22 April 2018

Report

Walking over London Bridge
with Tower Bridge beyond
Back from London now... The Bosh!Fest was a surreal experience. Shirley and I were given VIP passes to hang round our necks as fans and friends queued to get in a specially cordoned off section of Borough Market.

You might remember the place. It figured in the news on June 3rd last year when evil terrorists who had surged over London Bridge in a hired van screeched into the market intent on murder. Horror of horrors. But last Thursday night the scene was so different. Something good. Something joyous. Something to celebrate.

There was our Ian and Henry up on the stage, happily demonstrating Bosh! recipes. And there they were to the side of the stage having pictures taken with waiting acolytes. Shirley was bemused - "They are queuing to have their photos taken with our boy!" Crazy man!
Eight hundred people turned up to witness the official launch of the Bosh! cookbook. It happened in the evening of what had been a sun-blessed day. There was no thought of Brexit or Syria or Putin or Trump. You could forget all that stuff as the music played and I drank another beer in the cordoned off VIP area. There was a happy buzz in the air and the aroma of vegan cuisine.
The Bosh! Boys were in the middle of "The Sun" on Thursday. There was a three page spread yesterday in "The i" newspaper and they were on the front cover of "The Yorkshire Post" weekend magazine. Soon they will be guests on the "Today" programme in America and meantime the book has shot up to number three in the Amazon charts for all books - not just cookbooks.

Ian never went to university but Thursday night felt like a graduation ceremony and we were proud parents looking on as he collected his first class honours degree.

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  1. You must be just bursting with pride at what has been achieved by your boy ( and his pal). I shall try one of their recipes sometime.

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    1. I am bursting with pride Frances. Please don't stick a pin in me! It could get very messy.

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  2. One of the wonderful things in life is to be a proud parent. I wish them a long, happy and fulfilling time. And I wish you and Shirley many more proud moments.

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    1. I asked myself - Is this the pinnacle? But I don't believe it is Graham.

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    2. This is only the beginning for Bosh! They are on the way of becoming the international, world-wide ambassadors whose names are known everywhere as the best representatives of a new way of ethical food that will save the planet. A Nobel Peace Prize is a possibility -- think of all the lives, human and animal, they will preserve and protect.

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    3. You have consistently seen the bigger picture Vivian and it would not surprise me if the trajectory continues to move upwards. Right time. Right place. Right image.

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    4. Right time.
      Right place.
      Right people.
      Face it, Mr. Pudding: you raised a spokesperson for his generation (and the next).
      It's an almost unbearable burden, to have such a zeitgeist - y son and a beautiful and intellectual daughter, but those are the burdens that you signed up for when you decided to procreate.

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  3. My YouTube section suggested a short video of the Bosh!Fest 2018 Highlights- I always look at their recipe videos. The boys were so at ease with the event. Well done! I tried to spot you in the crowd.
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. Thank you for your virtual support Maria! I was the muscular, devilishly handsome one in the middle.

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  4. What a wonderful start they've made. They have worked so hard and deserve every success in the future. I'm sure many of us will follow their continued success through your blog YP.

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    1. They have done everything they possibly can to grab success with both hands CG. Plus they have enjoyed marvellous support from Harper Collins publishers.

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  5. Amazon #3 is some achievement!

    You obviously enjoyed the launch and you absolutely deserve every minute

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    1. Lord knows how long they will be in that No. 3 spot Kylie but even if it's just for this weekend it's bloody marvellous!

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    1. How wonderful that was for you, Shirley and the two young men...for all of you and your loved ones. Such a happy, proud time shared...and shared with a crowd of eager strangers as well. A night to remember, of that there will be no doubt.

      No. 3 on the charts already...and I'll bet their book will hit No. 1...top of the pots...pops...ahhhh...pots! :)

      Well done, Ian and Henry!

      If those folk crossing the bridge lifted their heads out of their phones they might have enjoyed the section of the world around them! Such sights (people with their heads buried in their phones etc.,) will never cease to amaze me! How crazy it all seems to me.

      But, forget them...these two men are the stars...and I hope they reap all the rewards they deserve. I'm sure they will. :)

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    2. Thank you for your constant support and interest Lee. I know what you mean about those phones. These people seem to forget that there is a real world around them and that whatever is on their phone can wait.

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  7. This just keeps getting better and better. Congratulations to "our boy" on another successful event.

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    1. They are like surfers riding the wave.

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  8. Wow, wow and wow! EIGHT HUNDRED people?! That's incredible! And they have groupies!

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    1. Their agent and their publishers have done a great job of stoking up the hype. Ian and Henry are riding along and enjoying the view.

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  9. Such excitement! And well deserved accolades. Be sure to let us know when the Today Show appearance will be. I don't normally watch it, but will surely record that day to be sure to see the US debut.

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    1. It's coming very soon Mary. If I find out the exact date I will tell you and the other Yanks who come to this blog as soon as I know

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  10. I'm so happy for you all! How exciting that Ian is experiencing what will surely be one of the high points of his life when he looks back one day far in the future. And it must be a real high point for you and Shirley in your shared parenting life. :)

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    1. You are right on both counts Jennifer. Thank you for your positive thoughts.

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  11. It is wonderful to see good people who have worked hard reap the rewards. I am so happy for your son and his partner, and for you and Shirley. This is a pure good-news and good-feels story.

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    1. You are right Jenny. Amidst so much bad news, it's nice to have a ray of sunshine.

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  12. Proud dad and rightly so. Bosh is a huge success and the boys have a great future ahead of them.

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    1. Your prediction may well be spot on Sue. Ian and Henry make some of the familiar celebrity cooks seem like yesterday's news.

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  13. How very exciting and wonderful that you and Shirley could be there to enjoy Ian's graduation to success! It looks like it was a great success. This is certainly just the beginning with many more appearances, books and I'm sure a TV programme as well to come! How does it feel to be the parent of a celebrity?

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    1. How does it feel? Pretty good Bonnie... I am thinking of changing my name and having minor cosmetic surgery to change my appearance. Now I know how Henry Fonda must have felt when Jane and Peter became famous. Thank you for sending good vibrations my way.

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  14. All of a sudden, my FB buzzed and there they were.....live broadcast!! I watched all the wonderful goings-on. Didn't see you and Shirley, but enjoyed it, nonetheless. You people across the pond have an odd way of pronouncing oregano!!

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    1. No Donna - you people from across the pond have an odd way of pronouncing oregano!!

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