Monday, August 25, 2008

Happy Bank Holiday!
The Old Duke (one of Bristol's most famous pubs) has held a mini jazz festival every August bank holiday for the past 30 years. So I spent most of the weekend there.

The whole street was closed, so it was a bit like an old fashioned 'street party'! With red, white and blue bunting too! And there were bubbles flying in the air. And the sun even shined on sunday!
The band we were most looking forward to, were called 'Top Shelf Jazz'.

Described as 'Fine purveyors of filthy swing' they entertained the audience for about a whole hour or more (the square was crammed full of every sort of person).Top Shelf really looked the part..And for some reason, stage was decorated with pants..... I have no idea.... The secret moustache....

Top Shelf are just the best!
http://www.topshelfjazz.co.uk/

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Much ado about nothing.... A splash of magic in Queens Square, Bristol. In a tiny corner of the park we sat in front of a tiny stage outside, with a bottle of cider and chocolate fingers (the biscuits.. not our own chocolatey messy fingers..) and the Lord Chamberlain's Men performed Shakespeare's 'Much ado about nothing' in front of our eyes. It was great. Even if it did rain half way through and cause a premature interval....
The weather could rant,
and the weather could rave,
It could thunder and flood and misbehave.
But the more it poured,
and the more that it rained,
We would stay here and watch because nothing had changed...
The heavens opened and tried their best to put an early end to the evening, but we stayed put (like true Brits!) Rain or no rain, we had come to watch the play, so we would watch. The actors had to take a premature interval due to health and safety, and mop up the stage after it stopped raining, but we carried on!And it all turned out alright in the end.
What a to-do!
Much ado about nothing, indeed...

And some sketches from the week.....

Once upon a rainy day...
Once upon a rainy day,
a dragon, named Martin, came to stay.
He arrived, by surprise, when he fell from the sky,
With the rain, down he came, from somewhere up high...

Thursday, August 07, 2008

A bit of this and a bit of that....