Today was the funeral of John Carlin. Big JC as he was also known, beat a very bad illness in hospital where he was for months, and was getting back to health only to be taken whilst on the sofa watching the tele with his hand on the remote. Way to go John. Back in the Seventies when I first met and became friends with John, he was an extremely tough kid. It was uncanny because when the film Scum came out later, we all thought the main character was based on him, as he was just like that when he was about 16, and the main character was called Carlin. Tough as he was, he was also gentle, kind and a good bloke, with a great big smile. He was from Eastwood, but hung around Leigh and Southend a lot. I would always bump into him now and again, usually in Southend. I'm really going to miss John and our little chats.