Music Played14 items
The Brilliant Things Dance
(CD Single), Spokes Records, 1
The Pretenders Back On The Chain Gang
The Pretenders - The Singles, WEA
a-ha The Sun Always Shines On TV
Fantastic 80's - 3 (Various Artists), Sony Tv/Columbia, 1
John Sebastian Welcome Back
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds A.K.A... What A Life!
(CD Single), Sour Mash Records, 1
Noah and the Whale L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.
(CD Single), Mercury, 1
Dolly Parton 9 To 5
Dolly Parton: The Ultimate Collection, BMG/RCA
Juan Zelada What Do I Know (Live Acoustic Session)
Juan Zelada 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (Live Acoustic Session)
Ren Harvieu Through The Night
(CD Single), Island, 1
Johnny Paycheck Take This Job & Shove It
16 Greatest Hits, Deluxe, 630
Chris Isaak Live It Up
Beyond The Sun, Rhino, 1
Glenn Miller In The Mood
Big Bands (Various Artists), Music & Memories
Confession: Unbear-able Guilt
Dear Simon and the confessional crew,
I seek forgiveness for a deed done a decade ago but about which my son still taunts me.
It all began when I got home from work one night to hear my 8 year old son tell me that he had to go to school in fancy dress the next day. Silently - or maybe not so silently - cursing the teachers for cooking up another way to torture us mums, I enquired what the occasion was. "It's book day" he said. "I have to go as a character from a book".
Well, it was late and a quick flick through cupboards and wardrobes didn't offer any inspiration. So, I suggested we jump into the car and we headed for that well known purveyor of fancy dress outfits, the supermarket. They were the closest store and, besides, we needed something for tea.
A quick dash around the clothing aisles confirmed what I had feared. We were in trouble. Not a fancy dress costume in sight, nor the hint of anything remotely suitable. In a near panic, I passed a "Winnie the Pooh" bear in the toy aisle. "Aha!", I cried... "I have a cunning plan!". In a whirlwind, I grabbed everything I needed and the next day, smugly dressed my boy in shorts, long socks, a t-shirt and shoes, and tucked my daughter's cuddly Winnie toy from our holiday at Eurodisney under his arm. "There you go - you're Christopher Robin!" I said proudly. Glad that I had pulled a rabbit out of a hat - or a bear out off a shelf - I began the school run.
Driving toward the school, I spotted a wizard. "Ah, he must be a character from Harry Potter", I muttered. A few more yards and another Harry Potter.....then another.....and another. "What is it with these other mums?", I cried. "Have they NO imagination at all - everyone seems to be a wizard or a witch - there ARE other books, you know. Harry Potter is all very well but what about the classics, Swallows and Amazons, Stig of the Dump, Eagle of the Night", you know the kind of thing parents say.
I dropped him off, gave him a hug, thrust Winnie at him and drove off. That evening, when I got back from work, I enquired about his day. "Did they like the costume?" I asked. "Oh yes," he said, "My teacher Mr Brown said "Timmy, am I right in thinking you're dressed as Christopher Robin?". "Yes Mr Brown", he said. "Very nice, Timmy", said the normally dour Mr Brown, apparently struggling not to laugh, "but I'm not sure what he was finding so funny.” He then went on “Today you were supposed to come dressed as a character from Harry Potter. Does”, he continued, “Christopher Robin appear in any of the Harry Potter books?"
The very idea of my son, in little blue shorts, long white socks, a t-shirt and a stuffed Winnie the Pooh wandering about all day in a school full of 300 Harry Potter characters was too much to bear (pardon the pun). I did the only thing a mum in such dreadful circumstances would do......I collapsed in a fit of giggles.
Timmy was not amused. Mind you, I reckon it was character building AND it did at least make sure he paid close attention next time the teacher told him something.
To this day, it still makes me chortle. Timmy, or Tim as he is known these days, who has just started University and is doing psychology, is convinced it scarred him for life and he won't ever forgive me for leaving him at school to be the subject of such hilarity.
If he won't forgive me, will you?
Juan Zelada acoustic session
The inimitable singer-songwriter Juan Zelada and band came in and performed an excellent acoustic live session.