As probability dictated, the ticket resales for Glastonbury 2014 resulted in an epic fail.
Still, I noticed a Twitter / Facebook notice for a fairly local alternative. I have signed up for a weekend at the Hop Farm Festival based in Paddock Wood, Kent.
Acts include: Ray Davies (of the Kinks), Squeeze, Deacon Blue, Bellowhead, Brian Wilson (of the Beach Boys), Nick Lowe, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Lightning Seeds, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Billy Ocean, The Full English and The Feeling on the various music stages and also Rich Hall, Josh Widdicombe, Andrew Maxwell, Katherine Ryan in the Comedy Tent.
Last Friday was a busy but good day.
Although the comedy script read through was a bit hit and miss, the production company did buy me a drink.
On the way back to central London, I stopped off at the Science Museum and took in the fabulous Collider exhibit. I learnt some stuff about the Large Hadron Collider. VERY interesting.
I was in the BBC Radio Theatre for a recording of two episodes of the old-school Radio 4 game show "Just A Minute" hosted by the 90 year old Nicholas Parsons. Great entertainment.
Back to Cub Scouts yesterday with the Reigate District St George's Day Event. Promises were renewed after a morning's activities.
This evening we had the first Pack meeting of the Summer Term.
Football results over this weekend seem to be pointing towards Arsenal getting 4th place which would mean Champions League football again next season.
Apart from that possibility, other results in the Premier League have made predictions almost impossible. It is going to be a nail-biting next few weekends for supporters of Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea at the top and Cardiff, Norwich and Fulham at the bottom.
I love this league.
Wow, time flies Pop-Pickers. Over a month since my last blog post.
Essentially, I have been coughing, tinged with another cold on top of that. I have had my third and fourth days sick this year. Then a couple of days in the office on short-time : I really was ill. Luckily, I think the bugs hold on me is waning and losing the battle.
We are on a break from Gibson Pack Cub Scouts until 28 April because of the Easter holidays. Not being idle, we have put up the new dining shelter and sorted out next term's programme.
Reigate District St. George's Day event is being held on Sunday 27 April.
Nice gig by Summer Camp at the Islington Assembly Hall on 26 March. I love the venue and my thoughts about this band are public - they are wonderful.
The Tuts released a new EP - "time to move on" - some previously released stuff and a remarkable remix of "Worry Warrior". Good stuff
Glastonbury is calling me again. The bill is good.
The ticket resale is coming up on Thursday 24 April.
I hope I am lucky...
Billy Bragg's DVD/CD set of his 2013 show at the Union Chapel has come through. Need to make a bit of time to re-live one of my favourite gigs of 2013.
Not such a good month for my beloved Gunners in the footie.
To my mind, I think that Arsene Wenger could well walk at the end of the season - I would be very sad to see this, as there is no obvious qualified successor. For the good of the Arsenal, I hope he signs the contract renewal.
I "celebrated" my birthday on 15 April (that would be 56, if you must ask). Very quiet and understated this year, but I received many messages and texts and phone calls from around the Ratcliffe Universe - but before the violins come out, I have enjoyed meals with James and Tara, lunch with Jo and promises from Chris (who is on-call until after Easter).
I have been surprised how many of my friends have birthdays at this time of year - it is surprising what information Facebook gives you!
It also seems that my niece Emma's daughters were born on 15 and 17 April (Iris is 9 and Isobel 11 years old).
I have been on R&R this past week and it is Easter this weekend. No entertaining at home, but I went up to London to see my Mum on Good Friday.
Apart from the Bank Holiday on Monday, I am also on leave on Friday of next week.
It was going to be a half day as I had landed a ticket to see one of my favourite old-school radio shows recorded at the BBC Radio Theatre in Langham Place in London. I am quite excited to get to see "Just A Minute" after listening on Radio 4 since the 1970s.
I saw something on Twitter about a TV show being recorded with Isy Suttie. It turns out that Frankie Boyle and Miles Jupp are also signed up for a pilot show called "Wild Life". There is a read through by the cast on Friday afternoon, so I am off to the Tabard Theatre in Turnham Green to check it out.
Hence changing the half to a full day's leave and a 3 day week.
The following week is also a 3 day week because I am going up to the Hammersmith Odeon to sing along with Billy Bragg on May Day.
Happy days a-coming, I mustn't get too used to it !!
Adieu, mes amis...