Go Further for MSF

A very nice video from MSF about fundraising. There are a good few clips from Burlesque Without Borders as well as one of my interview on Look North. Thank you again to all of you who continue to work to help others. We are a great team.

Thanks to Horace Panter of The Specials

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Thanks to Richard McTague of Redhouse Originals Harrogate. This time I thank Richard for sending these photos of me chatting with Horace Panter (Bassist with The Specials and highly accomplished Artist). The photos were taken at the start of an exhibition of Horaces work at Redhouse. I wanted to thank him for the donation of his “Silver Robot” picture for the Redhouse Art Raffle for MSF. You couldn’t meet a nicer guy. It was a pleasure to chat to him and later hear some of his recollections from his life in music and art at an interview session in Major Toms.

The Big Issue

The Big Issue

The Big Issue

Not that anyone would need a second reason to buy a copy of The Big Issue, but I am in this weeks. If you dont buy it anyway please start with this weeks copy. Thank you to Ciara Leeming for the excellent story. There is some swearing later in the article but it is verbatim and purely evidence of my passion. Enjoy.

Burlesque Without Borders 9 – The Official Video

Thank you to Rachel Burrows and all at Reel Film for this superb film from Burlesque Without Borders 9. If you like what you see, No10 is 28th November 2015.

In a heartbeat : Burlesque Without Borders

Check this, more to come from the wonderful Rachel Burrows……..

Burlesque Without Borders 9 (With drum roll moment at the end!)


Where to start?

Burlesque Without Borders 9 – What a night. I have so many people to thank for making this night happen that I will inevitably miss someone and I really dont want that so Ill not start. I will just say THANK YOU to the whole team who work so hard to make this THE best Burlesque night in the region / planet. I DO however want to say a huge thank you to Lily la Belle, this is her show, MSF benefits from it (and a charity of Lily’s choosing) but she makes it all happen.

The night was as ever magical. For the ‘set up team’ it started early, 1100, we walk into the big function room at the Manhattan Club and put the bags of decs and posters etc on the stage. We then spend about 2 hours preparing the room and making it right for the lovely audience. As we work I play the soundtrack for the nights event just to get us in the mood.

We returned to the Manhattan at 1700hrs all dolled up and ready for the show. The rest of the team started to arrive from then too, Pete our amazing Audio Visual Operative set up the sound and lights. Allan Smyth of Allan Smyth Audio Visuals had very kindly brought a touch of splendour to the stage in the shape of some Roman columns and fire boxes (as you do).

The performers started arriving about 1800 and just in time for opening we had the full line up ready and raring to go.

Im not able to review the full evening in detail here as it would take too long and Im pretty sure I would run out of superlatives in the first paragraph. The music was amazing, David Hick sounded like he sold his soul many years ago in some dark deal, I loved it. The Magic was magical on both floor and stage, The Burlesque performances were graceful, funny, beautiful and finally grossly humiliating!

The audience, well what can I say? just an amazing couple of hundred people. Led by their Commander in Cheers Snappy O’Shea they screeched, awooga’d, hell yeah’d, whistled and shouted their way through the 4 hour show. They also chucked a shed load of cash at Doctors Without Borders and for all of that dear people, we love you!

The Raffle, Ebola Tombola, Cupcakes, Photo Booth and straight donations stacked up the cash rapido and it was clearly going to be a very successful night for both MSF and the other benefiting charity Corrinas Homeless and Vulnerable Project.

So, here we go:

Burlesque Without Borders 9 raised £1605.70 


See you at a VERY special No10 on Saturday 28th November details will be announced a bit nearer the date.

PS: Photos and a very special Film to follow……..