Good King Hal looking for his lost roll of lino in the lovely gardens of Barrington Court near Ilminster, in Somerset, which is in England in the United Kingdom and just off the coast of Europe, a minor land mass on the planet Earth which is the third rock from the star known as Sol.
Can it really already be a year since I was last at South Green Junior School in Billericay in Essex? No, it isn't - its actually just over a year since I was last at South Green Junior School in Billericay in Essex. Funny old World, innit? Perhaps I really am getting old, but the years just seem to by flying past these days.
I had spent the Saturday evening with friends at the David Hall Centre in South Petherton in Somerset at a fund raising quiz evening. Apparently there was some very strict rule about only being a team of four. We turned up as a group of five which almost caused a complete melt down and over-load for one jobsworth volunteer at the hall. His solution to the problem? To dock us 5% of our score at the end to "make it fair". As one of our team members said "he does know it's just a little quiz night for a charity?" Anyway, he needn't have worried - it was quite a cryptic sort of quiz and we did struggle a little, however out of a field of nearly 20 teams we came a very respectable 4th.
I was up and out of the door very early on the Sunday morning and drove down to Kent to see my lovely lady Shelley. We had a lovely day together and later, on the Monday I drove up to Essex to see my son James and get ready for the visit to South Green Junior School in Billericay. This is a lovely school and one that I have visited over the past 5-6 years. It was great to be back and I was warmly welcomed, and it was nice to see a very nice lady who had frequently seen my shows from when she used to work at Wickford Junior, a school I am funnily enough visiting in a few weeks time. It was a group of about 60 children today from the year 6 group and they were mostly very well behaved, fun and ready to enjoy themselves. The morning was fun and the group showed some really good genuine Tudor knowledge which was nice to see and hear.
Lunch was a surprisingly good lamb rogan josh and some ice cold cooling glasses of water. Super, smashing, lovely. Again the stocks proved to be a big hit with the group and there was an absolute landslide victory (or should that be defeat?) for the lady teacher, formerly of Wickford Junior, in the vote amongst the children as to which teacher I should stick in the stocks. The jousting was of a consistently high standard, but the final was a bit of a walkover for a more than competent Gents team. This now makes our year long score:
GENTLEMEN 2 - 1 LADIES
I can't remember the last time the gentlemen actually had a lead in the competition. It does make you wonder how long they can hang on to the lead, and can they actually win the year long thing for the first time ever. All these questions and many more will probably eventually answered in this blog, but don't hold your breaths folks.
The King is off to London on Thursday for a book launch for his friend Sarah, which involves being driven up and down the Thames on a nice boat. Splendid! Then he is back to the school routine with a couple of visits to schools in Bristol next week. It should be fun.