Friday, 26 January 2018
Closing Talk at Olympia: Stanford's
Good morning, all.
Hope this finds you very well. I've been super-busy, as the youth say, hosting Alde and Ore Estuary fundraising events, interviewing arctic explorer Alec Greenwell and becoming a stalwart of the WI Speakers' Circuit.
Since my book talks at Brandeston and Saxmundham, I've received emails asking me to speak to amalgamated federations. 'Up to five branches - we'll try not to go mad too much above that number!' Members of the Saxmundham WI include two ex-wartime hoofers, an opera singer and a '60's Bunny Girl. The hoofers told me, 'Music Hall was still going, though not for long. May Balls - got a lot of those. Panto. Loved that. Apart from the obscure ones that people didn't really get, like Babes in the Wood. Really, DIck Whittington was on the cusp of being a connoisseurs' panto. You'd never do it anywhere north of Cheam.'
Would any of you kindly be free to come and support my closing appearance at this? Olympia, February 4th at 4pm
I'm being interview by the Beeb's Julia Wheeler. There will be footage of the act and they may very well ask me to sing. If you come along, asking me to sing could be your audience question!
Hope to see some of you there.