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Dearest Princess Amelia, I know that you have been learning about the Great Fire of London and that you have been to a firework display and as Saturday is Bonfire Night. I also want to say very well done for winning the pumpkin competion with your 1666 pumpkin!

I thought I would share some fire related songs with you. Here is a fire top ten, I hope that you enjoy them.

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Dearest Princess Amelia, your Mummy and Daddy told me a few days ago that you had told them what your three favourite words are. They said that love, happy and hope are your favourite words. Well I believe that is a fantastic set of words to have as favourites and if you don’t mind I would like to borrow them and make them my favourites as well. If you always consider love, happiness and hope in everything that you do then I believe that you will have a wonderful life and you will make life better for everyone that you come into contact with too. To me you are and will always be a very loving, very happy girl who has a heart full of hope. As your Odd Father I have to say please don’t ever stop being that girl, even when you are much older! Anyway I thought that I would try to sum up those three words of yours in three songs.

tumblr_m49slrKbBa1rwrcuso1_500The first is all about love and it tells you that love is all you need. Well that is partly true, but I think you know that what you also need is happiness and hope. So to make you feel a little happy there is a fabulous song called, simply, “Happy”. Finally I thought for a long while about the most hopeful song that I know and it came down to a simple choice in the end. It is one of my favourite ever songs from one of my very favourite singers it is Johnny Nash with “I Can See Clearly Now”. I hope that you enjoy these three songs and that maybe they stay with you, particularly in times when maybe you might feel a little bit sad. Just remember that sometimes it is OK to feel like that but never forget that there is always hope and that you will always be loved.

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Dearest Princess Amelia your Uncle Bill has been a bit lazy with blog posts recently so I thought I would try to kick-start things again with a new Christmas song. It’s sung by Frankie and the Heartstrings with support from the wonderfully talented Edwyn Collins. The song is called (Too Right) It’s Christmas” I hope that you like it, especially the fan video that shows with it!

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Aunty Catherine and me also hope that you and everyone in Godderwil has a fabulous Christmas this year too! To help you all do that I have added two extra bonus songs. One from Amy Winehouse and a second which is one of my most favourite Christmas songs ever, reggae singer Jackie Edwards’ version of “White Christmas”!

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Dearest Princess Amelia it’s been a long while since I last posted anything for you. I hope that you and the Royal Family of Godderwil can forgive me.

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I went with your Daddy to see Paul Weller playing a gig in York last night and he told me that you thought it was funny that Mr Weller had been in a band called the Jam and you said that you asked why it wasn’t called marmalade. So I thought I would give you a few bands named after things that you might make a sandwich with. So I hope that you enjoy Bread, the Jam and Marmalade!

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Dearest Princess Amelia it was a pleasure to be with you for your first ever gig last month. You came to the Apollo Festival in York with your Mummy, Daddy, Aunty Catherine and me. It looked like you had a lot of fun, especially dancing around on your Daddy’s shoulders while watching the Supermodels. They are one of the best covers bands I have ever seen. I’ll let your Daddy explain what a covers band is! You also came with me to pick up a free CD from the lead singer of RedStar. I think that your first gig was quite a cool one. The question is whether the first gig that your Mummy, Daddy, Aunty Catherine and me went to when we were young was cool or embarrassing. I’ll let you decide that by listening to a song from each one;

Your Daddy’s first gig was the American band Kiss on their Unmasked tour at the Deesside Leisure Centre on 6th September 1980. According to Wikipedia the support act were Iron Maiden!

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Your Mummy’s first gig was Siouxsie and the Banshees at the Manchester Apollo on 22nd November 1982. It was the second of the band’s two nights at that venue that year. Your Mummy was only 14 and she had a bright pink Mohican hair cut. She went to the gig on the train with her friend Gale and her Daddy (your Granddad) picked her up afterwards.

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Aunty Catherine’s first gig was sometime in the early 1980s in Manchester. She went to see Huey Lewis and the News with a bunch of school friends. I can’t find an exact date for that gig, but if I had to guess I would say it was 1984 or 1985. The band may not have been cool, but just a few years before that they called themselves Clover and they were the session band on Elvis Costello’s first album.

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My first gig was the Jackson 5 on 12th November 1972 at the Wembley Empire Pool (now the Wembley Arena). I went with my school friend Brian ‘Dolphin’ Taylor when we were 13. he went on to be a professional drummer and played with the Tom Robinson Band and Stiff Little Fingers among others. They were supported by Sisters Love, Junior Walker and the All Stars and the Commodores.

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Personally I think that your Mummy’s was the coolest of all those gigs what do you think?

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