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ISSUE 119 december 2020

Rose Langley

M

erry Christmas Frome! I was pottering about, tidying up, with the radio on in the background. As I conceded defeat in the eternal game of washing-up jenga I play with my husband, someone on the radio said: “I think we can all agree, 2020 has been a dreadful year.” Well, yes, we can all agree to that. And looking for those bits of blue sky amid the dark clouds can seem futile - especially to those who haven’t had the chance to look up and see the sky. But it is human nature to seek both the best and the worst angles on any situation, in the vague hope of controlling its outcome.

here we are at our best when we are supporting each other During the first lockdown, I had a nagging fear that The List was a goner. The small business, which I’d worked at for over six years, might never return. A business which had seen me through the early days of motherhood, given me independence, created friendships and allowed me creative freedom, might all just fall apart. Did The List have a future? When I put the feelers out, the reaction was overwhelming. Businesses still wanted to advertise, stories still had to be told, and I discovered, to my very great pride, that readers felt a strong sense of ownership of The List. They

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saw it as a publication which represents their town – something I will forever be humbled by. With this in mind, I’ve been turning my thoughts to the other small businesses here. Along with the town’s many charities and local projects, they are the beating heart of Frome. Their closure, at a time when hopes were high of recovering from the losses of the first lockdown, has been a huge blow. But this is Frome. And here we are at our best when we are supporting each other. So it’s no surprise that our independent businesses have been holding each other up, sharing posts on social media, creating an even stronger online community, and finding ways of working through the situation they find themselves in. We can all hold them up too – by spending locally as much as we can. People power has always been a very Frome thing. Our ability to support each other is what sets our town apart. This year I have been blown away by the passion and resilience in our community, from charities and businesses, residents young and old, folk doing food deliveries and pushing notes through doors. We’ve all been held up by our collective understanding of the importance of our brilliant, vibrant community. Frome, YOU are that bit of blue sky in an otherwise dark year. Keep it up (and shop locally!).

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» WHAT’S GOING ON? « Your local arts centre needs you

Ding Dong, On Yer Bike!

Next year Black Swan Arts are celebrating their 35th anniversary. They receive no external funding, and the pot is almost empty. Thankfully, a recent Arts Council emergency grant means they can now stay open until March 2021.

Ding is Frome’s new mobile community bike workshop, set up by a team of students from Edventure’s 15th start-up course. The team of seven students has fundraised over £2000 to kick-start the project, with help from the Postcode Lottery, to run monthly pop-up bike repair days, starting on Saturday 12th December, 10.00am – 14.00pm in three Frome locations: The Welsh Mill Hub, The Bandstand at Victoria Park and The Community Hub at the Mount (there is no formal charge, though donations will be greatly appreciated)

Did you know that many of our incredible independent shops in Frome and beyond began their life in the Black Swan studio spaces? Annette Gabbedey, Christina Oswin, Mel Day, Kate Cooke, Steven Jenkins and Phaedra Politis amongst many others. Black Swan Arts supports artists to take the step from working quietly in their garden sheds to a small public shop at low rent – studios where you can see their craftsmanship up close, buy direct and commission bespoke work. Did you know that a dedicated team of volunteers manage the largest curated art competition in the country for young people, and that recent Art Open judges include Michael Eavis and Mariella Frostrup? Frome’s arts centre wants to share your stories, to inspire the next generation, people of all ages and backgrounds, to have access to creativity in all shapes and sizes by connecting with people, learning new skills and re-discovering hidden passions. They want to collaborate and shine a light on the incredible creative talent we are so lucky to have on our doorsteps. But without your support they will not be able to continue. Visit when it’s safe, buy online, sign up to the newsletter, make a donation of whatever you can. Over to you… www.blackswanarts.org.uk @BlackSwanArts

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“I came across the Edventure start-up course online and, as a keen cyclist, this particular project seemed to fit the bill,” says Ding co-ordinator Lucy. “We are passionate about creating a confident cycling community and bringing hands-on bike repair workshops to Frome. One of Ding’s goals is to make cycling more accessible, by empowering people through learning basic repairs for their bikes with the help and expertise from professionals around Frome.” Maria, Head of Business planning and strategy says, “We are thrilled to be able to offer regular monthly pop-up bike repair services in Frome. There’s been a surge in interest in cycling throughout the Covid pandemic, and we want to play a part in getting people back on their bikes.” For more information, or to book a repair slot go to Facebook or Instagram @DingFrome


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The Frome Independent Supporting independent businesses and makers online

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he Frome Independent are usually gearing up to their busiest market of them all, with their December event attracting well over 10,000 visitors in pre-Covid times. It was always exciting to see so many shoppers choosing to spend their money with small independents, creatives and primary producers, rather than with multinational businesses. So, as we approach the Christmas shopping season, we are thinking of all of the independent businesses who are continuing to innovate and work hard to adapt to the new measures, including The Frome Independent, who have moved their events online, hosting virtual markets on Instagram stories, and compiling a trader directory on their website. It has been fantastic for customers to be able to connect virtually with traders in this way, even though it’s not the same as the real thing. The market team are counting down the days until live events get the green light, but in the meantime, they are promoting and championing independent makers, producers and Frome’s independent retail community. Seeing this community continue to support each other online has been a ray of hope. Now more than ever is

the time to show your love and support for this talented and tenacious bunch, so take some time to browse The Frome Independent’s website thefromeindependent. org.uk/the-market to check some of them out. You can also follow The Frome Independent’s Instagram feed to find lots of promotions and offers from traders in their virtual market on Sunday 6th December, including The Frome Independent, who are offering 10% off all their own products in their online shop, plus free delivery within the BA11 area with the codes MAKING10 and LOCALDELIVERY. Order Now! £15

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Call to Artists Fr o m e O p e n A rt Tr a i l

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he Frome Open Art Trail is a celebration of Frome’s brilliant creative community. Now, applications are open for new local artists and makers, interested in taking part next year. After the 2020 trail went online, plans are afoot for the 2021 trail, which take place alongside the Frome Festival on the 3rd – 11th July. Over the last few years, the Frome Open Art Trail has grown in strength and reputation, with an increasing number of visitors who relish meeting, and buying work directly from, artists. The artists and makers who take part show a diverse range of work, exhibiting from studios, homes and venues. There is affordable art for everyone including ceramics, paintings, textiles, photography, glass and jewellery.

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Frome supports student, emerging, self-employed and professional artists – many are now seriously struggling financially as so many exhibitions, art projects and community events have had to be cancelled or put on hold. The interactive brochure from the 2020 trail is available to view online until mid-March 2021. It gives details of all the artists who took part, with images, contact details and links to their work. To apply for the 2021 Frome Open Art Trail visit the website at www.frome-open-art-trail.co.uk Enquiries: fromeopenarttrail@gmail.com @fromeopenarttrail


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bar lotte A n oth e r tr iu m p h fo r th e Lot te’s te a m

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fter a difficult year for many hospitality businesses, 2020 might not be an obvious choice for launching a new bar. But with such high expectations and excitement from the already loyal following at the ever-popular Bistro Lotte, it was hoped that Bar Lotte would prove a hit, and it seems that those hopes have been fulfilled.

Looking towards their reopening in December, the Bar Lotte team has been busy creating a stunning new winter drinks menu. “Knowing that the lovely people of Frome will be looking forward to spreading some Christmas cheer, we can’t wait to welcome customers old and new! Mulled cider and mulled wine will be included on the menu, to tempt people out on those cold December evenings.”

The old London Stores grocery, built in the 1830s, and more recently housing a wine shop, is now home to Bar Lotte, where the beautifully renovated interior and exterior include traditional features along with unique contemporary design elements.

To compliment their drinks menu, Bar Lotte offers delicious sharing platters, (charcuterie or fromage) in the evening, and their hugely popular cheese fondue. “Customers love the melted French cheese with bread, roast potatoes, roast vegetables, and even rump steak for the meat-eaters. Perfect with a glass of our house red,” says Lotte. Coffee and daily specials, including baguettes, soup du jour and a daily tart, are all served in the bar, which is open from noon, seven days a week. They will also be serving the bistro supper menu at the bar on Sunday evenings when they re-open.

“We were so excited to be able to open Bar Lotte at the end of this summer, especially in light of everything that has happened this year, and the response we’ve had from the local community has been very heartening. To be able to offer a cozy, warm and welcoming space for people to catch up with loved ones and friends has been such a pleasure for us.” Says Lotte. Bar Lotte has a fantastic cocktail menu and two highly skilled and energetic cocktail barmen, Leszek and Koschin. “This pair have worked incredibly hard to help us get the bar up and running and they are fantastic at what they do. We are very lucky to have them on board.”

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Bistro and Bar Lotte, now offer a total of ten boutique en suite rooms, two of which are family rooms, perfect for visiting over the festive season. “Frome has so many wonderful independent shops, and we hope to be able to accommodate Christmas shoppers this December with our midweek dinner bed & breakfast offer, which will also support other small local businesses and keep Frome thriving,” adds Lotte.


Meanwhile, at Bistro Lotte Things may be a little different this year but at Bistro Lotte they are excitedly planning for Christmas. “We are still here to help you celebrate in the safety of our warm and cozy restaurant,” says Lotte. “You can join us for supper or Christmas drinks in the bar with work colleagues or family, and Christmas gift vouchers will also be available for the restaurant, bar and rooms. We are getting ready to dress the restaurant for Christmas and with our delicious new winter menu, we hope you will join us to celebrate the festive season.” The team at Bistro Lotte wanted to say thank you to everyone who supported their At Home Dining service last month and during the first lockdown. “It was fantastic to have the support of all our lovely loyal customers and it really kept us going during that time. We will continue to offer a limited takeout service going forward so please do ring us and we will do our very best to help.”

To book a table or room you can: Go online: bistrolottefrome.co.uk Bistro: 01373 300646 Bar: 01373 301068

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hen it comes to brilliant places to eat, Frome has been coming on in leaps and bounds over the last ten years. But lockdown gave this progress a boost as cafés and pubs turned their hands to takeaways and a host of new and entrepreneurial foodies turned their daydreams into realities. Frome’s takeaway scene has gone from being great to being almost extraordinary. Here is our rundown of some of the best takeaways for your supper on the sofa.

Taco Dirty To Me Taco dirty to me is run by husband and wife team Tom and Chelsie – two foodies who have always dreamed starting their own food business. Lockdown offered them the opportunity to get started and they haven’t looked back. “We make everything from scratch each week, including tortilla shells, salsas, pickles, hot sauce, sides and even the seitan for our vegan options,” Chelsie told us. “We collaborate with Flow Bar (when not in lockdown) on a Tuesday evening to bring you ‘Taco Tuesdays’ where we deliver right to your table! Cocktails and tacos - the dream!” Their takeaway service runs Thursday and Friday evenings 6 - 9pm for both collection and delivery (Frome only). To order, you can message via @TacoDirtyToMe or call 07515 543803

Nook Nook came to life in September 2018. Inspired by trips to Australia, the owners want to create a teeny tiny Aussie-style eatery in the heart of Frome, with speciality coffee, superfood smoothies, cold press juice, acai smoothie bowls, poke bowls, buddha bowls, broth bowls and sweet treats. Nook food is 100% gluten free and there are lots of dairy-free and vegan options. “We love healthy, tasty and colourful food that tastes epic and makes you feel awesome,” says owner Millie. Open seven days a week in December, 9am – 3pm. Call to pre-order your food for collection on 01373 471368 or for delivery to BA11 postcodes (Frome) everyday between 12-2 (orders over £25.00) order online at www.nooktheshop.co.uk For all the plans for 2021 follow @nooktheshop on social media.

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MyGreekFatWraps In Greece, food isn’t just food – it’s a way of life. With the freshest ingredients that are lovingly prepared in their kitchen, My Greek Fat Wraps offers a mouth-watering menu including freshly prepared Greek delicacies such as souvlaki, meatballs, hand crafted pies and their famous pastries (both savoury and sweet) “We’re a small family-run business, and when you eat our food, we hope you’ll feel like one of the family too,” says chef Dimitrios. There is something to suit everyone, with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Open for lunch and dinner all week (excluding Sunday), for both collection and delivery. Order online or via email www.mygreekfatwraps.com orders@mygreekfatwraps.com

Burrito Boi Burrito Boi have been a smash hit since starting up in lockdown. Creating incredible burritos, inventive sides and indulgent desserts, they use ethically and locally sourced produce, including beef from Penleigh Farm. “We aim to use the highest quality ingredients possible and offer our food at prices affordable to everyone!” says Dom, one of the three people behind Burrito Boi. Offering collection and delivery service from Wednesday to Saturday 5-9pm in Frome, they also offer collections in Bruton on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. You can order your food to be delivered to Palmer St Bottle and enjoy it with your drink. “When thinking about our ethos, it’s made up of three things - Happiness, Community and FUN!” To order, message via social media or call. burritoboifrome T: 07946 277161

The River House One of Frome’s best-loved cafés, The River House has remained open throughout the duration of

lockdown, offering coffees and cakes to take away from 10am to 3pm every day. Their Donut Fridays keep us looking forward to the weekend, and you can stock up with retail bags from Loud Mouth. Gift boxes and hampers are available to purchase throughout December, with a selection of all your favourite River House offerings, as well as cake selection boxes to enjoy after those long daily walks. To pre-order call 01373 464 847 or go to: www.riverhousefrome.co.uk

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Flow Bar Frome Take-out cocktails? Yes, you heard that right. The exceptional mixologists at Flow Bar Frome, the new cocktail bar on the bridge, have been adding a touch of glamour to our lockdown lives. Order from a stand-out take-out menu which includes Berkmann Cellar Wines, local spirits, beers as well as Flow’s now much celebrated cocktails and mocktails. Click and Collect cocktails can be ordered via the LOCAL app, (full details on the Flow website – see below). The Flow team have been preparing for the end of lockdown by created some sparkling Christmas packages for bubble-sized celebrations, perfect for those re-connecting with much missed but much loved ones. Christmas and New Year bookings are now invited, with key dates expected to be busy. All booking enquiries bookings@flowbarfrome.co.uk www.flowbarfrome.co.uk

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Fat Radish Following the success of their take-away service back in July, the Fat Radish will continue creating restaurant standard food for you to enjoy at home, throughout the whole of December. They’ll be serving up starters, mains and desserts, along with weekly changing specials, fine wines and their popular ‘shake-away’ cocktails, so you can enjoy a take-out with extra oomph this winter. For Christmas celebrations at home, the team will be creating festive party packs including snacks,

nibbles and drinks, so you can do away with cooking and put out a sensational spread for your guests (or just enjoy it yourself on a Zoom call). For more details of how to order, visit www.fatradish.co.uk

hamper Hamper is Frome’s new independent sandwich shop, offering delicious sandwiches, pastries and coffee to take away. Situated on Stony Street, Hamper is open Mon-Fri 10  to 3 and take both  preorders and walk ups and can cater for larger orders such as meetings and lunches. House favourites include Salt Beef bagels and the incredible Chilli and Paprika Prawn Sandwich and there will be some festive additions coming soon too. Since opening in September, the Hamper team have been overwhelmed by the response and support theyve received “it makes us so proud to be part of this wonderful town!” Says owner Thea. Website www.hamper-sandwiches.co.uk Insta: @hamper_sandwich_shop Tel: 07814593989

Keren’s Comfort Before lockdown, Keren and her crack team of foodies had been delivering indulgent comfort food to the people of Frome, but from March their service went from being a treat to a necessity. Powered by the foodies behind Events Horizon, Keren’s Comfort Kitchen delivers both ready-to-eat meals and for the freezer, from staple favourites like lasagne and fish pie to a selection of grazing platters, Keren’s ever-popular Sunday roasts and cream teas and bespoke birthday cakes. “We are adding a seasonal twist to our menu, from festive grazing platters to Christmas cream teas,” says Keren. “We put everything into what we do, and try our very best to be sustainable and ecologically intelligent too. That’s why all our packaging is compostable bagasse. You can put it in your food waste or on your compost heap - even the lids!” eventshorizonofficial.com 07968 753632 email kerenhayden@gmail.com Keren’s Comfort Kitchen

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1. Djeco Children’s umbrella (also available in adult size) £8.50 Golden Goose • 2. Cosy graphic scarf £42 Seed 3. Bill Skinner Mini Queen Bee necklace £38 Marchbank Jewellery • 4. Antique butterfly specimens in mini frames by Tess Chodan, £25 each From Owl • 5. Soft leather Moroccan slippers (unisex - other colours available) £28 Golden Goose 6. Forget-me-not bracelet £80 Christina Oswin Jewellery • 7. Pink velvet moon cushion £40 Laura Holden Studio (Etsy & Instagram) • 8. Mystic Dress by Sissoo Organic (15% off with code FROME) £150 www.sissoo.co.uk

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Buy local and vintage this Christmas Special £5 and £10 Christmas gift ideas – free delivery to Frome

A scrumptious range of foodie gifts all made by me to give individually or as part of a bespoke hamper. Check the Facebook and Instagram pages for full details, or just call/text on 07968 753632 email kerenhayden@gmail.com.

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1. Alex Monroe Day/Night earrings £375 from Marchbank Jewellery • 2. Bookshop Tours of Great Britain by Louise Boland £16.99 Hunting Raven • 3. Silver Rocks Ring £135 Christina Oswin Jewellery • 4. One pint Drinking Horn (as used in Game of Thrones) £44.50 Seed • 5. Retribution Gin (free stand with code THELISTFROME) £38 – £42 www. retributiondistilling.co.uk • 6. Anthony Oram ‘Somerset, Land of the Summer People’ A3 giclee print £30 The WHY Gallery • 7. Face pendant by Lima Lima £29 The WHY Gallery • 8. Handmade brass hoops £25 Seed

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1. Prints of Pen and Ink artworks by David Daniels starting at £25 Owl • 2. The Garden - by Annemarie Blake £395 Owl • 3. Gold Bee Mug with bamboo coaster by Hans Borgonjon £15 Owl • 4. Medium recycled glass vase by Phaedra Politis £59.95 Owl • 5. Porcelain oval vase with hand pressed cobalt blue wild geranium by Rebecca Wordsworth £80 from Owl • 6. Handmade copper lamps from Polished Peacock Redesign £45 - £85 Matthew Paul Interiors • 7. Vintage Mock Croc vinyl storage case £25 Quirkycollectables@gmail.com 8. Vulnerable Species Luxury Postcard Set £36  www.stephanielecocq.com/shop

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WALNUT & CHEESE BISCUITS

Cook & Eat Recipes from our resident Foodie Laura Coate

It’s always with a touch of trepidation that I greet the winter months; the slight heart-dropping moment at the realisation that the clocks are winding backwards and with them, the bringing of the dark. With the dark, though, comes fire. We light the woodburner as the dusk creeps up on us in the late afternoon, and then everything is alright in our little world. As the weeks slip by and we become used to our pyro rituals, my own thoughts turn to forthcoming festivities. Come December - free time allowing - I will have mixed and steamed a pudding to the recipe I devised eons ago, made mincemeat, steeped some sort of hedgerow liqueur, and plotted festive food. This year is likely to be somewhat restrained when it comes to celebratory gatherings. Nevertheless, for all the pockets of joy thrown up by this strange year, as well as for all the hope we hold for the coming one, celebrate we shall. If you plan to do the same, open a bottle of something fizzy and make a plate of these melty, gently crunchy discs to pass around.

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Makes enough for several diminutive gatherings: 100g walnut halves 1 tbsp light oil 1 tbsp runny honey 1/4 tsp salt Scant 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, plus more for sprinkling A good grinding of black pepper 100g butter, cold, cut into cubes 150g plain flour 75g Pecorino cheese, finely grated A bushy sprig of rosemary, leaves finely chopped Preheat the oven to 160C/gas mark 3. Mix the walnuts with the oil and honey and spread them out on a non-stick baking tray. Bake for about 12-15 minutes until light golden brown, stirring halfway through. Remove from the oven and stir in the salt, black pepper and cayenne, before leaving the nuts to cool on the tray. (Make sure you give them the occasional prod while they sit, otherwise they’ll glue together completely.) Once cool, weigh out 85g of the nuts. (The rest are yours to snaffle as you please.) Place them in a blender and pulse until they resemble breadcrumbs. Add the butter and flour, and pulse again until well blended. Add the Pecorino and rosemary and keep pulsing until the mixture is threatening to come together. Tip the crumbly dough into some baking paper and bring it together with your hands. Shape the dough into a log about 40cm long (or divide into two and make 20cm lengths) and roll up in the baking paper. Place in the freezer for 15-20 minutes, or until firm. Indeed, if you’re making these in advance, simply leave the roll in the fridge until needed. When thoughts turn to popping corks, preheat the oven to 200C/gas mark 6 and unwrap the log. Slice it into discs no thicker than 4mm and place on a lined or non-stock baking tray, spaced apart. Pepper the discs with a small pinch of cayenne and bake for 8 minutes until crisp, then remove with a palette knife to a cooling rack for a few brief minutes before serving. With bubbles. Follow Laura for updates and recipes: Instagram @foodwithfolk


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FAT BALLS OF FIRE Th e Fr o m e Fo s s i l

In the market, all was quiet. The fish man was bagging me up a slab of ling and a slithery mass of squid. Then a nasal Cockney voice split the air. “Come outside!” it begged, “Come outside! There’s a luvverly moon out there.” The fish man and I looked at each other conspiratorially. We both knew who the singer was, and that made us feel hopelessly ancient. “Takes me back,” he said. Yeah: to about 1962, I thought. The bloke on the music stall clearly had a job lot of early sixties hits CDs he wanted to shift. Which was why the little-missed tones of Mike Sarne were floating across the car park like the smell of rancid chips. So, as I moved on round the market, my twelve-year-old self hovered beside me, along with the varied musical talents of Karl Denver, The Tokens, Adam Faith and much, much worse. By the time I reached the birdfood stall, Helen Shapiro was belting out “Walking Back to Happiness”. There was a grizzled guy in front of me, and we too swapped nostalgic eye rolls at the song. It was as if we were members of a secret society with exclusive access to arcane and embarrassing musical knowledge. After all, no-one else was going to recognise these rather terrible old tunes, were they? Six decades old, at that. A goose waddled across my grave. I shuddered, bought a big bag of fat balls and turned away, humming “whoopa oh yay yay” to myself. At that moment, I heard the same refrain being bawled out beside me. A knot of cheery herberts, average age fifteen, was strolling past, singing along with the CD. And they knew the words! How the hell did that happen? Mike Sarne, Helen Shapiro – even Russ Conway – were tiny fragments of my long-ago childhood, but they don’t mean much to me now. What could they possibly mean to kids whose soundtrack consists of Dababy, J.P.Saxe, Powfu and Jawsh685?

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But then, musical tastes are often baffling. My 84-year-old neighbour told me that, when he and his wife were courting, they used to spend Saturday nights in the local pub. “After about ten pints I did used to get on the table and sing Elvis Presley songs. My wife did hate it. She’d tell me to sit down and not make a fool of myself. Funny thing was, though – she did really love Elvis after that.”


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