|With Dillie Keane, Warren Lakin and Ronnie Golden after a show|
|With Michael Parker and legendary comedian Arnold Brown, with whom I won The Perrier Award in the 1980s|
and the video is here
|John McDaniel and I taking our bow in Edinburgh after Come Together at the Old Assembly Rooms.|
For something much nicer here are some people I love.
Here's the taster…..Vasily Senin's fabulous film…..
And then I went on my family holiday. The Isle of Wight is a little island off the south coast of England. Rolling hills, cliffs and downs, heather heaths and headlands. We saw badgers at night eating from the waste bins on the sea front beside our apartment (I did take a photo but its so dark there's no point showing it to you, I know there's a badger there but digital photography failed me and I couldn't use a flash for fear of frightening the little fellow), bats danced over heads on dusk walks, foxes slunk across our paths, salamanders lounged on the wooden steps from the beach to the headland. It was alive! We visited a donkey sanctuary that was truly magical. We fell in love with donkeys. Who wouldn't? There was a falconry display, with kites soaring over us and falcons swooping down to grab tiny pieces of meat from the hilarious joke man and handler. We wandered around Queen Victoria's rural hideaway Osborne House wondering how you could have so much money and buy such hideous paintings, and ate seafood in Ventnor in the sunshine. Heavenly.
And every day I ran up to the headland and back, and watched the Needles change under the varying skies.
|The Needles from my headland daily run|
|Dusk at Totland|
|Perfect holiday Totland Bay dusk at low tide|
and Chiddingly Festival with Hard Rain,
and then to the US to film the new album live at The Kate.
and after that there'll be a new blog, with any luck!
Come see us somewhere, we are all over the country and in October in Berlin. The USA this autumn and more.
Till then, happy autumn. Jeremy Corbyn elected leader of the Labour Party gives me hope for the future, as do the many people giving of their time and money to help those less fortunate on the move in mass migrations from the rest of the world to Europe. Its, I hope, a new dawn and a new day for more people, everywhere.
From the Queen's Hall, thank you Billy for filming this in 2012, sound not great but feeling good is the watchword.
and lest I forget a wonderful review by Alex Ramon of the Crazy Coqs Stockport To Memphis show last weekend on Boycotting Trends website.
So a brilliant Namaste - which I say as a yoga practitioner and not as a noodle!