Well, The headlines in the paperes make me look like a Columbian drug lord. The fact is, yes me and my mates (except Franksie) took loads of drugs. We lived for the weekend when we would get as high as kites and sit and talk bollocks to one and other. I quickly noticed that there was never enough drugs for me.people would be content with their intake but me? I would take too many and make myself ill. Later I went into a clinic to do something about my addictive personality. I never hid this from the public.I’ve never hid anything from the public! There are some people and I am one of them that one of anything is not enough. I haven’t touched drugs for 25 years, and God willing I won’t do today. I have however become very interested in the whole subject of drugs and drug takers.
Care after Combat has two main roles the first being the rehabilitation of ex vet prisoners and the other is helping veterans and serving members of HM armed forces with their substance and booze addiction. We CAN help these people. Dr Nick Murdock himself a veteran heads our team.I wish I could learn more. I watch and listen as Nick talks me through the problems people face. Every story sounds like my own story. We will help these people . Please help us help them Go to www.careaftercombat.org and see what you can give.
Not knowing what to expect I accepted and invitation to be on James O’Brian’s new show. Did you see them?…wow. It was Jeremy Kyle plus. I quite liked it and I think James does a great job. It’s a bit much when I am the voice of reason!!
Care after Combat starts it’s Phoenix project (Vets in Prison) soon and I have to find 500K any ideas?
I am addicted to box sets. When I am on tour or away from home I am glued to my laptop. Lost, Prison Break. Dexter definitely helped me get through the year from hell! Sopranos was the best, closely followed by Boston Legal and of course Breaking bad. Better call Saul is better than expected. I have just down loaded THE LAST SHIP It means well but cant help being American. All I can say is the producers must think their audience are thick! Rohna Mitre is in it so it’s worth a watch just for her! The bestist ever is a German mini series called Generation War simply fantastic Hollywood , watch and learn.
The show going great. oh yes it is!!
Well, we did the first show of the Scottish Sinderella last night.It went well and we all drank the Atholl Arms dry afterwards, bad head and berroca’s today! The show is silly really,it’s just a panto with schoolboy swearwords.I can imagine the critics tearing it apart…and I wouldn’t blame them one bit,but it’s soooooo funny. The audience love it and after a while they think it’s a real panto and join in.You can always tell that this show is funny because the rest of the cast stay in the wings and laugh their socks off. There is loads of ad-libbing and forgotten lines but it’s a riot. Its on at the Pavilion in Glasgow till Saturday and then Wed to Sat next week.
What’s all this fuss about Clarkson? I bet the BBC are rubbing their hands together with Glee. he doesn’t fit the BBC does he?…rather like me!
Tereasa…thanks for the card
The great thing about having mates who have done well for them selves is that they have great toys.Steve Lamprell lives in Dubai,he has a nice house in Emirates Hills. Beverly Hills without the bikinis! He and his wife Gillie have a boat. It is quite a big one, 175 feet! Knowing that I have not had a break for a while they invited me and the Misses out,play some golf and a ride on the ship. Great, what could go wrong?
I flew Virgin.I like Virgin a lot. Our mates Sally BT and her husband Terry work for Virgin. Terry was to be on the plane that flew us the 6 and a half hours to the Gulf. Now it’s not like me to complain but….
The new airbus that took us was designed for people who are 4feet 6 high. We spent a small fortune for two upper class tickets.We were leaving at 9 o’clock in the evening and wanted to sleep. The new bed seats are smaller that the old ones. I slept in the shape of a letter S. When I got off the plane I was bent up like Uriar Heep. No matter, a bit of golf would sort me out.
Steve and Gillie’s house is wonderful and in the afternoon I picked up a golf club for the first time in two years. I was a bit stiff but still managed to beat Steve 2 and 1. Paring 5 holes. not bad for a cripple! I was looking forward to the next day where I would have given Faldo a run for his money…It was not to be, instead a nice 7 hour drive to Oman to pick up Steve’s boat and sail back to Dubai. Bliss…well not quite. Day one was idilic, once the driver found out where we were going. The boat is luxurious and the staff polite and friendly. We ate drank and stayed the night at anchor while we waited for our friends Ian and Jan Fairservice joined us..they flew down!
Up came the anchor after dinner and we sailed on a sea of glass through the night to wake up in the Mussendan penninsular. Huge rocky mountains that drop into a flat sea. This is going to be great!
Setting off the next day I noticed some “white horses” on the surface.The wind was up. The horses turned into Giants as we ploughed through rough seas and winds of 40 knts! Michelle went white and I ran for the toilet. The worst thing about being sea sick is that you keep being sick after everything has come up! My brother Bill had the same trouble in the navy.Once whilst throwing up a petty officer said to him “Son, if a little brown ring comes up in your mouth swallow it quick…it’s your arsehole!” I know what he meant. Michelle was saying ’never again’.I was agreeing. For two days we anchored in a safe cove keeping a look out for pirates and Iranian SAS types. We set of to round the Straights of Homuz at 10 30 in the evening, by midnight me and the toilet were reunited and Michelle once again faced her demons.12 hours and three stone later we arrived in Dubai. I felt like I had been beaten up. Steve and Gillie plied us with food drink and TLC and we cheered up.We had a day of sunbathing and then set off for the Virgin Dwarf service.
If it wasn’t for Steve and Gillie along with Ian and Jan it would have been a nightmare…it was at times, but when you’re with people you love it doesn’t seem to matter
As for boating again….forget it!
What a cock up. I arrived at this tasty little cinema for a gig and found to my horror the stage was a mile high (it is actually 7 feet 6) why? Well it is a cinema that does live gigs….enough said.I couldn’t perform on a stage like that and frankly the powers at be shouldn’t have asked me to. Money can blind people sometimes!
Now I am returning to Evesham on the 29th of March to the Arts center. Tickets are 15 quid and ALL the profits goes to Care after Combat
I apologise for all the people who were let down, but if you offered to pay me 10 grand to fly around the room I couldn’t do it.
The replacement gig will be fine
Sadly Roger Kitter has died. I have known Roger since the mid seventies,he was a great bloke. He was a wonderful impressionist and never really cracked it the way he should have. he was a wonderful dame in panto and really shone alongside Dave Lee in Sinderella. he leaves behind Karen and Chloe. Rip Roger….”Look what your mate’s done!”
Well that was a better year for me, how was it for you? I had two Christmases;One with Michele’s family which was nice.We played a quiz and board games.Then we had a Christmas with my lot who drank us out of house and home. Poor Mrs D is knackered.
Care after Combat is going well.I hope you all can visit the web site or follow us on twitter. We have been dealing with a few guys who are suffering a bit and trying to make them feel better. The interesting project is the prison thing. We will be attempting to reduce the numbers of veterans in the criminal justice system. We have a great team. Goose and Simon Weston are superb and we have Smokey Cole at the helm.
If you want to help get in touch via the web site.It could be a sponsored run or a pub quiz it all helps.
I have some more gigs to do on the NFA tour and then its good by to all that…and move on. Please keep buying the DVD. It’s a cracker.
Happy new year and lets see what CBB slings up!
They’ll never beat us!!!!!
Tereasa is not feeling well. I hope you feel better soon can’t have have my biggest fan going down with the Lurgie. merry Xmas love Jim
You can donate to the charity by texting Comb11 £5 to 70070 please give as much as you can up to ten pounds it is needed to help.