Budapest Cafe Orchestra

Budapest Cafe OrchestraYesterday we went to the Apex in Bury St Edmunds to see the Budapest Cafe Orchestra. ( We were expecting something authentically ethnic but  instead their leader hailed from Haringey and the team came from all over the U.K.
Fortunately the orchestra did not take themselves seriously and describe themselves as “the finest purveyors of Balkan music this side of a Lada scrap heap”.
To quote their web site: The BCO is a music-driven phenomenon, a specialist performance-entertainment outfit, certified to enthral audiences everywhere. The infectious energy of the BCO sweeps you off your feet and stays in your heart forever. One journeys from one emotional pole to another: from a desperately tragic evocative heart-rending ancient Jewish melody to a dance from Romania or Russia and all the fiery exuberance that goes with it.
The Budapest Cafe Orchestra share as many blood cells with the folk of Hungary as the Penguin Cafe Orchestra do with the web-footed fellows of Antarctica. Their Magic Potion is a closely guarded recipe of malt, hops, yeast and water, handed down in the secret tongue of Estuary English through generations of Professional Gypsies. With a sole mission: to entertain and enchant audiences, they are undaunted by even the most demanding and wildest village hall crowds, for example those inhabiting the darkest corners of Warwickshire.
We dined at Carluccio’s before the show and it was overall a very good night out.

One People, One Nation, One Leader

Bury St. Edmunds and Forest District Councils are seeking a joint executive at a price range between  £105,000 and £115,000.  The advertisement in the MJ (formerly the Municipal Journal) concludes with  “We need someone whose time has come to help create a shared vision for West Suffolk – and then deliver it”. The bells started ringing and then suddenly the penny dropped. It sounds like an up to date version of: “Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer” — “One People, One Nation, One Leader”. With attributes like these at such a low cost you can see why Woolworth’s went bust. Meanwhile with two district councils and one Chief executive I see at least three contenders for the post of Generalissimo or Duce.
Fuller details are available on