Although that dull November Friday had been nothing unusual, I was quite pleased. Having started my new Saturday job helping the milkman that summer, I had extra money to spend.
At the age of 22, after a series of disastrous relationships, it looked like I was going to be ‘left on the shelf’. At that age it was expected that you’d be either married or at least seriously courting.
Now that Little G is three and a half (or as she puts it: nearly four), our relationship has moved to a new dimension.
Did you know that it is said that until 1959 it was illegal NOT to celebrate Bonfire Night in the UK? I don’t know for sure but I do know that that year was very strange for a 9 year old.
If we wanted to, L-Plate Grandad and I could spend all day ferrying Small and Little G from one organised activity to another, such is the wide and varied choice available locally.
Review of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ In The Performing Arts Theatre Soham Village College On Thursday 26th October 2017
What a wonderful evening! We were transported into a joyous fantasy world of sparkling music and fairytale magic that caught our imaginations superbly.
I love living in York, and have done since I chose it as my last posting in the Army around 1994. At that time, I had pretty much a ‘normal’ life, but what is normal?
I was leaving Her Majesty 's theatre in Aberdeen with Dave Allen, the comedian. He had been invited to a drinks do with the 'Friends of' after his show. It was 1988 and I was his tour manager.
Although Christmas is officially still two months away, it has already unofficially arrived at our local garden centre. The garden centre is on our list of 'free activities' because we recently signed up for a loyalty card, which means we get 2 free coffees and cakes every month.
The herbal world is in mourning for the passing of Christopher Hedley, Fellow of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, and tutor to many thousands of ‘baby herbalists’ over the years.
Not a film title, a mildly amusing anecdote of 1950’s Birmingham.
It is often said that 'there is no such thing as a free lunch', though in the case of Little G and Small, this is not the case. Every week, two free lunches are set before them. One lunch is eaten, one is frequently not.
I discovered chips with mayonnaise in 1966, I was thirteen. We were in Friesland, sailing, moored rather disconcertingly on a bouncing island. Everywhere we went there were stalls selling this exotic mix, and I loved it.
A complete change from my usual memoir-based blog today! I’ve invited my lovely writer friend Elaine Chissick to have a chat over wine and chocolate. Elaine are Facebook friends and, though we’ve never met, I feel we are kindred spirits.
In the fairly drab days of the 50’s and 60’s an excuse to play at being rich, just for one night was irresistible. My mom and dad, Olive and Ken Belcher both worked hard and loved an excuse to enjoy themselves.
Little G is now three and a half, and ever since You Must Be Mad ended her maternity leave in April, has returned to my dodgy care, along with Small Brother. Having two children to look after goes way beyond my pay grade, so I am lucky that L-Plate Grandad (retired) is now on hand to shoulder some of the responsibility.
Early this year John Beckingham was asked by Cheltenham Civil Service Club if he would run a Jazz Club there. John had done so in the past and knew what a good venue it was.
My father's love of boats began on the Thames. In 1928, he had a small dinghy that he rowed, earning coppers from a boatman who liked him. He told he lost this boat once and had to walk from Greenwich to Charing Cross pier to find it.
I had no idea what the word ‘Dunkirk’ meant. This was 1958 and I was 5. We were on board Hugh’s boat, Laranda 2 and this was the third boat that I had known already.
What I needed was a man. Not just any man. He had to be tall (ish), fairly good-looking (from the back!) and slightly tanned.
Rock n Roll Paradise is the Concert That Should Have Happened is now live at Hereford Courtyard.
Midnight. It's slightly damp in my cabin, and I have been trying to ignore the halyards thwacking against metal masts for hours.
That's me at the back with the hunky Spaniard!
I haven’t posted a memoir-based post for some time so I’ll take up the story from when I first broke-up with my Beloved Bad Penny (see post from 8/11/16).
Inspired by Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, the production of ‘The Dreaming’ presented in the Hayward Theatre last week was amazing.
Seeing that dear Jan has posted a reprise of the article about our engagement, I thought perhaps it is a good time for an update.
I loved watching the programme on BBC 2 recently (can't remember what it was called ) with the family of five who lived through the decades from 1900 to the present day, brought back many happy memories.
Viva is going to take part in the Edinburgh Fringe, a high accolade indeed. As a consequence, the audience this night was treated to two musical plays, both of which will be presented at the Fringe.
Review Of A visit To ADeC’s Accessible Cinema And The film ‘Dad’s Army’ At The Maltings, Ely On Thursday 20th July 2017
ADeC has taken on board Ely Mayor’s wish for Ely to become a dementia-friendly city and has offered a chance for sufferers and their carers to see a film: ‘Dad’s Army’.
I'm the one just to the right behind the teacher
How many of us, singing that song in school assemblies all those years ago, could imagine ourselves forty years hence, let alone meeting up with our old school mates?
Standing in the kitchen, his face the colour of squashed raspberries, my better half’s voice rose to a crescendo. ‘It’s way past lunchtime and the blinds are still shut! What on earth’s going on?’
As I mentioned in the first part of this article my husband and I had been living loco parentis at the house of two of our precious grandchildren. We had given the parents a week in the sun, without children, to celebrate their joint birthdays and tenth wedding anniversary.
Review of ‘Hairspray Junior’ Presented By KD Theatre Productions At The Maltings, Ely On Saturday 24th June 2017
Photos reproduced with permission from Daniel Bell
KD Theatre Productions gave a dazzling performance of ‘Hairspray Junior’ on Saturday. With 150 children taking part, the stage was packed with a sparkling array of characters and groups, all telling the story of star wannabe making good.
My husband and I had been living loco parentis at the house of two of our precious grandchildren. We had given the parents a week in the sun, without children, to celebrate their joint birthdays and tenth wedding anniversary.
Catriona Clark and Rowan Redfarn
Opera Bohemia’s ‘Madame Butterfly’ in the Hayward Theatre in Ely on Saturday was wonderful.
Viva’s production of ‘Dad’s Army’ was splendid. The atmosphere of the times in the World Wars was cleverly created with video screen, props, scenery, an amazing collection of very familiar music from the times and, best of all, the characters that we know and love from the TV series of ‘Dad’s Army’.
Paul Trepte and a dalek
What a delightful concert with a difference! An amazing array of very varied music was presented in the ‘Science Prom’ in Ely Cathedral on Saturday.
Mum was the chubby one to the right of my Grandma.
There is no doubt about it, when Daniel Bell puts his mark on a theatrical production we can be assured of highly entertaining, family fun and ‘Treasure Island’ was no different.
Photo copyright Jordan Day Head of Media and Marketing King's Ely
What an amazing production! The King’s School Ely Junior School gave a splendid performance of ‘Cats’ by Andrew Lloyd Webber in the Hayward Theatre on Friday.
Bill was a bit of a tease, a bit of a drinker and a bit of a gambler; nothing serious, just a few pounds on the dogs and nags every Saturday.
Up and coming writer/producer John Holdsworth, in conjunction with Peter Tomalin, has created a real gem.
Alice In Wonderland And Through The Looking Glass At Courtyard Hereford Wednesday April 19th- Saturday April 22nd 2017
Lewis Carroll’s timeless children’s stories Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass will be brought to life by The Courtyard Youth Theatre this April.
Photo copyright Viva
Viva dazzled us yet again with another vibrantly energized musical production in the Brook last night. It was fantastic!