I loved 2 of the placards that were being held aloft during the Trump visit......"DEAR QUEEN...DON'T OFFER HIM THE GOOD BISCUITS!" and "TOO MUCH WRONG...SO LITTLE CARDBOARD!"
Three gigs this week!
Thursday we played over at KNOWLE BRITISH LEGION to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the D.DAY LANDINGS. We were thrilled to be appearing with our good friend Keith Slater who we have known for many years...back in Folk Club days and Fastest Bat days. Now we go to see him and Ian Price and Mark Willis collectively known as VIVO every month at this venue...and have done for the past 10 years. Keith had got a siren and everything..and did a great and varied set. Such hard and thoughtful work as always from him. Thanks to Mr. Chaplin for providing the authentic backdrop. The camouflage worked so well we couldn't find our bags and cases at the end.
Wonderful night. Many thanks to everyone concerned....Allan says a special thanks to whoever made the lamb stew and to John Berry for giving him 2 helpings!
Next night we were back at PENCRIC RETIREMENT VILLAGE in Penkridge. Again thanks to all especially the lady who talked to me about my childhood in Wood Street, G.K.N. F.H. Lloyds, Park Lane Social Club and Wednesbury and so many people we both knew.
Saturday we were at a new venue to us out near BEWDLEY...called BUTTONOAK. There were a couple of sites out there with Holiday Lodges and a good number of people from the Black Country. We had a great time with them and are going back to see them next year....as us elderly people say...God Willing!
Allan's Satnav...still buried in his sock drawer after his fall out with the posh voiced lady who tried to bullly him...would have been useful. We got badly lost in the Wyre Forest after taking a wrong turn in Bewdley. Ended up at Stourport! We had reached that "Harsh words" stage of the evening and laying of blame and unneccesary profanities. This is where a Wednesfield Grammar School Education comes in useful.
Rounded off the weekend by returning to Knowle British Legion for the SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE to catch up with friends and watch the great musical talent of VIVO and friends. Thanks to all for another great night. ...
Had a lovely long break from gigs at the end of May to visit Meloneras, Gran Canaria. Wonderful weather, great hotel...The Riu Palace..and 5 nights of amazing music from our friends, Gerry Lane and Al Rivero at the 19th Hole. Now back home and back into the gigs after an unexpected re-roofing experience on return. Look forward to seeing some of you soon. ...
2 months ago
It seems a lot of women can relate to the Liverpool Football Team...they know how it feels to come second!
Busy weekend for him and myself. Friday night we were over at the TALLY HO POLICE CLUB IN BIRMINGHAM...feeling guilty (as you do) for a School Reunion of HOLLY LODGE SCHOOL IN SMETHWICK. Amazing to think that this has been going on for so many years. Lots of memorabilia..and still about 80 ex male students and 8 female students from the Girls School get together for a special meal. Must admit I felt a bit outnumbered with those odds...but they were perfect gentlemen and not one asked me if I was the Pole Dancer.
Good to have such positive comments at the end. Managed to get through the Urban Jungle that is central Birmingham without incident. Got as far as Brownhills before we found the street fighting...so not too bad for a Friday night.
Saturday we were over at a lovely little village called NETHERSEAL which is South Derbyshire.
Lovely welcome by the committee and our friend, Robert, who has seen us many times and who had suggested us. Brave Man! Thank you to all for the lovely night we shared..for the supper and the company..and for our special gift of local brewed beer to take home..."'Owd Roger". Wonderful people. Look forward to coming back for a visit next year....and to meet the Llamas! ...
Big thank you to the crowd of people who came along to Singletons Nursery at Bromsgrove. We have appeared in this lovely venue before. The Potting Shed was the location. Allan had to keep shielding his eyes from all of the things that reminded him of gardening jobs. Loads of lovely things there and well priced.
This was for a Ladies Group. Quite a few had seen us at the Artrix Theatre, Bromsgrove and at Belbroughton . Thanks to Shirley and Ian for booking us and looking after us so well. We will be appearing back here in the near future. Look forward to seeing some of you at the Palace Theatre, Redditch. ...
Just heard they have an invasion of Jellyfish down on the South Coast. Apparently they are as big as dustbins.... and have 8 arms and no brain. Sounds a lot like the type of guys I dated in the sixties.
Back in the saddle after a lovely long holiday down in Criccieth. Hope you all had the same wonderful weather.
Last night we were appearing at the BEAU DESERT GOLF CLUB on Cannock Chase ...3rd time in the past year. This was for HAMMERWICH TOWNSWOMEN'S GUILD and not the Golf Club.
Jean who had booked us showed us a photo from 1998. God...I looked almost skinny. It reminds me of the old Sludge Lees joke. ... Single women are always thinner than marrried women. Single women come home look in the Fridge and go to bed. Married women come home look in the bed and go right to the Fridge.
Great audience. Really enjoyed the night. Thank you to all for the kind comments at the end. Much appreciated.
Some pics. of the jolly hollies and the golf club. ...
Read yesterday that Euro M.P.S are asking for £250k from U.K. Taxpayers to be spent on Ergonomic Cushions. The chairs they have to sit on for 2hours a day are hard on the backside. You can understand their concern as that's wehere most of their ideas come from!
Lovely night last night over at NEWCHURCH OLD SCHOOL HALL for our friends there. We have worked for them for about the last 7 or 8 years. Great crowd, wonderful food and a good friendly atmosphere. Thanks again for a wonderful time. Hope you have raised lots of money for AIR AMBULANCE. Thanks to Gordon, Rachel and the team for all of their hard work. ...
4 months ago
Another tip, lads. When a woman says "Correct me if I'm wrong". She really, really doesn't mean it!
Despite the lack of good health, voice and sanity I have managed to get through 4 gigs this week. Allan has managed to get through the same amount with me constantly moaning and barking. The sore throat, voice loss, and head cold has now turned to blocked sinal cavities, deafness and an ulcerated throat. Hiding this week.
Thank you to all the people who have come along to support us at these gigs and to the organisers who have booked us.
Last weekend we had a lovely night with the people at ALCESTER UNIONIST CLUB. Looking forward to the return gig next year.
Wednesday we did a wonderful family celebration for our friend Gary Hudson. His Mum, Phil was a very young looking and agile 90. On both counts much better than me on the day. Honoured to be sharing the event with the legendary GORDON GILTRAP.
Friday we were over at COVEN VILLAGE HALL for the BILSTON AND DISTRICT SOROPTOMISTS. We know several of the ladies from past times. Great to see our good friends Jackie and Sue and also someone I worked with way back in the mists of time. Graham Lee worked in the Dept. above the Public Library where I worked at Darlaston Town hall. We go back about 52 years!!! I've put the Library/Town Hall on, Graham...in case you look on here. Great to see him again.
Wonderful audience. Good to meeet Lorraine who is Head Teacher at Green Park Special School. Some of the money raised on the night was going to them along with other Charities chosen by President Gill Wilson.
Last night we were working for a group to raise money for BLESMA..THE LIMBLESS VETERANS CHARITY. Over the past year they have given support to 3022 veterans and widows.
The event took place at STUDLEY SPORTS CLUB and was organised by Linda and the team.
Thank you to all who gave so generously and were such a wonderful crowd.
Great for Allan to catch up with his Auntie Margaret. ...