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Neil Gits A Mushroom !

15th October 2023
Posted by Neil Matthew

The fake grass that I had installed at my house back in 2017 has transformed my garden in recent years. Having been a sufferer of hayfever and not having any fingers which are even the remotest shade of green, I hardly ever used to go out there and at one stage it almost became physically impossible to do so anyway, such was the stranglehold that nature’s weeds and brambles had taken over it. To be brutally honest, it was a disgrace and I was ashamed of it !!

So, when my mum died and left me a few quid, one of the major projects I embarked on was to get it professionally sorted and a good friend (who does have VERY green fingers!) put me in touch with a chap who could solve all my garden issues. Once done it looked magnificent ! Neighbours nearby whose houses looked down on the rear of mine would stop me in the street and compliment it – one even knocked at my door and asked for a contact for the people who did it and have since done the same ! A football goal was installed at one end and Nathan would practice his skills with me, but that was a good while ago now and once he moved out to go to college, then “The Apocalypse” arrived, I didn’t set foot out there again for a couple of years …

However, now that I am retired and have more time on my hands, a couple of visits from a local handy man removed all the debri that had invaded the edges and spilt over on to the artificial turf and I have been able to keep the bottom of the garden and the side borders tidy. The issue I have now is that after 6 years, some persistent weeds have managed to creep UNDER the fake grass and force their way up through the middle of it. I can deal with that quite comfortably but last week I was amazed to see a bloody big mushroom poking it’s head through !! Using my recently acquired weeding skills, it was promptly removed and ‘discouraged’ from re-appearing – and I’ve got my eyes keenly focussed on the lawn now …

Each week on my show, you can be confident that no musical ‘weeds’ will spoil my lovingly cultivated array of beautifully interesting soul, jazz,funk & disco tunes for you to admire, check out at this week’s playlist and see how splendid it looks :

The Tunes – Monday 9th October 2023

Gibson Brothers – Que Sera Mi Vida
Arthur Prysock – When Love Is New
Kenya feat Noel Gourdin Slow Motion
Young & Company – I Like (What You’re Doing To Me)
Starleana Young – Heartbreaker
Sly & The Family Stone – Everyday People
Deniece Williams – Why Can’t We Fall In Love
Requestors ft Vivienne McKone – Love Has To Be Easy
Lamont Dozier – On The One
Mystic Merlin – Just Can’t Give You Up
Kleeer – Open Your Mind
Shakatak – Fly The Wind
Alessi – Oh Lori
Bell & James – Livin’ It Up (Friday Night)
Kool & The Gang – Ladies Night
Donna Summer – Dinner With Gershwin
Tristan – Tell Me
Sophia Bromberg – Sesame
One Way feat Al Hudson – I Want Your Love
Tom Tom Club – Genius Of Love
Denise LaSalle – I’m So Hot
Wayne Gibson – Under My Thumb
Roy Ayers – Virgo

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” !