NEWS

February 2014

Well another bloody year and certainly my mirror isn’t out of any Snow White book. Wrinkles are vying for the contract of placing the M25 and the M1 on my face. It has been a funny old year, full of highs and lows, the lows being my bum, it’s nearly on the floor – oh for youth.

Last Christmas I told Max I wasn’t doing a stocking but he insisted, saying it was one of his favourite parts so like a twit I rushed out trying to find small things that would fit into a 10 foot sack! The challenge as Max has grown older, is to try and stay awake longer than him. The clock stretched to nearly 2.00am before I realised he had gone to the land of nod and knowing the coast was clear I retrieved the hidden stocking and snuck along the hallway with the intention of placing it at the end of his bed. The thing is my cases littered the area and the sack was so cumbersome I couldn’t really see where I was going – result, my toe caught the wheel of my hand luggage. The diatribe of words did not contain one single Ho Ho Ho and lying on the floor with a sack on top of me didn’t help. I kept thinking, breathe in and out and any minute the pain will ease. I lay there for quite some time before I realised the pain was not ebbing. I crawled along the corridor to my room where there was the benefit of light to see my small toe was not in the position it was at 1.55am. Yep, you guessed it, I’d broken it. It really wasn’t the cleverest thing to do the day before Christmas. Regardless we all had a wonderful time and I’d hoped to repeat the feeling this year, minus the broken limbs.

I was delighted that my first outing last year on 2nd January was on P&O’s Oceana. It is always difficult saying goodbye to my gorgeous son but as it happened I left the day before he went back to University and by the time he broke for spring I was back and waiting for the inevitable washing loads that seem to follow him across the country. You’d think that the whole of Warwick didn’t possess a single washing machine!

As you know I spent a lot of the year traveling and working the cruise ships and I am hoping to continue in this vein for another two years. My main passions are photography and travel and I decided to combine the two for a new project that I launched. A year in the making ‘Lights of the Caribbean: A Portfolio’, is a selection of my best work from that period. There is nothing more breathtaking then a sunrise or sunset, even more so in tropical waters and I hope I have in some small way encapsulated the essence of what I witnessed. No two dawns are the same, each colour a different hue depending on the time of the day, sunsets that alter with the weather or the tropical winds that dance over the water adding even more mystery to its hidden beauty.

There is an almost indefinable characteristic that makes the islands magical. I love the early morning dawn when the sun rises from the earth and the heady scent of sugar cane blows on the warm breeze and invades my senses. But then the other end of the day is also quite beautiful when I watch the crimson sun bleed into the ocean mist to lay its head down for the night. The entire landscape takes on a surreal saffron hue as the clouds reflect the fading sun’s red and orange glow and the disappearing light dances on the horizon. My vantage point from a cruise ship really grants me the best seat in the house and it’s allowed me to witness the most incredible vistas as the island’s lights and colours came to life and I was desperate to try and capture the memory”. If any of you want to take a peek then visit www.kaepture.com although I have to admit the Internet does not do them justice.

Apart from catching the flu, and my broken toe, the cruise was wonderful. I hadn’t been on Oceana before, at least I thought so but getting on the ship I felt a huge sense of déjà-vu. It twigged about an hour later that it was an identical ship to the Sea Princess that I’d been on the year before, right down to the tables round the pool and the layout of the decks. It transpired that P&O had bought the ship from Princess about ten years ago. The only negative was the cabin space. If you have been lucky enough to travel on a P&O ship then you expect the same throughout the fleet but the Princess cabins are infinitely smaller and the balcony is more like Cell Block H, a cutout hole in the iron framework with barely enough room to put a chair out there.

I love P&O despite their faults, and every cruise line has several, but after travelling on Holland and America, all is forgiven. From the moment you get on a P&O ship it feels special with wonderful champagne sailaways, deck parties and BBQs in the balmy tropics. There is always background music, a great atmosphere and a friendly bunch.

The one thing that made that cruise so special for me was the transit of the Panama Canal. It has been on my bucket list for years and when doing part of the world cruise two years ago I was gutted to find out that it was going through the Suez on my segment and so I missed out. It was awesome, an incredible feat of engineering that left me filled with admiration

That trip gave me the opportunity of testing out my new talks and I have to say I was very pleased by the audience reaction. I had good attendances at each one and of course that was the first trip that I took my artwork with me as well. My aim after getting back was to have an exhibition later in the year but time was against me.

After returning in February I put the house on the market but before I could actually show it to anyone I had to box all the clutter up. I literally had every bit of floor space in use with books, boxes and files plus the huge MM collection I bought off the Jack Jackson Estate was still sitting in my lounge untouched. I found a perfect bungalow in Shropshire and was ready to make the move. I would have liked to stay slightly closer to London but there isn’t that much choice. I want a semi-rural property or at least one that doesn’t have six pairs of eyes staring over various parts of my fence but I want to be less than a mile from a corner shop. I need to be near a motorway for links to London and Southampton and have a doctor and hospital up the road. I want a large shopping mall within 10 miles and want the equivalent of a mansion for the princely sum of a tenner. You see my problem.

No wonder they say moving is among the three most stressful things in life. I’m been so stressed and I haven’t got past the front door yet. I just need to win the lottery and so many problems would disappear. They say money doesn’t buy happiness but I wouldn’t mind being unhappy with 140 million in the bank!

At the end of March I joined the last leg of Fred Olsen’s world cruise. I’ve been on Balmoral before and she is a wonderful ship with a great complement of crew. To be honest I wasn’t due to join the ship until the 4th April but didn’t fancy spending the majority of my birthday in the air so my birthday present to myself was a few days in the Emirates before joining the ship. Dubbed the shopping capitol of the Middle East, Dubai alone has more than 70 shopping malls and while boutiques, electronic shops, department stores and supermarkets operate on a fixed-price basis, most other outlets (yes there are more) consider friendly negotiation a way of life. What a blast.

After boarding Balmoral we were off and made stops at Muscat, Oman, Jordan, Safaga, Sham-el-Sheikh, Alexandria and Gibraltar before arriving in Southampton on 27 April. Gibraltar is always a good place to stop for me as I can grab emergency stocks of medication there without the need for prescriptions. We had a small bit of excitement in that the BBC were on board filming ‘Parish at Sea’ which aired in the summer. They’d boarded the ship in January and spent the whole of the world cruise travelling at sea and spying on the passengers. You never know, if you look closely, you might see ‘yours truly’ in one of the crowd shots. By the time it was aired they had changed the name to The Cruise but everyone I spoke to gave it really bad reviews. Because of the religious angle it should have kept to its original working title because viewers expected so much more. It wouldn’t surprise me if Fred Olsen lost a lot of potential business after the programme, which is a shame as it is a wonderful ship.

Because of our close proximity to Somalia we had the pirate alerts again, which meant barbed wire on Deck 7, water canons and heavy artillery. Balmoral was the last passenger ship to be attacked four years ago and although thankfully they were not successful, Olsen has beefed up the security ever since. This not only meant blackouts on the open decks at night but we also disappeared from the radar screens, which meant nobody could see where we were on the Internet’s webcams. This caused a small ripple of worry from the folks back home who inundated Fred Olsen’s Head Office to find out what had happened to the ship.

As usual I had to buy an extra holdall. I purchased a Fred Olsen bag, just like dozens of other people and the upshot was that a passenger who left the ship before me picked up my case. I felt sick while I stood in the terminal looking in every nook and cranny but all I found was an unmarked Fred Olsen bag which obviously was the offender’s. With no label I didn’t even know the name of the culprit. Let’s put it this way I spent a very unsettling two days waiting for someone to ring me and say they’d found my bag. I was lucky that the woman lived in Buckinghamshire because a lot of the people who had left the ship early did so because they had connecting flights. Apart from my drugs, I had several items that I needed for the next ship so I became quite religious and prayed a lot. The stupid thing is that when my bag arrived back it still had the huge labels I’d stuck on it with my name clearly marked!

I’d told my son before I left that he was to remember that I would be 51 on 2nd April. He told me that in principle that was fine but did I know that Facebook had sent emails out telling everyone it was my birthday and that I was 54!!! You can’t get away with anything nowadays.

I left on 5 May on Cruise & Maritime’s Marco Polo for 13 days and headed for Copenhagen, Warnemunde, Tallin, St Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm, Holtenau and Brunsbuttel. I’d not been to that side of the world before and was looking forward to St Petersburg although I found out en-route that I couldn’t leave the ship independently as I had the wrong visa. Boo Hoo

I’d never been to the Baltic before but I have to say I enjoyed all the ports especially Copenhagen. I’d always wanted to visit the Tivoli as it was where dad performed at the 1964 Eurovision Song Contest. We were only docked a few hours but I walked all the way to the other end just to see the outside. The gardens are filled with rides, concerts, fairly lights and beautiful lawns and flower beds. At night they apparently have the most wonderful fireworks and illuminations. Next time I go I will hopefully get a chance to see inside the building. It is amazing to think that this is where dad met Udo Jurgens and first heard him sing Varum nar Varum.

Tilbury was our home port. It’s really convenient as I was home in just over an hour. Although I did get a chance to go home it was only for a few hours as the next morning I was boarding P&O’s Ventura. I hadn’t been on her before and boy was she big but what a superb technical marvel. I’ve done Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Sea before but this felt bigger unless it is the layout. I was in the crew quarters and the only way to get there easily was to walk the open deck. I tested the route 4 times before my show so I knew the way there but I still had to give myself half an hour.

The trip to Norway was only seven days and it only took a blink and it was over. After the Baltic I expected the weather to be just as cold so imagine my surprise to find it was 72 degrees in Bergen. Awesome. Mind you it didn’t stay with us long as we headed north and some of the temperatures at the tip were 40 below. Thankfully we didn’t go that far but the thermals had to come out again.

My stop in Olden was fantastic. Actually there is nothing at the quayside save a couple of tourist shops but there was independent tour operators touting their wares. On impulse I booked a 15-minute helicopter trip to the Glacier. I don’t know what possessed me as I hate flying. I am glad I took the bull by the horns as the sights were truly breathtaking. I would have loved a front seat as the whole section was glass but because of a distribution of weight they made me sit in the back (bloody cheek). If any of you ever get a chance to do the trip you must. It is a memory to be treasured.

As some of you know I’ve had a lot of problems with my knees in the last year so I finally plucked up the courage to see a specialist. He confirmed arthritis (age-related he says – bloody cheek) and I had the operation on 3rd September. It was a little scary having both knees done together but I didn’t want to lose too much time. Apparently I had to take it easy for two weeks although I was sure a cruise wouldn’t get in the way of the healing process! So off I went to Iceland, another cold destination. The good thing is that the Ocean Princess was a new ship for me and that is always exciting. I was hoping M&S had a supply of thermals in before I left. Sadly not.

Now admittedly when one conjures up images of Iceland, it is not ones of tropical heat but boy was my body in for a shock. The one-standout thing about Iceland, Norway and the Baltic is the price of everything, it is really expensive. I spotted a pair of men’s braces in one shop, which had a British price on the back of the packaging of £8.00. The shop had it marked at £33.00. When I mentioned the discrepancy, he unashamedly said “but of course, if I don’t make a profit, I’d have to close my shop”. There’s no answer to that.

Although I say every month how busy the year has been, last August was just crazy. It boils down to trying to do too much in too short a time. I left on Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas on 27th July for two weeks. I have happily worked the ship several times before but not in the children’s holidays! There were two thousand under twenty ones on board and that was enough to drive me round the bend. Apart from the fact that the age group is rather different, it rather resembled Butlins at sea. The worst part for me was at night when they were running up and down the corridors of the ship waking everyone up in the process, plates and glasses were left on the lift floor and quite literally everywhere you went it looked like a bomb had hit.

The weather was amazing in the Mediterranean but believe it or not it was too hot. I thought the heat would ease my arthritis in my knees but strangely it made it worse. It was only after speaking to a doctor that I found out that temperatures of 95 degrees are too hot and dry. It literally dried the joints up making the friction even worse. Lesson learned.

Coming back home after several weeks away is always a tough ride as just the mail and phone messages are enough to get you down let alone having to show the house to prospective buyers but at least I’d sold my house….. or so I thought. Everything was arranged for me to move on 2 January 2014, I booked an architect, a builder, did a search of the property and booked the moving van. Two days before exchange the buyer pulled out. I cannot put into words the sense of loss I felt. I’d looked for a property for 18 months before I found the bungalow and it was perfect for me. It isn’t easy finding a 4-bedroom detached bungalow at a price I could afford and losing it has been devastating. Because of my M.S, at certain times the home has to be big enough to accommodate the wheelchair with wide doors and no steps to the front or the garden. I stayed positive and decided to get a bridging loan and buy the property anyway. I’ve been at Nat West for 40 years but they weren’t interested in helping, not with a mortgage or a loan. Monro Towers is worth considerably more than the property I’m moving to and I don’t have a mortgage but it doesn’t seem to make any difference. No one is lending. The week before Christmas I got the dreaded call from the estate agent telling me that a potential buyer had put an offer in for the bungalow and it had been accepted. I’m still hoping it will fall through.

STOP PRESS… I have now sold my house but have had to give my accountants Power of Attorney because the buyer insisted on exchanging in January with completion on 7 April. That gives me two weeks after getting back to England to pack up the house and make the move and two weeks the other side before getting on another ship. That might be possible in some instances but not when you have nowhere to move to. When you book moving vans or fill in a form to have your mail forwarded you do need to provide a destination address!!!!

You will now have gathered that I lost out on the bungalow and unfortunately I had no time to look for another property nor will I went I next step back on terra firma. lol

Universal bought out EMI but couldn’t keep it because of owning the monopoly on music companies so they in turn have sold Parlophone UK to Warners. The bad news is that all the new titles including The Rare Monro, Rarer Monro, Matt at the Movies, The Complete Singles Collection and The Greatest have been taken by Universal and deleted from EMI’s catalogue. This is disastrous and I have appealed Universal’s decision based on the fact that there is only about 20% of Capitol’s material on the albums so in reality they should have stayed under the ownership of Parlophone and a royalty paid to Universal. The whole thing is now a mess with dad’s tracks spread across different companies although under Warmer’s banner I did manage to release two albums last year – The Rarities Collection and the Alternate Monro.

I left on the 18th September on Celebrity Infinity with my girlfriend Lucia. I love it when she joins me as she acts as my roadie! I’d never worked this shipping line before and it was a lovely surprise. It is classed as a 5 star vessel whereas most of P&O, Princess etc are 4 stars and this had the bonus of being a wine and gastro experience. If food and wine are among your passions, there is no finer way to combine them than on Celebrity’s new harvest season wine cruises. It really is a one-of-a-kind holiday for your senses through the leading wine regions of France, Spain and Portugal. It got even better as there are no less that three overnight stays allowing me much more time to explore.

Next came Marco Polo. I accepted a booking last year to work Norway in October. Nobody told me the Arctic Circle was in Norway!!! It never crossed my mind but I will certainly take note not to go again at that time of year. I have never been so cold in my life; in fact I thought I’d never get warm again. I have no idea how the Eskimos do it? Don’t get me wrong it was wonderful seeing the Northern Lights and the North Face but I can tick it off my bucket list now.

Talking of bucket lists, I accepted a 42-night Amazon, Caribbean and Azores trip in January, which I am presently on. I have wanted to go to the Amazon for absolutely eons so I was thrilled and it gave me a great chance to take some stunning pictures. Actually I’m a bit mad as I have to fly the day I get back to Madeira to catch P&O’s Oceana to the Caribbean. I’m doing a back-to-back on there so am not back in England until the end of March but at least I’m away from the cold.

I try and take the time off from the cruising season to coincide with my son’s holidays and it was lovely spending some quality time with my boy. Max has just turned 21; he is taller than me, shoe size 9 and very very handsome. His fiancée Justine and him have just celebrated their sixth anniversary and it is comforting to me that they are so happy. They are both at the same University and that is nice, as I don’t have the same worries as if he was down there on his own. Justine is now in her final year whereas Max still has two to go as he dropped out of Physics and started Engineering instead. I admire him having the guts to start afresh and hope it proves the right choice for him.

Matt is well and working long hours. He recorded a special track with American songster Joe Francis who flew over last year just to make the recording for his new album. The song ‘Well Did You Ever’ is brilliant. I’m waiting for clearance so I can show off the video they made. Joe’s management were hoping for a Christmas release but Sony had other ideas. Matt was due to fly out in December for his annual Filipino tour but with the recent disaster the tour was cancelled. Because of the devastation in the country there is no telling when the trip might be re-scheduled. The good news for me is that he was home for Christmas.

Graham Pass

You might like to know that producer Graham Pass spent a day here last October as he is making a radio programme for the BBC. The hour special also features interviews with many of Matt's friends and Richard, who has been interviewed for the show too, has provided him with lots of rare archive material to choose from. It is going out on February 17th and will be hosted by Barbara Windsor. The theme of the series is East End Lads. For those of you overseas it should be available on the BBC iPlayer for a week after broadcast.

I was so busy last year and completed no less than ten cruises, released two new albums and squeezed in 67 broadcasts so much so that my feet hardly touched the ground. I also pre-recorded 18 shows for Siren 107.3FM as they didn’t want me to give up my spot while I am away this year. In between I had Website updates, Facebook tweaks and three new scripts to write for the 2014 cruise season. On the home front I’ve shown at least 40 + people Monro Towers. My washing machine flooded the utility room six times, the dishwasher broke and my son’s car leaked water so much so that there was mildew over the upholstery – Vauxhall had to strip the engine to find the root of the problem – the bulkhead seals had broken – and it cost in excess of £800.00. It was quite a year.

As you know I started working on the cruise lines a few years ago. The long trips need the organisational skills of Colonel Oliver North in preparing the troops for combat. When I decided, on a whim, to accept my first booking I really didn’t think through the logistics properly. I simply got carried away with the excitement of running away to sea but one cannot simply lock a house up for months on end and think everything will run smoothly. I did manage to implement things well enough but hey, it’s always the ‘others’ who conspire against you.

Losing my mum and Max going off to University in the same year was extremely hard for me and escaping the real world for a time proved to be exactly what I needed. To date I have worked Arcadia, Oceana, Azura, Adonia, Independence of the Sea, Balmoral, Celebrity Infinity, Sea Princess, Marco Polo and the QE11, most several times over. My talks were well received and gave me the confidence to expand on my topics and it’s been a wonderful way of ensuring the legacy dad left behind burns brightly.

I’ve met some extraordinary people and made some wonderful friends en route but it’s also the countries that I’ve visited that made last year so amazing. These were places that I literally thought I’d never see in this lifetime and I lapped up every minute. I have learnt that you need a visa to be allowed in to St Petersburg, the Arctic Circle is in Norway and you always need seasick pills to hand.

Coming home at the end of a trip is slightly strange and it came as quite a shock that I had to make my own meals and pick my towels up off the bathroom floor. I purposely cleared my calendar to have Christmas at home with my son and have for every year, bar one since his death, put the Christmas tree up for my dad’s birthday. (He would have been 83 last year).
Once the tree was lit, I dashed out to buy yuletide presents and get ready to welcome home the whirlwind that is my gorgeous son. It was a lovely quiet festive few days and it was nice to just enjoy being together with family.

I bought my son the newest Top Gear DVD ‘The Perfect Road Trip’ for Christmas and we set about watching it a few days later.

Watch this clip and dare to tell me it’s not cool!

 

In December I lost all my emails from the last ten years and every single contact. I have already had the machine in with one company but they couldn’t retrieve the data. I then sent it to a more experienced company who were backed by Apple so it sounded promising. Before you say anything I had 3 back ups of the files but something strange had happened and it appeared the machine had been over-writing with a blank 20010 version. I invested in a Time Capsule three years ago and when I went to use it, it came up with the message that it had not done a save since 12th December 2012 and that the recovery disc wasn't available!!

A week after taking the machine in the company came back to tell me they could recover 98 per cent of the data - the quote - £8,800. Yes you read it correctly. I'm not sure whether they thought this was NASA headquarters or possibly the CIA but I have never heard of anything more ridiculous.

I cannot begin to tell you how devastating this was. My email system is the equivalent to someone's office and my files are like filing cabinets. There were near on 8 thousand pieces of correspondence including all the condolence emails that the family received after mum died and all the wonderful comments on my book on dad. I am fully booked with the cruise lines this year but do not have one contact name or number in which to get in touch and ask them to send me the paperwork again. Here’s one instance. I have booked a flight to Madeira. I do not remember the airline, the reference number nor do I have the E Ticket – they are all in the emails. My M.S plays havoc on my memory so everything is written down and kept. The reality is it would be impossible to print everything out, as I don’t have a house that big. I have lost all your details so why don’t you send me them again including your user name and password if you belong to the Forum.

I had an unexpected email from a lady at Warners who has asked me to ready a new Matt Monro CD. With a working title of ‘The Definitive Matt Monro’ it will be a greatest hits album to replace ‘The Greatest’ which Universal saw fit to delete. Richard and I have been working on the running order and have rectified one major error on the Greatest which was the absence of ‘On Days Like These’ as well as adding a few tempting morsels. While the hardened fan might not be interested in the release, every few years I hope to appeal to a newer and younger audience and it wouldn’t be right not to have an album available that has the core hits on it. The release date was originally going to be in time for Mothers Day, but has now been put back. Full details and track listing next month, when we should also know the new release date.  

Johnny Mathis appeared on Ken Bruce’s BBC Radio 2 show on 17 December. His task was to select his favourite songs and he chose one of dads – Portrait of My Love – he was very kind with his comments……

“When I first came to Great Britain, Matt Monro was the talk of the world. He had such a beautiful voice and sang so wonderfully perfect. I learned so many songs by listening to his recordings and he is very very big in my thoughts. When I perform, when I sing, a lot of people don’t know what we as singers think about while we’re singing but a lot of stuff goes through our mind while these words and notes are coming out and a lot of my production thoughts and my mind reverts to Matt Monro who had this one mellifluous quality. It was lovely and round and full and very pleasant to listen to. It wasn’t forced and those things are very important to me as a singer and I love listening to Matt Monro.”

Johnny Mathis



My dad always spoke so highly of Johnny, both as a person and an artist but I’m not sure whether they ever met. It amuses me that dad always listed to Johnny’s music and obviously the same was true in the Mathis household. Dad was a humble man never quite understanding what all the fuss was about and it always surprised him to hear that other artists that he admired greatly would want to listen to him.

I took it in hand to write to the show and ask that a message be given to Mr Mathis and I was thrilled to receive an email from Robert Scott in Burbank California saying he’d be delighted to pass on my message. Firstly I asked if I could use the quote in a revised edition of ‘The Singer’s Singer: The Life and Music of Matt Monro’ and secondly I wanted to know if the two had ever met. Watch this space.

If you’d like to do me a tremendous favour then a review of either my book or dad’s new albums on www.amazon.co.uk or www.amazon.com would be fabulous. You don’t even have to have bought the item there and your words could very well influence someone else investing their hard-earned money so it really could make a big difference.

I’m looking forward to the 2014 cruising season. As of today, the dates that are in are:

2014
5 January – 16 February - Cruise & Maritime - Marco Polo
16 February - 13 March- P&O Oceana  
13 – 24 March – P&O Oceana
20 April – 4 May – P&O Oriana  (Strictly Come Dancing Cruise)
5 – 21 May – P&O – Adonia
2 -8 June – Cruise & Maritime - Marco Polo
29 July – 6 August – Cruise & Maritime - Marco Polo
21 August – 2 September – Cruise & Maritime Marco Polo
21 September – 3 October – Cruise & Maritime – Marco Polo
5 – 16 October – Fred Olsen - Braemar
21 October – 7 November – Cruise & Maritime - Discovery
18-29 November – P&O – Aurora
30 November – 12 December – Cunard – QM2

2015
8 January – 8 April – P&O Adonia (five back to back cruises)

Of course while I am away it will be business as usual. The wonderful thing about email, Skype and mobile phones is that you are never really out of touch. If any of you need anything in my absence I am still available on email but you can also contact Richard on richard@mint-audio-restoration.co.uk. Don’t forget that if any of you have an attic full of old tapes that you want rescued or reel-to-reels that you want transferred then Richard would be happy to oblige. It’s amazing what we stuff into our attics and I am still hoping that some of you have a Matt Monro television show or radio that you taped years ago that you have forgotten about. You never know you might just be harboring one of dad’s jingles without knowing it.
Don’t forget to check out our double Spotlight feature this month, I know so many of you enjoy them. This time round we look in at Louis Armstrong and our very own member Jake Anthony Smith.

Check out the ‘Rough Guide to mattmonro.com’, which is available towards the bottom of the Homepage. If you don’t know how to access certain areas of the site or in fact are unaware of new areas, this guide will explain how easy this website is to get around, once you know how.

There is also another information box “How to Use the Forum’. I know a lot of people have been tempted to join in on some of our conversations but are slightly nervous of doing so. For that reason I have printed step-by-step instructions of how to access it. It really does only take a few minutes.

Whatever the coming year holds, suffice to say that I shall be plugging Matt Monro’s music at every opportunity.  That is the wonderful thing about working the ships, it gives me a brand new audience each time and if then, a small percentage go home a fan, then it is worth all the blood, sweat and tears, not to mention the Bay of Biscay!!!!

Until Next Month
Warmest to you and yours
Michele

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