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The weekend after next, don’t miss the Cottingham Springboard Music Festival!

Cottingham pubs hosting the live music event: 22, 23, 24th May


Alternative Ways Of Connecting With The Electorate – is like Barrie McKenzie also on a ‘cultural mission’!

Barry ‘singing for his supper’ for John Lennon in a VW camper van: ‘strewth, starve the lizards – I’m so thirsty I could drink out of a Japanese wrestler’s jockstrap!

These are just the introductory-level salvos of a barrage of increasingly irreverent jokes comprising colourful metaphors – used with connect with the audience quick-fire – and make them buy lots of tins of Fosters lager to quench their thirst in the process!

Edna Everage plays the ‘straight guy’ as the ‘voice of constraint’ and Tommy Cooper plays Arthur McKenzie  read on ..

Posted by admin at May 1, 2015

Category: Art, Books, Comedy, Cottingham, Cottingham Springboard, Election, Elections, Humour, Tommy Cooper

The search for smarter ways to ‘connect with the electorate’!

There must be a ‘third way’ .. psychologically speaking!

Fortunately no one was injured

and we do (still) have ways of making you laugh!

Always Leave Them Laughing

The Psychology of Tommy Cooper

Tommy Cooper’s redeeming quality was his unique ability to connect with the audience (rather than electorate) and thereby let them in on his surprise and amazement when a trick he performed actually worked and humour conversely when it didn’t. Audiences would be engaged in the build-up of the punch line and Tommy’s apparently clumsy clown figure was always far more interesting than the trick – the way it should be with the best comedians and most remarkable people!

He used to practise his well-rehearsed routines in front of a wall rather than a mirror because that enabled him to look past himself into the audience to better engage with them. His clumsiness was however meticulously rehearsed and agile.

In psychology, this is known as building rapport and empathy.

Whether the trick worked or not, we just laughed helplessly!

Do you remember that distant stare of bewilderment into the audience looking for answers when things went wrong? It was as if we were all somehow implicated!

So is there a message? Is there method in the madness?

Answers please to


P.S. Do you know anyone who does a good Tommy Cooper impersonation?  Get in touch! Like the greatest comedians he is almost impossible to impersonate!



Lou Reed: Walk On The Wild Side

Lou Reed’s “Walk On The Wild Side” (1972)

The editor was blown away when he first seriously listened to this in ’70s! It’s hard to think he passed on just over a year ago!

Lyrics for performing artists  – and Lou’s support band Velvet Underground

What songs from the ’70s really impressed you? Did you also want to hitchhike across the USA!

Do you listen to the lyrics or is it melody that attracts you?

For me it was always the melody rather than the message!

Changing trends, interests and technology: nothing stands still!

It all got too loud back then as we made the transition from the teenybopper Dansette gramophone player through Marshall valve power amps to today’s  industrial strength miked PA systems which have all but drowned out the lyrics! It is arguable that the lyrics in hard rock were the main issue! However, none of us are getting any younger sadly – or more tolerant!

Then upon learning some piano comping, thanks to the kind support of local musician Paul Rogers as a budding amateur ‘quieter’ jazz musician it tended to be the score I embraced rather the melody.

Let us know your musical interests and recordings and we will be pleased to feature them here!

We are keen supporters of the Cottingham Springboard which promotes live music in the region performed by musicians in Cottingham pubs and clubs .



Hosting Cottingham Springboard again for 2016

Previously known as the Purple Cow and further to being shut for over a year for a facelift, this successful café bar has re-opened under new management.

The Olive Garden

Offering European-style outdoor tables for summertime café life, the Olive Garden offers a broad range of snacks and drinks to suit the more discerning palette. This successful café-bar concept has influenced the traditional English pub culture where the emphasis is on snacks and food, accompanied by a wider range of non-alcoholic drinks.