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Neil Gits His £30 Worth

2nd October 2021
Posted by Neil Matthew

Oh dear. Just when you thought it might be possible to contemplate, maybe, a slight chance of living life as ‘normal’ again – BOOM ! PETROL PANIC !! I won’t go into a rant (although the people closest to me over the last two years know that’s now what I do best !) but suffice to say I got clobbered by the situation big time. No, I don’t HAVE to go out in my car anywhere, given my current state of virtual early retirement, all the circumstances when I do can be postponed reasonably without the whole world crashing down around me. But, like many others, after some pretty tough times over the last 18 months, getting out of the house, away from my normal environment with a pair of walking boots and a camera has been a major lifeline for me – then suddenly I felt trapped !

I was blissfully unaware of what was going on as I drove home from “Friday Night Film Night” with the intention of filling up for the week ahead before retiring to bed, only to notice all six of the petrol stations I drive past were either coned off or taped up at the pumps – alarm bells started ringing !! But it was too late – with 41 estimated miles of fuel in my tank come Monday, I knew I had enough to get to Gateway last Monday and probably home too, but got in super early to avoid any rush hour jams and drove ultra-economically just to be sure. Unfortunately, roadworks meant a diversion which caused my fuel guage to go ito flashing mode on the way home and I nervously made my way back to “Old Git Towers” without a clue on how cloes I was to ‘zero’ !

Come Wednesday it was third time lucky. After two fruitless strolls down to my nearest petrol station at Asda on foot to check the situation (I couldn’t risk driving in case the short trip there and back emptied me right out !) that morning saw some very relieved looking customers putting their maximum £30 limit in their cars and I dashed home to get “The Neil-mobile” and join them. My weekly football jaunt this Saturday will have to be given a miss – the weather looks pants anyway – but you can rest assured I will be in my rightful place in Studio 1 between 7 & 9pm this Monday for your next two hour portion of the good stuff from the 70s 80s & beyond. Till then, be careful, stay soulful … and DON’T PANIC !!

The Tunes – Monday 27th September 2021

Dino Terrell – You Can Do It

Alexander O’Neal – What Can I Say To Make You Love Me

Rena Scott – You’re So Far Away (Nigel Lowis Mix)

Sylvester & Patrick Cowley – Do You Wanna Funk

Chaka Khan – Some Love

Garcia Walker & Durrell – Maybe Next Time

Rick James & Smokey Robinson – Ebony Eyes

Bob Baldwin – Sunday Afternoon

One Way – Don’t Think About It

Hamilton Bohannon – Disco Stomp

Thelma Houston – Saturday Night, Sunday Morning

Randy Muller’s Boom Chang Chang – Sunnyside Up

Velvelettes – He Was Really Sayin’ Somethin’

First Choice – Let No Man Put Asunder

Second Image – Star

Third World – Now That We’ve Found Love

Show Tyme – Good Love

Whitfield Batson – Funny What Love Can Do

Winans feat Anita Baker – Ain’t No Need To Worry

Silk – I Can’t Stop Turning You On

Ten City – That’s The Way Love Is

Steve Facey ft Vanessa Haynes – Jingo

Feel free to get in touch with your soulful request or just for a mention on the show – post on “The Old Gits Soul Show” page on Facebook or message me personally …

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The Old Gits Soul Show is on Gateway 97.8 in Basildon & East Thurrock and also around the world via from 7pm–9pm every Monday, also repeated on Saturday evening from 5pm–7pm, plus you can hear it again anytime you like via the “Listen Again” button on the Gateway website – search “Cool Soul” !