Tag: CC Smugglers


This blog is only a couple of days late.

Earlier in the week I went to London to see one of my favourite bands. CC Smugglers.

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It was supposed to be me and Ian but Ian has some real problems with a trapped nerve at the moment and literally cannot stand and walk around for more than an hour or two, so London was out of the question.
So I took my eldest daughter, Murron, who is also a Smugglers fan.

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I’ve blogged about the Smugglers before.
They are a local band. One of them actually works at the Hospital with me.
They are AMAZING live.

Over the last year they have been raising money using ‘Pledgemusic’ so that they can record their first official album and it is now just about ready for release.
I pledged to get the tickets for the show we were going to see.

Anyway, we decided to make the most of the day and headed into London by train just before 10am.
As Ian wasn’t with me, it was decided that I should do things that I’ve never done before in London so Murron planned the day.

We arrived in London at around 11am and we made our way to London Bridge and Borough Market.
Murron got a faceful of Mac ‘n’ Cheese with pulled pork and cheese sauce and I got to try a Sea Urchin!

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Then we arranged to meet Charlotte, one of Murron’s friends who works in London, for a lunchtime drink at one of my favourite pubs, The Horniman, by HMS Belfast.

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After that, we headed up to Camden where Murron showed me the fabulous Market around Camden Lock and took me to see Cyber Dog, a very alternative fashion store with an 18+ only floor which was quite interesting! I will neither confirm or deny that I treated myself!!
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Of course, Murron found a little music den and just ‘had’ to try one of the guitars.

After Camden, we headed over to Soho to check out Crumbs and Doilies.
We treated ourselves to a mini cake because we didn’t want to spoil dinner and it was delicious but I have to say I was a little dissapointed with the shop itself.
Very small, and not much on display, so we didn’t stay long.

Then we headed over to Covent Garden to find the Hospital Club where the gig was to take place to get our bearings. On the way we walked right past Choccywoccydoodah!!
Of course we went in and had a nose around.

Then we went and found a pub for dinner.
One large steak and a burger later, we headed back to the Hospital club and as always, the smugglers were brilliant!!

The photo of the day had to be this one….. taken mid-song with Richie, the lead singer.
Unfortunately not very flattering for me!! Cheesy grin and nasal flair! But lots of fun.

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Then, one very long day and 18 kilometers of walking later we headed back home and got to bed at just before 1am.

I have to say that when I have a bit of money set aside, a trip back to Camden is on the books!!


So, tomorrow is a day I’ve been waiting for since the beginning of November 2017 when I bought the tickets.
A favourite local band have been raising money through ‘Pledgemusic.com’ to be able to record their first album.
They have been selling things like tote bags, t-shirts, signed CD’s, right up to a full band house show ranging from £10 to £1700.
The good news is that they’ve recorded the album!!

I couldn’t afford, much but two tickets to their ‘secret show’ in Covent Garden wasn’t going to break the bank and it means an intimate show of only 130 pledgers!
We only found out recently that the show is at the Hospital Club in Covent Garden tomorrow evening. I’m so looking forward to it.

I was originally going to attend with my husband but unfortunately, with a pinched nerve in his neck, he’s in no condition to be stomping all over London so it has been decided that I am going with my eldest Daughter, Murron!!

Should I be worried!!!
As it turns out, yes I should. This is Murron we’re talking about!

I suppose it’s my own fault.
I wanted to do things I’ve never done before in London so Murron has basically planned the day.

We are leaving Bedford at around 10am and arriving in London St Pancras just after 11am.
We will then head down to London Bridge for a light lunch with a friend of Murron’s that works in London before we have a wander around Borough Market.
We are then going to head up to Camden where Murron is going to take me around the market and a place called Cyber Dog!! Apparantly the third floor of this place is strictly for 18+ peeps!

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After Camden we are heading over to Soho to visit Crumbs and Doilies. I keep telling Murron that Cupcake Jemma probably won’t be front of house in the shop but she wants to go anyway.

After Soho we will be heading over to Covent Garden for some dinner before the show.
I just hope I’m not too knackered to enjoy it!


So this is how my day went…..

Arrived at work to start shift at 07:30.
Receive call from number one daughter about crippling abdominal pain just after handover.
Come home and talk to NHS 111 who advise getting her seen by Doctor within 6 hours.
Get seen. No worries but sent for blood tests just in case.
Get blood test done.
Get anti sickness meds from Pharmacy.
Arrive home.
Find out number three daughter has been sent home not feeling well.
Get back to work for just after midday.
Have a pretty good afternoon.
Get some great reference material for an essay from the Matron.
Make it to 20:00 hours only to realise you were only on an early shift and ‘technically’ could have gone home at 15:30!!!!


Anyway, This weekend will consist of studying Sat and Sun for my exam on Monday but will be broken up by a night out in town with the hubby to see CC Smugglers!!!

Can’t wait.




So, a planned quiet evening turned out to be quite the opposite!

Ian had been away Thursday night for work. He drove up North for some sort of meeting, stayed overnight and drove back yesterday afternoon.
Travelling like that is pretty hard for him with his Psoriatic Arthritis so a quiet evening curled up in front of the TV was the original plan.

Then I got a message from Murron, daughter number one.

Apparantly CC Smugglers where having a surprise appearance at Esquires in town as a warm up to a gig they are doing at the O2 today!
I got to see them at Esquires a few months ago and absolutely loved them so the chance to see them again at an even more intimate venue was too much to resist.


They were even better this time!
Their style is catchy, bouncy and lots of fun! You can’t help dancing.
They made my night when they played ‘Rhythm’. My favourite track and a song that I’m absolutely addicted to at the moment.

And I got to meet the band and tell them exactly how terrific they are!


I must remember not to wear a hoody and a jacket next time. I was boiling and I look like a tomato!!

Fab night and I really hope things go well for them in the future.


That’s it then, 2 weeks of annual leave over with.

Good news though, it’s only 4 weeks until I have 2 more. Frightening thing is that that will be for Xmas preparations and that in turn means it’s not long until Rogue One!!

As I write this post the counter to the left informs me that it’s only 47 days.
I’m an itsy bitsy bit excited.

I’m sorry, but why do the bad guys always look soooo good!!

So what have I done in the last 2 weeks?

I went out for a meal and a movie for my birthday.

I’ve seen three films in total.
Miss Perigrine’s Home for Peculiar Children which was nothing special.
Inferno which was just as good as it’s predecessors and showcases Florence amazingly.
And Dr Strange which was surprisingly better than I thought it was going to be. I’d actually go and see it again.

The house has been given a bit of a deeper clean than normal and the gardens have had a tidy up.

I went out with Murron again!
Halloween night at Esquires.

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As she worked on one of the gig doors, I went to the main stage, on my own, and saw CC Smugglers!! AMAZING!! Even if I did feel like a bit of a loner.

Apart from all that, I have spent an unhealthy amount of time on my computer, Tumbling, Tweeting, Youtubing and reading fan-fiction and I have managed to write another short piece of my own.
No, I will not be posting a link here as I will admit, it’s an extremely naughty piece of writing but anyone who’s desperate enough to want to give it a go should be able to figure out where I post if they get a bit creative!! or if you message me nicely I may just let you know.

So, back to work bright and early tomorrow. Up before 6am but I’ll be home by 4pm as I’m still on short shifts for a while due to my knee problem.
That’s good news because my 3D Star Wars Force Awakens with more extras should be arriving tomorrow!
So 3D glasses and wine glasses will be out tomorrow night!

I seriously need to think about more Dish and Dishettes of the week. It’s been a while since I blogged about any as I have been totally smitten by my evil space boyfriends down in the Kylux trash can!