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The band had a gig last night at the Tickton Grange hotel near Beverley. A few sound and playing hiccups, but the crowd liked it and danced. We've been playign together occasionally for about 10 years now (myself on the drums, Steve Rouse on bass and vocals, Richard Carew on guitar and vocals and Richard Sowerby on lead guitar). Because we only do occasional gigs we enjoy them all the more.

Steve teaches locally at Harrogate Ladies' College, Richard Carew is a C of E priest who works for Archbishop John Sentamu in York, whilst Richard Sowerby is doing a doctorate at Oxford on the subject of angels in medieval literature. Someone's got to do it!

Last night's set list included:

Alright Now
Stuck in the Middle
Sultans of Swing
Fields of Gold
A Hard Day's Night + Paperback Writer
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Smoke on the Water
A Status Quo medley
Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting
American Pie
Hey Jude

Stayed overnight at the hotel, had a leisurely breakfast with our friends the Sowerbys, then took a drive to Bridlington, by the sea. I don't recall having been there before. Usual faded glory of British coastal resorts, but some good beaches, interesting shops among the urban confusion and old-fashioned amusements hoping to get some pre-season income.

*****

We are working our way through the excellent The Wire at the moment. Maybe not quite up there with The West Wing, but remarkably realistic and well-scripted.
Also njoying the Six Nations rugby this year, what with England rediscovering their self-belief and the French playing with some flair too.

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