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Neil Gits Pears !

21st October 2023
Posted by Neil Matthew

In last week’s blog I told how an “unwanted visitor” had found it’s way up through the fake grass in my garden, a large mushroom forcing its head through the previously impenetrable artificial turf – this week my property has been attacked from above !

I was perfectly aware I had a couple of pear trees at the bottom of my garden ever since I moved in my house over 30 years ago and I recall gathering up the fruit in a box and leaving it out the front for passers-by and locals to help themselves to. One of the trees had to be removed several years ago in the process of a new strong fence being erected by my neighbours (who’d moved in with quite an array of pets and small children !) and I hadn’t noticed any pears since then, mainly due to the shocking state of my garden – see previous blog for details !!

In recent weeks I have been having to gather fallen pears from the other tree which have landed on my lawn in various states of distress ! One or two have landed in a nice cosy little area under the trees where a couple of local cats like to snooze in the shade during hot weather – I bet they got quite a shock if one descended on them while they were contentedly chilling ! Actually, I have seen “teeth marks” on some of the pears, so maybe they tried a little nibble too …

Anyway, I am on top of both “mushroom-gate” and “pear-gate” now, so on with getting to grips with prepping my next show, where the only “pairs” you’ll find are the “Dennis Double” and my “Soul Soother/Mellow Mover” segues … Check out the ‘Repeat Play’ at 7pm tonight (Saturday)

This Week’s Tunes – Monday 16th October 2023

Jackie Moore – This Time Baby
Indeep – Last Night A DJ Saved My Life
Output Input – I’m In Love
Rose Royce – Is It Love You’re After
S Express – Theme From S Express
Linda Woodson – FHJ
Jaki Graham – Let’s Get Blue
Sheree Brown – Take A Walk With Love
Johnny Bristol & Linda Evans – Sweet & Deep
Labelle – Lady Marmalade
Keni Burke-Rising To The Top (Mike Maurro Remix)
Shakatak – Lose Myself
Frank Wilson – Do I Love You
Tom Jones – The Lonely One
Junior Walker & The Allstars – I’m A Roadrunner
Beverley Knight – Rock Steady
Commodores – Lovin’ You
Sam & Dave – Hold On I’m Coming
Kariya – Let Me Love You For Tonight
Evelyn Champagne King – Your Personal Touch
Billy Preston – If You Let Me Love You
Kool & The Gang – Spirit Of The Boogie
Stikki Stuff – The Wiggle

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” !