I Wanna Tell You A Story

Yes, I wanna tell you a story, about a great entertainer who has sadly passed away.

Max Bygraves has sadly passed at the age of 89.

One of Britain’s best all round variety entertainer.  He wrote a string of comic songs and released a number of albums with his Singalongamax series probably being the most well-known. Max appeared in a number of films, notably Charley Moon in 1956, as well as several TV shows. He also  performed on stage with contemporaries Spike Milligan, Benny Hill, Harry Secombe and Frankie Howerd and in  later years he often appeared at the London Palladium.

For me, probably the fondest memory will be Max singing “Out of Town”. I hope that, wherever Max is, he is enjoying the sentiment of that song.

Say what you will,
The countryside is still
The only place where I could settle down
Troubles there are so much rarer
Out of town


Max Bygraves is most definitely “Out Of Town”

Banter Comedy Club – Waterlooville

Comedy Club - Waterlooville

Here is a date to add to your diaries.

17th August, 2012

Banter Comedy Club comes to Waterlooville

Starring Felix Dexter, supported by Tony Cowards and Wayne the Weird


Felix Dexter

has appeard in numerous TV shows including Have I Got News For You, Absolutely Fabulous, The Fast Show as well as writing for many more.

Tony Cowards

Cowards, known for his one liner and puns, is a regular on the comedy stages across the UK and regularly performs to a variety of service personnel, at sports clubs and awards dinners.  He writes for a variety of radio including Newsjack, the BBC Comedy Unit Watson’s Wind Up and Jack FM.

Wayne The Weird defies description so I have included this YouTube clip

Click the PDF link below to print up a poster for your workplace.

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“I tend to live in the wonderful world of my head, where every day the sun shines”

So said Eric Sykes, who died today, at the age of 89.

Eric has been, it seems, ever-present figure in my life. I first became aware of him from The Goon Show on the radio. Then from the many TV shows in which he has been involved including  Sykes and a… , Sykes and a Big Big Show and last but not least Sykes.

The last of those shows was broadcast in the 1970’s but that was not the last of Eric’s screen career.

Although his first movie appearance was in the 1950’s he was still appearing right up until 2010 and what more appropriate than an Agatha Christie  Poirot story,  Hallowe’en Party.

And in the middle of that illustrious list is what, I believe, to be one of the funniest films ever made.

The Plank, written and produced by Sykes in 1967. Just look at the cast he managed to pull together. Eric himself, Tommy Cooper, Jimmy Edwards, Roy Castle, Jimmy Tarbuck, Anna Carteret, John Junkin, Bill Oddie, Stratford Johns, Jim Dale, Hattie Jacques, Libby Morris, Johnny Speight & Kenny Lynch. The cream of British comedy.

Lets not forget the books that he wrote too. I’m sad to say that I have personally only dipped into the large Milligan book pool, starting with the glorious Puckoon. Followed by  Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall, “Rommel?” “Gunner Who?” and Silly Verse for Kids.

Eric is quoted as saying “I tend to live in the wonderful world of my head, where every day the sun shines”.

In response I would say, Thank you Eric. Thank you for letting us join you in that world and letting us bask in that sunshine.