The Antique Beat Boutique is full of wonderful things for Christmas. Apart from The Real Tuesday Weld 2012 audio Christmas Card, it was recently invaded by an army of small creatures designed and made by my good friend Koo. She is a curious creature herself- rather shy and unpredictable - but in the time I have known her, I don't think there is once when we have met and she hasn't give me something fabulous - and always designed and hand made by herself. She has done many drawings (mostly impertinent) of The Real Tuesday Weld over the past few years.
Anyway here they are: The Creature Comforts:
Mr Night Owl
Ms Snowy Owl
Banker Boy and
I had the idea for accesories for shy men a couple of years back. There are loads of brooches for girls but hardly anything for the fairer sex. But whenever I wore my Death's Head Flower (made by dear Za Za) people would always stop me to talk about it and I mean EVERY single time. So now it's what I recommend for a boy with a broken heart. And I mean boys of either sex naturally.
(Antique Beat have been selling them to confident girls too - that wasn't quite the point but that's commerce for you I guess)
As Koo says: "Show your lapel some Love"
There are also some absolutely lovely other things in the boutique but I am starting to sound like an advertisement so I will stop - you get the picture I'm sure.
I probably won't write again now until next year. Assuming the Mayans (and me) were wrong and the world won't be ending in the next 24 days, I intend to be sitting by the fire or beach-combing in the far north of Scotland. It has seemed a very full year. I can't be bothered to list all the incredible achievements and witty comments I made but as ever, it was the people that mattered.
It has been great fun getting to know and playing with Matthew Snowden and Josephine Lloyd. And I remain very appreciative of my stalwart bass player the crime jazz detective Don Brosnan not to mention the boy with the golden flute Jacques Van Rhijn and Wing Commander Clive Painter.
And of course to you, if you are there and reading, looking or listening.
A pleasure and an honour as always.