A SALFORD ODDITY – Part 4
I probably don't have to tell you about the cuts, if you are a reader of the Salford Star you already know about them and probably in much greater detail than I do. All I know is that the public bins aren't being emptied too often and the pavements are becoming the new land fills. There is very little money floating around at the minute to go out. However, I went to watch a musical review called The Sound of Musicals at the local amateur dramatics society that I was a part of for a while.
The ticket cost me £5.50 which is very good value - you cant even get a McDonald's for that kind of money because they ask, 'Do you want to go large for only….' and by the time you've done that and bought an ice cream you've certainly ended up a few pounds lighter.
It was a good show and it was nice to catch up with some old friends. It was a fun show to watch with great performances all round; from main characters to the ensemble filling the hall with music. Not to mention a very crisp presentation, set design and costumes. Overall it was a great night out of family entertainment and there was a bar on to boot! It was sold out the night that I went so I'm hoping that some of you have heard of St. Luke's Arts and Dramatic Society before.
It's things like this show that remind me of Salford people's ability to take what little we have and make it bright, bold and beautiful. It is something we do and take for granted but should be celebrating. Perhaps we're too modest?
I have been told that St Luke's are looking for people of all ages, especially men, so chop, chop fellas, join up before all the single lasses are snapped up (www.slads.co.uk)
Another good reason to join up is that there are not too many things to do these days. I find it's a case of going to bed just so that you can go to work the next day. You work to live - you don't live to work unless you're the boss or on benefits.
If you are under 15, street corners is your thing but if you are beyond puberty there isn't much to do other than play the lottery in the hope that you can finally afford to go out. But then again why would you, what with all the 15 year olds hanging about on the street corner? If you stay in you can watch TV but how many episodes of Top Gear and Qi can you watch on Dave before you've seen them all. And it is nice to have a hobby to distract you, as every time you're off work it seems to be raining.
I would be interested to know what you guys do in your free time (if you have any). I do read the comments section but I don't comment on it myself out of the fear that people are going to say `Do you know what? Not only does he write drivel but he also comments on it - you'd think this was Twitter'. Thank you to everyone who does comment on my articles, and carry on doing it because they don't go unnoticed I can assure you.
I am going to close this with one of my favourite stories. It regards a friend I know called Jonathan (he's my equivalent of Frank Spencer or Trigger from 'Only Fools and will be mentioned again in later instalments). One night I was doing a show. Backstage I was having a chat with another actor about some quite in depth topics such as the morality of stem cells and the big bang theory.
Jonathan came up to me and asked that if I believed in the big bang theory then did I also believe in aliens? I said: `Well given the size of the universe and the amount of stars and planets around them there is bound to be aliens somewhere out there, but I don't think they look like little green men!'. So he asked me if I thought the aliens would look like humans. I replied: `Well there are many reasons why we look like we do because of how we evolved to cope with our planet such as the oxygen ratio in the atmosphere and the Earth's gravitational pull'. Jonathan retorted: "But Superman looks like us and he was from Krypton, explain that one!"
I'll leave you with that thought.