23 Oct 2003 - Nicko in Prague

On board jet from Prague to Munich.
Time 1:15pm.

Well, well, well,
How are you all today? I’m doing fine thank you!

Well, we had a blinding show here in Prague. We took to the stage at 9:15 and played to a sold out gig. We had a few mistakes but nothing that we couldn’t handle. I made a ‘Kin blazing mistake in Paschendale. I went to go into the bridge after the second verse but I’m supposed to stop and go into the solos. I managed to swerve around it though and all was not lost.
The gig went great the crowd were fantastic as always in Prague.
Our mate Kevin Shirley popped over to see us, and a few guys from the press and our record label, EMI [see Rod's diary]. Always great to see Kev 'the caveman'. After the show we did a runner and made our way back to the hotel. I had a shower and met the guys in the bar. We had a few drinks and a few laughs and I made me way up to me room a little earlier than the rest, a kind of early night was in order.

Yesterday was a day off.
Rod had arranged for a van and tour guide to do the old tourist thing. We met in the lobby for midday and went out for a most splendid afternoon. [see Rod's diary and photos]
After a late lunch, Jan and I went to the old town to do a spot of shopping. It was about 5 o-clock when we left Rod. Jan needed to be back at the hotel by 6:15pm, he was going to see Bob Dylan that evening. I had also arranged to have massage at 6:30.
I had the massage and then went to me room to shower.
I took a late meal at around 9:30. After dinner I rented a couple of movies from reception then settled down in me room to watch them. I rented XXX and Tora Tora Tora. XXX was cool. It was filmed in Prague. It was neat to see places that only a few hours earlier I had visited.
Well, after the films I hit the hay. It was about Chinese Dentist time when I turned off the lights. [2:30am]

On board today we have Wally ‘I couldn’t ring its neck guv’ Grove, Kevin ‘I’m out of my bracket’ Shirley, Rod ‘Let’s go over there’ Smallwood, Dave ‘It’s getting better all the time’ Murray’,
Jan ‘Where’s the nearest Irish bar’ Gers, Steve ‘Lend us a fiver’ Gadd, H ‘It’s only a decanter' Smith, and meself.
Harry, Bruce and Ian went back to blighty for their day off. Ian has the decorators in his gaff at the moment. We all know what that means don’t we boys and girls. [See previous diary!]

Well, we’re nearly at Munich. It’s only a 35 minute flight from Prague so I had best be signing off now.

Stay safe and well.
God bless you all.

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