Blustery winds combined with hills was enough to abandon the bike. As my daily stride count had fallen well below the 20,000 average it was time for a stroll to Gwithian. On the way one admired the strange crops farmers have these days…
Compared the feeble looking blackberries when compared with their luscious Mancunian cousins…
And here we are….
That seems to have done it….
Note to self: remember to wear shorts for such excursions 😎☀️
Intrigued one turned to the Interwebs to find out more….
Nancy Dupree was a music teacher in New York in the 1960s. Seeing that the children had no interest in the official bland and boring curriculum she encouraged them to start writing their own songs related to their lives while introducing them to the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone et.al…
They produced enough songs to record a whole album which they called Ghetto Reality. Encountering Moses Asch she badgered him into releasing the album on his Folkways Records label.
She was eventually sacked from the teaching job, ostensibly for refusing to wear the required high heels, and was alarmed to see the school call the police to remove the children protesting about her departure.
She subsequently worked in various jobs, made recordings of her poetry, associated with the Black Panthers, wrote a play and died of leukaemia at the age of 44.