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Speaker Meeting – Brad Ashton

Job of a Laughtime

The Job of a Laughtime

Brad Ashton
Brad Ashton

Our members had to experience the disappointment of missing out on our January and February events at the Royal Clifton due to the impact of Covid.  However, our Speaker Secretary responded by arranging a talk on Zoom by Brad Ashton, a renowned comedy writer, entitled ‘The Job of a Laughtime’.

Brad, has spent decades writing for some of the most well-known comedians in the 20th and 21st centuries.  He wanted to be an entertainer himself, but wisely followed advice to write rather than deliver his jokes.  This resulted in writing sketches and whole series for comedians in the UK and in other countries including the USA. 

In his career, Brad has worked with a galaxy of comedy legends including Ken Dodd, Les Dawson, Tommy Cooper, Mike and Bernie Winters and Morecambe and Wise.  He has a formidable credit list of entertainers and shows in comedy theatres, radio and TV.  He was able to provide his audience with a unique insight into the personalities behind the public images including the highs and lows in their careers.

We learned that Les Dawson could speak five languages and had the genius to realise that by playing every fourth or fifth note incorrectly on the piano, he avoided paying performance copywrite on well- known tunes.  Also, there’s no such thing as ad-libbing by comedians! Everything is carefully crafted by script writers.

He informed us that he has written three books about comedy and was very thrilled to learn that John Cleese had a copy of one of his books.

Members enjoyed spending time together at the Zoom meeting while being entertained by Brad’s truly unique insight into the world of comedy. 

Brad offered for his talk to be recorded and shared for those who were unable to join us.  He didn’t like the idea that people would miss out on this. A link will be emailed to members in due course.

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Zoom Talk – Job of a Laughtime

Zoom meeting Tuesday 8th February at 2:30pm
JOB OF A LAUGHTIME BRAD ASHTON

 

Brad Ashton
Brad Ashton – Job of a Laughtime

Keynote speaker Brad Ashton will keep SoFA entertained at our Zoom meeting, with amazing numerous and humorous back stage stories. He had the pleasure (and sometimes displeasure) of writing TV comedy for Ken Dodd, Tommy Cooper, Les Dawson, Dick Emery, Bruce Forsyth, Frankie Howard, Hylda Baker, David Frost and Bob Monkhouse, amongst others.

Be prepared for some startling revelations!

If you are not a member, but would like to attend this Zoom session, any of our events or interested in joining our Association, please complete our Contact Form.

ZOOM TALK – JOB OF A LAUGHTIME

Brad Ashton

Zoom meeting Tuesday 8th February at 2:30pm
JOB OF A LAUGHTIME BRAD ASHTON

Brad Ashton
Brad Ashton – Job of a Laughtime

Keynote speaker Brad Ashton will keep SoFA entertained with amazing numerous and humorous back stage stories. He had the pleasure (and sometimes displeasure) of writing TV comedy for Ken Dodd, Tommy Cooper, Les Dawson, Dick Emery, Bruce Forsyth, Frankie Howard, Hylda Baker, David Frost and Bob Monkhouse, amongst others.

Be prepared for some startling revelations!

This Zoom meeting replaces the cancelled February face to face meeting, which is unable to go ahead, due the temporary closure of the Royal Clifton Hotel.

If you are not a member, but would like to attend this Zoom session, any of our events or interested in joining our Association, please complete our Contact Form.

Japan, Bowing to Tradition, Zoom talk by Jim Holmes

Japanese Umbrellas - SoFA

Jim Holmes kindly agreed to talk to our society on Tuesday 29th June on the subject of Japan.

Jim is a documentary photographer working on commercial projects and humanitarian interventions around the world.

Over 30 years of travel has taken Jim to some of the most remote and extraordinary places on earth including Japan.

Jim gave a very interesting and informative talk entitled Japan, ‘Bowing to Tradition’. He entertained us with stories from the northern ‘snow country’ to the southern tropical beaches explaining that Japan is a diverse and complicated country. Jim also informed us how Japan has integrated very traditional aspects of it’s culture into modern society.

Jim spoke of micro cars to beer from machines and houses to tatami mats. He explained how Japan is not quite what you imagine, as tradition meets modernism.

We would like to thank Jim for a very interesting and entertaining presentation for the Southport and Formby National Trust Association.

To read more information and view Jim Holmes’ photographs please visit his website here

If you are a member of the National Trust, and would like to join our local Association please complete our contact form

Article supplied by Lois Hughes

Japan, Bowing to Tradition by Jim Holmes

Jim has kindly agreed to speak to SoFA on the subject of ‘Japan, Bowing to Tradition’. From the northern ‘snow country’ to the southern tropical beaches, Japan is a diverse and complicated country.

See how Japan has integrated very traditional aspects of its culture into modern society. Micro cars to beer from machines and community bathhouses to tatami mats, Japan is not quite what you imagine, as tradition meets modernism.

Jim Holmes is a documentary photographer working on commercial projects and humanitarian interventions around the world. He will be using Zoom to provide us with this very interesting topic.

Jim Holmes Japan Bowing to Tradition
Jim Holmes

Over 30 years of travel has taken Jim to some of the most remote and extraordinary places on earth to visit projects that assist communities to build education systems, deliver effective healthcare, provide clean water and recover from natural disasters.

For more information about Jim Holmes and to view his whole portfolio please visit his website.

 

Our members will be emailed with a link to this talk, about a week prior to this Zoom event.

Looking forward to ‘seeing’ you at this Zoom talk, ‘Japan, Bowing to Tradition’.

This will be our last talk prior to the summer break, we will resume our talks on 14 September 2021.

Keep an eye on this website for upcoming events.

If you would like to attend this Zoom talk and you are already a member of SoFA, please use the contact form to provide our secretary with your email address.

Should you wish to become a member of our Association, please use our contact form to request and application form. Please note you need to be a member of the National Trust.

 

Weird and Wonderful Liverpool, Zoom Talk by Ken Pye

Image of Ken Pye
Ken Pye, Weird and Wonderful Liverpool Zoom Talk
Ken Pye from Discover Liverpool

Ken Pye, a historian of all things Liverpudlian, has given several presentations to our Association. His talk, Weird and wonderful Liverpool, on 25th May covered some of the more unusual stories of Liverpool’s past.

Dr Solomon set up a practice in late 18th century Liverpool after purchasing a degree from Edinburgh University. He promoted his remedy ‘Balm of Gilead’ as a cure-all and through astute marketing it became very popular. Dr Solomon became extremely wealthy as a result and, upon his death, was buried in a magnificent tomb which sadly no longer exists. The main ingredient of the Balm was brandy so despite no medical efficacy probably did make people feel better.

The 18th century also saw the establishment of zoos as a form of entertainment and at one point there were seventeen in the Liverpool area. Liverpool Zoological Park survived into the 20th century and in the 1930’s one of it’s star attractions was Micky the chimp. He was used as a goal keeper, a task at which he was very successful. Micky was too successful and people started kicking the ball at him rather than trying to score. Eventually he’d had enough and made his escape. After throwing roof tiles at his pursuers he was finally cornered and shot. Micky’s body was stuffed and exhibited in Lewis’s Dept store until the building was bombed in the blitz. A very sad story.

It was surprising to learn that there are the remains of an Iron Age hill fort under the present city. Its inhabitants, the Brigantes, were fearsome people. Daubed in a blue woad dye they went naked into battle which successfully kept the invading Romans at bay.

An up to date trawl through the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ section of the Liverpool Echo provided some Liverpudlian humour, intended or otherwise. A traffic warden named his daughters Scarlet, Amber and Jade, but perhaps the character of Liverpool was revealed in a funeral announcement. A lady rang to give details of her husband’s funeral. The copy-taker informed her that she had one line left in the notice and after a moments thought the lady said ‘Car for sale, £1000 o.n.o. Apparently she sold the car.

Ken Pye’s light hearted delivery deserves a live audience but even via Zoom he conveys his affection for Liverpool and its inhabitants. A most entertaining talk.

For more interesting weird and wonderful Liverpool tales visit Discover Liverpool

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Article supplied by Richard Hughes