29th December at the Prince:
was the Christmas event I had been most looking forward
to - The Zebras performance at the Prince of Wales and indeed,
it was a great evening. However, on a personal level, things
that night did not go entirely to plan. Matt's chemotherapy,
which should have happened on Boxing Day was postponed until
the Friday. He and his friends were intending to accompany
me to the event but as it turned out, Matt's blood count
was very low and it was a borderline decision whether or
not he would receive the therapy that day. The decision
to go ahead was made, I guess for the long term good but
he was very sick afterwards and we had to curtail our plans
for a wild night of good beer and good music. In the event,
Matt went to bed and Tina swapped a shift, coming along
to the gig. Matt's friends, Leon and Adam also came along
and we all thoroughly enjoyed the evening, but with just
that hint of sadness that things had not turned out quite
is going to be a great year!
Year's Eve began with a great party at the White
to needing to be several places at once that night, unfortunately
we could not stay for too long at the White Lion but while
we were there, Tina sang with the band, 'Little Sister'
to help out as Chrissie was suffering with laryngitis. In
the mean time, I had to drink only orange juice due to the
other commitments and after taking a few photos, enjoyed
sitting and chatting with friends, Christine, Sue and Ros.
I would love to have stayed longer but multitasking, especially
when it involves being in three places at one time, has
never been my strong point.
by another party at the Prince
the first 364 days of 2006, I probably consumed no more
than 10 pints of beer in total. During the final hour of
day 365 and during the first two hours of 2007, I consumed
roughly the same amount again! Not to put too fine a point
on it, I became a little drunk. 'Kissed as a punt' was how
I think Tina described it but I still managed to give her
a piggy back up Brampton Hill on the way home because it
was easier than attempting to stop her staggering and it
was not me who Technicolor yawned when we got there!
the Prince of Wales was a definite, 'leave the car there
until the next day,' job. Apart from a brief trip to Ross
Market House at midnight (the third place to be in at one
time) that is how 2006 turned into 2007 from a Wyenot News
point of view.
Zebras performed brilliantly, I even danced (or so I am
led to believe) and I haven't done that since 1978, in 'Harvey's'
during a 'Ross Rogues' party! I can't actually believe that
myself as dancing is something I just do not do!
(A touch of selective amnesia there.)
at 8:00 am after less than four hours sleep. Ouch! The mother
of all hangovers kicks in. Half a cup of tea as I had no
time to finish it before having to walk back to the Prince
of Wales to fetch the car and make my way to Hole-in-the
Wall to photograph the 'Fun Run'. It might have been 'fun'
to those taking part but for me, it hurt! My only consolation
was in the thought that Saddam's hangover had probably hurt
a lot more.
to Sheron for making me a cup of tea at the Rowing Club
to ease my suffering. That was the best drink of the year,
have received some news items this week which I have
just not had the time to process. My apologies to the people
involved, including Ross Lions, Green Nappies and John Dinnen.
Next week will be much quieter and I will run your news
stories then, in Issue 129.
the amusing side. I received this letter during the week:
this is Anthony Friend. Please I will like to know if you
sell church bells and what is the price for one? Waiting
to hear from you.'
Makes a change from the usual, 'how much do you charge for
the night?' phone calls I get where people look at the Wyenot.com
pictures but don't read the text. I shall not answer that
question here but for Anthony . . .
Anthony, you have come to the right place. Selling church
bells is a little something I do on the side. Other specialities
include in situ road bridges and I also dabble in real estate
on the moon. At Wyenot News we will do anything you like
as long as the price is right. You can buy a bell from St.
Mary's for a moderate fee of $1million USD. As a point of
law, it will have to remain in place in the St. Mary's belfry
for the next 100 years, by which time I shall not need to
worry but I will send a certificate to prove your ownership
on receipt of your remittance.
with the week's pictures, to show I'm not just making it
all up . . .