Do they know it’s kwanzaa?

rod,jane and freddy

Hola. Hope you are well.

I believe at the time of writing parts of  the South are suffering with drought. I don’t think it’s got to the point where Bob Geldof is rounding up African musicians to record, ‘Do They Know it’s Kwanzaa’. I can’t help thinking ‘Her With One Permanent Job’ and I are in some way responsible for this drought, due to the fact that we’ve had to run a lot of water over the last few days in an attempt to get some hot water, often to no avail. This is because our boiler is playing up. It’s always been temperamental but now it is just taking the p*ss. You wouldn’t think boiling hot water would be so difficult, it’s not as if it’s the heart of winter and the boiler has had to heat the flat as well. A guy from British Gas is coming out to examine it tomorrow and you can guarantee it will work without any hint of a problem. All this did make me think that boilers are one of those things that only get mentioned when they go wrong. So I thought I would be a little different and I would give the readers of this blog the opportunity to say they are happy with their boiler (you can do this via the comments button).

Also last week, I finished the book, ‘A Piano in the Pyrenees’ by Tony Hawks the follow-up to one of my favourite books, ‘Round Ireland with a Fridge’, where he takes a fridge round Ireland, as you do. In this latest book he buys a house in the Pyrenees on impulse and moves his piano into the new property as well attempting to build a swimming pool in the back garden. It was a v.readable book but I couldn’t help thinking, how can he afford to buy a house in France in addition to the his property in this country? Afterall, we are in theory in the same industry, he’s a writer/comedian and I’m a writer/comedian, admittedly he’s a more successful one than me but all the same. we do the same thing and having got my bank statement today I can categorically tell you that I will not be buying a houses in the Pyrenees any time soon. Or anywhere else in France for that matter.

This however could be all about to change as I am now reading a new book, ’59 Seconds’ by Professor Richard Wiseman and he must be good because not only is he a professor but he’s also got the surname wiseman. In the spirit of fairness I should mention that his first name can be abbreviated to Dick. Anyway the premise of the book is that you can change aspects of your life and the way you do things in less than a minute, hence the title 59 seconds. This is my kind of book, little effort for maximum reward. This is the book I should have read 20 years ago (technically it wasn’t out 20 years ago). I’ll be sure to let you know how I get on, although the evidence should really be quite obvious.

And finally…. Last week Roy Skelton the voice of Zippy and George from Rainbow died. I was a little surprised he did both of their voices as they seemed so different but I suppose that was his genius. I wonder if Rod, Jane and Freddy will be at the funeral? I always thought it was brave of Rainbow to introduce us children to ‘an alternative relationship’. Even with the oddities that was Rainbow, i.e. a talking hamburger, a camp pink hippo and a talking bear, even as a 6 yr old, we were all aware that Rod, Jane and Freddy, were the weird ones.

Til next week, stay safe! 

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