Rock n Roll rugby tour, the Royal Wedding and more


Dale as a rock star Well it's all been happening since my last blog. I took a couple of weeks break then came Easter then the May Day hols and a Royal Wedding!

First off – 'The Rock n Roll Rugby Tour' to South Wales was a great success. My lowly attempt at being a rock star ended up looking more like Neill from 'The Young Ones' – at least we were only in fancy dress on the last day!

We were made very welcome on the Saturday as guests of Caerleon RFC, a beautiful club on the site of a Roman fortress near Celtic Manor (Ryder Cup Golf fame) close to Newport, Gwent. Later that afternoon we travelled into the Valleys to watch Newbridge RFC play and win handsomely, meeting with both the team, their chairman and their great supporters, who gave us a genuinely warm welcome in the hillside !

On the Sunday we played a couple of friendly games at Chepstow and from there it was back home. Anyone who has ever been on a rugby tour will know I have missed out an awful lot – but as Richard Jackson (a tour veteran) said before I went "What goes on tour – stays on Tour!" Seriously, though the boys were very well behaved and played some excellent rugby to finish off a great season. Having now toured to England and Wales, next year it's Bonnie Scotland!

I managed to start functioning normally several days later and eventually I was coaxed out into daylight and encouraged to re-landscape the rear of our garden which had turned into a bit of dustbowl – I honestly can't remember when it last rained. Bizarre for April – where are the showers?

Anyway, perhaps the word 'landscaping' is a little grand, but it did involve a lot of digging, levelling, raking and lugging of over 30 bags of slate!

I know I should have ordered a giant bag but the job sort of grew from our original plans. I managed to do all of this without serious injury, which I am chuffed about, as it means I can continue to start gently working out again and burn off some of the excess calories that I mysteriously ingested in South Wales!

What were your thoughts on the Royal Wedding?

I obviously got into the spirit early as I knew that I was launching the Clogau Gold TSV on the day and at home our Close had organised a street party, which was a fantastic fun, bonding experience.

I'm not getting all nostalgic and dreamy-eyed but I genuinely sensed a 'feel good factor' and a sense of togetherness generally – as I said on air, some of my friends would not call themselves Royalists but even they genuinely enjoyed the event and ensuing celebrations and many spoke about the amazing show 'we' put on for the happy couple and watching billions. I understand that some may not have enjoyed or shown much interest in the day – but I really felt it brought us all together for a day or so. What do you think? Is it just me?

Love to hear from you, until next time…

Dale x


  1. jean mullen May 6, 2011 at 1:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale
    Did you watch the programe EXILE on the tele. In one of the scenes in the pub it paned to the television and on screen was yours trulely with one of the TSVS.

  2. sylvia May 6, 2011 at 10:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale
    You look a bit scary in that wig to say the least! Please don’t wear it to QVC.LOL.
    I really enjoyed the Royal Wedding.I have rather a soft spot for Prince William and thought Harry and William looked very handsome at the wedding.I will admit I had a cry when they both appeared.How proud would Princess Diana have been? Very sad eh.Catherine was stunning and I think the Middletons done very well throughout,especially Catherine’s brother who’s speech was outstanding.I live only about 20mins drive away from St.Andrews and I did toy with the idea of going there to watch the wedding but I probably would never have got a parking space.
    Anyway Dale,good to read your blog again.Hope your family and Toby are all well.Take Care x

  3. Marian Bolton May 7, 2011 at 9:51 am -  Reply

    Crikey Dale, impersonating Ozzy Osbourne and blogging about Rugby, you certainly know how to cool a girl’s ardour! Anyhow, enough of that, I promised to behave myself on this blog – only this one mind!
    I thought the Royal Wedding was amazing. i agree they look genuinely in love and I couldn’t help but think back to Charles and Diana’s wedding (not that I’m old enough to remember much about that)! Comparing the two though and knowing what we know now, I think the first wedding all seemed so ‘staged’ now, though I believe Diana was very much in love with Charles at the time.
    We went to friends in the evening – you may remember the lady I was with at the Beauty Bash. She is an amazing host and a fantastic cook (taught by Betty’s cookery classes). She had dressed her dining table all in red, white and blue with little Will’s and Kate flags around the dining room. It was the perfect end to a perfect day.
    Look forward to hearing from you and glad to see you back. x

  4. Louise May 8, 2011 at 7:15 am -  Reply

    You look more like Ozzy Osbourne to me, although a tad more handsome.

  5. Carole Hall May 8, 2011 at 7:50 am -  Reply

    Hi Dale today is another of may I say my many birthdays and waking up early I put on the tv and there was you presenting the Wii and having a boogie. I sat with my cup of tea and may I say had a good laugh what a start to a girls birthday. I have to say the dancing was`nt too bad but you were definitely not dressed for the part can we have a repeat with you dressed in the right attire.Keep up the good work.
    Carole x

  6. Marian Bolton May 8, 2011 at 11:33 am -  Reply

    Dale Jackson-Forsyth – what a hoot watching you on the Wii Fit this morning! I wasn’t best pleased when my little tiger woke me up at 7am on a Sunday morning (that’s my cat, not my husband!), but it was so worth it to see that. I was praying you wouldn’t do the Hoola Hoop when the guest presenter asked you to, cos I think I might have had to break my promise to behave on this blog!
    Thanks for the LOL, LOL, LOL, LOL, LOL though, you’re a star. xxxxx

  7. Fiona Williams May 9, 2011 at 1:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale, great photo, wouldn’t have recognised you in the street with that disguise on. LoL
    Re the Royal Wedding, I thought it was a lovely day and brilliant to see all the people walking up the Mall to Buck House. Patriotism and love for our Royal heritage is alive and well.
    Best Wishes to you and yours,
    Fiona Williams, (aka The Bard)

  8. Gail May 10, 2011 at 3:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dale, I really don’t know who is funnier, yourself or the lovely Marion (hello Marion so glad you survived the long gap between blogs). I think the photo is more Ozzy Osbourne meets John Lennon. The Tour sounded fantastic and I’m sure you all had a lovely time.
    I too saw you demonstrating the Wii again – not bad, quite good actually. The music was definitely better this time around and I’m so glad Marion saw you this time.
    The highlight of my week was seeing you demonstrate my most favourite product of all time on QVC – da da da daaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, are you ready for this? The Rotating Toilet Brush with speed control I might add. Oh dear, I’m laughing out loud now, can’t help it, sorry. When David actually said, “now what could I do with it?”, I had plenty of answers for him and fell about laughing and you Dale could barely keep a straight face. (Better not say anymore). Back to the plot. Yes I did watch the wedding and I thought Kate looked absolutely beautiful. They are a wonderful couple and I couldn’t help but shed a tear when I thought of how much Diana would have loved the day. Diana was as much in my thoughts that day as the lovely couple. Kate’s family looked amazing, but what happened to the Royals. I think their fashion advisors should be shot for Treason. My God, two of them looked like Pantomime Dames and I was expecting them to slap their thighs at any moment and shout “Oh no they don’t.” I’m sure you all know who I’m talking about. Lovely girls but didn’t they have just one trusty, loyal friend who could have told them what they really looked like. The Queen looked like she was at a funeral rather than at a wedding. When Kate was leaving the Church and turned to acknowledge the Queen, Her Maj looked like she was sucking a lemon. A smile wouldn’t have gone amiss. I don’t think I saw the Queen smile once.
    I got very worried at one point during the Wedding when I suddenly realised that one of the hats looked like an ariel and I had visions of it attracting overhead aircraft (like in Fools and Horses).
    Anyway, mustn’t waffle on. Your street, or should I say Close party sounded great. Lovely to have such a community spirit.
    Bye for now,
    Gail xx

  9. Gail May 10, 2011 at 6:45 pm -  Reply

    Excuse the intrusion but I think I was one da out on my previous blog. Hold on a minute – da da da da daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, yes definitely one da out – sorry.
    Gail xx

  10. Marian Bolton May 11, 2011 at 8:59 pm -  Reply

    There was a Presenter called Dale
    He was QVC’s Alpha Male
    A real silver fox
    Just scrumptious to watch
    Oh I wish that Dale was for sale
    (That probably constitutes misbehaving! Sorry Dale, but I blame Gail for encouraging me.) xx

  11. Gail May 12, 2011 at 6:52 pm -  Reply

    What a fun lady you are
    The wittiest blogger by far
    Dale’s No 1 fan
    Now behave if you can
    But I love you just as you are
    Sorry Dale, but I blame Marion for encouraging me xx

  12. dale franklin May 13, 2011 at 1:38 am -  Reply

    What are you lot like ? Where shall I start – Jean I didn’t catch “Exiles” but Debbie Flint did and sent me a link to the scene on YouTube – how funny ! Sylvia, I nearly had a cry too when I saw Pippa Middleton in “that” dress, my daughter gave me a thump as I said a thought out loud! Apparently I wasn’t alone on that score.Thanks Louise it was supposed to be Ozzy or is it Nana Mouskouri ?
    Marian – you are giving Fiona a run for her money in the poetry stakes and I nearly busted more than a move with the Wii – yet again! I refused to dance again later that night – after all you can too much of a bad thing! Gail, you made me laugh remembering that brilliant “Only Fools” sketch, Such sad news about John Sullivan, he was a genius, but his legacy will leave many millions laughing for many years to come. Dale x

  13. Marian Bolton May 13, 2011 at 6:45 pm -  Reply

    Yeah Gail, what are you like! Very sweet actually. Love your poem. I will try my hardest to behave! xxx

  14. Gail May 13, 2011 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

    Marian, we both better start behaving or I can see us being banned xx

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