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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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  • 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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