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AN EARLY GAP YEAR

A brief aside to today’s main piece on Major Charles Dixon: his diaries also reveal that after finishing school in 1911, he spent a year trekking across South America, visiting San Salvador, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro before working on a cattle ranch in La Penca.

Who said gap year travel was a new phenomenon?

A COMMENT ON THE MUSIC?

Delightful goings-on at Sheffield venue The Harley, in Glossop Road.

London band Fat White Family have been barred from playing there after a gig last week.

Their crime? Mid-way through the show, it seems the lead singer decided it would be rock n roll to join the ranks of famous number twos, like Ultravox’s Vienna, and wipe the contents of his hand on the bass player.

“If you think that sounds a little juvenile, you should hear their music,” noted one gig-goer. “Not exactly The Clash.”

HEROES

From weirdos to heroes, and reader Susan Richardson gets in touch following our article on the Mi Amigo plane crash.

She was two-years-old and living in Peveril Road when the American Flying Fortress crashed into nearby Endcliffe Park in 1944, killing all 10 crew.

“Throughout the rest of her life whenever my mother recalled the incident there were tears in her eyes right up to when she was 90,” writes Susan. “Had it not been for the courageous actions of the pilot in manoeuvring the plane away from houses I may well have not been alive today.”

HEROES, PART TWO

And another reader calls in on the same subject.

“Wouldn’t it be nice,” he says, “if the Endcliffe Park Cafe was renamed Mi Amigo’s in the crew’s honour?”