Friday, 28 October 2016

Good bye to Stoke on Trent

Today I came through Harecastle Tunnel. It is wet and slimy. In the middle, subsidence closes the tunnel roof down about 3 feet. Its tiny. Lost a bit of paint.

Met an Old Friend.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

My three girls.

Love them all .

Sad but I do not have pic of my lad.



















Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Theatre in the Dock

Once a year the dry dock at Tooley’s is closed for the week. The dock is drained, pressure washed, and dried out for the coming festivities. Once prepped the stage arrives. Lighting, sound and performers. Rehearsals begin.

The dock is 226 years old and is a Scheduled Monument.

This year Kate Saffin performed ‘Idle Women’. A 50 minute play about the women who took the places of those boatmen who went to fight in WWll. Heater Wastie read her poetry and sang with the squeeze box as did Phil Underwood.

Kate in rehearsal.

The troop in performance

The troop in promopose

Steve Haywood putting in a guest appearance.

As Patrons
of the Theatre n the Dock Company of players
Tim and Pru put in an appearance.

Tim signed the comments book. Steve signed his own book.

Pru put in the kisses


Sunday, 9 October 2016

Banbury Canal Day

If you’ve not been to Banbury Canal Day May I suggest you try and make it next year. Not only is it a fab day, but it is a fab weekend.

Kate Saffin organises a theatre production in the dry dock at Tooley’s on Friday this includes one of her one woman plays. This year there was also performances by Helen Wastie and Philip Underwood.

This years play was written and performed by Kate about the Idle Women.

Saturday sees the annual ‘Boater’s Bash’ also in the dry dock. 40 or so boaters get together for a …….get together. Fish and chips and bring your own bottle. There is also entertainment in the form of Helen and Philip. Steve Haywood read from one of his books.

Sunday is Canal Day proper. Boats, stalls, fair, etc Kate does short renditions in the the dock, excerpts from her various plays. Helen, Philip and Steve Haywood fill in spaces where they can. Even I read some of my work.

It is a good weekend, not to be missed.

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09 October 2016 15:26:59


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But what does it mean?

Thursday, 6 October 2016


… think you were cheated and want a second referendum, may I remind you June 23 2016 WAS the second referendum.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Muddy Waters

Those who are aficionados of the Muddy Waters collection of children’s books will be pleased to know that there is a new book out. It was first sold at the Banbury Canal Day. It is an anthology of Muddy Waters and includes a new story in America.

This is a must have book.


Get your copy at the web site.
New book