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Dearest Princess Amelia, I must apologise for taking so long to post another item on your blog. Anyway as you have now started school I thought that I would choose a few school related songs for you. Some are about being at school, others are about what you might learn and simply about being of school age. I hope that you enjoy them. There are a couple of my favourite songs in there too, especially “Itchycoo Park” and “I Wish”.  Aunty Catherine and I are really looking forward to hearing how you are getting on at school :-). After the videos I have added a few pictures of my old school 🙂

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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.


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.

j5 live

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


Dearest Princess Amelia in your blog post a year ago I promised to always dedicate December to a Christmas song and that is what I will do. Last year I gave you “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” by the Jackson 5, Bruce Springsteen and Mariah Carey and if you click here you can listen to those again.


This year I have chosen a special Christmas song about a snowman called Frosty. It is quite and old song which was written by Walter Rollins and Steve Nelson for a singer called Gene Autry. They thought they would write a Christmas song for him because he had been successful with his version of “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer“. This was a very, very long time ago in a land far, far away. In fact it was in 1950 in America.


I have chosen four different versions of the song and my favourite one is the last one by the Ronettes. I hope that you enjoy them and have a good dance to the music. I also hope that you have a wonderful Christmas.  There is also a short video about how to make your very own Frosty The Snowman. And finally don’t forget to ask Mummy and Daddy to click on NASA’s Santa Tracker on Christmas Eve so that you know when he will arrive in Godderwil.


Dearest princess Amelia I hope you’ve sent your list to Santa. I also hope that you’ve checked it twice and most importantly I hope that you’ve been good, because Santa Claus will always find out whether you’ve been naughty or nice. Personally I am very, very confident that you have not been naughty. Anyway as Christmas approaches the world and especially the kingdom of Godderwil I thought it would be fun to make this months post a Christmas related one. In fact I think that every December post will focus on a different Christmas song.

This time I have chosen one of my favourite Yuletide songs. I have liked this one since I was a little boy. It’s called “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town”. The song was written in 1934 by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie. It was sung on Eddie Cantor’s US radio show in November 1934 and within a week 100,000 copies of the sheet music of the song had been sold, by Christmas that total had risen to 400,000. This was in the days before most people were able to buy recorded music so the sales charts were based purely on the sale of sheet music. But it was number one in the sheet music charts.

The song has been recorded by hundreds of different artists and in 1970 was even made into an animated film on which a very talented dancer by the name of Fred Astaire provided the narration. The film told the original story of Santa and how he came to be. I will show you three of my favourite versions of the song, one of which I hope will really get your dancing shoes moving before Santa comes to your house in a couple of weeks. Princess Amelia, Lady Catherine and I would like to wish you and all your subjects, servants and the rest of the Godderwil Royal Family a wonderful Christmas full of love, presents, food and festive fun.

Now you know the top secret workings of Santa's sleigh!

Princess Amelia don’t forget to ask Mummy and Daddy to click on NASA’s Santa Tracker on Christmas Eve so that you know when he will arrive in Godderwil.

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