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Raving Lunacy: Clubbed to death – adventures on the rave scene (2000) is by Dave Courtney – sometime East Dulwich resident, former Southwark Council dustman (at Grove Vale depot), and celebrity villain. Santa monica yoga Must admit I’m not big on the loveable gangster genre, violence isn’t glamorous – it’s brutal, bloody and leaves behind grieving children who are damaged for life. Yoga teacher training abroad 2014 In this book, Courtney plays up to his image and some of the stories can no doubt be taken with a pinch of salt.


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By his own account, Courtney went to some of the first ‘acid house’ events in London – Shoom in Thrale Street, Southwark and the parties held in old prison museum in Clink Street by London Bridge: ‘The Clink was wicked… Yoga asanas for healthy brain Very druggy and very housey place, full of proper hardcore havin’-it- larger’s in there. Sadhana yoga pokhara And it was good cos it had all these individual cells so it was like having loads of little VIP lounges’.

Soon he started a club of his own: ‘near the Elephant and Castle, I found a viaduct arch beneath the mainline railway track running over John Ruskin Street… Simple yoga asanas for weight loss The Arches was the first all-night, illegal rave in London… Yoga shakti studio irvine All the other clubs in London shut at about 2 am but mine was still banging at 8 o’clock in the morning! … Absolute yoga Under this great big curved, black and red railway arch roof there was the scaffolding gantry holding the DJ on the decks, massive speakers either side and the lights hanging above; and below that this heaving mass of lunatics just going completely mental, arms in the air, whistles and foghorns blowing… Yoga brighton Steam and joint smoke hung like a fucking fog, people were dancing on speakers and scaffolding… Pilates matwork we’d have a girl walking round in a Playboy Bunny outfit with an ice-cream tray round her neck full of ready-rolled spliffs for a quid each – Get yer Joints ‘ere!’ And big plastic dustbins filled to the top with ice and free apples and Ice-pops… Pure yoga west side nyc we had a mad mixture of people: from hardcore ravers, professional clubbers, black geezers, white geezers, plenty of women, football hooligan nutters going all smiley, hardnuts softened by Ecstasy… Yoga kundalini I had names DJing there before they became superstar DJs like they are now – Danny Rampling, Carl Cox, Fabio & Grooverider, Brandon Block’.

The police at the nearby Carter Street station were not happy, and eventually it was raided by ‘army of 150 police, with some fuckers called No 3 Area Territorial Support Group in flameproof overalls, bulletproof body armour and steel hel­ mets with radio microphones, carrying an angle grinder, a hydraulic ram, sledgehammer’. Yoga mamas brighton 26 people were arrested and one person was apparently later jailed for five years for his part in running the club.

Later he was involved in putting on free open-air raves – ‘I bought a massive removal van with a diesel generator ·and drove in on to fields or grasslands. Yoga exercises images Tooting Common was one. Bikram yoga diet plan for weight loss Peckham Rye was another… Inside yoga frankfurt kursplan I’d open up the back of the lorry, set up the DJs decks and put these dirty big speakers outside. Sup yoga san diego We’d get eight, nine hundred people up there really going [or it. My yoga durham Speakers booming it all out. Yoga studio And cos I didn’t charge no one the law had a job Slopping me doing it. Ejercicios yoga para principiantes It just started attracting loads of gay blokes, which is something I hadn’t counted on. Prenatal yoga third trimester But then it was the Common, the well known shag-spot for gay geezers doing some fresh air cruising, so I guess it made sense’.

He also ran a club for a while at the Fitness Centre in Southwark Park Road: ‘It used to be the hottest place. Postnatal yoga sf It was this windowless basement space made for about 30 geezers to work out in; not two hundred people to get off their tits’.

Then he put on a club called ‘Crazy Mondays’, at Futures on Deptford Broadway, a club owned by Harry Haward (later as a ‘retired gangster’, the Chair of Deptford Action Group for the Elderly): ‘It ran from 6 a.m. Easy yoga exercises to lose weight Monday morning till about 2 p.m. Yoga hareketleri video in the afternoon… Yoga richmond hill there was villains, hardcore ravers, pimps, prostitutes, drug dealers, lap dancers, strippers, drag queens, club owners, club promoters, club dancers, celebrities, sports stars (Nigel Benn and Gary Mason were there), doormen, bar staff, waitresses, croupiers, gamblers, cab drivers, sex club people – basically, mostly everyone that had· worked over the weekend in the nightclub trade watching other people having a good time, all came down to mine to have their own’.

Courtney was evidently in that generation of crooks who saw the money-making opportunities in the club scene but he is also obviously a true believer, extolling the wonders of ecstasy and raving in breaking down racism in London and challenging his own anti-gay prejudice.

Anyone remember any of these nights/places? Where exactly was Futures? There was apparently also a club night there called The Treasury. Yoga exercises for neck stiffness Memories/ flyers of any South London clubs, parties and gigs always welcome

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