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69 years of press coverage for Ray ‘The Cat’ Jones…

Over the past year I’ve devoted a number of blogs to my first cousin once removed Ray ‘The Cat’ Jones. Having talked to various people about Ray and located assorted print references to him made after he’d retired from being … Continue reading

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Jim Daly & the 1973 ‘black power type plot’ at West London Magistrates’ Court

James Daly is one of the many curious underworld figures who knew my mother Julia Callan-Thompson. It seems my mother first came across Daly when they were both scoring smack at 75a Cambridge Gardens in the early 1970s. The gear … Continue reading

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Phil Green & the lost world of London’s beatnik hipsters

It has long been a cliché to say that history is written by the victors, but in terms of the London counterculture it would be far more accurate to state that to date accounts of this scene have largely been … Continue reading

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Grainger & Trina, 2 Ladbroke Grove hipsters of the 1960s…

Two names that come up frequently when I’m looking at the real hip scene of the 1960s are Malcolm Drake AKA Grainger and Trina Simmonds. Their names even appear from time to time in print but to date the semi-official … Continue reading

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