13 Jun

The two poetry books I told you about last week weren’t the only free things I’ve had lately.  Feel free to read on.

Free Tickets

Thanks to ShowFilmFirst, I got two free tickets to see a preview of Annie Get Your Gun at Manchester Opera House a couple of weeks ago.  I took Spud, who has discovered a love of stage musicals since Godspell.  Jason Donovan played Frank Butler.  He was really good…except for the singing.  His voice was weak, like he had a cold or something.  I was disappointed.  Despite that, we enjoyed the show, especially Emma Williams as Annie Oakley.  When she told Frank she could do anything better than him, she wasn’t kidding – she sang the highest and then the longest note I have ever heard.  When she finally let the note go, the whole audience sucked in a breath for her.  Fabulous.

Free Time

I have been absent from the blogosphere because I needed the time to catch up on poems – I have managed to edit, type, print and file 71 poems so far this month.  I was aiming for one a day so I’m pretty pleased with myself.  With another thirteen notebooks to work through and an average of thirty poems per notebook, I only have another 390 poems before I’m finished and will be back with you.  See you in November!


Freedom to Boast

I have availed myself of this particular freedom ever since I beheld my first screaming baby.  I honestly don’t understand parents who don’t boast about their kids.  It’s hardwired to my genes.

Watch out, those of you who don’t understand me – here’s a boast coming up: Spud received a letter yesterday to say that he has won the school Drama Prize.  We have to spend two hours of  boredom on Speech Day in a fortnight’s time, for our ninety seconds of glory when he goes up to accept the award.  Those 7,110 seconds of tedium will be worth it, believe me.  I’m bursting with so much pride, I had to rescue my fat clothes from the charity bin.

Free Speech

I watched the story of Meriam Ibrahim unfold on the news.  If you missed it, she was imprisoned and sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her Christian faith; and adultery because her Christian marriage was considered illegal.  She was heavily pregnant at the time of her imprisonment and was chained to the floor to deliver her baby.   It made me grateful that I live in a country where no one particularly cares which God I worship; or how.

More Free Time

Spud has finished his exams!  His official, state-mandated schooling is over for ever.  Congratulations, Spud, for surviving school and growing up into a well-rounded young man in spite of your helicopter parents.  You’ll soon be free of us and able to paint your face blue and bare your bum without having it smacked.  Enjoy university.

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14 Responses to “Freebies”

  1. vivienne blake June 13, 2014 at 14:01 #

    I loved AGYG – saw it in Plymouth donkeys’ years ago. Well done Spud for the award, and for finishing with school – now he can spread his wings.


  2. colonialist June 13, 2014 at 15:43 #

    Great show – they never have tried to demonstrate the ‘and get even sicker’ part of that song, though, have they?
    Congrats to Spud for surviving school – and massive ones for that Drama Prize!
    Also to you for the poem-preparation marathon.


  3. laurieanichols June 13, 2014 at 15:57 #

    Hooray for Spud!! How absolutely wonderful for Spud, you and the Hub. 😀 I am so happy for you; I feeling like busting a seam here and there as well. I am definitely proud of you for tackling the hard work of editing, filing and going through all of your poems. Fantastic dearest Tilly xoxox


  4. slpmartin June 13, 2014 at 16:37 #

    The story of Meriam Ibrahim is most disturbing…and sadly it is probably only the tip of the iceberg of such behavior…we are indeed fortunate to live where we live.


  5. bluebee June 14, 2014 at 03:33 #

    Well done, Spud.


  6. Rorybore June 14, 2014 at 03:57 #

    Congrats to Spud!! Can you believe I won the Drama Award in high school too? It’s probably hard to picture on my blog because you can’t see my hand waving gestures as I talk or my animated face.
    Oh, that story of Meriam made me so angry. so appalling. I can’t even.


  7. Grannymar June 14, 2014 at 07:10 #

    great news all round. Special mention must go to Spud, with congratulations for all his achievements.


  8. sharechair June 15, 2014 at 14:03 #

    Congrats to Spud! Can’t wait to learn of his successes as he heads off to his next exciting adventure. And congrats to you as you work through your poems. Feels so good to get a goal accomplished! 🙂


  9. Eliz@MirthandMotivation June 15, 2014 at 14:09 #

    Glad to see your funny bone remains strong. Kudos on the freebies and best wishes on your book efforts; do let me know when it hits the globe. Miss visiting your blog. Happy Father’s Day! 🙂


  10. Hattie June 16, 2014 at 17:11 #

    You are to be congratulated for having brought up a useful and upstanding citizen. This is no small accomplishment!


  11. SchmidleysScribbling June 16, 2014 at 18:13 #

    Too sad. I won’t be around until November made my heart feel icy.


  12. Musings June 19, 2014 at 08:18 #

    Oh yae! So many happy and wonderful parenting news! Congratulations!


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