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PRESS RELEASE    June 2020

Three types of political song satire – let’s keep it in the Cashman family.

Some lovers of satirical songs already know Mike Cashman as the lead author of “Brexit’s a Trick not a Treat” and “Brexit’s a Musical Trick” which includes a full-length Brexit musical using every tune from Les Misérables, adapted for Brexit. More information is at www.viewdelta.com.

The family have now joined in.

“Stay in Your House or Flat” is a lockdown song (“Men in Black” parody)  by son Peter Cashman, sung by Peter, his wife Abi and friend Simon Cragg, and grandchildren.

“Barnard Castle” is a folk song written and sung by Fred Cashman which considers the recent saga from the viewpoint of Dominic Cummings.

Mike Cashman has also been busy, and recently placed “Stand by Your Dom” on YouTube, inspired by Tammy Wynette and the Prime Minister’s support for Mr Cummings.  

This was followed up “The Ballad of Dom and Bojo”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVn9xbiXdZ0

Other recent YouTube songs include “Heroes, just for One Day”

More songs are due for release, with lyrics on the Facebook page “Brexit’s a Musical Trick”. Mike commented “If people want to see the updates the best way is to Like that Facebook page”. The next few to be released include:

  • “I don’t beg pardon, I’m talking bollocks in the Rose Garden”  which will also demonstrate the many unanswered questions in the Cummings-to-Durham story
  • Boris has got a Little List” -which was updated in February 2020
  • “Things that Will Astonish You” – exploring the Parliamentary conga
  • “If you go down to the woods today” (Dominic’s checking his eyesight) – inspired by an original parody by Mike’s late father Denis Cashman

All these lyrics will be published soon in a jointly-authored book – and debate continues regarding the title. Should it be:

  • We Don’t Beg Pardon
  • Shall we Three Tweet Again?
  • The Ballad of Dom and Bojo
  • Things that Will Astonish You
  • If You Go Down to the Woods Today

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NOTES FOR EDITORS

1. More information will be provided on request for any media/Press organisation that commits to publish the story.  

2. Viewdelta Press is the trading name of Mike Cashman for publishing purposes

3. See also  www.viewdelta.com, including book jackets for earlier books. The YouTube songs are on channel “Brexit’s a Trick not a Treat”.

Links for the above pieces and others are also shown here

“Barnard Castle” by Dan Cashman. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mK4M2PXO_vQ&app=desktop

“Stay in Your House or Flat” by Peter Cashman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhjYeYBCbFA

Stand by Your Dom”  by Mike Cashman        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7K3bMQymB8

“When Shall we Three Tweet Again?” (sketch by Mike Cashman)

“Why Why Why Corona”” by Mike  Cashman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6M1DSbpH9Zw
“Stand by Your Dom” and “Heroes” are sung by Mel Moon of @personalisedpop, “When Shall We Three Tweet Again?”  and “Why Why Why Corona” are  performed by Rachel Swan. Contact details are in credits on the videos.

4. Mike Cashman can be contacted  as follows:
email contact via website http://www.viewdelta.com
Twitter: MikeCashman1
Skype: mike.cashman2
Linkedin: /in/mikecashman
Quora: Mike Cashman

5. Other videos of songs from the  books have been recorded on YouTube, for example “Brexitian Fantasy” (parody of “Bohemian Rhapsody”),
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-H0s-VrFnqY&t=6s
and “Bridge over Doubled Borders” (parody of “Bridge over Troubled Waters”).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQpUQzdhaJc
That video predicted the problems which have since then become evident and admitted by the now disbanded Department for Exiting the European Union.

6. This follows the very well-reviewed “Brexit’s a Trick Not a Treat?”, on which Lord Michael Cashman (no relation!) commented  ‘This book is a chance to howl in laughter instead of anger. A laser-like humorous side swipe at the Brexit madness.’  

7. Mike Cashman recently retired after careers in teaching, IT, project and programme management, and international development. He is an experienced and lively facilitator and trainer of large and small groups.

8. Mike’s experience includes work in countries such as Sierra Leone, recovering from the Ebola crisis, and rebuilding in Nepal after the earthquake. His publisher/author profits from this book will be donated to UK registered charities.

9. Mike also writes more serious pieces about coronavirus, Brexit and politics in Quora social media and on www.viewdelta.blogspot.com. . He has spoken this year on BBC Question Time (as an audience member), Radio 5 Question Time After Hours, and Radio 4 Any Answers (twice).  See also his analysis of the UK Covid response from a project management perspective.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JMDZu2cN_4&t=1s

10. Mike is married with four children and ten grandchildren.

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PRESS RELEASE    9 December 2019

“BRIDGE OVER DOUBLED BORDERS” IN POLITICAL PARODY SONG BOOK SHOWS BREXIT’S A TRICK?
– PREDICTS SYSTEM CHALLENGES AS NOW RECOGNISED IN DEXEU LEAK

“Brexit’s a Musical Trick” by Mike Cashman has been published by Viewdelta Press, containing political parodies of popular songs. It includes a full-length Brexit musical which uses every tune from Les Misérables, adapted for Brexit. The book also contains contributions from Peter Cook and Robin Wallington.

More information is at www.viewdelta.com

This follows the very well-reviewed “Brexit’s a Trick Not a Treat”, on which Lord Michael Cashman (no relation!) commented  ‘This book is a chance to howl in laughter instead of anger. A laser-like humorous side swipe at the Brexit madness.’  

Hugh Grant  tweeted “The Best thing to come out of Brexit” for “I am the very model of a prejudiced Etonian” on YouTube by Robin Wallington in the original book. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkogmYkfhUQ&fbclid=IwAR27NAT0DMYNcrXXCqxh7mZJBMxFOT2MzlYxh_K8RhBAIRkDcCH68acbyps

Other videos of songs from both books have been recorded on YouTube, for example “Brexitian Fantasy” (parody of “Bohemian Rhapsody”),
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-H0s-VrFnqY&t=6s
and “Bridge over Doubled Borders” (parody of course of “Bridge over Troubled Waters”).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQpUQzdhaJc
This latter video, posted earlier today, predicts the problems which have since then become evident via the leak from the Department for Exiting the European Union.

“Before retirement I have helped UK Governments out of significant problems with major programmes and projects” explained author Mike Cashman. “The potential Northern Ireland protocol is clearly a business and systems disaster waiting to happen. There’s an unclear requirement, a management imposed-deadline, uncertain regulatory environment, a large and diverse user base including government and businesses in various locations, and no defined business model. How businesses will react to the additional complications of commerce with Northern Ireland is difficult to predict. I have successfully managed cross-industry developments interfacing with thousands of customers, and this Northern Ireland protocol doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of being implemented successfully in 2020”

“ Of course if it’s just a case of ‘Any Deal will do’ – and we have videoed that song too – if it’s just ‘Any Deal will Do’ to fool the electorate, as a segway to a 2020 No Deal that rich backers and Russians want, then the practicality wouldn’t matter to the Government, and their cavalier carelessness can be understood.”

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NOTES FOR EDITORS

  1. Viewdelta Press is the trading name of Mike Cashman for publishing purposes
  2. More information at www.viewdelta.com, including book jackets for both books. The YouTube songs are on channel “Brexit’s a Trick not a Treat”.
  3. Mike Cashman can be contacted  as follows:
    Phone: 07904 663882
    email mike.cashman@viewdelta.com
    Twitter: MikeCashman1
    Skype: mike.cashman2


    FURTHER BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES
  4. Mike Cashman recently retired after careers in teaching, IT, project and programme management, and international development. He is an experienced and lively facilitator and trainer of large and small groups.
  5. Mike’s experience includes project management in countries such as Sierra Leone, recovering from the Ebola crisis, and rebuilding in Nepal after the earthquake. He witnessed the direct impact on these projects of the loss of overseas value of sterling as a result of Brexit. Half of his publisher/author profits from this book will be donated to UK registered charities.
  6. Mike is available to deliver talks on the Art of the Parody, or run parody song-writing workshops..
  7. Mike also writes more serious pieces about Brexit and politics in Quora social media and on www.viewdelta.blogspot.com
  8. Mike is married with four children and ten grandchildren.
  9. Future publishing plans include an unpublished comic novel by Mike’s late father Denis Cashman, who under the name Ian D Chessman had some comic radio plays broadcast on Radio 4, and wrote humorous pieces for the medical press.
  10. Robin Wallington is a musician and composer.
  11. Peter Cook is an Author, Business Consultant, Scientist, Musician, and Anti-Brexit campaigner.

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PRESS RELEASE – VIEW DELTA PRESS – 12 October 2019

If this is the time for us to be cheered up about Brexit, then Brexit’s a Trick not a Treat? may have arrived at just the right time.  (Don’t ignore the question-mark!)

This is a book of parody songs, mostly about Brexit, by Mike Cashman, with one additional song by Robin Wallington, “I am the Very Model of a Prejudiced Etonian”. A recording of this song released last week has gone viral on YouTube, with 66,000 views in six days. Hugh Grant retweeted the recording with the comment: ‘The best thing to come out of Brexit.’

There are more than 60 songs in the book.  This started with “Brexitian Fantasy” modelled on “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which was shared hundreds of times on Facebook in June 2016. The songs move through the “Brexit Cokey”, “Now she’s a Leaver”, “Brexit Pie” to “Don’t Cry for Leave Now, Theresa” and “Brexit’s Coming Home (Three Lines on the Whip)”. Recent events are not forgotten, and we also have, “I’ll GATT by with a Little Help from my Friends”, “Ode to Misery”, “We’re off to See the Cummings“, “Rees-Mogg Takes you Down”, and even, “Try a Yellow Hammer Round the Whole Country”. The book concludes with a song for David Cameron: “I Dreamed a Dream”.

Nearly all of these songs have been written for fun and shared on social media, and sung in small groups. They are gathered together here in book form for the first time, and are being annotated online with the hashtag #BrexitsATrickNotATreat. The vast majority of the pieces are about Brexit; but Trump and even the World Cup do appear in a few pieces, including a duet for Donald Trump and Theresa May.

The title poem is:

If you hoped for a Brexit that sweet

As a cake you can have and can eat,

Do you now realise,

The extent of the lies,

And that Brexit’s a trick not a treat?

From this one might conclude that the main purchasers of this book made by Brexit supporters will be as presents for their Remain-supporting friends.  Remain supporters may be much less restrained. In the Foreword, however, the author proposes that we have all been cheated by the events of Brexit, that you have to laugh or you cry, and that the pieces may serve to inform as well as to amuse. Original titles are always provided where relevant, in order to assist in karaoke performances.

A competition has been launched to see who can produce videos for YouTube of some of the songs, and whether they can overtake the viral Jacob Rees-Mogg video. Full details are on the Facebook page “Brexit’s a Trick not a Treat”.

The book Brexit’s a Trick not a Treat? is now available online on Amazon in paperback, and e-book. Cover design is by Spiffing Covers. More details of the book an be found here: www.viewdelta.com  

The authors are now working on a sequel, and are also considering a volume specifically about American politics for election year. Their Facebook page contains examples of what we can look forward to in the next volume, such as “No-Deal Wizard”, “Goodbye Speaker’s Green Chair”, and “Bridge over Doubled Borders”. All of these are eligible for creating videos for entry in the video competition.

Mike Cashman said: ‘I hope that these pieces will inform as well as amuse. I think we can look forward to hearing many of these on YouTube, around the piano or at karaoke events.’  Half of the publisher/author profits from this book will be donated to UK registered charities.

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Notes for editors

1. View Delta Press is a new publishing venture, set up to publish this book.

Website www.viewdelta.com

2. Mike Cashman recently retired after careers in teaching, IT, project and programme management, and international development. He is an experienced and lively facilitator and trainer of large and small groups.

Mike’s experience includes project management in countries such as Sierra Leone, recovering from the Ebola crisis, and rebuilding in Nepal after the earthquake. He witnessed the direct impact on these projects of the loss of overseas value of sterling as a result of Brexit. Half of his publisher/author profits from this book will be donated to UK registered charities.

Mike is available to deliver talks on the Art of the Parody, or run parody song-writing workshops, or to tell the story of the book, or any combination. Full details are on the website.

3. Robin Wallington is a musician and composer.

4. Mike also writes more serious pieces about Brexit and politics in Quora social media and on www.viewdelta.blogspot.com

5. Mike is married with four children and nine (shortly to be 10) grandchildren.

6. Future publishing plans include an unpublished comic novel by Mike’s late father Denis Cashman, who under the name Ian D Chessman had some comic radio plays broadcast on Radio 4, and wrote humorous pieces for the medical press. More details on the website.

7. The full text of the book can be made available for review by newspapers etc by request to ViewDelta Press using the contact form below

8. All other queries can be sent via the Contact form at www.viewdelta.com


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