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Aintree Iron: The Autobiography of Fred and Mercy Rimell

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He would travel from his home in Aintree to Liverpool city centre on a Friday and Saturday night, dressed in a shabby old military overcoat and berret, with his war medals on. The "Iron" was an abbreviation of "Gridiron", given to two sets of sidings at the departure end of the yard, where trains were held before being despatched on their way. The one that got me, though, was this totally bouncy ditty that pays tribute to Lydia Pinkham’s pills for women.

Growing up my Dad always told me I lived on the Aintree iron because the block it is on is shaped like an iron; it has the Black Bull pub at on point, Longmoor Lane school at another and a derelict site at the third point, I'm not sure what the third point used to be as I'm too young to remember it. Last night, after a whisky and a long day, the words of the song ‘Thank U very much for the Aintree Iron’ came into my head, as these things do. They shared the concert with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, OMD and the Liverpool Chinese Children's Pagoda Orchestra. In October 2013 and 2014, the two played at the Heswall Arts Festival with musician and poet Keith Wilson, an occasional member of the line-up since 2008.Change country: -Select- Albania Algeria American Samoa Andorra Angola Anguilla Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Azerbaijan Republic Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Brazil British Virgin Islands Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Islands Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Colombia Comoros Cook Islands Costa Rica Cyprus Czech Republic Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) Democratic Republic of the Congo Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia Gabon Republic Gambia Georgia Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guam Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Honduras Hong Kong Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iraq Ireland Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Laos Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macau Macedonia Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Marshall Islands Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Micronesia Moldova Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Namibia Nepal Netherlands Netherlands Antilles New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norway Oman Pakistan Palau Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Portugal Puerto Rico Qatar Republic of Croatia Republic of the Congo Reunion Romania Rwanda Saint Helena Saint Kitts-Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines San Marino Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands South Africa South Korea Spain Sri Lanka Suriname Swaziland Sweden Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania Thailand Togo Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda United Arab Emirates United Kingdom Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Vatican City State Venezuela Vietnam Virgin Islands (U. It is still spoken in certain circles that when local people are going on holiday they contact the movement to keep an eye on their property. Mike McGear and Roger McGough wrote Lily the Pink as a cleaned up version of an earlier American folk song, The Ballad of Lydia Pinkham. Others were equally insistent on it being variously (a) a tree (b) Liverpool Football Club (c) Brian Epstein (d) a railway yard (e) an iron foundry (f) an open-air urinal ? The most likely answer I have so far is a canal bridge over the Leeds/Liverpool Canal on Aintree Lane, just inside the boundary of Aintree Village.

Since then he has arguably maintained the highest-profile and most sustained post-Scaffold career, still appearing regularly as a vocal performer on British radio and television, and continuing to be a highly regarded poet and author.I said, ‘Bugger all,’ and he said, ‘You’ve got six kids, we should try and do a single and get you some money. Andy) Roberts, (Neil) Innes, McGear, McGough and (Viv) Stanshall; theirs was a brief recording and playing career, often as intense as it was anarchic. Thanks for adding to the confusion about the aintree iron and I completely understand the reason for you not knowing what the heck your song is about as I'm sure you're aware in that period there was a lot of substance use that clouded many a song lyric lol. Why do Scousers who make a packet of money all insist on telling us how fab a city it is whilst making urgent efforts to move away? In an interview upon the single's release, McGear said "we recorded it because we wanted to bring a spark of happiness into this hard, dull world of ours.

This refers to " The Aintree Institute " on Longmoor Lane, where the Beatles and many other groups played during 1960's. So although West Ham are one of the few other clubs I kind of like, I'm afraid I hope they get well and truly stuffed this afternoon. I have never commented on Brian's sexuality, and I could never have said that he was a resident of Aintree, as he didn't live there. When the song came out we couldn't understand why The Scaffold made reference to it but we never considered it to be anything else.The Scaffold’s career outlasted that of McGear’s brother’s band, their name kept in the public eye with the Liver Birds 70s TV sitcom theme and their farewell single, a gloriously lugubrious version of Dominic Behan’s Liverpool Lou (an excellent compilation of most of The Scaffold’s work is currently available, though a new collection is in the works – hopefully this one will contain their timelocked rarity, Decimal Five, a song designed to help sell decimalisation to the masses). Read more about the condition Very Good: A book that has been read and does not look new, but is in excellent condition. This does not prevent another 70-odd people from doing so with absolute certainty: it’s the Black Bull pub, it’s Liverpool slang for money, it’s a building that looks like an iron from above, Irish stout, the shape of the racecourse, a betting system, a factory horn, a woman who took in ironing, a club where Mersey musicians performed, an anagram of the name of a heckler in said club, urinals used by dockers, a railway bridge, the iron railings round the racecourse, Liverpool FC, Jesus Christ. The new album again featured most of the musical performers from Grimms and as such, like the earlier McGough And McGear album, it relied less heavily than usual on purely spoken-word material. Additionally, although not officially credited as a permanent member of the group during its heyday, guitarist Andy Roberts was a frequent musical collaborator from as far back as 1962, acting as musical director and arranger in a live setting throughout their career and playing on a large number of their releases.

And that’s why, when our kid launched his first Wings in London, I was having a wee and this lad comes in and says, ‘Hi, Mike. In this series of informative five-minute programmes, titled Decimal Five and shown on BBC1, their songs included such relevant lyrics as "Give more, get change" and "Use your old coppers in sixpenny lots". The song notably starts with the line 'Thank you very much for the Aintree Iron', which has caused much speculation over the meaning of Aintree Iron, with McGear having repeatedly refused to divulge its meaning. I remember that time because I walked into Savile Row to show them my new shiny leather jacket and they were actually filming. Working almost exclusively as a trio under the name the Scaffold from 1964, Gorman, McGear and McGough performed a mixture of comic songs, comedy sketches and the poetry of McGough (as evidenced on their 1968 live album), and they released a number of singles and albums on Parlophone and EMI between 1966 and 1971, with several more on Island, Warner Bros.

It turns out Innes wasn’t just personal friends with the members; his second post-Bonzo band was in fact GRIMMS, which was composed of the three members of the Scaffold, himself, a gent named Andy Roberts, and the one and only Viv Stanshall. Richard - Mike McGear went through some long drawn out court case recently where a waitress accused him of making inappropriate advances on her. I said, ‘Yes, please’… We recorded Leave It at Abbey Road, sent it to New York and the Eastmans said, ‘Great, can you do an album?

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