I was busily tapping away at the computer this morning because I had work to do - writing a review for last night's performance of "Simply BAOS" by the Basingstoke Amateur Operatic Society. It felt extremely
strange to have a deadline to meet, after all these months of deadline-free retirement.
It wasn't a completely uninterrrupted morning. The Youngest of the Darling
Daughters, who was at work till lunchtime, kept sending me texts enquiring, among other pleasantries, whether I was (i) out of bed yet, (ii) making any headway on my review and (iii) able to tidy up a bit because she had a friend coming to lunch. To
which (had I been of a less sunny nature) I might have replied: (i) are you suggesting I am lazy?; (ii) well, I would be if I didn't have to keep answering your texts; and (iii) what did your last slave die of? Only kidding...
I was sitting with the Mayor and Mayoress of Basingstoke in the VIP seats last night - and what I was itching to write about was the way Limey Limelight (pictured) wheedled her winsome way into the
Mayor's affections. It is, however, possibly not an appropriate subject for a review in the Leisure section of the esteemed Basingstoke Gazette - but I just know daily readers of the Blog will want to hear all about it.
Limey Limelight is the mascot of Limelight, the BAOS youth group which counts among its members two of my grandchildren, Jack and Hazel. She was "born" in a Build-a-Bear shop, has a suitably
theatrical wardrobe of sparkly, sequin-studded clothes - and his Worship the Mayor fell in love with her at first sight. He insisted on having his photograph taken with her, kept tight hold on her throughout the whole performance - and has invited her to the
next Full Council Meeting as a visual aid for his Mayoral announcements. You think I'm joking, don't you?
So here is a message for all you Mayors and Council
Chairmen out there - adopt a bear. It may not add any civic gravitas to your deportment but it will win you a whole new army of supporters among the younger generation.
As one of the young Limelighters, hearing about Limey's date with the Council, remarked on Facebook last night: "I think I like this Mr Mayor..."