Just 120 Hours With Stu (and Kevin)

The diary of a phenomenal week, making people smile at FD

It is said that a week is a long time in politics. It is also true that a week in the Costco petrol queue’s a long time too. From my observations on Broadway, it’s a close second to Association Football as our National Game. For Stuart, the creator of this blog and his fellow colleague at Future Directions, Kevin Phoenix, it has been a week to remember.

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Milnrow Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 23rd October 2022

Magnificent Milnrow amaze audience in tightly produced concert

With UK inflation rates at double figures again, it is harder to get a proper bargain these days. For top bands at rock bottom prices, you could have looked no further than last night’s concert with The Mighty Rams of Harmony Street. Courtesy of Milnrow Band, both live and streamed audiences were treated to a great concert.

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Just One Hour With Stu (and Kevin)

Or: I Could Go On Speaking

Thirteen years after the last autism lecture I was involved in, it was great to be back talking about autism spectrum conditions. My last time was a support slot in a lecture with the late great Donna Williams at Middlesbrough Learning and Training Centre. Little did I know this was her final UK tour. She was tired of the travelling, the airport terminals and the passport checks.

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Meltham and Meltham Mills Band: Sunday Brass at Boarshurst Band Club (16th October 2022)

Marvellous Meltham Mills makes magical music matters in Sunday spectacular

It has been quite a long time since Meltham and Meltham Mills Band had a Sunday Brass Night at Boarshurst. It may be fair, if a little impolite even, to say our last review was chiselled onto stone tablets.

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Hebden Bridge Brass Band: Sunday Brass at Boarshurst Band Club (9th October 2022)

Class act from Binns and Co.

It is said “you can please some of the people all of the time” and “all of the people some of the time”. This is true not only in politics (with the Abraham Lincoln quote, actually attributed to John Lydgate), but also in live performance.

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Phoenix Brass Ensemble: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (2nd October 2022)

Classy ensemble kicks off Poppy Appeal in style

Since moving to its present-day premises in 1979, Boarshurst Band Club has played host to the finest bands and some of the finest players in the brass banding world. Getting the pick of each band’s finest players together in the same room is easier said than done.

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