Silas Silage to make a radio comeback -Updated

Screenshot_NormalAppImage(1)Update: The program will be broadcast at 5 pm. Silas is expected to appear around 5.40

Silas Silage, the Blog’s erstwhile gardening expert (see Blogs passim -Ed) is making a comeback on a new show to be broadcast live on Sherborne’s local radio station, Abbey 104 FM.

He will be appearing on Cat Paterson’s drive time show on Bank Holiday Monday at 6 pm. His subject? Badgers.

The old codger has apparently persuaded the lovely Miss Paterson to accompany him on an all night badger watch.  All we can say is “Watch out Cat”.

The Cat Paterson show is broadcast on Mondays at 6 pm. Abbey Radio is on 104.7 FM in the Sherborne and Yeovil areas, or online at www.abbey104. com. You can also listen to the catch up edition of the show during the week following transmission.

Silas Silage used to write down to earth Blog columns on gardening and country life, and many readers were charmed by his pithy advice and homespun humour. Political correctness was not his strong point. He last wrote for the Blog in 2011, and left after a disagreement over fees. (He wanted us to pay him, we wanted him to pay us -Ed).

Listen to a replay

MPO’s “Sorcerer” now on line

Bloggovision1If you missed it, here’s a chance to catch up with the Milborne Port Opera’s production of “The Sorcerer, now on video, thanks to Geoff Allan.

Wait for a wet afternoon, hook Youtube into your telly and enjoy.

Book Review: Life, the Universe and Everything on holiday

The Blog is venturing into new territory and publishing its first book review. Readers are invited (and encouraged) to send in readable and succinct reviews of books they have recently enjoyed, in order to enhance everyone’s summer reading.

Richard Gaunt writes. . .This is a review of a life changing book. I didn’t choose to read it. It is almost as if it sought me out and thrust itself into my hand. To start with, I didn’t like it.. But then I was hooked.

I was planning to depart on holiday when an email from Amazon popped up. Why not have a free trial of Kindle Unlimited? Why not indeed? You choose a number of books for a 7-day free trial, after which they disappear.   Perfect for a week away, so I signed up.

One book was brilliant-“The Floating Brothel” an account of the transportation of female convicts to Australia in the 1790s. Highly recommended. (No surprises there –Ed.) 

The others were rubbish. But the last one, downloaded at random, and with only 2 days to go before automatic deletion was “Ancient Knowledge”. By an author I’ve never heard of, one George Curtis. Self published by the look of it. I gave it a try. And then began a very interesting couple of days. I learnt the secret of Life, the Universe and Everything, and a lot more besides.

I will tell you the secret of Life the Universe and Everything now. It will save you the bother of buying the book and reading it. The answer is

(AUi)(9/4pi).ln30 – F = (AUo)(3/2pi). 

Or to put it even more simply,

 y = mx + c.

But how the very clever, precise and logical Mr Curtis reaches this conclusion, and what it actually means, is a fascinating and literally earth-shattering (and also amusing and irreverent) treasure hunt which will have you on the hook from the moment you realise where he is going.

I am not going to deprive you of the fun, or Mr Curtis of a very well-deserved royalty, by spilling the beans, other than to say it starts with the Flood, and the Tower of Babel, delivers a startling piece of game-changing logic backed up by detailed proofs which hit you like a thunderbolt, and ends in the present day with a challenge to us all.

It is a not a religious or mystical book in any sense, although it quotes extensively from both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, and it certainly reminds us of who wrote that book, and why. Mr Curtis is an atheist, but Christians will not be offended. He affords the Christ the utmost respect, along with some, but not all, of his followers. Druids, New Agers, Scientologists, Mormons, Quakers and Jehova’s Witnesses will probably feel a bit foolish.

The curious thing about the book is that it does not appear to have been reviewed anywhere else, which is a pity. It looks as if the universities don’t want to know. And Mr Curtis is virtually unknown We wonder if it might be a pseudonym for someone anxious to guard his reputation in other fields?

A brilliant read, and something to discuss over endless pints in the Drinkers’ Arms.

You can get it on Amazon as a e-book, or obtain a  hard copy on line.




if you enjoyed Saturday’s karaoke, you’ll enjoy this

BloggoVisionHow can we get these guys over for the next karaoke session at the Half Moon? An amazing rendition. Earphones on and turn up the volume.


February 6 is 50’s Karaoke night at the Half Moon

Come and sing your rock n roll favourites at the Half Moon

signpost2Elvis would have been 80 this year. Buddy Holly and the Everley Brothers too. But their music from the 1950s and 60s remains embedded in every teenager from that era’s brain.

A few of us were musing on this theme in the Half Moon the other night. Then someone started singing. Then more joined in. What about Rick Nelson,  Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard? And our own Gene Vincent, Tommy Steele and Adam Faith? (Sorry Cliff!). And the ladies – Patsy Cline, Rosemary Clooney, Lesley Gore, Brenda Lee?

More and more songs came to mind. And a more and more people began to sing. And then a more or less unanimous decision was taken to hold A 50s and 60s Karaoke evening on Saturday 6th February. Andrew readily agreed and confessed he knew a man with a karaoke machine. Job done!

So everyone can come in and strut their stuff, perform, listen and enjoy. For the over 50’s, it’s a chance to re-live their teenage years. For the younger set, it’s a chance to hear (and perform)  some  great vintage music from grandma’s day.

So c’mon everybody! We need solo performers, duos and groups. There will be plenty of microphones. Should be a great party!

Practice your ooo ahs and doobee dooo dahs!

Rock n roll poster40The details
Half Moon Karaoke evening
The Half Moon, Horsington
Saturday 6th February from 9 pm
Food available earlier
Great real ales
Performers of all abilities and experience welcome.
Want some song ideas?
1950s Playlist here
1960s Playlist here
Listen to the music on Spotify – just search for the tune title or artist, and get practising!

The Mad Hatter, Yeovil, has a great range of popstar wigs!

Come and sing in Sherborne with Spectra Musica

SpectraSpectra Musica are holding a Come and Sing Day on Saturday 20th February in Cheap Street Church, Sherborne.

Under the lively and enthusiastic leadership of widely experienced Musical Director Peter Leech, the programme includes Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem and works by Mozart and Bolis.  All are welcome.

For application forms contact Sarah Bignell at or 01935 814997.

This is a wonderful opportunity to fill your lungs and make a great noise with lots of other people. There is well-attested research which shows singing really does boost the spirits, improves the health and chases away those winter blues.

Spectra Musica is a Chamber Choir which rehearses every Tuesday evening from 7.30p.m.-9.30p.m. at the Wincanton Methodist Church.

The Choir gives 3 concerts per year throughout the South West of England concentrating on Somerset and Dorset but is also available for private performances and functions.

Spectra Musica Christmas concert in Bath

SpectraSpectra Musica, which features many local singers,  is holding a Christmas concert at the American Museum, Bath on Saturday 5th December. 7pm.

Tickets from 01225 820866 or email


Brilliant Winky Choir sets off BBC charter demand

BBC Radio 4 must bring back the “UK Theme” before the morning shipping forecast

Sunday 17 May saw the Wincanton Choral Society (featuring several Horsington residents) in excellent form for their 25th anniversary concert. The choir seems to have recovered its former spirit, and gave us a wonderful performance. They would be truly brilliant if we could hear the words a bit better.

The choir was augmented by a larger than usual orchestra, which added a certain majesty, making a reasonant sound which filled the packed sports hall at the Leisure Centre. Their opening number was the “UK Theme”, which used to herald the start of the day before Radio 4’s early morning shipping forecast. Until they killed it.

This is a glorious piece of music, much loved by fishermen, yachtsman and seafarers, (and, we suspect, landlubbers.) Hearing it brought back many happy memories of steadying oneself on the oggin, nursing a mug of tea, pencil stub in hand, trying to jot down the details before going on deck to tell the crew what was about to befall them in Lundy, Fastnet and Fitzroy.

Loyal readers will recall that your editor offered to rescue the crisis-ridden BBC when they “lost” their director-general in 2012. The offer still stands, with the additional proviso that the “UK Theme” is re-instated before the shipping forecast.

Readers may wish to write to their new MP, that nice Mr Warburton, demanding that reinstatement must be a condition of renewing the BBCs Charter, which comes up next year. Let’s go viral with this one!

Listen to the UK Theme, arranged by Fritz Speigl, performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra.