West Side Story at Sadler’s Wells, London by Angela Caldin

A Revival of a Timeless Classic If you’re lucky enough to be in London this September, get on to the Sadler’s Wells’ box office and book some tickets for the fabulous new production of West Side Story which is showing there with an energetic, young, international cast. This ground-breaking show made its debut on Broadway in 1957 and very soon after that was made into an outstanding film starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno and George Chakiris, which went on to win an incredible ten Academy Awards.  The story is a… Read More

The Gift by Trevor Plumbly

A Summons from Betty Dingle Some years ago, during a TV programme on antiques, I made the comment that an interesting or family story behind an item was its greatest value. Shortly after the show was aired, I received a letter from a viewer asking if I would visit and look at her mother’s desk. Such letters weren’t rare at the time and I generally politely sidestepped them by a phone call or letter requesting photographs. Betty Dingle’s letter was different from the norm; it had a sort of polite instructive tone… Read More

The Devil’s Brew by Angela Caldin

It is with trepidation that I start to write about alcohol and its effects on us and our society, because I am more than well aware that my two fellow bloggers like a drink or twelve and that one of them at least has certainly suffered from some almighty hangovers in her time. But I am troubled by the hold that alcohol seems to have on our society at all levels, most dramatically among the young. Its effects are all too apparent in our town centres every weekend, when getting ‘bladdered’ seems… Read More

It’s Not The Only Way To Go! By Trevor Plumbly

Some cling to the ideal of quietly passing away in their sleep while others feel that falling in the field of battle is the best way to go. Sadly, when it comes to kicking the bucket, we don’t really have much in the way of choice. But let’s spare a thought for those that fate decided to exploit to introduce a bit of variety into the process: In 1912, Franz Reichelt, a tailor, fell to his death from the first level of the Eiffel Tower. He leapt off in order to test… Read More

Think On by Angela Caldin

The last of the Bee Gees There’s only one Bee Gee left now from the original four brothers. Barry Gibb gave the eulogy at his brother Robin’s recent funeral and spoke these heartfelt words: ‘Even right up to the end we found conflict with each other, which now means nothing. It just means nothing. If there’s conflict in your lives – get rid of it.’