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Linkblog – December 27th to December 30th

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Linkblog between December 27th and December 30th:

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Linkblog – December 23rd to December 24th

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Linkblog between December 23rd and December 24th:

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Milk and Cookies 7 – Bush Hall

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David Ford - Milk and Cookie, Bush Hall, 2007“He is becoming unmissable,” says The Guardian. And for a growing crowd of fans – including me – David Ford gigs are becoming a downright religious experience. None are more unmissable than his charity-focused Milk and Cookies nights every year, where lucky punters get treated to 2 hours of David singing his songs, other people’s songs, songs the audience pick and any god damn song he pleases. Oh, and all the money goes to charity, which warms our charity-based cockles…

On Friday night, Michelle and I picked up Shaun and Elli and managed to rock up at Jac’s house in Putney for 7pm, despite the London traffic. From there, we braved the freezing weather to the 220 bus, boarded it and sat down, eagerly anticipating the night ahead.

Now, I’d been looking forward to this gig for a good few months, and I didn’t want to miss a moment. However, the Dalmatian of Time was drooling impatiently at our heels – it was 7.35, the performance started at 8.15 – and we still had a 15 minute bus ride and 15 minutes of walking to do. I was a little on edge, and everyone could sense it. “Oooh, must be a good twenty minutes yet,” Jac smiled as I regularly asked how long it would be to the next stop. He wasn’t helping.

However, that was nothing compared to the next few minutes. We drew up to one stop, and all of a sudden the bus driver turned off the engine. “That can’t be good,” I mentioned, perhaps a little too loudly. And indeed it wasn’t – it turned out that a woman had got on the bus through “the wrong doors”, and the bus driver – a shining example of productivity and Christmas cheer – decided to go on his own little mini-strike. Which of course, threw me into all sorts of trouble. As the woman and the driver trading verbal blows, I buried myself in the newspaper while things quietly exploded in my head. We’re bound to be late now, I said quietly to myself.

As it turned out, we weren’t, thanks to a low amount of traffic and a very fast walk to the venue. And then… and then. We were in Bush Hall, a little corner of festive cheer in amongst London’s busy rush and toil, and David Ford was going to be playing for 2 hours. What more could we want? The place was decked out in Christmas lights, and by the time we’d bought our beer and wine it was full of Ford fans. I was eager for Shaun and Elli to enjoy their first Ford experience, and as he got on the stage and started belting out the wonder song State Of The Union, I knew my mission was complete.

For the next two hours, we were treated to an incredible spectacle – David Ford’s own songs intertwined with other classics – and other *not-so-classics* like Toxic, In The Air Tonight and many others (there are loads of videos here). It was sensational, and Shaun and Elli are now firm fans.

This year’s event was a more simple affair than last years – there was just David and one other band member, and this time no celebrities turned up – but it was just as enthralling. Christmas will always have to have a little bit of David Ford attached from now on – roll on Milk and Cookies 2008!

Information Junkie

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Michelle has a information junkie for a fiancée. I’m never without something to read or watch – a daily newspaper, a magazine, BBC News 24 – I can’t stop learning. I even have a load of fiction, self-development and productivity books that, ironically, I never get around to reading.
Until, about a month ago, a brainwave hit me. I have a lot of books, and I have a lot of time spent in my car, travelling the length and breadth of Europe. A solution – audiobooks! After all, my godfather has run an audio bookstore for years. After I managed to shake off the image that audiobooks are for elderly people in armchairs, I searched for some MP3s of the books I’ve currently got on my “waiting to be read” shelf. And so it is that, in addition to the newspapers magazine and TV news programmes that festoon our house, I’m now “reading” a book a week on the road. My brain will explode shortly, I’m sure…

Alex’s Acoustic Strum Session

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Alex, Jo and Marcos - Acoustic set, Jacks, HaslemereThe whirling dervish that is Alex Cameron performed an acoustic set, accompanied by his sweet-singing sister Jo and friend Marcos in Jack’s Bar, Haslemere last Sunday night. The bar is a cosy little number – looking more like it should be in London than Haslemere, and very festive is warm red hues, fighting off the freezing weather outside. Alex has the full low-down over on his blog, including pictures, MP3s and even some videos (including this little number), where my head makes a guest appearance several times….

Linkblog – December 1st to December 19th

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Linkblog between December 1st and December 19th:

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Linkblog – December 16th to December 18th

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Linkblog between December 16th and December 18th:

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Goodbye, Alison

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Alison RichardsAnother week, another loss. This time, a little closer to home – Alison Richards, founder of The Pier, raiser of millions for Unicef and part of my extended family, passed away on Sunday (click the link on that page for the full story). I’ll never forget her friendly manner and self-effacing style whenever I met her, which was always a surprise as she must have been as “hard as nails” – as one ex-colleague put it – underneath it all to get where she was in the retail industry – as the article says, she was “one of the best-known and most successful female leaders in retail.” I’ll also never forget her 50th birthday party in Vinopolis – an extravagant affair if ever there was one where people like her friend Dave Richards, owner of former Formula 1 outfit B.A.R., rocked up for a few drinks.
Even if I didn’t see you much after I left The Pier – you’re a bright light extinguished, Alison.
Update: Alison’s London Memorial details here.