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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

DAVE LEE TRAVIS

Date: 24th February 2014

A few weeks ago I wrote an extensive Blog in support of my friend Dave Lee Travis.  I was ordered to take it down - which I did.

Dave was acquitted on 11 of 13 charges.  On the news just now it was announced that the Crown Prosecution Service is going to mount another trial on the two counts over which the jury could not agree.  Remember that it is our Taxes which pay for the CPS - so there's no bottom to the money pot!

My heart sank and my sympathy goes out to Dave and Marianne - haven't they been through enough.  They have been forced to sell their home to pay for legal costs, have been through 18 months of hell and Marianne is recovering from breast cancer.  Now they have to go through more strain and another nightmare.  Please God these accusations don't stick.  However should the jury rule in Dave's favour I doubt there is any redress open to him - no claim for damages and the like.   Unlike the fatuous claims of some of his 'victims', Dave' and Marianne's lives really have been ruined.

It is rather interesting that the jury in another trial only took five hours to dismiss six much more serious charges of Rape.  But the trial was up North - Corry heartland - did that play a part in the verdict?

Sorry, but I think this is a Witchhunt because of the failure in bringing Savile to justice.  He's dead and nothing can be done about his terrible crimes so we have knee jerk reaction over incidents which may or may not have taken place decades ago and which bear no relation to Savile's heinous crimes.

If one were to bring to trial all the men who've behaved in a misappropriate way by 'touching up' the opposite sex, I reckon you'd fill the Court rooms for decades.  But these men aren't ever likely to be accused or brought to trial because they aren't 'Personalities' - they aren't High Profile.  Nuff said!

I take The Week and there was a very interesting letter published in this week's issue.  I can't scan it and enter it into the Blog so I shall have to copy and type it.

Bottom pinching on TOTP

To The Daily Telegraph

I was a professional dancer in the 1970's, appearing on Top of the Pops for a year.

It was the fashion to wear a dress so short that any slight movement meant one's underwear could be seen.  I would wear knickers over my tights that matched my dress, as it was expected that the cameramen would try to get shots of these while we dancers gyrated on a platform.

We dressed provocatively to get noticed.  I can remember that if the DJ or one of the production team didn't make a pass or pinch my bottom there was a feeling that I was not attractive.  I did not find it offensive - I am of the era when you were flatterd if a builder whistled at you.

I am in no way endorsing inappropriate behaviour, but for the 'carnival princess' who accused Dave Lee Travis of assaulting her to say she has suffered '40 years of hell' is hard to believe.

I was fortunate that during my year at TOTP I did not encounter Jimmy Savile.  I do still have my album signed by Tony Blackburn, which was presented to me for winning best dancer.  I was invited to the BBC Bar, where even Morecambe & Wise flirted.

I have left out the lady's name but she wrote from Berkshire.

In the 60's and 70's the culture was entirely different and though, not correct, touching up was rife.  And I also echo her sentiments about an appreciative whistle.  And there was couch casting. I missed out on jobs because of 'not succumbing'. It probably still goes on today.  

Please don't get me wrong - I have every sympathy with any innocent female who is approached inappropriately but decades ago, and still today, just as the lady from TOTP said 'Some are asking for it'.

 

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