I was a little under the weather last weekend and was hoping that I would feel well enough to go to the Barry Manilow concert at the O2 on Tuesday, which I had been looking forward to since Christmas. Apparently I am a difficult person to buy gifts for so the kids had clubbed together and bought me two tickets to the concert as a Christmas present. I haven't really listened to his music in years, so I don't know if I can class myself as a 'died in the wool' fan, but he is a big part of my history as his first appearances in the UK were in 1978, the year I met my partner Chris.
It was a very good show overall but my favourite bit was the encore right at the end. The audience wanted more, so Barry, who confessed he had a pizza waiting, stepped in front of the curtains and performed 'One Voice' completely unaccompanied. Amazing and not something all of the young artists today could do. Thank you family for a very thoughtful Christmas present!
Thanks for all the offers of spare rooms but I may not need them as I think we have found somewhere – more on next week's blog.