October round-up

3 Nov

Hello diary,

How’s tricks? Really, that good? I’m okay, yeah, thanks for asking. October’s Jumpers For Goalposts was a right laugh. There was a brand new glut of craft materials, thanks to Joey’s Mum. Thanks Joey’s Mum. Plus, we were in the company of four very nice folk who make music under the name Cecille Grey.

Cecille Grey playing live at Jumpers For Goalposts

Cecille Grey playing live at Jumpers For Goalposts

Some people complained that the competition was too hard. Others complained that the instructions were too long. True, they probably were. But they were rewarding too. Just like reading should be.

Anyway, for some reason that I forget, the competition was themed around the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III. Basically he got taken, the kidnappers demanded millions of dollars, his mega rich family weren’t that keen to give up millions of dollars, the kidnappers sent them young John’s ear in a box, the mega rich family reluctantly paid up (after some bargaining).

Dan suggested that the competition for next month should be “to make a spider”, and that it should be themed around “making a spider”. Maybe it should be, yeah. This month’s wasn’t though. This month, Jumpers For Goalposts contestants were invited to delve into the craft buffet and to demonstrate, through the medium of craft, who they’d like to kidnap, and what they’d send in a box.

An Alley Cafe full of people furrowed their brows:
crafters crafting

Fortunately these people seemed like reluctant kidnappers. Except maybe the shouty man in the corner, who wanted to kidnap the barman. A bit too close to home, shouty man.

Shouty man at Jumpers for Goalposts

Shouty man at Jumpers for Goalposts


The likeness here is seriously uncanny…
Barman at Alley Cafe, Nottingham - Jumpers for Goalposts
Still, after a lot of thought, and rummaging in the craft materials, the creation began. And while crafters crafted, Cecille Grey smiled, and effortlessly played their charming brand of slightly Gallic folk pop. It felt sophisticated, a bit like I was on holiday.

The drummer drummed his wicked drum box thing; the bass player played flawlessly, despite being squeezed into an impossibly tiny corner; guitars chimed; some beautiful use of a melodica did some sterling work in banishing memories of the last time a melodica was (ab)used at Jumpers; laid back vocals wafted dreamily amongst the crafters.

And then Cecille Grey judged the competition entries.
Cecille Grey at Jumpers for Goalposts

There were some mega Halloween-inspired mega prizes. The couple that won Zombie by The Cranberries on vinyl must be made up. Not to mention the guy that won a book with a skeleton on the cover. Scott and Sue won 50 trillion dollars and a bottle of wine, and the title of WINNERS for demonstrating how they would have dismembered Jeremy Beadle, using plasticine and a paper plate. The sickos.

Remember, 3rd prize is still a prize!
winner of 3rd prize at Jumpers for Goalposts
Delighted winners of second prize!
Second prize winners at Jumpers for Goalposts
Scott and Sue, winners of the magnificent 1st prize!
winners of first prize at Jumpers for Goalposts
craft sculpture of Jeremy Beadle's Hand

See you next month.

Nick

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