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  • allan

So....... how are we all doing with the lock down. I have to say that I'm doing fine. I have the odd day when I get a bit non plussed ...as they say, but all in all ,in these UNPRECEDENTED (if I hear that word one more time) times....it is what it is (if I here that saying one more time). It's funny the small things that annoys you when you have nothing else to think about. The other thing that annoys me is the 5 o'clock virus update on the BBC. Those stupid journalists asking the same stupid questions everyday.....' So can you give us a date when we will come out of lock down' no we fucking cant. I wouldn't make a good politician. The family are still together and 9 weeks in and we haven't had one fight. We have laughed a lot and eaten some great meals. I have to say thought that the weather has made an incredible difference. I think I might have screamed if it had been raining every day. Also I can exercise everyday. I'm up to 15k steps per day and I haven't put on any weight at all. The kids are very fit and Jane is very brown and very fit. I don't know what is going to happen with panto yet but I'm anticipating bad news as I cant see theatres working under social distancing rules. That would be my biggest blow if I don't get my annual 10 weeks of fun. Strangely I haven't missed actually performing. If you had asked me 6 months ago if I could cope with out my laughter drug I would have said no. I think as human beings we just adjust to whatever is thrown at us. However as I said it hasn't been a hardship. I have travelled so much during my career that to stay at home with my family is wonderful..... and I really mean that. Ok let's hope that we will have returned to some sort of normality by the time I write here again. Stay safe.


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  • allan

This is the name on everyone's lips at the moment. What a wonderful inspiration to us all. I woke up about 10 days ago and switched on the news. Captain Tom was heavily featured and my head went o Major Tom (Space Oddity) I got up did my usual bits and pieces and as I started my daily 13 thousand steps....no bad eh, I started to write a parody of the David Bowie classic, changing the major to captain. I usually write humorous parodies but these new lyrics just seem to pour out. By the end of my walk I had recorded on my voice notes the whole set of new lyrics. I then went up to my son, David's recording studio and said ok drop what your doing I need your help. I recorded the track and it was finished in an hour. (I wish David had been around when I was young he can really record voices) I then contacted Wonder boy (that's what we call Ryan Dewer my videographer) Andy and Grant introduced me to him a few years ago and since then he has been the tech advisor on all my Big shows. So he got down to producing a video to go with the song. It was finished by 8 pm and it was magnificent. I then uploaded it the next morning to Facebook and 6 days later it had 3/4 of a million views across all social media. I was really chuffed for myself (never had more than 1000 views before) but more chuffed by the comments. So I decided to launch the single as a charity single in aid of NHS Together. And so as of today it is available to download on iTunes https://ffm.to/captainmooretribute I'm sincerely hoping I can make some more money for the wonderful NHS.

On another note we are all doing really well considering the circumstances. The family are eating and laughing together every night and although it's going to be a long haul I'm sure we will all come through this. I find a much friendlier attitude from everyone I see on our communal garden. In fact I've made some new friends just by chatting every day. Not something that happens in London. I hope by the next time I write we will have some sort of exit strategy. Keep safe.

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  • allan

So......Two weeks into lockdown. I'm actually 3 weeks as David had the symptoms when we arrived back from Edinburgh (Big show) so we put ourselves into our own form of self isolation. Strangely enough I'm coping really well. We, as a family, have settled into a routine. Exercise everyday for a couple of hours....well my exercising is basically walking at a fast pace. (about 10-15k steps) but the rest of the family are much more committed than me. Anyway we wake up and the first thing we say is 'what are we going to eat tonight.' It's become an obsession. Sometimes I cook and sometimes David cooks. Jane has learnt how to put an ironing board up and how to switch on an iron. Very impressed. Kate made an amazing banana bread cake. I got the recipe for chocolate cake (my favourite) from my sister and attempted to bake it. I put the caster sugar, flour, butter and eggs into a bowl and tried to mix with a wooden spoon. It looked like vomit so I FaceTimed my sister and she went into hysterics. Apparently you don't just put them all in the bowl at once, and you need an electric mixer. So that went in the bin. I then tried to make to chocolate butter icing. That looked like poo. Apparently you don't melt the butter. Safe to say I won't be going on Bake off anytime soon.

I've had a few ships cancelled but that's no big problem. I feel so sorry for the Edinburgh Festival people who have been preparing for the August festival all year. My boys (Andy and Grant) had a play all ready for the Fringe. Very sad.

My big disappointment will be if we have to cancel our annual August trip to LA. I love that so much. The sun has been shining and at least it feels a bit like spring is around the corner. That should lift our spirits a bit.

So in conclusion, I'm not sure how I will feel after 5/6 weeks of lockdown but at the moment all is well in the Stewart household.

PS I have used my spare time to put a showreel together which I will put up on my website very soon. Look after yourself.

Allan

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