Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Weekend at Eden Camp

To say that I was disappointed with the number of people that turned up for this weekend could be the biggest understatement of the century! The trouble was that 6 mile away in the town of Pickering was a similar but much more established event, namely a 40’s weekend with camping at the showground they had over 300 caravans turn up. We had 12 And although I have nothing to do with the booking I had tried my best to promote this.
It was planned that I would do Friday and Sunday night`s entertainment, but as no one was staying to Monday both of my `nights` were compressed into one. For the first part I played sixties music at low levels, we did a quiz before seamlessly moving on to Ball Room After the Blitz, scheduled for Sunday night.
At Eden Camp
I would like to make it clear at this point, that I only use the high quality smoke fluid in my smoke machine, which is none allogeneic, despite some claiming it was upsetting their chest.
Here’s the Set list for that part of the night.

Bad Moon Rising, Creedence Clearwater Revival
Smoke and Mirrors, Dawn of Elysium
Wasteland, The Mission
London Calling, The Clash
Swords of a Thousand Men, Tenpole Tudor
Oliver’s Army, Elvis Costello
The Killing Moon, Echo and the Bunnymen
Knocking on Heaven’s Door, Bob Dylan
Where Have All the Flowers Gone, Peter, Paul and Mary
The Damage Done, The Sisters of Mercy
Stop The Cavalry, Jona Lewie
Ship Building, Elvis Costello
Sailing, Rod Stewart
Timeless and Elegant, Rhombus 
The Call Up, The Clash
Heroes, David Bowie
Johnny Ain’t Coming, The Lost Souls
Blitzkrieg Bop/Commando, The Ramones
Bomber, Motorhead
Enola Gay, O M D
Warhead, UK Subs
English Civil War, The Clash
Winds of Change, Scorpions
Give Peace A Chance, John Lennon
Do You Believe in Angels, The Last Dance.
At Eden Camp
It`s always nice when you FB messages from people saying how much they had enjoyed themselves, just a pity more had not turned up.
At Eden Camp
Eden Camp is a modern museum about WW2 set in a prisoner of war camp in North Yorkshire. For more details see their website  http://www.edencamp.co.uk/

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

The Near Dark Tour Came to Leeds

The Near Dark Over Europe Tour was as it says on the tin a tour of Europe by three bands, namely The Last Cry, The Last Dance and Strap On Halo and a DJ, Martin Oldgoth with a few more equally important people in the back ground. The last night was in my home town Leeds and was hosted by my regular Goth club Carpe Noctum.
Tour Poster
As soon as this had been announced months ago I had bought my ticket fearing a sell-out gig, which it wasn`t far from. The 18th of September has been a bad day for me as it is the anniversary of my mother`s death, however on refection I am sure she would have not minded me going out and partying.
Their Tour Bus (Their pic)
So I arrived at the club in good time and was greeted by Howard (The Promotor) outside, once in Viv, Clare and Ade were on door duties. Having been duly stamped I went upstairs and before calling at the bar I first went to the Merchandize table and got the new CD by The Last Cry from Bridget. Next I had a quick chat with Martin, and then I got a drink which had gone up 40 pence a pint in the last 2 weeks!
Strap On Halo
It was always going to be one of those nights were everyone who`s anyone in the scene would be there and it was! I`m not going to try and list all my friends who were there, but just to say it`s always good to see people who I only see once or twice a year.
Strap On Halo opened, the only band I hadn`t seen before, but soon found I liked them.

The Last Dance
The Last Dance had the middle spot, Jeff Diehm making a point of telling us this. I like their music, I also like the way Jeff talks to us in-between the songs, something not many Goth bands do. As always they saved the best for last “Do You Believe In Angels” we did.

Jeff Diehm, The Last Dance
  The Last Cry Headlined and opened with Goodbye, and played most of their new album with classics from Living In Grey mixed in. A great set from one of my favourite bands.
The Last Cry
Despite the fact it was Sunday and I had work at 8 O` clock in the morning I waited for it to be Martin`s turn to DJ and managed just a couple of dances before `doing` the goodbyes and heading home. This night will be remembered for a long time.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Spen Valley at Eden Camp Museum.

Our Caravanning group (Spen Valley) are going to have a long weekend at a `Living` War Museum.

Eden Camp Museum
Although Chris and I are not running the event, but we are `doing` the entertainment on two of the nights, this is what we have got planed so far. (Here are some of my Facebook adverts as well)
You need to be members of The Camping and Caravanning Club to stay.
Ever wondered what it would be like to, live in a prisoner of war camp or be part of Dad`s Army? Now`s your chance….. Join Spen Valley and let your hosts, `Captain` Richard `Mainwaring` and `Dame Vera` Marion lead you though a long weekend of 1940`s nostalgia in this ‘’living” Museum making it a treat to remember war time rations, black outs and communal sing-a-longs. 
It`s £12.00 per unit night, but this includes entrance into the museum, which is normally £7.00 per adult. So this is great value!!! And although we have negotiated an extra nights camping. We must all be off site by 12.00 noon Monday
The Hut last time
We will have one of the huts for all 3 nights, Richard and Marion will be running Saturday night event, but they seem to be keeping secret what they are actually doing It does involve a 1940`s type buffet supper, and I guess bingo and a quiz.
Rendezvous and Relax poster
On Friday Chris and mine opening night is billed as “Rendezvous and Relax”, where people will just settle in and meet friends, old and new. It will be quite casual~ back ground music and may be a quiz (Or not)
Songs That War Taught Us poster
Sunday Night and we will be presenting under the Club night name of “Ballroom After The Blitz” Songs That War Taught Us, Songs that have being influenced by a hundred years of War and Peace, which really can cover just about everything I guess, but I`m thinking towards songs like; Knocking On Heavens Door (Bob Dylan), The Call Up (The Clash), Oliver’s Army (Elvis Costello) and of course my mates The Lost Souls~ Johnny Ain’t Coming  
Eden Camp Museum is at Malton, Pickering, North Yorkshire (UK) From the A64 north of York, take the A169 and follow brown tourist signs. Post code YO17 6RT. And runs from 16th to 18th October 2016.

Friday, 16 September 2016

When In York. Do As The Goths Do. 2.

Here are a few pictures from last week`s holiday in York.
Friday Night at the Fulford Arms was The Black Rose Ball Concert.
The Black Rose Concert at the Fulford Arms
A rather blurred pic of Quasimodo at The Black Rose Concert.
Quasimodo at The Black Rose Concert.
Me on York`s Roman wall.
Me on York`s wall.
A view of York Minster from the wall
York Minster from the wall
Inside my favourite part of York Castle Museum 
Inside York Castle Museum
On Tuesday night we took one of the Ghost Hunt Tours around York, , it was excellent and well worth the money.
Our guide on the Ghost Hunt Tour

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

And So It Began

This is probably the most personal thing I have ever put on the internet.
The day came that I was woken, dressed and fed then taken from the safety of my home, across the road and down the hill to a dark forbidding building made out of large pieces of blacken stone with tall railings on top of a stone wall. I was led though a tall metal gate, up a set of well-worn steps into a baron tarmacked court yard, which was surrounded by the towering stonework. Two great wooden doors opened into a stone floored room with a row of small sinks down one side and rows of coat pegs down the other. We was met by an elderly lady with a kind smile, she took my coat and hung it on a peg which had a label with my name above it “That’s your peg now” she said with her gentle voice and then led me into a big room that smelled of fresh paint and was full of lots of other children, who all seemed to know each other. I hadn’t looked back, but my mother had gone. Now for the first time in my young live I was without a family member close by. The kind lady gave me a brown cardboard box, a tin and some plasticize. I was told to sit at a table and play, but all I could do was watch everyone else running around and talking. As I sat there the world seemed to go into fast-motion I had never encountered such commotion before. Eventually the kind lady rang a small bell and it all slowly stopped, we were all led out to the court yard which was already full of even more children but these were bigger, as soon as I was out of the doors I turned sharp left and stood with my back to the stone wall next to but slightly out of the way of the doors. There were two more ladies in the court yard who stood to the other side of the doors. I remained there for the whole of what was called ‘playtime’ and on the next three days breaks until I was told by one of the Dinner ladies to move and “Go play with the others” I very reluctantly left my place and moved around two parts of the building and found a nice secure corner. As time went by I was `moved` from there by either the Dinner ladies or bigger children to eventually I ended up by the front railings this is where I more or less stayed for the next six years.

How my 1st School looks now, It`s now apartments. Pic taken off Google street view.

And some people still wonder why I grew-up to be a Goth?

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Settle Flowerpot Festival July and August 2016

What seems like an age ago, but really is only a couple of weeks back we went to Settle in North Yorkshire and found they were holding a Flowerpot Festival!
At Settle Flowerpot Festival July and August 2016
Now this is a twist on the over used Scarecrow idea that seems to be everywhere now a days, basically that is when shops, schools, cafes and even houses make Scarecrows and put them outside, visitors buy a map and clues to find them as walk around the town or village and the money raised goes to a local charity. Here they were all made out of flowerpots.
At Settle Flowerpot Festival July and August 2016
I`ll say no more, here are my favourite ones.
At Settle Flowerpot Festival July and August 2016

At Settle Flowerpot Festival July and August 2016

At Settle Flowerpot Festival July and August 2016

At Settle Flowerpot Festival July and August 2016

At Settle Flowerpot Festival July and August 2016

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Cows and Floods and Inspirational Lancastrians

Weekend away in Lancashire.
At home we had heavy rain on Thursday, so I decided to finish work early, which meant that we arrived at our site at Affetside, near Bury in Lancashire when the sun was shining, and we had a lovely view as we had our dinner, next we went to try and see the landowner, but got no response at the doors. Upon returning to the field we were confronted by a young calf that had escaped from the next field thus we spent the next 20 minutes getting her back though the fence and then repairing it. Then Paul (the site owner) came and said “Oh it`s you, I thought it was the Farmer.” We had a very loose arrangement as to fees for camping there, so this sort of thing was quite `normal`. The fact that it ALWAYS rains when we go there is also normal, in fact this is the only place I know that as bogs on top of the hill.
The adorable, but lost Highland calf
Friday morning; with been quite close to the town of Whitworth I wanted to visit Sophie Lancaster`s Grave. I took a Greyhound pin badge to leave on her grave as I knew there were already a lot of gifts left there.
A general view of Whitworth Cemetery
We found the Cemetery okay but it took a while to find Sophie`s grave.
Sophie`s Grave.
In the afternoon we went around the famous Bury Market before returning to camp by which time Richard and Marion had arrived. Then the heavens opened up and it rained all night.
The older part of Whitworth Cemetery
Saturday it still was raining and was the turn of nearby Bolton Market to take our money, Bolton was the home to Fred Dibnah a Steeplejack who became a TV personality when knocking down tall chimneys and with his old fashioned way of engineering and love of steam power. There is a bronze statue of him in the town centre. We had a late but large lunch the returned back to the site in time for more rain.
Fred Dibnah`s statue in Bolton
Sunday carried on were Saturday left off with rain up till about half past ten, enabling us to pack up reasonably dry
In case anyone reading this does not know about Sophie, here`s a link to explain.
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