Not enough hours in the day!

I’ve been really busy so far this year! This last ten days has seen me working in the capital for four of them, and then the rest of the time I’ve been working on stuff here in Manchester. Last Thurdsay I went down with James to London to do shoot some interviews for Preview, and we drove back on Friday night after negotiating the mad traffic!

Then after my bike ride with Jamie on the Saturday, I spent the rest of the weekend working on with various other jobs that have deadlines looming, before getting up at 4.30am on Monday morning to drive back down to London for more Preview filming. James came down later in the afternoon (he had to go to a meeting in the morning, so got the train down) and we spent an ‘exciting’ evening in the Travelodge (which has to be said aren’t the most luxurious of hotels!) The Holiday Inn that we stayed in on the Thursday was really nice, but this one was a little bit shabby, and the two single beds were so close together, it was pretty much like a double bed but with 2 matresses! It’s a good job we know each other pretty well!

Tuesday morning we drove over to Reading to film an interview with the world’s first cyborg! He was a really interesting guy actually – he’s a professor who’s experimented with having a microchip inserted into his arm and connected to his brain so that he could control stuff remotely, and also communicate ‘telepathically’! Weird stuff, but he’s convinced it’s all going to happen in the not-too-distant future!

Another day’s filming in Wednesday – this time in Manchester – but since we didn’t get back until 11.30pm the night before, I found it a pretty tiring day. Then the rest of this week, I’ve been editing stuff for the new DVD from thebandwithnoname. It comes out next month, and the master is being driven down to Milton Keynes tomorrow afternoon, and I’ve still got quite a lot of stuff to do for it!! I’m just rendering some stuff at the moment, which is why I’m writing my blog now, but I have a feeling there might not be too much sleep happening tonight! I still haven’t actually taken any proper time off since I went freelance (apart from a few days at Christmas) and I’m feeling like I could really do with a break! Can’t see that happening in the near future to be honest, and the thought of me going off somewhere on my own really doesn’t appeal to me.

On yer bike

It was back in November 2005 that I blogged about buying myself a mountain bike… well I’m kind of embarrassed to say that today was the first time I’ve actually ridden it!!

I went with Jamie into the Peaks, and we did a ride around Ladybower, Derwent and Howden reservoirs. It was about 15 miles in all, which is quite intense when you’ve not been on a bike for 16 years! I was quite apprehensive to start with – the longer I’ve waited to do it, the more I’ve convinced myself that I wouldn’t be able to ride any more!

We started off on a reasonably quiet road and I was soon able to ride without wobbling too much, and then quite soon we went onto a track around the valley which was pretty muddy and rocky in places, but generally wasn’t too much of a nightmare. It took me a while to get used to the gears again… it’s crazy because before I got a car, I used to cycle everywhere, but I suppose it was nearly half a lifetime ago!

Definitely plan to do it again soon, although I am starting to feel the after effects of it all now… my legs are aching and it’s painful when I sit down!

The past

When I started this blog, I decided that I wanted to try and be pretty honest on here, and that the thing I’d never do would be to go back and either change stuff significantly, or remove stuff from posts.

Very tempted to break that second rule though…

Anyway, new year, same old everything else…