Ah yes, the Christmas woppery continues tonight with this special ghost story read and presented by Neville Cheestring. 'The Orphanage'' is a spooky tale adapted from the novel ''Nectarine Theft'' by E Baigum.
Nothing like a bit of fear to get you in the Christmas mood!
Well.....Christmas wouldn't be Christmas unless our Nev' has covered an eighties classic would it? It seems his recent musical success (relatively speaking) with Dizzee Donut and his Christmas single has left him wanting more. He decided to do a cover of Bonnie Tyler's ''Holding Out For A Hero''
We tried to point out that this is a song probably best sung from a females perspective given the lyrics and that, but he just chuckled ''I like it and that's all that matters really. I did this to honour the unsung heroes that need the recognition they sorely deserve. With my head on them because I look better.''
Right then - enjoy!
''Holding Out For A Hero'' Written by Dean Steinman and Dean Pitchford. CBS Music 1984.
Yes - he's back! After a very long absence, Eric Kiaora returns to our screens for this extra special Christmas erm...special. So what has Eric been up to in 2010? Eric told us ''I've been mostly involved in graffiti removal with my brother Brian who runs his own sanitation business. It's money innit?''
So the recession has been felt all over. But does Eric think there is a recession in the afterlife? ''No idea, but there is a huge shortfall of mortality!'' He giggled.
Thanks Eric, we were hoping for something wittier.
Well it's been quite a week or so here at WOP Archives, we've unearthed some vintage recordings with 'At Home With Neville' and now we've come across this classic tv soap opera from the 1960's; 'Grim Up North'.
This was considered quite ground breaking in it's day for its depiction of harsh northern stereotypes. So let's travel back in time a bit and soak up the smoke filled snugs of the pubs and the corner shop gossiping as we take a look at this classic episode.
We caught up with N.C (Neville Cheestring) and Dizzee Donut (real name unknown) after their recent chart success with their hit single 'WOP Groovez'. They were preparing for a T- Shirt signing in Oxford Street (Lipchester).
Our reporter posed the questions to the duo.....
Q: How did you get on when recording 'WOP Groovez'?
DD: Well it went fine but N.C's obsession with da studio toilet rolls made things well sad ya' know. That said, for a sad stylee - he did okay...considering this sort of sound isn't really his bag. What tunez are? Best not to lose da shut eye over dat innit. N.C: Donut is right, I'm not really into this kind of music, or any really - but I thought this would be a good way to reach out to the youth. I like to reach out and touch 'em, you see.
Q: Neville, would you consider going to America for inspiration for the next single?
N.C: Is there going to be a follow up single then? Seriously, I don't know. We did okay with this one, I don't think we should push our luck. As my father said to me once ''Quit while you're alive, son'. I couldn't consider going abroad though - all that foreign food plays merry havoc with the you know what. DD: I don't fink you'd go down too fly in da hood Nev!
Q: Dizzee, would you like to do another single with Neville?
DD: No. The guy is whack, man.
Q: What words of advice do you have for budding musicians out there who would like to be where you are?
N.C: Well, I think you should always eat your greens and wear a sensible pullover. Anything else is a bonus. DD: You gotta reach into your soul and get da inspiration from your innermost feelings and emotions, then pour them out in your soundz. I grew up in the ghetto in SkitwickFerrers, and I had to grow up fast. If you didn't have a gun or knife when you were 6, you'd be dead. I opted for a knife and I got shot. Retrospect is a gift. Bo!
Q: Finally boys, what are you working on now? N.C: I am preparing my Christmas Story soon to be shown here on WOP, I'm getting quite tea towel set about it. I won't spoil anything but needless to say it'll be a story about Christmas. DD: I am signing on next week. Whack....
Following on from our recent discovery of a vintage recording of 'At Home With Neville', we have unearthed another episode! This is somewhat more amazing, as this slice of life with Neville called 'A Date With Disappointment' stars our other WOP regulars, Art Bear and Kevin Ketley. Incredible...! They all have aged so well, especially Bear it has to said.
In this one Neville agrees to meet Art Bear and Kevin in the pub, he seems estranged in these surroundings as he has only been in the pub once for some peanuts and a Babycham years ago! Events unfold as he meets Anna, a young girl from Latvia....... What will happen?
Tune in and see!
Are these the only two survivng episodes of the series? Who knows.....*
While I was travelling on the omnibus today, I happened to spot this rather bizarre example of wrong signage. Who to sack? The sign writer/ company who supplied this erroneous banner, or the business owners for not noticing it??!
Either way - this is another one to add to the pile.
Apologies for the quality of the image (as well as the spelling on the sign) the bus was just moving off and I only had my WOP 45t7 SLR camera on me. Incidentally there are plenty of these left in the warehouse - so if you're looking for a cheap stocking filler ;)
It seems there is even more to our Nev than meets the bad eye - he starred in his very own radio series on WOP RADIO* back in 1959 ( I know that would make him older than he is - but try not to think about it too much, just go with it) called 'At Home With Neville'.
With characters like Mrs Thompson played by Patty EggGrinder and the vicar played by Edwin Frumps (uncredited because he physically assaulted the studio goldfish), we get a glimpse of 1950's suburban life with our Nev. This was the series which gave rise to some of his famous catchphrases like 'It's bitter out!' and 'I've cut his leg off!'
In many ways this was a groundbreaking programme. Not our words - but Neville's.
We managed to track down this vintage episode called 'A Snowy Day' first aired December 2 1959, exactly 51 years ago!!
Doesn't he hide his age well? Really well actually.
Anyway, as I said, don't dwell - simply enjoy this classic radio gem!
*WOP RADIO became defunct in 1977 and was then merged with POOTSOUND.