Friday September 23rd 2022

We’re past the Equinox (just), the shops are filling up with Christmas stuff, “Bake off” and “Strictly” are back on the telly. And Andrew is back on vests.

Zoomers will have recognised a familiar face, up from Southampton to haunt us, but he wasn’t on till later.It was Alan’s turn to start, still wearing his nylons.

Fred and Lesley did a “Guthrie” set ( Arlo and Woody), getting everyone singing early on.

It was Mike’s turn to sing “Come by the hills” this week. Don’t know who’s turn it is next week.

Dafydd was in top form; Willam Blake, followed by some lusty Betjeman about the girl playing tennis. Got the usual lecherous groans from the old geezers.

Some thought it was Gaffer’s brother. It was worse than that. It was Paul Clarke, all the way from the South coast to be with us in the flesh rather than a Muppet box on Zoom. A song about hippos and frogs, what more could you ask for? Answers on a postcard………..

Last week, Edna and Marg had pinned me against the wall holding a sharp instrument against delicate parts of my anatomy and advised me that more chorus songs were needed. Others may also have been approached as there were plenty last night. Come on boys, dig out the singalong stuff, if only for your own health; as Plato once said, the first cut is the deepest. To remind people that Strictly come *!$%*&$ dancing was starting, I dug out “Calico Printer’s Clerk”. “Miss Rowan Davies” from the fiddle player.

Even with arthritic digits troubling him, Geoff plays far better than I could ever dream of. Bobby Darin’s “Things” probably brought out the worst of tonight’s audience participation.

Effervescent Izzie read more from her mum’s collection and alerted us to the dangers of internet dating. She is not yet on vests.

Still time for rounds of 2 in the second half. There were loads of stuff to join in with. Alan started with “If I were a Carpenter” (I’d screw you to the bed!). Lesley and I ended with a rousing Santiano after first following on from last week when I once again used the NE verb “To gan”, in “Blaydon Races. In most languages the verb “to go” is irregular (aller, ir ), but the people up ther have this much simpler regular version – I gan, thou hast ganned, he shalt gan etc.. Were the Blaydon Races relatives of Brian and Sue?

Enough of this drivel; we’re back next week.

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