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    so instead Muddy suggested track lighting After extensive research I placed my order The kit duly arrived containing a big shiny magic box full of technology and such and 14 feet of tracking Stuart who built the shelving and put the new floor down picked up the shiny box and laughed it weighed over a stone Once he d strengthened the ceiling and worked out the perfect configuration using all 14 feet of tracking the plasterer was called to fill the holes and cover up the old swirling artex Muddy painted the ceiling I assisted by alternately dunking the roller and brush in the paint tray The lighting system was then reattached to the ceiling and wired to the dimmer switch It was at this point Muddy and Stuart simultaneously noticed the loud buzzing emanating from the shiny ceiling box It got louder whenever the dimmer knob was twiddled To be fair I didn t find the noise that irksome being quite a low buzz the fact that the lights kept cutting out completely however was irritating Over the next 24 hours I get a crash course in track lighting for beginners by Thursday its like I m speaking in tongues I learn that it is advisable to use a trailing edge dimmer switch when using 12v halogen bulbs I also learn that if you are using 12v halogen bulbs with a toroidal transformer it is better to use a leading edge dimmer switch although to be honest love there s always going to be buzzing with a wire wound magnetic transformer Whatever we tried the buzzing persisted I rang the lighting shop for advice they accidentally cut me off and by the time I managed to get through again they had mysteriously discontinued the light said I could keep

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    The American Dance Band Discography 1917 1942 I use these books every day but was flummoxed as to why crucial figures such as Count Basie Fletcher Henderson and Chick Webb were absent from the list of band leaders I then learned that Brian had chosen to put these band leaders in a separate 2 volume collection entitled Jazz Records 1897 1942 before you all nod off let me get to the point A few months ago I finally tracked down a set and was so delighted when the postman rang I ripped open the box to find just one book Jazz Records vol 2 Lyman Zurke I wrote to the seller thanking them and enquiring as to when the other half might arrive Said seller duly replied apologising for the fact I had received the wrong order I wrote reiterating again that I had half of the right order but urgently required vol 1 Aaronsen Lymen They again wrote to apologise for sending the wrong book I replied in a polite but slightly strained fashion stating again that I was pleased to have received one of the titles but reminding them that there should have been two They eventually wrote to say they had never actually had vol 1 and by way of apology I could have volume 2 free of charge Finding a solitary copy of volume 1 Aaronsen Lymen has proved irksome I appreciate we re in danger of hitting Fly fishing by JR Heartly territory but after hours of searching I found and ordered the holy grail that is vol 1 only to receive you guessed it another copy of vol 2 Lymen Zurke Should anyone have Jazz Records by Brian Rust vol 1 Aaronsen Lymen you know where I am 05 Jun Syd Lawrence s wonderful Orchestra Due to being born in the wrong era sadly I will never get the opportunity to meet many of my British dance band heroes Ted Heath died before I was born Geraldo when I was but a year The fella I really wish I d had the opportunity to meet started his band in 1967 as time when only the hardiest of established big bands were eking out a living due to the further onslaught of rock and roll and the dreaded pop Trumpeter Syd Lawrence learnt his craft under the batons of some of this countries finest leaders Teddy Foster Cyril Stapleton Geraldo Sidney Lipton and the BBC Northern Dance Orchestra with whom he stayed for 15 years He became disillusioned with the more pop py direction the band was forced to head in to keep up with modern trends and longed to play the music of his youth He thought to himself If I can t do it for a living I can do it for fun So he asked the corner men from the NDO lead trombone lead sax drummer etc if they fancied getting together on a Tuesday night in a pub in Didsbury to recreate the music of Glenn Miller Syd was able to listen to the records and take down the exact arrangement a great skill in itself The rest of the band was made up of excellent semi pro musicians Very soon the pub wasn t big enough and they moved to The Mersey Hotel where they were spotted by TV talent scouts and became a much loved fixture on shows such as Sez Les Royal Command Performances they toured none stop and cut two albums every year Over his hugely successful career Syd compiled a collection of over 700 arrangements featuring the hits of big band giants such as Glenn Miller Benny Goodman Artie Shaw and Tommy Dorsey Though Syd retired in 1990 the band played on first under pianist Bryan Pendleton Since 1996 it has been in the capable hands of ace trombonist Chris Dean who as one of the country s most sought after session musicians has recorded with the likes of Frank Sinatra Quincy Jones Nelson Riddle Henry Mancini Barbara Streisand Natalie Cole Liza Minelli Mel Torme and Shirley Bassey So though I never got to meet Syd who died in 1998 this Sunday I ll finally get the chance to sing with his wonderful band 27 May Highways and Byways In order to help with the congested roads Highways England announced it would be suspending or removing nearly 400 miles of roadworks over the bank holiday weekend However works will still be ongoing on the M1 M25 M6 and A1 and practically every single bit of tarmac touched by our 4 wheels during this week s 1111 road trip Don t get me wrong I love touring the UK I enjoy visiting different towns and cities and meeting different people but since last year the UK roadwork situation is adding on average an extra 2 hours to each round trip Wednesday s outward jaunt to take part in the Bury St Edmunds Festival wasn t actually too bad in that it only took an extra 40 mins longer than the predicted 4 hours 20 however the return journey thanks to night time motorway closures took an extra hour An 11am start on Friday was in order to pick up pianist Jason Rebello in Bath then on to Marshfield to drop Alan the dog at Grandma s We should have arrived at The Mad House in Grimsby at 16 15pm with plenty of time for a cup of tea and biscuit before starting the soundcheck at 5pm Cue hours of motorway shenanigans the M1 being the main culprit aided by the M42 which resulted in us arriving with the audience at 18 57 with little time to do anything other then get changed and do the gig Saturday started very well full English breakfast with beautiful little Lincolnshire sausages characteristically chunky in texture with a pleasing overtone of sage Soundman Paul had warned us avoid the M1 at all costs on our next leg to Wavendon Thanks to

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    shining James Bay has just played a beautiful set and I m pondering to myself how young he looked then it hits me he s the same age as our hero how is that even possible and why is that 12 year old over there dressed as policeman Before things turns too maudlin my pizza arrives in a topless box a thing of beauty I gaze in smug awe How thoughtful I muse no bits of cheese sticking to the lid worries for me It is at this precise second the heavens open and literally tip a bucket of water over my lovely ham and mushroom thin crust I glance up at the pizza attendant with a pleading eye hoping for another box but she s not having any of it Using the hat I just purchased to keep the sun off my bonce as a shield I run for cover gallantly I have placed Mud s pizza box under mine in a bid to keep her goat cheese and pesto dry she owes me big Within minutes paradise has turned to carnage Everything I have brought to wear is soaking including my trusty waterproof which I work out is nearly as old as James Bay We sit steaming literally in a humid bar tent for a good while waiting for the rain to stop I diligently push all reoccurring thoughts of getting a cab home out of the way and try to look like I m having a marvellous time The sun obviously a Lulu fan finally makes an appearance just as the great lady takes to the Avalon stage some three hours later Cheered by that and a salted caramel brownie Muddy and I head over to The Other Stage to watch Mark Ronson who delivers the most

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    take up to 2 hours for a dust mite to re settle I should know since work began on the study it s literally everywhere brick dust sawdust dust dust Henry is cowering in a corner stuffed and dejected Not being the most tolerant person on the planet three weeks in I feel like I m in a John Steinbeck book memories of GCSE English prompted me to look on line for a witty Grapes of Wrath quote to impress you with instead I ve just spent the last hour reading about the devastating effects the Dust Bowl of the 1930 s had on America During the First World War the price of wheat was high and so farmers flocked the the Great Plains of America to grow the stuff Unfortunately the land wasn t properly irrigated it was difficult to manage without the characteristic high winds and hot sun adding to the fun There followed a great draught which lasted almost a decade In states like Oklahoma Nebraska and Kansas the top soil began to blow away and with it any chance for farmers to keep their livelihoods By 1934 dust began to darken the skies dust storms became a regular occurrence and when one hit houses would be literally caked with dust inside and out within a few hours It got into everything linens dishes and food supplies Cattle and horses perished along with machinery Families lost everything I read an account of what Steinbeck witnessed during visits to the squatters camps of California squalid dumps housing farmers labourers and their families desperately trying to earn enough to feed their starving families written three years before The Grapes of Wrath was published it s absolutely heartbreaking More so when you think this happened during the Great Depression when

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    catching a bus instead of the train but as Glasters is a bit off the beaten track some of the rail connections necessary to get to certain places are tedious and many The bus is not only a third of the price but also direct which cuts down on the faff factor My fellow passengers I discover are frequent users of this service in fact they work together One lady is having a nightmare with her son He s still living at home but recently got a decent job shadowing people I couldn t hear that bit properly as a bunch of students got on at the crucial juncture Anyway he s not paying any rent she s only asking for a tenner a week but so far not a penny has left his wallet To add insult to injury she got in from work to find him eating fish finger sandwiches these being the fish fingers she was going to cook that very night for her and her husband s tea she wouldn t mind but he left his payslip lying around and she can see how much he s getting if you know what she s saying Her friends are wildly empathising and tutting where appropriate with one adding at 53 she d move back in with her mum if she only had to pay 10 a week rent The general consensus is that she s got to be tougher on him It s for his own good I m sorry to see them get off in Wells it was just getting interesting There s a five minute wait while we change drivers just as we head off again there s a kafuffle at the back a young girl needs to get off having slept through her stop

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    with us the internet I would imagine will be here for many years yet Broadcaster and writer Brian Rust was the leading jazz discographer of his generation an anorak y soul who thrived on detail and who started collecting records at the age of 5 Thanks to the internet I have been able to obtain second hand copies of a good number of Brian s indispensable tomes including my cherished 2 volume set of The American Dance Band Discography 1917 1942 I use these books every day but was flummoxed as to why crucial figures such as Count Basie Fletcher Henderson and Chick Webb were absent from the list of band leaders I then learned that Brian had chosen to put these band leaders in a separate 2 volume collection entitled Jazz Records 1897 1942 before you all nod off let me get to the point A few months ago I finally tracked down a set and was so delighted when the postman rang I ripped open the box to find just one book Jazz Records vol 2 Lyman Zurke I wrote to the seller thanking them and enquiring as to when the other half might arrive Said seller duly replied apologising for the fact I had received the wrong order I wrote reiterating again that I had half of the right order but urgently required vol 1 Aaronsen Lymen They again wrote to apologise for sending the wrong book I replied in a polite but slightly strained fashion stating again that I was pleased to have received one of the titles but reminding them that there should have been two They eventually wrote to say they had never actually had vol 1 and by way of apology I could have volume 2 free of charge Finding a solitary copy

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    The fella I really wish I d had the opportunity to meet started his band in 1967 as time when only the hardiest of established big bands were eking out a living due to the further onslaught of rock and roll and the dreaded pop Trumpeter Syd Lawrence learnt his craft under the batons of some of this countries finest leaders Teddy Foster Cyril Stapleton Geraldo Sidney Lipton and the BBC Northern Dance Orchestra with whom he stayed for 15 years He became disillusioned with the more pop py direction the band was forced to head in to keep up with modern trends and longed to play the music of his youth He thought to himself If I can t do it for a living I can do it for fun So he asked the corner men from the NDO lead trombone lead sax drummer etc if they fancied getting together on a Tuesday night in a pub in Didsbury to recreate the music of Glenn Miller Syd was able to listen to the records and take down the exact arrangement a great skill in itself The rest of the band was made up of excellent semi pro musicians Very soon the pub wasn t big enough and they moved to The Mersey Hotel where they were spotted by TV talent scouts and became a much loved fixture on shows such as Sez Les Royal Command Performances they toured none stop and cut two albums every year Over his hugely successful career Syd compiled a collection of over 700 arrangements featuring the hits of big band giants such as Glenn Miller Benny Goodman Artie Shaw and Tommy Dorsey Though Syd retired in 1990 the band played on first under pianist Bryan Pendleton Since 1996 it has been in the capable

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    and A1 and practically every single bit of tarmac touched by our 4 wheels during this week s 1111 road trip Don t get me wrong I love touring the UK I enjoy visiting different towns and cities and meeting different people but since last year the UK roadwork situation is adding on average an extra 2 hours to each round trip Wednesday s outward jaunt to take part in the Bury St Edmunds Festival wasn t actually too bad in that it only took an extra 40 mins longer than the predicted 4 hours 20 however the return journey thanks to night time motorway closures took an extra hour An 11am start on Friday was in order to pick up pianist Jason Rebello in Bath then on to Marshfield to drop Alan the dog at Grandma s We should have arrived at The Mad House in Grimsby at 16 15pm with plenty of time for a cup of tea and biscuit before starting the soundcheck at 5pm Cue hours of motorway shenanigans the M1 being the main culprit aided by the M42 which resulted in us arriving with the audience at 18 57 with little time to do anything other then get changed and do the gig Saturday started very well full English breakfast with beautiful little Lincolnshire sausages characteristically chunky in texture with a pleasing overtone of sage Soundman Paul had warned us avoid the M1 at all costs on our next leg to Wavendon Thanks to roadworks and the 7800 Harley Davidson bikes attending the rally in Lincoln we reached The Stables an hour later than planned and again it was a similar story driving into London the next day Some of you may be aware I can drive but choose not to whenever possible for the

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