Chrimbo. What’s it all about ? #BahHumbug

So Chrimbo eh. What’s it all about ? Well first up the week leading up to chrimbo was full of medical related news. The mother in law went in for a knee replacement. Things went well and she was out of hozzi a day early. She will still need a doctors note to get out of Just Dance 2018 on the Nintendo Switch on Chrimbo night. It will be a long road back to fitness but worth it for her and she will soon be back on her broom. Other medical related news a a very close and childhood friend of mine and the missus was rushed into hospital. After a very stressful week things turned out though serious it was towards the best news you could expect on the spectrum of shite served up. Christmas shattered for one family but hopefully not a life. Medical news flash number three and a school mum who we have got to know quite well is fighting a very tough battle with cancer and isn’t well this Christmas. Thoughts and positive vibes go out to all the people mentioned (I don’t do god) In the latter two cases these are two women with families and young children. Here is me sitting here saying I don’t like Christmas and two families would do anything for a normal Christmas. I really don’t need anything else in life so much to say I don’t even need a christmas present. I have everything I want. Family, friends, a house and the very underrated and taken for granted thing that is called health. So looking forward to 2018 I just want it to be a healthy one.

So what is Chrimbo all about ? When I were a lad it was about getting something special as a present that rivalled your birthday for the honours. I will be honest and my kids have christmas whenever they want. Spoilt rotten. The youngest Holly (5) is obviously bang into it and asked me “Would father Christmas set the alarm off” I reassured her that he knew the alarm code and set her little mind at rest. Luckily this year the kids were up in our room for 7am so not too early. Mrs Fay loves the smell of the pine from the Christmas tree. I mean what possesses people to but a cut down tree and keep it in their living room. Much like chrimbo dinner if its that fucking good why don’t we have trees in out rooms all year around and chrimbo dinner more than the once a year event it is ???? I have still yet to see a Christmas cracker worthy of anything and the best thing about Christmas is the deluxe sausage roll garlands and giant chrimbo sausage roll logs they bang out. You can see the pattern developing here. As I have come off Facebook this year Christmas lovers missed out on the Faymondo (Meldrew) advent calendar when each day  would have a new moan. So xmas dinner is going to be a burger and some fries to go followed up by some Vienetta and jaffa cake cheesecake.

Managed to escape the chaos and I couldn’t take much more of building and opening things from 7am to 10am so I sneaked out for a walk with the dogs and some fresh air. Having a moments thoughts for those aforementioned chrimbo’s that had been turned upside down and also a thought about those from my side of the family who are not here anymore. But not to be a complete moaning and grumpy old twat my thoughts turned to young Penny and her first Christmas. Just a smile will do for your Great Uncle Neil.

So Chrimbo eh whats it all about ? Well about making you buy things, sit down and have this certain type of meal and do certain pastimes. For some people an excuse to eat and drink loads. I can do this on any random day of the year thank you very much. I get into chrimbo for the kids and trying smile as much as possible to keep other people happy but we all want different things in life and different things from chrimbo. Well me I am happy to see the family, have a laugh, think about others, have a bevy, eat chocolate orange at 11am in the morning.

All that is left for me to say is a very merry chrimbo to you all. Give you loved ones a special hug as a Christmas will come and you wont be able to hug them anymore. Well I am off to bang xmas hat and beard on, get sozzled and think that it went be long and its all over for a another year and juts time to ponder why there was an advert for Canesten on TV on Xmas Eve and who was the target audience ?

Ho ho ho or itch itch itch.

Peace

Fay x x x x x x x x x

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Snowmageddon Ho Ho Ho !

So being well know plazzy weatherman @liverpoolweath on Twitter way back on 29th November I posted that there was a possible battle between cold and warm air and there could well be snow. No Liverpool Echo style headlines such as “Killer Arts Blast to hit Liverpool” just a little mention. Fast forward to December 2nd and more hints of snow for Thursday/Friday just gone. Anyway as it happens that wasn’t the big event and come the 5th December some Met Office Yellow warnings were issued for Liverpool for most of the weekend. things took a turn for the better for snow lovers as an Amber alert was issued for the Sunday. After missing out on Friday’s snow which had the sum total of less snow than what was snorted in Concert Square that evening there was a possibility the Merseyside Derby could be in danger.  This got a reply of “Shut the fuck up” from somebody on Twitter ! Saturday morning provided the first hint that snowmageddon might not arrive in Liverpool as the amber alert was shifted more south. So 7pm last night just as The Liverpool Echo posted “Merseyside braced for 14 hours of heavy snow”  I posted “Update and the snow event for tomorrow show signs it could move south meaning any disruption to the derby will be minimal” As a self confessed snow lover I was a bit gutted at the weathers late change of heart. but I still had a bit of hope as I know the fickle nature of snow in Liverpool” I admit when turning over in the night I had a sneaky look outs for snow and none arrived. Even ended up being awake just after 7am expecting a winter wonderland but all that was there was the grey tarmacked streets of Liverpool. A quick check online and indeed as expected the snow had taken a dive southwards and I was left with disappointment. Disappointment not felt since I had two Swedish girls to take home when I were a lad and I popped the toilet and they had gone. To be fair there is more chance of snowmageddon in Liverpool than me taking two Swedish girls back home. The odd usual troll on Twitter saying my forecast was wrong (Read my bio “blagging to be a weatherman “) even though I was right and some people thinking the lack of snow was actually my fault. As I was up early expecting to take the kids sledging but the only sledging going on was in my mind with memories of sledging in Cream around 1994. Indeed I has to cancel the first @Liverpoolweath Ski Sunday event up Holts Field due to lack of snow (Pic below) and my sledge was stuck in the mud at the top of Holts Field. Anyway the derby went ahead without the need of the orange “Tango” footy that so many people of my age have fond memories of and we did get some snow in the day but not what some of us wanted. A scouse winter wonderland though to be honest of the match was called off and the city ground to a halt I think the offices of The Liverpool Echo might have exploded in headline glee. As it was it was back to some crusade on taxi drivers.

So I went for a pre derby walk in Sefton Park in full winter gear and hat. I might have looked like a tit but I was warm. I stopped off at Bargain Booze on the way home and carried a crate of Corona up to ours well you never know when you will be snowed in and I had a canny resemblance to a strongman and looked like a scouse Geoff Capes. The booze was stocked in the fridge and Mrs Fay came in an unveiled the Fay Chrimbo tree 2017.

Now I am not the biggest fan of chrimbo and I wouldn’t have a tree but I try and get into it for the kids. All of a sudden the best seat in the house for the footy (Including new reclining chair) was now blocked off by our chrimbo tree. Because the tree had been cut from its netting it looked like it was growing as the branches sprang back into place. “Don’t you just love the smell of pine” said Mrs Fay I just shook my head. I mean if the smell of pine was that great all houses would smell of pine all year around. I can say the same for chrimbo dinner. People say “Its the best meal of the year” can’t be that good or you would have it every week ?? Anyway the tree was decanted to the hall for the duration of the footy and as I carried the tree back into the living room to let Mrs Fay and the kids decorate it I picked my beer up and left to compose this bollocks I noticed Mrs Fay with a saw. Either she was pruning the tree back or I am not gonna write another blog after this one ?

So with the disappointment of snowmageddon I leave you with some pretty snow pics taken by me in December 2010. Yes people of Twitter I am not a real weatherman. I am also not in charge of if it actually snows or not. Until next time snowmantics. See ya.

Peace

Fay x x x x x x x x x

 

Ricky Ross Live at The Capstone.

So Friday evening and another gig this time Ricky Ross at The Capstone Theatre. With Mrs Fay on her chrimbo night out. It was a night out with her best mate and my old friend (Less of the old I hear her say) Helen. We grabbed a cosy table to ourselves in Sakara to set the Aigburth tongues wagging and we got the train into town and a pint in the very busy Ma Edgerton’s. We then headed up London Road to grab a drink. Where have all the pubs on London Road gone ? A bit like Park Road in Liverpool 8 there was a time when it could have been a struggle to drink your way down London Road but sadly not much left in the way of boozers. Anyway we found a boozer apposite the Royal Hospital and finally made it to the venue. We had been given a tip off about the bar in there and luckily we were the last to get served before the performance started. Mrs Fay turned up just on time and having been out from 2pm she wasn’t too bevvied. So we sat down on our front row seats and it was a lovely intimate venue anyway but the front row seats made it feel like we were watching Ricky in our living room. Armed just with a piano (And a guitar later on) Ricky started with the opening track “I thought I saw You” from his latest album Short Stories Volume I. For Deacon Blue fans there were a few from their back catalogue including a very atmospheric version of “He Looks Like Spencer Tracy” Overall Ricky played 20 songs and is now onto his 7th solo release to add to his one McIntoshRoss album and 9 Deacon Blue albums. Having first got into Deacon Blue in early 1988 after listening to an interview with them on a young Tony Snell’s programme on Radio City (The golden era of local radio) Its a toss up between Ricky/Deacon Blue and The Christians/Henry Priestman for the band I have seen most in my life. It can’t be far off 20 gigs each from both bands. Tonight was as far away as you can get from the last Deacon Blue gig at Edinburgh Castle. (Edinburgh Blog Here) The set included the sing along with “The Germans Are Out Today” which after a brief chat on Twitter today is a song that represents a big bit of his life, his dad and growing up. From Ricky’s first solo album released in 1984 I have heard the song performed several times over the years and a version is included on his new album and The Liverpool Capstone Theatre choir did not let Ricky down with the singing.

Time flies when your having fun and the 20 songs flew past at it was sadly over. Sadly my fave Deacon Blue song “Town To Be Blamed” did not make the set list. A song that takes me right back to 1988. I can even see the image of me on my racer bike speeding around Aigburth delivering The Liverpool Echo. Music does that to me taking me back to a specific moment and brings up such a vivid image of a time in my life. 1988 aged just 13 the same age as my eldest daughter is now. My mum and dad still alive living in my childhood house in Mossley Hill Road without a fucking care in the world. So innocent, the only worry was not to tread on one of my Subbuteo figures and all my family in tact oblivious to the fact that one day these people I cherished so much would no longer be there. To be honest if “Town To Be Blamed” was played I most probably would have been reduced to tears but letting out a cough, telling myself to man up and sneakily wiping away any tear. But thats enough of the sadness this was a gig to behold. Ricky has always had great interaction with the crowd and is indeed a great storyteller and connect with his audience so well. Coming up to his 60th birthday he really does get better with age. So with the gig over there was a queue to meet and greet after the gig so me and the girls queued up. The girls told him some stories one being the time after the Raintown gig at La Scala in kings Cross some how we accidentally blagged into the after party which had free ale and go to meet the band and then how I was all set for Deacon Blue next Saturday with babysitters in place and Helen coming with us again having sorted time off work and then earlier on this week the penny dropped and it was December 8th 2018 !!!! At just 44 I am a bit too young to be having “Senior moments” But we had a quick chat and even after a few bevies I am normally reserved and down to pictures but I couldn’t resist and had a picture with Ricky. Obviously Ricky was unaware that he had joined an exclusive club of people I have pictures with. The club had only one member before that. The man being Liverpool’s Jan Molby. My fave ever Liverpool player and I too now just stand in midfield when playing five a side footy plating sublime passes without breaking sweat. Sadly I don’t possess any musical skills but I reckon I could dance like Bez !

So we headed off into the December Liverpool night which was still better weather than Edinburgh in July !! Mrs Fay was feeling the pace but sadly due to a sore throat rather than being on the ale since 2pm (Well that was her story) but a few shots sorted her out and armed with a takeaway we fell in just after 2am. An excellent gig and hopefully not the last of the year in a lovely intimate venue and by some strange twist of fate my middle daughter (Charlotte 10) is performing on the same stage tonight as part of The Sudley School choir and Allerton Brass Band. Who would of thought the listings would be Friday 1st December Ricky Ross Saturday 2nd December Charlotte Fay and her Choir. OK I bigged up the name a but but you get my point. (Set list pic from @rickyaross on Twitter)

Peace

Fay x x x x x x x x x

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