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16th October, 2017. 6:53 am. Monday Jazz: Blue Monday

Dexter Gordon: Willow Weep for Me (from Our Man in Paris)


Miles Davis: How Deep is the Ocean? (Miles Davis Volume 1)


Art Farmer: Petite Belle (Jazz 625)


Madeline Peyroux: Between the Bars (Careless Love)

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13th October, 2017. 6:29 pm. The Collection (Fiction)



"I see the collection is a fine one," said Liz looking at the many figures posed around. "You put Tussaud's to shame. They are all so life like."
"My techniques have mastered over many years," said the Curator with a modest smile and pointed to the blonde lady perched on the window ledge. "She is one of my most recent editions."
"She's beautiful," said Liz as she checked out the figure. "You are still a typical bloke I see though when it comes to wear you emphasize."
"Oh come now, I merely follow the directions of my models. They want a snap shot of themselves at a moment and preserved for the end of time."
Liz looked around the room, the number of the recreations were modest, but she couldn't for the life of her recognise any of them.
"Would you like some tea?" Asked the Curator.
"Please," answered Liz.
"Step into my office and I'll put the kettle on."
Once the Tea was over, the Curator finished the tour. "What did you think?"
"You like your pretty girls," said Luz. "But there's more to life then beauty."
"I agree but it is nice to be able to look at beauty when you want."
"I guess I would want my snapshot to be done up as a Fifties pin-up." Said Liz with a smile. As she walked on she stumbled a little and grabbed one of the figures to stabilise herself. "Funny they don't feel much like... Waxworks. I'm sorry I feel a bit dizzy."
"Fifties Pin Up. I will remember that." Said the Curator sternly. He then smiled, a sm"I see the collection is a fine one," said Liz looking at the many figures posed around. "You put Tussaud's to shame. They are all so life like."
"My techniques have mastered over many years," said the Curator with a modest smile and pointed to the blonde lady perched on the window ledge. "She is one of my most recent editions."
"She's beautiful," said Liz as she checked out the figure. "You are still a typical bloke I see though when it comes to wear you emphasize."
"Oh come now, I merely follow the directions of my models. They want a snap shot of themselves at a moment and preserved for the end of time."
Liz looked around the room, the number of the recreations were modest, but she couldn't for the life of her recognise any of them.
"Would you like some tea?" Asked the Curator.
"Please," answered Liz.
"Step into my office and I'll put the kettle on."


Once the Tea was over, the Curator finished the tour. "What did you think?"
"You like your pretty girls," said Luz. "But there's more to life then beauty."
"I agree but it is nice to be able to look at beauty when you want."
"I guess I would want my snapshot to be done up as a Fifties pin-up." Said Liz with a smile. As she walked on she stumbled a little and grabbed one of the figures to stabilise herself. "Funny they don't feel much like... Waxworks. I'm sorry I feel a bit dizzy."
"Fifties Pin Up. I will remember that." Said the Curator sternly. He then smiled, a smile which seemed very broad and sinister. "I hope you enjoyed your tea."
Daily Prompt: Superficial

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12th October, 2017. 10:41 pm. Some notes on Annie's Song

Once again I went for a diary/journal style approach to get slot of story across shortly, also to give room to expand in a different style.

I still am keeping the identity of the show the writer works on a secret
The director walking off as the lead is being a twat is based on an actual event in the production of Doctor Who in the 70s.

As to is the only floor staff taking over until a new director is secured
PT is not an in-joke to anyone, just a reflection of short hand.

Annie’s pal Sal is named as such purely for the rhyme and is a nod to a Traditional Jazz number by Nat Gonella called “My Gal Sal”
Is Annie getting passive aggressive revenge at the writer.

For my overseas readers and those born later then 1990, Grange Hill was a long running children’s drama series created by Phil Redmond set in the fictional Secondary School of the same name. It was very good and made a good stab at reflecting school life for the pupils and students on and off school premises. The most famous storyline was probably Zammo’s descent into heroin addiction. It also had a distinctive theme tune.


Yes, Annie very probably would lose her job.

Yes, Annie's Song as a title was an afterthought

So where to go next? Suggestions most welcome.

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12th October, 2017. 4:56 pm. Annie's Song

Bit more of the set up from before. Feedback and suggestions welcome


Following on from Interlewd, sometime later

Wednesday

Been on a four day location shoot and am now exhausted. On the spot rewrites take it out of you.

Annie’s let me chill in her hot tub while she’s away on some field trip. It’s doing me the world of good as I am stiff all over. The digs were somewhat substandard bed wise.

Video chat with Annie in evening. Her gigs aren’t great either, youth hostel with shared washroom on each floor. Luckily showers are cubicles not open ones. She’s going out for a glass or wine or two.



Message from Sid, rushes look good though we may need a pick up on some dialogue due to background noise on a few scenes. No biggy.

Thursday

Had a message from Annie telling me she has arranged a talk with the media class this afternoon. She does realise I usually paid for presentations doesn’t she? Oh well, it’ll do the school good.



Presentation went well, lots of good questions asked and a minimum of sneery student remarks. Usual attempts at trying to get a bit of foreknowledge. I did my usual throw them a bone but hide it in big pot.



Skyped again with Annie in the evening, she seemed a bit embarrassed about something, didn’t say what. Perhaps one of the students caught her praying to the porcelain god after too much wine.

Grabbed a cheeky beer at the bar. Barman Bob, Annie’s student was on, asked me what exactly our relationship is. Not sure that is really an appropriate question, so I tell him a partial truth. She looks over my writing.

Get home relatively early and go through emails from the production team.

Friday

Annie Skype’s early on. Elaborates she has got up early to avoid showering with the students, or more accurately having to stroll across the hall way in a towel/nightie. I joked that it is karma for watching her student strip off on stage. She was quite for a moment and then said bye. I’m so in the shit.

On the studio floor, our lead and main guest star and not getting on with the director. She storms off set after the lead calls her a stuck up Northern tart. Great. I get the floor manager to take over running the floor following the camera script.

After a stressful day, everything is in the can, though I think we will need to assign a new studio director for the next part of the recording block. Go to pub just in time for last orders.

Saturday

Annie calls me up and we go to lunch at the Looking Glass. Nothing much going on which is unusual, Annie is wearing an unusually revealing blouse today. Seems my little joke has passed under the radar. Field trip went ok, bathroom was a nightmare but on the whole ok. She pays for lunch and signs something on a clipboard at the bar.

rest of the day is spent sorting out a new director at short notice. Monday we’ll have to rely on notes and the current team, but have PT to helm for the rest of the week and week after.

Sunday

Annie’s off with some pals. Keep getting regular updates around various parts of some stately home.

No developments on the production so hopefully everything is ok.



Monday

Stressful day on the studio floor. Every one has their backs up over everything.

Go to the bar with Annie and her pal Sal, they are having a giggle and I am feeling a bit of a third wheel. Student is working and smiles a few times. Sal has a bit too much wine and blurts out to him ‘is it true you have a massive Willy?” Student blushes and tries to change the topic. Annie makes it worse, poor dude.

Take the girls home and hope for an easy day tomorrow.

Tuesday

Leave the girls discussing what Annie should wear Friday night as I go to studio.

PT makes a difference, tight ship and the actors behave. Finish ahead of schedule and decide to grab a night at cinema.

Wednesday

Another good, but long day in studio. It’s a practical effects heavy day and we over run by two hours. Tomorrow will be the same.

Thursday

Long day with a few issues. A prop failed to explode on cue, when it did it burnt the hands of a supporting artist. Put shooting back by an hour but we decided to do pick up on Friday so we finished just 30 minutes late.

Meet Annie at pub, have a few drinks and she recommends I let my hair down tomorrow night after I finish and join her here. Barman is just off and says he will see us tomorrow. Annie smiles he will.

Friday

Remount goes well and we get things in the can. Slightly late finish but I get home to change. Annie says she’ll see me at pub.

I arrive and it’s busy. Evidently some entertainment as there is cheering and music. I go in and scan for Annie, no sign of her. Bar man says my first pint is on the house. Nice. Find a pew and have my beer. Annie texts me the word SURPRISE. I look around, nothing. The DJ at the stage starts playing the theme from Grange Hill of all things. Shrug it off and notice he announces 39 year old ‘Karma’ to the stage. It is a woman dressed in a school uniform, takes me a moment to recognise her due to hat and the over sized lollipop. She starts dancing to music… I think I know where this going. She starts doing a sexy, well as sexy as you can, dance to the music, loosening her tie and blouse and then removes her tie and uses it as part of the dance. She unbuttons her blouse and puts her back to the audience and teases with bare shoulders. “Shall I continue?” She asks to a resounding yes. Credit wear due she’s slipped on a pair PE knickers and a sports bra. I look at the bar man who is both embarrassed and amused. Annie goes to the final stage and slowly loosens her bra and builds up some anticipation in the crowd before easing down the straps and giving the audience a good glimpse of her bare back before letting the item slip floor and turning to the audience, her large naked breasts on display. She smiles and as the music reaches its conclusion slips her pants off. The audience cheers and smiles and walks off stage.

I anticipate a scandal here.

I head backstage where she is dressing. A huge number of questions on my mine. The bar guy walks in “jesus, I wasn’t expecting you to go all the way.’ She smiled “nor I you. My friend here suggested the idea of Karma.”

I think I am going to need to lie down



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11th October, 2017. 4:11 pm. Hump Day Jazz

Chet Baker: What'll I Do. Yes as in the song used as the theme to Birds a Feather.


Dave Brubeck: Blue Rondo a la Turk


Joe Henderson: Blue Bossa


Worcestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra: Sing Sing Sing (live at Upton Jazz Festival 2017)

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11th October, 2017. 2:29 pm. Share Your World 9th October 2017

What do you consider is the most perfect food for you? (It can be your favourite food to something extremely healthy.)

I am assuming this question is based more on the sense of flavour rather than the nutritional value. I will probably say a Chilli or a Curry, something with a bit of spice.

Are you focused on today or tomorrow?

Neither, if you focus on one or the other you will find yourself missing the rest of the picture.

If you could interview one of your great-great-great grandparents, who would it be (if you know their name) and what would you ask?

I am not really sure, I’d probably look into Mother’s side of the family which would technically be a generation further back then Dad’s side (Mum’s dad was born in 1901 whereas Grandad was born in 1923) and that would be a very different set up, especially in rural Yorkshire. To be fair I would like to interview Ernest Finch, who was mum’s dad (he died in 1959), it’d be interesting to speak to a man who lived through two world war and saw so much change in social values, political ideals and technology.

This isn’t him, this is the actor Joe Gladwin, there are only two photos of my Mum’s day that I am aware exist, they are somewhat faded and one thing I did notice is that he looked a bit like Wally Batty.

Image result for joe gladwin

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

Well I enjoyed (and am still currently enjoying) the debates on various original Doctor Who novels on Twitter, which lead to the story of my short lived band and the unfortunate situation our singer bought upon us.

syw

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10th October, 2017. 1:51 pm. Monk Centennery

To celebrate 100 years of Thelonious Monk here is some of the man's work.

Straight No Chaser


Round Midnight


Don't Blame Me


Epistrophy (according to Neil it means cramp of the willy.... he also says that Ringo was a really good reader of Thomas the Tank Engine stories).

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5th October, 2017. 3:34 pm. Share Your World 2nd October 2017

If you were given the opportunity to ride in a helicopter would go?

I was given the opportunity to go on a Helicopter around the Grand Canyon (Twice!), but I chose to do a rim walk and descend down the canyon itself.

If I had the chance now I would most definitely take it.

What are some of your favorite type of proteins to eat? (meat, seafood, eggs, soy, cheese, nuts)

Yes to all of the above except Soy.

Nuts, I tend to eat as an accompaniment to my drinks in the Pub. I favour Chilli or Honey Roast nuts over Dry Roasted or Salted.

As those you who are aware of my school nickname, no not Neg or Bonehead, my favourite meat is Chicken. So I favour Chicken Burgers, Chicken Curry, roast Chicken etc when dining out. I am a big fan of Sausages, Bacon and Gammon but don’t tell my Rabbi.

Often on set menus I got for the fish option. I love my Seafood and it was a staple part of my diet when in Cuba and Venezuela.

Cheese- the more stinky feet it is the better. I love my soft Cheeses such as Brie and Camembert and Blue Cheese such as Stilton.

What would be your preference, awake before dawn, at dawn, or awake before noon?

Awake before noon, I prefer to rise late and retire in the wee small hours.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

Not so much inspiration… Well sort of, but it is a tune which has made me wonder about digging up an old screen play

Share Your World

syw

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5th October, 2017. 1:27 pm. The Sandman's Q and A. Education edition.

Apparently today is World Teachers Day and Twitter is prompting about favourite Teachers.

So with that vaguely in mind here are Q and As.

1. Who was your favourite Teacher and why?

2. Have you encountered any of your teachers since you left school? If so what was the story?

3. What was your School Uniform?

4. What was your favourite subject?

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1st October, 2017. 5:50 pm. Sunday Jazz

Duke Ellington


Illinois Jacquet


John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman


Amy Winehouse

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