25th February 2012
For Hog the Limelight
Saturday it was off to Cliddesden, which is apparently nowhere near Basingstoke!
The Dudes had actually spent the night at the Holiday Inn in Basingstoke and learned quite a bit about the town's illustrious history. Having produced such visionary independent spirits in the past as Oliver Cromwell, Liz Hurley, Tara Palmer-Tompkinson and Jet from the Gladiators, it is no surprise that this jewel in Hampshire's resplendent crown was ready for Tim, Neil the Opera Dudes and another night of Annette.
We also learned that Anne Boleyn stayed in Basingstoke on the night before her marriage to Henry The Eighth - although I'm not sure the Holiday Inn was doing their two-for-one Bed and Breakfast Weekend Sizzler back then.
Annette 'Boleyn' The Men Over!
Meanwhile, Neil The Sick-th was still suffering from his mystery virus so the emergency services of Nurse Wardell were required once again. She nearly caused a medical emergency herself by raising the pulses of the gentlemen of Cliddesden to an almost intolerable level.
The Dudes were immediately made to feel at home when another trusty and delicious Lasagne was served up by the delightful Alison.
The boys had to eat it all as Ms Wardell doesn't eat meat - but somehow they managed. The diva stuck to fish pie - an M&S ‘Codfathers Of Croon’ special.
The show was another huge success - even got a standing ovation at the end - unless the audience were trying to get a last view of the pocket-sized soprano.