November 2013

22nd November 2013 by Des Cox

London's Royal Docks 1950sLondon's Royal Docks 1950s
What wonderful memories pictures like the one above bring back. Can you feel the cold, smell the smells and hear the cacophony of sounds that somehow managed to bring everything together into an almost perfect maritime harmony. Strange how few, if any of my experiences in life have such a fond and lasting friendly memory as those very special days when London really was the biggest and busiest sea-port in the world.

How I would love to be able to really turn back the hands of time and, if only for a short while, be able to travel back to that age when we were all so much younger than we are today (Sound’s a bit Beatle-ish doesn’t it!) and when every day was full of adventure and excitement.

One thing I would never do is to change it in anyway whatsoever and although we did have hard and difficult times as well as all the good ones; somehow they all seem to blend together into a cocktail of memories that make me realise just how lucky we are to have been able to live and experience such a very special age.

Oh well, at least we have our series of DVDs to remind us of those special days and quite honestly, what better way to spend an evening than to pour a little drink or two, put on one of our DVDs and just drift slowly back in time to what were for so many of us, the best years of our lives.

What I find particularly good news is that so many younger people are now taking a keen interest in our maritime history, especially children and grand-children, who really enjoy being able to play these DVDs so they can see for themselves just how great this country once was and how life was for us oldies. No mobiles, computers, video games or anything really, other than the most important things of all; families and friends to actually talk to, and perhaps above all, pride in ourselves, our homes, our towns and our country, enabling us to be able to be proud of so many things including having the biggest and best merchant and fighting fleets in the world.

Oh well, sadly that’s all history now, but I am just so grateful that I had been blessed with the chance to be part of those wonderful days, giving me a time of life I wouldn’t change for anything!

Let me wipe a little tear from my eyes and return to the modern day. Did you enjoy watching the Olympics last summer, because I did and to my absolute delight I actually found myself rediscovering some of that pride I once had in our nation. Sadly, today I have precious little of that pride in fact to be absolutely honest there are long moments when I have no pride at all… Oh well I don’t want to get into all that but even so, how sad when my mind has to wander all the way back in time to my days at sea, or even further back to when we as a nation were at the forefront of technology and innovation; when Avro Vulcans, Hawker Hunters and De Havilland Comets roared across our skies filling us with pride. How proud I was when I went with my school to the 1951 Festival of Britain and stood before the Skylon and the Dome of Discovery. Yes, I really, really, enjoyed that amazing experience and now, really miss those days when we all seemed to be so much more contented with our little lot and yet at the same time we were full of hope and expectations… It was an age when anything seemed possible and you could if you tried, reach for the sky.

Does all this make me sound like some boring old fart? I hope not, but as I look around me today I do find myself constantly dismayed at what has and is still, happening to our once great country.

In a way, thinking like this helps me to justify working seven days a week creating what is now the largest maritime film archive in the world, and in doing so, making sure that even if this country does go completely down the swanny, at least our maritime history, together with the way of life we once knew will never be forgotten.

Sometimes when money is so scarce and I wonder how I can continue with this work, I sit and think to myself how amazing it would be if we could just put on a DVD showing actual rare archive film of Nelson fighting in great sea battles or of crossing the Pacific with Capt Cook and discovering Australia or having a knees-up in Hawaii! It’s then that I realise just how important this work really is, and that in three or four hundred years time, or even in a thousand years time, people will be able to do just that… well not watch Cook or Nelson, but they will be able to sit back in their homes and watch these programmes to see what life was like for us and how we were once part of the greatest maritime nation on earth.

Just think how remarkable it will look to them… us young men running around the decks in our shorts, climbing up and down the masts with out safety helmets and high-vis jackets. Sailing on ships with just the old radio officers to communicate to land via morse code (No IPhones then!) and no-one to really interfere with our free, free, stress free way of life, just slowly sailing across the wide blue oceans of the world. . (Better not include too much footage of those boozy nights ashore, or the birds!)

Just think how different our lives are to those of the kids today, let alone to how it will be for those in a thousand years time! Well all I can say is that no matter how good things are then, I am still so pleased to have lived through that golden age, but mind you, we might have enjoyed it even more if we’d had a couple of today’s luxuries with us, like for instance a Credit or Debit Card. On second thoughts, maybe that wouldn’t have been such a good idea because can you imagine what would have happened if, when as young men visiting distant ports in countries like Brazil, Argentina, the Far East, Australia, New Zealand or even Tahiti, we’d have gone ashore with Credit/Debit Cards burning holes in our pockets! No more standing in a bar with just a few coins in your pocket and when they’ve gone, then back to the ship… No, we’d have our Cards so we would be there having a right old knees sup until we dropped!

I wonder what would have happened, but I expect I for one would almost certainly have found myself propping up a bar somewhere, knocking back as many cold beers as my stomach could carry and then, with legs a bending in all directions and me Credit Card in me pocket, disappearing into the setting colours of a romantic sunset with some dolly little bird hanging on me arm, never to be seen ever again!

Oh well, this is supposed to be a news letter and not me reminiscing about the good old days, so here is news on some of the things we are up to now and what we are trying so hard to achieve.


Maritime Memories

MV Discovery sailing from PortsmouthMV Discovery sailing from Portsmouth

We’ve had a few amazing voyages of Maritime Memories of late including one to the Baltic and St. Petersburg, sailing from Portsmouth on May 11th 2012.

We had onboard with us a lot of WW2 veterans including some of the last surviving ones that served on the notorious Arctic Convoys.

The Royal Navy did us proud giving us the most moving send-off from Portsmouth with warships sounding their whistles and crews mustered on decks, doffing their hats in respect as we sailed past.

Queen’s Harbour Master Portsmouth Lt Cdr Craig Raeburn escorts us out Of harbourQueen’s Harbour Master Portsmouth Lt Cdr Craig Raeburn escorts us out Of harbour

The Queen’s Harbour Master Lt Cdr Craig Raeburn, escorted us out of harbour in his special launch, accompanied by two water displaying tugs, which brought tears to the eyes of all aboard… it really was such a very special occasion and one non aboard will ever forget.

But that was far from the end of all the wonderful things that would happen to us on this great voyage. Once out to sea our Captain announced that the Commander of HMS Severn, Marcus Hember, had contacted us to say that they were steaming towards us at full speed, to pay their respects to all aboard. Then shortly after this announcement we saw the outline of a naval warship coming over the horizon and speeding towards us.

This fantastic photograph taken by maritime author and historian David Hutchings captures HMS Severn as she turns to port at full speed to come alongside us and when she did, so her crew doffed their hats and gave three loud cheers for all our veterans… a truly magnificent moment for all aboard! (You don’t get this with any other cruise line!

Convoy Veterans show their appreciation to the Royal NavyConvoy Veterans show their appreciation to the Royal Navy
HMS Severn turns to pay her respects in mid ChannelHMS Severn turns to pay her respects in mid Channel

I had to work hard to get the Royal Navy onboard but it really was so worthwhile and I do thank them so much because what they did really made some grand old convoy veterans so very happy. As one said when waving to the saluting ships… “I never every dreamt that this could ever happen to just an ordinary man like me.”

I also spent two years communicating with the Russians about this voyage, starting at the Embassy in London and then on to Moscow and St. Petersburg at the highest level of Government. At times it seemed like a hopeless cause but I kept on and on until in the end they also agreed to join us in making this voyage a very special tribute and opportunity to show our appreciation for the sacrifices those veterans made.

Finally we tell the story of the "QE2" in colour, right from her launch and all the way through her career to her very last sailing from Southampton.

We interview crew members that have sailed with her through her lifetime and show the changes in the ship, a great British ship that for me was perhaps the most perfectly designed ships of all time.

When we finally reached Russia another great reception was waiting for us… The Russians lived up to their promises and did us truly proud by treating us all as VIPs and giving us a day that none of us will ever forget.

Veterans with military escort at the Piskarevskoye Memorial CemeteryVeterans with military escort at the
Piskarevskoye Memorial Cemetery
A day that left not a dry-eye in the houseA day that left not a dry-eye in the house
Having transited the Kiel Canal, we turned into the setting colours of another spectacular sunset as we head home to PortsmouthHaving transited the Kiel Canal, we turned into
the setting colours of another spectacular sunset
as we head home to Portsmouth
The local VineryBut please don't think that a Maritime
Memories Voyage is only about WW2
memories because they're not... We
were invited to a local Vinery and
once the locals got the old bottles of
excellent vino out... that's where we
stayed, just resting in the shade of a
beautiful garden. That wine grew tastier
and tastier by the bottle and in the end,
the return boat trip somehow seemed
so much more relaxed, calmer and
greatly more enjoyable!

We also did a cruise aboard Voyages of Discoveries new ship the MV Voyager, which once again was very special.

We left St. Pancras on the EuroStar for Marseille, where we joined the ship for an unforgettable voyage all the way around the Italian and Croatian coasts, calling in at little ports hidden away from the noise and crowds of those huge blocks of floating flats, which thankfully were too big to get into most of these smaller ports.

We had more WW2 veterans sail with us on this voyage and one of them, jolly old John Rivett RN, helped us to arrange a special visit to the island of Vis, which all you knowledgeable people will know was the wartime hideaway for Tito and a secret base for MTBs. Jolly John served aboard those MTBs during the war and he knew the island well.

“What will it be like, John?” I asked.

“Oh, just a short, gentle little boat trip and we’ll be there.” He replied. “It’ll be the chance and trip of a lifetime that you’ll never forget.” He smiled.

And so we all went and he was right… we will never forget it, because what John described as being just a short, gentle little boat trip turned out to be a hell-raising, death ride across a very bouncy sea at speeds more akin to Formula One Car Racing!

The roar of the boats engines drowned all as, hanging on for dear life, we tore across open seas in excess of 30 knots and I’ll tell ‘ya… when you get to a certain age it doesn’t take too much to shake those old bones up and the hammering they got as the small boats spun and pounded their way across the open water really did inflict some punishment; but we couldn’t really complain because old John Rivett and is other WW2 mates never complained one little bit in fact, they lapped it up… you’d have thought they were all school kids let loose on a Sunday school coach trip to the coast.

Well we got there eventually and the islanders of Vis still remembered John and his mates and couldn’t wait to lay on a special welcome, so it really was a trip and a day out that we would never forget.

Yes, so many great ports of call, including Venice, where we just enjoyed the sights and, as sailors do, wandered off into the back streets, for a beer with the locals and a tasty dish or two.Yes, so many great ports of call, including Venice, where we just
enjoyed the sights and, as sailors do, wandered off into the back streets,
for a beer with the locals and a tasty dish or two.
Courtesy of Syd (Saxophone Syd) AttridgeCourtesy of Syd (Saxophone Syd) Attridge
Jolly John centre as we paused at the memorial to the RAF crews who gave their lives to bring vital supplies to the islandJolly John centre as we paused at the memorial to the RAF crews who
gave their lives to bring vital supplies to the island
Part of our crowd at the service on the quayside from where the MTBs were based during WW2Part of our crowd at the service on the quayside from where
the MTBs were based during WW2

New DVDs

I’m pleased to say that we have now released on DVD the second “Arctic Convoy” programmes we’ve made, which we filmed during our recent voyage to Russia. The new production is titled “From Leningrad to St. Petersburg” and with the use of more very rare archive film, tells the story of the siege of Leningrad and how vital supplies taken to Russia on the Arctic Convoys helped to save hundreds of thousands of the besieged citizens of Leningrad from starvation and death. It is with so much thanks to those brave young seafarers that the Allies won WW2. It is also thanks to them that we can enjoy Leningrad as it is today… the magnificent city of St. Petersburg.

The Russians appreciate this, which is one of the reasons why they went to so much trouble to make us feel so welcome and to honour all the WW2 veterans that travelled with us.

The programme shows the fantastic VIP send-off the Royal Navy gave us when we sailed from Portsmouth, and the tremendous reception we all received when we arrived in Russia.

During the voyage we managed to film rare interviews with our veterans, which we cut edited together with more, rare archive film showing the convoys, the cargoes they landed and how they managed to get through the German’s iron siege of Leningrad and then, new film showing how the same city looks today.

It is a remarkable programme and for the first time, enables those Arctic Convoy veterans and indeed, other WW2 veterans, to see how the sacrifices they made helped to save the people of Leningrad and from its ashes has risen today’s magnificent city of St. Petersburg.

Arctic Encounter by Robert Bailey A.S.A.AArctic Encounter by Robert Bailey A.S.A.A

It is a special story and is now available on our Snowbow website at: www.snowbow.co.uk It’s a programme that everyone in the world should watch!

The other programme we produced telling the story of those notorious WW2 “Arctic Convoys” (The Worst Journey in the World”) had tremendous reviews and if you haven’t seen it, then do make sure you get a copy because it is a very emotional and moving piece of work.

BBC Worldwide News broadcast segments from it to their world service reaching over 80 million viewers, so this programme really hit the right spots when it came to making our Government and people all over the world, aware of the sacrifices those convoy veterans made and of the scandal that they still hadn’t received the recognition they so rightly deserve.

Only after viewing this programme did they appreciate just how much we all owe to those men and young boys who served on the “Arctic Convoys” and that they had to do something urgently about awarding them with a special medal; all I can say is. “About bloody time to!”

Once again, a specially edited version of this programme is available through our website for all our Snowbow customers on DVD; it’s so well worthwhile a watch… some of the convoy actions scenes are amazing and further more, they’re real!


New Great Liners DVD

In the last news letter I promised that I would do everything possible to make a new programme in our series of The Great Liners, but when you are as small as us, then you can only cut your cloth accordingly and it is still in the planning but… it will be made, for the amazing rare archive film I have ready to go into this production, which includes the final sailing of the “QE2” from Southampton, is just too good to leave aside.

Final sailing of the “QE2” from Southampton By John TurnerFinal sailing of the “QE2” from Southampton By John Turner
The OlympicThe Olympic
The NormanidieThe Normanidie

The rare film for this production also includes amazing footage never made public before, taking us aboard the Titanic’s sister ship the Olympic, and on a complete crossing of the Atlantic. It’s been fully restored and I’ve recreated the sounds just as they would have been had they been able to shoot in sound at the time and the end result in one of the most exciting maritime films ever; you’re actually there, seeing for yourself just what it would have really been like to have sailed on the Titanic, and not as visualised by the film studios… It really is something that everyone should see… sends the hairs on the back of your neck a standing!

It shows us everything right from the bridge all the way down to the cooks and assistants toiling away in the galleys, with amazing footage of passengers in dining rooms, public lounges, swimming pools, gymnasium and in their own luxury suites… it really is something quite special.

We also have tremendous colour footage of the Normandie, which was such an amazing ocean liner that only but a few could not want to see. This film, some taken during its maiden voyage and some a little latter, also takes us on a complete Atlantic crossing on and what a ship that was.

This amazing production will be completed and released in a few weeks time January 2014 and remember… we still have our amazing offer of a one third discount, for every two DVDs you order you will receive an extra one free so come on… we desperately need your support and you won’t get a chance like this every day. Yes, instead of costing £56 .95 you pay just £37. 90 but unfortunately that doesn’t include the two “Arctic Convoy” DV Ds, which are governed by royalties. And now, as they say on telly… ‘Here is the rest of the news’.


Future Voyages of Maritime Memories

We have to apologise to all the people who wanted to book for our voyage aboard the Saga Ruby, but unfortunately it sold out just like that. Anyway, the good news is that we have agreed to do two more voyages of Maritime Memories next year; both aboard the small yet beautifully yacht like, Saga Sapphire.

Sail with us on the magnificent Saga SapphireSail with us on the magnificent Saga Sapphire
Out into a sea full of memories and dreamsOut into a sea full of memories and dreams

Voyage 1

On the 9th July we’re setting sail from Dover for a 14 night voyage to the Baltic via the Kiel Canal, calling at Gothenburg, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Ventspils, Klaieda, and because we’re all ex-seafarers or ship loving enthusiasts, we have those all-important days at sea to have our special get-togethers, rare film shows and talks and of course… a good old knees up!

Oh… and they’ll be a very special welcome for all Maritime Memories peopleOh… and they’ll be a very special welcome for all Maritime Memories people

Voyage 2

Setting sail again on that beautiful Saga Sapphire on the 11th Sept from Dover, this time we head south for a bit of the old sunshine and some really nice ports of call around the Med including Gibraltar, Almeria, Alicante, Valencia, Barclona, Sete, Monte Carlo and Palma, and one again we have made sure that we have our special days at sea for more and more Maritime Memories fun.

So please, don’t leave it too late and be disappointed when we have to tell you the ship is full, call now: 01273 585391 and let’s book your cabin while we can, because for us, well we organise these voyages just for you and nothing makes us happier than having you there with us.

Stop Press

Saga RubySaga Ruby

Saga, who are so supportive of us, have just called to say that they are making 18 cabins available to us (Maritime Memories) for her very, very last cruise, sailing from Southampton early December for the Caribbean and a Christmas away from home, which means not only nice sunny weather and blue seas, but also not having to drag yourself around the wet and windy shops in the freezing cold. Not having to do all that cooking and cleaning but instead, just sit there and dine like royalty… That’s it… my bags packed.

Once Christmas is over you will start the journey home to Southampton with parties and fun all the way. Yes, this is one of those rare voyages you will never forget and one you can spend the rest of your lives telling all who will listen, just how special it was to have sailed on the very last voyage of the magnificent “Saga Ruby”.


Other news

Many of you will know by now that we have spent a large part of the past five years, trying to bring a classic ocean liner into the UK to be used as a hotel/entertainment ship. You know, despite us being funded for this project and now, actually having a tremendous berth, we still can’t finalise the ship, which is such a shame because of all the countries in the world this is surely the one that deserves to have such a ship.

In all honesty it would be hard for anyone to embark on a more difficult task, for from the sheer mountains of red-tape, regulations and an almost complete ignorance from those in local government and elsewhere in authority, of our once great maritime history, there are more obstacles to overcome than there would be if you stripped down to your underwear and then entered the Grand National without a horse!

Well, I’m still determined that we will succeed but if we don’t, then I promise you, it won’t be for the lack of trying.


The Bubblies

We have managed to restore all the film we shot when making our Children’s Television series The Bubblies, which we produced way back in the late 1970s.

Filming on the “Windsor Castle” in the 70sFilming on the “Windsor Castle” in the 70s
Chosen to open the famous Paris Air Show in 1982Chosen to open the famous Paris Air Show in 1982

We have recorded a new single for the series, which we intend to release in the New Year, and good news because the French have offered us a TV Broadcasting contract, which is rather timely as we have now decided the time is right to bring this series back.

If you want a special signed DVD copy with several episodes from the series on, either for yourselves or perhaps for the grandchildren then we’ll do a special signed copy just for you: Just give us a call on: 01273 585391.


This is such a lengthy news letter and I really do have to call a stop before I’m accused of destroying half the world’s rainforests single handed, which is a shame because I wanted to tell you all about my autobiography: ‘Jumping for Balloons.’

I really never considered the idea of writing my life story, always believing that I had nothing much of interest to write about, but American publishers nagged me until I agreed to sample just one chapter, which under certain pressure I did.

I’m pleased I made the effort and according to people who have test read so far, it is quite different from anything else. It takes you to places few people have ever been and in doing so, it exposes the hidden secrets and devious pasts of many famous people, but at the same time it is packed with humour and stories that even I find hard to believe.

One thing I can assure you is that every word is true as I tell how the copyright to what is perhaps the most famous TV Game Show in the world was actually stolen and how those responsible, still think they have got away with it. Well up until now they have, but wait ‘til they read this.

I take you with me on journeys around the world and tell how I was kidnapped at gunpoint by the Mafia, snatched off the streets as a perfectly innocent passer by and locked up in jail by our wonderful police… (And they wonder how it could possibly have happened to ex Minister Andrew Mitchell and Plebgate!)

I tell you how Ozzy Osbourne’s wife Sharon’s dad held a gun to my head at their mansion in Wimbledon and threatened to shoot me, just because I’d had the nerve to call on him and asked to be paid the money he owed me. (When I watch the X-Factor and see her, the memory of that day is still very vivid in my head).

I tell you how I came to co-star in the world’s top rated TV series ‘Candid Camera’ and take you behind the scenes with stories that have never been made public before, but ones I’m sure will have you laughing.

I tell about my days as an EMI recording artist and just what really happens behind the scenes in the dark, devious, murky world of the music business… If you think the Savile scandal’s a disgrace then wait to read about all the other dastardly things that used to happen in that deviously sordid business.

Oh the stories just go on and on and on, but in a fascinating way: Des taking the Beach Boys on a world tour and the unbelievable dramas and situations I got into…

My schoolboy days, which came to an end with the Headmaster calling me to his study to tell me that according to the punishment book, I had been punished more than any boy since the school first opened in the 1930s!

I just have so many stories to tell and I really enjoy telling them. Stories of just what it was like to have lived through and been part of the truly exciting 1950’s Rock’n’Roll revolution, which really did change the world.

Then as a complete contrast I tell in print for the very first time how I got drunk with the KGB and was told secrets they really wished they hadn’t told me… As I hurry through the crowds of some busy London street, do I feel a sudden prick of sharp pain as a lethal radioactive pellet is injected into me!!!

Yes it is also very, very funny, especially the stories of how we (Des &Dave) as pop singers signed to EMI Records in the 1960s, toured the country with almost unbelievable shenanigans, ending with us being the first pop artists to be headlined in the now defunct News of the World, in their very first ‘Pop Stars in drugs and sex scandal.’

You know, we were so wild in those days and all your so-called rockers like the Stones, Kinks, Who and so on would never go out on the town with us, fearing where it might all end up. (Actually that’s not quite true because The Who’s drummer Keith Moon did enjoy nights out on the town with us).

But by far the best stories come from my days at sea… days that were so special so adventurous, so romantic, so exciting and so, so funny; yes, they really were the best days of my life!

I will announce on our website when the first edition is ready; I say first because already I have written 96 chapters and I’ve only managed to get to 1974!

This really is the longest News Letters I’ve ever created, but serves me right for leaving it so long and also, there really is so much I would like to tell you about, such as re-doing our strip cartoons “The Waterhole” and the new one, “Washed Up”.

I originally decided to create a strip cartoon because I felt that so few of the ones I saw in the papers and magazines every day were actually funny. From time to time there was a chance that one or two of them might raise a slight smile, but they would never leave me chuckling to myself, so I thought I’d give it a go.

I got together with my good friend Lars Mortimer and he agreed with me, so we sat down at his house in the middle of the Swedish forests to see what we could come up with. The end result is, depending on whether you have a sense of humour, a truly funny strip that has now been published in countries all over the world.

All in all we created something like 1,500 strips, a sample of which I attach here.

Comic

This is a random sample and not by far the funniest, but I’d like to know if you enjoy them as I am now looking at doing a whole lot more. Also, if you just happen to be an editor of a news paper or magazine and these cartoons work for you, then please get in contact because they are now available and I promise you, you’re readers will love them.
“Washed Up” is new, for which I have done getting on for 1,000 strips. I actually started it one evening after a long, hard day at meetings in London and by the time I got home I was too tired to read a paper and even too tired to watch TV, so I decided to set myself a challenge to see if I could once again come up with something new and different in the cartoon strip world.

To make things more difficult I wanted to see if it was possible for the main setting in the strip, which in this case is the smallest Desert Island in the world, could always be the same throughout.

It’s based on two men shipwrecked on a desert island… You don’t know who they are or where they come from or how they manage to survive for years on an island where not even one blade of grass grows, but they do.

You never discover how they actually came to be shipwrecked, or where they come from or anything about their lives and background that would reveal their identities, and you only ever get to know the name of one of them, which is Pete, who does all the talking and just carries on as if everything was almost as normal. The other one never, regardless of what happens, makes a sound… he just sits there in the same position day and night, almost as if he is in a stunned trance and beyond all hope.

Here is a sample for you.

Washed Up comic strip

Washed Up comic strip

Washed Up comic strip

Washed Up comic strip

Washed Up comic strip

Washed Up comic strip

I hope the cartoon strips brought you a little smile or two and just think… I have another 1,000 of them so once again, if there’s a news paper or magazine editor out there that would like their readers to smile, then they are available and importantly, due to just not having a spare moment, not one editor in the world as ever seen them.

And almost finally; I have another new project that I have spent ten years working on… it really is the biggest and most financially rewarding competition in the world and now all the ground work has been done, all it needs now is just £25k to launch, so if anyone out there has £25k burning a hole in their pocket and would like to do something really exciting in life, that believe me, will be so entertaining and different, plus make a lot of profit, then please give me a call: 01273 585391.

Thank you for all your greatly appreciated help and support; everything we do here at Snowbow and Maritime Memories is for you and therefore, if you don’t enjoy it then there wouldn’t be any point to all the long hours and hard work we have to put in.

Thanks, thanks, thanks…

As Christmas comes around again its time to get me old Christmas recording out for you to listen to and get you in that Christmas mood, so click on the following link or cut and paste, or if that’s a problem then just type in on your search engine: Des Cox To Wish You A Merry Christmas so you can get well and truly in to the Christmas Spirit.

Merry Christmas and a really Happy New Year to you all.

Best wishes,

Des.