A bizarre little Twitvid from @belle_lulu and @scruffypanther. Nice to hear my name in their list of people worth following on Twitter.
Oddly flattering. Thanks ladies!
So what else has been happening? Well, I applied to get an hour slot on Anthony Gormley's installation, One and Other. If you've not heard about this, Gormley is a British sculptor, most famous for his 'Angel of the North' and he was asked to create a piece for Trafalgar Square's empty fourth plinth. Over the past few years all kinds of sculpture have been featured there including Marc Quinn's wonderful sculpture of a pregnant Alison Lapper. Gormley, however, decided on a different tack. What's he's done is offer up his 100 days on the plinth to the British public. Which means that 2400 people, selected by a draw and representing a cross-section of the UK population will all get one hour on a very public platform. It's been wonderful to watch the eccentricity, passion and plain silliness going on 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The One and Other website has a live video stream and I find myself popping back time and time again for a quick voyeuristic peek. There's nowt so queer as folk and the plinth has been much more interesting than any reality TV show. We've had people dressed as cows, turds, Britannia, Elvis ... we've had dancers and painters and paper plane makers. And when I walked past during the week, we had a posh girl who seemed to spending her hour chatting to her mates on her mobile. As I say, it is representative of the population and she was obviously representative of the chattering classes. As I type this, there's a lady in a white safari suit and sporting a pair of home-made angel wings, chatting to her friends on her phone over the tintinnabulation of nearby St Martin in the Fields.
The weather has been extraordinary too. We've had glorious sunshine of a kind we've not seen in many years and we've had huge, fantastic thunderstorms and, on a couple of occasions, torrential rain. One day in particular, the rain fell so hard that they had to close part of the London Underground network, Paddington Station was shut and the roof of Marylebone Station cracked. I was passing through Marylebone when it happened and managed to snap this shot of the indoor waterfall. Amazingly, despite the volume of water falling and the tremendous noise it generated hitting the hard stone floor, some people still managed to walk straight into it. Seconds after I took this, the chap in blue was soaked to the skin. If ever there was a reason to turn your i-pod volume down ...
Talking of the Tube, I took this photo (below) a couple of weeks ago at Lambeth North. It's so unusual to ever be the only person on a London Underground platform that I had to capture the moment. It felt a bit creepy if I'm honest and I had flashbacks to that scene in An American Werewolf in London. The commitments that have kept me away from my blog include a large number of public speaking engagements and many of them were in 'the dungeon'; an airless, lightless lecture room at the Met Police Forensic Labs in Lambeth.
Yep, that's me doing my stuff. and apparently describing the optimum size for a butternut squash. The next photo is also an unusual sight. I wonder how many people have ever seen this view of the London Eye? It's all held up by cables and here's the tether point on the South Bank. It was such an unusual and geometrically pleasing view that I took this shot.
I promise that I'll be doing a lot more blogging now that I've broken the back of the book. Thanks for popping by and bearing with me. x
And not a mention of Michael Jackson either.
‘People who know me are aware of a particular knack I have of being able to jump across subjects and back without losing a heartbeat. Stevyn Colgan's book, 'Joined-Up Thinking', is a variation on this which I could well see being turned into a pub quiz or even a TV show. The latter could be even more of a possibility as Colgan has connections to the 'QI' BBC TV show. You're going to walk away from this book knowing a lot more than when you started.’ - SF Crows Nest
'The premise of the book is simple - the surprising connections between seemingly random and unrelated 'things', looped around so you keep meeting your tail. How Colgan manages to find all these connections, unravel them and create something coherent and entertaining out of them is beyond me. But I'm glad he took the time, as the result is vastly fascinating and had my mind whirring round after itself for hours - immense fun!' - Falmouth People