Reprise: Bob Newhart’s humourous monologues

Bob Newhart: Image by Jan Arkesteijn

Last year I posted six monologues of American comedian, Bob Newhart. Though many were recorded in the 1960’s, they are timeless comedy. The gentle wit and humanity of his monologues come without smut or profanity. What a change from current comedians.

Here’s a reprise of those six monologues. If I can find more I’ll add to this number.

Some local Bonfire Night and Fireworks events 2017

Sort of feel a failure, as haven’t compiled a complete list of local bonfire and fireworks events, as I did in previous  years. Here’s what I’ve found out about this year’s events from posters and websites – see a montage of them below [Click on images to expand].

Sat 28th Oct: Chobham Rugby Club – Gates open 6:00 pm; Bonfire 7:00 pm, Fireworks 8:00 pm. Tickets  at the Gate, Adult (15+) £6, Child £4. (Please bring change)

Sat 28th Oct: Pine Ridge Golf  – Old Bisley Rd, Frimley Gates open 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Family £18, Adult £7, Child £3

Fri 3rd Nov: Windlesham Village Infant School Field, School Lane, Windlesham (opposite the School). Gates open 5.45 pm, Bonfire 6.30 pm, Fireworks 7.00 pm. Adult £7, Child £3

Fri 3rd Nov: West End Holy Trinity School, Benner Lane, West End, Gates open 5.30 pm, Bonfire 6.30 pm, Fireworks 7.15 pm. Adults £5, Child £3

Sat 4th Nov: Lightwater 1st Scouts – Jubilee Field, behind All Saints Church, Lightwater. Gates open 6:00 pm, Bonfire 7:00 pm, Fireworks 7:30 pm. £5 per person / £15 per family.

RIP Fats Domino, you brought joy to my youth

The music of Fats Domino accompanied my growing up in the 1950’s. Sad to hear that Fats has passed away. Nothing can eradicate the joyous memories of his songs, and simple, yet evocative, lyrics.

I could’ve chosen any number of his R&B classics, such as Ain’t that a Shame, or I’m Walkin, though think Blueberry Hill captures the essential Fats. Fats appeared in the Rock ‘n’ Roll film The Girl Can’t Help It. Oh what lovely memories. RIP Fats.

The lyrics to Blueberry Hill

I found my thrill
On Blueberry Hill
On Blueberry Hill
When I found you
The moon stood still
On Blueberry Hill
And lingered until
My dream came true
The wind in the willow played
Love’s sweet melody
But all of those vows you made
Were never to be
Though we’re apart
You’re part of me still
For you were my thrill
On Blueberry Hill
The wind in the willow played
Love’s sweet melody
But all of those vows you made
Were never to be
Though we’re apart
You’re part of me still
For you were my thrill
On Blueberry Hill

Ice skating rink in Camberley’s Park Street for December

Surrey Heath Borough Council has announced today, 24 October 2017, that a real ice rink is coming to Park Street, Camberley, in December.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Moira Gibson said, “Surrey Heath Borough Council is delighted that an ice rink will be in Camberley in time for Christmas.

We know that many of our residents enjoyed the opportunity to skate last December and we hope by locating the ice rink directly into our vibrant town centre many more people can enjoy a magical open air skate on real ice when they are Christmas shopping and meeting family and friends.”

Karen Whelan, Chief Executive, SHBC added, “Join us in Camberley this Christmas.  The town centre will be a lovely place where you can enjoy the ice rink, Christmas lights and many festive events and promotions taking place in Park Street, The High Street and our shopping centres.”

The ice rink will be open from 9 December 2017 until 5 January 2018.  Everyone is welcome, although skaters must be aged 3 or over. Early bird booking offers will be available until 31 October 2017. Skating slots are 45 mins long.  For those seeking a unique experience, exclusive use of the ice rink can be arranged for schools, Christmas parties and groups of friends at selected times by contacting the event box office at Camberley Theatre.  Ice skates are included in the booking fee.  Skate aids are available on a first come, first served basis and are also included in the booking fee.

Ice Skate Camberley is proudly supported by Knights Property Services, Camberley. To find out more, including information on how to book your tickets, visit www.christmasincamberley.co.uk.

Christmas in Camberley is going to be lots of fun for all the family.  In addition to the ice rink there are many wonderful events taking place:

  • Christmas Lights Switch On, 18 November 2017, 5pm – 6.30pm, Town Centre, and a  full day of seasonal activities, including a Christmas Farmer and Artisan Market and festive entertainment on Park Street all afternoon
  • Peter Pan Pantomime, 12 to 31 December, Camberley Theatre.  Join Peter Pan as he takes Wendy and her brothers on an action packed adventure in Neverland
  • Visit Father Christmas, 1 to 24 December, The Square Shopping Centre. For more information visit www.bookfatherchristmas.co.uk/camberley
  • Free daily craft and fun activities for children, 19 November to 24 December, The Square Shopping Centre
  • The Atrium is running lots of fabulous promotions and festive events, including a giant snow globe which you can hop into for photos on 18 November

Camberley has warm, undercover shopping centres with easy to access parking and lots of fabulous places to enjoy hot drinks and food.  Once you’ve done your Christmas shopping and been ice skating, you can enjoy a film at Vue, a game of bowling and a lovely meal in one of our many excellent restaurants and pubs.

Blade Runner 2049, a science fiction masterpiece

A rare visit by us to the cinema this weekend to watch Blade Runner 2049.

The film is a terrific sequel to the original Blade Runner film. It helps to understand the latest film to have seen the original, as the plot is a continuation from the earlier film, though it’s not essential to have seen the original.

Blade Runner 2049 is real science fiction. The superb imagery and clever technological film techniques take you to a dystopian future world.

The casting is good, as is the acting. Ryan Gosling as K, the lead actor is good, though he much mumbles too much in the early scenes, which is a shame as the sound is immersive. The supporting lead actors are also as good, with Ana de Armas as Joi, Sylvia Hoeks as Luv, and I particularly liked Robin Wright as Lt. Joshi.

We stayed till all the credits had played, meaning we were the last to leave. The number of people named in the credits must’ve run to over a thousand.

One criticism, it’s a long film, 2hrs 43 minutes. Conclusion, a worthy sequel.