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Spotted on Antiques Road Show

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Peter Miller31/12/2017 21:08:48
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I was watching Antiques Road Show and they had a feature on Mike Oldfield's. guitar.

I have to say that I am not a fan of his but they had a picture of him on the table

I see that he was into R/C models as there were two hanging behind him in the picturre

Tony Bennett31/12/2017 21:31:51
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i think he flew gliders.

Tony B

GeeW31/12/2017 21:48:21
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His album, Hergest Ridge, featured a Graupner Foka on the sleeve front image.

Percy Verance31/12/2017 21:53:31
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Yes, Mike Oldfield was/is a model flyer. I don't imagine he'd have much time to fly back in the 70's and 80's. As I understand it his main interest was/is slope soaring, and I think Hergest Ridge was one place he flew.......

Very talented musician. His rendition of the Shadows Wonderful Land on Youtube is superb. And of course there's the old Christmas favourite il Dulci Jubilo (speling?) also from the pen of Mr Oldfield. 

Edited By Percy Verance on 31/12/2017 21:57:51

Ronaldo31/12/2017 21:54:18
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yep , he advanced from 'Tubular wing joiners' onto 'Tubular Bells' .......... ok I'm off. Started the new year whiskey a little early. Happy New Year All !

KiwiKid31/12/2017 23:51:09
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I have been a great fan of MIke's since I was a wee nipper. I first hooked into him from The Exorcist movie laugh

Yip he was a keen modeler


and also is a qualified aircraft ....


and helicopter pilot too.


One of my favourite songs of all time is Moonlight Shadow with Maggie - very relaxing.


KiwiKid01/01/2018 00:03:32
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LOL - just noticed that was the last post of 2017 - HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all!!

Monz01/01/2018 01:05:21
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On one of his albums, might be Tubular Bells, one of the instruments listed was 'aeromodeller's toolbox'.

Tom Sharp 201/01/2018 01:31:35
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His songstress sister Sally also featured in some of his recordings.

Edited By Tom Sharp 2 on 01/01/2018 01:32:29

cymaz01/01/2018 06:35:13
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Posted by Monz on 01/01/2018 01:05:21:

On one of his albums, might be Tubular Bells, one of the instruments listed was 'aeromodeller's toolbox'.

Full list of T.B. instruments are **HERE**. laugh

Other famous rc modellers.....HERE

Edited By cymaz on 01/01/2018 06:41:34

Trevor Crook01/01/2018 07:24:21
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Quite a repetoire to play all by yourself before the age of 20! The Telecaster listed was the one that appeared on AR last night, and prior to Mike it was owned by Marc Bolam.

Peter Miller01/01/2018 08:24:10
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At least one of the models looked like a pattern ship.

Mike Etheridge 101/01/2018 21:57:28
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i seem to remember Mike Oldfield was mentioned on this website before and on the strength of it I dug out my 'boxed set' of his records presumably I bought in the 1970's ? I have just dug out the four records and discovered a large booklet with photographs of his several guitars and also confirmation that Hergest Ridge wherever that is. was the place where he flew his Slope Soarer Gliders. Click on picture for larger image.

001 mo.jpg

Ron Gray01/01/2018 22:09:47
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TJ Alexander02/01/2018 16:08:20
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I had assumed that the glider on the cover was full size. This is fascinating.

Does anyone fly on Hergest Ridge these days? Looks like it could be a good slope!

Trevor Crook03/01/2018 20:37:12
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Pretty sure Mike doesn't fly there any more - he lives in The Bahamas these days!

cymaz03/01/2018 20:41:12
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Posted by Trevor Crook on 03/01/2018 20:37:12:

Pretty sure Mike doesn't fly there any more - he lives in The Bahamas these days!

That must be awful for

Alan Pennington03/01/2018 22:33:30
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I did read some where that Mike Oldfield had a house near Hergest Ridge

Russell Hawkes 104/01/2018 15:45:04
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As an impressionable teenager, 40 odd years ago, Mike Oldfield helped to inspire my interest in R/C glider flying. If my favourite 'pop star' of the time flew model planes then it must be a 'cool' thing to do. It seems rather ironic in hindsight...

I heard recently (in a TV documentary perhaps) that Mike's recording studio was near Hergest Ridge and, weather permitting, he'd spend his days flying off the slope to escape the tedium of making the splendid L.P. of the same name.

Trevor Crook04/01/2018 17:30:07
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All this chat inspired me to put TB in the cd player for the first time in ages. Very nice chill-out music.

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