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|Once (current show at New Wolsey)|
at 10:21 14 Sep 2018
Anyone at a bit of a loose end this next week or two could do a lot worse than pop along to the New Wolsey Theatre for their new production of the musical Once. It ain't Our Blue Heaven of course, but it's the same production team and even features Peter Peverley, who was Sir Bobby just a few months ago.
I avoided it in the West End, thinking it was some kind of soppy take on Riverdance. How wrong I was. It's a take on a boy-meets-girl story, with some unexpected twists and a lot of laughter. As you'd expect, the music is delivered superbly by the actor / musicians...
|Today at Portman Road|
at 10:01 28 Jul 2018
There's no Life's a Pitch...
But there is a Planet Blue pop-up store in the marquee, with a load of sale stuff. Not just garden gnomes, though if that's what you like you may not be disappointed.
Usual SLO (supporter liaison) Hub, with fixture cards, the last couple of hundred freebie programmes from last 2 years - we gave out around 2,000 at the Open Day...
Also away guides incl travel, stadium, pub etc info for Exeter, Rotherham and Derby. Plus the Heritage Society's pop-up display with pictures from the past.
And the bar will be open. Uniquely, at the Open Day, it was so flaming' hot that I actually chose to drink Fosters rather than beer. Be assured, there will be no repeat today, of weather or my sorry choice of drink.
|Exeter - very limited away allocation|
at 15:12 15 Jun 2018
I checked out footballgroundguide.com, hoping that at least some of Exeter's rebuilding work would be complete by the time we play there. Nope. So, away allocation is looking like 350. Pretty sure we took more than that last time.
|Our Blue Heaven - brilliant, unmissable...|
at 09:10 8 May 2018
I went to the opening night on Friday. For once, I agree with the reviews in the press - this show is simply brilliant.
It tells the story of our FA Cup run and win in 1978, from January to May, through the lives of Town fans and their families. The script is very closely based on memories provided by Town fans. Each round of the cup is accompanied by a live band playing tracks from 1978, effortlessly moving from Blonde to the Bee Gees to The Clash (etc).
It is hilarious - I defy you not to spot a bit of yourself, and maybe of any family members who don't do football (you don't have to be a fan to like this show).
The actor playing Sir Bobby is just superb - voice, body language. Those who knew Sir Bobby best said he has captured him really well.
And then there was the moment, at the end, when...... (No, just go see it!).
Fans who were there have gone misty-eyed, saying it captures the feeling superbly. Those who weren't there get to feel a bit what it was like.
I'll be going a few more times yet. (Runs to 26th May).
|Our Blue Heaven at the New Wolsey - just been|
at 17:30 4 May 2018
To the dress rehearsal ahead of the opening night tonight. It is utterly brilliant. Laughter and tears, and the happiest of endings as we.... yes we.... won the cup.
Proper review Monday morning once everyone is back at work.
at 15:32 19 Apr 2018
Am currently luxuriating on a lovely, comfy air conditioned train at Bury, on my way back to Ipswich from the excellent beer festival. But.
"Signal failure" at Haughley and "along the line between Ipswich and Norwich" (!) Have left me here for rather longer than expected. Train crew have said they have no idea when the train (currently around an hour late) will leave.
|Help needed from old twtders re beer!|
at 19:02 13 Apr 2018
A call out to anyone around and drinking in 1978. The New Wolsey Theatre - for their production of 'Our Blue Heaven' - would like to know what canned beer a Town fan would have been drinking in those days, at home and on the trip to / from Wembley.
Had lager taken over by that time (Harp? Skol?), or was it still a matter of McEwans 80/- / Youngers Tartan Bitter? Or something local by Tolly / GK (I don't recall the local brewers selling beer in cans much at that time). I recall that Grotneys was on the way out, Double Diamond too - the megafizz of the early- mid-70s was getting a bit behind the trend.....
|Derby postponement - compensation requests|
at 14:23 31 Aug 2017
If you are out of pocket due to the postponement of the game - e.g. non-cancellable hotel, Advance train fare - i would suggest you send an email with detail and ideally proof to email@example.com
ITFC have been alerted to expect some correspondence.
In the past, this kind of postponement has ended well for those genuinely affected (e.g. Hull away, a few years ago).
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