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Thursday 10 February 2022.

Wednesday 09 February 2022...I went to two events today. 4pm to 6.30pm.....Restaurant press launch.... TRUFFLE BURGER open another branch at 206 - 210 Bishopsgate, London EC2. A nice central city location by Liverpool Street station - opposite the huge Eataly eaterie. Their burgers have been voted the best in London, and they really are top notch quality. We chose different items from the menu. I had... Truffle Burger - beef and smoked bacon patty, raclette cheese, crispy onions, truffle mayo. Truffle Honey Crispy Chicken Burger - buttermilk coated chicken thigh, parmazen glaze, pickles. Truffle Parmazen Chips Truffle Mayo Espresso martinis, wines, beers and soft drinks. www.truffle-london.co.uk - Visit their website here, for more info on their full menu and locations. ----------------- GET UP STAND UP - THE BOB MARLEY MUSICAL at The Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1. The amazing life story of the number one reggae legend who sadly died far too young, aged just 36. From his hard times in Jamaica to success in England .... featuring all his classic tracks. I was lucky to see Bob Marley & The Wailers live at Hammersmith Odeon in June 1976. Get yourself where the action is and experience the remarkable story of Jamaica’s rebel superstar. The irresistible new production, Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical has come to life at the Lyric Theatre, London and the message is out. "It isn’t just a joyful night out it’s a major and important cultural event” (The Evening Standard). From the hills of rural Jamaica, blending visionary musical talent and revolutionary zeal, Bob Marley set out to touch the world with his inspirational musical message and soul stirring advocacy for the oppressed. With unlimited access to Marley’s superlative songs of love and unity, the multi award-winning team of Lee Hall (writer), Clint Dyer (director) and Arinzé Kene (playing Bob Marley) embody the militant spirit and moving story of one of music’s most significant cultural figures. A sensational company of performers combine with the very best reggae musicians to bring this inspirational tale of passion, political transformation and enduring hope from Trenchtown to the West End. Book now for a “a tribute so infectious it defies an audience not to sing and sway along” (The Guardian) and move yourself to the rhythms of 'Exodus', 'No Woman No Cry', 'Waiting in Vain', 'Three Little Birds', ‘I Shot the Sheriff’, 'Could You Be Loved', 'Redemption Song' and other classics, “music that still feels of and for our times.” (The i). www.getupstandupthemusical.com - Visit their website here, for more info and to buy tickets. ------------------- It is pretty amazing how Bob Marley's music has always been around us forever ,even though his last London performance was at The Crystal Palace Bowl in June 1980, eleven months before his death. Good timing for this musical to open , as 2021 was the 40th anniversary of his death. His excellent 1984 greatest hits compilation album "Legend" still sells well. "Legend" was released in May 1984 by Island Records. It is a greatest hits collection of singles in its original vinyl format and is the best-selling reggae album of all-time, with over 12 million sold in the US, over 3 million in the UK , and over 25 million copies in total sold worldwide. London is Bob Marley central at the moment as there is a Bob Marley exhibition at The Saatchi Gallery which is pretty much a three star event compared to this joyous five star musical. We have great stalls seats near the front of stage. The show is on for two sets of 70 mins and 65 mins. The show starts with the DJ in his booth asking the crowd if they know any Jamaican words? As we are are close to him , i bravely holler out "waa gwaan" (what's going on?) ...and the crowd cheer. The show is a great mix of Bobs life story along with those classic songs of his played live. The struggles of his early life and his first visits to the UK, and being signed by Chris Blackwell. Being shot in Jamaica during their difficult political times and a 1978 concert that brings the two political leaders on stage to shake hands. The second half includes his relationships and the eventual success. A nice section where Bob realises reggae and punk have similiar ideals and he writes "Punky Reggae Party". You look in disbelief as Bob refuses treatment for cancer in his toe, that eventually spreads around his body, and he eventually dies, aged just 36...very tragic. The cast and the songs performed are fantastic throughout. For the last couple of songs including "Get Up Stand Up" , the crowd are on their feet singing along. A very enjoyable evening. ------------------- This was a media night so we had complimentary rose wines pre-show and during the interval and they gave us copies of the programme.