I am using a friend's computer to say thanks for your letter and photos from August – all very nice.Glad you had a good Density reunion in the USA, despite the unfortunate situation that occurred. We still have to live and deal with the effects.

Sorry Norman St. John didn't get across. I e-mailed him from London, but got no reply.
Let me take this opportunity to wish you and Chris a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thanks again for the fun time back in August.

My best to all Big L-ers!!! Have a good one,

Willy Walker

I hope you and Chris have a happy, healthy 2002 and I wish you continued success with the best and most consistently up-to-date site on everything you'd want or need to know about Radio London.. along with the other offshore stations, too. Happy New Year

Howie Castle – Bud Ballou

Dear Chris and Mary, Thanks for all your hard work and dedication in keeping the Big L website happening. You guys really rock!

I was thinking back to 1966 when I spent Christmas eve on board the Mi Amigo, bobbing around in the ocean, thinking about being back at home with family and loved ones. The amazing thing is that the caring and friendship I experienced between my fellow deejays, news readers, technicians and the crew quickly filled the void and what a time we had together. So many years have passed since then and yet it's a time I'll never forget. Thank you for "bringing it all back" for so many of us who shared those experiences and, on this Christmas eve 2001, please accept my very best wishes for a happy and peaceful Christmas.

To all my fellow deejays and other friends Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Here's hoping 2002 will bring you, and the rest of the world, the best of everything.

Love, peace and happiness, Steve Young

To wish all Radio London supporters happy Christmas and a Happy New Year. Love and best wishes,

DJ Mike Quinn

Just a quickie to wish you all a very merry Christmas and the best New Year ever, Kind Regards, Norm St John

Mary & Chris - you are STARS! Thank you so much for the pix of Big L in Clacton. Just perfect for my archive. Very very best wishes for the holidays and have a BRILLIANT 2002!

John Ross-Barnard

Mary & Chris Hope you had a great time in North America.

A healthy and happy New Year to you. Love, Mick Luvzit

Happy Twigmas from the man who used to be Roger Day. Love and peace

Best Wishes for the New Year, and a big thanks for including me on your Swops Page; response has been good. Thanks for everything and for a great web site keeping Big L alive and BIG.
Yours, Dynamite Dave Simpson

Dear Mary and Chris, just wanted to thank you both for many countless hours of pleasure that you have provided for myself and thousands of others. Love it! Wishing both a very happy new year and a very healthy one.
David Skeates

Greetings from the loveliest part of Redbridge! Yes, Ilford is now the home to once a great broadcasting legend! Now I am more at home driving the N15 nightbus for 'Stagecoach in London'. But with plans to revenge in the pipeline, we can only say "Watch this place!"

Love you all, Garry Williams

A Manx greeting:

Nollick Ghennal as Blein Vie Noa Erriu....

...as we say here in the centre of the Irish Sea!! Hope you have a splendid festive season and Jough Vie - Good Ale!

Very Best Wishes, Andy Wint

Hi Mary and Chris, I would like to say thank you for all the help you have given me in tracking down many lost 270 jocks this year. You have been very helpful. Also, how very much I enjoy receiving any communication from you as they are always so interesting and informative.

May I wish you and your family, and all the hundreds of offshore radio supporters wherever you may be, a very happy and peaceful Christmas and may the year 2002 bring a much more peaceful world. Enjoy yourselves wherever you are. God bless. Wish all Radio London supporters Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Love and best wishes,

Bob and Kathryn Glen

Hi there Chris and Mary, Once again thank you for another year of reminding us how fabulous our beloved marine broadcasters were in the past.
According to the photo you included in your Xmas card, if you don't mind me saying so, your knees are in great shape!
I have taken the liberty of including a photo from yours truly and my Irish girlfriend Sarah, also known as Big S. Meanwhile, here in Groningen, I am looking at some very strange objects called Euros, but we will get used to them.

Wishing you, Chris and Mary, a very happy Christmas and peaceful 2002

Paul de Haan, Groningen, Netherlands

Have a very Merry Christmas and again, many thanks for keeping together one of the best radio sites on the entire web,

Keith King

Mary and Chris, Thanks for some great entertainment and a terrific website in 2001. Have a fantastic Christmas and an even better 2002. Hey - only another 58 years and it's the Sixties again!

Best wishes, Clint. Sixties City

I looked at page three of the pictures from the Density reunion, and everybody looked so happy. I am so pleased that I found out about it and passed the info on.

Due to the demise of Lightship 18, which is now stuck out on a buoy in the river, I have been asked to do shows on Caroline. I will be doing Fridays between 1500-1800 and on Mondays between 1200-1600, tune in and laugh out loud at the gaffs! www.radiocaroline.de/caromain.htm

Be good (er... no, forget that bit) and have a really happy and enjoyable Christmas.

John Platt

Wishing you a great, healthy and a 2002 full of Big L memories and, let's hope, a splendid RSL?

Etienne Kerremans, Duffel - Antwerp - Belgium

Seasonal good wishes were also received from

Verne and Marie Bailey, Tanya and R.V. Baugus and the USS Density shipmates, Kjell Dahl, Chris Edwards, Crispin Fisher, Dave and Lyn at Vintage Broadcasting, Jonathan at The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame, Graham L Hall and Joan, Ben and Inge Meijering, Bob and Carol Olive, The Sea Poodle, Ron Prosser, Geoff Tyrell, Martin Van der Ven, Raoul Verolleman, Colin Wilkins

A Festive Recipe from Graham Webb

Here's a fruit cake recipe that I received that will help take the stress out of this normally stressful time:

1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
2 cups dried fruit
4 large eggs
1 tsp. Salt
1 cup brown sugar
3 ounces lemon juice
1 cup of nuts
1 gallon of Absolute Vodka

First sample the vodka to check for freshness.
Take a large bowl.
Check the vodka again to be sure it is of the highest quality.
Pour 1 level cup of the vodka and drink it.
Repeat again.
Turn on the electric mixer and beat 1 cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl.
Add water, eggs and 1 tsp. Sugar and beat again.
Make sure the vodka is still O.K. Cry another tup. Turn off mixers.
Chuck in the cup of dried fruit or something.
Mix on the turner.
It the fried druit gets stuck on the beaterers, pry it loose with a drewscriver.
Sample the vodka to check for tonsistancity.
Next, sniff 2 cups of salt, ot something. Who cares? Check the vodka.
Now sniff the lemon juice and strain your nuts.
Add on table. Spoon. Of sugar or something. Whatever.
Grease the oven.
Turn the cake tin 350 degrees.
Don't forget to beat off the turner.
Whip the bowl out the window.
Check the vodka again.
Go to bed.
Who likes fruitcake anyway !!

My darlings, this sounds like the perfect cake!

Love, Graham


We want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2002. We hope that it may be a wonderful year for you and your family.

Hans and Jana Knot

Many thanks to Hans for the many photographs he has so generously sent us for use on the site during 2001

Christmas Annual 2001