Rushing up to Blackpool I put my PA in my car. (That can be done (just) in three trips with the TN-7000 Accompanier, Mixer/Amp, 2 1kW speakers, 3 Mikes and various cables).
The plan was to use the PA at the Glee Club. Sadly at 10.30pm last night I found that I was missing the cables between the Amp and the armstretching speakers.
Still the hotel (The Imperial) provided a PA. This enabled Russell and I to share out the accompaniment to the glee club. The normal pianist is sadly rather unwell so we tend to have to stand in. I have done the accompaniment at the Southport and Harrogate Spring Conferences. It is a bit of a challenge as that is the only time I practise the particular numbers as I tend to play jazz - and have less time for practising out of the ordinary things now. We had a hired piano which was far too quiet for the room - it needed miking up. The length of the cables prevented more than one mike being used (plus a radio mike).
Still it was an excellent Glee Club with about 300 people in the choir. Having finished loading my car at 2.30am I then had to drive at 8.15am to Birmingham for the eternal Malicious Falsehood action between Tony Kennedy and Martin Mullaney. This is finally heading for court in about 8 weeks+.
The judge was tiring of this a bit as it is getting into a very complicated case on what can only at the most involve £5,000. The judge expressed the view that the complexities would normally relate to a case involving about £100K.
Quite a few media outlets are interested in the idea that I would be quite happy to lead the party. I have explained that when Charles Kennedy retires he is likely to hand over to "a younger man". I am actually younger than him. (expressions of shock all around). I am expecting Charles to lead us at least through the next General Election.
This evening I took part in welcoming a new vicar to All Saints in Stechford. He looks as if he will help a lot in that area. Bishop John Sentamu presided and gave an excellent Sermon. It is sad to be losing him to York. Our loss is their gain.