The Children’s Book wot was written and drawn by me and my brother Paul finally hit the shelves. Were dead excited by it and fink it’ll be dead edukational for kids and stuff.
Here’s the low down from the publisher and link:
Themes: Facing up to unwelcome change, help seeking, accepting help, managing adversity, having to wear glasses.
Cheetah runs really, really fast, the trouble is he can’t see what’s in front of him! It takes quite a few mishaps and a friendly bird to help him before Cheetah figures out a way to solve his problem.
As documented in the last post, a chunk of the month was spent in Ireland so you’ll need to scroll down for that but let’s see what’s also been happening this month before you hit that slider!
There were a few little cultural interludes to cover this miserable, damp month of June.
First up was The Turning to See exhibition at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
Intending to explore the physical and metaphorical turning in portraiture, the exhibition was arranged around the recently-acquired self-portrait of Anthony van Dyck. The gallery walls were lined with celebrated names from the world of art – Rembrandt, Rossetti and Picasso, as well as some new photo collages by the curator, John Stezaker.
Also on show were the Burne-Jones sketches for the Pygmalion series from Birmingham’s own collection – these are not usually on display as they are too fragile.
Also on this month’s cultural roadshow were:
Captain America: Civil War
Accompanied with a coffee and a fragile (endangered, even) family bag of Minstrels. Verdict: Very enjoyable but maybe Revels would have been better.
Tennis at Edgbaston this year featured two singles, two doubles and some great hair by Sian.
First up, Madison Keys beat Carla Suarez Navarro: 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, then Barbara Strycova put paid to CoCo Vandeweghe: 3-6, 6-3, 7-6.
In the doubles, V King/A Kudryavtseva beat H Chan/Y Chan: 6-2, 6-1, followed by Babs again partnering K Pliskova in defeating the Brits Naomi Broady and Heather Watson: 6-2, 6-4.
Time for a walk and Adrian was leading the next one – a satisfying yomp in the Peak District. The great thing about Adrian’s walks is the detailed description he always sends before the walk, which saves me tarting it up! So here it is with a few photos:
Grid reference: SK149665
Post code for Sat Nav: DE45 1JH
In his own words:
Ladies & Gentlemen, Others,
What’O! – This walk starts from Monyash in the heart of the beautiful Peak District. You should know where that is by now, we have been that often you should be able to drive there reading a book like I do. It is cheap costing nothing to park there, and there are some very good walks to be had.
We plan to meet in front of the café on the Village Green near the pub, The Bulls Head.
We have done this walk before. It is very beautiful. From Monyash we go down lovely Lathkilldale to the river. If lucky, the springs will be sprouting on the way down (they weren’t). We then follow this marvelous walk along the river to the edge of Alport where we then cut back to Youlgreave and the pub. At the George Hotel opposite the Church they do pies including a Mint and Lamb Pie, which sounds interesting – unless you’re vegetarian. The well-dressing should be on as well around the place, and you might get a lovely ice cream as we did last time.
After Youlgreave, we go down for a lovely walk along the river where hopefully there will be some wild life to be seen. Eventually we cross an ancient bridge and have a climb up. Near the top it will be time for:
Den, den, den, der, der, der, der, dena, dena, dena…
This walk’s surprise feature, which should be on your left hand side, is near the top (it was a picnic bench!) Having done the walk before, I was struggling for a surprise feature. Someone suggested me getting a round in at the pub – I said it’s meant to be a surprise feature – not a paranormal event Derek Achorah would want to investigate. Anyway, last time I put my hand in my pocket for a round three people fainted and a fourth had a heart attack, so that’s out. You might have noticed I have changed the music for the surprise feature this time.
After this one and only climb up on the walk, it is then flat or downhill apart from when we cross a small gorge on the way back to Monyash, which we have a short climb out of.
Nothing for the steam-heads, nowt much in the way of archaeology, little in the way of tarmac for Roy; a bit of geology for the rock-heads. But it is a very picturesque, scenic walk all the way through with great river walks and views up top, it really will be worth the effort.
A recording of a new Radio 2 comedy at the Midland Art Centre was a good way to end the month – a very funny and enjoyable evening watching Janice Connolly & Co put through their paces for Barbara Nice, which should be broadcast in September.
Here’s the blurb:
Barbara gets a radio series!
BBC Radio 2 has announced the commission of a new comedy sitcom series, Barbara Nice, which is to be recorded in Birmingham and Salford this summer.
Due to be recorded in front of a live studio audience, the 4×30 minute series is about a couple with very different ideas on how to spend the golden age of retirement. The pilot programme which was originally broadcast in 2015, will kick off the series, followed by four new episodes.
Set in Stockport, the mum-of-five from Kings Heath is worried she and her husband, Ken, played by John Henshaw, (Cilla, Cradle To Grave), are at risk of adding to the numbers of silver splitters. With Ken recently retired, Barbara is starting to realise they have nothing in common. His idea of retirement involves a marathon session of the daytime television quiz show Pointless, which doesn’t fit with Barbara’s idea of a well-spent golden age.
Janice Connolly says: “The sitcom is about being a certain age, reaching retirement and being in a long-term marriage. Barbara is a big character who is always trying to invent things for her and her husband to do, but invariably it always backfires.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be recording two of the episodes in Birmingham. It’s a great city and I have been proud to be part of the artistic community of Birmingham for many years. The wonderful work that is being produced at Birmingham Rep and the world class facilities at The Hippodrome alongside independent venues like The Hare And Hounds mean that the city is bursting with culture.”