Even Big kids like to have fun sometimes

Even Big kids like to have fun sometimes, we all need a hobby, something that we enjoy , and that hopefully makes us smile, For me  that’s such an easy one, Like most of you , ( I hoa89677_d512a722b0b446bfa445fa43138d23e5pe) I have a good group of  family around  me that  support me , Me & Mrs OML( oldmanleslie) have been  blessed with 2 great boys…But this is not a serous  blog, Its all about  fun sometimes.

And for the ” blog ” if someone does a good job of something, you tell people  so that business gets more business and does good for more people

So there was I, just a normal summer weekend out and about  in Bognor.IMG_0195
Drumming with celebration samba  at a Spring Fayre. Doing our first performance . a bit of a procession , then we had our  break.

So off I went looking around the stalls  and things that were there .  That was where I met the nice ladies of  Face fanatics.  Look what they didScreen Shot 2015-11-19 at 18.03.42 to  me ( the beard doesn’t look so go, That was my work not theirs ).. All I know is that there were a lot of children walking around with Painted faces. so these ladies must have been busy  all day.They also said they can “pirate ” 
me up for the autumn season.

Just for the record , I paid for the the nice ladies of  Face fanatics to make me up  and was not paid to attend the fayre. these are Just my opinions  as its all about the sharing

Strange locally that  for make up, masks and face paint etc  we alsca7b471a30b0f092d16e547a1d489b0ao have Maggot pie  who take it to a whole different league. I was also happy  to let these guys ” make up ” my son at  a comi-con11224380_10207295399360285_2725333559187263298_n event. Maggot Pie  dont just do Face paint, check out their web pages for Their effects.

They also provide characters for events locally and Nationally

It seems strange that my hobby takes me to a lot of free to enter events around the south , I meet a lot of creative people  and Have a lot of fun. the events that the band does are on their www. Some are free to attend, some  may charge.

So here’s  the point to the blog , there are of course many websites for giveaways and  cheap tickets for reference. My suggestion would be to scratch a little below the surface.Get involved where you can, as an individual , a family  or otherwise. You  may meet all sorts of People  that  run  businesses and  groups are all out there to make  a few pennies but they do it well and YES, I would recommend those above

 

so we kind of hit the big time ……….

Its been such a long time since my last blog, hope I can remember how to Blog. So i sign in to my blog, and i see that word press has changed, it looks a lot easier,

Maybe I can get back to blogging, I guess only time will tell,any how, things are good in the oldmanleslie house, I still haven’t found better coffee any where than here IMAG0783

I have tried to cut down on the junk food, so no more bad service from KFC or subway  I guess that’s one way to ensure you don’t get bad service , to stop using something

Still Proud of my family and the way they make me smile ,Still working for the same company   and still drumming withsamba guy www.celebrationsamba.co.uk/ and looking  forward to a Busy  summer……

Oh by the way , did i mention that  This  Sunday coming, Worthings Samba Band  are playing  and leading a procession into the Amex Stadium In Brightonamex-stadium-1 (1). to and audience  of 10000+ people. All out to support something in support of a new bishop. you can find details  from #festival50 on the usual channels .

So why do i choose to blog this . Simply for the reason that if you see something that you think looks good, try it , do it because you enjoy it , and do it to the best ofestival-50-landscape-finalf your ability …. I had no idea that when i heard a  little samba band at my local carnival  2 + years ago that i would one day be playing with them  to 10000+ people , least of all looking forward to it

I saw it, i asked about it and it gives me a smile every time I go

So as we approach Christmas 2016

Not to sure if I should use the text above for this  as it’s really a review of  what has been a great  year for me   ( band wise  )  and  there are still events to come this year . I have the pleasure of performing with  Celebration Samba, a band based in   West Sussex . The band has been around for a while, in fact next year will be our 14th year   and  it seems to get better  every year . So I wanted to tell some key people  about it , and a blog seemed to be the best idea.

We play most weekends  between palm Sunday  & Christmas,  we are sometimes  at more than one event in a day  ( what it is to be popular )  and  generally all the drummers have a great time.  sometimes its a cultural event, sometimes its a carnival , a party , a summer fair , a Christmas celebration, we turn up and drum.

Its my involvement with the band that has taken me to so many places, dressed me up in fancy dress, made me smile, and  really enjoy something that other people seem to enjoy me doing .  So why blog about it, well, the band has shown me that  it’s not just the ” big & shiny ” events that are fun,

And in a couple of weeks we get to support  the ladies that are behind the  sea of lights . this is a community event that  Logohas become a regular event, great for kids , families and those who like a traditional  ” feel good ” day .They  even have the #adursol2016 

This year  we hope to have some dancers with us at this event  from the MSDC ( MartaScottDanceCompany )

Then we have the Christmas celebrations in Littlehampton  to ” bring in  to the town “.

We Provided the music and lessons for around 400 Guides as part of the Olympics this year

But don’t think  that it’s just small gigs,  this year has also seen oldmanleslie, don his pirate  wig, use his best AAAAARRRRRRRand attend Hastings Pirate day 2016.

We also lead out the Worthing carnival Again in the summer , what an excellent day that was

a bit of an insight into Me......

a bit of an insight into Me……

So I guess the main point of the blog, is that  if like me you are at a carnival procession ( big or small)and you see something that looks like fun, it’s always  good to ask, because speaking from experience, if I hadn’t asked, I wouldn’t have found out about celebration samba,and I couldn’t have told you about all the wonderful  free to attend events going on in this part of the world

If you fancy Joining the band, have a look at their www and see if you can get along to rehearsals , full details and a Little history  are here and if you think it’s just ” 40 somethings like oldmanleslie “. 10616680_10152272119731962_9041637334396140655_nno we have all ages  in the band. Mums,dads,grannies,granddads,father & sons, Generally people just having a good time entertaining people

As my involvement with  the band  has cost me to buy kit and rehearse, it has also shown me that there  are so many carnivals and free events that are typically  English around the country, its still a good  ( and noisy if you are drumming ) place to be

9327c-safe_image-php

“so come and see the band, join in the fun ” littlehampton carnival 2014

the band  will be there to  lead the party, so if you are based in the south of the Uk why not come on down to the seaside for the day

Come and meet  ” Hampton ”  the towns hedgehog . . say hi to the carnival ” royalty ” 

But  most importantly come down to the seaside and have a great day out  and help to celebrate the  towns carnival in Littlehampton

CELEBRATION SAMBAwill be there to bring a ” Brazilian beat ” to the proceedings.along with all sorts of entertainment & things to do on the day 

 

Date & times as below , and on the official website 

Littlehampton Carnival & Summer Fete:

Saturday July 12th 2014 from 10 – 6 in the Town Centre (High Street, Littlehampton) with lots of stalls, Free entertainment, DJ etc. Hampton the Hedgehog plus the  Spectacular 40th Anniversary evening procession.

Carnival Theme: Lets Party.

 

To welcome the world CUP ….its finally here

Those that know me , kind of know that I’m not a footy fan, I’m not sure why, I guess i never really got into it … However, when the world cup comes around  each time, Like all the people in England, i just hope  that maybe some how, with a fair  wind and a  bit of luck we might win it. Just think how positive that  would make everyone for the summer…..

So this year, as it in Brazil, The band I play in have  been asked to “welcome the start of the  world cup”  at  one of the best  Grill/ Pubs in the area.

On the evening of 12-6-2014  we will be at the Mulberry Pub, in Goring On Sea  ( near Worthing )

Come and see us, Have  some food,
enjoy what should be the Party atmosphere,

If you like the drumming, then  come and say Hi , we are a Worthing based band and  we are playing

a lot over the summer , you don’t have to be a musician to join the band, you just need a good sense of fun

If you want to find out about special offers the Pub is running , check out their FB page

You may want to book the band for your own Party / Gig this summer

Whether you want to book us for an event, find out more about what we do or you want to join and start drumming too.  It’s easy to get in touch!

 

 

Not what i expected…………. But Brilliant

So last year , the maistre of the band i drum in Suggested that we had a ” trip out ” and some of you will have seen by blog about the Night. it was free, great, a lot of fun, and  an annual event . For me , on the night , apart from being with “ the band ” and not having to perform, it was being in Glastonbury, a quaint English town, and hearing  Sham 69 Blaring through the night

still sounds good, to me any way ” boss drum ”

used to be on of my old fave raves ……..

 

and then it was just 3 clicks away to   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIUoV7ZP-ag  I wonder if i was always destined to find solice in a drum 

 

So this one has to be a bit special….and it really is

To those that follow my blog, thank you . you will know i haven’t been doing this for very long. You may also appreciate that im not the best at blogging yet. but i am at a significant milestone for “oldmanlesliesblog” so i thought I would use this as an opportunity for something that brings all the areas i mention  together .

I drum,I skate , I let you know if something is good, i support UK manufacturing ‘cos i work for one   , and i love gadgets. So when i went skating  last week  and i saw all the people who were using Lights on their Skates I was impressed.

My first thought  was ” wow that would look great  on my drum ( and yes, i know that’s really sad, but i cant skate as well as the boys & girls that were wearing the lights )

It was weird  because lots of people had them, some  were  quite bright, and were static colours, Some were changing colours automatically  and seemed to me to be a lot brighter…. I did  some digging around and confirmed that in fact these were made by one of the guys at our skate club. so having seen them in action.  I thought I would get me a pair for my drum . I guess these lights can be used just about any where and that is testament to a good product in that it has more than 1 use . There is a www site  for these  which is http://www.skatelight.co.uk/  where you can find out more.

I know its unusual to blog about a product before you receive it  but having seen these working, i am so looking forward to receiving mine ( which i have paid for , this  is not a sponsored blog )

It simply unites all the key areas of my blog  and i hope you like it

its local to west Sussex with global potential  , built and designed by a Uk Manufacturer ,  a great gadget , Quality product,  & therefore , it’s all about sharing, when something is this good

 

and if there are other Skate parts you need  

 

What a brilliant Family Night out & free of charge as well

I had the pleasure of being invited to  Glastonbury this year for Free, i was told about the event by the good people who head up celebration samba …. Now I know that everyone will think  of the Massive music festival, but any one who know me  knows I ” aint  the biggest fan of live music ” so that’s unlikely What I didn’t know is that every year in that part of the world there is a whole series  of Illuminated Processions  that tour the area and  on the last night of the season they get together for a competition  and  ” Tour ” around Glastonbury . It’s a free event, all we had to pay was £3.something for a whole days parking in the town The floats are Amazing 

Glastonbury Carnival 2011 - Jungle dancers

)

And  as they come past, the heat, Noise and general excitement is Brilliant, Obviously  this has all been caught on you tube , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1OoMm8iZms  but when you are there its a brilliant low-cost day out for  the whole family. my personal favourite was http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBXRa6RE5XQ Take a picnic and you wont even have to spend in the shops and restaurants.Although some of these are excellent and not too pricey

One special mention for  http://www.lilithofavalon.com/  which is a shop i certainly hadn’t seen the like of before, it was fascinating . and i would recommend a look in there if you go ” down Glastonbury way “

The homepage for the carnival is http://glastonburycarnival.com/ and I am sure I will be there next year … hope to see you And just for the record , I’m not part of the committee, or have anything to do with the shop, I’m just sharing what was a brilliant day out

 

Home

We are a Worthing based community group

Playing & promoting Brazilian influenced percussion music across the general West Sussex area. Our aim is to bring the experience & vibrant culture of this musical genre to the public.

Burgess Hill Bonfire Parade

If you are interested in joining it’s worth knowing that many of us had no musical experience before joining the group & that we have a wide age range among our members.

If you are interested in booking us for a performance we are available for fetes, fairs, carnivals & private parties etc.

Inspiration comes from Many places …

Another tune, Not quite so far back this time, But one I remember thinking was pretty good  ” back in the day ” and now , I’m thinking of trying to get our band to have a go at it .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2PB1U9aejc

The Start of what could be a very noisy weekend ……Bring it on

So here it is , only 16.21 on a wet Saturday afternoon  in England , and  what a day  its been so far. The band i play in ….celebration samba

Celebration Samba

 have performed 3 times today as part of the Arundel  Festival

, i guess we must be popular because we keep getting asked back .

I have discovered 2  new places  to go to indulge my favorite vice ( sneaky Latte’s )   and  i have  a gig to look forward to  tomorrow in Bognor Regis, and then also  on Monday in Worthing …. There is going to be a lot of drumming me thinks, then back to work on Tuesday .

If you are based on the south coast and want to come and see us perform . drop me  a line or have a look at the www…..

Thats enough for me for now , off to practice

Arundel folks are not put off by a bit of rain

Just to add that we did perform a total of 6  times over the 3 days, we won prizes for  some of the gigs, its nice to know that the judges like us , but most importantly  we play because we enjoy it . we would love to have you come and join us . so if you are based on the south coast of the UK anywhere near Worthing …Thursday nights at 7.30  drop the band a line via the www and we look forward to seeing you 

Today has been one of those ” good ” days

Burgess Hill Bonfire Parade

Burgess Hill Bonfire Parade (Photo credit: sjr60)

Well, today has  definitely been one of those  good days, The band  have performed again , in glorious sunshine. No prize this time but you cant win them  all i guess….The country is still  sunny with a long range forecast not to change….So yes, things are good.

This got me thinking back into  history  for a couple of things…..

  • we now live in a ” nanny State ” where we have to tell people that its sunny and almost instantly issue a warning about heat. if this Is the case, then why do most Brits try to go somewhere sunnier  in the summer .
  • its not just the warnings we get about the heat , cold, rain, etc etc …we have  become way to politically correct  in our approach http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twYZH_XNqDk  for example if one of these gents did what the media say  he did , then that was wholly wrong and a sentence should be passed. however, does that mean that the humour that was funny at the time isn’t funny now. Never forget that basic principle of innocent until proven Guilty
  • the sad News that Mel Smith has passed away. this reminds me that  he was part of the original  move  from Un PC comedy in the 80’s….one of lifes funny men… . is all of his comedy still deemed Ok to broadcast

Any way, a good session  of skating  with the Clan  and  just time to blog a little