Look over yonder... it’s me.

Or: Mr. Valkhoff goes to Hollywood.

Do you know the thing when something is staring you in the face for decades, but you don’t see it? Last week I was bored and was watching the video of the 1969 Royal Albert Hall concert I went to. I suddenly realized that if I could figure out where my seat was in the hall, maybe I could spot myself in the audience. As it turns out, Jimi is in the middle of a direct line between me and the stage left camera. This I figured out by looking at the photos I took. I also noticed I was not that far away from the stage at all. While watching the video (with my bored head), I suddenly saw myself sitting the audience! Not only that, but I can be seen trougout the movie many times, watching the show, checking my surroundings, resting my tired head on my hand, holding my photo camera for a long time trying to catch that extra special moment, and even smoking a cigarette! (Not sure if that was allowed, but I suppose many others were doing the same?). It’s really strange to see myself sitting there after almost 50 years. And to think I’ve had that video for decades, but never realized I’m included in the footage. Can’t wait to see the movie being released soon!

Me holding my photo camera for minutes to get that 'one' special snapshot.

Me blowing out smoke.

Noel hates the Bahamas

Mitch Mitchell: We actually managed three days off, so I flew to the Bahamas with a girlfriend. Noel joined us, which was odd, because he really doesn’t like sunshine, beyond the odd hour lying by the pool. He gave it all of three hours, whereupon he decided he hated the Bahamas and flew straight back again. More here.