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  • allan

So....... That's the question on everyone's lips.....What is happening about panto. Well, know one knows, which is pretty much they same about everything that is going on in the world at the moment. Know one knows. However, a bit like how everyone thinks they know how to manage a football team and scream about the manager (incidentally I know nutting about football, remember the actor in the that strange German prison camp who said 'I know nutting' ) I digress.....Anyway I feel that everyone has an opinion about how the government should be doing it. Just remember no-one knows anything. The government are new to the whole problem and I believe are trying their best. Yes they have made mistakes but it was uncharted waters. Right I'm not getting into political stuff. I joined Twitter a couple of months ago, because I was pushing my 'captain Tom' video and everyone said I should be on there. I have always resisted that part of social media as I have heard so many horrible things about it. Well I think I have written 3 posts in two months. It's a horrible place and I don't want to read or be read by anonymous twats.

The other question that is always being asked is, has the lock down changed you. Well it has in some respects. I'm completely content in my own little family circle. 3 months of my wife and children's company has been lovely. I do miss restaurants and I really miss working and not having a purpose to my days, but all in all I haven't missed anything else. Jane and I are very happy with each other and the kids have been fantastic. Watching David's career taking off is every exciting and Kate has now got a new New York Manager who is perfect for her. The dog.....Harry Stewart, is a dream and it's like having a child all over again. Jane once again is doing an amazing job. I'm happy to wind him up but Jane knows just how to train him. We are loving it. So all in all if we can at least get panto back on I'll be very happy. August seems to be the cut off point so watch this ............

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  • allan

When this all started I said.....right, the perfect situation to do all the things I've wanted to do and haven't done......12 weeks on, still haven't done them. I cant believe that I am always tired. I'm sleeping better than I have for 20 years and still I wake up as if I have a hangover ......and I haven't had a drink the night before. Very nannoying as Andy used to say in Panto....panto what's that. So as I write, still no word on whether the panto will go ahead. I'm still very positive but I do realise that there will come a cut off point not too far away where it will be physically impossible to organise a panto of our standard. I can only hope. I must say that the first 8 weeks of the lockdown were easier than the second few weeks. I have a theory and that is that when I work the adrenalin pumps through my veins and it obviously has a good affect on me. So consequently with no adrenalin I'm getting lethargic and less motivated. Sad, because I know all the acts are going through the same feeling. The 'boys' and I use the term loosely (Andy Grant Pix and Jordan) all meet up on Zoom every Thursday and we have a couple of hours chatting and laughing. It is great fun and knowing that Andy is on shielding and total self isolating, it's a big night for him. We were screaming with laughter last week when we showed each other the items we had bought on line during lock down. Andy's Cherokee plastic jacket was the winner though. Grant's over the shoulder holster for his little things was a close second. My non slip socks got a great laugh as well as I explained that I believed the video that showed a man being pulled by his sox across a street and they didn't 't come off......they fucking did when I tried them. Three seconds and they were crumpled in my shoe.

Our wee dug Harry is a dream. Although I look like I'm a self harmer with lots of cuts on my arms. He cant half bite. He has done so well though. 80% potty trained in the first 10 days. He starts with a trainer tomorrow so let's hope he can stop him biting. The kids are a lot better now that lockdown is easing and we are all feeling that life is getting back to normalish. However no sign of ships this year. I never thought I'd have a gap year at my age. Ok look after yourself and keep going.

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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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