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On Saturday I headed NORTH, to distant MIDDLEWICH. I must admit I was rather dreading the journey as a) there was meant to be a STRIKE and b) it was on Avanti West Coast, so I was expecting cancellations, delays, and all sorts of TUMULT. In the end the strike was called off and the journey was Rather Pleasant, largely due to most other people deciding not to risk it - PHEW!

I was met at Crewe station by Mr G Williams, who was putting on my GIG that night at The Kings Lock. It was very nice of Gareth to put me on, it was even NICER of him to pick me up from the station, but it was utterly above and beyond for him to come and fetch me from the ACTUAL PLATFORM. This must be what it feels like to be MARIAH CAREY!

Gareth dropped me off at the hotel I was staying in and then we reconvened back at The Kings Lock a couple of hours later. Earlier in the afternoon a ROARING FIRE had been set, which was very cosy but also POTENTIALLY DEADLY as it was RIGHT in the corner of the pub where the PA was being set up. "I'll fix it!" said a man called Adie, and he spring into action, using some TONGS to pick up the BURNING LOGS, drop them in a tin bucket, and then carry them outside.

At which point the fire alarm went off. And kept going off! The landlord managed to get it switched off after a while, and the FIRE ENGINE did not need to come, but it was all very exciting and there was MUCH JIBING throughout the rest of the evening. It was an exciting start to the night!

We got set up, I went and got some chips, and then around 8pm Gareth went on in his GUISE as Jasmine Allen Estate to do the first SET. I've SEEN Gareth play before, last time I was at The Kings Lock for Pop At The Lock, but this was the first time I'd actually HEARD him, and he was GRATE. I've READ about some of the songs he's doing in his sets so it was fantastic to finally hear them, especially "Dead Cat" as I'd thought it was JUST a song about an actual dead cat, but it is SO MUCH MORE than that. It's nice when people you like turn out to be dead good, and that was very much the case here!

After that it was my turn and I done THIS:

  • The Peterborough All-Saints Wide Game Team (group B)
  • Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?
  • 20 Things To Do Before You're 30
  • Good Cooking
  • It's Hard To Be Hopeful
  • Clubbing In The Week
  • Bad Back
  • I Think I Did OK
  • It Only Works Because You're here
  • The Lesson Of The Smiths

  • I tell you what, this whole "Only having one alcoholic drink before you start" thing is AMAZING - it's so much easier to remember the words and NOT PANIC when you are NOT DRUNK. Who knew? HASHTAG Continuuing Professional Development. It seemed to go pretty well, and I had a LOVELY time doing it, especially when people liked the new ones. HOORAH!

    After that we embarked on A LOT OF BEER, which was followed by a stroll back to my hotel and then SEVERAL LARGE WHISKIES, also INTELLECTUAL DISCUSSION, which was a LOT of fun. The next morning definitely was LESS SO, but it was a lovely end to what has been a rather enjoyable mini-tour. Thanks very much everyone who's come to see me, and especially to everyone who's put me on - let's do it all again soon-ish!

    posted 7/11/2022 by MJ Hibbett

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    "Intellectual discussion"?
    posted 7/11/2022 by Gareth

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