Live Music Thursday

Last night saw an unusual evening out with a superb night of live music at The Bullingdon in Oxford.  Not a venue I’ve attended before, but we were invited to the opening evening of The Lounge Kittens ’Brining up the rear’ tour.


The Kittens obviously have a real rapport with each other and their crowd.  They created wonderfully harmonic music which was really entertaining and engaging from a medley of hits from Kids programs of the ’80s to a Tina Turner tribute.  The Kittens included a number of new pieces in their set for this tour as well as some of their favourites.

The Kittens were supported by a superbly entertaining and talented duo ‘Rayguns look real enough‘.  As the supporting act we didn’t turn up until half way through their set but we were immediately captivated and engaged by their raucous and fast-paced music.



Childhood revisited

It’s been a while since I posted – probably because little important changes in my life day-to-day AND I’ve spent ages updating on a daily basis!

However, whilst reliving my childhood recently I came across an excellent website that has a ZX Spectrum emulator and SO many games from Atic Atack to Jetpac – you too can while away the hours at

France 2009

We are all safely back from France.  You didn’t know we’d been?  Oh well, do try and keep up!

I am traditionally a Francophobe I guess.  I don’t speak much French having given it up in 1984 after only 3-4 years.  We visited Northern France quite a few years ago and it was ok, I guess, but nothing very mind blowing.  Then about a six months ago my father-in-law (Grandpa Huge) decided to treat the whole of his family to a holiday as a way of marking his 70th Birthday!

He chose France at a place called Camping Les Gorges du Chambon.  We had a BALL – it was superb!

We flew into Limoges airport and drove a hire car to spend a week in a caravan-come-rustic wooden chalet with the 4 other families and Grandpa Huge & Grandma Doris.

Six ‘vans’, 12 adults, 12 children (all Hugh’s Grand Children) and glorious weather.

I even drove (being too tight to pay to put S onto the insurance!).


  • played in the on-site play park
  • canoed
  • played on the artificial beach at the river
  • swam in the pool
  • rode horses (well some little people did)
  • went to visit markets
  • ate & drank
  • prepared a surprise treasure hunt ending at a surprise picnic
  • watched a most spectacular evening thunder storm

We all really loved the week.

We stayed on for a second week with Ellie & Paul & family.  That was also a lovely week but in a location about one hour north of Limoges.

Some of the photos are appearing on Flickr and will be on the following pages too soon…

Maybe now I am something of a Francophile!nick_rvsm

Catch the Easter Bunny…

What a hoot!  If you are planning to visit Roves Farm, Highworth for Easter then DON’T read on – this post contains “spoilers” – you have been warned…

We visited today and what a super Easter Bunny hunt!  I attended with JJ (aged almost 3), her granny and a friend, Linda.

We all boarded the tractor trailer for the trailer ride.  Before we ‘departed’ the tractor driver told us that we were off to hunt for the Easter bunny, and that when we saw him we should all shout “EASTER BUNNY” very loudly as he was likely to be listening to music with his headphones on.  He had moved location since last year as he was fed up with being ‘bothered’ by children looking for eggs!  We set off, bumping along a track and shortly spied the lythe bunny relaxing on a chair by his straw bale home beside the rutted track.  He was singing along with the music in a loud voice “Yeah, we’re half way there…”

As you might imagine he was upset to have been found and after the initial shock (where he fell off his chair) he raced off along the track on his mountain bike.

Not to be left behind we all gave chase in the tractor and trailer.

Eventually the bunny tired of cycling along the rough grass and tumbled off his bike and took to his feet running through the willow (planted for fuel use) fields so we kept catching glimpses as we drove alongside the field.  Suddenly we came to a track that crossed ours at right-angles and headed through the field.  The bunny was there in front of us cartwheeling before heading for a quad bike parked in the willow.  The jumped aboard and we gave chase once more.  Several times we glimpsed him as his path criss-crossed with ours until we spied him down a side track abandoning his broken down quad bike and plunging once more off into the willow.

Our tractor pulled us around the edge of the field before coming to a semi-circular “clearing” where we decanted and set about creeping towards the edge of the willow looking out for the bunny.

Suddenly he broke cover and made a dash for it carrying a wicker basket with him.  He circled the tractor and trailer twice with at least 30 children and their adults giving chase before being caught.  He offered to give them all eggs in return for letting him go.  All the children were more than happy with that deal.

JJ was totally entranced from her first glance of the bunny in the distance and yelling “Easter Bunny” throughout the whole ‘chase’ to the final drive away from the Bunny where he kept waving until we were all out of site!

He did let slip (as an aside to us adults) that he have 12 days of Easter still left, and only 7 tractor rides per day!  – He will remain a fit and lythe bunny this year I think!nick_rvsm

The New Look…

The new look for the blog/site utilises a caricature created by Luisa Calvo (  at the ReLIVE08 conference dinner.  Luisa is a digital caricaturist working directly on a tablet computer (also displaying it on a HUGE screen behind you at the same time (entertaining for those watching!).  If you are looking for something different to liven up an occasion I would highly recommend her to you! And here is the whole caricature…   


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