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The Rock-itt : April 2010
Steve Winwood being awesome! evening wore on and I had to move several times to hear Richards more soulful songs. It was probably because I hadn't had a drink (I was driving) that I got so grumpy but it was annoying, and disrespectful to the artiste. Another gratuitous picture of me with a showbiz pal, this time Ric Sanders of Fairports. He's the one on the right! I got to meet up with quite a few old mates and Ric Sanders who is the fiddle player with Fairports and another EMI chum took it on himself to introduce me to everybody I didn't know backstage, what a star. Unfortunately I couldn't stay for the third night, I had to go up to Sheffield, it was my last chance to see my beloved Watford FC who were playing Sheffield United. I hooked up with Julian Bean another music biz mate, he wrote Joe Cocker's biography and happens to be a huge Sheffield United fan. Sheffield has got its act together and become quite an attractive City. The game was ultimately a disappointment, Watford were hopeless and lost 2-0! I had one more pal I needed to see before flying back to Oz and straight after the football I drove about an hour south to see John Walsh yet another EMI pal in the village of Oadby just outside Leicester. If I was to move back to England I would certainly consider moving to this area of the country. Not on the International tourist agenda, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire are really great places to spend time. Beautiful countryside, lots of history, great pubs serving excellent food and NOT at London prices! That evening John and Jen his wife took me to a brilliant Pub/Brewery/ restaurant. Check out www.steamin-billy.co.uk Great beer, brewed on the premises and lovely people, interested that someone from Oz should roll up in their local. This trip I didn't get to spend time on the UK's canal system which is now a fantastic playground for UK Boaters after being an integral part of the 19th Century's Industrial revolution. But JohnandIdidgotohavealook at Foxton Locks on the Grand Union canal, where it's possible to move a 72 ft boat up the side of a hill! After leaving Leicestershire, I swung by Nottingham to say a fond farewell to my Mother, my Sister and her family and then back down South to prepare for the trip back under. I still love the UK, it's great to get away from the obvious tourist areas, the cities are getting fuller and the countryside is emptier. Just go! Foxton locks, an engineering miracle John Walsh, believ e it or not this man made Coldplay famous!