One of the delights of Christmas is the abundance of Christmas Markets around the country.
Today I went to one of my regular ones, Worcester Victorian Christmas Market. It’s only on for a long weekend but it’s well worth a visit.
As far as Christmas markets are concerned it ticks all the boxes, atmosphere, a fayre Victorian themed, lots and lots of stalls, people in themed costumes, a beer festival, Victorian style music playing, I left with the song Daisy, Daisy still ringing in my ears .. But also Worcester has loads of charity shops and extra tick
Last night I went to a gig at Atrix which is a small theatre in Bromsgrove
We went to see the urban folk band, I haven’t seen them before or even heard them but I do like folk music
Towards the end of the gig I noticed that I had a big grin on my face and probably had done all night.
They were a great band and made me consistently smile, the energy they had, the fun variety of music they played and I think most of all the fact they seemed to be having so much fun it was contagious
..what have I almost forgot? It may not be obvious straight away.
…it’s not a thing or a person or an experience or a task.
So what else is there?
A clue. ..last night I went to a dire straits tribute act and it was brilliant.
Yes, I forgot how much I love dire straits but more importantly I had forgotten how much I love their song, “romeo and Julie ” in fact I love it that much it’s in my top three songs of all time
How could I forgot that?
Yes, that about sums up a taste of my spoken word and music event last night
Some how I have manged to create a forum for the incredibly diverse culture of performance arts in the west midlands, and it’s certainly not because of my hosting skills.
I literally just introduce the acts with no added commentary, due to the fact I can never think of anything clever to say!
But the amazing acts keep coming, I also find it hard to say no to acts, hence my monthly events can be epic. ..often 4 hours longs with always over 20 acts that range from magicians, to amazing singer songwriters, to comedians, to opera performers, to classical guitar, to belly dancers to poetry. …………………………
I will tell you what, come along to the next one and see for yourself. It’s the 1st December 2017 at the Ort Cafe, Moseley Road, Birmingham.
Birmingham now has its own little Budapest Style Pub in Digbeth called “The Ruin ”
It’s got bare walls, basic miss matched furniture and it’s brilliant.
Although its only been open a couple of weeks it has already also has hosted it’s first Halloween “Eve of the Dead ” Spoken word and music event………oh ok, I organised that for them and it was really good
Classic acts like phantom of the Opera to the Raven to spooky poems. ..to comedy horror films to……..umm blues music , travis covers, bohemian based poems …..
Ummmm, halloween acts are thin on the ground on 31st October so one has to …ummm
m, pad it out …ummm just a little 😯
Yes, that’s right, I am talking about the ever growing amount of “micro ” brewery’s 😉
They seem to be a growing phenomenon. .tiny micro brewery’s are popping up everywhere. At least in the Midlands.
I am not complaining mind you, they are fun. Locally produced ale, not that I drink it but my friends and family do and the atmosphere is great
Last night we went to one of these brewery’s, The Ale House in Stratford upon Avon, my partner was part of a folk band there. He performed on a micro stage, we sat on stools around micro tables, the venue is micro small but the atmosphere huge
I have had Deezer for years, its an app to stream music.
You pay a monthly sum and consequently can download unlimited albums ..and yes, I make the most of it. I have over 350 albums stored on the app. .and now guess what?
I have an album with a photo on the album cover that I took…get me 😉 Yes, it’s a friends album but hey ho. .it’s a start… here is the band and……cover to check out,
Public Art by The Light Programme
I am currently in a pub in the outskirts of Birmingham city centre after a long ,full and fun day of work….and yes, it’s Sunday listening to live music which I have organised for a friends week long show
This is not a modern, hip or trendy pub. It’s a grass roots real ale type of pub. ..so I am delight that they have a menu with vegan food. .
Maybe the tide is turning and little by little the UK is becoming vegan friendly
Our last night in Kochi was shared with a Scottish musician, who we have seen play folk music at at cafe a few days earlier
We arranged to meet in a hotel where we could chat over a few beers in Happy Hour.
This in itself is almost a miracle in Kochi, alcohol is very hard to buy with their strict alcohol laws. ..and a “Happy Hour ” .. Yes I would class this as a minor miracle😉
As the conversion progressed between the three of us, the things in common gathered and gathered. There is a saying that everyone in the world is connected by a only a few degrees of separation.
Evidence is beginning to add weight to this with people I meet in my life. .This folk singer who I have never met before and lives hundreds of miles from me amd yet has 3 Facebook friend in common with me and 2 with my partner.
Although Scottish, he classes himself as Welsh, my partners family are from North Wales my family’s from South Wales.
Add to this a few extra bonus points his mum is from the Welsh part of Patogonia, my partner has always dreamt of travelling there and to meet someone with connections to the country was a real plus for him and add to that they were both huge fans of the “Beatles ” meant we didn’t struggle at all with conversation on this last delightful night in Kochi
And so ends our last day in Kochi, both my partner and I feel the holiday has ended too quickly.
We were here for just over two weeks and in that short period managed to make ourselves feel totally at home. My partner acquired a barber , a tailor and gigs.
We found a plethora of cafes, and restaurants we loved and even bumped into newly acquired friends in them.
We could wander down the road and meet people we knew on an almost daily basis
We even acquired a dog called Shiva, I think we will stay. ..😉