The recent birth of my second grandson has brought it home to me how lucky my immediate family has been. Although my children and grandchildren have had the usual childhood diseases and occasional scares and accidents, they have, touch wood, been spared any serious chronic diseases. Not everyone is so lucky. The Children’s Liver Disease Foundation is a charity set up to deal with one set of chronic children’s diseases. They support families whose children suffer from liver diseases and fund research into the causes and potential cures of liver diseases. At the moment, these diseases are incurable. On Saturday 4th March, Studio 20 in the High Street will have a fund raiser for this charity.
Studio 20 have a record of generosity – they recently made a deal with the Slade Valley Youth Club allowing members of the youth club to use the facilities for a token charge, something most of them would otherwise be unable to do. Well done, Studio 20.
Also on 4th March, there is a major demonstration in London in support of the NHS and against the potential loss of hospital services. SOHS Devon has arranged 2 coaches to take people to join the protest, but I believe these are now fully booked. You can, of course, make your own way there or there is a smaller protest planned for Barnstaple at the same time. Whatever your political beliefs, if we lose services at Barnstaple, this will affect you or those close to you.
And please don’t forget the protest on 11th March against the sentence handed down to the killer of Aiden Platt. Of course, nothing we do now can help Aiden, but too many drivers walk free after killing someone in an avoidable “accident” which need not have happened if they had not taken the decision to drive when their reflexes are impaired by drink, drugs or other causes. I literally cannot understand how anyone can think it is acceptable for someone to be allowed to walk free if they have killed another human being as a result of driving a car when they are plainly incapacitated because they voluntarily ingested “recreational” drugs. A drunk or drugged driver in a car is no “accident” – they are a death waiting to happen.
Also on 11th March in Pip & Jim’s Hall, a Jack in the Green workshop at 11.30am. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
On Doris Day, I went to see LOL at The Space. To be honest, looking out at the cold, damp windy weather, I was half tempted to stay at home. How glad I am that I resisted that temptation. The event consisted of a series of sketches and songs, all of a humorous nature. I recognised three of the sketches, two from Monty Python and one from the Two Ronnies. The Two Ronnies sketch was the famous “Fork ‘andles” one, whilst Monty Python gave us the old gits trying to out-do each other with how awful their childhood had been, plus the immortal Dead Parrot sketch. I actually did Laugh Out Loud several times, something I don’t do all that often. There were a few empty seats on Thursday, but I gather all seats were sold for the Friday performance.
The more I hear, the more I am convinced that the theatres were brought to their knees as a result of bad management decisions, rather than the claimed poor ticket sales, although that may, of course, have helped.
My first blog was posted just about one year ago, so it might be a good idea to mention a few things.
First, I will try to keep this party politically neutral. At the moment, that’s quite easy for me, as there is no party that I feel represents my views particularly well. This doesn’t mean I won't criticise specific items of policy of any party, witness my comments on the NHS.
Next, although I do give my opinion of books, restaurants and theatrical presentations, this is not a dedicated review blog. As such, I do not feel obliged to review books etc that I do not enjoy. If I mention something in the blog, it will almost certainly be because I enjoyed it. Of course, not mentioning something does not mean it is rubbish – it could be I didn’t try it or didn’t have space to mention it.
Everything here is my own personal opinion – you are welcome to disagree with me.
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