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WHAT'S NEW! LONDON TRANSPORT WIDGET WHAT'S NEW!

As Legal Guardians of Marc Bolan's Rock Shrine, as well as having a duty and responsibility to care for the shrine itself, we also like to help people to find it!

On the left is a widget which you can use to find out the route from any Post Code, main-line or tube station in London.
If you use a Post Code it will even tell you how long it will take you to walk to the station.
The 'results' will also tell you of planned engineering work (usually at weekends) and pick the best route for you.
There are Advanced Options, so you can select a day in the future to travel, or to pick different types of route, such as those with the least changes.

MAPS, DIRECTIONS & OTHER INFO
For more information, Maps, directions and links to the History of the site with Photo Galleries, Click Here.

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      11th SEPTEMBER, 2014     

WELCOME TO THE LATEST FREE SITE UPDATE
As well as working on designing the new T-Rexmas Cards, and 2015 Calendar we will be listing a few new T.Rextras Goodies to eBay in the next couple of weeks. We have also been tied up with looking at what is possible to do with the Bolan Tree.
So on with the update.
The next one will be in October so that hopefully we will be able to include photos and videos from the anniversary.

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PLEASE DONATE
CLICK HERE for more information on options and to Donate. (The link will open in a new window or tab)
LATEST NEWS
We have raised almost enough money to have the Bolan Tree felled at the height of the caliper and are working on designs to circle the tree with a 360 degree caliper so that fans will still be able to pin messages on the wooden 'skirt' all the way round. This is Option 2) and we are nearly there. We hope that we will receive the other donations we need to make sure that after September is over we can do option 2).
We will make sure we still have the Option 3) available because the Bolan Tree once felled can, if donations permit it, and people want it, be carved into a tribute to The Main Man and then securely and permanantly set in place so it will rise above the 360 degree wooden faced caliper. If we do not raise the money, The felled section of the Bolan Tree will not be carved.
All Donations over £10.00 will be entered into a Prize Draw for some Bolan-Tastic Goodies.

COLM O'CONNOR FUND RAISERS
Member Colm's Mum Phyllis painted Marc's Shrine a few years ago. Now Colm is selling Limited Edition, Signed, Numbered mouted copies of that Oil Painting to help with the fund for Marc's Shrine. Colm is in Eire and tells us he will be listing them on eBay and selling them for 19.99 Euro + 3.25 Euro P&P.
Please Email Colm colm263@hotmail.com for details. Many Tanx Colm.

THAT'S ALL FOR THIS UPDATE
The next update will be with you in October. We may have more news on what can and will be done to The Bolan Tree, for that update, though unless we receive more donations before the end of September, more news on the fate of the Bolan Tree will probably not be available until November, or December.
KALMIYH
Written by Kevin Warner (TAG Chairman), typed and html'ed by TAG Secretary Fee Warner.


      17th JULY, 2014     

WELCOME TO ANOTHER UPDATE
This is an 'in-between update' for Members as well as being a standard update for the Free Site

FIRST - THE GOOD NEWS: THE MARC BOLAN ROSE - PHOTO GALLERY
We are delighted to bring you this photo gallery of pictures of The Marc Bolan Rose in it's first year of being available to Marc Bolan fans. We know lots of you are enjoying seeing your Rose Bushes come into Flower.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PHOTO GALLERY

LAST CHANCE TO BUY YOUR ROSE BUSHES

The Gallery also shows one of the Container Pot Rose Bushes which are available in a very limited quantity from Isabella in Sheen - by Marc's Last House and less than a Mile from Marc's Shrine

IT IS ESSENTIAL TO RING BEFORE VISITING TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE ONE IN STOCK

Isabella
203 Upper Richmond Road West,
Sheen
London,
SW14 8QT
Open Monday to Saturday 9:30am to 5:30pm
020 8876 9640
CLICK HERE FOR MAP & INFO

MORE GOOD NEWS: MARC'S ROCK SHRINE PHOTO GALLERY
We visited Marc's Shrine to clean, tidy, polish and meet up with Tree Surgeon Bob. You can view the Photo Gallery of the site looking lovely in the July Sunshine
VIEW THE GALLERY HERE

NOW THE BAD NEWS : IT'S OFFICIAL - THE BOLAN TREE IS DEAD
As you will see from the Photo Gallery, we are saddened to report that the Bolan Tree is Dead. It has been a heart-wrenching time since it was vandalised in the New Year. We hoped the damage would only slow down it's growth, Or if worst things happened, we expected the central trunk to die, but for the Bolan Tree to continue to live via side 'suckers' which have always sprouted out ever since Fee has been visiting the site eight days after Marc died.

Sadly this is not the case. As you will read in the annotated images in the Photo Gallery, not only was the Bolan Tree hollowed out in the New Year, it is now clear that it was poisoned. Not content with that, they returned later with power tools to drive screws into the base of the Bolan Tree trunk, almost all the way round.
We knew the main trunk would become unviable at some stage (though not so quickly).
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PHOTO GALLERY

WHAT CAN BE DONE WITH THE BOLAN TREE?
Please visit the link below to find out what can be done and to donate.
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE OPTIONS & DONATE The link will open in a new window or tab
Your donation will be added to the others we hope will come in so that The Bolan Tree, such an Essential part of Marc Bolan's Rock Shrine can be made safe in the long term and can be carved into a tribute to The Main Man. If we do not raise the money, The Bolan Tree will have to be felled and removed to ground level.
There is a text box so that when you donate you can suggest things from Marc's songs, which might work on a tallish, but thin piece of wood. The base will be left for messages as it is now. All Donations over £10.00 will be entered into a Prize Draw for some Bolan-Tastic Goodies.

THAT IS ALL THE NEWS FOR NOW
Please stay tuned for updates.
Laser Love & KALMIYH
Written by TAG Chairman Kevin Warner


      18th JUNE, 2014     

A QUICK ADDITION - SLADE DRUMMER DON POWELL
Don Powell from Slade visited Marc's Shrine yesterday, 17th June and we were Emailed a photo which is below. For more photos please visit www.donpowellofficial.com


Many "TANX" to David Kemp for sending us the photo.

MARC'S SHRINE - LOTS OF WORK DONE IN JUNE
We visited Marc's Shrine again on the 10th June for a mammoth cleaning, polishing, repairing and tidying session. Lucky we did as Andy Ellison visited on the 13th June and as you saw above Don Powell from Slade visited on the 17th June.
VIEW THE GALLERY HERE.

   

MARC'S SHRINE - IN MAY
Fee and our Foster Daughter Anne visited Marc's Shrine on the 25th May 2014.

  


      28th April, 2014     

WELCOME TO THE LATEST FREE SITE UPDATE
We hope to be able to do that for the next update in May, though it does depend on how much time we have to spend on sorting out what needs to be done for the Bolan Tree, as we want to include new photos of the Bolan Tree.

MARC BOLAN ROSE BUSH OWNERS - URGENT FROST WARNING

Many parts of the UK will experience FROSTS at the end of this week.

Please protect your rose bushes with Universal fleece blanket.

You can find these in many garden centres, and also Pound Shops too.
The Rose Grower, nor TAG are responsible for frost damage to your rose bushes. Keep an eye you for the next month for Frost Warmings as we may have frost in May too.

MARC'S SHRINE - THE BOLAN TREE AND THE BAD NEWS
We have converted the photos of our discoveries when we visited Marc's Shrine on the 24th February, 2014 included in the Members March Newsletter, into a normal web page as we didn't want it to get lost in the PDF Newsletter Archive and also because we wanted non-members to be able to see these important photos. Therefore the photos of the 'BAD NEWS' can now be viewed with written details ...HERE.
We will have news on what will be done to the Bolan Tree soon.

   

MARC'S SHRINE NEW PHOTO GALLERY
As her writing course has been taking Fee into London weekly, she once again visited Marc's Shrine on the 10th April 2014. While she was there two fans arrived. They were from Mexico. Fee says "Roxanne - If you or your brother Dante read this, it was wonderful to meet you. Laser Love to you in Mexico!"
You will find a Photo gallery HERE. As you can see, The Bolan Tree is now in a poor way and we expect to give you definitive news on what needs to be done as soon as we can.

  

MARC'S SHRINE VIDEOS
The last update told you that the videos had been added to You Tube as we had not had time to add them to our web site, especially as this needed the creation of a new 2014 page and player. We are pleased to let you know that the videos are now online to watch HERE

PETER BARRON - NEW ALBUM JUPITER DIAMOND

Peter sent us a copy of his album to review and we're pleased to say that it wasn't in the slightest bit painful to do. By that we mean that it isn't the sort of album where the initial feeling is "how do we break this to the artist that we don't like it?" Fortunately, we liked the album so all is good! As Peter says himself "unsurprisingly, it has quite a strong Bolan influence in places".
Yes this is true.
The first track on the album Electric Boogie has the strongest 'Bolan Effect'. There's a hint of Alice Cooper in there too! Peter also says "No covers I'm afraid". Oh don't apologise for that Peter. Original material is far better than a cover of a Bolan song. The best person to sing Bolan on a recording is BOLAN! :-)

You can download the album through ITunes, Amazon, etc so Peter tells us, though probably the best way is to order a Limited Edition CD pressing of just 500 promotional copies which are available via the following Email address only:- jupiterdiamond@sky.com
Peter concludes his letter to us by saying that the album was finished/mixed and mastered at a studio in Hove. He says "It's a small world" given that we are based in Hove. Oh, it's even smaller than that Peter. The studio you used was the one used for the MOAB Album Insect Brain which features Ron Tree (Hawkwind), the late Rick Welsh (Nik (Hawkwind) Turner's Allstars) and the late Trevor Thoms of Steve Took's Horns. Chris Daniels at the Studio is an incredibly talented chap who we would recommend to everyone wanting a First Class Job done!
Buy / Preview via www.7digital.com
Or via https://play.spotify.com

MARC BOLAN ROSE BUSHES
We are sorry we have only just received the following information. If you bought rose bushes do download this PDF, which will open in a new window/tab and keep for reference ... DOWNLOAD THE ROSE CARE PDF HERE

PLEASE REMEMBER WHEN LOOKING AT OUR ROSE BUSH PHOTOS ...
Please do remember, our rose bushes (photographed) were delivered to us in November, 2013. They have been in our greenhouse in South East England, so ours are far more advanced that most peoples' will be for a number of reasons:-

1) The Rose Bushes have been grown in Aberdeen. It has been significantly colder there than in southern England (for example - where we are) so they remain in the 'dormant' stage for longer than more southernly locations. This is good, because it slows the growth down to keep them in a close to the dormant stage so they can be 'lifted' and posted to you. The Rose Bushes were kept as dormant as possible from November until now, if they had not already been dispatched.

2) Ours were in the first batch to be sent out so as soon as they were away from the cold growing beds of Aberdeen, they were able to grow more quickly than those which were not dispatched to customers until a up to four months later.

3) Our Roses have spent 5 months growing in a greenhouse which means they have been able to grow more quickly.

4) Our Rose Bushes are not only in a Green House which gets the sun for most of the day* we live in the South East of England which is far warmer than many parts of the UK/Europe, so ours have been growing super-fast.
* Sometimes the green house gets so warm by around 11:00 am to noon, we have to open the vents &, windows to let the heat out, because warmth is good. BUT when the temperature gets over 40 degrees C, that is TOO Warm!

Ours are now out of the greenhouse, partly for this reason, and partly because here it is warm enough, though people in the UK areas should still watch out for ground frosts which will knock your rose bush back by freeze-drying the buds, unless you wrap them overnight with some plant wrap, or one of those insulating bags. Care should be taken when doing this so you don't damage the buds. And they should be put on at night and taken off in the morning when the risk of frost has passed.

THAT'S ALL FOR THIS UPDATE
The next update will depend on the time spent with sorting out what we need to do with the Bolan Tree, and how much time that takes up, not only physically being at the site, but also contacting and liasing with various authorities, the tree surgeon, etc.
KALMIYH
Written by Kevin Warner (TAG Chairman), typed and html'ed by TAG Secretary Fee Warner.


      11th April, 2014     


      19th March, 2014     

WELCOME TO THE LATEST UPDATE
Sorry, we still can't tell you what the news is that is in the pipe-line, so our lips have to remain sealed for a bit longer.
So, on with the update ...

MARC'S SHRINE NEW PHOTO GALLERY
We visited Marc's Shrine on the 24th February 2014. You can view a large photo gallery Here. As you can see, many of the tributes, especially those on The Tree were covered in splattered mud from the record-breaking Rain we have had since late December, 2013. The later images show the tributes ince we had cleaned as much mud as possible off them. The cigarette was obviously very recent because it hadn't got wet or the tobacco would have discoloured the cigarette paper. Several of the tributes are now a home for mould fungus, most likey to be Aspergillus because even though the paper tribute was in a clear plastic wallet, water had got in, thus giving them the perfect envirohment, becuase the sun shining on the plastic acts like a mini-greenhouse giving Aspergillus the perfect growing media of warm, damp with nutrients (the paper).
SHOCKING DISCOVERY
We discovered some recent activity at the site which we have covered in our New March 2014 Newsletter. There will be more on this when we have been able to assess the situation and what to do.
ONCE AGAIN - TAG can assure everyone that we never remove tributes except when the paper is so faded/washed out/bleached/eaten by bugs that it cannot be read at all. The same is true of flowers. They are left until they are dead, and faded and have deteriorated to the point they are detremental to the look of the site. We have no idea why some tributes remain for year-on-year and others go missing in days!

  

MARC'S SHRINE VIDEOS
We have not had time to add these two videos to our own player yet, but they are available on You Tube and also via out Face Book page.
VIDEO 1) ON YOU TUBE
VIDEO 2) ON YOU TUBE
Please note: The commentary about the Tree damage (Video Two) is by my wife Fee and is somewhat emotional, as I am sure you will be able to image when you watch Video 2.

LAST CHANCE TO BUY YOUR MARC BOLAN ROSE BUSHES THIS YEAR
As you will have seen in a previous Newsletter the Rose Bushes are being delivered to people who have ordered them and have beautiful green stems and already have buds. Cockers have done a wonderful job, but then as they are "By Appointment to HRH Queen Elizabeth II" they would be wouldn't they? So if you haven't bought your Rose Bushes, buy them now to see them bloom in the Summer of 2014. Ours are in the Green House and one is starting to go into bud already!
ORDER YOUR ROSE BUSHES HERE (The page will open in a new window/tab)

DEADLINE FOR ORDERING IS FRIDAY 11th APRIL - NO EXCEPTIONS

THAT'S ALL FOR THIS UPDATE
The next update will be with you as soon as possible, but the amount of time we can spent on the forthcoming Members update is directly related to the amount of time we have to spend at Marc's Shrine. Due to the devastating finds of the end of February, we may well be in London for several visits in the next three to four weeks. This will limit the general updates as we will obviously be focussing on doing what we can to SAVE THE BOLAN TREE, for the second time in the 15 years since TAG was formed.
KALMIYH
Written by Kevin Warner (TAG Chairman), typed and html'ed by TAG Secretary Fee Warner.


      1st February, 2014     

CLICK HERE TO BUY MARC BOLAN ROSE BUSHES The Rose Bushes are being delivered to people who have ordered them and have beautiful green stems and already have buds. Cockers have done a wonderful job, but then as they are "By Appointment to HRH Queen Elizabeth II" they would be wouldn't they? So if you haven't bought your Rose Bushes - do it now before they sell out until November 2014. Buy them now to see them bloom in the Summer of 2014.
SIMPLY CLICK HERE to Buy Your Rose Bushes (Opens in a new window to assist the Pay Pal cart)

IF YOU LIVE IN THE UK ... You should use the UK option which includes the Rose Bushes AND the shipping of your Rose Bush(es). We also need your telephone number for the carrier so they can arrange the delivery with you (if needed) and there is space for that when you order.

IF YOU LIVE IN EUROPE ... Please pay us for your Rose Bushes, using the link above, but the Rose Grower will contact you to invoice you for the shipping as it varies country to country.

 


      1st January, 2014     



WE HOPE YOU ENJOYED REXMAS & THE NEW YEAR.
NEXT MEMBERS' UPDATE WILL FOLLOW ASAP WITH THE NEXT FREE SITE UPDATE ASAP AFTER THAT.
LASER LOVE
FROM ALL @ TAG

IN THE MEANTIME, YOU WILL FIND THAT
STEVE TOOK'S DOMAIN
WILL BE UPDATED SOON WITH GREAT NEW INFO AND NEWS,
SOME OF WHICH IS MARC BOLAN-RELATED

CALENDARS & MARC BOLAN - A history in Words and Drawings - (1947 - 1977) by J. M. ESCRIHUELA - BOTH SOLD OUT
Sadly, if you didn't get a calendar or one of the wonderful limited edition books TAG commissioned they are now both sold out.

MARC'S SHRINE NEW VIDEO
This is the Video from the visit on the 7th October. It has been added to the 2013 Shrine Video Player.

THAT'S ALL FOR THIS UPDATE
HAVE A SUPER FUNK T-REXMAS & A GOLDEN NEW YEAR
The next Members update will be in early January, 2014 and will include two more zipped albums, two more archived fanzines, plus Issue 16 of the Members Newsletter, though this is expected to be a short edition compared to the Bumper Twenty-Four Page December Issue.
The next Free Site Update will be with you as soon as possible after the Members Update.
KALMIYH
Written by Kevin Warner (TAG Chairman), typed and html'ed by TAG Secretary Fee Warner.




 
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