November 2013


I can vouch for most of these people.


Best mucky fat I can remember, and hot meat pie better than any

First of all a big thank you to all the lovely people who came to the show, old friends and, hopefully, friends newly minted on the night.

The show and the results were all positive; even the sales were enough to cover the base cost, but not enough to invest in the next show.

Probably the biggest positive is that with: the experience of doing 3 different shows in the same venue in 3 months; combined with video evidence; and the friends that there that can help me analyse the show (and my life); I will have something that allows me to think properly about what to do next; rather than just reacting by creating the next this to obsess over (see a future blog: Catch up 2. Me and my colouring in the autistic spectrum).

My Bradford-Finnish fusion, sweet mutton mince pies were loved by the audience.

The show was the first, of this kind, I have done which featured just my own work; and according to Bev (who has seen more of them than anyone) it was one of the most enjoyable, and certain the most relaxed performance she ever seen me from me.

Beforehand I got good local press and radio coverage, which is very much bread upon the waters, as it might only take one person taking an interest to make all the difference. The problem in the short term however is press and radio coverage has not translated into a single ticket sale this year. I will still do it for any show, but I clearly need either more of it, or I need different kinds of it as well.

Glyde House are developing their own marketing, and are keen to help me even more, if I do another show there. I want to do a Bring Back St. Blaise’s Day walk on 3rd Feb next, and a Walburgas show for the sake of tradition on 25th Feb. If I do the show (and I can afford the hire fee) it makes best sense to do it there, and sort it early.

I have been concentrating on the show so much that I have left other stuff unmentioned, so am doing a few fill in’s.

My 92 year old mother had to spend a night in hospital earlier this week after falling off a step ladder! She only had bruising, mostly on her elbows, but she was kept in for a full range of tests; which gave the neighbour time to go and take the step ladder away. My brother has been there and moved the stuff she needs out of the high kitchen cupboards.

Good interview with Johnny I’Anson, even though was fraught getting to it, including being cut off, live on-air, at the first attempt.

Once it got going it was went very well. This link is to the Radio Leeds show. The proper interview is 35 minutes in, and includes me reading this year’s Christmas pylon poem.


Don’t forget, show Thursday See my show blog.

Can anyone direct me to on-line photos, that I can use as slides, showing:

Phillip Smith’s pie shop on Ivegate. This used to make the best pork pies in Bradford and the last shopping day before Christmas would see a queue to the top of the street, all waiting for a large pork pie (stand pie) to be eaten Boxing Day

Herbert’s Saddle Bar on Carlisle Rd. You could buy pies and bits of cooked pigs cheek wrapped in newspaper. It was down out as a Wild West saloon, truly bizarre

Also the inside of Rawson Market, preferably showing Pie Tom’s (great pie & pies with tea or Tizer), but I am not expecting gravy.

I have also been looking for any photo of Roberts Pie Shop, or the area of Godwin St, back of the old Kirkgate Market, where it stood. In 20 odd years of low key looking I only come across 2 blurry Y&A photos of Robert’s himself and the inside of the shop, but none of the outside. This was the shop damaged by an air raid and made world famous by J.B.Priestley.

All this is for a brief cultural history of pies, for the show on Thursday.

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