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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

  • allan

Yes.....I'm still standing after all these years. That was my opening song in the Big Big show this year....60 years and still going strong. I'm a very lucky man to have so much fun at my work....and to get paid for it. I must admit it was a worrying run up to the show starting as the whole world was about to go into lock down. But the showbiz Gods looked down on me and kept the theatre open till we finished. Quite amazing really when you think that I finished on the Saturday and the Kings closed on the Monday.

We had a great time. Andy and Grant were on great form and as worried and stressed as I get about the new material it all worked. Every year I panic for about 3 months and then on opening night we all look at each other and think....YES.....we are off and running. My guests were amazing as well. Mick Millar had me in stitches every night and Mari was singing up a storm. Andy was a fit as I seen him and not only did he work ....he partied most nights. What a man.

So the family came up and they were heavily featured in the show. I realised an ambition of mine by singing David's Jonus Bros song "What a man gotta do". I have always said to him ....one day when you have a hit I'll do it in the act. I showed videos of the kids when they were young and photos of Jane. It was actually quite emotional. Loved every minute of it.

So we came back to this surreal world we are now in. Lock down and as hard as that is, the fact that we might have to self isolate for 3 months is mind blowing. We are a very positive family and we are ...up to now....not letting it get to us. All my ships have been cancelled and I cant imagine what the repercussions are going to be. Will it affect Sister Act next year...will it affect the Panto. No on knows.

Ok so lets hope the next time I write everything will be a bit more positive.

Bye

  • allan

Wow....look at that, only a couple of weeks since I last wrote. Back from LA and it's pissing down, miserable, cold and depressing. But.....I'm fine. Almost all the writing done for the big Big show. I'm going up to Edinburgh at the beginning of March to work with Andy and Grant on the show. We always work better face to face. Andy still doing well. Grant just back from a wee break so he's fighting fit. I'm doing an interview with Pauline Mclean for BBC Scotland on Friday. An interview with Liam Rudden for the Evening News about my 60 years in the business. Maybe Gavin Docherty will call me......he's the only one that reads my blog. 60 years Gavin almost as long as your journalistic life. I've just been listening to a very good friend of mine whonhas had a nightmare with their travel insurance after an accident. So you must check your insurance before you travel. I hate the way Insurance companies try to wriggle out of every situation.

David's Jonas Bros song is still getting thousands of plays on radio here and in the USA. He has a great song by Griff getting a lot of plays on Radio 1 as well. Haley Steinfeld is due out in the next couple of weeks as well. Riding high. Kate has a TV show on Youtube (Terrel) where she writes and mentors new singers in LA. Also a new manager who is very big in the music business. Me I have a great project for 2021 I'm just about signed for. There will be an announcement soon. Very exciting. a hint.....A musical touring in Scotland.