Every blessing for a mellow Christmas full of wonder, community and thanks.
“…… And is it true,
This most tremendous tale of all,
Seen in a stained-glass window’s hue,
A Baby in an ox’s stall ?
The Maker of the stars and sea
Become a Child on earth for me ?
And is it true ? For if it is,
No loving fingers tying strings
Around those tissued fripperies,
The sweet and silly Christmas things,
Bath salts and inexpensive scent
And hideous tie so kindly meant,
No love that in a family dwells,
No carolling in frosty air,
Nor all the steeple-shaking bells
Can with this single Truth compare –
That God was man in Palestine
And lives today in Bread and Wine”

Thank you Mr Betjeman
Back on Jan 6th

2016 in Comedy

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I have one more gig to go this year which will be on Christmas day, at a meal hosted by the Churches in Newbury for whoever needs company and food.
It’s been an AMAZING year in Comedy and I am so grateful for the fun, the company, the opportunities, and the massive learning curve. I set some ambitious targets for the year, namely:
At least 24 gigs
MC my own night
Win a gong competition
It will in fact be 58 gigs this year. Plus I launched and MC’d Ethos Comedy and won a gong competition (although I did also die horribly at one *laughing*) and a ‘Best on Night’ award. I’ve also has slots twice at largely Pro nights.
It’s been tough …. and at times I have felt like I should just give up. I had three months of feeling like I just wasn’t improving and struggling to stay motivated. The year end feels pretty good and as long as no one mentions Portsmouth I feel up for taking the learning, laughing, and late nights on into 2017.
It’s been so amazing too when friends have turned up at Gigs (2017 dates here)
Special thanks to Murrage of Canterbury who has been an agent for me, an audience member, and a great encourager.
Huge thanks too to the Fitzroy Club in Primrose Hill who had faith in my comedic abilities even when I didn’t.

Smoking and Drinking among Young People

Article from the Guardian
“Young people in England born since the turn of the century are the most clean-living generation in recent times, with the rates of those choosing to smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol the lowest on record.
Fewer than 5% of children aged eight to 15 have smoked, down three-quarters since 2003, while only about 17% admitted ever drinking alcohol, a fall of two-thirds, according to an annual survey of health trends”