Festival of the Sea - Portsmouth - July 2nd, 2005
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2005 International Festival of the Sea - IFOS - has been running
in Pompey for the last four days. Evolved from Navy Days, as we
knew it, it has become quite an event and this year was particularly
impressive following on from the Trafalgar 200 Fleet Review earlier
in the week. As well as visiting warships from around the world
many 'Tallships' were alongside, dressed overall and open to the
Not the point of this, though, I thought you might like to know
the guys and gals are still rocking it out bigger and better than
we ever did.
The highspot of the day was a two hour concert by 'The Royal Band'
- Pompey's Finest! Directed by Lt Col Chris Davis they treated us
punters with a slick, imaginative and brilliantly played programme
of music. Some great solos and stirring percussion.
It took this event, after thirteen years in retirement, to make
me face an awful truth. I always thought I was an OK euphonium player
(and said so to my friends and family) until I heard Musician Boyce
play the tune and variations on Rule Britannia. I now realise I
was actually crap!(?)
Main Entry: absurdity
Part of Speech: noun
Synonyms: applesauce, bull, crap, craziness,
farce, flapdoodle, folly, foolishness, hot air, idiocy, illogicality,
illogicalness, improbability, inanity, incongruity, insanity, irrationality,
jazz, jive, ludicrousness, ridiculousness, senselessness, silliness,
Antonyms: reasonableness, sense
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[Editor: Our readers should know that
you were a capable, dependable and interested performer with great
The guy stood there, casual as you like, and whacked off something
like 800 plus notes in three minutes and then, during his well deserved
applause, took a bow while looking slightly embarrassed at his reception.
Cracking! You had to be there.
My wife asked me, "Did you ever play that?"
Life is good today and I feel as though a huge weight has been lifted
from my conscience!