Friday, 20 September 2019

Double Whammy !

Double Whammy ?

More like TRIPLE Whammy - even QUADRUPLE Whammy !

Where to start - so much love and so many smiles to share.

I still have not unloaded the boot of my car since lat Saturday - a week ago - too busy SMILING.

Thursday I launched a new show on Radio CRMK - Dave's Disco - loved every track. I am actually listening to the PODCAST now as I write today's page - CLICK HERE and join me.

When I got home from the show there was an envelope in the letter box. It was a lovely card of thanks for Saturday's event at MK Irish Centre aka Woodstock MK.

The card was addressed to me but it is for everyone who was involved - we tripled the original target and generated a significant sum of money to help Milton Keynes Winter Night Shelter support our homeless and rough-sleeping friends this winter.

Let's play something for all at Milton Keynes Winter Night Shelter - something from Dave's Disco playlist.

Look !  I filled the studio with disco lights a I broadcast the show.

November 3rd marks by birthday - marks my 200th show on Radio CRMK and also marks the start of Milton Keynes Winter Night Shelter's 2019/2020 season. I have in mind to broadcast one of my overnight disco parties to make this triple occasion.

Something more from Thursday's show.

Do you know The Village People hold the world record for the largest number of people dancing disco ?  44,000 danced to YMCA.

I am a very new boy at Worktree, I had a fabulous day at Leon School as we talked to sixth form members and helped them make career choices. CLICK HERE to check out Worktree on the website. Yep I was
there - The Silly Old Man - the Geriatric DJ. Another volunteer was LEONITE Paul.

Yesterday I was working with Worktree again, this time at YMCA Milton Keynes. Can you believe one of the YMCA staff is a LEONITE !  We Leonites get everywhere. Leon School in the 1970's and 1980's - The School of Love.

Something more from Dave's Disco ?  Yeh......

I am always moaning about Milton Keynes Council's rip off parking charges. As I fed the one armed bandit I said to myself this was a TAX ON LOVE. Milton Keynes Council taxing the love of volunteers working at YMCA.  Now Milton Keynes Council I am not in anyway excusing your rip off charges but I would have paid ten times what I did for the privilege of working in YMCA yesterday. What a fantastic place, what amazing and inspiring people I met there.

One of those special people I met yesterday, Becky, has joined The Sunshine Smile Crew.

And as I have just said ...... A member of staff at YMCA is a LEONITE !

Something more from Thursday's show.

LEONITE Paul Foster asked if my radio shows are sponsored by Pepsi Max.  No Paul I am just addicted to the drink.

Here I am in the studio broadcasting yesterday's show complete with one of the three cans of Pepsi Max I guzzled my way through.

Leaving YMCA MK I headed off to my blood donation session. Walking through the door I was met by LEONITE Andy who was also there to donate blood.

That was my 25th donation. If  had not been such a miserable coward in my younger days it would have been a lot more. CLICK HERE to meet a miserable coward - ME !

Something more from Dave's Disco..

University Hospital Milton Keynes uses 6,000 pints of blood in a year. Within The Sunshine Smile Crew we are working to set up a project which we are calling TeenHeroMK. You can donate blood once you reach your 17th birthday. TeenHeroMK is setting out to recruit enough teenage blood donors to match our wonderful hospital's 6,000 pints usage.

You are playing these tracks aren't you. REMEMBER - Life is a Disco so DANCE.

So when you give blood, does it hurt ?

No !  The most painful bit and that isn't painful, is when they stick a pin in your thumb to test everything.

After you have given blood they stick a plaster on your arm and tell you to leave it there for 6 hours.
With me I take it off the moment I leave the donation centre. Finding the courage to tear that plaster off is more to me these days than giving the pint of blood in the first place.

Later today I have to go on-line and sign up for my 26th pint.

CLICK HERE and become a blood donor.

Another bit of disco I think then I am going to change the tempo.

Oooooppppsssss !   Well LIFE IS A LOT MORE FUN

Now I will change the tempo as I tell you about Woodstock MK.

Back to that Worktree session at Leon School. There was this lad, he would have been 16 or 17 years old, wearing a hippie shirt. I said I admired his shirt. He then started talking about Woodstock. Woodstock - 1969 - he wouldn't have been anything more back then than a twinkle in his grandfather's eye !

Broadcasting last Monday's radio show I called Manor Fields where we held our event for Milton Keynes
Winter Night Shelter WoodstockMK. CLICK HERE and listen to the podcast from that show.

When you have done that CLICK HERE and visit WoodstockMK. When I have finished writing this page I will be sending out my first WoodstockMK circular e-mail to local council members. 

As a courtesy as I start this little bit of fun I told the clerks to the various councils. Delia, the clerk to Bletchley & Fenny Stratford Town Council - a lovely lady - sent me this message:

Dear David

Thank you for copying me in to your email.  I love the idea of geriatric Woodstock and spreading news about good things in our locality can only be positive.  Keep up the good work and let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

Kind regards, Delia

Isn't that kind. Once the messages for WoodstockMK start coming in you can read them by clicking on the BREAKING NEWS logo on our website home page: 

So I have had some lovely and special people come my way, lovely and special people who have made me smile and be happy. Are you a member of THE SUNSHINE SMILE CREW - every member is tasked to make at least one person smile every day.

I am going to leave you with The Geriatric DJ singing at Manor Fields aka WoodstockMK....

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Off to uni (?)

I see from various posts on Facebook that Mums and Dads up and down the country have teenagers heading to university.

Two years ago Bristol University asked be for a bit of help, someone I knew way back had died and left them a few million pounds. They wanted me to fill them in on the life of the donor.

I spent a day in the astro physics department at the start of term. The professor said to me when giving me directions to the department, that I should not be worried about freshers wandering about the campus looking lost. I thought he was joking - he was not !  Hundered were wandering round staring at their phones and totally oblivious to what was happening. FRESHERS WEEK !

In my time it was FRESHERS DAY.

As I now talk about my three years in higher education you Mums and Dads, you fresh new undergraduates will not believe me. Honestly this is true.

NO STUDENT FEES !  NO LOANS !  Our fees and accommodation were paid for 100%.

We were given three meals a day although few bothered with breakfast. At the evening meal a giant table could be found in the refectory piled high with many cheeses and a variety of biscuits. There were serviettes for students to take what they wanted, wrap it up and eat it during the evening/night in their rooms.

ROOMS - fully furnished with bedding and towels changed each week. Every morning a cleaner came into each student's room and - cleaned. THEY ALSO MADE OUR BEDS !

WAIT FOR IT !  We all received a grant each term, money supposedly spent on books and travel to and from home but in reality we spent it in the college bar and generally having a good time.  I have just Googled to see how much my grant would be worth in today's money: £1,343 !  HONESTLY THAT IS TRUE.

I have spoken to teenagers over the years about this and they all think I am some kind of dreamer but that is how it was.

Freshers Day gave me something which has stayed with me for all those years right up to the present day and is written in my will to be read at my funeral. Can I read it to you now please...................

It was a very different life to that undergraduates will know today.  It was a very different society. Later
today I am going to visit my Mum and Dad as they celebrate their 71st wedding anniversary - no 71 is not a typo. My Dad's generation went to school to be educated to fight and die for their country. Obviously my Dad did not die but his 20 year old brother did when his Lancaster Bomber was shot down in a raid over Germany.

His father's generation fought in World War One where millions were slaughtered. My
grandfather contracted tuberculosis in the trenches so was discharged with honour from the army. That saved his life in war but he died of his illness a young man leaving my grandmother with three young sons to bring up alone.

The thought of fighting for our country was not a part of my generation's life. Yes, there was the Vietnam War but Britain was not involved. Yes there was the Cold War and the threat of nuclear annihilation but we never let it rule of lives. I did not stop me spending my £1,343 student grant having a good time - NO WAY.

So has my generation given the generation now heading to university a better world to live in than my father's and grandfather's generation did ?  NO WAY !


Off to uni ?  Do me a favour will you - when you graduate and take over the management of society make a better job of it that we have.

Have a great Freshers Day - I mean WEEK or is it a TERM these days ?

Saturday, 14 September 2019

That The Week That Was

That Was The Week That Was - who remembers that TV show ?

Really ?  I was only 12 years old when it appeared in The Radio Times and I am The Geriatric DJ so you must be getting on a bit !
But seriously - LAST WEEK - what an amazing week that was for members of The Sunshine Smile Crew.

I broadcast the radio show START THE WEEK with every track dedicated to and applauding the work on Milton Keynes Winter Night Shelter. I love playing music on the radio but this was an extra special show.

Then, as part of Worektree, I spent time at Leon School working with sixth form students. I thought I was going there to inspire the teenagers but OMG they INSPIRED ME - big time. In the picture above on the left is LEONITE Paul.

With one exception for me Tuesday was a bit boring and an anti-climax after Monday.  I spent much of the day at the computer, rattling keys and trying not to fall asleep !  Sleepy Joe or should that be Sleepy Geriatric DJ ? But...but...but !  I went to pick up some stuff for Saturday from LEONITE Stuart. GREAT to see him after so many years.

What about Wednesday ?

I broadcast my radio show WAKE UP WITH THE CLASSICS - people think of me as a retro-pop man but honestly my favourite genre of music is Classical.

I then spent time chatting with Rosemary, a member of Bletchley & Fenny Stratford Town Council. I am hoping we will be working together in the near future on something for our community.  Rosemary donated some absolutely amazing STUFF for Saturday's event. THANK YOU ROSEMARY.

Rosemary ran the recent Canal Festival where we recorded this.

Thursday I was getting MEGA nervous about Saturday's event for Milton Keynes Winter Night Shelter. No that was not thunder you could hear, it was my knees knocking !

LEONITE Rachel and her husband David came round with STUFF for Saturday. They could hardly get into my front room for bags and bags of stuff.

I went to Milton Keynes Irish Centre to speak with LEONITE Manager Paula - a lovely lady who so kindly stepped up with an important piece of practical help for Saturday. Paula you know I am a Daniel O'Donnel fan - this is for you.

Friday 13th wasn't it !  Broadcasting my radio show PICK OF THE POPS I fluffed the introduction then was cursed throughout the two hours by the dark angel of Friday 13th !

As every minute of the day passed I became more and more scared about Friday's event. How would I ever face people if the dark angel of Friday 13th
worked overtime into Saturday ?

In the afternoon I went to Stadium MK for a tour of the MK Dons operation. As a Sheffield Wednesday man I could not help comparing everything I saw with Hillsborough. My opening comment was the dressing room was spartan !

Well have a look !  What do you think ?  Not what I have seen at Hillsborough.

Ho Ho Sheffield Wednesday.......

But as the tour progressed I became more and more aware of what a loving community centred operation Stadium MK is.  I will chat about that on Monday's show. While I was touring Stadium MK I received a text from Sunshine Smile Crew member Jewels offing to help on Saturday. AWESOME.

Kev from Radio CRMK sent me the draft of an article he had written about me for Phonebox Magazine. Oh Kev - you are so kind. THANK YOU.

Saturday started off in an unusual way. I am always up awake and about before the alarm goes off. I woke up with it banging away in my ears.  I picked Jewels up at 4.20am and by 4.30am we were setting up the stall for our Milton Keynes Winter Night Shelter Event at the Irish Centre. By 5.30am people were wading through the stuff
in the dark. By dawn we had met the target I set for the money we wanted to make. By 7.30am we had taken £250 and when Jewels and i went home 8 hours after we arrived at Milton Keynes Irish Centre we had taken more than £400 !

To think that I had been worrying myself silly all week that the event would be a failure !

We gave up my idea that everything was free in return for a donation - we were so busy we just could not have coped with that - instead we ran a traditional car boot stall.

Traditional but we were swamped with love from the people there and were able to significantly raise awareness of the work done by Milton Keynes Winter Night Shelter.

There was good interest in my CRYPTIC MUSIC QUIZ. The answers are now on line at:
First question in the quiz: DUKE OF WHERE ? DARTS HAS THE ANSWER......
Here it is.....
What a fabulous day Saturday was. THANK YOU EVERYONE. Thank you to our lovely Mayor Sam for your
support. As I was walking him back to his car he said to me: So David what's the next thing you are going to involve me. Mr Mayor - WATCH THIS SPACE.

To think I was scared silly all week about the event !  It could not have gone better.

Another question from the quiz. What is the flight number Ebony Eyes boarded ?  Here's the answer.

Returning home from all that had happened at Saturday's event there was a parcel the postman had brought. It
 contained HEARTS OF LOVE LEONITE Maggie had made for The Sunshine Smile Crew to use in our hospital. Surely there can not be another school anywhere in the world that can match the love we had in Leon School during the 1970's and 1980's.

What about today ?  My head has been buzzing all day, 4.02am right now and I've been working at the PC for about half an hour.  I'll finish this blog then I'll go back to bed.

12noon today Sheffield Wednesday kick off away to
Huddersfield Town. Boys you had better win or else I will speak to Mr Chansari and have him install a dressing room like the one at Stadium MK !

Which football team do you support ?

CLICK HERE and have a look at my Sheffield Wednesday project then do something similar for your club even if it is West Ham !


Top of the agenda is to find many, many more members for
our on-line SUNSHINE SMILE CREW where every single member is tasked with making at least one person smile every day.

Watch out 'cos The Geriatric DJ will soon be coming after you !
Let me go through the diary for the coming week then you can bring your love and your smiles to all that is happening.

6am to 8am I will be broadcasting my first radio show of the week START THE WEEK - got some fab music to play and a lot to talk about. That will be followed by mountains of catch up stuff from Saturday. Do join me on the show - if you are a Sleepy Joe then the PODCAST will be on-line by 9am.

Here's something from Monday's playlist:
Some time on Monday I will pop into the offices of Bletchley and Fenny Stratford Town Council to chat about a few things we have coming up.

Tuesday I am launching a brand new radio show - 6am to 8am TERRIFIC TUNES. To launch the show I am going to feature something I did a while back. I researched every number one hit on the day of my birthdays. As I play a selection on Tuesday I hope I can inspire some of my listeners to have a bit of fun doing the same.

This was number one on my 19th birthday.
Half a million people at Woodstock - not a single fight - not a
single incident other than LOVE. That was FIFTY years ago yet when I was at Leon School last week a 16 year old lad talked to me about Woodstock !

The second week of this show will be brought to you by former Mayor of Milton Keynes David Hopkins, his playlist is SONGS OF LOVE. The picture above was taken at my Frog Challenge two years ago.

Wednesday starts with my broadcasting WAKE UP WITH THE CLASSICS. Want to hear something from that play list ? OK - here you go.

5pm on Wednesday it's the AGM for members of University Hospital Milton Keynes.

I am working on a project which I am calling TeenHeroMK. I want to inspire teenagers to become blood donors once they reach their 17th birthday and are able to donate. Not that this is up for discussion at the meeting I really do need to get my draft ideas sorted before I see Hospital Board Chairman Simon at the meeting.
I can not tell you how much I am looking forward to Thursday. I am launching another brand new show show on Radio CRMK 6am to 8am - DAVE'S DISCO.

Those amazing teenagers at Leon School last week could not believe me when I talked about Leon Disco which has now become something of a legend in Milton Keynes. LEON DISCO is coming back on the radio. LEONITES remember to ask me to play a dedication for you.

Normally I sit down in an incredibly comfortable chair when I broadcast my radio shows. NOT WITH DAVE'S DISCO - I will up up and dancing to the music. I also plan to flood the studio with disco lights.

This is the very first song on the playlist. Couldn't be anything else could it ?
Once the show is over I am driving up to Tamworth to visit my
Mum and Dad who are celebrating their SEVENTY-FIRST birthday.

Dad has written his autobiography and given me a copy to read and help him with. I have to read and work on that before seeing him on Thursday.

Last year I broadcast a special show for Mum and Dad. This was the number one hit on the day they were married.

Friday's radio show, of course, is PICK OF THE POPS. 6am to 8am  This week the time machine is going back to 20th September in the year of 1977. Get your OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST ready. What am I talking about ?  Listen to the show and all will be clear.

I am not telling where it was in the chart but I will be playing this.
After the show I am going to the YMCA where I will be joining Worktree supporting homeless people into employment as they rebuild their lives.

Have  you  read  this page on my website ? PLEASE CLICK HERE and check it out.

12.30pm will be my blood donor session.

Don't think me weird but on Saturday I am going to tour behind the scenes at Milton Crematorium - yes including the furnace bit.  This really is a special place in our town. In my family we always run funerals ourselves and funerals are happy, party times celebrating the life of the person concerned. If you are looking for love in Milton Keynes you will find it within the staff who run Milton Keynes Crematorium.

When it comes to my time this will be read at my funeral.
PLEASE make sure you listen to that video.

and: WITH ALL ITS SHAM DRUDGERY AND BROKEN DREAMS THIS IS STILL A BEAUTIFUL WORLD - STRIVE TO BE HAPPY. many people will join THE SUNSHINE SMILE CREW and join with me to make hundred and hundreds of people smile this coming week.