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  1. Bikers ‘do it’ for Air Ambulance Charity

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    The Devon Air Ambulance Trust’s annual motorcycle ride out is set to take to the beautiful country lanes of Devon on Sunday 12th July.

    This year however it’s a ride out with a twist, with 3 starting points, but only one finish.

    Riders can choose to start from Coypool Park & Ride in Plympton, Cullompton Services or Atlantic Village, Bideford, with an amalgamated finish at Paignton Green. At Paignton Green there will be trade and exhibition stands, catering vans, together with live music from ‘Thick as Thieves’ and ‘Fizgig’.

    Caroline Creer, Fundraising Director of the Devon Air Ambulance Trust said ‘We always look forward to our annual motorcycle ride as its a great opportunity to meet all the keen bikers, who are also supporting the charity. They recognise the essential service that the charity provides, as unfortunately we do regularly get called out to their fellow bikers.’

    She added ‘This event isn’t just open to motorcyclists, we have people taking part on scooters, mopeds, trikes, to name just a few. Please come along and support this event and make it the biggest and best yet. We are ideally hoping for 500+ bikes and hope that by having 3 starting points this will will encourage more people to take part.

    ‘Even if you aren’t a biker, why not come along to Paignton Green as there is lots for all the family, plus the two bands performing are fantastic!’

    Safety is paramount for bikers when out and about. Therefore the charity is also pleased to welcome 5 officers from the Devon & Cornwall Constabulary bike wing, who will be taking part in the ride. The routes are all marshalled, ensuring that everyone goes the right way.

    Trade stands include the Road Safety Partnership, Police Exhibition Unit, Police Speed Enforcement motorcycle plus many more.

    Trophies will be awarded for the Best British Bike, Best Modern Bike, and Best In Show.

    The ride out will start at 10am, with registration on the day available from 9am. Entry is just £5 per bike, which includes a limited edition pin badge. However you can pre register and also purchase a limited edition t-shirt at just £7. T-shirts and badges are also available to pillion riders at £7.

    Entry forms are available at


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    ...but there's rock music in Wirral seven nights a week.

    Welcome back to those of you who attended Download. We had a bit of a do here too with rock chicks from the continent providing wonderful eye candy either side of the bands. Great feedback on the forum too. Check out
    Kate's gallery. Anyway, wherever you ended up, we hope you had a good time. Unlike Download, we move on to next week. Coming?

    This Saturday The Gypsies return for another timeless set of classics. DJ Camo is on home soil both weekend nights. But no wait! The weekend actually begins on Thursday with Jaie and his Tone Junkies taking us through until 2.

    Revolver and The Swinging Arm are sponsoring a new Rock Show on 7 Waves which takes its cue from the iconic Great Easton Express. Kev McDempster, co presenter to the late Phil Easton, will be relaunching on Sunday 7-10. I might even pipe up from time to time if you're lucky. Get your requests and any band demos to
    [email protected] The emphasis is on the past, present and future of rock. No playlists. No corporate interference. Record companies are delighted. Big profile interviews and news promised.

    Talking of class acts, that bloke who broke the hearts of mums around the UK and educated a generation, Neil from Art Attack is taking his first creative baby Marseille back to Revolver for another sesh of fun and mayhem on Saturday July 11. Admission is actually £2.50 which is a small price to pay when you consider what our friends in Bolton are playing (£6) the night before for the same show. Bargain.

    Neil & Steve are popping in to see Paul Anthony for an interview on 106.1 Rock Radio Manchester on Thursday 18th June at 8pm. You can also listen in online at They will also be appearing on on our show (as above) at on Sunday 5th July.

    Next Saturday 27 June it's Ultimate Madness. No it aint strictly rock but it aint strictly a fascist state where music always has to be the same. Gods of Rock will take Friday by fire and brimstone.
  3. Wirral Egg Run - Record number of Bikes expected for 2009

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    29th March  - Wirral Egg Run

    The Wirral Egg run is a charity event raising money for sick children which attracts bikers from all over the country and even from continental Europe. The run starts from New Brighton and winds its way around 20 miles of Wirral’s roads terminating at Clatterbridge hospital. (20 miles). Food and Merchandise available.

    We think that the 2009 Wirral Egg Run is the largest event of its kind in Europe. An accurate count of how many bikes take part is very difficult to achieve. Estimates vary, but somewhere between 3,500 and 7,000 bikes take part.

    venue: The Dips, Coastal Drive, New Brighton, CH45 3HL. Leaving at 11:00am - don’t forget the clocks go forward!

    price: Free Event

  4. NABD – You’ve Been Nabbed 18 Rally

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    Smacked Arse Comedy Presents

    The Frog & Bucket Comedy Club Roadshow

    At the NABD – You’ve Been Nabbed 18 – Rally

    Astle Park, Chelford, Cheshire. Saturday May 9th 2009


    The stand-up comedy show at the You’ve Been Nabbed rally first began in life in 1993 as an experiment to see if there was a place for comedy at motorcycle events. The popularity of these shows grew with phenomenal speed and in 1997 the stand-up show at the You’ve Been Nabbed event adopted the name “The Frog & Bucket Comedy Club Roadshow” due to the support Rick Hulse was getting from Manchester’s famous Frog & Bucket Comedy Club in setting up the shows. Over the years since, the popularity of these shows has grown immensely.


    Rick’s ‘Smacked Arse’ comedy shows now feature at many of the most iconic bike rallies in Britain and in many cases have regular audiences of well over 1,000 Bikers.


    The 2009 Frog & Bucket Comedy Club Roadshow at You’ve Been Nabbed 18 promises to be a laugh-fest of epic proportions:

    Phil Nichol (Headline Act)
    Phil Nichol








    NZ Comedy Guild voted PHIL NICHOL - Best International Guest for 2003




    Born in Scotland and raised in Canada, Phil Nichol was first known as the guitar playing member of top classic musical comedy trio ‘Corky and The Juice Pigs’. Phil’s solo performances have earned him huge critical acclaim and many awards. He is a Tasmanian devil with a guitar, wickedly funny songs and superb improvisational skills. Phil is also a superb character comedian performing Greasy Fist Joe, Kenny Smiles and his own rendition of Bjork as part of the Lenny Beige show.


    Phil spent five and a half months during 2002/2003 in TABOO in London’s west-end playing the role of Philip Sallon. This was followed by playing Juror 10 in the Guy Masterson’s acclaimed production of TWELVE ANGRY MEN,which played to sell out crowds at the Assembly Rooms.


    At the Edinburgh Festival 2005 Phil performed a brand new solo show “Nearly Gay” for which he has garnered a host of rave reviews.


    He recently starred in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest at the Gielgud Theatre with Christian Slater and in The Odd Couple at the Assembly Hall with Alan Davies and Bill Bailey.


    “Springing like a wound up squirrel from the woods of his ridiculous imagination, Nichol's performance is an all- singing, all-bouncing, all-paper folding ode to the joys of Being Silly. This shockingly talented, breathlessly versatile performer could render the Financial Times a frothing tsunami of fun.” Metro ****


    "Maybe he's just a comic genius who can take old crap and transform it into something jaw-achingly funny. * * * * " - The List


    "hovers between insanity and brilliance" - The Sunday Times

    “The face of an angel, the tongue of a whore and the energy of a toddler on an Iron – Bru binge.” The Times

    Sarah Millican:
    Sarah Millican

    Chortle Awards Breakthrough Act 2009 (Winner)


    If.Comedy Best Newcomer 2008 (Winner)


    Best Breakthrough act, North-West Comedy Awards 2006 (Winner)


    Amused Moose Comedy Awards 2005 (Winner)


    Sarah recently returned from an incredibly successful Fringe Festival run for which she was awarded Best Newcomer at the If.Comedy Awards for her debut solo show, “Sarah Millican's Not Nice”. She received rave reviews and enjoyed sell-out audiences for the entire run with critics pinpointing her as a hot new talent to keep an eye on.


    Recent television appearances include Have I Got News For You, 8 Out of 10 Cats and The Secret Policeman’s Ball for Amnesty at the Royal Albert Hall.


    Having gigged at just about every venue across the country, Sarah has established herself as a crowd-pleasing act with well-written material and a gentle delivery style that disguises her cutting observations on life.


    An experienced and hard working live performer, Sarah will be heading to the Melbourne Comedy Festival in April and to Kilkenny in May and will be returning to the Fringe with an all new, hotly anticipated show in August.


    One of the hottest comics on today’s circuit, Sarah currently performs at all the top comedy clubs including The Comedy Store, Jongleurs, The Glee Club, The Stand, Comedy Café, Banana Cabaret, Hi Fi, Funny Bones, Rawhide, The Frog and Bucket, Just Laugh, Up the Creek, Ginglik, The Monday Club and more.


    Rick Hulse first saw Sarah previewing her Edinburgh Fringe show at the XS Malarky comedy club in Manchester last year and immediately asked who he would have to kill to get her for the 2009 You’ve Been Nabbed rally. Fortunately Sarah had already heard of the Smacked Arse comedy shows on the bike rally scene and was very happy to take part, so nobody had to die.


    “Probably the finest female comedian working at the moment” – Time Out


    “Her laughter rate is exceptional” – The Scotsman


    “Wonderfully wrong . . Incredibly funny” – Metro


    “Like a young Thora Hird” – The Observer

    Ruff Daddy

    (Written and performed by Steve Wright and Simon Kerrigan):

    The puppet can stand up…

    ‘Les Dawson meets John Prescott pissed in a kebab shop’

    Visionary insight and outright filth with puppetry so sharp it’ll get you over Kermit.

    Rick Hulse first saw Ruff Daddy when they performed on the same bill at Manchester’s famous Frog & Bucket comedy club in an Asylum show. He laughed so hard that he spilt his own drink (that really doesn’t happen very often). A packed room of hardened comedy club regulars and nine other comedy acts, including the marvellous Richard Herring, were smitten by a rude, grumpy, incredibly funny, beer-swilling puppet and there was no question that Ruff Daddy just had to be introduced to the bike rally scene.

    “The audience loved it!” – Richard Herring

    “I tried to think which of my mates it reminded me of, then I realised it was all of them. It was almost a shock at the end to remember that two very clever men were in plain view operating Ruff Daddy your attention is so drawn to Ruff Daddy and his little room.” – Rick Hulse

    Gary Delaney:

    Gary Delaney


    Gary Delaney is a razor sharp one-liner comedian, who is widely regarded as being the most quotable comic on the circuit. The high quantity of stand out gags leaves the audience struggling to remember them all.


    Gary is at home in venues from arts centres and theatres to rowdy pubs and clubs and has played corporate gigs including the Labour Party Conference.


    Gary regularly plays all the big clubs including The Comedy Store, Jongleurs, Komedia, Glee, Rawhide, The Frog and Bucket, Hyena, Baby Blue, The Stand, Comedy Café, Lee Hurst's Backyard, Banana Cabaret and at clubs throughout the UK.


    Gary co-wrote Ivan Brackenbury's Hospital Radio Roadshow, which was nominated for the If.Comedy award (formerly the Perrier award) in 2007. Gary has recently appeared on Paramount's 'Comedy Blue'.

    unremittingly vicious comic Gary Delaney, master of the one-liner”  – The Scotsman

    “razor sharp one-liners” – Daily Telegraph

    “verges on the genius” – Chortle



    “Quickfire material of the very highest quality is pretty much guaranteed from the fast-thinking Delaney, a master of the deadpan one-liner.” – The Guardian


    “the man Jimmy Carr tries to be”


    – BBC Online


    Rick Hulse (Host & Compere):
    Rick Hulse

    Rick Hulse's comedy style is brash, uncompromising and down-to-earth. Though the language can be raw, his insights into the world of, dieting, drugs, marriage, sex, and motorcycling never fail to entertain.

    Having a twisted philosophical view on just about any subject, from ranting against life’s inequalities to musing on the design of human genitalia, makes for an unpredictable show. His long involvement in the biking scene, seventeen years as the Chairman of the NABD and thirteen years of writing comic fiction and manic articles under such names as Professor Pierre O’Bollox, M Phetamine and Shirley Crabtree, together with his off-hand Mancunian manner have made him a firm favourite in hosting bikers parties and rallies.

    If you are looking for political correctness bring a microscope. Rick’s acerbic Mancunian wit bulldozes its way through life, the universe and everything (everything sex or alcohol related anyway).


    “If you need a good comedian for your rally, just get Rick Hulse. He’s as funny as fuck!”


    – 100% Biker Magazine


    “Rick Hulse once again had the crowd in hysterics” – BSH Magazine


    “Despite the scary appearance, Rick Hulse proved to be an affable chap with a wry wit” – Manchester Evening News