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  • Clare Teal -
    out patience I m sure that patience is a virtue but I fall more in the Ambrose Bierce camp Patience n a minor form of despair disguised as a virtue I find the process almost painful so have collated some words of calm starting with a much loved Turkish proverb Patience is the key to paradise That ll be to do with the queue Ever the optimist Tertullian the founder of Western theology came up with this cheery chestnut Hope is patience with the lamp lit but I prefer the Chinese approach With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown at least you get something to wear at the end of it The Dutch advise A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains Yes but you shouldn t hide your brains under a bushel Jean De La Bruyere once said No road is too long for him who advances slowly and does not hurry all well and good providing its not your pizza he s delivering The great philosopher Aristotle wrote Patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet Clearly a kumquat fan You can always rely on Shakespeare to come up with the goods Though patience be a tired mare yet she will plod or how about Upon the heat and flame of thy distemper sprinkle cool patience available at a pharmacy near you Margaret Thatcher quipped I am extraordinary patient provided I get my own way in the end explains a lot Author George Eliot made an excellent point It s easy to find reasons why other folks should be patient whilst poet John Dryden observed Beware the fury of a patient man Brian Adams sums it up nicely Learn the art of patience Apply discipline to your thoughts when they

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    put me at ease it was a sunny day but like most studios ours was windowless and quite dark 82 year old Kenny Ball turned up suited and booted wearing big dark sunglasses Sorry for the shades I ve got terrible hay fever Someone asked if he d like a glass of water No thanks but a coffee and a large brandy wouldn t go amiss It was 2 o clock in the afternoon Never one to let a soul drink alone the producer found me a bottle of cider and we started the interview with a toast Kenny Ball was born in Ilford in 1930 he joined the sea cadets as a boy and was given a 5 note bugle In 1943 clutching the 10 his father had given him he travelled across London to buy the trumpet he d seen advertised in Melody Maker according to Kenny at that time spare metal was collected as part of the war effort so brass instruments were hard to come by On arrival the chap selling said trumpet told the youngster You d better come in there s been an accident I was having one last blow last night and the missis got so fed up with the noise she hit me over the head with it Kenny left some time later with a bent trumpet and 2 change He straightened it out against a tree and got to work He started his career as a sideman in the big bands of Charlie Galbraith Sid Phillips Eric Delaney and Terry Lightfoot before forming his own band in 1958 Fourteen hit singles followed including Samantha and the million selling Midnight In Moscow the gold disc was presented to him by none other than Louis Armstrong who called him a genius Kenny and

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    attempting to look after and nurture 52 tomato plants TPs the stress of this was becoming acute however our predicament is now over having successfully re homed 43 of them indeed some have become very well travelled three are in the north of England two on the south coast 5 or 6 in London but the vast majority have moved to Bath or stayed in Glastonbury We re very lucky in that our new neighbours are all lovely people with beautiful gardens Many a time I ve opened the door to find a bucket of irises or a fig tree or a clump of gladioli so our garden has benefited greatly from their kindness although Muddy won t allow anything to be planted that isn t blue pink or white thankfully the Iris my favourite have made it through despite their yellow bibs It felt good therefore to be able to offer some of our TPs to said neighbours unfortunately Miss Valerie can t eat them number 88 however took 5 off our hands A few minutes later the doorbell rang and there was Matthew well all I could see were his legs the rest of him was covered by an enormous prickly shrub Round our way 5 TPs can get you a 4 year old Loganberry bush As I have now learned the Loganberry a cross between a blackberry and a raspberry was accidentally created in Santa Cruz California by American Lawyer James Harvey in 1883 This quote from Santa Cruz County 1896 sums up nicely It is excellent for the table eaten raw or cooked and for jelly or jam is without an equal The seeds are very small soft and not abundant being greatly different from both its parents in this respect The vines are enormous bearers

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    of jingles for commercial radio I remember the first jingle I sang it was for a mobile phone company in York I was a quivering wreck by the time I reached the studio in the small Cheshire village of Hale I had no idea what to expect On hearing the track for the first time I knew I d be able to sing it which is just as well as I only got to hear it twice more before recording began It was the first time I d had my voice professionally recorded and I was hooked Working with Nigel gave me the opportunity to learn a bit about studio technique which microphones suited my voice what kind of mix I should have in my headphones to make sure I got the best results but it was the writing side that intrigued me most writing 30 and 40 second mini songs to spec Nigel let me get involved and one epic day we journeyed down the M5 from Birmingham where I lived at the time to the city of Bath We stopped off at Michael Wood Services to write the jingle we would be presenting to the client just an hour or so later it was a jazzy affair based on George Formby s Fanlight Fanny the Frowsy Nightclub Queen It was a beautiful sunny day and I remember thinking as we neared our destination an interior design shop in Larkhall what a beautiful part of the world I wouldn t mind living here Nigel often demo ed his jingles onsite I guess I thought we d be shown into an office but no I sat on a roll end of carpet and sang our tale of papers fabrics drapes and chairs quality from the name that cares we finished

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    have her credit rating checked I immediately assumed someone must have stolen her identity and was now living the life of riley in the Bahamas running up heinous debts in Muddy s good name We looked online at a number of credit checking companies and plumped for the one we d both heard of For 15 99 a month you can have full access to your credit report and history even better you can take advantage of the free 1 month trial After a couple of phone calls the pin number required to see your report on line finally turned up in the post It turned out that Muddy s credit score was more than fine it was the fact she d never applied for a credit card or store card before that caused this credit agency to stop her application to the bank Go figure Now that our minds had been put at rest Muddy attempted to cancel her contract still within the 1 month trial she d specifically rung to find out the cut off date To cancel your account please ring us by the 12th May no worries I d set a reminder so at 2 10 on Saturday Muddy rang to cancel I m sorry madam the department you require closed at 1pm but your trial doesn t actually run out till the 13th Brilliant thanks I ll ring them to cancel tomorrow Ah well unfortunately they don t open on Sunday s you ll have to call back on Monday Grrr Poor Muddy repeated the whole process on Monday and whilst she has successfully cancelled her account the company won t refund her 15 99 At this point the matter ceases to be about the money but the principle The company had actually taken the

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    waiting list and the crowd was in the mood for fun Grant has been very busy writing new arrangements and this additional material is bedding into the latest show very nicely A great concert preceded by one of the best Indian takeaways I ve had the pleasure to know The following day we made our way up the M6 to visit mum who greeted us with a piping hot roast dinner of bird in a bird in a bird with all the trimmings By lunchtime on Sunday my brother and his family had joined us for a visit to The Nightingale in Eastburn recently taken over by the chaps who used to run the Grouse Inn up Oakworth way Award winning homemade steak and ale pie with proper shortcrust pastry none of your puff nonsense It was definitely on a par with the stunning pies served at Bar T at in likely Did the fact that according to Muddy my portion of pie alone could ve easily fed the entire population of Eastburn stop me having a pudding It did not and hot sticky toffee pudding with ice cream ensued From Eastburn we headed across the border into Clitheroe to headline the The Ribble Valley Jazz Festival now in it s 3rd year its beautifully run by people who care greatly about putting on a good show to their credit the venue was sold out with a good many people being turned away We took the band to Piccolinos a stunning Italian restaurant you ll be relieved to learn I didn t couldn t eat anything but the boys said the risotto was beyond lovely Muddy got us home in record time to enjoy a rare day off celebrating her birthday We went out for a nice pub lunch another

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    noticed a white feather in a little bag hanging above the front door The estate agent told us it was to keep the house safe I must have raised my eyebrows a little but the agent then said a curious thing When you do move here I ll come back and visit in six months I defy you not to have some of this stuff knocking around We re very much of the don t knock it till you ve tried it school so when the lady selling the property who knows how much we love it told us she felt strongly the house had chosen us rather than running a mile I was secretly thrilled as the house had sensed greed from another chap who d recently been In for a penny we headed for the nearest crystal shop Needless to say there were crystals everywhere all shapes sizes and colours The shop was busy I waited patiently behind a barefoot young woman dressed in swathes of purple carrying a staff she looked like she had walked for many days to get here but I have a sneaky suspicion she might live round the corner Can I help you Right yes we re er trying to sell our flat in order to buy a house we ve fallen in love with and we re running out of time have you got anything for that She didn t laugh but explained the importance of being drawn to crystals At that moment Muddy appeared with a beautiful orange calcite carved angel the woman told us this crystal heralded new beginnings wisdom clarity of mind oh and also reduces mucous lovely We also felt drawn to a pointy lump of citrine another feel good rock The lady had a great feeling about

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    in this instance had absolutely no idea what to expect Simon s romantic comedy premiered on Broadway in 1963 enjoying a hugely successful four year run In my opinion this new production deserves the same Many will remember the Robert Redford Jane Fonda film version of 1967 The story is engaging the script lovely and the small cast paced the show perfectly I read somewhere that Maureen Lipman has the best drunk legs in the business which she demonstrates brilliantly With so much energy flying about I expected to find Maureen wrung out quivering in a corner somewhere at the back of the stage but she welcomed us warmly with a glass of wine fresh as a daisy The very next evening we headed to Bristol Hippodrome with our friend Rosie she of the cassoulet to see Matthew Bourne s Nutcracker Now I m not a big ballet fan Muddy took me to see some modern dance many years ago it didn t go well and we haven t been since But as 2012 is officially the year of embracing art and culture and supporting local theatres Muddy took a chance and booked the tickets I was totally enraptured and it had nothing to do with the pre show margaritas This is the 20th anniversary tour of the production created to celebrate the centenary of the original Tchaikovsky ballet Anthony Ward has designed both the fabulous sets and the ridiculously sumptuous costumes It never occurred to me that ballet could be so funny Matthew Bourne has created a magical rich and witty extravaganza Not bad for a fella who didn t start his dance training till he was 22 I admit I am hooked and eagerly await his next masterpiece Sleeping Beauty expected to premiere October 2012 It just goes

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