Saturday, March 17, 2018

Nothing beats a live performance.

I know that the band have put in many hours rehearsing for the competition in Villena on the 7th April. However, performing in concert to an audience is the ultimate test and the best preparation.

Our band have already played their programme in a concert on the 3rd March. This is a reciprocal concert in Bigastro.

Unfortunately, Pam and I were in Manchester for the last concert. You can be sure we will not miss this one.

Friday, March 16, 2018

At last

At last, work has begun to demolish a large part of the structure of the old bullring in Orihuela.

The old building will become a multipurpose space with a capacity of up to 2,800 people. The new complex will be host shows, have garden areas, a cafeteria, public baths and an exhibition hall. What it will not do is stage bullfights.

The works will last seven months at an estimated cost of 400,000 Euros.  Of the 7,500 m2, 5,095 m2 will be paved and landscaped.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Give them your support

Pam and I will certainly be there to support our band.

The Second Section will take place at the Chapí de Villena Theatre , on Saturday, April 7, starting at 12:00 and the order of action will be as follows:


In the afternoon, the auditions will begin at 4:30 p.m., in the following order:


I don't know about the first band play but we do know that the band from San Miguel will provide stiff opposition.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Condition is everything

Leica 0-series no. 122
Only 25 of these 'test' cameras were produced by Ernst Leitz in 1923—two years before the first Leica camera was officially brought to market. Of those 25, only three are known to still be in 'original condition.'

If you have one in your loft, let me know and I'll take it off your hands! I don't mind if it not quite as good condition as this.

PS Just to let you know, this rare camera has just sold for 2,400,000 Euro (USD 2,976,000).

Friday, March 02, 2018

Mean and moody

Johnny Breeze and The Atlantics (Chris on the left)
Christopher Riley has managed to find this photo of him when he played with Johnny Breeze and the Atlantics in Blackpool.

He's also came across a poster of the time when the Atlantics played at Morecambe Pier with Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac as top of the bill. Chris was not with them then.

PS Chris is on the left in the first photo.

 And below with two of the other bands Chris played with, The Hobos and The John Evan Band which later became Jethro Tull.

The Hobos (Chris back right)

The John Evan Band (Chris second left)

Cancelled again!

With a heavy covering of clouds, this would be a non-event!

Thursday, March 01, 2018

About women