Henry Dunne – Season 02 / Ep 03

Come America
Show me all that you possess
And I’ll bring London

A bit like my dad and a bit like my mum, his sister, my Uncle Henry ap-proached his interview a little nonplussed. Not in the ‘who could possi-bly be interested in hearing about my life and musical history’ kind of way that so many of my modest astronauts wrongly assume. More of a ‘what’s this odd nephew of mine up to now’ situation.

I had driven my wife and children down from North Carolina on a diet of Subway sandwiches and soundtrack of Marc Maron’s life-changing WTF pod-cast, to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Hurricane Florence was tracking slowly towards us, a Category Five giant of a storm that, in my mind, lent an added pathos to proceedings. My uncle had already told us he planned to stay where he was and ride the thing out come what may (and despite mandatory evacuation orders).

It’s not so very hard to draw a clear line between this no-nonsense, stubborn attitude and the man I have known and heard about my entire life. Deeply thoughtful and smart, he nonetheless comes with a ‘handle with care’ label earned over many authoritarian years both in his youth in post-war London and his new life in the new land across the pond.

You might hear me working hard in this one. Certainly I found it as dif-ficult to navigate as the interview with my dad but for different rea-sons. I wasn’t sure quite what to expect but I don’t think it was the raw emotion and tears that bubbled to the surface like water from this old East End geezer.

I know his children and relatives, my extended family, will listen to this. I don’t know if he will. I hope he does, for in it he will hear evidence the of love and respect I have always had for him.

 

02 03

 

1) The circle of life, Elton John (00:22:53)

2) Mountain time, Jon Bonamassa (00:46:58)

3) My Way, Frank Sinatra (01:26:44)

4) She’s always a woman to me, Billy Joel (01:43:58)

5) Blues March, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (02:14:18)

6) In the wee small hours of the morning, Oscar Peterson Trio (02:31:35)

7) Like a Rock, Bob Seger (02:41:54)

Now finally, along with all Douglas Adams’ written works (Google if you’re not familiar with him), please tell me:

Your choice of film

Bullitt, Sleuth, Silverado, Ipcress File.

Your choice of book (literature)

The plays of Shakespeare.

Your choice of book (cartoonist)

Giles. Caught the essence of British people and their family life.

Your choice of radio show

The Goons.

If you have a favourite saying, quote or proverb, here’s where you put it please

The Road to Hell is Paved With Good Intentions (ie Empty Promises and Procrastination).

Lifetime Conclusions

Women are smarter more logical and mentally stronger than men, also never bullshit a bullshitter.

Over.


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