Shafted then relief

Audio, Lifestyle

Hi there just a quick one this week. I’d just like to say to DR. S. at the St Richards hospital. You are a real a***hole. I played extra time for you and I broke the golden rule. I didn’t ask you for money up front. I wonder what would have happened if I didn’t ask for the main fee upfront? Would you have shafted me over that as well? Probably but we’ll never know. Sometimes I’m too trusting but I’m not a total bloody moron! Interesting subject is money and payment. Right now a mate of mine is trying to get money out of a certain hotel in Brighton for a number of Christmas functions, one of which I did for him myself. This hotel chain is owned by a multi millionare from what I am told and has a pretentious variation on the word “blue” in it’s title/brand name. The payment has been politely asked for, invoiced, politely asked for and subsiquently ignored and ignored and ignored. It’s now at the court stage and they are theatening an order to shut down the business or some such “seemingly out of proportion, but necessary to solve the problem” thing.

Just think how much better this world would be if everyone, business and private actually paid their bills on time! Yes it’s mad, it’s crazy and it seems like a new and radical idea doesn’t it? No not really. Bills are my first priority. If you make extra money. Pay the bills first. Peace of mind is priceless. Carribean holidays are nice if there’s enough left over. If not, you have more time than you think. Make the extra money. Don’t borrow unless it’s an emergency. Debt and late payment are the scurge of the modern age, along with drugs and fake mental disorders – To sell more drugs of course. Anyway, I digress. Tight b*****ds are not exclusively rich. There are poor tight b*****ds and rich tight b*****ds. It’s not a good measuring stick. At least poor tight b*****ds have some justification for holding onto their precious lolly (there’s a word from the past). Rich tight b*****ds or even slightly rich tight b*****d doctors have no justification. If you deliver a great product (which everyone else agreed that I did) then you should have fair exchange for it and if that doesn’t sound fair it’s a good sign of insanity. So there you are Doctor S. You’re not just a tight slightly rich b*****d but you’re a fruit cake too with a genuine mental disorder. I’d just like to finish this bit by saying thank you to the other doctor who promised to sort out payment the next day and then never called. You guys are an inspiration to us all.

In complete contrast I would like to say a big thankyou to Wendy and family with the After eight club for a great comedy relief night on the Friday 18th March where we raised around £500.00 and the crowd were absolutley brilliant. I love it when the crowd get’s into the dancing en-mass. It’s my main statistic of course and try as one might it doesn’t always happen.

See you all next time and have a great week. Don’t forget the clocks go forward this weekend so I feel your pain when it comes to getting up an hour earlier! Take care,

Mike.

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80’s night with a couple of celebrities

Audio, Lifestyle

Hi all. Haven’t posted for a while as this winter has been pretty quiet to tell the truth. Never mind. Had an 80’s party on Saturday hosted By Stuart Duff from Megafan records for his wife Yolanda’s birthday. I had to increase the size of the already large show to accomodate the main attraction Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot from 80’s number 1 selling album band Curiosity Killed The Cat. Not that Ben is large physically, I mean I had to dig out the old CDN88’s (twin CD player – one of the best in it’s day) to play the backing tracks for the act. This made a large disco set up as you can see below:

Ben sang well and got a great reaction from the ladies:


Also a really nice guy and a fellow Level 42 fan, so that means he can do no wrong in my book..

Also, at some point in the night, one of Stuarts other artists (he actually has Chaka Khan on his books amongst others!),Robbie Craig from 2 step garage act Artful Dodger sang “Woman Trouble” with his lady support vocalist joining in on the choruses. Wow! what a voice that bloke has..And his lady too! every bit as good. I must say although I loved Curiosity and bought their debut album on cassette, I had a special place in my heart for  the Artful Dodger track. I was just starting out as a DJ early in the naughties when this track appeared on the scene. It never got a huge reaction on the dance floor at the time, but you know what? I loved it and I was behind the decks, so on it went gig after gig. I don’t often make exceptions like that, but this song was funkay.


You can just see yours truly looking much more serious than I actually am as usual..

All in all a great night and Beckie I have to say got right into th idea and dressed for the part:

This picture doesn’t do her look justice but it’s the best I’ve got on this camera.

Well hope you enjoyed this blog at least a little as much as I enjoyed doing the show. Check out Stuart and Yolandas review

Ok see you next time and have a great week.

Cheers,

Mike.

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Christmas and new year round up

Audio, Lifestyle

Hi everyone! Hope you had a great Christmas. I thought we had a quieter one than usual work wise, but I’ve totted up the income and it’s almost exactly the same as last year. Not only that, I’ve discovered that I made a mistake in last years final gross profit figure and I’ve paid too much tax as a result! Bugger! Never mind. I guess they need the extra money after the last lot ballsed up the economy so much – with help from the bankers but not exclusively of course.

Anyway, talking of ballsing it up. I got a last minute New Years Eve gig and the host told me to set this confetti cannon off at midnight. I say to him: “Do I need to take this polythene off if the tube first?” “No I think it’s fine” he says. So come midnight I play the new year chimes (which last about a minute). All this time I’m trying to twist this ruddy cannon tube open and not getting anywhere.

Finally the chimes end and …well nothing. Dead air as they say on radio. I rush over and start Auld lang Syne on the other decks (it’s complicated but the start of the chimes needs cueing out as it goes on forever – otherwise I’d have programmed it up on the laptop) and a cheer goes up. I realise that this ruddy polythene needs to come off so I’m about to set fire to it with my lighter (for speed – used to do this with CD covers) when Becky clocks what’s going on and comes and rips it off in one surprising and slightly annoyingly smooth and efficient German movement, thus enabling me to fire off at last the confetti on to a now Auld Lang Syne swaying Audience.

I told the host what happened after and he was cool about it. “Oh yeah” he said, “we had the same problem earlier in the car park”. At first I thought; Why were they setting confetti cannons off in the pub car park? And then I thought; why the hell didn’t you come and tell me that before midnight????

Then there was the girl on the dance floor who had a dress on so short that every move she busted, it rode right up over her bum. My god this job is hard sometimes. You just have to grit your teeth and get through the night as best as you can….

Sigh….Anyway, things are filling up up nicely for 2011, though I’m determined to find out why if you type “mobile disco Sussex” into Google, I don’t appear anywhere…Try it. You’ll see.

Have a great new year and see you soon,

All the best,

Mike.

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