Friday, 7 May 2010

London!

Hello everyone :)

I thought I'd just do a little blog to let you know that I'm going to be away for a few days. Well, I'll be back on Thursday. :)

I'm going up to London to play at a party in Mayfair. It's very exciting. I'll be sure to take some piccies. Donna's going up with me, so that'll be cool. :)

Amanda Eliasch found me on YouTube and enjoyed my music, so she contacted me through my website about playing at her birthday party. I'm really looking forward to it. :) - Being from an Island makes going on to 'THE MAINLAND' quite a big thing. It's funny what that little stretch of water can do...
Anyhow, it's sure to be a bit of an adventure - I'll let you know all about it when I get back. :)

We had a little choir performance today. - They were very good - they made me proud. :) We'll now be working towards the celebration evening at the end of term which will be good.

Also, I've booked my driving test...but I'm not going to tell you when it is. ;) It'll make me even more nervous! Lol. I'll just tell you when I've done it. :P

I hope you're all well and I'll speak to you soon. :)

TTFN and lots of love xxxxxx

58 comments:

Larry said...

That is wonderful, Holly! Hope you guys have an awesome time!

Larry said...

Lol@ the driving exam. Just remember to look, look, look, and you will be fine.

Trevor said...

MAYFAIR !!!! I hope you'll still be talking to us lowly people when you get back !
Sorry other people I've just relised that you might not be lowly people at all but the scions of Kings and Queens past and present. Please accept my humble apologies.

wolfgang said...

Viel Glück bei der Fahrprüfung, ich drücke Dir die Daumen uuuund viel Spaß in London!!!

wolfgang said...

Trevor, what's special about MAYFAIR? (An ignorant German)

Trevor said...

Sorry, Larry, I forgot to mention Chiefs of the Cherokee Nation .

Larry said...

SO-K, lol.

me said...

Apology accepted Trevor ;)

Even I don't know when the driving test is ~ I think that is best really!

Trevor said...

Wolfgang , Mayfair is THE area in London which is home to the rich and famous. It's reputation was reinforced when it became the most expensive and prestigous possession on the board game, Monopoly .

Larry said...

Wow! I thought you were talking about the 'Mayflower' that brought the Pilgrims here (USA) from Plymouth, England in 1620. Kinda like crossing the Solent, lol.

Trevor said...

Seriously though,Amanda Eliasch is a great photographer,a fascinating woman and a vibrant and generous creative spirit. Your visit should be extraordinarily stimulating,Holly, and I hope that both you and Donna have a great time --- and I'm absolutely certain that Amanda and her guests will love you ! Enjoy the moment.

Larry said...

Indeed, Trev! Can't wait til it's my birthday!

Trevor said...

We seldom get all that we deserve, Larry-- sad but true even for such a good person as yourself. I think I'd make arrangements for a quiet evening in and an early night . And I think I'll do the same . Lol :)

Larry said...

:)

wolfgang said...

Thanks, Trevor, for the information! I'm always ambivalent about this glittering world, but Amanda seems to be different. I will have a look at her photographs in the internet.

Trevor said...

I know what you mean,Wolfgang,it's something to do with authenticity is'nt it. All I know is that it's sometimes worth taking the risk of trying to like those who are very different from ourselves in the hope that it might be possible to gain new and helpful perspectives.Of course,there is no guarantee that this will happen and the pleasure and security of the familiar may simply be confirmed...I've just realised that I'm not sure what I'm talking about.Sorry.I'll give it more thought.

Uncle Tim said...

lol - I remember when "THE MAINLAND" seemed like a very strange and far-away place to me as well. Have a great adventure - and good luck in the driving test as well, whenever it is!

xenonrush said...

Strolling player to the rich and famous! Brilliant! Who knows what it will bring. You could be featured in Hello Magazine. I hope Amanda gives you some shopping vouchers for Harvey Nichols and Harrods.
Wishing the weather's good for the driving test. No pressure but cost centres #1 and #2 both passed first time. Must be genetic.

xenonrush said...

Just heard Harrods has been sold so I guess Mohamed al Fayed won't be giving you a personal guided tour of the store.

Uncle Tim said...

It really does sound like it will be a great and fascinating adventure. What songs will you be singing?

H said...

Hello everyone - haha Xeno! 'Cost centres' still makes me laugh. I don't think I'll be passing first time...though it would be nice. I'll let you know when I've done it. :)

I'm really looking forward to London - it'll be such a different experience. It'll be great to meet Amanda and everyone too.

I did most of my packing today. - I even have a tiny bit of room to spare! :)

I'll probably be singing Beautiful Deceit and A Woman You Don't Know. :) Other people will be performing too.

xxxxx

Larry said...

Don't forget to take some CDs, Holly!

Trevor said...

Just be yourself,Holly,you have really good instincts and you can trust them absolutely.If it's not a fully scripted evening,you will probably need encore material too -- Gold and Blue is really lovely ! ... I think I might have said this before once or twice.
Have a great time :)

xenonrush said...

If it was my party I would have you sing the whole CD, and without any cider breaks in case you forgot the words. Gold and Blue would be a great encore song. If you play it before the encore they will have you playing all night and that wouldn't be fair on the other performers.

Trevor said...

I agree with you about the cider breaks,Xeno; a tipsy Holly just wouldn't do at all....Good evening 'fryone,my namz Hilly Kirby...I mean Killy Hirby an am vere,vere graateful to 'manda fur invitin' me to preform t'nite at her 60f birfday party...Very undignified indeed!

But,if you resist the cider,Holly,I wouldn't like to be one those other performers sharing a platform with you -- watch out one of them doesn't spike your drink whilst Donna is powdering her nose :)

me said...

Oh dear Trevor ~ the 60th bit would definitely be a disaster!! It's bad enough when you do get there, let alone being accused of it when you are so much younger but don't worry Holly only drinks her cider/but mostly Guiness when she is at her quiz night at the Woodvale, never when she's performing :)
Happy Sunday everyone :)
p.s. Yep, definitely Gold and Blue ;)

Trevor said...

Phew,that's a relief ! But surely becoming 60 is not such a bad thing -- can it not also be the dawning of the Age of Aquarius,the Age of Aquarius....?
By the way the mention of cider and Guinness brings back memories -- a mixture of which was the chosen drink of my friends and I in the late 60's(see 60 appears again !)when it was called Black Velvet.I think it was actually Poor Man's Black Velvet,the original being a mixture of Guinness and Champagne.

Hurrah for Gold and Blue :)

me said...

The dawning of the age of Sagittarius for me Trevor ;) ~ great song though, I remember it well :)
I remember the Black Velvet too, but not from my personal consumption. None of us were that much into the drinks (mostly because we probably couldn't afford it :) but we were 'lost in music' ;) I think H is a chip off the old block as she can take or leave alcohol and prefers water, probably wise where her voice is concerned.

Uncle Tim said...

I love Gold and Blue as well. I think that G & B and Impossible are my two favourite songs on Holly's CD (although I love the others as well, of course!)

Have a great time in the big city Holly!

me said...

p.s. Gold and Blue forever ;)

me said...

Sorry Tim ~ I've really really tried but still not my cuppa ~ seems to be VERY popular though :)
G & B and Beautiful Deceit and...and....and.... ;)

Trevor said...

and... and... I Live Through The Song !

xenonrush said...

Trevor ~ I don't think Amanda would be very impressed if she read that you think she is 60 since she was 47 last year according to this article.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1150462/Andys-pal-attacked-knife-point.html

And we under age drinkers of the time, when it was compulsory, in Bristol used to call Guinness and Cider (note the capital C for Cider - bit like the capital G for God) Black Apple. And for those who didn't like Guinness there was Mackeson and Cider. Fred Wedlock R.I.P. had a fine line in one of his songs which was "Cider. Ahh, the distillation of the forbidden fruit of paradise".

xenonrush said...

The Sunday Times Feb 15, 2009 had Amanda aged at 48 so I guess it could be her 50th

http://property.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/property/interiors/article5732877.ece

Whatever. It sounds like it's going to be a great party and a golden opportunity.

Trevor said...

Only a few years out,Xeno --- doesn't matter very much,does it ?

I had some Scrumpy (?) in Torquay once and ,as I remember,it was pretty lethal stuff;otherwise I've never really thought of drinking Cider. Do you think I should try it ? It certainly is a wonderful Fred Wenlock line.

xenonrush said...

Cider goes from about 3% to 10%. Some of it's lovely and lots of it is filth. A few years back it was mostly absurdly strong, very dry and almost tasteless and sold mostly to the homeless so that shop doorways were more comfortable. Magners started selling something more sensible and others have now caught on so it's on a bit of a revival.

xenonrush said...

H ~ What's the actual date of your perfomance at Amanda's? I will play the CD all night as an act of solidarity.

Trevor said...

Thanks, Xeno, I'll give Magners a try.

xenonrush said...

Trevor ~ Don't know where you are located but Waitrose has quite a good selection of small volume producers as well as Bulmers, Magners. Some of the small organics are very tasty. Oh. And I take no responsibility for your descent into alcoholism and madness.

Trevor said...

Thanks, Xeno, that's very kind of you. I think I can find my way to Waitrose and I shall report back. Unfortunately, as with King George III , the madness has been with me for some time ! The responsibility is all mine. Thank you once again.

Larry said...

Well, today is the day. Holly goes to the big city. As I sit here with my morning cuppa, I find myself filled with anxiety and concern on the one hand and, joy on the other. Today, the heavens are filled with my prayers for Holly and Donna's safety as they venture into 'another world' far removed from their little island. May great blessings be with them.

xenonrush said...

Wow Larry! Going to London isn't like travelling to the US. It's only about 100 miles and since the government is still financing people's life styles we haven't turned to cannibalism yet.

Larry said...

Lol, I know, xeno. Perhaps I am biased by my daily reading of the Mail Online. I know I would be afraid to go there!

xenonrush said...

The Mail!!!! That's a rag for right-wing housewives. Read the Times online or Guardian online if you want news.

me said...

Oi Xeno! You are already an Overner, so you don't know what a big deal it is for us peeps to go to the big city, does he Larry?!;) We are quiet little 'country bumpkins' who drive along the roads at about 40mph admiring the views ~ lol. It's manic up there compared to here. The taxi drivers are lethal for a start ~ I was terrified when we were last up there and wondered if we would reach our destination in one piece! Then a couple of huge scary looking men who has just pinched a 4ft long pair of bolt cutters ran towards us and we thought they were going to attack us! That was next to Kensington Gardens too, not a seedy area! I know it's not all like that but it is a bit daunting when you first go there. I lived/worked there for quite a while in my late teens/early 20s, and you had to know where was ok to go ~ it is worse now because of drugs mainly I guess. H has been there a few times when she was on Stars, so she has a rough idea of what it's like. She is still very excited though. It will be the first time the girls have been able to have an adventure together, so that is great too.

Larry said...

Yes, a wonderful adventure indeed!

xenonrush said...

Don't know how I am an Overner
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=overner

But I might come and visit on 25th for the debut album do if I can sort a couple of things out. Now you have scared me. I don't know how I will be able to crawl along at 40mph looking at views. Sounds dangerous to me. Was thinking of coming on the bike 'cos it'll take less time to get there but maybe the car would be safer. Also worried I may get kidnapped by pirates while crossing The Solent.

Enjoying the adventure snaps on FB. Looks like they have arrived unless the train has seriously upgraded the dining car.

Larry said...

xeno, they must be there because of the photo of Fido. He/she looks cute with that little bone hanging under his neck, lol. Reminds me of when I was a young kid, mom had to tie a pork chop around my neck to get the dog to play with me!
BTW, if you get any pirates, send them here to Norfolk. We know how to deal with them.

xenonrush said...

I laughed so loud at your story about the pork chop that 'she who must be obeyed' asked me what I was reading. Then she laughed too.

Trevor said...

Larry, if your mum(mom)had to tie a pork chop around your neck so that the dog would play with you , what did she have to do when it came to getting a girlfriend ?

Larry said...

Trev, I was a baby then. By 'girlfriend time' things were different.

How about those girls in London! They look so happy are just beautiful! Can't wait to see a photo of Holly playing. I know she will be stunning in sight and sound!

Trevor said...

They really do ,don't they ? Isn't it lovely to see them having such a good time !

Larry said...

It surely is! If it were not for the Lear having a flat tire, I would jet right over there!

me said...

@ Xeno ~ this is the you bit ~ Poor soul not born on the Isle of Wight ;) ~ it was the second part of the definition ~ lol.
Really!!! 25th??? Do you mean a pushbike? Or are you a motorbike man like H's dad?
You'll have to send us a photo if you do come, or we might ignore you ~ lol.
Don't worry it's not all 40mph ~ there are some maniacs as well. The Sunday drivers are the worst.
We have the shortest dual carriageway in Britain! ~ so we don't have a chance to pick up speed that much.

Sorry to hear about the Lear Larry :(

xenonrush said...

OMG! Now I am going to have to enrol on a course of intensive psychotherapy to help me to adjust. And there was I thinking that birth defects were physical rather than geographical.
110 miles on a push bike!!! I don’t think so. Motorbike is preferred transport for a trip like this but may have to use a car. Still don’t know whether I will be able to make it but would dearly like to see Holly before she becomes a £100 / performance ticket.
I am sure you won’t have any problem identifying me if I do make it there. Someone told me that Overners look pale and pasty from a lack of exposure to sea air. And anyway I won’t have any problem identifying you and yours. There will be that glow of beauty from the collected Bickerstaff / Kirby ladies who I am sure will be gathered there.

Uncle Tim said...

I like the video and pictures of you in London on Donna's and Carl's facebook sites. That seems to be quite a well-behaved dog you were singing to!

xenonrush said...

Will Violet be jealous?

Trevor said...

Violet's in disgrace .