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Eric's Blog - Week Five

Here we go again with another edition of Eric's Blog, filling in some of those extra hours we appear to have gained during lock-down. This week Eric studies the question of face-masks and looks back at March's toilet roll panic-buying, Gordon brings round another of his own blogs and sticks it through the cat-flap, another twenty questions in the Biggest 60s Pop Quiz Of All Time and a bit more News From Bored Actors.

It's Eric...

"The debate about face-masks goes on but, if you can't get hold of them on Ebay or Amazon (where most of them seem to be coming from China - hmmm!), then you could always make your own. Here are three possible designs, firstly, very inventive but a bit scary if you're a four-year-old in a Supermarket...

Secondly, a brilliant one if you thinking of getting married soon...

And, finally, the stupidest one I've seen...

I've also been thinking back to the toilet roll panic buying era just before lock-down started. To those who emptied the shelves of toilet rolls at Morrisons, Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury's I would say this - if you needed 120 toilet rolls to get you through what was to be a three-week lock-down then you should have been seeing a doctor way before this Covid-19 thing began.

Interestingly though, Lego were quick to bring out their 'Coronavirus Panic' set and Gordon managed to get one. Here it is...

Through The Cat-Flap

Gordon's been round again. We talked about whether a rocket salad could ever go off, why 'abbreviated' is such a long word and why there isn't any mouse-flavoured cat food. Also as had I printed what he'd written for the Blog last week he's written another one (I knew it was a mistake) so here it is -

'It's been hard not seeing Eric every single day as he is my one true friend and an inspiration. Whenever I am feeling low about being all alone and not having a girl-friend I think of the long years Eric spent married to Madge and I instantly feel better. He is always kind to me. Whenever we go to the pub he always stands back and makes sure that I am the first to the bar. I look up to him in so many ways. Since I met him he has had over 200 jobs, some of which have lasted over a week. How lovely to be in such demand.

Because we haven't been allowed to work recently it was very lucky that some time ago Eric decided we should dabble in the stock market. Over the years he has invested some of my Post Office savings in both our names and built a portfolio of great British companies including Thomas Cook, Woolworths and British Home Stores. We decided against investing in Amazon because, as Eric said, no-one makes any money out of tropical rain forests these days. What wise words! And to think, if he hadn't been chased out of that bookie's in Stoke at the exact moment I was walking past we'd never have met.'"

The Biggest 60s Pop Quiz Ever - Part Four

Questions 61-80 in the biggest pop quiz ever. Still time to do the previous three weeks if you haven't yet and e-mail all your answers to david@davidgrahamentertainment.com. The first ten questions this week are 60s song lyrics. Just identify which 60s song the following lyrics come from

61. Waiting for the break of day, searching for something to say,

Flashing lights against the sky, giving up I close my eyes.

62. When I find myself in times of trouble Mother Mary comes to me

63. I see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes,

I have to turn my head until the darkness goes.

64. Oh I could hide 'neath the wings of the bluebird as she sings

65. Well East Coast girls are hip, I really dig those styles they wear

66. Excuse me while I kiss the sky

67. When the night has come and the land is dark, and the moon is the only light we'll see

68. Take a look at her hair, it's real, and if you don't believe what I say just feel

69. They say we're young and we don't know, won't find out until we grow

70. I'm so glad that she's my little girl; she's so glad she's telling all the world

and ten general questions about the music of the 60s...

71. Who had hits in the 60s with Jealousy, Halfway To Paradise and Like I've Never Been Gone?

72. What was the name of the astronaut in David Bowie's 1969 hit Space Oddity?

73. Which famous crooner formed Reprise Records in 1961 which went to to record Jimi Hendrix?

74. Which was the first single the Beatles released on the Apple label in 1968?

75. Which town in the United States was the original base for Motown Records?

76. In which year did Top Of The Pops start on BBC TV?

77. Who had a hit with Wild Thing in 1966?

78. What is significant about the title of Stevie Wonder's 1968 album, Eivets Rednow?

79. Which band did Eric Clapton form with the drummer and bass player from The Graham Bond Organisation?

80. Which bird did Fleetwood Mac release a song about in 1969?

Hi-Ho Silver Lining

The response to our request to make a huge group video of Hi Ho Silver Lining has been great,. Thanks to all those who have submitted their efforts so far and please be patient waiting for the result. For others there is still time to be part of it. Just sing all or part of the song (lyrics on Week Two of the blog) to the backing track which you can find on 'The Eric Phenomenon' page of this website and either e-mail it, WeTransfer or Dropbox it to david@davidgrahamentertainment.com. Still waiting for a couple from New Vic staff!

News of Bored Actors

STEPHEN CHAPMAN was with us for the Christmas show in 2013, Eric's Murder Mystery. in which he played a character not unlike Rigsby from Rising Damp, a part he played in our national tour of that show earlier in the year.

I have tried to get Stephen back since then but he is a very busy actor and hasn't been available on any of the occasions so far. I will keep trying though as he's a great actor to work with.

One of the things Stephen has done during lock-down is to create a Rigsby-esque piece called Lockdown Landlord which is you can see on YouTube at https://youtu.be/FksGwBXdZcE.

Do go and have a look at it. It's very funny.

Stephen assures us that "no animals were hurt during the making of this film apart from the fish and chips, half a pork pie and Miss Jones' carpet. Please wash your hands thoroughly after watching!"

No doubt many of you have been wondering what's been happening to Hippie Dave?

As you're probably aware, my very good friend GARY SKELTON lives now with his family on the beautiful island of Bermuda and works for the BBC (the Bermuda Broadcasting Company) where he is a reporter.

Bermuda doesn't come high up on the list of countries when looking at the number of Coronavirus reports with only 115 cases and, sadly, 7 deaths, but with a population of just 63,000 and a total area measuring a mere 21 miles by 1.75 miles, it is a huge worry for the island.

Gary is working from home filing reports (including two excellent pieces on Covid-19 which can be seen on Bermuda Broadcasting's Facebook page) and, as he says, he has been thinking that "it might be good to have a bit of Dave's favourite medicinal...!"

That's all for this week, folks.

Don't forget to add a comment at the end of this blog and like it by clicking on the heart. Keep in touch via Twitter and Facebook (@TheUncleEric) and return next Monday (11 May) for the next edition of Eric's Blog.

Stay safe and healthy.

David Graham

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