The recent conviction of Andy Coulson for corrupt activities raises some intruiging questions. The period in question was from 11 years ago (2003). See ‘Part 2: Phone Tapping and Payoffs’ on the Concealed Evidence and Disclosure Difficulties page.
On a more positive note, I am heavily involved with the music based activities that are on offer at this prison. Twice a year we put on a concert for inmates and staff. This is not without many challenges, not least getting enough rehearsal time with guys who may be on 4 different wings. Despite this, the summer concert was probably the best prison concert I have been involved in. For the first time in many years I got to play harmonica on one number, as well as drums on a other (thankfully a relatively straightforward number for drums).
The final song gave me a rare moment of euphoric joy – ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ by The Who. Those of you that know me will already be aware how much of a massive fan I have been since I was a bopy and that one of my bands outside was a Who tribute. So, despite last year’s heart attach and, dare I say it, being 46 (ouch!), I couldn’t resists doing the whole Townshend-esque performance including scissor-kicks and windmills. Thanks to the whole band for doing a fantastic job. There is certainly a lot of creative talent in these places.
Be happy, be safe, see you next time.
Graham Coutts, 31st July 2014