Happy New Year!! Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!!

December 31st, 2016 Posted in Gigs, Music, News, Poetry

  Happy New Year!!   Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!!   Here’s wishing and working for peace, justice and goodwill to all who inhabit the earth: beast, bird, insect and human; the discovered and yet to be discovered; the born and yet to be born. Let 2017 be the start of us all getting on better together […]


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Important Cause: Your Help Requested!!

November 21st, 2016 Posted in Gigs, News

  Our lovely daughter who, along with her lovely boyfriend, has presented us with a lovely granddaughter, has a mission which is very dear to her heart. She has set up a petition and needs as many signatures as possible to achieve her aim.   I’m best letting her explain it to you:   “Help […]


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Help a Hog be Happy!!

November 16th, 2016 Posted in Music, News

  Our Jack’s mate Shereda Rose asked him to write a song in support of hedgehog preservation. Jack turned his prodigious talents to laying down  a track for it, playing synth drums, bass guitar, keyboards and electric guitars (told you he was talented) and enlisted me to write a lyric.   I came up with […]


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Nice One Jayne, Ya Done It Again!

November 11th, 2016 Posted in Gigs, Music, News

  Last year we had a couple of gigs with the Alf Alfa Ceili Band when we were joined by jazz clarinet legend Eric Newton. To accommodate Eric’s Bb instrument, I whacked a set of heavy gauge strings on a ‘spare’ fiddle and tuned it down a tone. This way me and Ekka could play […]


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PLUMB CRAZY!!

November 6th, 2016 Posted in News

  Today I replaced our old kitchen taps with a new pair. The shaft in the old cold tap had sheared off and the things are sold in pairs, hence the double replacement. The new taps cost £24.00   It required a screw driver to turn valve to each tap and a spanner to undo […]


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James and Gilda, Wendy and Little Jimmy and Me

October 23rd, 2016 Posted in News

    Jimmy Perry OBE has passed away at the venerable age of 93. Jimmy is best known to most for co-writing Dad’s Army with David Croft, but when I was a teenager, Jimmy was best known to me for running the Palace Theatre, Watford. I knew him then as James. He was one of […]


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Is There a Government Agent in the House?

October 5th, 2016 Posted in News

  Yesterday, Lynda and I had a meeting with the four doctors of our local practice. We were pleased to be given the meeting which was convened to discuss my recent long illness and brush with death through pneumonia/sepsis/acute kidney injury. Had it not been for Lynda’s brilliance and determined intervention during my illness, I […]


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BORDERING RACISM: A CONSIDERATION OF SO-CALLED BORDER MORRIS AND BLACKING UP

September 15th, 2016 Posted in Gigs, Music, News, Poetry

I was shown a photograph a couple of days ago that had captured two so-called “Border Morris” sides with their tatters and feathers and blackened faces, grouped together grinning at the camera against the backdrop of an ancient half-timbered building. The group looked about to burst into a chorus of ‘Dat Ol’ Man Ribber’ on […]


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