Thursday, 17 January 2013

laras emails 4th jan 2013 Hey Dad, Just wanted to wish you Happy New Year! Sam and I went out on a boat for New year's eve and watched the Sydney fireworks from the water, it was quite an experience. One of Sam's mates knew a guy who was renting out a boat for the night for about 120 people, and we were among the lucky few to get tickets. It was so much easier than last year, everyone around the harbour gets packed in like sardines for hours waiting for midnight to come around. But this time round was a breeze, we just got picked up at Manly Wharf and then it was a half hour journey to the area of water where we were going to set up camp for the evening, amongst all these fancy multi million dollar yachts. There was a barbeque included too. We watched the sun set behind Sydney, which looked incredible, and before the sun went down there was a little plane doing daredevil stunts and loop the loops for everyone's entertainment, and another plane was writing words in the sky. Anyway Dad thanks so much for your last email, I really appreciated it and wish I could have been there with you for Christmas and New Year, although it would have been even better if you were over here! Love you lots and lots Lara xxxxx PS- Let me know if you can open the photos I attached Hey Dad, 28yh dec 2012 Hope you had a good Christmas, I'm so happy we got to chat a few days ago, I always think that because you guys are so far away I won't be able to reach you or there are extra phone charges or something! Sam and I had a good day apart from all the rain, and it's cleared up again now. I have a daily weather report on my computer desktop showing the contrast between Torquay and Sydney, and it ain't pretty! So far it's 7 degrees and rainy in Torquay versus 28 degrees in Sydney. It's not nice working in the heat, though, I can tell you that much. Sam's working today, did I tell you he's hopefully getting sponsored by his removals boss? So we can stay here longer and save money, I can legally work full time because the sponsorship entitles me to work too. We're not planning on staying forever, at most 3 years, and by then we can actually get citizenship, and eff off back to the Uk, or come back and live here if we want to. Also, it means it'll be easy for you guys to come out here to live if you ever get fed up of England! This would have been a lot easier if we had relatives out here already. But I'm getting ahead of myself, who knows, anything could happen that might change our plans. Anyway Dad, glad I got to talk to you, and Nan and Grandad too, have a good New Years eve and I'll try to call again soon Love you lots Lara xxxxx

Friday, 3 July 2009


I met Ray Winstone on a hot July day in1993 I had just returned from living in America I hadn,t been back for seven years so I arranged a reunion with my old London geezers from Tottenham and Edmonton we met on a sunday lunchtime at Rifles pub in Enfield Lock maybe 30 or 40 blokes ray was among them. I,d seen him on the telly but he didn,t act like a big shot TV actor he was just one of the geezers. Bullit,Rocket,david hatt,peter collins,micky hall,keith hook,ronny hill, we drank till 10pm

Sunday, 19 April 2009

message to Kate on Facebook

John Ruscoe Hi Kate,I enjoyed my trip with you and the boys down to Gokarn,it felt like being on a film set,what with all the hidu pilgrims and the temples and although I missed you on Kootle beach the boat trip back was fun.Best cinnamon ice cream too.How bizarre the cops coming into our room with their camcorders and electric leads.Their smiling faces asking 20 questions and examining all my stuff it didn,t help that I didn,t have my passport with me,I thought I might spend a night in the cells,it turns out there was a guy dead in the next room probably from a drug overdose.Well I thought our deluxe hotel room was a piece of shit with the mosquitos and cockroaches I can only imagine what a night in the local police cells would have been like.The memory of that bloated dead dog floating in the fecid water of the lagoon next to the beach still lingers,with people eating in the restaurants only 50 foot away.I was glad to get back to Goa exausted but See you in Devon in May Dadxx

Monday, 2 February 2009


The first pictures have emerged from inside a massive party where 2,000 gatecrashers arrived after a Radio 1 DJ mentioned it on air.
Thousands of revellers descended on the country manor, smashing windows, ripping up carpets, destroying chandeliers and ripping doors off their hinges.
Grammar-school girl Sarah Ruscoe had invited fellow sixth-formers to the fancy-dress event at her 21-bedroom family home, and was said to be "inconsolable" when 2,000 gatecrashers arrived after Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong mentioned it on his programme.
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Chaos: The party-goers rip apart a sofa
Today Rebecca Brooks, Sarah's mother said that parties at the mansion for her three daughters - who are 24, 17 and 19 - would definitely be a thing of the past.
"The daughters will not be having anymore parties here," she said. "That is off the agenda for the next 10 years.
"The daughter is in the doghouse but I don't blame her entirely. "I blame the modern means of communication.
"She feels terrible, she is absolutely mortified by the whole thing."

The party hostess: Sarah Ruscoe in her dominatrix outfit
But yesterday Sarah admitted she had known the party would get out of hand and chose not to warn her mother of what might happen on Friday night.
Sarah, who dressed as a dominatrix for the evening, said it had become clear to her that crowds would descend on her Georgian mansion, Colehayes, near Bovey Tracey in Devon.
The house, in 20 acres, is used as a field study centre for schools and universities and is also a popular venue for weddings and parties.
It is run by Sarah's mother and stepfather, Rebecca and Bill Brooks, and has accommodation for 70 plus a licensed bar.
"To say things got out of hand is probably an understatement," said Sarah, who is not 18 until October but decided to have her party early after a booking for Colehayes was cancelled.
"I put up a poster at school inviting everyone".
Little did I know that almost everyone from Torquay Grammar sixth form would attend and invite "everyone" from different schools and the surrounding area.
"A large circle of friends, social networking sites and even the radio make communication that much more efficient."
She continued: "I soon realised it was spiralling out of control but tried to reassure myself with the fact that people can decide for various reasons not to attend.
"I spread rumours in other schools that the party was cancelled, which obviously didn't work.
"By the last day I felt physically ill with worry but chose to keep my mother in denial for her own sake.
"Nothing could be done at this point. I was dreading the night but didn't expect it to turn out as bad as it did.
"When it seemed like people would never stop coming and there was a line of headlights up our drive, I knew how out of hand it really had become.
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Fancy dress: The youngsters are intent on clowning around
VIDEO: Watch footage from the raucous party
24 hour party people: Everyone from the Village People to Vikings look to be in attendance
"By this time I had gone into hiding for a while until my mother took me to see the state of the house. I didn't want to see and just wanted to go straight to bed but she insisted."
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Anyone for tennis? This youngster is looking to make a racquet
You looking at me? These two look to have come all the way from France
When police arrived at the house they were pelted with glass as they tried to get the revellers to leave.
The family had hired four bouncers for the evening but Mrs Brooks, 54, said they did not stand a chance against the invading hordes.
"I can only liken it to a rock festival. They were jumping up an down with cans and bottles, spraying them around as if they were at a rave.
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The swarm: Police arrive to deal with gatecrashers outside Colehayes. It was not until they brought the dogs in that they all dispersed
The revellers: Boy in a fat suit leads the entertainment
But there was no music because the DJ we had hired did not even get a chance to set up.
"The people that came were a bunch of strangers behaving like they had been invited because Pete Tong had told them that everyone was welcome.
"Half of them arrived here drunk ? there were girls walking around with bottles of vodka, drinking them like normal people drink bottles of Coke. It was awash with alcohol. And they were smoking cannabis spliffs.
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Rebecca Brooks begins tidying up after gatecrashers leave her house a wreck
Mirrors were smashed and pictures torn off the walls as the party got out of hand. Bouncers hired by the family were said to have 'no chance'
"Some people were taking pictures off the walls and just breaking them.
"I just don't know what gets into these people. They began behaving like animals.
"One charcoal portrait of my husband's great grandfather was just smashed. It is a family heirloom with enormous sentimental value.
"We saw various garments everywhere ? trousers, knickers and underpants. I was also told there were streakers down the drive.
"These people didn't take any notice of anyone. It was only when the police dogs arrived that they took any notice."
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Hundreds of gatecrashers turned up uninvited at the family's manor house Colehayes Park in Newton Abbot
The sumptuous interior of the huge house was left in tatters
She and her 75-year-old husband are considering suing the BBC for allowing details of the party to be broadcast across the nation ? especially if it affects their business.
Tong's mention of it was an example of what is known on the programme as a "shout-out".
The 47-year-old DJ's name is popular rhyming slang for "gone wrong", as in "It's all gone Pete Tong".
He told listeners: "We're getting ready for a huge mansion-house party, 500 plus people going. It's in Bovey Tracey, Devon.
"Anyone who's listening can come along apparently ? just say Hi to Marilyn Monroe on the door."
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Rubbish was strewn throughout the house
The carpets were ruined and picture frames smashed
Mrs Brooks said: "I was flabbergasted and astonished that the BBC could be so irresponsible. I was aghast at Pete Tong.
"I am furious and beside myself with anger and rage. The BBC are going to seriously have to look at their policy.
"This is ridiculous. This was supposed to be a party for all my daughter's schoolfriends and it should not have been announced on Radio One.

Damage: Bottles fill bins and recycling containers
"I'm amazed that the BBC has not been in touch to apologise and I am expecting an apology from Pete Tong in a personal phone call.
"It was totally negligent of the BBC to allow a statement like that to be broadcast"
A BBC spokesman said: "Pete did not specify the name or address of the venue, but read out details of a mansion party taking place in Bovey Tracey sent in by a listener.
"He gives shout-outs on his show every week and he would never knowingly give an identifiable address for a private party.
"It's also worth noting that details of the party appear to have been posted on the internet several days before the party."