NEWS

May

I am just back long enough to give you a brief update.

I spent a wonderful three weeks on Fred Olsen on the last leg of their world cruise and got back on 27 April. I’ve been on Balmoral before and she is a wonderful ship with a great complement of crew. I was a bit sneaky and sloped off to Dubai early so that I could spend a few days there exploring the city and celebrating another birthday. I thank everyone who sent emails and cards, it was lovely to think that even though I was far away I was not forgotten

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.

As I mentioned last month, even after 12 weeks I was still battling bronchial pneumonia but after two days in the desert heat it finally gave up the ghost. It was quite scary for a while because you just feel that you are never going to feel better again. My immune system is shaky at best but it wasn’t strong enough to keep those germs at bay. I sympathize with everyone who went down with colds and flu over the winter months and hope you are all back to full health by now.

I’m leaving on Sunday 5 May on Cruise & Maritime’s Marco Polo for 13 days. I didn’t even know until I looked it up yesterday where I was headed but I can at least tell you now that I’m headed for Copenhagen, Warnemunde, Tallin, St Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm, Holtenau and Brunsbuttel. I’ve not been to that side of the world before and am looking forward although I have been told that I cannot leave the ship independently in Russia, only if I am on an escorted excursion.

On the last cruise 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 three 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 then inundated Fred Olsen’s Head Office to find out what had happened to the ship.

We had a small bit of excitement in that the BBC were on board filming ‘Parish at Sea’ which airs in the next few months. 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 you might see ‘yours truly’ in one of the crowd shots.
Gillian, one of the passengers I’d met on P&O’s world cruise last year was travelling on Balmoral and it was nice to catch up. It is always nice to see a familiar face when you are away from home for quite a while. I’m back on there on 27 May so I’ll see the same staff; it’s a bit like an extended family.

As you know I launched my artwork in January 2013 and they are selling very well. All my shots are taken from a ship at nighttime and exploits the light available. My first project which is on the website is ‘Lights of the Caribbean. My new shots focus on the Middle East and the Fiords. I am hoping to have an Exhibition in September so it is all very exciting.

I would love to hear your feedback on my shots even if you hate them.. As a special launch price all members of the forum will be entitled to a 25% discount on any standard unsigned order and 15% for a collector’s limited edition. All enquiries should be sent to richard@mint-audio-restoration.co.uk

Gibraltar was our last port of call and is always a good place to stop for me as I can grab emergency stocks of medication there without the need for prescriptions and all went well but 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 the 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 bag. 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 had 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.

I have finally placed my house on the market but although I have had quite a few viewings I have not received an offer yet so am not moving this week!
Although I do have to be careful that the year doesn’t run away from me I did hope to sell and make the move quite quickly. It’s a big wrench and `I suppose I want to get it over asap. Thanks to everyone that sent me suggestions, articles and property papers, they were really helpful.

We’re still waiting to hear official news on EMI UK but I can tell you their official title is now PLG (Parlophone Label Group) and the merger with Warner’s will be completed by 1 October. 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 list. This is disastrous for us and if I’d had any inkling that this could happen I wouldn’t have released the new one when I did. I only hope you all bought your copies because I’m not sure whether they can ever be resurrected. Steve Woof and I have appealed Universal’s  decision based on the fact that there is only about 20% of Capitol material on the albums so in reality they should have stayed under the ownership of PLG and a royalty paid to Universal.

All that aside Richard and I are still forging ahead with the idea of releasing
‘The Alternate Monro’ in October but it all rests on what material we can source. That is all I am saying at the moment but watch this space.

I am still holding out hope that someone somewhere has a taped show of dad on video. I say it every month but 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.

There are a few new additions to my cruise calendar for this year but a couple are still a pencil. 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!!!! As of today, the dates that are in are:

5 May – 17 May – Cruise & Maritime Marco Polo

18 May – 25 May – P&O Ventura
27 May – 10 June – Fred Olsen Balmoral
22 June – 12 July – Sea Princess CANCELLED
27 July – 10 August – Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas

6 October – 20 October – Cruise & Maritime Marco Polo15 November – 25 15 – 25 November – P&O Arcadia
I am still making an appearance every Wednesday on Siren 107.8FM’s ‘Midweek Drive’. The weekly slot allows me to select some of the lesser-known tracks of dad and that is wonderful as it gives me a chance to play a broader range. Siren have actually asked me to pre-record shows for the dates I am not here this year although I shall be around to do plenty of live shows so that should be fun.
Don’t forget to check out our Spotlight feature this month, I know so many of you enjoy them. This time round we look in at Herman’s Hermits.

Check out the ‘Rough Guide to mattmonro.com’, which is available towards the bottom of the Homepage. A few of you have mentioned that 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.

Don’t forget to recommend the website to all your friends. If any of you have Facebook pages it would be great if you could put the website link on there. If you’d like to do me a tremendous favour then a review of either my book or dad’s new album 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’ll see you next month and in the meantime here’s hoping that your lives are always filled with music.

Warmest to you and yours
Michele

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