Taken at East Oxford Community Centre for a newspaper story on their open day - we almost lived there we practiced there so much.'The Routinies', myself, Richie Guy & Rick Taylor, got our act together here.We performed for the Oxford University Summer Balls, we did about a dozenat which there were amazing scenes of the rich at play, some ugly stuff, real debauchery, but mainly there was amazing extravagance. Fountains of champagne, famous bands, laser shows and the like. One lady, the Duchess of something or other, broke a string of pearls. I just assumed that they were fake. They all bounced down some stairs and the people around started to pick them up. I had two hand fulls and as I gave them back I said something like 'I hope they're not real'. She said 'Of course they're real darling, do you think I'd come to the ball wearing paste?'. There must have been thousands of pounds worth bouncing down those stairs.
Hughie 15 Oct 2000