Hi everyone.

Jam Night at The Middlesex Arms has been ‘pulled’ !  The pub management have decided not to continue with the Thursday Night sessions with immediate effect.

However, Gavin has been quick to secure an alternative venue.  So, starting on Thursday 5th November, Jam Night will be held at Harrow Borough FC.

Please come down and have a blast !

BFN,  Cheers,  Rob.

Fans check their phones for all the latest Robfest news

Fans check their phones for all the latest Robfest news

Hello Robfest fans !

As promised, Robfest 2015 photos and video footage are now available to be viewed on this very website !     I hope you enjoy them and thanks to all footage contributors !

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came along to Robfest this year. Hope you had a good time.  And for all those who weren’t there, well, there’s always next year !

BFN,  Rob.

Hello everyone.

Live music at Robfest 2015

Live music at Robfest 2015

Last Sunday, 2nd August, saw ‘Robfest’ 2015 take place. This was the 10th ‘Robfest’,  and the specially invited audience seemed to enjoy the occasion. There were various live musical acts to entertain the crowds as well as the specially ordered weather.  With a few drinkie-poohs and nibbles thrown in, it all went off smoothly.

Thanks to everyone who attended, hope you enjoyed it and the photos and videos will be up shortly.

BFN,  Jools Robfest

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Stan Bowles

Stan Bowles

Firstly, some sad news concerning one of my all-time favourite players, Stan Bowles. I was sorry to hear last week, of Stan’s illness.  Stan entertained and gave so much excitement and pleasure to the fans at QPR in the 70s, in our best ever team.  I was lucky enough to have a Season Ticket throughout the whole of the 70s and so witnessed most of the home matches that Stan played in.  One of the most skilful talents this country has ever produced, he was a joy to watch.  Best wishes to Stan and his family.

Talking of QPR, the recent new signings would appear encouraging for the coming season. I do hope they don’t end up sitting on the bench for the next couple of years while some of the players out on the pitch also do nothing.

Musically, I dropped in at Jam Night a couple of Thursdays ago and played a couple of numbers with the house band. It was good to get back to playing again, but my return to regular house band duties are still some weeks away, following my recent knee surgery.  The second Riff Raff album is progressing, but we still don’t have a name for it, as yet.  ‘El Ton’ and ‘Johnny UnKempt’ have both been over to ‘Shabby’ to record recently, but there’s more still to do.

I’ve recently visited The Beck Theatre, on two consecutive Fridays. Last week (19th), me and Rosie went to see “That’ll Be The Day”, a show which features great music from the 50s, 60s and 70s plus comedy sketches. We’ve seen them many times in the past and the current show was up to the usual high standard. Great stuff !  We returned to the Beck last night (Friday 26th), to see the Illegal Eagles for the first time. I went with Rosie, Stuart and Elaine and I’m sure I speak for all of us when I say it was a very enjoyable evening with the band playing classic Eagles music.

Oh well, that’s it for now.    BFN,   Rob.

Mac Poole

Mac Poole

Hello everyone !

Well, I’m afraid there’s sad news this week.  Mac Poole, who I’ve had the privilege of playing with at Jam Night over the past ten years, has died.  I have recorded a few of my own thoughts on the Jam Nights page.

Rob.

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Rob's Knee - soon to be a matching pair

Rob’s Knee – soon to be a matching pair

The title of this, my latest post, is ‘Here we go again !’  This is because I’m off to hospital for another knee operation.  I’m in on Monday 20th April for a total replacement of my right knee.  So, I’ll have a matching pair and will hopefully be trouble-free for the next few years at least.

In the meantime, Jam Night will continue without me, until I’m fit enough to start lugging my gear about !  The recent Jam Nights have been pretty well attended on the whole, so if you haven’t been lately, or you’ve never been before, get down there on Thursdays and join in the fun.

Right, time to go !   BFN,   Rob.

Hello everyone. Well, Christmas and New Year are now well behind us. I hope you all had a great time over the festive period. So, here’s a quick up-date.

Jam Night has resumed at the Middlesex Arms on Thursdays, but we still need more to come down and enjoy this ‘Marvellous’ evening !  If you haven’t been for a while or if you’ve never been before, come down … You’ll be pleased you did !

On other stuff, I’m just recovering from a heavy cold, which is just as well, as I have an appointment at the hospital this week to see my consultant. Yes, time to review my knees again !  Preparations for the cricket season are upon us – Committee meetings, nets, work on the ground etc.  … all in the pipeline.  In the meantime, I’m back to playing a bit of 5-a-side footie, once or twice a week, chucking myself around between the posts.

Oh well, that’s all for now.  Cheers, Rob.

Hello there !

Rob at Jam Night

Rob at Jam Night

Yes folks, Christmas is now looming large on the horizon, so Jam Night will be taking a break.

The last Jam Night of 2014 will be next Thursday, 27th November.

Jam Night will be back on either 8th or 15th January 2015.

( See up-date  on  the  ‘Jam Nights’   page !

Cheers, Rob.

Rob with The Firedogs

Rob with The Firedogs

Hello everyone.

Well, it’s been a while since I last went ‘into print’. There’s been so much happening. It’s been all go at this end. So, what has been happening ?

Well, Robfest is now a distant memory, but it was a great day, enjoyed by all. And the weather was great again. We’ve been so lucky down the years. Long may that continue.

On the music front, I’ve done a couple of local gigs recently at The Barley Mow in Shepperton, depping with Ed’s band, ‘The Firedogs’. A big thanks to Ed for inviting me along to play – very enjoyable !

Thursday Jam Nights at The Middlesex Arms, South Ruislip, are still going strong, but there’s always room for more. So if you fancy joining in, or just want to hear some live music on a Thursday evening, The Middlesex Arms is the place to be.  The recording of the Riff Raff second ‘difficult’ album is under way. The title has yet to be decided but there’s plenty of time for that.

With regard to all things sporting, the knees are not too bad as it ‘appens. I only played five games of cricket in the season just gone, but got two muscle strains.  The knee was great though. Just need to get the other one done, but that’s another story. I’m slowly making a comeback with the 5-a-side footie too, although I’m not playing regularly yet. I’m probably better off sticking to the Subbuteo instead !  Talking of which, I’m currently making preparations for the new flicking season which will be starting very soon.  I’ve also seen a couple of QPR’s games on TV, but sadly, they haven’t started too well on their return to the Premier League. However, a superb Niko Kranjcar free-kick rescued a point against Stoke on Saturday, in a 2-2 draw. So dramatic !

Rosie prepares for her 120mph ride

Rosie prepares for her 120mph ride

Rosie had her Goodwood experience on Monday morning, with a ride in a black Corvette, reaching speeds of up to 120 mph. We stayed overnight in Chichester so we effectively had two days away, taking a detour and stopping off in Littlehampton on the way home . Great fun at Goodwood though, with all those classic cars, mostly Mustangs ;  experiencing the sounds of those engines and the atmosphere of Goodwood itself.

It was good to see “Little Al” last Wednesday. Having not seen each other for about three years, we had a good old catch-up over a curry in Virginia Water. Looks like I might have another recruit to the Subbuteo League and there may even be a 25 year re-union of the old band … Let’s hear it for ‘Guess’ … < Clap … Clap > !!!  Watch this space for more news on that.

Anyway, I think that’s about it for now.  Until next time … BFN,

Rob.