Champagne Lifestyle on a Lemonade Budget was the title of singer/songwriters
and Dave Saxby latterly of The Peasants debut album
Jody could be forgiven for thinking those dreams of grandeur and prosperity had
finally been realised when Channel 4's Secret Millionaire presented him with
a cheque for twenty grand.
I caught up with Jody in the back room at the Adelphi Club in Hull where the
extraordinary series of events began.
It's late January as I wandered down De Grey St in order to catch Monday's
Musicians Night in Hull. As I approached the club I noticed a camera on a
tripod, set up on the pavement outside. I spoke to the two camera crew and
enquired as to what they were filming. Their response was vague and somewhat confusing.
They asked if they could film me walking into the club.
I said that that would be fine and I left them to their filming.
There were quite a few strange faces in the Adelphi that night,
more cameras and something that looked like a young person's survey going around.
Much to my dismay, I'd missed Jody's set. He'd been on first and had already
been filmed by the cameras, playing live. It wasn't until Wednesday that week,
that I learned the reason behind the television cameras presence at
the Adelphi Club, on a damp Monday night.
Tonight I asked Jody how he came into contact with the Channel 4 programme and
what it was like spending time with an undercover millionaire.
He explained that initially Channel 4 had contacted Stewart Baxter,
Arts and Music Coordinator at The Warren.
They had told him they were doing a piece on young people's experience of
services in Hull with particular regard to lifestyle and social development
Stewart put Jody forward and the opportunity to speak with the research team
landed on his doorstep quite literally. Jody began to be interviewed on film
by a man known to him only as Martin.
He asked Jody about his life and in
particular about how The Warren staff, services and facilities had benefited him.
Jody spoke about his life, his passion for writing and music and how he and his
musical aspirations had been valued and supported by the Warren.
In particular he spoke about the work of Stewart Baxter and the team working in the
Arts and Music Department at The Warren.
Their mission is to engage, encourage and
support young people in Hull in order to develop their creative skills.
Those same young people age16-25 years, are often described as being
difficult or challenging and
hitherto have been missed by other services.
As the week of filming progressed, suspicions and concerns were intermittently
When questioned as to the name of the programme, the nature
of the show and pressed for more information, the answers coming back
from the crew and Martin were vague and unconvincing.
'Loads of stuff didn't tally up,' Jody explains.
I got married (my one and only time) in 1981. It was November and I was a college student in West Texas. My husband to be was five years older than I. He was very rugged/handsome, and a former football player in a land where football is king.
In fairness, this tale should be told with a Greek Chorus (you know, those people with white robes that say stuff like, 'Don't eat that, it's poison!' or
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