Me & Will Gompertz riffing on Hull

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If you click on the above link you will hear BBC arts editor Will Gompertz on his new Five Live arts show Heat Map, during which he invited people to discuss the City of Culture….it gets quite heated and the notion of Gompertz drawing attention to a crisp packet outside St Paul’s is mentioned.

Lively though, which is what arts chat should ALWAYS be, it was a pleasure to be asked on. And no, I’m not going to be taking my clothes off for Spencer Tunick, as the subsequent coverage in the Hull Daily Mail explains….

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What is the point of a ‘race season’?

When you are an amateur runner, in other words someone who does a bit of training and likes to run regularly, but for no real other point, what is the point of having a ‘race season’?  I mean, I’m never going to WIN any of these races, neither am I sponsored by anyone, neither am I in a running club. Yet every year I enter about four or five races, usually ending in a marathon.

Here I am in Berlin.

Berlin finisher

This is a very risky and dangerous activity. But it’s probably worth it.

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Love the Gloucestershire Echo!

Broadcaster Rosie Millard brings ‘saucy romp’ of a novel to Cheltenham Poetry Festival

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: April 19, 2016

This speedy world

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I’M IN NO HURRY FRANKLY 

It’s a cliché of ageing. Everything seems to speed up, they say. We say. Our childhood seemed to go on for ever. Our teens took a glorious age to spin out. Then the decades get faster, your thirties and forties go past in a blur, and thus it continues.

Rather annoyingly, this phenomenon has now been found to have some factual truth to it, at least it has since the digital age began.  Read More…

What a day for our special city

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City and cultural leaders in Hull have welcomed the Chancellor’s announcement of a £13 million contribution to help Hull host and secure a lasting legacy from its year as UK City of Culture 2017. Read More…

The sweet sound of practice

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Don’t speak to me about torture!!

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Here I am, delighting the neighbours for HOURS

Hilarious story today in the papers  http://bit.ly/1oxCsU6   today about a millionaire “tortured” by the piano playing of a brilliant young student next door and forcing him to restrict his hours of practice. Read More…

That pesky pay gap

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Why should my work get paid at a different rate?

It is frankly, easier to talk about bondage. Or bestiality. Or any of the other things (Botox, infidelity, piles, phobias) which in days gone by would be very much off the agenda. In British society most people would rather talk about absolutely anything, even their own bottoms, before they talked about money. Read More…

Travel woes

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Buy your tickets. Don’t rob the network of its income.

 

By any account, it was shoddy behaviour. My son’s wallet was stolen last week. Or he dropped it. Who knows? However, someone got hold of his Oyster ‘Zip’ photocard.  Gabriel is 16, yet on his card he is still a beaming round-faced cherub of 11. The Zip is linked to my Mastercard, the idea being that my son will never be stranded.

Great, but now, I was helping some low life get around town. Via online tracking, it was clear that a right old travel spree was had! Read More…

Top Ten Cities of the WORLD

Yep, alongside Amsterdam, Vancouver and Agra, Hull has been selected by the Rough Guides as one of the 10 MUST-VISIT cities of 2016. The Rough Guides editorial on the city is not only delightful and thrilling, but also interesting, because it totally gets Hull. Unorthodox, independent, different. What a way to kick off the year. Terrific.

http://news.sky.com/story/1615638/top-10-cities-reykjavik-seoul-and-hull