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I arrived in Croydon last night on a lovely Summer's evening and wandered through to The Cultural Quarter. Croydon's one of those places which is TERRIFICALLY EASY to slag off, but like HULL (for example) it's usually a brilliant place with a THRIVING community of people DOING STUFF and immense local pride in what it is. It is, basically, pretty GRATE.

I thus strolled down lanes and back streets until I reached St Matthew's Yard, wherein I met with Mr T Eveleigh to spend a couple of hours recording his show for Croydon Radio. We had a MARVELLOUS time - REMAKRS were made, several SONGS were sung, and we even got TWEETS from people, proving we had listeners! Hopefully it'll be up in a couple of days as a podcast, so you too will be able to hear why Tim must now be referred to, glamorously, as Twinkle Eveleigh, and why he LOVE USB STICKS SO MUCH. You wouldn't want to miss out on that, right?

We ambled round the corner to the Green Dragon where we found Mr S Hewitt ready to ROCK. We'd booked in for Tim's regular Freedom Of Expression night so we could have another go at some Dinosaur Planet songs, this time with MICROPHONES. We managed to get ourselves put on SECOND and this is what we did:
  • Theme From Dinosaur Planet (overture)
  • Don't, Darren, Don't
  • A Little Bit
  • The Battle Of Peterborough
  • Strangely Attractive
  • Dinosaurs Talk Like Pirates
  • My Grandad Is Nuts
  • Please Don't Eat Us
  • Theme From Dinosaur Planet
  • Boom Shake The Room

  • OH but we had a WHALE of a time! It's always good fun doing these songs, but it's even MORE so when you're freed from The Tyranny Of Narrative and can just LARK AROUND a bit, which we did quite a lot. It all went SO well, in fact, that we thought "SOD IT" and finished off with an unplanned version of "Boom Shake The Room". It was ACE.

    Also ACE was the presence of Mr Ben Cosh, who went on last. He was GRATE - funny, charming, MOVING, and all round BRILLIANT. It turns out he used to run his own Open Mic night (where he first met Tim... sorry, Twinkle) and you could SEE the EXPERIENCE in his act, especially when, in order to QUELL some people talking loudly at the back of the room, he stepped off the stage and sang a LULLABY completely unamplified. It was wonderful!

    And so we hugged our goodbyes (having tried to BERATE Ms J Lockyer into doing a Fringe show next year - this MUST HAPPEN) and headed off for another farewell at the train station, with me heading to London Bridge and Steve to Victoria. Next time we meet it will be in WALES, where it's possible we could be faced with the biggest single audience this show has ever had. YIKES!

    posted 15/8/2012 by MJ Hibbett

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    Thank you sir!
    posted 17/8/2012 by Ben Cosh

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