it's been a while since I've posted a blog, but things have been hectic. I have had loads of positive response following my appearance on ITV's "Comedy Rocks with Jason Manford." It was great fun to do, and I have to thank Jason and all the team on the show for making me so welcome. It was good to catch up with Alfie Boe. He grew up in Fleetwood and worked for TVR cars before finding fame in the opera world. He has a fantastic voice, and after working with him, I immediately downloaded his album.
Since doing that show, I've been cruising again, so there's not much to tell you about, because all those days at sea seem to merge into one. I did have a bit of a torrid time getting home the other day though. I was due to leave the Sea Princess on the island of Aruba, but as we sailed from Miami, there was a medical emergency on board. This meant that we had to return to Miami, drop the patient off and set off again. Then, another medical emergency developed, so we had to turn back again. This time, we didn't return to port, we just went back to a distance where a helicopter could reach us. All this meant that the ship didn't meet the time to dock in Aruba, so I missed my flight. The next port was in Columbia, so I wasn't sure how I would get home from there. But I needn't have worried, Steve was on the ball and had been speaking with the cruise agent and managed to get me home by flying from the port of Cartagena to Bogota and then to Paris and then to Manchester. I have to say that that is a scary airport! No, not Manchester, I mean Bogota. You get searched at the normal security point, and then again just before you board. Still, at least you feel safe with all that security.
Whilst I was away, Steve called me to say that Jason Manford had been in touch and asked if I would appear at a charity show he was organising at the Lowry Theatre in Manchester on 29th of May. I didn't hesitate, and will be on with some of the country's top comedians. Names are being added all the time, so check out the details by going to the Lowry's website. It will sell out, so I advise you to book as soon as possible.