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My feet itch again

You may remember my entry describing how I tried to get tickets to see Michael Palin's talk about the latest volume of his diaries, and how I was turned away because they said there was equipment in the wheelchair spaces. I was furious at the time,but shortly after I posted that entry I got an email from the theatre, apologising, explaining that the matter had been resolved and inviting me to buy tickets. That is how, last night, Lyn, I and Dominik got to see one of my all-time favourite people talking eloquently and evocatively about his life on television. As soon as I entered the space, I was taken instantly back to those warm, happy Sunday evenings with my parents when we used to watch his tales of places so far away, yet so tantalising that it made my feet itch with wanderlust. Palin is a man whose work I love; as soon as I heard his voice last night, that warmth and joy flooded back.

Rather appropriately for a talk about travel, I got there a few minutes late having decided to take the bus rather than the tube (a mistake I will not make again!). Fortunately I only missed a little, and when I got there Mr. Palin was already in full swing. (Having taken the overground, Lyn and Dom were already there). He was regaling the enthralled audience with a sequence of short stories from his travels, each accompanied by a picture projected on to a screen at the back of the stage. Unfortunately, I could only see half of that due to where I was sat, but nevermind - it was the man I had come to see. Some of them I knew from his books and tv programmes, while others I was unfamiliar with. He sometimes veered off on tangents, telling, for instance, how it was through an act of theft that Britain overtook brazil in rubber production. Did you know, too that before they asked palin to go around the world in eighty days, they asked noel edmunds. I found it fascinating, like watching some great pioneer tell of his adventures.

The second half of the evening concentrated on palin's earlier life, and monty python. As a python fan, I loved this too, but, forgive me, I won't even try to retell any of his stories. The history of python is long, fascinating and complex, but now I know where 'ni' came from. I found it utterly engrossing. As when I watched Monty Python Live two months ago, I feel so privileged to have been there last night.

Indeed, when I think about it, it astounds me how lucky I am: last night saw one of my all-time favourite people talk, a man whose work I have loved and been inspired by since I was small. Before then, I watched probably the last ever performance of the greatest comedy troupe ever. Possibly most importantly, just three weeks ago, I met and talked to sir Patrick Stewart: thinking about it, given my work on him in my masters and what that scene in First Contact means to me personally, I now think that meeting was one of the most significant, important events of my life. I just feel so lucky to have done all this, thanks largely to Lyn; it astounds me when I think about it.

Yet, last night saw probably my last big event of the year: now that Python, Star Trek and Palin have happened, I don't have much more lined up. As Lyn reminded me last night, though, there will always be something more, something to find, something to look forward to.. she is right, of course. What that will be I don't know, but after last night inspired by that fascinating man and his stories of far off places, my wanderlust, my urge to go out into the world and explore, has returned. My feet itch again.


[Edited Today at 13:46:28 - added a link]

my very own Jerry Goldsmith

I think I better flag this trailer fo 'Unstoppables' up. Having watched Lyn gradually compose the score for it all those months ago, it is truly brilliant to hear her work in the background. Plus, from what I can see, her music appears to capture the mood of the piece perfectly; my jaw dropped when I realised how well it fitted. I'm very, very proud of Lyn; it appears that I have my very own Jerry Goldsmith or Howard Shore. And, of course, it's great to see the film itself doing so well.

Lyn is now in her studio bashing out the tunes!

Lyn is just setting up to start doing her online radio show. You know, she really seems to be in her element when she does it. Just as I use my blog to express myself to the outside world, Lyn expresses herself through music: the tracks she selects and the order in which she plays them say so much about how she is feeling. More to the point, I rarely see her as happy as when she is in her studio bashing out the tunes; her relationship with music seems to be far, far more profound than I ever thought possible in a human being. This, then, should be a wonderful afternoon of music. At the risk of repeating myself, tune in here

Lynrock launch

Lyn's soft rock online radio station launched this evening, and is now broadcasting live. Tune in here! Tune in.

Apex meeting

It has been a long, tiring yet awesome day. As I mention here, one of the projects I'm involved with over at the Rix centre is a film about the Apex choir, a group of singers whose members all have autism and/or learning difficulties. The group comes up from Cornwall the week after next, so today was a serious planning session. I'm starting to get properly excited about it: the film we make can say so much, achieve so much. Like the Paraorchestra, it is all about breaking down barriers. Indeed, while I think the ethos behind them are slightly different, I cant help but compare or link the two, for I feel the same sense of potential with Apex that I did with the Paraorchestra - and look how awesome things turned out with them!