A very happy Easter to everyone! And what a fabulous Easter weekend it has been so far (well almost).
Thursday evening saw the culmination of months of tears and tantrums rehearsing for the musical play ‘Someone Like You’ at the local theatre, with a superb display of amateur thespianism. Written and performed by local ex-pats right here in Didim, it was a triumph for local talent and a huge hit with an audience of over 200 very appreciative Didimites. It was also a huge success for charity, with over 2000 Turlish Lira (£750) being raised for the local children’s charity Cocuklar Agalimisin. Well done to all concerned – Didim surely HAS got talent !
Talking of which, there was a moment of sheer, unforgettable genius during Britain’s Got Talent last night. Where’s Me Keys, Where’s Me Phone was an absolute corker of a song. One of those crazy, completely off-the-wall and mesmerising performances that will be talked about for months to come. And I have no doubt YouTube is hot this morning with tens of thousands of hits on the video. I won’t be surprised if this ridiculously absurd ditty gets to number one in the charts overnight !!
Good Friday went well for me and Glen with an enjoyable evening at Lush Cafe and Bar with a few dozen diners who were very appreciative of our vocal performances. The evening was blessed with some lively dancing, including two young dancers on their Easter holidays from school back in Blighty. They spun and jumped around the dancefloor for an hour or so, energising their older counterparts, until eventually the eyelids of one of the girls grew heavy and finally, sitting on mum’s lap, her head slumped onto the table in front of her and she was in dreamland. Oh to be 4 years old again ! I do hope they don’t forget our conversation earlier in the evening as Glen and I were setting up, when they promised to bring me some of their chocolate Easter egg when they next visit Didim.
Unfortunately, after suffering toward the end of my Good Friday gig with a sore throat, I spent a few hours in bed on Saturday with a sore throat and a heavy chest. The common cold is not unique to the UK – despite the weather warming up nicely here in Turkey now. Sadly, we missed the opportuinty to attend our very first Turkish wedding in the nearby farming town of Soke. But our congratulations go to our friends Jess and Orhan anyway, and I hope the evening went well for you and your guests.
And so to Easter Sunday. Full of the cold, with a sore throat and heavy chest, I have been asked to perform for a group of apartment owners at the Aqua Vista holiday complex tonight. A short-notice phone call last night as I was sniffling and coughing, a brief conversation, and as always me being ‘easy’, and there you have it another gig for the weekend. So now I have to go and make decisions about which songs to perform. I must choose some that will be kind to my throat, in order that I can be kind to their ears