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Stewart was an amazing person - A wonderful husband, a fantastic brother, a loving son and an adored uncle. He was also a brilliant friend and colleague and is missed by so many people. His family are determined that his death will never be in vain and are doing their part to beat bowel cancer for good. We are fundraising for the Bobby Moore Fund which is part of Cancer Research UK and specialises in research into bowel cancer. If you wish to donate to the fund, you can via https://www.justgiving.com/Geraldine-Smith3 .
If you haven’t already done so, please read the article which appeared in the Daily Record and learn from Stewart’s story that you must never be complacent. It makes grim reading for us, his family, even though we were beside him throughout his ordeal, or battle; call it what you will. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/lifestyle/heartbroken-widow-geraldine-smith-raises-3452997
Stewart began writing The Grambler when he was between procedures and hoping for some form of recovery. He loved all aspects of football and was a lifelong Motherwell supporter. His wish was that The Grambler should continue after his death and I have been happy to oblige. Read on and enjoy…
Well, it’s that time of year again when we forget all our troubles and indulge in a spot of celebrating. Yes, Christmas is almost upon us and thank goodness we will all be able to enjoy ourselves and party on down, unlike last year when we weren’t allowed to meet up and have any parties whatsoever. And, no, I’m not going to take a pop at our esteemed leader Bojo the Clown. If he says a particular Christmas party didn’t take place, then I, for one, believe him. After all, only politicians of immense ability and integrity get promoted to positions of high office. Don’t they? Don’t they? Well, don’t all shout at once.
Actually, we’re probably not going to be doing much partying this year either. Oh well, I’ll just have to wallow in nostalgia. [Hovis time? - Ed.] Indeed...
Come with me back to the 1960s (Yes, I am that old.) when life was so much simpler. Us kids had less choice back then. Christmas letters to Santa always seemed to revolve around what was available from a Freeman’s Mail Order Catalogue.
That’s a blast from the past, isn’t it? Mail order catalogues. Back in the sixties, it was a way for someone to make a bit of money. It seemed to be women who ran these catalogue-based businesses. The idea was that everything you might need in life would be available from these Aladdin’s caves of exciting choice... everything that could be posted to you, that is. A bit like Amazon today. However, back then, you didn’t pay for things upfront, you got a year to pay. And the price quoted in the catalogue was the price that you paid. No interest charges. Sounds like a great system. Well, to a certain extent, it was. The problem was that everything contained within the catalogue’s pages was expensive. But, in those pre credit card days, it was a way of buying goods and knowing exactly how much it would cost over the following 52 weeks.
Hang on, I hear you ask, how does a catalogue ‘agent’ earn any money? I told you that goods were expensive; the reason for that had a lot to do with the agent being paid two and six in the pound commission. Sorry pardon excuse me? What language is this? All right twelve and a half pees in the pound. In other words, for every pound’s worth of goods sold, the agent earned that amount.
It was a nice little earner for my old mum who was forever looking for ways of earning fag money in the days when working mums were a rarity. She also tried her hand at knitting machine demonstrations and selling knitwear (made on her trusty knitting machine).
Any road up, mum had a Freemans catalogue and I would be invited to look in the toy section, to choose a Christmas present.
Don’t ask me why Santa advertised all his wares in my mum’s catalogue, but he obviously did. Why else would I be asked to pick something out of it? I wonder if Santa got the same two and six in the pound commission.
Any road up, I am taking you back to the year when I was about 9 years old. By this stage in my life, I had worked out that Santa most definitely didn’t... erm... have a mail order catalogue. (Don’t want to upset any nippers who might be reading this. Why are you reading this? This is not suitable for a child to read. Stop it at once!) My older brother and I wanted a Scalextric set. For anyone who doesn’t know, Scalextric was (still is) a British slot car racing toy for kids (young and old) that was first introduced in the 1950s. Mum and Dad told us that we could have a set, but, as it would be our ‘big’ present, we would have to share it.
I’m going to digress a little here. They can’t touch you for it. As kids, big brother and I were encouraged to ask for only one large present. Large, in those days might mean a Lego set, or a train set; both pricey items. Other than that, we had to request smaller items such as an ‘annual’ of our favourite comic, a selection box and something sensible like a pair of slippers. There was none of this asking for multiple fancy items that would guarantee your parents would spend the following year paying off the interest charges on the credit card. Although, given that Mum bought our presents from a vastly overpriced catalogue and paid it back over the year, not much has changed in reality.
So, this particular year, brother and I sat down with Mum’s catalogue and decided what we would like. Our choice was pretty limited; I’m sure Scalextric produced many different sizes of set with a choice of slot cars to go with them, but Freemans only sold four sets. The smallest had a two-lane oval track. It was the sort of thing that could have been set up in the smallest of rooms; it probably measured little more than three feet by two (1 metre x 60 cm). I think it featured a Lotus car and a Cooper. It probably cost about six or seven quid back then, which probably equates to about fifty quid nowadays.
That was just a bit rubbishy to our eyes, but the next size of set looked more promising. It still featured the same cars, but the track was a lot longer and could be made into different shapes... well, an oval or a figure of eight. This was more promising. Big brother and I put our heads together and decided that we should pester... sorry... ask our parents for this set. It was pretty expensive; pushing ten quid, I think. Would Mum and Dad accept our request? They would ‘think about it’.
The other sets in the catalogue were way out of our league. Sets we could only lust after. One featured an Aston Martin and a Ferrari GT and cost an arm and a leg... Fifteen quid at least. The biggest set was utterly senseless, twenty quid almost. Mind you, it had four lanes, so that probably explained its high price.
So, as Christmas drew nearer, we grew ever more hopeful that mum and dad (and Freemans) would come up with the goods. One day, with only a few days to go til the big day, Mum and Dad were out getting the Christmas food in. While I was happy watching Blue Peter or Top Cat or something, my brother was rushing about the house like a child possessed. I heard his heavy footsteps as he bounded downstairs...
‘I’ve found it!’ he cried.
‘Come and see! Quick! Before they get back.’
He then raced back upstairs with me struggling to keep up and led me into Mum and Dad’s bedroom. A wardrobe door was opened and he pointed in with a ‘tadah’ type of flourish.
There, hidden behind my dad’s Gannex mac (ask your dad) was a Scalextric box. A very large Scalextric box. I hadn’t realised quite how bulky these sets were. Then I spotted that the coloured illustration on the box lid featured a green Aston Martin and a red Ferrari. Wow, we both thought, they had actually bought us the best set... well, the best two car set. Wow.
He closed the wardrobe door quickly and we went downstairs to discuss who was having which car. We decided that I would have the James Bond DB5 and he would have the Prancing Horse. Wow. We were still pondering our good luck when Mum and Dad came back in. They probably wondered why we were both sat quietly watching children’s TV... we were normally knocking lumps out of each other.
Christmas day arrived and brother and I had to feign surprise as we were given our ‘big’ Scalextric set...
‘Who’s having which car?’ asked Dad.
‘I’m the green one.’ I said, a little too quickly, perhaps.
‘I’m the red one.’ added big brother.
‘That was quickly decided.’ said Mum.
‘James Bond.’ I said.
‘I like red.’ said my brother.
Did we look as guilty as we felt? I have no idea. Nor have I any idea if they believed us or not, but that Christmas day was spent assembling and playing with our terrific, unexpected (but also totally expected) Christmas gift.
I hope you enjoyed that little trip down memory lane. It seems that, at this time of year, a few people get a touch nostalgic. I have just had a look at the current singles chart. Obviously, a week before Christmas, we can expect a few popular oldies such as Last Christmas or All I Want for Christmas is You, but I wasn’t prepared for this. I’ll pick out some oldies from this week’s Top 100...
87 - Mary’s Boy Child/Oh My Lord - Boney M (1978)
84 - 2000 Miles - Pretenders (1983)
80 - It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas - Perry Como (1951)
69 - Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Jackson 5 (1970)
68 - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Darlene Love (1963)
67 - The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole (1946)
65 - Lonely This Christmas - Mud (1974)
64 - Christmas Lights - Coldplay (2010)
63 - Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow - Frank Sinatra (1950)
62 - White Christmas - Bing Crosby (1942)
60 - Santa Baby - Madonna (1987)
54 - Stop the Cavalry - Jona Lewie (1980)
52 - Christmas Tree Farm - Taylor Swift (2019)
47 - Feliz Navidad - Jose Feliciano (1970)
45 - Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow - Dean Martin (1959)
44 - Mistletoe - Justin Bieber (2011)
41 - Holly Jolly Christmas - Michael Buble (2011)
36 - Sleigh Ride - Ronettes (1963)
35 - Happy Xmas (War is Over) - John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band (1972)
33 - Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade (1973)
32 - Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms (1957)
31 - One More Sleep - Leona Lewis (2013)
29 - Wonderful Christmastime - Paul McCartney (1979)
27 - Driving Home For Christmas - Chris Rea (1988)
25 - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday - Wizzard (1973)
20 - It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year - Andy Williams (1963)
19 - Santa Tell Me - Ariana Grande (2014)
17 - Underneath The Tree - Kelly Clarkson (2013)
16 - Step Into Christmas - Elton John (1973)
14 - Do They Know It’s Christmas - Band Aid (1984)
10 - Rocking Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee (1958)
9 - It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - Michael Buble (2012)
7 - Fairytale Of New York - Pogues & Kirsty McColl (1987)
6 - Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin’ Stevens (1985)
4 - All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey (1994)
3 - Last Christmas - Wham (1984)
There you have it. 36 out of the top-selling tunes this week are old Christmas songs that have charted before... some of them seem to chart every year. I suppose it’s nice to see some jolly songs (and some less than jolly) being appreciated at this time of year.
Why are they getting in to the charts, though? I blame Hey Googly, Alexis and Siria, not forgetting streaming servers like Snotify... Yes I know those names aren’t quite right, but I believe that a bit of litigation isn’t beyond the actual companies if anybody looks at them the wrong way. Yes, it is all about streaming these days. Nobody has actually gone out to physically buy those records. Instead, people up and down the land are tapping into and playing their own personal Christmas playlists. They may have created them years ago, but each year, voices are shouting at their smart speakers, ‘Alex, play ‘Now that’s what I call the most brilliant Christmas mix ever by (insert name here)’ and away it will go, playing all these old favourites. Noddy Holder, Roy Wood and Shakin’ Stevens must love it when the cheque from Stopify arrives and they realise that their records have been listened to more than a million times... Woo! A tenner!
I wonder if Ladbaby will make it four Christmas number ones in a row based on one gag; the fact that the words sausage roll sound a bit like rock and roll. Oh how we laughed. It's all for cheridee, so that's okay, I suppose.
Here's a thing... Strange that the 1984 song Another Rock and Roll Christmas never seems to make it onto these listings. I mean it got to number seven when there was a lot of competition about from the likes of Band Aid and Wham. You would think people would still want to hear it. Who was it by, again? Barry something? Gary? That’s it! Gary Gli... Ah. Of course. I take it all back.
Let’s move on to the birthday honours, shall we?
Were any famous or not so well-known individuals born on the 18th of December? Of course there were. Here are some that even I know.
Charles Wesley 1707 - Leader of the Methodist movement, which is not a yoga position, but a religious group. He wrote the words to over 6500 hymns as well. Six and a half thousand! Wow. His most famous is quite apt for this time of year. You’ll know it; you will...
Gladys Cooper 1888 - Ectress, dontcha know. Margaret St. Clair in The Rogues.
Leslie Statham (aka Arnold Steck) 1905 - Composer. Who, I hear you ask. His music is some of the most well-known to british television viewers of a certain age who enjoyed watching sports. He wrote the original Match of the Day theme and this piece, which is still used as sign-off music for Today at Wimbledon, Sporting Occasion.
Celia Johnson 1908 - Ectress. Perheps most famously, Laura Jesson in Brief Encounter. Also played Jenny Gregory in, eptly, The Holly end the Ivy.
Ken Reid 1919 - Artist. When I were a lad [Uh oh, Hovis time. - Ed.] he was, to my young eyes, the best artist working for D.C. Thomson with his brilliant cartoons for Roger the Dodger and Jonah, both introduced in the 1950s. Though both characters are still in The Beano, later artists have never managed to capture the anarchic subversiveness of Reid’s drawings from those earliest days.
Merlyn Rees 1920 - Politician. [I thought he was a magician. - Ed.]
Peggy Cummins 1925 - Ectress. Annie Laurie Starr in Gun Crazy.
Rosemary Leach 1935 - Actress. Sadie Potter in Sadie, It’s Cold Outside. [Sadie it’s cold outside... Oh, how we laughed. - Ed.]
Chas Chandler 1938 - Musician, producer and manager. Bass player and backing vocalist in The Animals and later became the manager of Jimi Hendrix and Slade. Let’s have a clip, here’s We Gotta Get Out Of This Place.
Prince William of Gloucester 1941 - Posh bloke.
Keith Richards 1943 - Mummified musician. A Glimmer Twin or one half of Nanker and Phelge; take your pick. Here is the first Rolling Stones hit that he penned with the other Glimmer Twin, Mick Jagger, The Last Time.
Roger ‘Deke’ Leonard 1944 - Musician. Part of Man. That’s the band. Not a leg, or something. Right, now that’s sorted out, let’s have some early seventies prog rock. Here is a piece with, quite possibly, the best title ever used, Would The Christians Wait Five Minutes? The Lions Are Having A Draw.
Angela Richards 1944 - Actress. Monique Duchamps in Secret Army.
Alex Ligertwood 1946 - Musician and singer. Here he takes care of vocals on this Santana toon, Hold On.
Bill Nelson 1948 - Singer, guitarist, songwriter, producer, painter, video artist, and writer... In fact, a right old smarty boots. Be-Bop Deluxe main man. Have a clip. Here’s Ships In The Night.
Kevin Beattie 1953 - Footy bloke.
Tommy Walsh 1956 - Builder.
Jonathan Cainer 1957 - Astrologer, but you knew that.
Kevin ‘Geordie’ Walker 1958 - Musician. Guitarist with Killing Joke. A clip? But, of course. Here’s Love Like Blood.
Grantley Marshall aka Daddy G 1959 - Musician with Massive Attack. Another clip? Why not. Here’s Unfinished Sympathy.
Robin Galloway 1961 - DJ.
Robson Green 1964 - Actor and one time hitmaker as half of Robson and Jerome. [Really? Which half was he? - Ed.] Are you getting into the Christmas spirit a little too early? A clip? I should think so. They had three number ones... this wasn’t one of them, The Price of Love.
Baxter Dury 1971 - Musician. Son of Blockheads frontman Ian. Have a clip. Here’s I'm Not Your Dog. Factoid: When he was five, he appeared with his dad on the cover of the album New Boots and Panties.
Melissa Porter 1972 - TV presenter.
Lucy Worsley 1973 - Historian and TV presenter.
Stuart Gray 1973 - Fitba guy. Factoid: In the 2009 film The Damned United, he played his father, Eddie Gray.
Tom Parker Bowels... sorry... Bowles 1974 - Camilla’s lad.
Kirsteen Macdonald 1983 - Weather presenter. [She tells you whether it’s going to be sunny or whether it’s going to rain. Ha ha... D’you geddit? Whether. Weather. Ha ha... hic! - Ed.] Definitely been on the sauce.
Imad Wasim 1988 - کرکٹر
Adelayo Adedayo 1988 - Actress. Lauren in Timewasters.
Ashley Slalina-Davies 1989 - Actress. Amy Barnes in Hollyoaks.
Emily Atack 1989 - Actress/comedian. She has her own comedy show, appropriately titled, The Emily Atack Show.
Jack McMillan 1997 - Fitba guy. Ex-Motherwell, you know.
I’ve received a letter...
Dear Mr Grambley Marshall aka Daddy G,
I well remember your hit Unfinished Sympathy as the first biggish hit from your beat combo. Was it your biggest ever hit, or was there another piece of music which perhaps performed better in the hit parade?
How did The Grambler’s predictions fare last time? First off, may I apologise for not being able to count last week. We won £2.08 from a £2.20 stake and I said we were in profit. [Dozy pillock! - Ed.] Anyway, this week, three out of five predictions were spot on and we won £2.06. Oh no. Two pees down on last week. What happened? Read on...
Preston vs Barnsley - Home win
Result - Preston 2 Barnsley 1
Alan Browne's close-range strike opened the scoring for the Lilywhites, before Cauley Woodrow levelled the match with a header.
Daniel Johnson's neat finish restored the lead to delight the home crowd at Deepdale.
[Is that it? - Ed.]
[Oh. - Ed.]
Fleetwood vs Gillingham - Home win
Result - Fleetwood 2 Gillingham 1
Harrison Biggins and Tom Clarke scored as Fleetwood inflicted a defeat on Gillingham.
The first half had been low on thrills, other than a diving save by visiting keeper Aaron Chapman, who reacted well to deny Ged Garner.
At the other end, Alex Cairns had had even less to do, a routine save from Mustapha Carayol his main contribution.
But Biggins' goal came in the 38th minute when he timed his run perfectly to break behind the Gills' back-line and turn in Paddy Lane's cross.
Fleetwood nearly added a second before the break but Callum Morton couldn't turn in an off-target shot from left-back Danny Andrew.
Andrew almost caught out the stranded Chapman with a long-range effort a minute into the second half, the back-tracking Rhys Bennett rescuing his side.
Frustrated Gills manager Steve Evans was yellow-carded by Stephen Martin after an hour of haranguing the officials at every turn. Tw*t!
After Andrew hit a post, Evans would have been even more upset when Clarke scored Fleetwood's second in the 65th minute, heading in from another Lane cross.
Gillingham's Robbie McKenzie fired in a goal to set up a nervous final 15 minutes but the hosts held on for a vital victory.
[That’s better. - Ed.]
Sunderland vs Plymouth - Home win
Result - Sunderland 2 Plymouth 1
Dan Neil put Sunderland ahead in the fourth minute with a finely worked goal.
Neil applied the low finish from 12 yards out after Alex Pritchard's corner to the near post was flicked on first time by the boot of Callum Doyle.
Nine minutes later Nathan Broadhead extended the lead as he timed his run to perfection to cheekily flick Leon Dajaku's low cross beyond goalkeeper Mike Cooper.
Plymouth improved after the restart.
Danny Mayor was denied by goalkeeper Thorben Hoffmann before Ryan Broom's rebound effort was well blocked by Doyle.
And after Sunderland head coach Lee Johnson was cautioned for complaining about a few of referee Scott Oldham's decisions, Dan Scarr headed Plymouth back in it from Jordan Houghton's corner in the 64th minute.
Sunderland finished strongly and Broadhead and Dajaku both went close before Plymouth defender James Wilson blocked Aiden O'Brien's effort from going in after a mistake from Cooper.
Wycombe vs AFC Wimbledon - Home win
Result - Wycombe 2 AFC Wimbledon 2
Ooh! ’It the bar!
Joe Jacobson's penalty in the sixth minute of stoppage time earned Wycombe a dramatic draw against a battling AFC Wimbledon.
The Chairboys twice fell behind to Jack Rudoni goals during a breathless encounter.
Wimbledon were ahead after just four minutes when Paul Osew put Ollie Palmer in behind down the right and his ball across goal was tapped in at the back post by Rudoni.
Adebayo Akinfenwa equalised with 16 minutes left, battling for possession before looping his shot from the edge of the box over keeper Nik Tzanev and in.
The Dons looked to have snatched it two minutes into added time when Rudoni planted in a terrific header from Egli Kaja's cross that sent the away end wild.
However, there was still time for Wycombe to be awarded a penalty after Sullay Kaikai was sent sprawling by Osew and Jacobson sent Tzanev the wrong way to rescue a point.
Hartlepool vs Scunthorpe - Home win
Result - Hartlepool 0 Scunthorpe 0
Ooh! ’It the bar! Again.
Pools went close in the 13th minute when defender Gary Liddle slapped a 10-yard volley wide.
Alfie Beestin skidded a low shot wide for the visitors in a drab first half.
Pools stepped up in patches in the second half as they looked to make it three wins in a row under new boss Graeme Lee.
Tom Crawford's goalbound shot was blocked on its way to goal, before keeper Rory Watson kept out a low David Ferguson free-kick from 20 yards.
Iron substitute Dan Gallimore wasted their best chance as he blazed over after 81 minutes.
Pools felt they should have had a late penalty as Mark Cullen was bundled over in the area.
In stoppage time, Watson again denied Pools, pushing out a fierce Jamie Sterry shot before pouncing on a Gavan Holohan effort.
What a pity. Three spot on and two almosts for The Grambler. What has he/she/it come up with this week?
Game - Result - Odds
Aston Villa vs Burnley - Home win - 7/10
Nottingham Forest vs Hull - Home win - 10/11
Cambridge vs Rotherham - Away win - 13/20
Salford vs Stevenage - Home win - 19/20
Kilmarnock vs Dunfermline - Home win - 4/5
The bets have been placed - Ten 20 pee doubles plus a single 20 pee accumulator. If the results go as predicted by The Grambler, the Bobby Moore Fund will be richer to the tune of a whopping
[I think you need to redefine the word whopping. - Ed.]
Yay! How did you get on with last time’s five questions? Here are the answers.
1. Who am I?
I was born in Buenos Aires in 1988. I began my senior career with Independiente before moving to Atlético Madrid where I scored 74 goals in 175 appearances. I then had a ten year spell at Manchester City, scoring 184 goals in 275 appearances. I currently play for Barcelona.
Answer - Sergio Agüero
2. Which current Premier League player has made the most Premier League appearances?
Answer - James Milner (534 and counting)
3. Going back a bit now... Nat Lofthouse made 503 appearances for which club?
Answer - Bolton Wanderers (Bolton lad, he were. Born and bred.)
4. An easier one... Father and son, Ian Wright and Shaun Wright-Phillips have both been capped for England, but who won the most caps?
Answer - Shaun Wright-Phillips with 36 (His dad only managed 33.)
5. Also easy... Which club’s crest features a submarine?
Answer - Barrow AFC
Righty ho ho ho, since Christmas is almost upon us, I thought a different type of quiz might amuse you. This week, I am giving you crossword type clues to find a famous person. Each person’s name contains a football club name. All you have to do is find the club. To assist you, I have added the division the team plays in - English and Scottish top four senior divisions, as always. Okay? Here we go...
1. Actor. From a women’s prison to My Fair Lady? (EFL 1)
2. West Indies cricketer; averaged 92 runs in test matches. (Premier League)
3. Actor/singer. Had a UK number one with Johnny, Remember Me. (EFL 2)
3. Criminal. 1967 film told the story of his (and his partner’s) life. (EFL 2)
4. Half of Britain’s most popular comedy act. (EFL 1)
5. Daughter of ex-US president. (Premier League)
6. The first DJ to broadcast on Radio One. (EFL Championship)
7. Walker Brothers drummer and vocalist. (Premier League)
8. Actor who starred in The Music Man. (EFL Championship)
9. Entertainer who worked with an aggressive bird. (EFL Championship)
10. The greatest driver never to win the F1 World Championship. (SPFL 2)
11. Jimi’s bass player. (EFL Championship)
12. Musical founding father. (SPFL Championship)
13. Actor reputed to have bought his film star wife a $1.5 million diamond ring in 1968. (EFL 1)
14. This actor was Moses before becoming an ape. (EFL 1)
15. Pop rock balladeer famous for his mullet hairstyle. (EFL 1)
16. This chat show host is the last resort. (SPFL Premiership)
17. The greatest US president? (EFL 1)
18. Drummer in a band formed in 1967 and still going. (EFL 1)
19. US film director and writer known for his gothic style. (EFL 1)
20. Actor famous for playing a detective, an alcholic psychopath and a stripper. (EFL 2)
There you have it; a nice little quiz to test you. Can you answer them without resorting to those damned search engines or even the divisions quoted? A good one for a Christmas Day quiz with the family.
Remember the serious message...
As usual (at the risk of repeating myself), I remind you of the main reason for continuing to publish this blog – to raise awareness about bowel cancer. If you have any bowel problems, don’t be fobbed off with the line that you are too young for bowel cancer to be a consideration. Just point your doctor in the direction of http://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/campaigns-policy/latest-campaigns/never-too-young-campaign
Please, take a few minutes to watch an informative little video from Mersh (a great friend of Stewart’s).
Click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26HWQXMalX4. The amount raised is a little out of date, though. Check the Justgiving page link given at the beginning of this blog to see the current figure.
And finally, Cyril? And finally, Esther, I am indebted to a Mr. S. Phillips who provides us with this week’s finishing item. It is not funny. Sorry about that. It is something that I have included in a previous edition of your favourite, ill-informed blog. It is a Christmas song entitled, appropriately enough, A Christmas Song. It never features in any chart rundown and I think that it is because it's a proper religious toon which briefly covers the life of Jesus. In fact, I think it is the only song that actually includes the crucifixion... other than Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. Anyway, it has a nice upbeat feel to it so please enjoy Shawn Phillips’ A Christmas Song.
Merry Christmas to you all.
That’s all for this week folks, but remember you can read the musings of The Grambler every week (well, most weeks) by going to the blog at www.thegrambler.com where you can also catch up on any previous editions you may have missed.