Happily Ever After
Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, memories of a much-missed moggie, three adventurous new cats, a camera, a computer and a garden filled with wildlife
So Much To Do
by Russell Turner - 20:13 on 11 July 2017
Some of us are trendsetters. My enthusing about the musical and comedic talents of Mr Wakeman have inspired Cathy the Runner and husband Paul to invest in tickets for his forthcoming appearance in New Brighton, not far from their Wirral hideaway. They’ll have a splendid time.
So great was my enthusiasm that I’ve splashed out for another ticket for myself – in Durham in October (the closest my chum Rick gets to Scotland on his current tour). Matchgirl still can’t be persuaded to accompany me, though. There’s no convincing some people, although the 600+mile return journey may be partly to blame. I’ll make the most of it by having a look around the castle and cathedral – part of a World Heritage Site – while I’m there.
Also new in the diary, thanks to me coming up trumps in a draw for two free BBC tickets, is a trip to Eden Court on my birthday to see a recording for Radio 4 of Mark Steel’s in Town. Evenings with John Bishop and Ian Rankin are drawing near too. The jollity never stops.
Matchgirl has also been making cultural plans, although – as always – hers are more ambitious than mine. In November we’ll enjoy what will be our last foreign trip where we can saunter through passport control in the EU queue: to Italy, where Matchgirl (and Cathy the Runner) will take part in the Florence Marathon and we’ll have several days in Tuscany before and after the race.
Our return home is the day after an Abba tribute band I’d quite fancied seeing appears in Inverness. Matchgirl, who was decidedly lukewarm about that idea, has chosen the dates. I’m sure it’s just coincidence.
But before all that, City Limits is out again this weekend, back at our favourite haunt, Johnny Foxes. Come and see us. Free entry.
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