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Neil Gits Fully Elasticated !

6th January 2024
Posted by Neil Matthew

It’s a New Year – but rest assured there will be plenty more of the same old waffle direct from “Old Gits HQ” for you to enjoy in my weekly blog ! I have made no really formal, solid resolutions to stick to in 2024 as in all honesty I am quite content with how my life has panned out in retirement. The various minor tweaks I have made to my lifestyle along the way in the last two years have worked out quite well – but there’s always room for improvement…

One of the first things I did this week was to pop down to George @ Asda and buy some new sheets for my bed. I have four various duvet covers that I rotate, but each one seems to produce different results in my sleep patterns for some reason. The newest one is the most comfortable, but it is a really dull grey colour and on the rare occasions I get ill, it always seems to be when that one is in situ. I have two much older ones in bright cheerful colours and I feel very snug when I slip under neath them, but both come with “normal” sheets which after a week or so seem to end up in a right old tangle and are a real pain to tuck back in and get flat & smooth again.

I also have another duvet with penguins on it (this one always seem to produce the most bizarre dreams in the night !!) but it came with an elasticated sheet which is so much better – I can put that on the bed at the start of the month and four weeks later it wll still only need the most gentle of strokes to get it ready for night-time again. So I decided that as I am quite old now and sleep is very important to me, I would buy three more sheets with the stretchy corners and so far so good, I have slept wonderfully well each night so far in 2024 …

Fingers crossed, come Monday evening I will be on top form having prepared a terrific soulful playlist for you to enjoy and feel totally relaxed after a great night’s kip beforehand ready to host the show in the inimitable style you’ve come to know and love !! If you missed the New Year’s Day show it gets repeated today (Saturday) at 5pm or you can head for the “Listen Again” page to check it out there another time. Here is the first playlist of the New Year ….

The Tunes – Monday 1st January 2024

Level 42 – The Chinese Way
Light Of The World – Swingin’
Donovan Blackwood – Never Gonna Let You Go
Otis Redding – I Can’t Turn You Loose
Otis Redding – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
Preston Glass ft Brandon Wattz – It Gets to Be That Way
Stevie Wonder – Black Orchid
Regi Myrix feat Nia Simmons – Relax
Mascara ft Luther Vandross – If You Don’t Want Me In Your Life
Arthur Adams – You Got The Floor
Gwen Guthrie – It Should Have Been You
Reflections – Day After Day (Night After Night)
David Ruffin & Eddie Kendricks – I Couldn’t Believe It
Hil St Soul – Party On
Shaila Prospere – See What You Do
Natasha Watts – Right The Wrong
Louise Mehan & Kathy Kosins – Distance
Shirley Jones – Happy Home
R & R Soul Orchestra – Moods
Everis – Higher
Dayton – Eyes On You
Donna Summer – I Feel Love
Brown Sugar ft Phyllis Nelson – I’m Going Through Changes Now

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” !