Music for Charity

Greg Harper arranged another of his charity music evenings on Saturday, for Compassion in World Farming. He was performing with Sarah Stirling, Chris Denham and Nigel Ratcliffe. What a great line up! Chris was on bass guitar and Nigel was his usual enthusiastic self on piano and vocals. Greg had some new songs and the contrast with Sarah’s sweet tones made the whole evening a great success. Folk songs really are poetry to music and one added effect was the changing light system that Greg used which reminded me of ‘Pointless’ but was obviously intended to enhance the mood of each song. I took one photo with a blue background but the yellow was probably better!Greg and Sarah

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‘mad’ event

Last Saturday hubby and I were invited to a curry night in a local church hall. We didn’t know quite what to expect but as it was for charity and we like curry we went along. The curry was delicious.

We had been told there was music but when the seven piece band went up onto the stage we didn’t know what kind. It turned out to be very like the band ‘Madness’ with two saxophones, a trombone, a guitar, drums and two vocalists, one with another guitar. We learned afterwards that they played ‘Ska.’ They certainly played very well and I loved their name ” Pier Pressure.” I just enjoy a play on words.

The younger folk danced to the music but  it wasn’t the ‘rock and swing’ we were used to dancing to so we just had one smooch. I took a photo that doesn’t really do them justice.

madness photo

A night at the pictures.

Hubby and I went to the pictures ( movies?) for the first time in many years yesterday. The cinema was showing ‘Stan and Ollie’ about the last tour of Laurel and Hardy in Britain. I’m glad I was warned in advance that it was sad.

We live in Worthing and part of the appeal was that a scene was shot in the town. In face it was a pivotal moment and the Worthing lido looked good. We weren’t so sure about the hotel in Newcastle. perhaps someone could tell me if that was a genuine place?

It really did feel like a slice of history, although a bit more of Stan and Ollie’s previous acts  would have been even more entertaining. The tensions between the two men, and between their two wives were beautifully portrayed.

I must admit to having a tear in my eye when it ended.

A night at the pictures.

Hubby and I went to the pictures ( movies?) for the first time in many years yesterday. The cinema was showing ‘Stan and Ollie’ about the last tour of Laurel and Hardy in Britain. I’m glad I was warned in advance that it was sad.

We live in Worthing and part of the appeal was that a scene was shot in the town. In face it was a pivotal moment and the Worthing lido looked good. We weren’t so sure about the hotel in Newcastle. perhaps someone could tell me if that was a genuine place?

It really did feel like a slice of history, although a bit more of Stan and Ollie’s previous acts  would have been even more entertaining. The tensions between the two men, and between their two wives were beautifully portrayed.

I must admit to having a tear in my eye when it ended.

The Charity Gig results

I’m hoping I can find a good photo to put with this post. The charity gig for St Barnabas House Hospice in Worthing raised £200 and I now have some pictures of some of the musicians and readers but I am going to try to show you the lady who won the lucky ticket prize –  a funny bear clutching a bottle of red wine. Some of my photos won’t come on and I don’t know why. Here goes!

Tunes prizewinner

Christmas lights

I remembered to take my camera phone down town when I went Christmas shopping yesterday and took a picture of the centre of Worthing. I didn’t find any Christmas jumpers that I liked. They all had sequins on, which I am trying not to buy, just as I have stopped buying Christmas cards with glitter. All these things that ruin the planet and it is only this year we have been told it is a problem!

Then I walked all over town looking for a specific toy and it was only in the last half hour that I remembered the Guildbourne Centre and, of course, they had loads to choose from! What a pity this place is underused.

There were adverts for the pantomime everywhere. Maybe we could start promoting ourselves as a year-round holiday destination, not just a sea-side day trip place. Here’s hoping we keep the department stores. Happy Christmas, folks!worthing xmas 2018