My new mission to get out of the armchair more and live a little, is still on track, but this week has been more of a mush-mash than an adventure.
I’ve kept up with my goals of continuing with writing group on Mondays, swimming on Tuesdays, pub with friends Wednesdays, climbing Fridays and try to have a little adventure at the weekend – though I skipped the adventure this weekend. Don’t worry fellow adventurers, I’m not slipping off the bandwagon. My excuse is that I’ve got a stinking cold and the weather’s awful.
That being said, I’ve used the time to get back into playing the guitar (which I used to do, but haven’t for years) and catch-up with my writing.
One unusual event this week was that I was asked to do a poetry video on Thursday.
Does this count as an adventure?
Well how often do you get the chance to film a poet reading his own work for Virgin? (the company, not the er… you get what I mean?)
The backstory is; my wife Clare works for Virgin Rail and she has a colleague, Patrick (picture above), who writes poetry. He has written some announcements for the trains as poems and has been invited to submit them by his managers. They wanted an audio recording but Clare suggested a video to capture the performance better. That’s where I come in.
Funnily enough they recently had Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy doing announcements, such as “wash your hands, you filthy animal” in the gents, but there were complaints.
So, on Thursday evening we set up the lights and backdrop and turned our conservatory into a little studio, ready for his recital.
Normally I’d include the video itself, but Patrick is unsure about copyright so we’ve agreed to hold on releasing it on the blog until he gets the okay from Richard Branson. All I can show you is a still from the finished video (above).
So, if you find yourself on a Virgin train in the near future and the announcements strike you as strangely poetic and beautiful, please smile and realise that I had some small part in that production. You heard it here first folks!
Fame at last!
So, the plan now is to get over this cold and have a proper little adventure ready for next post- stay tuned.