Season’s Greetings

The next gig at the Squirrel will be on Friday 5th of February as the January one falls on New Year’s day and I don’t wish to be playing to an empty pub. I shall be nursing my hangover somewhere else, probably at home.

I have just realised that the days are getting longer again, although they are still pretty short. That said, the sun is shining outside, but across the street an ambulance is parked and someone is not going to be having such a good Christmas as they might have hoped for.

So for all you hopeless people who will be making new year resolutions only to find them impossible to keep, may I suggest one you should make and keep, is to look forward to each day and enjoy it to the full, whatever sadness it may occasionally bring. Enough of the oracle mischief, seasons greetings to you all.

So far no good…

Yesterday I met up with Chris Youlden and we had a good catch-up accompanied by very cheap beer, £1.99 a pint in a real ale Festival. Chris has just got over a bad cold but is still having problems with his legs so it was good to see him out and about again. However my cough which I’ve had at least three different treatments for, is still hanging on and I am in the middle of my fourth set of medication. So far no good. Actually a whiskey at bedtime did give me a cough-free night, though it was back to normal today.

We had a really enjoyable gig at The Elgin and it was good to see people from the old Station Tavern and Portobello Green days in the audience. They have a good sound engineer for the in-house PA and I really enjoyed the evening. Let’s hope there will be a few more in the future.

We will be back at The Squirrel next Friday so I guess I will have to get on the case to get some support as there wasn’t any live music there this Friday just gone. It will be the usual line-up and time, 8.30pm or so. Meanwhile New Zealand have just scored another try in the 78th minute so I guess the All Blacks are world champions again. Time to shut up shop now.

Party time.

Lots of birthday wishes thank you all. The birthday bash went well again with plenty of musicians and vocalists to help out. And I needed helping out because I’ve had this cough for months now and though I’ve been to the doctor three times and had God knows how many antibiotic and steroid pills the cough still persists and leaves me short of breath at times. I am now discovering the delights or otherwise of Ventolin inhalers,

A few days later I was in the Grand Union where the Portobello Brewers and Fullers Brewers were jointly sponsoring a charity for the Carnival. They had a raffle for various products, and I won one of 100 specially brewed bottled beers. Obviously I’m not fated to give up drinking yet. The other part of the promotion was a country blues duo who did a really good set. I was going to mention them here and took down their details but in my inimitable fashion managed to lose the information. Apologies to you guys.

This week we’ll be playing at The Elgin on the corner of Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park Road. The band as usual will be Alan Vincent and Jon T-Bone Taylor on guitars, Steve Taylor on bass and Mel Wright on drums. Although I’ve lived around the area for fifty odd years, I’ve never played the Elgin. I’m looking forward to it.