I had heard a lot about Thomas Brown, Ty’s only brother! Ivy had often talked about Thom and his connection to musicians. He had made it quite successfully in some kind of a rock promotion company. Supertramp was apparently one of the bands his company handled.
He was Ty’s only brother, unmarried and he was the oldest son. As often seems to happen in families, Ty looked up to his brother, but he also wanted to be as successful if not more so … which in his downward slide into alcoholism was a difficult goal to attain. I had met Thom a couple of times at Vic Park, while he was visiting his mother and deigned to pop in on his brother too, and was not particularly impressed by the kind of person he was.
One day …. surprise! Ty and I were invited to dinner at Thom and his partner’s home in some impressive part of London (of course I cannot remember which borough). Thom’s girlfriend Amber was about my age, 24, 25… and had a sweet little daughter, Berry, from a previous relationship of hers. Berry was about 6, I remember and was a slight little girl. When we were at the table enjoying a nice dinner, Berry picked and picked at her food and barely ate a mouthful. I gathered from the conversation around me, that Berry was a poor eater. Thom, I could see, was somewhat controlling of Amber as well as her child. He kept telling Berry she had better eat up!!! Then he turned to me and said: Jane is a nurse in a kiddy ward, then he turned to Berry and continued, if you don’t eat your dinner, she is going to give you a big needle that will hurt!!!!!
WAY TO GO BUD………….!!! not just taunting a little girl with threats, but dragging me into it as a bad guy, and not to mention possibly instilling a fear of nurses and hospitals into the mind of a young child….. I wish I’d had enough guts to say something smart, but I hate to say it, I may have sat there and swallowed my words with a gulp! Needless to say, my opinion of Thom took a further hit downward after this episode!! Hell! I don’t even remember what he looked like, this brother of my idol!
We barely had any more contact with Thom… Although, I remember coming home one evening to a screeching, lunatic drunken Ty, who was throwing stuff all over the place on the first floor! Apparently, Ty was downstairs visiting his mum, when she had told him that Thom had wed Amber, and of course had not invited his brother to the wedding! I don’t think Mrs B would have gone, but apparently all her daughters had been invited! Hopefully Ty held his rage in until his mum was out of earshot (she was quite hard of hearing)… There was nothing I could do to calm him when he was in these drunken episodes… I guess I just tried to keep out of his way. I heard him slam the door, and figured that he had gone over to Bills, maybe to get more soused or God forbid to another pub from which he would no dobt get chucked out and mp doubt be barred!! Who knows……… I really cant remember!
Of course, a few months later, when Thom & Amber had their own baby, Holly, needless to say, Ty was not invited to her christening either………….
Of course, I cannot say that I blame anyone for not wanting to invite a ticking time bomb to a special event!!!