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    rehearsals in the Royal Hall began at midday I had been so excited about this festival concert Sir Michael Parkinson presents Clare Teal and friends the friends in question being the jazz singer Ian Shaw and saxophone legend and Godfather of funk Pee Wee Ellis all backed by my wonderful band directed by Grant Windsor The event was sold out and the lovely audience were in joyous form and sang along throughout Sir Michael was a warm and very funny host who entertained us with great anecdotes and there were many magical musical moments In short we had a blast and I would be lying if I said no celebratory refreshments passed my lips after the performance Unfortunately the next morning saw an early start for me and Muddy closely followed by a 210 mile drive Songs in the Key of London was the closing event of the Greenwich Festival curated this year by Chris Difford of Squeeze The open air concert was held in the stunning grounds of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich We ate our dinner just along from where Nelson used to eat his in the magnificent painted hall The lineup consisted of Shlomo and

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    have a silky ball of dough and a nice clean bowl In two minutes we will put our loaves into our preheated ovens It was going well my spotless hands silky dough clean bowl and I surveyed the immediate area with a satisfying smugness when out of the corner of my eye a much smaller bowl containing a foaming brown sludge came into view closely followed by the teacher With 30 seconds to go I frantically threw the dough back in the bowl with the yeast and as much flour as I could scrape off the table A voice boomed What s this Teal Clammy dough dirty bowl dirty hands C This time around I did everything the recipes said The whole flat was filled with the inviting smell of fresh bread I almost expected an estate agent to walk in with a couple of house hunters and even though I say it myself the loaves looked amazing when they came out of the oven Once cooled I eagerly cut into one praying for a delightfully light and airy bready interior only to discover something altogether heavier My friends I had invented Porridge Bread It made nice toast though I

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    a load of motorways I have obviously told her repeatedly this is not the case Mum and Dad were also keen to dispel this myth so off we set on our journey of enlightenment up the A65 Our first destination was Settle Heading for The Naked Man café not resident we strolled past a familiar childhood haunt of mine Car and Kitchen It was the highlight of any trip to Settle a gift shop full of knick knacks and brilliantly useless gifts I m thrilled to report 20 odd years later it s still great I bought a splash guard for use when frying spitty things at high temperatures In all the times I ve been there I ve never noticed a car section I had my first ever mint choc chip ice cream in Settle but there was no time for that today After a lunch of chicken salad for mum Mud and I and Yorkshire puddings and Cumberland sausage for Dad lucky Dad we drove to look at the 24 104ft arches of Ribblehead Viaduct It s a magnificent sight but you can t help but think of the hundreds of men who lost their lives building it It was while admiring the majesty of Penyghent Whernside and Ingleborough that Muddy decided that we should do the Three Peaks later this year Over a cup of coffee and a Fly Pie aka Chorley Cake at the Penyghent Café we bought a map and measured out all 25 miles of it By my calculations that s 12½ miles of up The idea of us two hiking 25 miles in 12 hours amused Mum and Dad no end but once Mud s made her mind up From Penyghent we drove through some of the most beautiful villages and countryside I

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    was in the audience last Wednesday night The fabulous Rosemary Squires sang with Ted Heath Geraldo and John Dankworth In America she worked with Sammy Davis Jnr and Danny Kaye What a great lady a delight to talk to who shared some stories about the big band days which I so wish I d seen To be honest until that point I hadn t thought the week could get any better On Tuesday I was running errands in Bristol rootling around on the floor looking for change for the parking meter when I got the call Are you working on Friday Can you open for Liza Minnelli at Kenwood House I didn t have to be asked twice Kenwood is a stunning venue surrounded by beautiful parkland in the midst of Hampstead Heath Every year the estate holds a series of picnic concerts this year including Tom Jones and Liza Minnelli I didn t expect to meet her but we did and she was just lovely The show was wonderful and the audience agreed Even the weather was impressed Still on cloud nine and following a long late journey back to Bath we were up early heading for that far

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    showed up to surprise him and a great day was spent on the beach and in the pub Monday was his proper birthday Colin thought we were staying put in Yorkshire all week Muddy she of excellent surprise plans had been ringing him for weeks asking what he was doing for the big event saying we wouldn t be around but would definitely do something the weekend after His good friends Russ and Mary had been doing the same thing At three o clock we all piled in the car and headed down the M5 to Exeter then on to the A30 past Okehampton hung a right at Launceton then onto the A39 heading north to Bude or Widemouth Bay to be exact Colin et al were booked into a curious B B which décor wise seemed to have been modelled on the set of Man About The House or perhaps On The Buses We had booked into The Bay View Inn just a few feet up the road After looking on Google maps we realised that we would have to drive past their place to get to ours so worked out an alternate route In reality after nearly three

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    that actually grew in mum and dad s garden whether they wanted it to or not As I recall it had spread under the fence from Claude and Renee s next door I loved it raw dipped in sugar It had many other uses including makeshift pool cue twirling baton and most excellent sword I remember feeling quite bereft at the age of 25 when dad rang to say the rhubarb patch had been replaced with loose chippings and a tub The original Rhubarb Triangle covered an area between Bradford Leeds and Wakefield Forced rhubarb is still grown in long sheds and picked by candle light as exposure to anything brighter can stop growth Up until the Second World War there was a special train that left Ardsley station every day carrying up to 200 tons of rhubarb to London In order to create my rhubarb crumble surprise I searched the internet for recipes mainly to see what other stuff goes with it Some suggested strawberries and some orange I decided both I started by roasting the stalks then unfortunately the phone rang and by the time I remembered the rhubarb had disappeared and a greeny pinky gloop like something

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    didn t know why they hadn t called us They were very apologetic though so much so that they ve washed the car for us Beryl fairly blinded the oncoming traffic such was her double buffed lustre as we whizzed up the M5 Once in the studio producer Bob announced that after 389 years he d commissioned a new sig tune for Big Band Special It only took an hour to get the opening link to sit within the time frame of the music Clare Teal s new album Hey Ho is released on Monday 27 Apr Inside out as the big cleanup comes to nothing YOU may recall last week found us in a cleaning frenzy getting the house ready for one of the Sunday papers to photograph Imagine our surprise when the journalist and photographer arrived to discover it wasn t a feature about the interior of the flat but a feature about selling the flat our flat They took lots of photos but it seems the one they ll most likely use is an exterior shot all that cleaning In reality this is actually quite exciting As you may know we have ambitions to build our own house and though I d envisioned this happening a few years from now it seems it may well be happening a lot sooner The next day we left our ridiculously tidy flat and excitedly headed for the big smoke We have a friend who works for Radio 2 as a security guard If you need to know anything about the comings and goings of the station he s your man He s also worked for some of the most famous rock stars on the planet and if you catch him on a good day you hear stories that turn your eyes into saucers Quite a few months ago I was presenting a live broadcast when he pulled me to one side and said k d lang s just been booked to do a live concert for Radio 2 on April 20 thought you might want to know k d lang is without doubt the voice of her generation Her range style and vocal ability is quite extraordinary and I never miss the opportunity to see her sing live Last Wednesday s concert was incredible she was on top form performing songs from the new record Her new band the Siss Boom Bang didn t disappoint either We sat next to lovely Alex Lester and just along from the equally lovely Graham Norton Great singing continued to be the theme of the week as friends Chris and Al came to stay for Easter Chris While has one of the most glorious voices I ve ever heard She s big news on the folk scene If you re not a folk head but like great songs beautifully sung I guarantee she ll be big news on your scene too And so the perfect Bank Holiday was spent drinking wine singing songs and eating chocolate into the early hours 26 Apr Coming clean about a love of clutter and hoarding I M sure I didn t have this many CDs when we first moved in here but over the years they ve multiplied to cover every possible surface of the study We must be getting on for 2 000 plus and that s not including the four big boxes I packed away last year I m not complaining I love being surrounded by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald Sarah Vaughan and Elbow while I work My problem today however is that I need to clean said study and frankly it s not going well Not only was I born with a crippling inability to throw away anything I also suffer terribly from dust blindness I must admit being oblivious to mess and clutter doesn t bother me in the slightest but it drives Muddy to distraction Hence I am up here but every time I pick up a CD or an instrument or a piece of music I have an overwhelming desire to play it At this rate I ll be here till Christmas 2025 The reason for this painful procedure is that a couple of chaps from one of the Sunday papers are coming round to take pictures of our home for a property feature The rest of the flat looks absolutely immaculate but then it always does as Muddy fortunately suffers from a cruel affliction called obsessive tidiness it affects everyone in the family and as far as I know there s sadly no cure Joking aside she has a fantastic flair for interior design A multitude of different styles all sit together happily I came in the other month to find her fitting a tiara to and painting lipstick on the Grecian statue that sits on the mantle piece It s that sense of humour that makes Mud s style unique This is the second time we ve been in this situation Last time everything about the flat that we loved just didn t seem good enough so much so that we went out and pretty much bought new everything much to the bemusement of Megan she of the brown envelopes and knotter of the purse strings This time round we ve been banned from any further additions and so have settled for intense polishing instead Even Fluffy the rescue fish has been pimped 14 Apr A launch and a lunch with a music legend The places we frequent in the dead of night can often look very different at 11am on a Thursday Jazz clubs not to mention jazz musicians lose a bit of their sparkle in the glare of daylight However the upstairs room at Ronnie Scotts looked great Two huge raised glass windows in the roof let in the beautiful sunshine Last Thursday we had the media and industry launch for Hey Ho the new record I hate album launches mainly because they never feel real Singing

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    We ate our dinner just along from where Nelson used to eat his in the magnificent painted hall The lineup consisted of Shlomo and the Vocal Orchestra Mark Nevin Kathryn Williams Chris Wood Boo Hewerdine Chris Difford Wreckless Eric Glen Tilbrook Pee Wee Ellis Gary Kemp Ali Campbell and moi The band were the crème de la crème of British musicians led by the amazing Stephen Large As you would guess everyone sang songs about the capital My choices were a little more left field of what I d usually go for a calypso rendition of Lily Allen s LDN with additional northern lyrics followed by a stonking James Bond esque arrangement of London Calling by the Clash Our next project will be Songs in the key of unpacking washing and ironing 20 Jul Knead to know the secrets of baking a perfect loaf We once made a very small loaf of bread at school It was all going so wel the booming voice of the Home Ec teacher whose name I have sadly forgotten rang out Your hands will now be spotless of flour you should have a silky ball of dough and a nice clean bowl In two minutes we will put our loaves into our preheated ovens It was going well my spotless hands silky dough clean bowl and I surveyed the immediate area with a satisfying smugness when out of the corner of my eye a much smaller bowl containing a foaming brown sludge came into view closely followed by the teacher With 30 seconds to go I frantically threw the dough back in the bowl with the yeast and as much flour as I could scrape off the table A voice boomed What s this Teal Clammy dough dirty bowl dirty hands C This time around I did everything the recipes said The whole flat was filled with the inviting smell of fresh bread I almost expected an estate agent to walk in with a couple of house hunters and even though I say it myself the loaves looked amazing when they came out of the oven Once cooled I eagerly cut into one praying for a delightfully light and airy bready interior only to discover something altogether heavier My friends I had invented Porridge Bread It made nice toast though I am not deterred and have hopefully found a solution in the form of drummer Benny s brother Tom who after years working as an ecologist advising farmers on environmentally friendly agriculture decided to follow his dream of becoming a master bread maker Earlier this year the Coburg Bakery opened in Bristol What this boy can t do with a bit of flour and water isn t worth knowing I am hoping some of the magic will rub off 13 Jul A taste of Yorkshire s highlights leads to a lofty ambition We spent a rare day off last week oop north with mum and dad Until an accidental ride through the Dales last month Muddy has for the last ten years been convinced that Yorkshire is just a load of motorways I have obviously told her repeatedly this is not the case Mum and Dad were also keen to dispel this myth so off we set on our journey of enlightenment up the A65 Our first destination was Settle Heading for The Naked Man café not resident we strolled past a familiar childhood haunt of mine Car and Kitchen It was the highlight of any trip to Settle a gift shop full of knick knacks and brilliantly useless gifts I m thrilled to report 20 odd years later it s still great I bought a splash guard for use when frying spitty things at high temperatures In all the times I ve been there I ve never noticed a car section I had my first ever mint choc chip ice cream in Settle but there was no time for that today After a lunch of chicken salad for mum Mud and I and Yorkshire puddings and Cumberland sausage for Dad lucky Dad we drove to look at the 24 104ft arches of Ribblehead Viaduct It s a magnificent sight but you can t help but think of the hundreds of men who lost their lives building it It was while admiring the majesty of Penyghent Whernside and Ingleborough that Muddy decided that we should do the Three Peaks later this year Over a cup of coffee and a Fly Pie aka Chorley Cake at the Penyghent Café we bought a map and measured out all 25 miles of it By my calculations that s 12½ miles of up The idea of us two hiking 25 miles in 12 hours amused Mum and Dad no end but once Mud s made her mind up From Penyghent we drove through some of the most beautiful villages and countryside I ve ever seen to Malham Cove 262ft high and 984ft wide of solid curved limestone crag formed after the last ice age I don t think there s a Geography student in the land who hasn t been to Malham Cove Part of me is thrilled that I finally managed to show Muddy some of what makes Yorkshire so special to me but there s still this small matter of the Three Peaks 07 Jul A jingle belle and a Hollywood icon add to a great week SOME of you may know I started my career singing jingles for commercial radio stations and bizarrely it s still an ambition of mine to record one of the biggies that we remember for years to come whether it be a shake and vac or secret lemonade drinker Imagine then my thrill to discover the voice behind the immortal lines hands that do dishes can be soft as your face was in the audience last Wednesday night The fabulous Rosemary Squires sang with Ted Heath Geraldo and John Dankworth In America she worked with Sammy Davis Jnr and Danny

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