If you’ve got a cold, con­sider your­self...

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

HAVE you had the hor­ri­ble cough and cold which has been do­ing the rounds? Ev­ery­where I go peo­ple seem to be sneez­ing and wheez­ing. If they’re not suf­fer­ing them­selves, they’re talk­ing about other peo­ple who are.

Mr F has had a nasty dose of the bug which has meant a full fort­night of him feel­ing re­ally rough.

Hav­ing booked a ho­tel and theatre seats for a party of friends and rel­a­tives to see our friend in a show in Le­ices­ter, I was wor­ried we weren’t go­ing to make it.

It would have been very un­lucky and ridicu­lously bad tim­ing as this ex­cel­lent pro­duc­tion of Oliver! has been play­ing to packed houses since Novem­ber 27 and ended on Satur­day.

I was there­fore re­lieved to find our­selves trav­el­ling up the M1 on our way to The Curve Theatre. While chat­ting about John who was play­ing Mr Brown­low, an­i­mal lover FJ*, said she was also keen to see the dog play­ing Bulls-eye.

How dis­ap­point­ing then, when no bull ter­rier ap­peared with Bill Sikes, even though dogs with names like Rupert, Spike, Mr Crunch and Al­fie, were named in the pro­gramme.

We asked John about it af­ter­wards and he ex­plained that one had to be pulled on; an­other dragged off. One kept bark­ing, and a real diva was so ex­cited by the whole thing that it kept poo­ing on the stage. They were re­placed by a bark­ing sound ef­fect.

Snow was fall­ing as we headed for an af­ter-show drink. By the time we re­turned to our ho­tel it had set­tled and the city cen­tre was look­ing very Dick­en­sian.

Right on cue, and close to mid­night, noisy urchins had taken over the streets. I found my­self imag­in­ing them burst­ing into song: hope­fully, Con­sider Your­self at Home, and not – as we’d just heard that one of the cast was mugged at a cash ma­chine dur­ing the run – Got to Pick a Pocket or Two.

I’ve just watched Rus­sell Grant on a panel dis­sect­ing the day’s news. Talk­ing about his education in the 1950s and 1960s, Rus­sell said he would have got a place at Vyn­ers School in Ick­en­ham, which was then a gram­mar school, but wasn’t able to take it be­cause only a cer­tain num­ber of chil­dren from Hare­field were al­lowed places.

Do you know of any­one else who passed the 11-plus but had the same ex­pe­ri­ence? *FJ= Fisher Ju­nior

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