Walking through Almyrida one gloriously hot morning, I met a good friend of mine. Nikos and I have been friends ever since myself and Jacky moved to Crete in 2010. Nikos had left his home on the island of Ithaca to look for work and after a brief stay in Athens became a resident of Crete.
Over an early drink in a taverna along Beach Road he told me about his latest entrepreneurial gambit. I say gambit because he tells me that all of his ventures are always successful.
His latest idea was to promote the Apokoronas and get all the taverna owners to buy into it. He was going to produce branding for the new venture, menus and flyers for the restaurants and be the host on a radio station.
He said he could manage all of this except the radio station although he wanted to be the DJ as he had been a DJ before. He hosted the Almyrida Music Festival for a few years, so I knew he could do this. The rest of it ? I wasn't sure.
I had never designed or developed a radio / music online station before and I knew this wasn't going to be easy. It was probably that part of the challenge that motivated me to look into the production of an online music station. I had to read up about Shoutcast and Icecast, something I knew nothing about.
I immediately found that the hardest part was to settle on a company that could host all the music as a server with sufficient capacity for a music station would need to be very large. The first two companies that I signed up to were no good at all. The first went bust after a couple of weeks and the second company had just too many rules to abide by.
I eventually came across an advert for ComCities, signed up and I am still with them. A very helpful support team and the cheapest around. I now find the music station the most interesting and satisfying web site that I have. The motivation now is listening to the shows.
This has been updated as the site has moved to a new location 01/03/2020.
I was born aged zero in Hitchin maternity hospital and returned to our family home in Chilvers Bank, Baldock. It would appear that up to the age of eleven I was attentive, captain of all sports and clever. In fact everything that I wasn't for the five years following at the local Grammar School. Except maybe the clever bit.
Rather a misspent youth during the early sixties where bunking off school was a bit of the norm for me to watch Clapton, Beck, John Mayall, The Yardbirds, Georgie Fame, et al, practicing for a session at the Marquee when it was in Oxford Street and after it turned from Jazz into R&B, Oh, and that R&B is British rhythm and blues, not that crap US R&B style. The club was easy to sneak into then because it was an old cinema and everyone knows how to sneak into a cinema. When the Marquee moved to Wardour Street it was nearly impossible to get into without a ticket. We also frequented the 100 club nearby where my pal used to like losing his money to the local cardsharps upstairs. I was later to return to the 100 club as a security associate for a professional card player who never seemed to lose but was the biggest wimp you could imagine. We used to sneak into the Flamingo, which was difficult, to watch Georgie Fame, Chris Farlowe and the brilliant Zoot Money etc and we got thrown out of Ronnie Scotts jazz club more times than I care to remember, thats when it was in Gerrard Street, played proper bluesy jazz, and all the big names would hang around. But it was all worth it. I’ve had a passion for music ever Since. Let it be said I was also fascinated by London and all it offered during the early sixties. As I've said before:
" I've never let school get in the way of a good education "
When my old headmaster Fred Lill expelled me, he said I would wind up in the gutter with all the other trash. He loved me really but his Parkinsons always put him in a bad mood. Tried Art School, but couldn't hack having no money. I've not done too badly, I found the working environment more challenging than school which was just utterly boring. I now live in my own lovely stone villa with a pool on the Greek island of Crete, with a lovely wife. I have two children and three grandchildren, all boys, Nate the eldest then Buddy, then Noah. We had another grandchild, Rocco, but she died shortly after being born. A terrible time for all of us, but especially our son and daughter in law.
I am now a published photographer after spending most of my life in construction management and have become expert with Adobe Photoshop. I design websites and blogs in my retirement years. I'm getting fairly good at networking ( not social ) and coding which is quite difficult at my age. Not TOO BAD !
I hope you enjoy my music. The playlists will be updated every month ( if I'm not too busy designing and developing a website or CMS ) and I’ve a new quiz where you can try your hand at anything. I believe the music to be the best on the web as each track is hand picked not by a robot operating randomly but by me. I’m Terence Bridge and I live with my lovely wife Jacky on this beautiful Greek island of Crete.
One last thing before I sign off. All the selfish people who voted for Brexit should have their passports removed and never allowed any visas to any countries. After all that would be the same as those poor people trying to escape the tyrrany in their own countries. Just saying .......