My mother-in-law just got the all-clear yesterday. It’s incredible news.
She was in hospital having a malignant tumour removed and the short story is that it has not spread and she is now OK – she does not even require chemotherapy as the operation removed all the cancerous cells.
Other than not getting cancer at all, it’s the best possible outcome.
I’m writing a blog post really just to thank all my friends all over the world who sent her a get well card. When I suggested to a few friends on Facebook that it might cheer her up to see some foreign mail arriving at her home when she got out of hospital I never imagined that cards would start arriving from all over the place… she was really touched by it and I’m grateful to everyone who responded to my message by sending a card.
Even if you don’t know Angie’s mother, you can feel good about how much it helped her on the road to recovery again.
And it was particularly nice to get a card from the entire Biblecode Sundays, arranged by fiddle player Paddy Franklin. Thanks guys, that went down really well and I’m sure we are going to see you playing out in Brazil sometime! You had better start researching hangover cures for caipirinha…
Elvis Costello’s new album ‘National Ransom’ is out next week.
On Thursday the 28th, he has a very special and very private launch party for the album at lunchtime in Soho. It’s going to be in the world-famous Ronnie Scott’s jazz club and these tickets are not for sale – it’s press and invite-only.
But you can win two tickets to this special event through a competition by entering on the Elvis Costello website here!
I’m going to be there live blogging and commenting on the event on Twitter, so if you win, do say hello!
Elvis recently joined Twitter, so if you are on there then why not go and follow him? And if you are a Twitter user then I’m hosting the Ealing Tweetup next week, featuring a live set by Elvis’s brother, Ronan MacManus…
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London Irish super-group Biblecode Sundays are playing Ealing this weekend with a small gig on Saturday night at the Rose & Crown pub. It’s an unusual venue for a band that headlined the Shepherd’s Bush Empire shindig on St Patrick’s Day earlier this year, but one the band is looking forward to – and it’s free for punters visiting the pub.
The band is a true mix of the great and good, with music in their blood from birth. Lead singer Ronan MacManus is the son of Ross MacManus, who achieved fame with the Joe Loss orchestra. He is also the brother of Declan, better known as Elvis Costello. Andy Nolan on accordion played with Shane MacGowan and the Popes. Drummer Carlton Hunt is from ska outfit Bad Manners, and bass player, Enda Mulloy, is the son of Tom Mulloy of the legendary Mulloy brothers.
Their best-known song ‘Maybe it’s because I’m an Irish Londoner’ name-checks many of the areas around Ealing and the Uxbridge road, so it’s a return to home turf for the west London five-piece. That song soared up the charts back in March as St Patrick’s day revellers attempted to purchase enough copies online to get the Biblecodes to number one. They were defeated by Ellie Goulding fans, but still managed to make a dent on the national singles chart with a song about the Irish community in west London.
The Rose & Crown, Church Place, St Mary’s Road, Ealing, W5 4HN
Saturday 25th September, 2010
Band on stage at 8.30pm, curfew 11pm, bar closes at midnight.
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