Every month we have a little family evening out. My wife works behind the bar at the "Blue Hour" at New Greenham Arts. I go up by taxi to join her.
Barb Jungr hosts the Blue Hour very wittily and skilfully. She is a fantastic "chantreuse" and I have learnt a great deal about the songs of Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and many others, by attending her sets.
It was the end of the season last night. As a treat, she introduced Mervyn Stutter, who is a "comedian, actor, scriptwriter and satirical songwriter". He was a member of the "Flying Pickets", has had shows on Radios Two and Four and is a regular of the Edinburgh Fringe.
He was absolutely hilarious. Really funny, and a great performer. His targets were across the spectrum of life and politics. The LibDems got quite a lot of attention from him. Needless to say he had a song founded on the Mark Oaten and Simon Hughes stories from last year. But he also sang a song devoted to Lembit Opik. It was to the tune of "Bend it" by Dave, Dee, Dozy, Mick and Titch. The song basically drew on Lembit's asteroid predictions and his affairs with Sian Lloyd and the Cheeky Girl. It wasn't cruel towards Lembit, but it was quite lewd and hilarious.
Needless to say we were in stitches, and fortunately I did not have a sign above my head saying "LibDem activist", so there was no need to go red with embarrassment.