Some go for a swim fix, some head off for workshops. And he writes about food, the struggle for food, the impossibility of feeding a family for a week on a few pounds. We were standing out in the sun with a beer after our show. They were met by gamekeepers hired by the land-owners, who began to beat back the walkers with sticks.
I thought 'Aaaarrrrse' was the punchline to this piece, but now Dave Hep had recollections of seeing this ship on the Humber as a child, long before a bridge spanned the tidal waters.
The Mill has been converted from dereliction to a busy arts centre, and is part of a house estate, every building run on environmentally-friendly systems. All along the valley settling the score. For a little while at least, I would like Zoom to go out of fashion.
Books that exist to create and invent worlds or to instruct and teach or argue with you and insult you. Indeed, it is our duty. Never have we sung our songs so fast — we have a lot of energy to burn!
Come Monday evening our Commoners door is always open and the kettle is always on. We had fun at Wigan Diggers Festival in September, inviting Merry Hell onto the stage to sing with us and seeing some brilliant performers; Ellie recounts our adventures in Tolpuddle at the Martyrs Festival and Kirsty enthuses about a fabulous night in Sheffield with the wonderful Reem Kelani.
Singing with other people is even better for you. This happened in Septemberand resulted in much sympathy for refugees, ordinary families fleeing lives made impossible in their own countries due to war, poverty or both.
But since the C19 pandemic started we've seen ordinary people being brave, selfless and kind every day.
Boff describes the hilarious panic he can see in the eyes of lots of us at the Mass Sing rehearsal on the Saturday morning all the choirs sing a few songs together at one point over the weekend , as we realise that the other choirs a can read music comfortably and b have done their homework before coming But singing in harmony fitted in perfectly with my love of fell running, or debating, or riding a bicycle, or chatting in the pub, or being in the middle of a demonstration… physical, natural, things that connect us.
Life to beauty, time and human contact.