To say I’ve been bombarded with unsolicited e-mails for the last week would be an understatement. First of all, it was all about Black Friday. Black Friday? At first I thought I was misreading and it meant Good Friday, except I’d got my seasons all mixed up. But no, it was this hideous free-for-all-imported-from-US day when tat or merchandise the stores wanted to shift went ‘on sale’. I’m sure you saw the pictures and the newsreels which were beyond belief. Then, these emails continued over the weekend for Cyber Monday, which is an extension of Black Friday but … Read the rest »
I watched a bit of BBC breakfast this morning. The wonderful Victoria Wood was on, talking about a TV film she’s made which is going out over Christmas, called The Day We Sang. She was being asked whether she was afraid or daunted by writing and directing it – as if she’s never written or directed anything before! I mean, can these interviewers be any more patronising? – and she said that as director you’re at the top of a pyramid of very talented people; “…standing on the shoulders of the choreographer and musical director who are doing a sterling … Read the rest »
So, it’s tomorrow. My hand operation. The one that was cancelled in March and then again in June. I will admit to being somewhat apprehensive, especially as I’ve been warned ‘it will be a little bit sore’. I mean, if a doctor or nurse actually admits that much it probably means that someone like me, with the lowest pain threshold in the world, will find it excruciating. So I’m already telling myself that I will be comfortable and at ease after the op. Naughty Elaine, who sits on my shoulder and tries to get into my head, keeps on shouting … Read the rest »
It’s happening. It is actually happening. Singles’ Holiday, the stageplay, is happening! After so many months of writing, re-writing, read-throughs, auditions, meetings, hoping and dreaming, it will soon be performed on stage. I am trembling with excitement!
How lucky am I? It is an author’s dream to see their work come to life – certainly it has been this author’s dream for a long, long time. I was excited at the various read-throughs we had but tonight… tonight we all got together and suddenly – there it was! I am truly blessed. I know that the next three weeks will … Read the rest »
I’m ecstatic to be going to see West Side Story at the Royal Albert Hall tonight, with the Sister. It’s a showing of the film with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra playing along. How cool is that? And what’s really getting me excited – apart from the music and the choreography which were truly ground-breaking when the film came out – is the thought of seeing George Chakiris again. Love that man! And the sight of him in that mauve shirt I will take to my grave! About sixteen or seventeen years ago I saw him playing Mr Rochester in Jane … Read the rest »
This week started with the news of yet another death, this time of my friend and colleague Mark’s dad. Life has thrown a lot at Mark in the last few years and I really feel for him for his loss. And perhaps it was that, plus a visit on Father’s Day to my own parents’ grave that got me thinking about my own death, especially about the funeral.
Sorting out my Mum’s funeral, and then all her stuff, was extremely stressful and that was with sharing the load with the Sister and the Brother. My own darling Daughter is an … Read the rest »
Well! It is my great pleasure to tell you that HOLIDAY READS is now available on Kindle! http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00L4K4R40?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
It contains seven quirky little stories that I hope will keep you entertained on your sun-lounger, or wherever you might be spending your summer hols, even if it’s lying on the sofa in your own living-room or sitting in your back garden. Pour yourself a nice glass of your favourite tipple, put your feet up and …ENJOY!!
And I was actually able to publish it using BOTH hands. Because my operation was cancelled. I was being prepped on Tuesday when told that … Read the rest »