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The Memory Test!

The website has suffered a series of problems over the past few months. Somebody must have got the Techno Gizmo wet and he has played havoc.  The result being that both of us ended up hating the website, the computer and each other.  Pictures have come and gone…bits of print seem to have disappeared overnight etc.  Suffice it to say I have learned lots of new swear words.  We have come to view it as the Devil’s Own Work and have given it a very wide berth for a while. We may have taught it a valuable lesson i.e. ” Machines are not the boss of me and they are no substitute for real life.”

Now we are going to give it another chance. I haven’t “blogged” for months so all those months are mostly a blur.  I can only briefly dwell on events and they will certainly not be in any chronological order.  Confused witterings would probably be a more apt description.

Running alongside all this technical backlash there has been my ever present neck problem…which…along with the glass back has given me the full set of Reasons to be Grumpy…Part 1. Computer work means pinched nerves, pins and needles, headaches and Allan taking the blame for everything.  New Doctor, who looks about 10 years old but is very sweet gave me some Amitriptyline to deaden nerve endings and presumably cheer me up.  Nerve ending so dead I bit inside my mouth  and had to talk with a lisp for a week.  Although Allan said if it hurt that much I didn’t need to talk at all! Al has took over the Gigs Diary for a few but I am back!! See below my picture of my nocturnal pain…Scary!!

Nightmare!

Nightmare!

 

The last year has been depressing when I think of all of the friends we have lost.  From now on I have decided not to dwell overmuch on these events lest I obsess and start attracting suicides to this page.  Allan’s Uncle Albert and 4 friends since January make for sad reading.  On the plus side at his Uncle’s funeral Allan discovered 5 cousins he didn’t know he had. The funerals brought us together with a lot of old friends we had lost touch with. Terrible that this is the only time so many of us get together.

The most recent funeral was one for our friend Geoff Bodenham.  Anyone who used Folk Clubs in the area will have known Geoff.

YOUNG GEOFF BODENHAM

YOUNG GEOFF BODENHAM

I had known him since I was 18.  Lovely funny, talented guy who ran the Red Lion O’Morfe Folk Club for years and then moved to Bridgnorth and made his mark there by running a pub and then becoming a local Councillor.  His wife Joan is pretty and friendly and has supported him in all he has done for many years. He will be greatly missed.  Thanks for so many happy times, Geoff.

 

 

We have had 2 short breaks in Chester since I spoke last.  We had one before Christmas which was wonderful.  Everywhere looked so magical.

Chester Christmas

Chester Christmas

Magical Chester

Magical Chester

Then we went again in February for a couple of nights.  The second visit was not so good.  I had been left to my own devices for 20 minutes in Primark.  Whilst trying to read a price tag on a very heavy platform shoe on a very high shelf I met with misfortune… The shoes were held together (I later found out) by elastic. They suddenly catapulted down and hit me (as we say in Wednesbury) right in the gob! Smacker!! I thought me front tooth had gone. I had a cut, swollen lip and was spitting blood and very wobbly.  I had to be taken to the park with a bottle of water and salt to try to cauterise it.  There I was gargling and spitting on the squirrels.  What a pretty picture I made! I then discovered I had lost my fur scarf and went tearing off to look for it…..and got lost.  No money and no phone!…….I wandered round for ages grizzling quietly to myself.  Eventually found Allan and then couldn’t find the return bus tickets…….until the bus had gone and grizzled a lot louder.  I will no longer be allowed to look after bus tickets or anything of any value and Allan is going to buy a set of reins so that I cannot wander off. and be a problem to others!!

Allan Walking City Walls

Allan Walking City Walls

Gigs and Things

We’ve been to see a few bands over the past few months. Just before Christmas after a night at the Pub we came home and booked tickets to see the Who at the Barclay Card Arena in Brum.  Couldn’t believe it the next morning when we realised we had bought tickets £75.00 each! We would have been able to see them just as well if we had watched from our house. They were so far away!  These arena gigs are no fun.  The crowd is in a total state of flux.  Up and down for toilets, drinks etc. playing with phones, holding up bloody selfie sticks and filming on their bloody ipads. It does not make for a relaxing night. Allan  had took to legging people up so I was expecting it to kick off all night. The Who looked and sounded great but I didn’t enjoy the show because of all the distractions.

In January we went to see The First Aid Kit who are two sisters who are very talented and very young.  They write their own material. They are Scandi/American and were a total delight.  We have also been to see the lovely Ivy League a couple of times.

Helen and Me at the Village for the Ivys

Helen and Me at the Village for the Ivy’s Gig

We went to the Beacon Village in Lichfield with our friend, Helen, just before Christmas and then with Helen and Anne we saw them at  to Walmley Club.  Allan was very excited because Helen managed to get them to sign a Birthday card to him.  He will not take it down!

We’ve had several great nights at the Sils which is now being held at Knowle British Legion.  It is a bigger venue and the drinks are cheaper. Glad to see it is doing so well.  John Berry who runs the club is a good guy. Keith Slater, Ian and Martin aka Vivo are brilliant and there is always someone interesting turn up on the night.  Very impressed with Andy Bennett who used to be with Ocean Colour Scene and is now fronting his own band.  He has been up a couple of times. Everyone is always pleased to see Danny King.  Great performer and a lovely man. Meet up with lots of people we  know at this Club which is great.  An old friend of mine from my very early folk club days has just had a big back operation.  It is so good to see you again at the club and so good to know that the operation was a success. I had to include this picture from those folk days when Tony Shew was in the folk group the Harvesters.  I used to go and watch them at the Royal in Walsall when I was about18. Great to see you on the mend, tony.

TONY SHEW TOP LEFT HAND SIDE...BANJO BOY

TONY SHEW TOP LEFT HAND SIDE…BANJO BOY

Any Music lovers out there….its the second Sunday of each month

VIVO AND DANNY KING

VIVO AND DANNY KING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Had good night at the Robin with our friend Graham. We went to see Roy Wood and his band.  Allan has always been a big fan. Full house and a great atmosphere.

We didn’t manage to get up to Wales to close the van until the ed of November.  Both of us struggled with the flu.  I passed it on to Allan who obviously had Manflu and made much of it.  I had to cancel my course of back treatment in case I infected everyone at the Pain Clinic.

Christmas Eve we went to the service at Lichfield Cathedral.  At the end pf the service we all walked around the Cathedral in a candelight procession.  I came close to giving the child next to me an unChristmassy slap as he was waving his candle dangerously close to my hair.  Once around the Cathedral and then out into the dark streets with our candles bringing light to the world.  Allan spoiled the moment by shouting I wonder if this will still be alight when we get to Wetherspoons.

It was lovely to have Anne Webb, daughter Cathy, Grace and Rose and son, David and Isabelle to come over and see my Christmas Grotto.  Glad to know they enjoyed it.

Santa and the White Queen

Santa and the White Queen

Glyn's Nativity Dolls in the Grotto

Glyn’s Nativity Dolls in the Grotto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoyed a Christmas get together with friends, Maggie and Andy for a meal and to swap presents at the Cock Inn  at Wishaw.  Allan’s chips were arranged like a game of Jenga.  Much excitement for him!

Our big event in January was Allan and Helen’s Birthdays.  Helen had invited us to her party which was a brilliant night and, as luck would have it, coincided with Allan’s birthday.  What a great party it was!  She had organised a full night’s entertainment with a stilt walker, Little Miss Sixties(who I loved) and 45 R.P.M …great band who were later joined by Alan Mosca from the Dreamers. Although Helen is a lot younger than us she loves sixties music and knows a lot of the groups from that era who are still performing. Good to see our Ivy League friends, Keith and Sue whose company we enjoyed for the evening. Helen and here nieces did a very professional 4 song spot.  Helen’s first time on stage….she was really cool! All the groups from the Solid Silver Sixties Tour had clubbed together and bought Helen (and all signed) a fabulous guitar.  She was so thrilled.  Great night, Helen.  Big thanks for including us.

Helen with Special Pressie

Helen with Special Pressie

 

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They’ve opened a new Restaurant in Birmingham called Peace and Quiet.  Kids meals start at £250.00

You know you are really drunk when you get home, put food in the microwave and enter your pin no.

Man in Pub….”Life was so simple before I got married.  I had no idea there was a wrong way to put milk back in the fridge!”

If you ever feel useless remember it’s somebody’s job to fit indicators on B.M.W’s

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