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Thursday, 13 October 2011

Guys and Dolls

South Staffs Musical Theatre Company Bring you ...
Guys and Dolls

As you are aware from previous posts - South Staffs Musical Theatre company are presenting us with "Guys and Dolls" this week at the Grand  Theatre in Wolverhampton and I have the up-most pleasure of being engaged to the director and being good friends with the cast!

I went to see the show on opening night (Tuesday) and I was utterly impressed by every single persons performance through out the production. Everyone looked like they were having a wonderful time. The show just oozed "Show biz" and "Pizazz" with a wonderful back drop and superb scenery that pleased the eye greatly.

On a personal note I would really like to congratulate everyone in the cast and company. I loved it that much, I am back there this evening with a bunch of friends that I have dragged along.

For anyone pondering over whether to come or not ... Don't take my good words for it. Check out the following reviews.

And for a sneak preview of Re-hearsals please follow the link below ...

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Newhampton Soul Club

Sou L Shakedown Give you ...
The Newhampton Soul Club

Do you enjoy a bit of Northen Soul? and ... Are you local to Wolverhampton? If so, this could totally be the evening for you! 


Top NEW Soul Night

spinning best soul anthems and club classics, Sprung wooden dancefloor,Top soul Djs (to be announced),a top in-house sound system,hosted in a great theatre/ auditorium + bar with a free carpark, 10 minutes walking distance from town (very close to the wolves ground).

All for...

£4 on the door


25th November

Newhampton Arts Centre,

Dunkley st (off Newhampton road),

Wolverhampton, WV1 4AN

for more information email

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Benjamin Jeavons!

Mr Jeavons and His Creative Mind

A friend of mine has recently started a photography and art blog and to be honest it something quite wonderful. Definitely worth a read.He is definitely one of a creative mind and ushers you to discuss your views on Music, art and photography. However, if you wish to discuss what you had for tea last night I'm sure he wouldn't mind that either.
If you fancy a mooch round his blog please follow the link below: 

You like his blog? If so, then why not check out his website:

Friday, 7 October 2011

New Birds

Seeing As Mr Fox Destroyed The Others ...

It is true the savage creature, known as a fox completely malled my last set of hens. Nice of him! So, to really annoy him - I HAVE GOT SOME MORE! Muh haha ... And, I have built a state of the art, fox proof, bad boy of a pen for them. No fox is getting into this hutch, final! 
And ... Here they are. Nameless my add. So any name ideas let me know.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Show the Fiancee Some Support ...

South Staffs Musical Theatre Company 2011
You have probably guessed that I am doing a little promoting for "South Staffs Musical Theatre Company." Some of you may remember "My Fair Lady" and "Boogie Nights" posts from previous years and shows. Well, I'm about to try my best to sell you this particular show.

I myself am not in it this year. However, the Fiancee, Mr Karl Veltman has directed it. So, I do feel it deserves a bit of a mention. Not only that but quite a lot of my good friends are strutting there stuff in this musical. 

The show is actually creeping up on us very quickly. It's next week actually! :-) Ah!

Performance Times:
Evenings at 7.30pm, Wed & Sat matinees at 2.30pm

Sign Language Interpreted performance: Wed 12 Oct at 7.30pm

Ticket Prices:
Tues - Thurs eves & both matinees £6.50 - £17
Fri & Sat eves £6.50 - £18.

If you would like to order tickets please let me know and I will try and get them sorted for you! :-) 

New York, the city that never sleeps! All the hot gamblers are in town, and they're depending on Nathan Detroit to set up this week's incarnation of ''The Oldest Established Permanent Floating Dice Game in New York''; the only problem is, he needs $1000 to get the place!

And that's not his biggest problem. There's Adelaide, his high-maintenance girlfriend who desires nothing more than for Nathan to make an honest woman of her

Meanwhile, Seargant Sarah Brown of the Save a Soul Mission vainly continues in her quest to rid the city streets of sinners, gamblers and conmen, men like Sky Masterson - the coolest, highest roller of them all who would bet on anything that would turn him a profit!

Get ready for gangsters, molls and great song and dance as we welcome South Staffs Musical Theatre Company's all-new production of the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit; Guys and Dolls.

 Please come and show your support! :-D

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

A Request

A Herman Request

After my "Herman The German Friendship Cake" post yesterday, a few of you have been in touch requesting the starter recipe. 
So ... For all of you wanting to get your own Herman on the go, please follow the recipe below.

The Herman Starter Mix

If you cant wait to receive a starter for this great little cake, the starter mix is very easy.
Firstly combine the following in a large mixing bowl:
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp dry yeast
Stir in 2 cups very warm water until a smooth paste forms. Then cover with a clean cloth or tea towel and let the mix stand in a warm place to bubble away for 2 or 3 days. Stir the mix twice each day.
The mixture can then be kept in a container or bowl, partially covered to allow gases to escape. When you are ready to use it keep two cups for yourself and give one away to a friend with the recipe instructions.
Quantities in cups are American but you can easily find a conversion to ml. I believe it is about 200 ml to a cup.

Hope this helps you all. Let me know how you get on when starting your own cake mix as I haven't tired this. I have only worked from a mixture that was given to me. 

Sunday, 2 October 2011


HERMAN The Friendship Cake

So 6 days ago my Mother in Law to be presented me with a little tupperware box filled with a yeast like mixture and presented me with a letter, that read like this:-

Hello, my name is Herman.
I am a sourdough cake. I'm supposed to sit on your worktop for 10 days without a lid on.
You CANNOT put me in the fridge or I will die. If I stop bubbling, I am dead.
  1. You get Herman and put him in a large mixing bowl and cover loosely with a tea towel.
  2. Stir well
  3. Stir well
  4. Herman is hungry. Add 1 cup each of plain flour, sugar and milk. Stir well.
  5. Stir well
  6. Stir well
  7. Stir well
  8. Stir well
  9. Hungry again. Add the same as day 4 and stir well. Divide into 4 equal portions and give away to friends with a copy of these instructions. Keep the 4th one.
  10. Herman is very hungry. Stir well and add the following:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • half tsp (teaspoon) salt
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2/3 (two thirds) cup of cooking oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 cooking apples cut into chunks
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 heaped tsp cinnamon
  • 2 heaped tsp baking powder
Mix everything together and put into a large greased baking tin. Sprinkle with a quarter of a cup of brown sugar and a quarter of a cup of melted butter. Bake for 45 minutes at 170-180C. When cold cut into finger pieces. Cake freezes well and is also delicious warm with cream or ice-cream.

Exciting stuff hey?!? So basically, this cake has been living for a very long time and I have been given some of the mixture to make my own "Herman The German" Cake. I have got to be honest, I think it is very cool. Very odd in many ways but in many more very cool.

I am currently on Day 6 of the recipe. So just a quick stire today. At present it is looking something like the above.

I cannot wait to see the final outcome. If you are interested in the "Heramn Frinshdip" cake and and want to know a bit more about him or how to make your own staring mixture because waiting around for someone to give you some may be a little slow, let me know and I will try and find it for you.

P.S - I am aware that I have missed out the first 6 days of the Herman cycle, however, I will be posting a photograph every day up untill Munching time of Hermans progress for you! :-)