Ivor Lavery was a really great bloke. Sadly, he died a couple of years ago of cancer. When Ivor lived in London in about ’91/’92 I went and stayed for a couple of weeks with him, Nicola (his girlfriend at the time) and Fred Collier (proprietor of Dark Horizons along with John McCrea) it was my first time away from home and it was great. His nickname was ‘lightning’ – because he had a stammer, fairly typically cruel kid humour I suppose. Anyway, he used to tell the story of the tattoo which he had on his neck (for as long as I knew him he used to wear polo-necks so I assume he was perpetually embarrassed about it). When he was a punk in London in the late 70s he got hammered and his mates took him along to get a tat of ‘lightning’ on his neck – unfortunately, for whatever reason, the tattooist didn’t get it quiet right – and tattooed ‘lighting’ instead. So Ivor woke up the next day – saw this bloody awful tattoo which he didn’t want and realised that he’d have to go back and get the guy to tattoo an ‘n’ into the lettering somehow. And that’s what he did. And to this day the sight of that tattoo with the squeezed in ‘n’ always made me laugh.