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Fortieth birthday of the Be Big Tent

Dean Carroll tells us that, at the February meeting of the be Big Tent of Manchester, they had a special birthday cake to mark the fact that it was the fortieth anniversary of the founding of the tent. Thanks go to Alex Schofield for the cake. The local newspaper paid a visit.

The next meeting is on Monday 20th March at the Ashton under Lyne Cricket Club. The films start at 8.00pm and all are welcome.

Spot On!

All pre-ordered copies of the Spot On! book and CD have been shipped. Michael Ehret and Nico Cartenstadt say that they hope we will enjoy the result of their hard work. There can be no doubt that we will and we eagerly look out for the postman!

Spare copies are now available for purchase on

To those who have supported the project, Michael and Nico say, "Thank you once again, because without your support, this release would not have been possible. Now: have fun!"

Restored Battle comes to Southend


Laughing Gravy in Birmingham

Grand Sheik John Ullah says, "Just a quick reminder that the Laughing Gravy Tent meeting is tonight (2nd March). See for full details. We will be showing three films, THEY GO BOOM, BLOTTO and MIDNIGHT PATROL. The latest issue of our newsletter The Birmingham Bark is also available to all members. Also Made in Birmingham TV are showing a short clip of my Taste & Tours of the Bartons Arms at 6.30 and 9.30."

Them Thar Hills Tent inaugural meeting

We remind readers that the first meeting of the restarted Them Thar Hills Tent of Carlisle will be on Tuesday 7th March at the Carlisle Ex-Services Mens Club, 1 Albert St, Carlisle, CA1 1HZ, starting at 8pm. Grand Sheik George Cullen asks for people to be there before then.

George is on 07581393022 and

On Facebook we are told, "If you park your camel on the nearest car park on Lowther St, please note you will have to pay. Free parking is available at the bottom of Lowther St, Chatsworth Square and the car park next to the Civic Centre. The street nearest to the oasis doesn't have much parking. If you see a wallet on the floor, be careful."

Laurel and Hardy will be on Mastermind final

Howard Totty spotted in the TV Times that in the Mastermind final on Friday March 3rd one of the specialist subjects is Laurel and Hardy.

John Bogie also sent us the clipping below:


The Radio Times tells us that the subject will be the short films of Laurel and Hardy.

Tram Shelter

Just a reminder of the 'Tram Shelter' event taking place at the Park Inn Palace Hotel on Saturday evening (4th March). I know that some Saps have already purchased tickets. If you haven't but want to go (and why wouldn't you?) then please phone Dave Whalley on the number shown to reserve your ticket.

Roger Robinson


Flashback to 1991