I first met Nigel Longhurst (a.k.a. Craig Fitzroy) while we were working in a torpedo factory (no, really). We discovered that we both greatly admired the music of Captain Beefheart. I loaned him some of my Beefheart albums, which he returned about a year and a half later—which, experience now shows, is pretty fast going for Fitz.
Fitz and I have been drinking warm beer with each other for many years. It was at one of our Tuesday night sessions in the Red Lion, Parkate, that we first hit upon the idea of the Friends of Charles Darwin, an organisation which would campaign to see our hero, Charles Darwin, celebrated on a British bank note (we eventually got exactly what we wanted).
Since we started drinking together, Fitz has somehow managed to get himself a degree in psychology. He is currently working on his magnum opus, Fitzroy’s Crap Theories of the Mind, Body & Spirit (although many of the inciteful observations, and all of the good jokes, contained therein were clearly stolen from my very good self). He also has a weblog which he never updates entitled Fitzroy’ Street.
Interesting Fitz trivia: Fitz used to be in a band on the Isle of Wight. After he left, the remaining band members changed its name to Level 42. No, I wouldn’t boast about it either.
In September, 2004, Fitz got married to Moley, whom I now predictably refer to as Ms Fitz. They make beautiful music together.