Posted by: Andrew Skelton | 27/01/2012

Fun Day In The Park*


Squirrel, originally uploaded by http://andrewskelton.net.

I know the intention of this blog, when I first set out on this wordy adventure, was to document my wildlife and photographic exploits and whilst that is still my primary focus it would appear so much more as found it’s way into the narrative. As time has passed I’ve included more an more of myself on the printed page, which I have no idea is of interest to others. Take yesterday’s exuberant posting about the impending Half Man Half Biscuit gig, my brain works on tangents but even I can’t link the goals of this blog to my musical tastes. So that’s my excuses out of the way….

So… last night’s gig, what can I say, I’ve been a fan after hearing song from their debut album “Back in the D.H.S.S” on the John Peel show in 1985. I can remember where I was when I heard “All I Want For Christmas is a Dukla Prague Away Kit” late at night on Radio 1. Whilst the production was left wanting, the lyrics and tunes appealed straight away and I’ve been a fan ever since. You can imagine, then, that having waited 27 years to see them play live the anticipation and expectation was quite high and I was concerned that I was expecting a lot of the band and that I might well be disappointed. You know me well enough by now, Dear Reader, what I’m going to say next – far from disappointing me (obviously a personal goal of theirs) I couldn’t have asked for a better gig. I was down near the front, the sound was just right so you could hear what Nigel was singing/saying, there was plenty of banter with the crowd and they played for nearly 2 hours which I hadn’t anticipated (especially as I had a 2 1/2 hour drive afterwards). I’ve waited 27 years to see them, but I won’t be waiting another 27 until I see them again, that’s for sure.

I’m just about ready for my trip down to Dartmoor Zoo tomorrow, though I still have to pack all my camera gear; to ensure I have all what I need I’ve produced a check list in fact it’s shaping up as if it were some sort of military operation. I’ve mentioned before that I have a two-seater sports car and I’m rather concerned that I may not have enough space for all the equipment I’m planning to take. I had toyed with the idea of taking the canvas prints of Solomon and Sovereign, two of the big cats from Dartmoor Zoo, but I really don’t think I’ll have the space – plus I run the risk of damaging them as well. Dont’ think, in all the excitement Dear Reader, that I’ll forget all about you – I will be locating the nearest WiFi connection so that I can post a new blog entry each day. I may even have a photograph or two to post as well.

* Another Half Man Half Biscuit song 🙂

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