Happily Ever After
Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running
Strictly Here We Come
by Russell Turner - 17:04 on 20 December 2016
Matchgirl, who has a fondness for Marianne Faithfull and similar mournful female singer-songwriter soloists, showed no interest whatsoever in accompanying me to see ex-Yes rock gods ARW when they play in Edinburgh and Glasgow next March. Fortunately I’ve found a stand-in for the Edinburgh gig.
She also declined the opportunity to see ex-Genesis axe hero Steve Hackett a couple of months later, which I’ll also attend with my stand-in.
I thought I might be on more solid ground when I broached the subject of Jeff Lynne’s ELO playing in Glasgow in June (what’s not to like? Mr Blue Sky alone would be worth the trip) but yet again she expressed no interest. (My stand-in has yet to offer an opinion.) She’s not even bothered about going as far as Inverness to see Bryan Adams.
But when I told her that the Strictly Come Dancing Live tour hits Glasgow next month, and tickets are going fast, she became much more animated.
The purchase button was about to be pressed on the MacBook when she mused upon the possibility of running chum and semi-retired snapper Cathy (and husband Paul) joining us. Cathy turned out to be equally keen (whether Paul got a say I don’t know) and mere hours after I’d raised the idea of glittering in Glasgow we’d bought tickets for both show and train. The female half of the quartet will liaise later on the question of suitable accommodation and a dress code.
The absence from the line-up of Judge Rinder and Greg Rutherford (and the presence of Daisy Lowe) is the only thing to stop Matchgirl’s delight from being unconfined but it’s more than compensated for by Ed Balls featuring among the celebrities. Gangnam Style will come to Glasgow.
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