2013! Where did that go!!!

December 24, 2013

So what is happening in this entry! Who knows! Let’s find out because I haven’t written here since September. Sorry about that but it’s alright because I am writing right now!

 

So what’s been happening…well I have something that some readers might not like to hear. Children you might want to stop reading now, (if I have any child followers), because I saw Mickey Mouse without his head!!! And he was an Arab. Sorry to break it to you Disney! He was sitting having a loud argument with his friend, eating a very pungent sausage. He was even waving the sausage about to prove his point, I presume because he was speaking a language I couldn’t understand. His friend by the way is just a normal human being. This was at The South Bank Centre in the middle of the World Press Photo exhibition, which is really good but it is finished now so there is no point in me recommending it. But here is the link: http://www.worldpressphoto.org/awards/2013

 

So I thought today would be a good day to write something as this month marks a big moment in history, a sad one but also a hopeful one. THERE ARE MASSIVE STORMS IN BRITAIN!!! No only joking. There are storms but what actually happened was that Nelson Mandela died on 5th December. I’m not going to go into some self righteous rant on how we can all be better people but he was a great man and although it is sad he is gone, he was an inspiration and left a huge aspiration to do good. Here’s to people living by his example.

 

THERE ARE MASSIVE STORMS EVERYWHERE! A MAN LOST HIS HAT! I didn’t see that happen but it probably did somewhere in Britain. When I hear on the radio that there are warnings of adverse weather conditions and people are thinking about whether or not to evacuate, I imagine their reactions might be a bit like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjV9tobFjLQ

 

There was a week in mid-November when I was rehearsing a new clown performance I am devising with my friends Charli, Ronan and Nick. The first day of rehearsal was hilarious. If you ever play the Australian accent game ‘say g’day to Bruce, Bruce’ with the Frenchman Ronan Le Fur you’ll see what I mean.  And after another day of rehearsal at Charli’s flat where most of the improvs we did ended with us lounging on the sofa, we actually got a lot of work done. So we met for two meetings after this to talk about what direction we want to go in and we have been researching well-known historical events, to be told by a bunch of clowns. If you’re wondering what that might look like well take a look at this Mel Brooks clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZegQYgygdw

 

I got to do something really cool a couple of weeks ago on 12th December. I was invited to a live broadcast of The BBC Saturday Review for 2013 and it will go live on BBC Radio 4 on 28th December at 19.15 so tune in! I was asked to talk about what I liked and disliked throughout 2013. Have a listen because I put down HBO’s Game of Thrones and The Lowry Exhibition at the Tate Britain as subjects to talk about. Game of Thrones wasn’t brought up unfortunately but I did get to discuss The Lowry Exhibition at The Tate Britain, about an hour in for those of you can’t be arsed. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03mckl1

 

Speaking of Game Of Thrones, is it one the best HBO series I have ever seen. Even if medieval type films or dramas aren’t your thing, I would definitely say watch it!!!!  What’s great about it is nothing in the writing is predicable. The plot twists are as surprising as a bear in an aquarium and without giving too much away, the series is so unconventional in its structure that it throws your expectations out of the window. The characters are brilliantly depicted. There is no clear good and evil between the characters. Even the most evil character can have a glimpse of innocence and moral understanding, which made me sympathise with some of the worst. You can sometimes come away from watching an episode with a very ill feeling but always wanting the next episode straight away. Needless to say it won’t take you long to watch a whole series.  

 

What else…Oh yeah I recently did an online video audition for the new Star Wars film. Now I thought filming myself reading through a script and posting it on a website would be easy, but noooooo. Learning the lines of the character Thomas who I was reading for was fine and running it through with my girlfriend Sophia, (Sophia, thank you for your patience and for not pulling MY hair out in the process), went really well. But trust me, one piece of advice I would give when doing a video audition is rent a video camera and tripod. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to do this so I filmed it on my Mac. Fortunately Sophia’s sister, Bella is a photographer and she helped position what seemed like a 100 Ikea lights for the shoot and put my laptop on a million books so it was at the right height. She also managed to do this without slapping me in the face in the process, even if she had a cold and we had to pause filming so she could sneeze. Eventually after a lot of outtakes and bloopers, and a brief helping hand from Dimitri, Sophia’s brother who came in to hold one of the Ikea bulbs in place, not before making the classic ‘I’ve got an idea joke’, we rapped it up and then fell over from exhaustion.

 

When we went back to normal life, Dimitri and I had the amazing idea of filming a classic scene from Star Wars using our light saber apps. It probably has already been done a million times and you might think we are sad but as they say on the street, ‘don’t be hating on us’ because everyone in the world wants to fight with light sabers and that is a scientific fact. Check it out https://vimeo.com/82626332

I have already sent the audition video so fingers crossed, but there will always be part of me that thinks George Lucas would have preferred to see our light saber duel to end all duels.

 

Well that’s it for now. I’m not sure if I will post another entry before the New Year so I will leave you with a clip from one of my favorite childhood Christmas films and say Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to you! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzcUQuImIBY

 

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