Some Mothers Do Ave' Em

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"Live Nation has purchased a controlling interest in Cuffe & Taylor, one of the UK’s fastest-growing promoters. The business, which was founded in 2009 by Daniel Cuffe and Peter Taylor, is focused on festivals and promoting artists in novel and non-traditional outdoor venues.  Michael Rapino, Live Nation Entertainment President and CEO, said: “Our mission at Live Nation has never been clearer. We want to connect fans with the artists they love, and through this deal with Cuffe & Taylor we are able to offer fans in the UK more choices than ever before.”

Denis Desmond, Chairman of Live Nation UK, said: “We look forward to welcoming Cuffe & Taylor to the Live Nation team to expand our overall presence across the UK regional markets. Both Daniel and Peter will jointly head up the new venture with Live Nation and the existing Cuffe & Taylor team and continue to deliver exceptional experiences for artists and fans.”

"More than 82,000 people have already bought tickets for this summer’s series of gigs at Europe’s largest open-air arena, which includes headline shows by such stars as Britney Spears, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Il Divo and Gary Barlow. The record-breaking news comes just days before music legend Lionel Richie kicks-off Scarborough OAT’s summer season with a sell-out show on Tuesday.  And with another 15 gigs to follow, Cuffe and Taylor, who have programmed events at the OAT since 2016, are hopeful more than 100,000 music fans will see a show at Yorkshire coast venue in 2018."

"All could be accommodated at the Spa.  How can you get the best out of the Spa if operations conflict?..

"The only competition is The Spa which also enjoys council funding each year to operate and without the Futurist would attract more attractions hopefully reducing the current trading deficit...

"Scarborough needs a joined up ticketing policy in the town.  Need all buildings to be able to sell tickets for all attractions.  Nowadays 80% of ticketing is sold on the internet.  If it isn’t easy top book, people often won’t bother.

"But looking at the Futurist – you can only throw so much time and money at it – it doesn't work.  The physical site it is on – I don’t think it can be done.  If you could knock back into the cliff and re-configure the stage – but there isn’t enough space to do this.  The stage is too small and needs new access and a new proscenium arch.  In the past we looked at a tiered site and this would have cost £30m ye

You would be better off starting somewhere else with a box – there's just not enough space to do a proper job.

DJ thanked Paul Gregg and said the Task Group valued his experience."

Meanwhile : "On 6 August 1999 Apollo accepted a takeover offer from the American entertainment corporation SFX for £158 million, because: "We were running a family business and suddenly we realised there were 5,000 people in the family... Gregg and his family owned 80% of the company, and received between them £126 million worth of shares and loan stock in SFX ..."

"Mr Guthrie’s firm, which used to own Pavilion Square before it was converted in to flats, has a net worth of £142 million after reporting profits of £6.1 million from £30.9 million worth of sales.  His share sales and other assets, such as White Rose Finance, take his family’s worth to £155 million.   Scarborough’s highest representative on the annual survey of Britain’s 1,000 richest people is former seafront shop worker Jack Dellal. The 88-year-old property tycoon, who once had a summer job at Sulmans in Scarborough, has dropped from 183 in the list to 201, though has maintained his wealth of £445 million.  The Sunday Times states former banker Mr Dellal became a father for the ninth time in his late 70s, and showed his “prowess in the property market was undimmed” when his consortium sold Shell Mex House in London for £490 million a few weeks before the 2008 crash.

Next in the list is Scarborough-born businessman Paul Gregg, whose family netted £98 million when he sold Apollo Leisure, his bingo hall and theatre chain in 1999. Despite falling from 650th to 682nd Mr Gregg, 70, held on to his fortune of £110 million..."

"Cuffe & Taylor has revealed its future plans for Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre after successfully rejuvenating the seaside venue.

The promoter signed a five-year agreement in 2015 to run 12 shows a year at the North Yorkshire theatre, which was previously run in-house by the local council. Paul Gregg’s Apollo Resorts & Leisure originally operated the 1930s-built venue when it reopened in 2010..."

15 Golden Square?  Awwwe  we could once have been neighbours ;-)  (insert your own)

"In a sense we have Michael Crawford to thank for David Ian. Had he not been so good in the long-forgotten 1974 musical Billy, based on the novel Billy Liar, 13-year-old audience member David Ian would never have decided there and then to work in the theatre...  he was front man for a band that toured working men’s clubs, doing covers of songs from the hit parade. After an assortment of dead-end jobs, including working in a print factory (“nobody can get a cheeky quote past me on a poster”), he answered an ad in The Stage in 1983 for young singers to join a group to enter the Eurovision Song Contest.A year later The Stage also drew his attention to a year-long UK tour of The Rocky Horror Show and this time he hit the jackpot, landing the role of Rocky, the blond bombshell created by Frank N Furter. “I’d had no training, and I had no prospects. I had nothing to lose, so I went for it. I lived in the gym during the day, and did the show at night. Back in the 1980s, to be touring in The Rocky Horror Show was like being in a rock band. We were mobbed at the stage door every night.”

"Despite his inexperience, David Ian evidently cut the mustard because he was invited by Dave Clark, one of the creators of the West End musical Time, to understudy the lead role, played at the time by David Cassidy, one of Ian’s childhood heroes. When Cassidy left the show, Ian took over the lead for six months.

"Ian’s last performance was as Frederic in Joseph Papp’s revamp of The Pirates of Penzance at the London Palladium and on tour in 1989-90, with Paul Nicholas playing the Pirate King.

“I was in my late 20s and by that time I didn’t know where my career was going. I wasn’t really cut out for sitting around waiting for the phone to ring. I’m more entrepreneurial by instinct. My interest was always in the whole production, not just my performance. Paul Nicholas must have spotted that because he suggested we should collaborate on a producing project that turned out to be a revival of Jesus Christ Superstar.”

"But it was Ian’s next project with Paul Nicholas that put him on the map..."

"As if Ian’s career wasn’t already soaring to the heights, the biggest challenge was still ahead of him. His co-producer on Singin’ in the Rain, Apollo Leisure, had been bought up by the American giant Clear Channel, and the man in charge of its European operation, Paul Gregg, invited Ian to run its touring theatre side, later branded as Live Nation."

"It taught me responsibility to numbers, getting the right balance between art and commerce to a level I never would have achieved just by doing my own productions. If you’d told me an ex-chorus boy from The Rocky Horror Show was going to be running a Top Fortune 500 company and reporting to corporate America and getting away with it, I’d never have believed it in a million years!”


"there appeared to be nothing in the contract to say that Everyone Active would have a monopoly" on delivering lessons."

Ah, so ...

Baldrick!!! I have a cunning plan ... ;-))





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How Tall?

"Graffiti has been sprayed on to the facility in Burniston, brandishing the words "NYCC Scumbags" as well as making defamatory comments about an individual.

It's thought to have happened on Friday evening (22 June.) One of the bird watchers stated on social media that they have no links to North Yorkshire County Council and that the building is a Duchy of Lancaster Property run by the Scarborough Birders."

Birds of a feather ...

Tut tut ...

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Tomb Stoning

'War-zone' hospitals, 'lousy' locations and radical terror:

Oh OK:

"There's to be a public inquiry day about plans to re-vamp the cinder track between Scarborough and Whitby.

It'll be held at Scarborough Town Hall at the end of August - at a date yet to be decided.

It's part of more consultation with the public, parish councils and other groups on a possible action plan,

Member of the Cinder Track Task Group, Liz Colling, said:

"The track requires uptake and investment all the time and perhaps we haven't been able to afford to do as much as we would have liked. It's not as wide as it could be and there's a lot of willow that's overgrown on the track -it's really narrow in places and there's an ongoing drainage issue and it needs constant attention to keep it drained and safe for users.

I can't pre-judge the outcome of the consultation, but some of the objections around the Sustrans report was a perception that there would be  alot of tarmac and it would be 3 metres wide all the way across and it would be just for bikes.

We're really to preserve as much of the heritage of the cinder track as we can and to make it available for as many different kinds of users as we can".

Good stuff.

The price of Bricks.

Gallows Close.

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The Road Less Travelled

Mebbe The Donald will make a visit ...


Oh, OK:

"This year's Horse Fair will be held in the same field as last year, off the B1261 between Seamer and Crossgates.

The site will open at 5am on Thursday 12 July 2018, and will close on Sunday 15 July 2018 at 2pm prompt.

You will not be able to get on the field before this time and you should not attempt to do so. We will not permit queuing on the B1261 on the 11 July because of problems previously caused.

IMPORTANT UPDATE:  Due to the kick off of the World Cup Final at 4pm Sunday 15 July, the site will be closed early this year at 2pm on Sunday 15 July. The site must therefore be vacated no later than 2pm on the afternoon of Sunday 15 July.   Please also be aware that the Reading of Seamer Charter is to be held on Saturday 14 July this year. Therefore, in addition, the site will be open for trading to members of the public on Saturday 14 July. It will not be open to the public on Sunday 15 July."


far too controversial ;-0


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Down Sizing

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Target Sticks

"A favourite food is panda cake which consists of a variety of nutrients including protein, essential vitamins, minerals and high fibre. However bamboo, fruits, pellets and other leaves make up a majority of their diet.

The name panda is thought to be in reference to the Nepali word ponya from the phrase nigalya ponya, meaning “eater of bamboo”.

Just like the giant panda they share a similar diet however are very different in appearance. The red pandas are slightly more racoon looking and have a lovely red coat and long bushy tail which they can wrap round themselves like a duvet to keep warm. Their tails are used for balance as they spend most of their time up in the trees. Semi-retractable claws provide amazing grip and allows them to pull leaves off branches."

Paws for thought...

for some stoopid reason I thought Red Pandas were native to Japan.

Oh well ... stoopid is .. Up the Khyber

Ah, so ...

"Khyber is a Hebrew word, it means a fort".

Forks at the ready.

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The Gold Standard

Things to do during Conference Season :

Week 1:  September 1-8- Make and Practice Your Plan

Week 2:  September 9-15-Learn Life Saving Skills

Week 3:  Sept 16-22-Check Your Coverage

Week 4: Sept 23-30-Save For an Emergency

Oh, OK:  "Scarborough borough council says work to demolish the Futurist Theatre has gone very well.

Contractors started knocking it down in June and it was finished last month.

Work is still going on to stabilise the area behind where the venue stood.

Cabinet Member for Major Projects, Mike Cockerill, said:

"The building is down and engineers are in the process of working on the cliff slope behind it. There'll be some re-grading, some more soil-nailing and the building of walls, which will end up with a clear area for a development."

Ah, so ...

One for the Comic Collection ;-0



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A Smile A Day

"Theresa May has said she gets "irritated" by the ongoing speculation over her position as prime minister.

In an interview to mark the six-month countdown to Brexit, Mrs May told the BBC the debate should be about the country's future rather than her own.

The prime minister's comments came days after Conservative MPs opposed to her Brexit plan met to discuss how and when they could force her to stand down.

The PM also criticised ex-foreign secretary Boris Johnson..."

fascinating... ;-0

"A spokesman said one wrestler was deeply upset the show had been cancelled, and added he believed the UK had moved away from the "Victorian pitch-fork mentality" of telling people such as him they were not welcome.

He added: "The wrestlers doing the tour feel this is discrimination and that any person has the right to choose their own career path and should not be told what they can and cannot do."

Devizes?  Mebbe tis a coast thing ...


tis London Fashion week btw 

I simply can't wait for those Pink Hi-Viz with furry boots flittering accross dem Moors.

Troll o Loll

One Foot in the Grave?

Night Night

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The Old White Stale & Pale

"SIVLive, who operate the venue on behalf of Scarborough Borough Council as part of the not-for-profit Sheffield City Trust (SCT), have a goal of improving the health and wellbeing of its local communities by providing facilities for entertainment, sport and leisure. Their head, Dom Stokes, said in a statement

“It has been well documented that it has been my priority to quickly find a suitable promoter to ensure that the Pavilion continues to host an event during this October’s Goth Festival …

Absinthe know Whitby and they know the community. I first met the guys at Absinthe Promotions after the first public consultation meeting …
When they began talking about how they go about their business, I was immediately drawn to their passion and their drive. More importantly, their commitment to putting on a major music event to appeal and deliver to a real cross section of the Goth and non Goth community during this cultural phenomenon, really shone through.”.."

"The ease with which the dates have been agreed between the venue and the new promoter seems to call into question the argument that SIV were not willing to agree them with Top Mum Promotions, but matters here are uncertain.
It’s also unclear how other promoters in town, who arranged events previously to coincide with WGW will proceed – with events at the Rifle Club, RAW Nightclub and the Metropole Hotel both independent of either Absinthe Promotions or Top Mum Promotions. I suspect they will hang back, identify the most successful promoter, and coordinate with their calendar.

As lines have now been drawn, it will fall to the average punter to decide which lineup attracts them in October, and which weekend they’ll visit Whitby in 2019 – with the numbers alone being a measure of success."


"And the great-grand nephew of Dracula author Bram Stoker, whose own prequel to Dracula is about to become a Hollywood blockbuster, is also making a special appearance.

Dacre Stoker has co-penned Dracul, a prequel to the famous gothic novel, which will be published next month. Paramount Pictures has already bought the film rights, lining up Andy Muschietti, director of Stephen King’s IT to work on the project."

Mind, ya can't kill an idea ...


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Dolly Parking

"A plan to scrap free winter parking in the Scarborough borough has been described as “ludicrous” by one councillor..."

"Celebrating the British horror as well as British seaside holidays of the 1970s, this new show brings together puppetry, mask, and specially composed music to fill the stage with nerve-shattering shocks.

Described as a cross between Roald Dahl and seriously ‘black’ The League of Gentlemen, it contains laughs, scares and some wicked acts, featuring evil seagulls and zombie seaside donkeys, the sort of things bound to spur memories for anyone who has spent a rainy day on a British beach during a typical British summertime.

Danielle Daglan, programming and venue development manager at Craven District Council, said she hoped people would enjoy the ‘mesmerising’ show.

“Odd Doll are critically acclaimed for their unusual productions and we’re delighted they are coming to Skipton Town Hall,” she said.

“ Their work takes inspiration from fairy tales, the beauty of circus and dance, the absurdity of clowns and the power of original music. It’s a mesmerising show.”

Meanwhile, Kathleen Yore, the theatre company’s artistic director, said: “We’re so excited to get our new show in front of audiences. We’re going to take people into a world of evil seagulls, zombie donkeys and bingo hairballs.

“The show has a lot of scares, a lot of laughs and some wonderfully wicked acts. It has been described often as a Roald Dahl and League of Gentlemen mash up, creating unforgettable memories for anyone who’s ever spent a rainy day on a British beach.”

The idea for the show came when the team started researching vintage horror movies from the 1960s and 70s. And, they found they seemed to immediately chime with Odd Doll’s sinister but colourful aesthetic.

The show really came alive when this was paired with another great British tradition – the seaside holiday.

The backdrop of coastal towns that have seen better days make for an evocative setting for these spine-tingling adventures.

To make the show, the company decided to collaborate with an army of theatre-making horror fans. The script is written by Adam Robinson, who is currently on tour with his gothic-tinged set of ghost stories Shivers. An original score is provided by composer Paul Mosley, who has released seven original albums and has recently specialized in collaborating with puppet companies including Old Saw and Barely Human.

The performance, on Friday, October 26 at 6pm, is suitable for anyone over the age of 10. Tickets cost £8 for adults and £6 for under-18s. All tickets are available to buy online at: or from the Box Office 01756 792809."

"Following a public consultation on the plans six letters of objection have been received by Scarborough Council.

However, among the objections are letters from two of Scarborough’s most influential groups. the Scarborough Hospitality Association and the South Bay Traders Association."

“We’re so excited to get our new show in front of audiences. We’re going to take people into a world of evil seagulls, zombie donkeys and bingo hairballs."

Oh, OK: Ere ya go

"When the world outside is tearing itself apart environmentally and politically, sometimes a hilariously committe.... blabbering on about “turds in the wind” while bathed in inky black pixels is exactly what the doctor ordered."


Hmmm ...

"The ion drive needs just 581 kilograms of propellant and does the equivalent of 17.8 million miles to the gallon."

The Deming Cycle...

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Yorkshire Coast Bid

"Friday, 30 November 2018

Following the verification and vote checking of the ballot for the Yorkshire Coast Business Improvement District (BID), which took place today (Friday 30 November) at the Town Hall in Scarborough, the result of the ballot was declared as follows:

  • Total number of valid votes cast: 392
  • Aggregate rateable value of each hereditament: £21,594,700
  • Total number of votes cast in favour: 217 (55.36 %)
  • Aggregate rateable value of each hereditament of votes cast in favour: £12,438,700
  • Total number of votes cast against: 175 (44.64 %)

For the BID to be implemented more than 50% of businesses that voted must have voted in favour of the BID and the businesses that voted yes must represent a greater total rateable value than those that vote no.

In light of the above results, the Yorkshire Coast BID will be adopted.

The total number of ballot papers issued was 1,354. The number of ballot papers received was 395. The turnout for the ballot was 29.17%..."

62% of 29%  is ermmm...

Anyone Active? SIV? Live Nation?

Absolutely no conflict of interest.

One in Five ... can't even promote themselves.!!

Meanwhile next door is evacuating the building.


Ah, so ..

"For the BID to go ahead, more than 50% of eligible business on the Yorkshire Coast must vote in favour of it."


The Fine Print:

"In order for the Yorkshire Coast BID to be formed a ‘YES’ vote from a majority of businesses voting in the ballot must be received, both by number and by the total rateable value.  It will be a confidential postal ballot of all eligible hereditaments on the Ratings  List at the time that the Notice of Ballot is issued. Scarborough Borough Council will be responsible for managing and co-ordinating the ballot for the whole area to ensure it is carried out fairly.


A voting paper will be sent to you for each business unit that you own or occupy that has a rateable value of £12,000 or more. Each ballot paper counts as one vote and it is therefore important that every voting paper is completed and returned."

Hmmm ...

(Thou must not... waffle)

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Election Selection

"Residents of Scarborough's Barrowcliff Estate are being offered help to make a positive difference to where they live.

Barrowcliff Big Local and UnLtd are running a competition to find some ideas to support the community on the estate.

The deadline is today.

Some of the ideas so far include a fitness programme for kids, hairdressers and a meals on wheels scheme.

The ones which are chosen will get funding and business support to get them going.

High street gift vouchers are available in time for Christmas for the best ideas, plus a £500 grant to test your idea.

It'll take you less than 3 minutes to apply:"



The competition forms part of the council’s Don’t be a Waster – Reduce, Reuse, Respect campaign which is currently highlighting dog fouling and responsible dog ownership.

The council’s team of community officers have been visiting primary schools to talk about the issue and have invited children submit their short stories, drawings, poems, photos or even videos about being a responsible dog owner."

Spreading the 'luurve' ..

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Do Your Own Washing


"I love a posh shop. I love the smell, the lighting, the shimmery floors, the beautiful assistants that join in while I giddily slip a Cartier eternity ring on my finger, waft some £300 perfume around, snuggle up in the £4,000 armchair and ruminate over the benefits of the £550 Chloe sunglasses.

Obviously I have no intention of ever buying any of those things, I just like to pretend. In these grey times of austerity - or is post-austerity? - we all need a little golden sparkle in our day, don't we?"

OOh now where can I get a train set..

"I could look at bags for hours," says Tehya. "I do it online. I put loads of stuff in my basket, keep it there for a few days and then I empty my basket and start again a few days later."

"He's schmoozing you because he might have a sale, because in the back of his head he's thinking, 'I might as well give her the schmooze, she just might have £900.'"


"It can be a bit awkward, because they ask you loads of questions, like the name of your fiancé and stuff - so when they call you a few weeks later, you just don't answer."

"Oh that's easy," she says. "I go into Selfridge's late afternoon, try on all the fancy things, then go down on to the food court and buy half-price cupcakes in a fancy yellow bag, so I leave with a cupcake and a bag."


Baldrick!! I have a cunning plan ...

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