Let’s Have a Party

Posted on 27/01/2021 By

Bertie looking at Bobby asleep in bed.

Cor blimey Bobby are you really seventy bleedin seven, or just dead?

Seventy Seven Sunset Strip

Bobby: “Thank you Bertie. I am resting. It was great two years ago when we took the whole family up the i360 in Brighton, but this year is very different.”

2019 Bobby’s Big Birthday Party Bash… the i360 Brighton.

Big Birthday Bash: Oi… Where am I?

Everyone:
Back: Little Jay, Big Jay, Bobby, Bertie’s nose, Jasmine, Layla, Sonny, Andrew
Front: Kyla May, Faith, Daisy-Mae, Cameron, Giselle.

Party Bash - Bobby and Bertie on the i360 in 2019.

Party bash: Bobby & Bertie close-up.

Best friends.

Big Birthday Bash: Looking west.

Long way up. Looking west.

Bertie: “So, Bobby. Here we are in lockdown, again. No friends. No family. No girls. Diddley once said ‘What is it with you and the girls at the office? They all seem to love you.’ It can’t be your young vitality. If they saw you in the morning, creeping out of bed like some old git, they might not be so keen. Especially sleeping aux naturelle. I took a picture. Here it is. Edited to take out everything offensive!

Photo of Bobby's cap!

Aux naturelle.

Tell you what, mate. Let’s have a party. Your lovely friend Anne gave you a birthday cake. You bought all your own presents for yourself. We can see what’s lying around Laurel Cottage and have a party to remember.

Who are we going to invite Bobby?”

Bobby: “All the bears and my alter egos…”

The Bears: Trevor, Eamonn and Bertie.

The Bears: Trevor, Eamonn and Bertie.

The Alter Egos

Bobby dressed as "Pierre Bobblegook" with Eamonn, Bertie and Trevor.

Pierre Bobblegook.

Bobby dressed as "Jimmy (as per Rab C Nesbitt)" with Eamonn, Bertie and Trevor.

Jimmy (as per Rab C Nesbitt)

Bobby dressed as "Uncle Bob" with Eamonn, Bertie and Trevor.

Stone me mate… Bob’s yer Uncle.

Bobby dressed as "Roberto de Muffdiva" with Eamonn, Bertie and Trevor.

Roberto de Muffdiva.

Bobby dressed as "Roller Bobster" with Eamonn, Bertie and Trevor.

Roller Bobster.

Bobby stuffing his face with cake, glass of wine in hand!

Greedy old git. One cake. Six alter egos.

The Presents: From Him to Him

From the London Transport Museum Shop – Seat moquette patterns (which he made me model!)

Bertie wearing a Victoria Line seat moquette pattern face mask.

Victoria Line.

Bertie wearing a District Line seat moquette pattern face mask.

District Line.

Bertie wearing a Routemaster bus seat moquette pattern face mask.

Routemaster bus.

Bertie wearing an Underground map face mask.

Underground Map.

Bertie wearing an Underground map face mask and showing off the "Tube Mapper Project" book.

The Tube Mapper Project.

Bertie wearing an Underground map face mask and showing off the "The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse" book.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse.

Bertie wearing an Underground map face mask and showing off the "riginal Fulham programme for the very first match Bobby ever attended at Craven Cottage" book.

Original Fulham programme for the very first match Bobby ever attended at Craven Cottage.

Elvis: “The Girl of my Best Friend”. Bobby’s favourite record of all time.

The Games

Bertie, Eamonn and Trevor playing Sorry with Bobby.

“Sorry”.

Bertie, Eamonn and Trevor playing Buckaroo with Bobby.

“Buckaroo”.

Bertie, Eamonn and Trevor playing Frustration with Bobby.

“Frustration”.

Bertie, Eamonn and Trevor playing Dominoes with Bobby.

“Dominoes”.

Bertie, Eamonn and Trevor playing Marble Run with Bobby.

“Marble Run”.

The Dancing

Seventy Seven Sunset Strip: “Twisting at Cloud Nine Dance Hall”

The Birds

Goldfinches and Siskins in the snow on Bobby's bird feeder.

Goldfinches and Siskins in the snow.

The Great British Garden Birdwatch. Make sure you join in

Click here for the Great British Garden Watch.

The Birthday Snow

(Two days early)

Daisy-Mae sledging down a snowy hill.

Daisy-Mae.

A snowy road in South Holmwood.

South Holmwood.

Andrew, Daisy-Mae and snowman.

Son and daughter. Andrew and Daisy-Mae.

Bobby, Daisy-Mae and snowman.

Grandad and Granddaughter.

Lighting a Candle to Diddley and Bobby

A candle lit for Diddley in front of the "Shredded Wheat" photograph on the wall.

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Birthday    


  1. Andrew Ball says:

    Happy Birthday Dad! Ax

  2. Bernard says:

    Happy Birthday Bob…so well planned and nicely put together. Very original.

  3. Dianne Levene says:

    Well, that took me back to so many memories – Elvis was my idol, I even had a disc of him being interviewed : “I guess you know I got a lot of cars״ I played it so often I had memorized the lines.
    I remember The Twist was quite an internalized experience, it wasn’t necessary to engage with your partner if you didn’t want to.
    1950s a very different universe to now.

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