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25
Feb

International fame at last

All my life I have felt ready for fame.  Not the fame of the 21st century celebrity with the attendant tears, but a former fame.  The days of crossing the Atlantic on a steamer with Chaplin and Alastair Cooke, of hoofing the boards with The...
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28
Jan

A promise of spring

Emerging from the cocoon of hibernation over the last few weeks, this morning has been the first of the year I have felt warm enough in the lorry to open my back windows and allow the air in.  And what an enormous pleasure...
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21
Dec

My year in performance

On this the shortest day, it’s a perfect time to consider the last year and also to step back a couple of paces from my life and work and consider whether it is all going to plan.  Not a bad thing to do...
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15
Dec

Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and Funerals

We’re stepping back a while now but I’ve had this title for a chapter sitting on my laptop and in my mind for ages and I want to complete it. I’ve researched the phrase which many of you will recognise but I...
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14
Dec

Living in a lorry Tour 1

For those who are new to my blog (and there are quite a few new readers lately I am very pleased to say), I am going to take you on a brief tour of my lovely lorry which will be accompanied with...
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14
Dec

Best laid plans

I had everything ready.  The new stage legs adapted so they didn’t wobble in their poorly crafted sockets, a few things given a ‘cat’s lick and a promise’ of black paint, trailer packed and double idiot checked that nothing was forgotten.  (How did I...
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14
Dec

Living close to the weather

With the rain drumming on the lorry roof, the wind shaking the suspension, it being almost dark and only three o’clock in the afternoon, I can’t pretend any more that the winter is yet to come. It’s here now and if you’re...
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10
Nov

See the workshop, know the maker.

I have been thinking for some time about re-designing the supports for my stage.  The current system (which I designed) is too ponderous.  It takes a long time to set up and take down and at the end of a long performing day it...
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10
Nov

Sharing the limelight

When I see energy and passion in a performer it fills my heart with joy.  Sadly it happens only rarely and then more often than not I’m sitting in the cinema or the theatre.  There are very few performers I see in the street...
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02
Nov

Back to Blog

Well it’s been a long while since I last wrote so some explanations are required.  Just over a year ago when I stopped writing this blog I was going through some personal challenges and felt the blog had been acting as a kind...
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