Keith Ames

Writer and lyricist

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In Ziggy’s footsteps

At lunchtime today, Julie, Lisa, Ben and I could be found at Beckenham Junction Station making up a group of 12 led by Kat Webb on her regular walk around the town, ‘In Ziggy’s footsteps.’  Kat has been taking groups around his old haunts for over two years and she proved an entertaining host with her combination of photos and stories.

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The Journalist

Following a feature entitled ‘Get even and get paid’ by Mick Sinclair in the July/August issue of The Journalist, the NUJ members’ magazine, on the subject of copyright protection, it was heartening to see an edited version of my letter published in the latest issue: “Joseph Williams was the founder of the Musicians’ Union and its General Secretary from its inception in 1893 until he retired in 1924.

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Kent cricket and golf

I travelled down to Canterbury early this morning to take part in the autumn Kent Legends’ Golf Day. A healthy turnout of 22 teams took part and I lined up alongside Canterbury GC President Kerry, plus local members Neil and Richard. I started well, but scored less well through the middle of the round and finished with 31 points. Our team scored a collective better-ball score of 87 points, not far behind the winning total of 91.

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Sky falling

An amazing trip to Suffolk as Julie, Lisa, Ben and I drove to Beccles Airfield to support Lisa in her skydive over the East Anglian countryside. Sunshine and light breeze greeted her encouraging band of supporters, including her close friend Daniel, her biological father Tim Pepper, his partner Cheryl and her half sisters Charlie and Summer.

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Marrakesh

Julie, Ben and I have just returned from a welcome trip to Marrakesh, Morocco, where we stayed for ten days at the all-inclusive Iberostar Hotel in Palmeraie. We flew out on BA from Gatwick on 24 July to be met by taxi arranged by the hotel, the driver of which had kindly waited for the delayed plane. In fact all the staff at or connected with the hotel proved to be superb throughout our stay.

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Southbank concert

A very pleasant evening in the company of photographer Jonathan Stewart as we attended Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s Southbank to enjoy a concert by singer/writer Shawn Colvin and UK rising star, Liverpudlian Robert Vincent. A pleasure to meet violinist Omar Puente at the bar before taking our excellent seats in the superb hall.

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MU summer event

I collected a transit-style van from Europcar in Clapham Road at ten o’clock this morning so that my colleague Jane Austin and I could load and deliver the party items required for the MU Summer Party to the Windmill pub on Clapham Common. These included a life-size cardboard cutout of Donald Trump (for satire purposes), numerous balloons, a tombola and a considerable number of prizes.

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Wigmore Hall

I was kindly invited this afternoon by Victoria Bevan, of PR company Albion Media, to attend a very, very special event at London’s Wigmore Hall this afternoon, featuring speaker Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, her son Raphael Wallfisch (cello) and John York (piano).

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Haslemere Festival

A busy few days on and around the weekend. Friday evening saw Julie, Ben and I attend the Langley Park Boys cricket end-of-season awards BBQ event, while Ben trained at Oak Lodge with Beckenham Town Juniors FC on Saturday morning. We then watched England’s quarter final victory over Sweden at home, before driving to Haslemere in Surrey at half past five this afternoon. We arrived in the town just in time to catch Sour Kix performing to a packed arena on the main stage at the local biennial Festival.

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BBC and Sky News

A busy media-related day in the company of Naomi Pohl, MU Assistant General Secretary, as we visited both the BBC and the Sky News offices in central London.  First up this morning was an invitation to speak on BBC TV News at New Broadcasting House, in London’s Portland St.  The MU had been asked to comment on the decision being taken by MEPs as they considered the proposal that aimed to ensure artists receive fair compensation for the use of their work online.

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