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Quiet Rural Life ? Some of Jackie's Recollections from his Upcoming Book

"In 1970, being on the road most of the time, I bought a house in a rural Essex village not least for tranquille location, a huge contrast to the hustle and bustle of big cities and late night gigs. The area, called The Rodings, can trace its roots to 6th century settlers. We were soon invited to a party given by a neighbour, "no angry villagers with pitchforks here", I remember thinking at the time, just friendly tolerant neighbours."

Swingers in The Rodings

"At some point during the evening, guests started throwing their car keys into a bowl. Many years later when I saw the film "The Ice Storm" with Sigourney Weaver I had a huge sense of deja vu - not just in America I thought. Back at our party, the women picked the keys out of the bowl and vanished with men other than their partners to different rooms in the house ! Lots of moaning and groaning ! I couldn't believe it, I thought I'd seen it all in London ! After getting over the initial 'surprise' in the tradition of the now defunct News of the World 'we made our excuses and left', I should say rather quickly !"

"What I didn't realise at the time was that knowing one of the secrets of The Rodings and not being part of it, I was treated with some hostility later on. When I saw the Stanley Cupric Film 'Eyes Wide Shut' I had another sense of deja vu ! You'd be surprised what warped things people can get up to in villages as well !"

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