The Gonzo Daily: Monday
In early 1976 I became friends with a schoolboy a year or so younger. His name was Martin “Dickie” Dowding, he was a fine guitarist even aged fifteen or whatever he was then, and was happy to become embroiled in various projects of mine over the next few years. He would always tell an embarrassing story about me and events that I caused of which I have no memory whatsoever.
Apparently, he was aged about 17, which would’ve made me pushing 20. He was queued up outside the old Stella Maris convent in Bideford, which for many years was a girl’s school, and he was hoping to gain entry to a dance there. The problem was that his ticket was forged, and he didn’t want to attract any attention from the fierce looking nuns on the gate. Along comes me, slightly wasted, and shouts from the other side of the road: “Dowding you old M*********** how the ***ing *** are you?” Whereupon the fiercest of the two nuns reached over and silently tore up his ticket.
So we went down the pub instead.
Seven or eight years ago his wife Sara died of cancer, and so, when Corinna died, I knew somebody who had been through the same thing before I had. Martin was heartbroken, and never really recovered. Yesterday he died of COVID-19 and 45 years of my life went with him.
He used to come out and have dinner with me and Corinna and Mother and we always enjoyed his visits. I don’t know if I ever told him that I loved him, but I always did. He was a quiet, gentle, unassuming man and the world is a considerably shittier place without him.
Love and Peace
From me and Lilith Tinkerbell the cat
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