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Neil Gits Handles

5th May 2023
Posted by Neil Matthew

I try not to get too grumpy about stuff, but as an Old Git there are so many things in life these days that get you metaphorically throwing your hands up in the air in frustration, especially when it comes to shopping. They suddenly stop producing things that you’ve always bought and enjoyed (tins of creamed mushrooms spring to mind !), they change the recipe of an item and call it “new & improved” (for that phrase read ‘totally ruined’ !) or if there were four different flavours of a yummy treat, you can bet they’ll discontinue your favourite one of the four and replace it with something containing caramel, probably salted !

But it’s not just food …. I know we’re all supposed to do our bit for the planet and use less plastic, but those free bags they used to give away by the handful to pack your shopping in were really useful in many ways, not least for being the ideal size to line your pedal bin with, particularly as you could use the handles to tie them up with on bin day ! But no – you have to bring your own re-usable shopping bags now – and if you try to buy some plastic ones specifically for the bin, guess what – they don’t do them with handles ! I had to resort to stapling mine together to stop waste spilling out into my wheelie bin & all over the street when Dustman Dave appears on Tuesday !

So praise be for “A13 Annie” who managed to locate a nice big fat roll of “pedal bin liners with tie handles” for me – which I will be cramming as full to bursting point before chucking in the rubbish to make them last as long as possible. One thing you can always count on being just as good as it’s always been and almost totally resistant to change is “The Old Gits Soul Show” – find out for yourself by tuning in to the ‘Repeat Play’ this Saturday at 5pm and checking out this playlist of top tunes ….

B B & Q Band – On The Beat
Bobby Brown – Every Little Step
Full Flava – Love Holds No Limit (Full Flava 2.0 Mix)
Jesse Green – Nice ‘n’ Slow
Jesse Green – Flip
Maysa – Beautiful
Stevie Wonder – Joy Inside My Tears
Deniece Williams – Strangers
Fatback – Is This The Future
Shannon – Sweet Somebody
Bionic Boogie – Hot Butterfly (Jim Burgess Disco Remix)
Ides Of March – Vehicle
Fuse One – Grand Prix
Tygressa – Pillow Talk
Gwen Guthrie – Outside In The Rain
Dennis Brown – Love Will Find A Way
Curtis Mayfield – You’re So Good To Me
Groove Association ft Georgie B – Spend The Night With Me
Andre Ward ft Chantel Hampton – Don’t Ask My Neighbors
Michael Jackson – Got To Be There
Brand New Heavies – Sometimes
Stylistics – 7000 Dollars & You
Oli Silk – Seventh Heaven

Feel free to get in touch with your soulful request or just for a mention on the show – put a post on “The Old Gits Soul Show” page on Facebook, text (01268)833978 or message me via e-mail : [email protected].

The Old Gits Soul Show is broadcast LIVE from 7pm–9pm every Monday, repeated on Saturday evening from 5pm–7pm, on Gateway 97.8FM in Basildon & East Thurrock and available nationally via the Radio Player at Sky TV as well as online via You can listen on your smart speaker or your phone too … plus you can hear it again anytime you like via the “Listen Again” button on the Gateway website – just search “Cool Soul” !