Concert in Colliers Wood

Trains were up the spout again this weekend so it was another trip to Liverpool Street to get into London yesterday. One benefit was that my day travel card to go to Colliers Wood was only £11.90. I was about 20mins early at Colliers Wood Community Centre for Christopher’s concert held in aid of Shape. Christopher put together the programme and he, Matthew and (I guess) friends from the Colliers Wood Chorus decorated the hall and arranged lovely food at the end.

We were treated to a two hour concert of local arts:

Jan was there with her double bass, and also serving behind the bar at the end. Matthew had set up a HD video and it was all put together very well! Christopher was a great compère, joking with the audience about them putting the ‘camp’ into campfire! I didn’t have long afterwards to sample the fantastic array of food at the back of the hall: but enough time for a glass of wine and a lovely plateful.

Some photos:

Streatham Voices ChoirChristopher, compèreColliers Wood ChorusFlowers for the event organiserFlowers for ElaineMassed choir finale

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Beer Festival, Bury St Edmunds

Beer Festival, Bury St EdmundsMelanie gave me a lift to Bury St Edmunds for the East Anglian Beer Festival. Melanie doesn’t drink beer and I went with Aled and one of his friends, Graham. The start of the evening was a chilly 90 minutes queuing to get in, entertained with a couple of pints of IPA from The Nutshell, probably the smallest pub in the UK. Once in there was plenty of space and time for a quick pint, before I had to leave at 9.30 for the last train back to Cambridge!

So I only had time for one beer: Might Oak Simply the Best, which was a good beer, but a bit too hoppy for me. I had been trying to grab an Old Chimneys Golden Pheasant but it was finished. Aled tried the Old Chimneys Medium Dry Cider—it was rank!

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Life In Cartoon Motion

Bought Life in Cartoon Motion after hearing a couple of tracks. The reviews on Amazon capture it perfectly. Love Today is a similar sound to the Scissors Sisters and I really like the last track, Happy Ending / Over My Shoulder, which is slower and contemplative. (Actually it’s Over My Shoulder, the second part of the 10 minute track, that I like!)

Mika has a lovely voice (and is lovely looking too!)

“Life in Cartoon Motion” (Mika)


Went to see a fun production of Pygmalion at the ADC Theatre. There was a supporting cast of about 10 people, dressed as cockneys, who wandered around the seating area before the production and during the interview, including a colleague, Danielle Gibney. from the RSC, The cast also made the set changes, narrated by a feisty woman clutching a bottle of booze! Very good fun. Also met (in the audience this time) an ex-colleague, Chris Marshall.

Eliza Doolittle in the Production was very good. Her gutter voice was very grating! I loved the script for Mr Dolittle—the political dustman!

DOOLITTLE. Don’t say that, Governor. Don’t look at it that way. What am I, Governors both? I ask you, what am I? I’m one of the undeserving poor: that’s what I am. Think of what that means to a man. It means that he’s up agen middle class morality all the time. If there’s anything going, and I put in for a bit of it, it’s always the same story: “You’re undeserving; so you can’t have it.” But my needs is as great as the most deserving widow’s that ever got money out of six different charities in one week for the death of the same husband. I don’t need less than a deserving man: I need more. I don’t eat less hearty than him; and I drink a lot more. I want a bit of amusement, cause I’m a thinking man. I want cheerfulness and a song and a band when I feel low. Well, they charge me just the same for everything as they charge the deserving. What is middle class morality? Just an excuse for never giving me anything. Therefore, I ask you, as two gentlemen, not to play that game on me. I’m playing straight with you. I ain’t pretending to be deserving. I’m undeserving; and I mean to go on being undeserving. I like it; and that’s the truth. Will you take advantage of a man’s nature to do him out of the price of his own daughter what he’s brought up and fed and clothed by the sweat of his brow until she’s growed big enough to be interesting to you two gentlemen? Is five pounds unreasonable? I put it to you; and I leave it to you.

and the funniest scene in the play:

LIZA [nodding to the others] Good-bye, all.

FREDDY [opening the door for her] Are you walking across the Park, Miss Doolittle? If so—

LIZA. Walk! Not bloody likely. [Sensation]. I am going in a taxi. [She goes out].

Pickering gasps and sits down. Freddy goes out on the balcony to catch another glimpse of Eliza.

MRS. EYNSFORD HILL [suffering from shock] Well, I really can’t get used to the new ways.

CLARA [throwing herself discontentedly into the Elizabethan chair]. Oh, it’s all right, mamma, quite right. People will think we never go anywhere or see anybody if you are so old-fashioned.

from eNotes

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