A Crafty Cigarette

Crafty Cigarette


It was April 1980 and punk was dying.

Dig the new breed who were still pretty much the old breed with the occasional knob on. The Jam, the Clash and the Stranglers were no longer punk bands in any sense of the word. They’d ‘progressed’. A straight punk band wasn’t cool any more. Ska had wrestled the scene away from punkified London and carried it off to a ghost town in the bleak midwest for a bleak midwinter. It wouldn’t survive.

“Tomorrow when we meet…..
jarring collisions on hostile street”
(Dave Waller, front endpaper, Notes From Hostile Street, 1979).


ZANI talks to Rick Buckler about his life in the Jam. Subjects covered - the early days of the Jam, the early line-ups, the Sex Pistols (what catalysts they turned out to be), The Jam Suits, the perils of playing a gig in dark glasses, the legendary Jam soundchecks and a Joey Ramone anecdote thrown in.
/Bastoy Prison Norway 1
©Words Piers Hernu

Can a prison possibly justify treating its inmates with saunas, sun beds and deck chairs if that prison has the lowest reoffending rate in Europe? Live reports from Norway on the penal system that runs contrary to all our instincts – but achieves everything we could wish for An inmate convicted of murder sunbathes outside the wooden cottage where he lives.
/high street connections with clothes at the top of my list mick harwood zani 1.

I was thinking today about how times have changed in retail since I bought my first Harrington and docs as a 15 year old back in 1978. I then recollect a year or so later having my first job (16 year olds with jobs , well some things definitely have changed) and buying my first crombie, then a tonic suit, followed by a boating blazer.

It’s called Saltdean, and I presume the derivation originates from the sulphurous air that permeates the atmosphere from the sea. It’s about five or six miles outside of Brighton, and unlike its celebrated neighbour, it’s bereft of any of the trappings that you’d expect to find at the seaside; no pier, no cafe, no illuminations or smell of fish and chips. In fact, aside from an imposing hotel that wouldn’t be out of place in The Shining, there’s very little here in Saltdean that one could call memorable.

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