(December 2003 is here...)
Round the Horne Revisited, is a recently-opened West End show at The Venue, Leicester Square. Based on one of the nation's best-loved Sixties radio comedies, it was written and adapted by original 'Horne' scripwriter, Brian Cooke. Mega-fan, Peter Young, attended a preview:
I went to see this production not expecting anything special, but it was absolutely great, almost as good as the real thing. Every single cast member was spot on. The Betty Marsden character (Kate Brown) was outstanding and the Kenneth Horne, (Jonathan Rigby) although younger than the real Kenneth was at the time, had the voice, the timing and most important of all, the geniality, just right.
It was great entertainment: a sort of comedy 'tribute band' if you like. Some of the gags were familiar, although they did choose a couple of the more obscure scripts. There was a brand new Julian and Sandy sketch too.
I have a feeling that once the glowing reviews start getting printed, it may run for quite a long time. Highly recommended. In fact I'm thinking of going again!
New Year Greetings From Canada from Steve, Ben, Lorne, John and Mick!
Several of our ex-offshore friends from Canada have been in contact with each other over the Festive Season Steve Young says:
Ben Healy wrote:
Mick Luvzit, who kindly sent us an update about Bob Stewart, also wrote:
in the New Year Radio London style!
What do you mean, you've never heard of a Vinyl Anniversary?
our 33-and-a third wedding anniversary on December 29th, we (Chris and
Mary) went for a special meal with friends.
and Dave Miller sent us a musical card (containing a spectacular light
show!) , which plays "Celebration"!
As Prince Charles is reputed to have been a teenage member of the Radio London Club, we have prompted Mr Skues to enquire of the Royal Mrs Woman if she was also a Big L fan. He says:
Greetings Mary and Chris,
It was kind of you to e-mail offering congratulations on the appointment to MBE in the New Year Honours List. However, I must say there are far more worthy people around who should be honoured, rather than a presenter who is heard every day of the week on radio. Having said that I am both flattered and delighted to receive the award. I have been politely told they used to hang pirates in the old days. I am very lucky to have got away with it.
When at Buckingham Palace I will check and see if there are any Big L stickers on windows or mirrors in the Royal Quarters
Every good wish for the New Year.Kind regards, Keith MBKnee - I love it!!! Knees Club Member 235
You Dear" Duncan and Softly jog Stewpot's memory!
Here is a photo which I thought you might like to see. It's me, Stewpot and Softly, taken at the Cricketers' Club in Blandford Street in September, when Stewpot wanted some help from in putting the final touches to his biography.
Softly used to accompany Mike Lennox, Stewpot or me to all the Sixties record company receptions, so much so that he attended more than any of us. We always had to go back to the ship and, of course, he didn't. Many of the record company people assumed he was part of the Radio London staff and once he and Penny Valentine became an item, he was invited everywhere. Nothing much has changed as I'm due to meet him for a drink later and we may even be joined by Chris Peers, the former agent, who knew/knows just about everyone.
Wishing you all the best in 2004, Duncan
(I bet Stewpot had forgotten he was Knees Club member #14 Club Founder)
(Click on photo to view enlarged image)
London Directors have their own piece of Graffiti
On a visit recent to Groningen in Holland, at the kind invitation of Hans Knot and his wife Jana, Radio London's directors, Chris and Mary Payne, were photographed with their very own piece of graffiti, which has graced the wall since 1966! Brilliant stuff, that Silexene paint, (although we suspect Hans secretly creeps out every so often out at the dead of night and refreshes the writing).Click on either of these pictures to see even more shots of our great weekend, including a surprising Caroline artifact!
Jonathan's January update to The Pirate Radio Hall of Fame contains:
The first instalment of photos taken on Radio 390 by senior presenter Edward Cole with more to come next month; we share some memories of the Caroline Club