Football.

I think the best place to work in football is England.

(José MourinhoPortuguese football manager)

And here are grounds from my football journey around England this year.

King Power Stadium, Leicester City FC
The Dripping Pan, Lewes FC
Riverside Park, Barrow Town FC
St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton FC
The Amex Stadium, Brighton FC

From Premier League (Southampton, Brighton and Leicester City) to the Isthmian League Division One South (Lewes) down to East Midlands Counties League (Barrow Town) football unites our country and our sense of national identity.

The Pianist of Yarmouk by Aeham Ahmad

The Pianist of Yarmouk

The Pianist of Yarmouk by Aeham Ahmad

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The inspirational story of Syrian-Palestinian pianist Aeham Ahmad, who lived through and escaped the hardship and desperation of the Syrian war and siege in Yarmouk, near Damascus. Ahmad became known worldwide after videos of him playing piano on the bombed out streets of Yarmouk were posted on YouTube.
This is Ahmads narrative of the displacement of Syrian refugees, his journey to Europe and the power of music to give him hope in a desperate situation.

‘I’m a pianist…. My revolution is music… Music was going to be my form of protest…’ p.170



https://www.unrwa.org/crisis-in-yarmouk

https://www.bing.com/search?q=pianist…





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Funky Blue Sail Away Party

Funky Blue are the resident band on the Braemar cruise ship. They’re a covers band playing Rock, Pop and Motown from the fifties right through to the present day. As well as sail away and deck parties they also play three or four sets a night in the Coral Club Lounge. I’m slightly biased- my partner is the band leader- but they are a fabulous feel good party band that immediately gets the audience on their feet dancing the night away.

When not on the ship they are available for weddings, parties and anything else requiring fabulous live music.

Photographs by Sean Saye.