Live life - the sofa will still be there when you get back

Curt Smith of Tears For Fears
Curt Smith of Tears For Fears

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The three-hour round trip really was worth it to see a band that has not performed in the UK for 26 years.

Tears for Fears are one of the forgotten greats of the 1980s. Mad World, Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Shout and Sowing The Seeds Of Love are just some of their fantastic songs.

I’m so glad I went. They were superb. All the hits and quite a few album tracks kept me very happy

I remember hearing Sowing The Seeds Of Love on the radio for the first time in 1989.

It stood out like a shining beacon in a playlist of Stock, Aitken and Waterman ‘bubble-gum’ pop.

A strong chorus, thought-provoking lyrics and superb production got me hooked and I bought the album.

After that, I bought their earlier two as well.

The band soon fizzled out and have been in the wilderness for years.

The two front men fell out, as is the rock ’n’ roll thing to do, then reunited 10 years later.

They’ve toured America, but have neglected their fans in the UK.

Lead singer Roland Orzabal was born and raised in Havant.

His parents moved to Bath when he was a teenager, where he met Curt Smith, the other member of the band.

When I learned that they were to close Camp Bestival in Dorset, I just knew I had to be there.

They were the first band I really got into, but I’d never seen them live.

Camp Bestival is a pretty amazing festival. It’s as much for kids as it is adults.

Yes, Fatboy Slim and Jess Glynne may also have performed, but so did Mr Tumble and Dick & Dom.

Set in the grounds of stunning Lulworth Castle, the main stage was down the tip from the main house.

I left home at 7.30pm. I was tired and the idea of a night cuddled up on the sofa with a glass of wine seemed very tempting.

I forced myself to go. I’m so glad I did. They were superb. All the hits and quite a few album tracks kept me very happy.

I got home at 1am. The moral of the story?

Get off your backside and live your life. The sofa will still be there when you get back!

IT MAY KEEP ME AWAKE, BUT I LOVE FRESHLY-ROASTED COFFEE

You can’t beat a good cup of coffee.

Like fine wines, the Europeans take coffee-drinking very seriously.

You rarely get a poor espresso abroad. We are getting better, but rely on the bitter-tasting coffee of the big brands.

We then dilute it with milk or, even worse, a syrup!

I love my bean-to-cup machine, but can I buy decent whole beans?

Well, my prayers have been answered as Gosport now has its own coffee roasters.

You get used to the taste of supermarket-bought beans, but freshly-roasted coffee is a revelation.

It has its own natural sweetness and is full of flavour.

I may now get only one hour’s sleep a night, but it’s worth it!

IT’S NOT HARD TO SEE WHO’S TOP DOG IN OUR HOUSE - HARVEY

I needed to get our golden retriever Harvey to see his vet this week. I got an appointment straight away.

Yet when I need to see a doctor, any doctor, the earliest morning appointment is two weeks away.

Harvey needs a wash and haircut.

So he goes to an award-winning groomer and £26 later he looks and smells amazing.

My haircut costs £8.

Harvey has private medical insurance. I rely on the good old NHS.

He eats a specially-formulated kibble developed by top vets and nutritionists.

We shop for value items.

I even pick up after him when he does his business.

Something isn’t quite right here.

You can see who’s top dog in our house – literally!