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Mark Knopfler Discussion Forum / Re: happy 84th birthday to our hero (nudge nudge)
« Last post by hunter on August 17, 2022, 08:48:31 am »
The year was 1994. I was a fresh faced 16 year old and despite my tender years I was something of an old head on young shoulders. As such it was with some excitement when I saw that Hank was coming to play locally, at the much missed Capitol Theatre here in Aberdeen.
 
I secured tickets for me, and my mum, the only person who wanted to come with me, and counted down the days before I could enjoy a performance by the guitar twangin’, rhyme slangin’ maestro.
 
I went to  note the date on my calendar – this was a freebie given away by Q Magazine and included various bits of “on this day” trivia throughout the year. I was amazed to notice that the date of the gig – 28th October – was Hank’s birthday – surely a good omen for a fantastic show.
 
The show itself was a great affair but I was surprised when no one in Hank’s band made reference to the occasion – who wouldn’t want 2,000 Aberdonians giving them a chorus of Happy Birthday To You? But I resolved to make sure the occasion didn’t go unmarked. You see, I had brought along my copy of The Shadows 20 Golden Greats with a view to catching Hank at the stage door for an autograph, and this was a great chance to wish him many happy returns.
 
I dutifully lined up with a small band of fellow autograph hunters and was amazed when someone actually came to the door and let us back IN to the venue to meet the great man. Inside they had lined up trestle tables and there sat the man himself, cheerfully signing everything put in front of him with his famous toothy smile in full force.
 
I got to the front and as he was signing I took my opportunity. “Happy Birthday Hank” I said with youthful enthusiasm. Hank looked at me. Actually it was more of a stare. The smile had disappeared. Time seemed to stand still. He thrust the signed album back at me. “Thanks” he replied, completely deadpan.
 
I walked out, tail somewhat between my legs, wondering how I could have possibly upset him. After all, I had remembered his birthday – no one in his own band had for god’s sake!
 
It was only years later I learned that Hank is in fact a devout Jehova’s Witness.
 
Now, I respect any person’s personal faith, but couldn’t he have forced a smile and some appreciation for a sincere gesture from a young kid?
 
Don’t talk to me about Hank B Marvin.


Wow, that's weird behavior by Marvin. You'd think he'd be more generous to someone who clearly isn't familiar with the rules of his religion.
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Mark Knopfler Discussion Forum / Re: 12 year old local hero gets signed LP
« Last post by hunter on August 17, 2022, 08:45:22 am »
Nice gesture by Mark, indeed, but the boy, though! What a beautiful thing for a 12-year-old to do.
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Mark Knopfler Discussion Forum / 12 year old local hero gets signed LP
« Last post by border_reiver on August 17, 2022, 08:31:04 am »
This article was very wholesome. What a nice gesture by the man. These things lighten up gloomy days.  :)

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/busker-12-sent-record-knopfler-24768868

"A 12-year-old boy caught the attention of Mark Knopfler when he performed Local Hero on his guitar outside St James' Park.

Joe Bartley, from Denton Burn, Newcastle, played for 45 minutes on his Gibson guitar ahead of Newcastle United's opening Premier League match against Nottingham Forest. When he finished, he donated around half of his busking money to the to the Newcastle West End Foodbank.

Just days later, Joe donated the other half of his money to Maggie's Newcastle, a cancer care centre which his grandmother Gwenda Fletcher, 71, visits at the Freeman Hospital. The youngster also performed for visitors in the garden.

On Tuesday morning, Joe received a signed vinyl of Local Hero along with a note from the former Dire Straits singer. The note read: "You're sounding dead good, Joe. Stick at it! Very best wishes, Mark Knopfler ' "
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Don’t really mean to hijack the thread but surely the best book to say what The Bible teaches is The Bible itself.

And it teaches you how to become an atheist, lol!

That’s a shame. It did the opposite for me.
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Mark Knopfler Discussion Forum / Re: Back in the Day on Spotify!
« Last post by quizzaciously on August 16, 2022, 10:18:12 pm »

I like it when Mark plays blues, jazzy stuff (though not Back In The Day so much), and country rock, but I'd love to hear something a little less polite and polished. I also think Mark's at his best doing melancholic and a little sinister/cynical material. That, with a sound similar to Dylan's Time Out of Mind, yes, please. (Sorry, Guy, that means adios to your pop inklings, synths and sound effects.) Dream on, right?

Many years ago I emailed Guy and asked him about Mark bringing in an outside producer to shake things up a little and maybe light a fire under Mark.  I threw the name Daniel Lanois out as an example.

To his credit, Guy replied that he would "love to have Daniel Lanois sort Mark out", and also that it would never happen.  Too bad.

It says a lot. I don't think it's a bad thing, though... If Mark doesn't want it, so whatever. It may not work after all, no guarantee it will be great automatically. Maybe it's better for Mark to stick to his usual guns.
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Don’t really mean to hijack the thread but surely the best book to say what The Bible teaches is The Bible itself.

And it teaches you how to become an atheist, lol!
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Don’t really mean to hijack the thread but surely the best book to say what The Bible teaches is The Bible itself.
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Mark Knopfler Discussion Forum / Re: happy 84th birthday to our hero (nudge nudge)
« Last post by Stanko on August 16, 2022, 07:53:58 pm »
...

via the legendary watchtower?
I met two missionaries, a couple in their late 40's from US and I studied with them in Croatian! What amazed me about them is that they learned Croatian for the purpose of their ministry. And the study was all for free.
We remained in contact, albeit they are now in US. They connected me with their fellow Croatians when they left.
As I remember they lived in Croatia as a missionaries more then 10 years.
As for the watchtower magazine, yes, we used it sometimes in our studies.
I remember the book we studied was called What Does The Bible Really Teach.
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Very interesting topic discuss here with meaningful content. Also waiting for your next post.
If you browse around the forum you'll find other great discussions such as this one. Talking about Mark's fashion choices is just as important as his musical career.
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Mark Knopfler Discussion Forum / Re: Back in the Day on Spotify!
« Last post by TJ on August 16, 2022, 05:27:17 pm »

I like it when Mark plays blues, jazzy stuff (though not Back In The Day so much), and country rock, but I'd love to hear something a little less polite and polished. I also think Mark's at his best doing melancholic and a little sinister/cynical material. That, with a sound similar to Dylan's Time Out of Mind, yes, please. (Sorry, Guy, that means adios to your pop inklings, synths and sound effects.) Dream on, right?

Many years ago I emailed Guy and asked him about Mark bringing in an outside producer to shake things up a little and maybe light a fire under Mark.  I threw the name Daniel Lanois out as an example.

To his credit, Guy replied that he would "love to have Daniel Lanois sort Mark out", and also that it would never happen.  Too bad.
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