Imagine 1993 i am only 14, i have read about TT in a very popular among teens newspaper called ” Ya Molodoy” means I am Young. I didn’t know nothing about those guys, by that time I never listen to their songs i have only saw their faces. A whole page was dedicated to the most popular boy bands of that time in the world, but living in USSR in Uzbekistan, how could I know whats going on outside the communism walls that was very strongly bullied thou by that time the crack have already started to be shown but still the shield were very strong.
Every time i had chance to visit the music store that used to sell home recorded tapes, with the list of songs written by hand on a the cover, I used to ask about TT, I was lucky and i got their second album, before hearing the first one, and then i got into TT madness like all the other teenagers around the world. It was very difficult just to listen the tape all the time, i was hungry for more information I wanted to know everything about them, but i didn’t know how to do it at that time, just to make myself a bit satisfied i have started to learn the meaning of their songs they were singing, this is how i have started to learn English. a huge old vocabulary was like a peace of me those times and with my school level English i had to struggle a lot.
Then I have post an add in the the same newspaper ” Ya molodoy” that i am looking for fans of Take That and i really need help. And the number of Letters i used to receive was unexpected, postman had to keep the boxes with the letter by my door because all of them would not fit in mailing box. I received lots of cut out from he newspapers , posters and even tapes with their unreleased songs, I was living in the cloud nine between the new songs of T and new letters from my new friend from different corners of the planet, and my English has improved and i have made it as my major.
My nickname was Tasha Barlow, now need to explain why :). and my old friends still call me like this till now. I was dreaming to go to England and all i wanted to take a picture next to GB house.
1996 the world has turned upside down, but thanks to GB and his solo songs i have managed to go on.
I have translated each and every song of TT into Russian to learn the meaning of song this helped with my English a lot and English helped me to get my job at 19 at the first 5* hotel in Tashkent and my English helped me to move to UAE at the age of 20 and all i am right now it is all because of TT and GB.
I missed them, i have lost my inspiration without them, thou i was busy with trying to survive in this difficult life i always had TT at my heart, i have tried to check about GB at that time and i was very upset when i couldn’t make it to Howard’s DJ gig at that time Holiday Inn Bur Dubai, that time i felt like i have lost my last drop of happiness of seeing TT and their spirit.
And then they have decide to return and they did, they have returned as a KINGS and they still have the same hallo on me as they did before.
Every time play TT old song i can return to my teens times, and I can recall the feelings and the thoughts and the joy when I gave TT the rights to lead my life with their songs. a
GB !! I Thank you for being my first love, my true inspirational my mentor and my idol, i am looking up to you till now and i shall do it always.
LONG LIVE TT