Investing My Capitol

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This weekend saw us down in Crawley for the second annual The Capitol convention with the Doctor Who Appreciation Society. I got to interview the wonderful Jon Culshaw live on stage! Hopefully a video is coming soon, if I can ever wrest it from the hands of Keith Barnstormer, videographer extraordinaire and hoarder of footages.

Britain’s Got Issues

My wife Erica and I have always been big fans of stand-up comedy. We’ve holidayed a few times at the Edinburgh Fringe and had a great time.

One day Erica’s trolling the internet and she spots a place in Liverpool called The Comedy Trust that offer a six-week course in stand-up comedy, culminating in a gig. So with much encouragement and flattery she packed me off to do the course.

This is most of the gig that resulted (she didn’t get the end because her phone memory ran out, but thanks to the miracle of having my own phone running in me jacket, a sightly scratchy audio of the last two minutes gets us over the line) . I hope you like it.

Wedding Guests

Two very dear friends of ours got married last week, and they did me the very great honour of asking me to be best man (my wife, Erica, was Matron of Dishonour and Avenging Angel of Alcohol-Related Injuries). They also did me the even greater honour of asking me to write a reading for them and perform it at the wedding.

Here it is recreated in a small room for the benefit of an imagined futurity. Should you hate the sound of my voice – which I would understand completely – the text is available here.

Stood Up, Went On, Booed Off

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For Christmas my lovely wife very kindly got me onto a stand-up comedy course, which has been very exciting to do. Great people there and it’s really fun.

Today we got the invitation in the post to pass to friends and family. This is the actual real show we’ll be doing in front of an actual room of actual strangers in twelve days’ time.

Suddenly my mouth has gone dry.