26. “Les Quatres Mousequettaires” – tail piece!

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How are the Four Musketeers coping now with the celebrity and high of Christmas coming? My guess is D’Artagnan (Ian) is still in search of the elusive, American dream (no bad thing). Athos (Will) will still be seeking a women of a certain age (usually 20 years younger than his good self – she’d better not be any less than 18 but he wisely picks his third wife as a stabiliser. His own natural pick (and shovel !) – his type, has long gone, so maybe the settled, relaxed life is more for him than he cares to admit. It’s pointless now anyway, the “brownie pointless” striving for what doesn’t really exist, it is much more smoke and mirrors and life seems to be getting too short for mistakes that last too long ie ‘Pointless’. “Pointless”, now there’s a little game show I couldn’t get in to for a while and now I’m hooked! Lovely Alexander Armstrong and the gigantic (6 Ft 9in) and brainy, Richard Osman.




As for Porthos (Nigel), age and multiple episodes of unfortunate ill health have left Nig as adorable as ever, but treading carefully with heart issues. However, after the reviving banter of the weekend and the re-union, the 4 Mouseketeers do indeed ride again. Here’s some photographic proof! A summer re-reunion may be on the cards!

Eli trip Nigel Ian Elaine Will


Elaine Colin Crail 1

Everyone of my musical heroes apart from the 27 year old “early death club” (Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Nick Drake, Jim Morrison, Keith Moon, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse), have found a means of cracking some code for survival, often in what now looks like a transfused, cadaverous shell, perhaps rejuvenated by the smell of, the taste of, and actual blood!) Come to think of it, I could do with a little haemoglobin top-up myself.

Nick Drake Montage
Nick Drake (b. 1949, d. 1974)  A fragile, tortured genius who believed his mentors about how good he was (terrific in fact) and then couldn’t resolve why no-one bought his LPs – all still available in all formats.  Five Leaveas Left – My favourite.

Here’s a few of these long term survivors:

BB King, Bob Dylan, Hank Marvin, Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, John Mayall, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce (d. 2015), Spencer Davis and Stevie Winwood,(Traffic, Blind Faith) Eric Burden, Long John Baldry, Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, Stevie Marriot (The Small Faces and Faces), Georgie Fame, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Van Morrison, Brian Wilson, Dave Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Neil Young, (CSNY), Linda Rondstat, Jimmy Page, Peter Green(baum), Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) and Mick Abrahams (Jethro Tull and Blodwyn Pig), Paul Rogers, Andy Fraser (d, 2015) both of Free, Chris Rea, Mark Knopfler, Nanci Griffiths, Brian Ferry, The Who’s Pete Townshend and Roger Daltry, Sting, Eric Bibb, Keb’ ‘Mo’, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, The Eagles, etc… where do you stop?

 Peter Green(baum) in his Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac days (1968)

Peter Green Montage

Try the song, I Loved Another Woman – Magic!


One thought on “26. “Les Quatres Mousequettaires” – tail piece!

  1. Porthos here mate. Unfortunately Stevie Marriot passed on in a fire at his cottage somewhere in East Anglia. I met him in a bar in the red light district of Amsterdam when he was touring with his new band ‘Steve Marriots Packet of Three’. Great bloke and a Great singer and composer. He was also in ‘Humble Pie’.
    Quite pleased with some of the photos by the way. I will see if the docs will allow me to fly to Will’s place in the summer so we can get a tan and eat good food (if Will gets off the baked beans).


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