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Neil Gits A Wasp On His Wrist !

15th September 2023
Posted by Neil Matthew

Things have definitely changed in recent years and one thing that I have noticed is that September nearly always seems to start with some full-on hot summer weather, last weekend being a particularly severe example ! I always got irritated in the past that my beloved football season started in mid August when temperatures were usually pretty high and everyone was still in “holiday mode” – not a good environment for competitive sport ! – but another annoyance about early season footy was the constant presence of numerous wasps attracted to matches by the lure of sweet fizzy drinks and ketchup smothered chips ,etc …

Last week I watched my 8th game of the season already and with 34 degrees of heat recorded in South-East London, I decided to hide at the back of the stand in what shade there was, but made the schoolboy error of fetching a nice cold can of Coke from the snack bar en route. Within five miutes I was joined by one of our bad tempered yellow and black striped insect friends ! It’s true that wasps and their similar relatives are getting bigger and angrier, but I’ve also noticed they are getting sneakier helped by the fact that they don’t actually ‘buzz’ like a large fly would …

The week before I convincingly won a battle with one whilst trying to enjoy a big cooked breakfast at a little cafe in Derbyshire, aided by my newspaper, only for his mate to attack not from above, but suddenly appear between my legs under the table and go for the plate that way – bloody cheek ! This Saturday’s one was even more discreet, just sitting on my watch on my left wrist without any warning, so I didn’t feel a thing, ready to dive bomb into the can held in my right hand. With no regard for the nasty sting which may well have followed, I instantly flapped it away and managed to finish my drink unscathed – but I had my eyes on the lookout for others for the rest of the afternoon …

Onto matters of a much more pleasant soothing nature and your Saturday selection of soul, jazz-funk & disco goodies can be enjoyed as always on the ‘Repeat Play’ at 5pm tomorrow (Saturday) whilst I make my way back from match number nine, hopefully in one sting-free piece ! Here are the songs you can look forward to hearing :

The Tunes – Monday 11th September 2023

Sydney Youngblood – If Only I Could
Ronnie Laws – Young Child
Juan Laya & Jorge Montiel feat Heidi Vogel – Enamoreme
Rose Royce – It Makes You Feel Like Dancing
Rose Royce – You’re My World Girl
Chaka Khan – Eye To Eye
Willie Collins – Restless
Will Downing – Sometimes I Cry
Real Thing – Whatcha Say Whatcha Do
Gap Band – Burn Rubber On Me
Womack & Womack – Baby I’m Scared Of You
Kool & The Gang – Open Sesame
Commitments – Treat Her Right
Gerald Alston – I Come Alive When I’m With You
Donald Byrd – Dominoes
George McCrae – I Can’t Leave You Alone
Anthony David – Something About You
Sir Spencer – Love Is Taking Over (Relit)
Doris Troy – Just One Look
Output Input – Really No Chance
James Brown – Body Heat
Jackie Wilson – I Get The Sweetest Feeling
Khari Cabral & Jiva – I Believe
Phil Upchurch – Cross Town Traffic

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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” !