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A Musical Year
by Russell Turner - 21:01 on 19 December 2018
Six days to Christmas, and only eight to the official start of my next London Marathon training programme – the runs slightly scattered to fit in with gigs and what has become the annual February jaunt to Glasgow for Strictly Live.
This year’s trip was the first of another great bunch of gigs. In 2018 I’ve been lucky enough to see Paul Simon, Steve Hackett, Wishbone Ash, Def Leppard, Madness and The Supervet (he has to be included) but top of the heap, for the second year, were two gigs from Yes/ARW. Fingers crossed for more next year.
On Monday, Madness, despite a slightly woolly sound balance, were brilliant, and must have made a mint just from the merchandise stalls – every other fan seemed to be wearing a £6 fez. Not me, though – I sported a £16 black trilby which may well appear at the next City Limits gig. Matchgirl, who’s not a fan of headwear, bought a Madness Christmas jumper as her souvenir.
A bonus of the evening was our SSE Rewards pass which allowed us to swan past the queues and enter via the VIP hospitality lane then access the exclusive pre-gig lounge. We have another pass for Strictly. We deserve it.
Almost as good, train travel in both directions was mostly relaxed, and one of ScotRail’s “new” locos – an InterCity 125 – was a reminder of my long ago train spotting days. They’ve promised real new trains soon but no-one’s holding their breath.
We were home in time for the next run, but you can have too much fun so I delayed the latest 40-minute stint until today. All went well, despite frost still lingering at midday. So far, so good.
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