Saturday, 24th March – John Bishop at the BIC, Bournemouth

I had a great time on my latest adventure to the Bournemouth BIC to see John Bishop . He’s definitely a legend! I didn’t stop laughing and, being an older bear and ageing being one of the themes, his anecdotes really hit home!  Loved the ones about his family and his pets, too!

It was a great evening’s entertainment – we were very lucky as it was an extra date he added on.  I would definitely recommend you get a ticket to see John Bishop when he tours next. 🙂


Phill Jupitus, Juplicity Tour at Lighthouse, Poole

Spent an evening in the company of Phill Jupitus at Lighthouse, Poole.  I haven’t been there for some time and it’s looking good. The staff, who are mainly volunteers, are always most helpful so it’s a delightful venue. During the show Phill read out all those working that evening and thanked them, which was a nice thing to do.

We arrived to see Phill Jupitus and unusually he was sitting on the stage with his back to the audience while everyone took their seats.  The first half was taken up with poetry introduced by his alter ego Porky the Poet, which was very amusing and not at all stuffy. Phill has a great way with words and describing the mundane in a comedic way.


During the interval we were invited to choose a badge and to take a Tunnock’s Teacake, some of which he threw to people in the audience, much to everyone’s delight.  I haven’t been to see many comedians but it was lovely to see Phill going round the audience in the interval so they could take selfies with him, etc. I even managed to get a photo but I’m hopeless with technology – I hadn’t been drinking, honest!

During the second half he did some stand up observational comedy, played his guitar and sang a funny song in the style of coldplay and regaled us with stories things that had happened to him, including being given an honorary doctorate at Kent University, which was hilarious as like most of us he’s not comfortable in that type of formal environment – you can see it on You Tube apparently!  In fact we all had such a good time that he over ran and didn’t finish until 10.40.

Phill also made us aware of, who help those from disadvantaged backgrounds to study Arts and Humanities, which is definitely a worthwhile organisation to support.

Sadly, the day after this adventure it was announced that Professor Stephen Hawking had died, which brought MND very much to the fore in the news and shows why our fundraising is so important for those still living with the disease and their carers.


Banff Film Festival – Red Programme, Wednesday, 7th March

Went to the Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne tonight to see the Banff Mountain Film Festival – Red Programme.  It features a collection of films featuring amazing people who live life to the full some are people with an extraordinary sense of adventure and some are people who love the outdoors or are expert in their field – it’s a very diverse mix.

They definitely push the boundaries and are a good example pushing yourself to the limit, not something most of us ever do.  The films featured were:

Edges – a 9 minute film about a 90 year old ice skater ,Yvonne Dowlen, who has been ice skating for as long as she can remember – and she insists that, at 90, it’s easier to skate than it is to walk! Her elegance on ice reflects the decades she spent travelling the world as a performer, and then as a teacher. Skating helped her recover from the most challenging times of her life, and the message here is simple: keep doing what you love.

The Frozen Road – a 24 minute film from Ben Page, a 24 year old Brit who decided to cycle round the world.  This is the journey across the Canadian Arctic.

Ice Call – Backyard Project – a 3 minute film showing Skier Sam Favret sking down (and through) the infamous Mer de Glace, a valley glacier at the heart of the Mont Blanc massif.

Imagination – a 4 minute film – A beautiful, heart-warming and nostalgic film with some mind-blowing skiing, made in memory of Canadian freeskier JP Auclair.

Intersection – a 5 minute film featuring Mountain biker Micayla Gatto who takes the viewer into her world as a painter and as an athlete, riding through beautifully created masterpieces where colours come to life and reality blends with art.

Into Twin Galaxies – a 52 minute film featuring top adventurers Ben Stookesberry, Sarah McNair-Landry and Erik Boomer, who on an extreme mission in Greenland. Using kite skis, the trio tow their white-water kayaks 1,000km over the Greenland Ice Cap to reach the northernmost river ever paddled – and then the challenge gets even tougher. With spectacular cinematography, remote wilderness and a large amount of suffering, this film shows what it’s like to be far out of your comfort zone.

Stumped – a 25 minute film featuring climber Maureen Beck.  She may have been born missing her lower left arm, but that hasn’t stopped her from going hard. She pushes her ‘stump’ to the limit, tackling the tough grade of 5.12, while sinking the occasional early morning beer. She isn’t making excuses for herself though. “I don’t want to just be a good one-armed climber,” says Maureen. “I want to be a good climber.”


The films were introduce by Rosie, what a nice name (!) and I enjoyed the evening so much, I have booked for the Blue Programme on 25th April at the Tivoli.

As an extra treat, they also gave out some freebies and prizes from their sponsors:

Banff Lake Louise Tourism
Buff UKClif BarThermacell
World ExpeditionsSue MeCanadian Mountain HoidaysCotswold Outdoor
Keen FootwearRab The Mountain PeopleCanadian Mountain Holidays
(By the way,  I used Cotswold outdoor to buy the kit for my Iceland Trek last year, so I can definitely recommend them!)