Blood Spattered with Guitars – 2019

Forty years ago, on the 9th of October 1979, I recorded my first single with my band, the Accidents.
It’s difficult to explain how excited we were, and how important it was that we were releasing our own record.

The world was a very different place 40 years ago. … Read more »


I was having an interesting conversation with my youngest sister yesterday, via whatsapp, a jolly useful thing for us deaf folk. She said “people don’t want to hear things that don’t fit their version of the truth”, which is probably the most profound thing she’s ever said to me, and of course she’s absolutely right. … Read more »

Dick Dale, King of the Surf Guitar – RIP

Sadly Dick Dale has shed this mortal coil. Apparently he died from heart failure on Saturday the 16th March 2019. There’s not been a great deal of activity on his site of late, and I wondered whether he was poorly again. Dick’s cancer returned with a vengeance over the last ten years or so but he continued to perform even tho he had developed Diabetes too. Beyond his obvious continued love of performing, the massive cost of his medical treatment made playing gigs something of a necessity. … Read more »

Why people have mental health problems……

It’s been my misfortune, via a new work scenario, to spend time with a certain individual, who not only has the most appalling manners but is also downright unpleasant and pig ignorant.
For my part, I turn the charm up to 11, find everything they say agreeable to a degree, and try and get this person to relax, smile and stop being fearful. … Read more »

See you on Tuesday, God……

I admit, I was having a bit of a bad day people-wise. … Read more »

The Rats – Live at the Malsters Arms, Heybridge, Essex on 29/09/2018

Here’s four Everly Brothers songs performed by Ian Linge, John Tuck, and Terence Ruffle, collectively known as The Rats, at the Malsters Arms in Heybridge, on 29/09/2018……




And here’s our version of the Hank Williams classic, followed by my favourite Hank Snow song:



Thanks to Claire Surtees for the video! 🙂

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder……


I’ve suffered with OCD for the better part of 50 years now. I realise it’s been a huge help with my collections ( comics, toy robots, vinyl, vintage video cassettes, magazines, gum cards, movie posters, you name it I collect it! ) keeping everything pristine and stored well. It has also given me, along with much programming from my Ma, the highest hygiene discipline. And of course, I hate untidiness and can no longer tolerate clutter, tho there was a time when I enjoyed it, in a controlled environment of course! It’s also helped to give me a serious eye for detail, which has been jolly useful in many different scenarios, especially my music. The musicians that I’ve worked with know I won’t be happy until I get everything about a song completely right. It’s second nature to me now. Unfortunately there’s a very dark side to the condition…… … Read more »

Stone cold sober? I don’t believe it!


Today, on the 7th of January 2019, I stopped drinking alcohol. I’m not sure this will turn into permanent abstinence, but certainly for the rest of this month I don’t intend to imbibe.

My main goal is to lose weight, preferably at least a stone. Christmas has turned my half acceptable pot belly into a beach ball sized monster. But there’s several other reasons too. … Read more »

Terence Ruffle at the Swifts July 7th 2018

Here’s videos of parts of 3 Bowie songs I sang on July 7th. Thanks to Claire Surtees for camera work 🙂





Outrage! Horror! Terence Ruffle in solo festival gig shocker!


In a statement released earlier today, Terence Ruffle confirmed he is playing at this year’s Mogwai free festival at Heybridge Swifts FC stadium, Scraley road, in Heybridge, on the 7th of July 2018.
Terence has confirmed he’ll be singing “the songs of David Bowie” for what may possibly be the last time.
The festival is in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis society.
More details to follow soon….



Heaven knows who’s playing, or what time. But it’s said I’ll go on between 7.00-7.30 p.m.

Need I say more?



Make that 6.30 ish……

Only me and Popcorn Lung playing now……:(



Well I enjoyed the gig, and the sound was excellent apparently.

But the turn out was frankly awful: there were maybe 100ish people spread around the club. It’s a fair sized place so they looked really thin on the ground. I guess the football had a lot to do with it, but of course, no one really gives a damn about live music any more. Even the folk who say they do don’t bother to attend gigs. And shame on the few people I did invite for not attending.

A special mention goes out to the retards who decided to attempt to totally wreck the day by beating the shit out of each other. I think the older people in the audience will think twice about attending any similar events at the Swifts and it will do nothing to promote the club as a family venue. Surely these troublemakers will be identified and barred from the club for life?

I think it’s a fair bet to assume that unless some one makes me an offer I can’t refuse, that was the last time I’ll perform the Bowie show. And next time someone tells me how much they love Bowie and live music generally I’ll try not to poke their eyes out!

There’s some video of the day, I’ll post it asap……