It was Elizabeth IIs Platty Joobs this weekend. I am writing this post on the Sunday after a heavy night last night. In this post I hope to write a bit about the Platinum Jubilee and what it means to me, a subject of Queen Elizabeth II.

But, first, what did I get up to?

Thursday was spent sleeping – pretty much flat out all day; I met up with Scooby to record Dancing Round Yer Stereo and also Roots Conversation.

Friday was spent asleep again after we had sunk a few DDH IPAs the night before.

It was a bit of a challenge to drink the beer, to be honest. Personally, I think the beer boom is over and people are over complicating the brews. They are trying to cram in as much hops as possible and it is stopping development of a balanced beer.

I am all for creativity. But, there should be a place for the humble 3.*% Pale.

I was a bit worried about my sleep pattern having fallen asleep around 9am Saturday morning – I was playing Major Tom’s Social Saturday (last night) Night. I managed to get some sleep and woke up fresh faced for 6pm.

Sam booked us to play Tom’s – he is a credit to the venue. Sorely under-appreciated, though. Me and Scooby think he is a hero – rightly so, such a hard worker!

The gig went well. I thought about recording it but had to go off piste because I started playing Indie for the crowd. It was good fun, a bit quiet and a bit meh – people had all been out out on Thursday and Friday, they were getting ready for street parties last night.

But, it was a good way to mark a point in the Nation’s History on a socially local level. It was good to spend time with loved friends. I doubt the Queen would approve of our shenanigans, even though she is the cultural stamp of approval on the Nation’s output. Maybe Charles is more of a reggae man?

I used to be a republican, but then Brexit happened – keep on keeping on Your Majesty; we had better not get rid of you just yet.


Andrew Backhouse is a Yorkshire-based artist working with time-based media and digital collage. He is a self-confessed radio geek and he hopes to share his wonder. He also wants to share his naivety and enthusiasm for finding something interesting. Henri Chopin, AGF, and RuPaul influence Andrew’s artistic enquiry. Documenting “The new shiny thing,” Andrew tries to share his excitement for it. But, he also asks about its authenticity and worth.

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