Back from the dead

Audio

Ok, so that’s probably not a great way to put it. I am of course referring to the business. No not the poor unfortunate souls that have gone from our lives since this all began.

It’s been so long since I saw dancing feet!

I have my views on Covid 19, but I will keep them to myself. I may get into hot water if I tell you what I know. This site is not the place for such views.

Despite not having worked since February, I am still here to provide you with top quality entertainment . As soon as you like.

You do not have to wear a mask at a party at this time of writing. Although with certain individuals making it up as they go along, that could actually change. For the love of sanity, let’s hope not!

I’m keen to get going again. are you? I have plenty of bookings on hold.

Perhaps you don’t have an exact date yet? You can reserve a spot on the pile for a refundable deposit.

Anyway, please start calling so I can do some DJing. I very much miss the job, not to mention the income!

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Testing times for DJs, Businesses and all

Audio, Lifestyle

I read a lot about world events and who’s doing what and I like to think that I’m on top of what’s next.

But few people could see this coming. The human cost and the cost to business will be felt for many years to come.

Turn on the radio or the TV and all you hear is Corona/Covid 19 etc.

Go to the supermarket and shelves are empty.

Listen to Italians and the end of the world is coming.

I’ve almost written off this company for the rest of the year but we’ll see.

If you are in the same predicament, then you have my sympathy.

Take care not to spread this menace if at all possible. World events will depend on all our actions from here on out. What you do or don’t do could have substantial effects.

And most of all, Take care of each other.

Testing times call for strong responsible people and actions. Be resposible and don’t empty the shelves for others. If we’re really going to starve, will another six days food make any difference?

Love to you all.

Mike

UK Government news and advice

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New features, panic and salvation

Lifestyle

Hey there! That sounded very American didn’t it? Well I felt like exclaiming as it’s been a while since I’ve blogged here. Well I’ve been working on myorganic health foods site (now defunked – 2019) as well as other things.

We’ve been to Germany to see my girlfriend’s mum and she’s still there in hospital. (Girlfriend, not her mum) Nothing stopping me from saying that now, as she’s had the operation and all went well.Thank god, it was a worrying time! One funny thing to come out of it was that I had to take the hire car back to Hamburg from Bremen without Becky and all was going well until I hit a traffic jam. I waited and waited not worried about the time as I was way too early in order to get the paperwork sorted with the car before closing time in Hamburg at 18:00 when the actual flight didn’t leave until about 21:00.

Well as the jam cleared I looked at the sat-nav and noticed to my horror that it had crashed and only had about four vertical lines of grey on the screen! Oh crap. No map. No idea of location. Try as I might I couldn’t turn the damn thing off to re-boot!

So I’m in a queue of traffic and I decide to head for Bremen and see if I can pull over somewhere. This I did. Through sheer rebeliousness, I’d smuggled my tiny (can’t do without it) swiss army knife in the flight hand luggage (which is all I had). I pulled out the tooth pick and whittled it down to a point, so I could access the hole in which the reset button resided. And thank god it worked! About 6 frantic minutes were passed while I waited for it to come back online and then it was as good as new for me to proceed along the worst autobahn in Germany today, with more roadworks, treacherous narrow overtaking lanes and contraflows than any M6 nightmare. I guess that was my Bond moment this lifetime…

Anyway, I just want to announce that I finally got my shit together and got an availability checker for all you lovely customers out there to see if I can do your gig straight from the home page. If I can’t do it on your chosen date, Drop me an email anyway and I’ll recommend some good reliable DJ’s that I know who won’t let you down like some out there. It’s a free service designed to help you steer clear of the cowboys in this business (I don’t get commission) of which there are a few.

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, if the DJ is more important to you then try to find one BEFORE securing the venue, as you stand much more chance of having a great party with the right DJ than you do with any particular venue.

Well that’s quite enough work for one day. Time for tea and telly.

Have a great weekend and see you soon,

Mike

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Comfy in winter and please stop raining!

Audio, Lifestyle

Hi everyone. At last we’re fully moved in to our new place. Much anticipation over when the broadband router would arrive after the couriers lost it (now we’ve got two) and when the bookshelves, sofa etc. would get here but now it’s all finally delivered and assembled. Becky is thrilled with the place overall and especially the living room and I must say I have started a new love affair with the new sumptuous cream sofa. We wouldn’t have gone for that colour but when somethings reduced from £500 to £250 and it’s that good, well what can a man do? We originally bought one (new) off of that ebay and when we put it together I was astounded at how thoroughly uncomfortable it was. You didn’t so much sink into it, as sit upright on it and gradually slide off. Never mind. It’s sitting (no pun intended but I’ll take them where I can.) in a church reception now and the’yre thrilled at the donation. It works quite well in that setting, but as a living room sofa? Nada, nine, nyet, negative captain, noooo!

I did about the 45th wedding this year at Bosham Sailing club on Saturday night and it didn’t stop raining for more than 5 minutes all night! unusual weather indeed. Luckily the 5 minutes it stopped for were the 5 minutes that it took me to load the van at the end of the gig. I still got wet though. I was trying to have a fag every hour and a half or so and the back of the the gig is a marquee. Trouble with that is, when you lean out in the rain you get great drops of water falling on your head as there’s no gutter on these things. I ended up just going out and standing in the damn rain as I just got less soaked that way.

Baldy

I  must say there are definite advantages to having a shaved head. No one can tell when you’ve been out in it. You look the bloody same but for a bit of shine. No hair to get messed up and no barbers bills either. Get up in the morning and nothing to do except brush your teeth have a couple of mouthfuls of  berries (cereal makes you fat. – It took me 43 years to learn that!), some double cream (it’s ok without the carbs) and off out the door! this really appeals to my male sense of urgency and slight laziness. Of course when the ladies’ coming out with me, it’s best to settle down into the said comfy sofa and read war and peace whilst you wait for all the preperation that you don’t have to do, to be done by the afore mentioned. Most women have some hair and make-up and they have my empathy…even if I do get frustrated and resort to pacing up and down the flat, not quite having enough time to do anything substantial but having a bit too much time to hang about not doing anything substantial.

Taxi Service

Oh by the way, (meanwhile back at the ranch) the bride and groom Sue and paul were caught out by the taxi firm and I ended up giving them a lift home. That’s the first time I’ve had a bride and groom in the passenger seat of the Expert or any other van. I really should have taken a picture, but you don’t think of these things at the time do you? Hi to you both if you’re reading this. And thanks for the review.

Singing in the rain

Well this is the “dead season” coming up now so I guess we might get to go out a bit our selves on a few weekends. Beckies’ dying to see me do some karaoke as I still love to sing when I can, all be it a bit rusty now.  That being said, if you want to book me I’ll happily stand her up and do your party instead as, well…Rent has to be paid and all that.

Think that sounds cruel? Then you don’t know how much this place is to rent! believe me, she understands.

Until next time, Have a great week and don’t work too hard, unless it’s really worth it of course!

Cheers,

Mike.

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Still here but waiting for proper internet back

Audio, Lifestyle

Hi. Just a real quicky to say that I’m still here and funking. I won’t write much more as I’m still waiting for Opal to get my new broadband router delivered after the couriers lost it already and mobile broadband is so patchy that last week after writing a very long and funny blog, I lost the lot on a “time out”.

We’re getting the new flat up and running and waiting on some book shelves and a sofa before we invite anyone round.

We’ve already managed to break the glass lenses of the kitchen light fitting and are trying in vain to replace them from Ebay. First Becky breaks one whilst cleaning and then I break one whilst trying to catch a daddy long legs of which she is petrified thanks to her spider phobia. So you see it’s all Beckie’s fault really. Ok not really.

I’m trying to decide whether or not to go to BPM in Birmingham on October 2nd, well 3rd or 4th actually. It’s the biggest DJ trade show but the one thing I want to have a look at won’t be demo’d due to the noise factor of the situation in a trade fair. ie: Speakers.

Well better wrap it up now. Pathetically short as this blog is, I don’t want to lose this one as well. Have a great weekend and hello to my wedding disco clients this week.

Mike.

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Weather, aerials and bad radio blues…

Audio, Lifestyle

Hi all again. Not a bad summer is it? Not too hot. No rain to speak of.. and one of my broken bass bins (now repaired) comes back tomorrow by courier hopefully.That’s such a weight off, as I’ve got some biggies coming up and I need the extra oomph!

Business

I’m doing lots of gigs right now of either weddings or foreign students. I’ve had to resort to taking in paper and pen, as the other week a Russian 13 year old asked me for “leeki par-nmm” Eh? 5 times he tried to get the message accross and you’ve got to remember that I’m standing in a loud environment at the best of times, so it’s a delicate balancing act trying to hear them without getting your ear drum shattered from the requestee shouting in it. Turned out it was “Linkin’ Park – Numb”. What do you mean you’ve never heard of it? Oh you’re a radio 2 listener are you? Well confession time…I do Chris moyles in the morning (only in the biblical sense) and Number 2 there after as it’s more random and just brilliant for picking up back catalogue tunes. Refreshingly, You never quite know what you’re going to hear. How many stations can you say that about? Not many commercial ones that’s for shure.- ooops, that’s “shure” the microphone company. I thought that was wrong.

Reception

That reminds me. I must get the aerial replaced on our old but gorgeous VW golf. I love her to bit’s. She drives like a dream (1.8 CL) but only picks up BBC radio Sussex on the inherited stereo (won’t play cd’s either) unit. Now there’s a radio station! Every tune a thousand years old guaranteed! I’m going out of my mind. We’ve got an ipod, but with all the DJ business I can never get round to putting any more then the 300 odd songs on it already. Ipod owners will know that this is an obsticle that must be confronted in order not to get bored with your all time favourite songs and literally lose the will to live any more. For without those to fall back on; what is the point of it all?

Have a great weekend and think of me working my nuts off!

Mike

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Open All Hours

Audio, Lifestyle

It’s been another interesting week. As I type this I feel like Ronnie Barker at the end of an episode of “Open all hours” hence the title.
Yesterday was a mammoth day in all aspects.

I had a gig through an agency and it said the set up time was 11am. This is fine normally for most gigs for most Deejays as they don’t tend to stray far from home and go to said place in between setting up the show and actually coming on at night, some even programming the background music to come on before they get there in the evening. Ian, I so admire your confidence in technology..I on the other hand, cover the entire South of England so I can’t just pop back from Salisbury to jolly old Barnham for some dinner and TV.

I meant to ask the bride if I needed to be there at 11am as I knew she was not getting back to the venue until 3:45pm but forgot and called her the day before to ask her this very thing. Alas, she was at a friends house for the day before and for some reason, she may still not have received the mobile answer phone message that I left her.

Have you ever had that thing where the message turns up days later? I know I have. Anyway I had another brilliant gig as you will see when I put the video blog up and even got given a bottle of wine as a thank you (for being here all this time and staying awake?) from the Bride and Groom who were a wonderful couple and had many friends who had helped out with the costumes etc. which shows that I’m not just saying they were wonderful!

On the way home though, I suddenly realised I should have brought some matches to prop open my eyelids as I couldn’t drive anywhere without really wanting to close them. I’ve been a temp truck driver for years so I know all about odd hours and “sleep driving” but this was severe! I’ve never been this tired before. Never mind, I’m still here to tell the tale.

Here endeth todays  blog.

Take care,

Mike

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