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

Earlier posts can be found on Adventures of a Lone Bass Player, where this blog began life. Recent entries can be found here.


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.)

Comment from Ivory tickler at 13:29 on 11 February 2017.
For Ricky buffs he will be using a brand new to the market keyboard for this tour, a Gem ProMega 2+. This is dependent on the carrier managing to send one to him that's not in kit form, two have already met this fate

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