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
A Stolen Crown And A Tudor Queen
by Russell Turner - 23:39 on 04 February 2017
The judges have spoken – Chatterbox is no longer Highlands and Islands Community Newspaper of the Year. Our twelve-month reign was ended by Fios, a fortnightly publication from Lewis. Such is life.
The other runner-up was also from Lewis – a weekly free paper called Events that distributes around 9,000 copies of each edition, has a staff filled with ex-Stornoway Gazette employees and a turnover of £250,000. How that’s a community newspaper rather than a commercial enterprise I don’t know. They must be really miffed that a more homespun local rival beat them.
But life goes on and work is under way on the next edition of the Black Isle’s formerly award-winning magazine. I guess that few other publications have to cope with grey cats demanding a lap in return for not stomping across the keyboard.
Between pages I’ll be planning a summer jaunt to visit friends which also incorporates the latest addition to The Year of Entertainment – a seat at Rick Wakeman’s Piano Portraits gig in Milton Keynes. It’s billed as a UK tour but, as residents of the other countries in the Union have grumbled, it doesn’t get out of England, and even then goes no further north than Manchester, hence the forthcoming trip to the soft south.
Matchgirl, fearful of catching prog rock bugs, will stay home and cat-sit while I catch up with gossip in Leamington and Oxford and continue to stalk Mr Wakeman. I wonder if he’ll play any of Six Wives? (This is for you, Peter.)
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