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Ahead Of Pope Francis’ Visit I Share With YOU “The Strawbs” Singing “The Man Who Called Himself Jesus”.

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by Anura Guruge

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This could CHANGE your life.

Please do yourself a HUGE favor and listen to it.
Least you can do for me after ALL we have been through. SMILE.

This was one of my first FORMATIVE songs.


PLEASE click to access the YouTube video. This is transformative!

Growing up in the U.K, on my own, kind of abandoned by my adoptive parents, c. 1970, aged 17, I started discovering NON MAINSTREAM groups. “The Strawbs” was the FIRST such group I discovered. I think I went to one of their concerts BECAUSE it was the ONLY one I could afford to take a date on! Good reason as any. It was a fancy venue on the banks of the Thames. They, “The Strawbs”, that night blew both of us away BUT for the world of me I can’t remember who she was. Story of my life. But, luckily “The Strawbs” made much more of a lasting impression. I still have, in vinyl form, my original “Strawbs” LPs.

I loved this song. I am not a Christian, never have been, never will be, but I like these words. I like the BIT about what Jesus will say IF asked about the pope.

I went onto become a HUGE fan of “Dave Cousins“. You have heard of Dave … right?

Here, PLEASE check out the Wikipedia entry for “The Strawbs”.

So, PLEASE. Indulge me. Listen to this. It will make an impression. Cheers. SMILE.

A Cheap Jensen Record Player Rounded Off My ‘Now You Are 60’ Christmas Of Nostalgia.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I did not know about the toy tin train or the Queen’s coronation cover,
but I had asked for a big Poppy Pin from the U.K.
and a Jensen record player (turntable).


Why I hadn’t got a Jensen earlier is just another one of those inexplicable mysteries that litter my life.

Yes, I have two (I think) turntables and a few old amplifiers and speakers stored in various nooks and crannies
but they have never been hooked up.

I did have a record player when we lived in Gilford but I gave it away
because I planned to get a new one. Well that was 7 years ago.

My last real system was my Linn Sondek, Naim and Linn Isobarik
system, which I had bought in the U.K.,
in 1981 when I first started doing public seminars.

I just checked eBay. The prices are crazy.
I think they were crazy in 1981 but my finances were different.
I don’t need a Linn right now — or ever.

There was a time when I had over 600 LPs.

I whittled that down to about 300 when we lived in Gilford.

Then I decided just to keep the very special ones and threw the others away.

I now have about 60 — most from the late 1960s and early 1970.

They have seen a lot of use.

I would cringe have a $500 Klyde cartridge traversing those grooves.

Actually haven’t bothered to check what the cartridge situation
is with the Jensen.

OK. I just checked. ~$35. Hhhhmmm.

I had, and still have, some very esoteric, eclectic, kind-of-folksy
taste in music. Here are some of the LPs that I have
been listening to, again, with the Jensen.

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I had genuinely missed the ‘Strawbs‘.
‘The Man Who Called Himself Jesus’ still does numbers on me.

I saw the ‘Strawbs’, kind of by mistake, in 1969.

‘If it was so simple’ by ‘Longdancer‘ is my theme song for life.

Pentangle‘ should have been bigger.

I saw ‘Quintessence‘ in Swansea in 1972 or 1973.

“Matthew’s Southern Comfort”.
That is WHY my son is called “Matthew”!
That tells its own story.
I wanted to call him ‘Gordon’ after my all time hero Gordon Greenidge.
I was told I couldn’t because it sounded too Judaic!
Never understood that. So the compromise was: Matthew Gordon Guruge.
The only child that I named that has a middle name.