Howard Hill

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The snow it snoweth all day long

12th April 2021 and the country was ready for the next phase in the lifting of lockdown restrictions. Today was the day when hospitality venues (and other stuff) were allowed to re-open. For hospital venues, read pubs! And would you believe it, when I opened the bedroom curtains, I saw snow!...

I heard that… pardon?

Today I went for an appointment to SpecSavers. To have my hearing checked. So the guy put headphones on me and gave me a buzzer and sent all sorts of noises at me. I dutifully pressed the buzzer each time I could hear a noise. Anyway - much to my surprise the very next thing he said was "So do...

SpecSavers

Passing on the baton

I took the plunge today. I stopped receiving email sent to my work email address. The reason is that I have sold First Ideas Limited to my wonderful son Gordon Hill. Over the past 9 months he and I have been sorting ourselves out, passing things over and so on. It's not as easy or quick as...

Easter Sunday

Having been abandoned by the usually dutiful Annie, I spent Easter all alone. Well, no she didn't abandon me and no, I wasn't alone. That was just a bit of drama for effect. Yes, Annie had gone to visit AJ for Easter, but the trip had been planned for some time and they wouldn't see each other...

Loud Sound

Saturday morning - Annie kindly drove me to the JR but this time came in with me. We were there for nearly 9 hours (similar to yesterday) but it was worth the effort. Once more I was examined and tested, had a cannula fitted, and this time an MRI scan. My goodness, that wasn't very nice. 1 hour...

Annie and Howard

Dizzy

I awoke on Thursday 25th March 2021 feeling very poorly. The room was spinning, my vision was blurred and I was seeing double. I thought nothing of it. Just a one-off. The next morning the same thing happened. So Annie rang 111 and after answering many questions, a medical team was sent out....

JR Cannula

When the music stopped 2020

Vale Islanders. Sadly, no gigs with this dance group took place. The Vale Islanders got together a few times in a paddock to try and work out some socially distanced versions of dances (to give that authentic Black Plague vibe) but it turned out to be a bit too tricky really. You can socially...

Live Music during 2020

So, no more live music for Howard in 2020? Well, no. Using the well known “let’s do this” algorithm, I managed to play loads of times this year. I almost always played outside where it is breezy and therefore, very safe. May 2020 VE Day I busked in our street, singing jolly WW2 songs and...

Streamed music 2020

Jigworks. One of the biggest impacts of corona virus was that I have only done one paid gig in 2020 and that was with Jigworks Ceilidh Band. I normally do around 50 or 60 gigs a year (with various bands and a mixture of paid and unpaid events). The one I did with Jigworks was a Burns’ Supper in...