As he embarks on the UK leg of his world tour, Bruno Mars must be the best all-round singer and entertainer right now.
You may argue Ed Sheeran, Adele and Coldplay are bigger artists – and yes they are – but can they sing, dance and perform like native Hawaiian Bruno?
I have to admit, he’s not been my full cup of tea. I love his songs but I wouldn’t be the one buying the gig tickets.
We took three coachloads of Wave 105 listeners from Portsmouth, Southampton and Bournemouth for his first Birmingham concert on Monday evening.
The journey up was arduous, as the M40 was closed just before the M42 junction we needed and the tailbacks went on for 25 miles, which is when we joined it.
We took a route south to avoid the mayhem, taking us through a stunning part of the world.
Stratford-upon-Avon is beautiful. Then we went past a small, nondescript airfield where next to the road was parked the Vulcan XM655 bomber. What a wonderful surprise.
We passed through millionaires’ row and the village of Tiddington. The wonder of being in a large coach was looking from high up at these magnificent properties with Range Rovers parked outside.
Two-and-a-half hours after our intended arrival, we got to the Barclaycard Arena in the centre of Birmingham.
It’s a fantastic indoor venue with a capacity of just under 16,000 and it was a sell-out. Boy we need and deserve such a venue here in the south.
The gig itself was awesome. Bruno really is a fantastic entertainer. Full of energy, brilliant dance routines and, as for his voice, well.
In a lot of concerts, singers won’t attempt high notes from their most famous songs. Some change the key, others hold the microphone out to the crowd for the audience to do it! Bruno didn’t and he hit every single note.
Okay, it was just after 3am when we got home, but I’m so glad we went. Without the likes of Prince and Michael Jackson, Bruno’s the only all-rounder we have.
NOW I NEED TO WIN THE LOTTERY TO BECOME A FORT RESIDENT
Work has begun to turn Fort Gilkicker into one of the most sought-after developments on the south coast.
It’s been in the offing for years, but evidence of development is now obvious.
The top of the fort has been barriered off for some time now.
Work on the entrance gate on Fort Road is also now complete.
In time, earth removal will see the original façade return.
The price for one of the 22 three-bed houses?
They start from a cool £1.2m.
It’s a pity we will no longer be able to walk on the top of the mound, but at least the fort’s future is secure.
Now all I need to do is win the lottery and take up residence there!
SOMETIMES WE SHOULD SWITCH OFF TWITTER AND FACEBOOK
Do I worry about the world in which my two small children are going to grow up? No, not really. My friends do though.
There’s North Korea, Russia, the possible fall of the EU and the rise of nationalism in Europe.
But really, what can I do about it?
My mum was a little girl when in 1963 we were on the brink of nuclear war with the Cuban crisis.
I grew up in the 1980s and the Cold War, but so far my adulthood has been spent in very peaceful times.
We are now so connected and, thanks to social media, the world is a smaller, but scarier place.
I think that sometimes we need to disconnect, bury our heads in the sand and switch off our Twitter and Facebook feeds.
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