Just read in Barry Miles book on Elvis Costello that the song ‘Alison’, was written about ‘Mary’, which is contrary to what Barney Bubbles/Colin Fulcher (the designer of Costello’s early albums) had told me in 1983, when he said it referred to our mutual friend, Alison, the cffice temp at Conran Design in 1967. Maybe the song used her name – but was not written about her. But hey, what the f’ do I know?

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