices in Prague, Warsaw, Brussels and Paris amongst others. For a short time, there was also a small office run out of St. Albans.
Theodore Goddard continued to retain a strong media and entertainment law practice alongside a private client capability (including private tax work for members of The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and others and defamation lawyers) at a time when many City law firms were divesting themselves of such business areas and concentrating on pure corporate matters. This diversity occasionally gave rise to high-profile cases involving celebrities including the firm’s instruction in relation to the Hello! magazine dispute over photographs of Catherine Zeta-Jones‘s wedding to Michael Douglas and its appointment by Michael Jackson to advise on the controversial Living with Michael Jackson documentary.
Toward the end of the 1990s and the early part of the 21st century, the firm was linked to a succession of potential merger targets including a rejected offer from Eversheds in 1993 and a proposed tri-partite amalgamation in 1998 with Richards Butler and Denton Hall. However, following a third failed merger attempt in 2001, this time with Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn, the firm’s credibility as a viable partnership was beginning to be called into question in both the legal press and the wider profession.
Consequently, in early 2003 (101 years after the firm was founded) following an approach by North of England firm Addleshaw Booth & Co, the fourth proposed merger was approved with very little resistance from the partnership. Five years on, the merger was described as “the most successful law firm merger since 2000”. As of 2010 the merged firm of Addleshaw Goddard continued to operate out of offices in Leeds, Manchester and London.
I note that Nipper Read was a keen boxing fan and served as Chairman of the British Boxing Board of Control, 1996-2000 and was President, 1997-2005. Which probably solves the mystery of why the BMA – led by Dr John Marks – quietly dropped its absolute determination to outlaw boxing. Marks other Health and Safety campaigns all came to fruition, but not the banning of boxing, which was underpinned by far sounder science that many other successful BMA initiatives. Being hit on the head is not a good idea, even if those being hit on the head are consenting adults who understand the dangers. I’m not suggesting that boxing should be outlawed for such participants but I always wondered why Marks and the BMA backed down 100% on that matter.
I guessed that it was something to do with me, because of the friendship between Dai Davies, a former well-known boxer from Bangor and the Gang. Dai Davies’s brother Steve was an addict and struck fear into the hearts of all. Steve was popularly believed to be seriously mad and dangerous; on one occasion someone jumped out of a window, breaking both legs, rather than remain in the room with Davies as the red mist descended. The Davies’s lived on Maesgeirchan, the location of the Ty’r Felin children’s home where the kids were being trafficked to Dolphin Square and other venues; they were involved in crime with the Gigglers and were friends with Liz Stables, the Angel at the Student Health Centre at UCNW. See previous posts.
As any fule kno, boxing was very popular with boys and young men in the East End and the Krays were enthusiastic boxers. Nipper was almost certainly as bent as the rest of the Met who were on board with the Gigglers and he’ll have been mates with the Krays’ associates via boxing…
Dai Davies was famous as a boxer in the 1960s and it was in 1968 or 69 that he was narrowly beaten in a major bout; I can’t remember exact details, but it was impressive, at British championship level or even at European level. Now however did Dai Davies a Bangor-based boxing champ in the late 1960s get to know Dafydd so well???
BTW thanks to readers who have pointed out that the farmer down the road from Lord Denning who offered father the job on his farm after Maurice had bankrupted him and left him penniless and with nowhere to live, was part of the Cunning Plan as well. I’ve been too busy to think about that, but of course he will have been.
I’ve been told that the advert for a farm worker placed by Jacob Lori just when father needed work was placed in exactly the same spirit as the job adverts to which I responded once the Gang came after me. I have no idea who Jacob was, all I can remember was that he was known for being very cruel to his stock – even by the standards of other farmers – that he was a wealthy big farmer who did things like use machines to dispense his eggs for sale, that he owned several cottages on the farm in which his workers present and retired lived, and he was Jewish. That was never said in the spirit of anti-Semitism, it was just notable, I presume because it was unusual in a farmer. If Jacob had been a Top Doc, lawyer or financier no-one would have batted an eyelid. Jacob could very well have been part of Arnold Goodman’s circle; Goodman was Jewish but he was also a serious criminal in the guise of a philanthropist and man of High Culture. He networked within the Jewish community in particular, even if his best mate was Harold Wilson…
Jacob was probably a deeply criminal man, but I was only a toddler so my mind wasn’t really on such matters. It would explain why the retired farm workers who lived in the cottages next to us were so loathe to have any interaction with Top Docs or other forms of officialdom and it very sadly probably explains why they all died, even Mr Frome’s son George who was much younger than the others, within a few years of us returning to Somerset.
Thanks also to readers for the info that the written account of the visit I paid to where we used to live at Overton in either 1988 or 89 – the only time that I ever returned – that I sent to a third party was copied and passed around various lawyers, including the crooked Andrew Park at the Welsh Office. It was among the batch of documents that were passed to lawyers rather more senior than Park as well, including those containing a benign reference to Jeffrey Archer’s 1987 libel trial that was highlighted and underlined by an unknown hand. Cherie was either still working in George Carman’s Chambers at the time, or she had only recently left. Lord Denning was very much still alive and living just down the road from Overton at Whitchurch. It was in 1988 that Miranda began to be spoken of as a further Leader of the Labour Party.
I’ve been told that those who received copies of my (utterly benign) letter used the info to ‘plan crimes’. The only observations that I made in the letter was that the row of cottages in which we had lived were still there but had been converted into a rather grand house with expensive vehicles parked outside. I think a stables had been built as well; I remember observing that the sort of people living there will not have been the sort of people who lived there in 1964…
If someone somewhere knew that letter was passed around and used ‘to plan crimes’, can anyone explain why I wasn’t told years ago, or indeed how Cherie and Miranda were ever allowed to continue in business let alone become PM and Wife?
It was in 1988 that Fergie’s dad Major Ron, Carlo’s polo manager, hit the headlines after his visits to the Wigmore Club for ‘massages’. Major Ron’s estate and residence, Fergie’s childhood home, was near Overton. It was about then that a smear campaign against Fergie was kicked off by the Top Docs in the London hospitals. See previous posts eg. ‘Tom Thumb and Hidden Bunnies’.
When I visited Overton, Peter Walker was the Secretary of State for Wales, overseeing the crook Andrew Park and his legal division in the Welsh Office and the Welsh Office was in the process of rigging the investigation into my complaint utilising Profs Robert Owen, Bluglass and Colin Berry. The Attorney General was former MDU barrister Patrick Mayhew who in 1990 and 91 authorised all those prosecutions in the High Court against me although he knew that perjury was committed in every one by the Gang; the Lord Chancellor was Lord James Mackay…
Norman Fowler was Secretary of State at the DHSS and Sir Donald Acheson, former Dean of Southampton Medical School in Hampshire, Denning Central, was Chief Medical Officer.
I’ve also been reminded of the many documents relating to the High Court cases of which my files had been cleansed by the time that Keith Thomson the CEO of the NW Wales NHS Trust was forced to hand them over to me or face being jailed for contempt of court in the summer of 2005. I knew that Thomson had perjured himself when he signed his statement pledging that he had released all documents relating to me because although my lawyers sent bailiffs into the Trust to search the premises and seize all records relating to me, weeks afterwards, the Hergest whistleblower told me that no-one had asked him for his records, they were still in his filing cabinet. The Hergest whistleblower was the only member of staff who consistently raised concerns using Public Interest Disclosure (ie. whistleblowing) procedures when he witnessed staff abusing their positions and I knew that he did it with regard to my case on more than one occasion. Everyone knew where the Hergest whistleblower’s records were kept because he was the Senior Occupational Therapist for the Hergest Unit. No-one asked him at any point for his records relating to me.
I’m fairly sure that the records relating to the High Court cases were either removed from my files years ago or were never placed in there. I have recent written admissions from the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board that documents were removed from my files and replaced with ‘tracer notes’ explaining that they’d been removed for storage ‘elsewhere’, but virtually all references to the High Court cases on which I was not jailed as requested have disappeared from my files, let alone the documents themselves.
This is all completely unlawful, so why am I only finding out after all these years that someone knew that this was happening?
Pressure of work has meant that I am a few days late in mentioning that Tim Brooke-Taylor died of Coronavirus. I’m not going to blog much about Brooke-Taylor because his connections to Gigglers are too numerous to particularise as Dafydd would say.
The most obvious points: Brooke-Taylor grew up in Buxton, Derbyshire where his dad was a solicitor. He went to school at Winchester on Lord Denning’s manor and then to Pembroke College, Cambridge. In 1963 Brooke-Taylor was President of Footlights.
Brooke-Taylor was one of the Famous Footlights cohort, two of his close buddies, Graeme Garden and Jonathan Miller, were Top Docs, as of course was his pal Zany Graham. The whole crowd knew about Gwynne and Dafydd and many of that lot were absolutely 100% on board with them. Including John Cleese. Bill Oddie is a birder who knew people who knew me at Bangor. The biggest name out of that crowd of course was David Paradine Frost who moved from the position of Bright Young Thing to very rich TV exec married to a Society Woman – Lady Carina Fitzalan-Howard, daughter of the 17th Duke of Norfolk and who interviewed the likes of Trickie Dickie and other World Leaders. Frostie and Lady Carina lived in Hampshire since the 1980s. Frost keeled over and died in Aug 2013. Thatch had died in April 2013. Frostie’s death was so obviously suspicious; he was on a cruise ship, was not accompanied by his wife as he usually was and had a heart attack just as the ship was too far away from port to get Frosh back to a hospital in time. Frost died after Operation Pallial had begun mounting prosecutions against Gang members who used to work in north Wales, while the Savile Revelations were finally hitting the media, the year after Tony Francis killed himself. Frostie’s son died while he was out jogging not long after his dad died, from the ‘same undiagnosed heart complaint’.
Brooke-Taylor was elected Lord Rector by the students of the University of St Andrews and held office between 1979-82. St Andrews has educated many elite Top Docs, including Gang leaders Robert Bluglass and Sir Douglas Black, both enthusiastic members of the alumni network. Black’s son Andrew, a psychiatrist, also Trained at St Andrews. Lord Robert Kilpatrick reigned over St Andrews in retirement, cluttering up the R&A Golf Club there, which acts as a networking hub for Top Docs.
In this role of Lord Rector, Tim Chaired the University Court and presided over the General Council in the absence of the Chancellor. His installation speech included a mother-in-law joke in Latin and a suggestion his successor should be a woman; he was succeeded by Katherine Whitehorn who was elected unopposed as the University’s first female Rector in 1982. Nothing too rebellious happened there then.
Brooke-Taylor is remembered as an effective Rector who visited the town frequently, took the role seriously, wore a Saltire waistcoat while there and is said to have remarked that St Andrews was “the happiest university” he had been to. Which it might well have been, but while Tim was having a whale of a time himself, Mary Wynch had been imprisoned by Dafydd and the first thing that happened when she made her way to a lawyer in 1980 was the Robert Bluglass was asked to write a new Mental Health Act to ensure that It Could Never Happen Again. 1979 was of course also the year in which Mr Thrope Walked Free From The Old Bailey and the year in which Peter Cook performed his memorable ‘Entirely A Matter For You’ spoof of Sir Joseph Cantley’s summing up at the trial as part of ‘The Secret Policeman’s Ball’ fundraising gig for Amnesty, in which many of Tim’s mates performed. Amnesty was founded by three of Dafydd’s closest supporters in politics/activism ie. David, John and Martin Ennals. Martin Ennals was Secretary General of Amnesty when Tim’s mates took part in the 1979 gig and Tim himself performed in a follow up, ‘The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball’.
Tim was a regular on Radio 4’s ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue’, with others of his vintage who are of Giggles as well as Chairman Humph. Humph was quite a Giggler himself, a lifelong Jazz musician and one of the Posh Famous Lyttelton family, who have bred with the best Giggling lines.
Humph was born at Eton College, (then in Buckinghamshire), where his father, George William Lyttelton (second son of the 8th Viscount Cobham), was a house master. As a male-line descendant of Charles Lyttelton, Humph was in remainder to both the Viscountcy Cobham and the Barony of Lyttelton.) From Sunningdale Preparatory School, Humph progressed to Eton College. He was a cousin of the 10th Viscount Cobham and a great-nephew of the politician and sportsman Alfred Lyttelton, the first man to represent England at both football and cricket, both of whom also attended Eton. At Eton, Humph fagged for Senior Spy who sanctioned assault and the murder of witnesses to Giggles Lord Carrington and formed his love of jazz. Humph was inspired by the trumpeters Louis Armstrong (who subsequently referred to Humph as “that cat in England who swings his ass off”) and Nat Gonella. He taught himself the instrument, and formed a quartet at the school in 1936 that included the future journalist Ludovic Kennedy on drums.
After leaving school, Humph spent some time at the Port Talbot steel plate works in South Wales, an experience which led to his becoming what he termed a “romantic socialist”. After being called up for war service, he was commissioned in the Grenadier Guards on 29 November 1941 alongside future politician Liberal Party Giggler Mark Bonham Carter. Following demobilisation after World War II, Humph attended Camberwell Art College for two years. In 1949, he joined the Daily Mail as a cartoonist, where he remained until 1956. Brave Wendy’s husband was a Jazz musician and Bodger’s crowd favoured Ronnie Scott’s as a venue. Top Doc and Poet Dannie Abse from an extended Gang Giggling family organised the famous Jazz and Poetry events in London during the 1960s.
Close friend of many Gigglers who always happened to be at the scene of the crime, Tim:
Betty William’s husband.
Joe Brown, the famous climber from Llanberis.
On 20 April 2020, The Daily Post published tributes to a Nobel Prize winner from north Wales who had been ‘killed by coronavirus’, Sir John Houghton, the ‘climate change expert’ ie. atmospheric physicist. Houghton was born in Dyserth, Denbighshire, grew up in Rhyl and moved to Aberdyfi in later life. In 2007 the devout Christian accepted the Nobel Prize on behalf of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which Sir John helped create and co-chaired. Sir John shared the honour with US Vice President Al Gore. Sir John’s granddaughter Hannah Malcolm tweeted: John Houghton was born to strict Baptist parents in Dyserth… there’s a sculpture of him in Rhyl alongside Don Spendlove and Mike Peters’.
[Don Spendlove: a Rhyl footballer; Mike Peters of ‘The Alarm’, a big fan of the NHS and a fundraiser for the Betsi.]
Sir John went to Rhyl Grammar School where his dad taught and then studied at Oxford University, beginning his degree at only 16 yrs old, to study maths and physics. In 1958 Sir John was appointed Prof at Oxford and later became Chair of World Climate Research Programme. From 1983 until 1991 Sir John was DG and then Chief Exec of the UK Met Office.
The Centre for Alternative Technology at Machynlleth offered a tribute to Sir John; in 2016 Sir John made a donation to CAT that allowed them to create an annual Sir John Houghton bursary for postgrad students.
On 24 April the Daily Post reported that Sean Tierney has died of Coronavirus in HMP Altcourse in Liverpool. Sean Tierney features in previous posts; he was serving a 15 year jail sentence for two counts of attempted murder after he attacked his neighbours with a machete. Until Tierney was arrested for attempted murder, he was one of Dafydd’s business partners, who lobbied MPs to increase funding to Dafydd’s ventures and told people that Dafydd had helped him more than any other Doc. Tierney claimed to be a Falklands veteran and somehow Dafydd secured him an Army pension. I don’t know how, because Tierney had only spent a short time in the Army as a young man and was kicked out. I saw false ID papers that Tierney was using.
Other activities of Sean’s included: sending threatening and very abusive letters to the former Chief Constable of North Wales, Richard Brunstrom; hiding in people’s gardens staking out their houses; and witness intimidation, in particular victims of sex offenders who were relying on Dafydd’s Expert Evidence to get them out of jail. Sean also was able to gain access to people who were in custody, having been arrested for very serious offences; Sean would turn up in their cell to offer Help from Dafydd.
When Sean was jailed there was not a word in any media report about his Campaigning Work for Dafydd. There is not a word about it in today’s Daily Post either; Sean is described as a ‘former soldier’, rather than a former very dangerous conman working for Dafydd.
30 April 2020: the announcement of the death of Dennis Goldberg the white South African Anti-Apartheid campaigner. See previous posts for details of Goldberg. Goldberg was mates with Dafydd and Gwynne’s pal David Ennals; Ennals’ mate Peter Hain will have known Goldberg as well.