Easy Come, Easy Go

Hola. Hope you are well.

I’m going to start this blog post by mentioning I have a rare Manchester gig, this Thurs 31st May. Here are the details:

On Thurs 31st May, I will be the special guest performer at Bang Said The Gun poetry night in Manchester. I will be doing 20 mins of my funny/silly poems. It takes place at The Old Nags Head, Jackson’s Row (off Deansgate) Manchester M2 5WD. It starts at 8pm and is £5 on the door, £3 NUS and with a flyer. If it’s anything like the London shows it’s bound to be a fun evening.

I am also on BBC Radio Manchester on Saturday 2nd June, on the Andy Crane Breakfast Show. You can get BBC Radio Manchester on 95:1FM (in Manchester) On Digital Radio, (in Manchester) and Online. I will be reviewing the newspapers, my bit will start after 7:30am.

Away from plugging my gigs, I’m going to take you back to the start of last week and show you how Boyfriend points can be easily won and easily lost. Last Monday evening whilst ‘Her With One Permanent Job’ was having a Skype meeting (look at her), I hung up her washing, as I didn’t have much to be getting on with. She seemed impressed that I had done this. A little too impressed, it was only a matter of getting the clothes out of the washing machine and hanging them on a maiden. So I was in her good books. However by Tuesday morning the good work had come undone and all because I left talkSPORT on a little bit past her natural tolerance threshold. It just goes to show a fool and his boyfriend points are easily parted.

On to job search. I was looking at a job last week and the salary was written as pro rata. This made me wonder, what is the point of pro rata? Why can’t the companies just tell you how much you will earn for the amount of hours they want you to work, instead of hinting at a higher salary only for you to take home a lesser amount. In many ways pro rata is the Wonderbra of the salary world.

Last week I mentioned how I set up a second Twitter feed dedicated to football @viewfromthetrev but I also have my other Twitter feed that complements this blog @anunknowncomic. Each Twitter feed follows the other, as you would, and despite me being the author of both I still get freaked out when I see one of my comments in the others timeline. If this isn’t bad enough, I have on a couple of occasions re-tweeted one of my football comments to the follows of my other twitter feed. I have to be honest, at first it did feel a bit weird, a little egotistical, and a little sad. I also imagine re-tweeting yourself is something that could break the internet.

And Finally… I went to see the Buzzcocks on Sat. I have to put my hands up and say I’m in no way a fan, but my friend was going and asked if I wanted to go. I did think it was clever of them to do an hour and a half of the same song plus the one song I know. Feel free to let me know when you tagged along to watch a band. Apart from the gig itself the only other thing to report, was that the bouncy squeezed my banana, and when I say banana, I mean a banana, I’m not using banana as code.

Til next week, stay safe!

How I roll in London

Hola. Hope you are well.

On last week’s blog post I spoke about how I’ve found a new route to get to and from work each day. meaning I get home 30 mins earlier than previously. However, there is a slight problem (there’s always a slight problem), just before the train station is a zebra crossing and I’ve realised I’m a bit uncomfortable with them. I don’t mind if there are other people crossing at the same time as me, it’s just when the onus is on me to stop the traffic. I don’t like the responsibility or the focus being on me. I’m sure psychologist would have a field day with this info. Feel free to let me know what road safety features, intimidate you?

On Friday, I went to the theatre to watch King Lear in Belarusian. Yes, you read that right, King Lear in Belarusian, it’s how I roll since I’ve moved to London. I have to be honest, I struggle with Shakespeare when it’s in English, nevermind in a language I’ve never spoken but between a screen explaining what was going and the way the play was directed, I was able to get by. They’d also made it relatively short, which is always a good thing and for £5 (standing) it was well worth a visit.

Quite a few months a go, on this blog (too long ago for me to find) I gave readers the opportunity to grab some free CDs. These included albums by, Muse, The Streets, Frank Sinatra, Foals, and Plan B‘Her With One Permanent Job’s’ sister was in town this weekend and I allowed to take any of the CDs she fancied and now I can reveal all the CDs have gone as she took all 5.

As some of you know the double act I belong to, 3 Prong Attack are not only Kings of the airways (we are a radio show) and live performances, we also excel on video as well. Here are two short video’s (just over a min) we made recently.

Video 1

Video 2 

And Finally… Because I am a considerate man and because not everyone likes football, I decided I wouldn’t clog up the timeline of my initial Twitter page @anunknowncomic  with football speak , so I decided to create a new one dedicated to football. So if you like football, you like what I do and you like your entertainment in 140 characters or less click on @viewfromthetrev

Til next week, stay safe!

I’m Rich! (time rich)

Hola. Hope you are well.

I’m blogging on a Tuesday as I had a 3 Prong Attack gig (my double act) last night. Slightly worryingly I didn’t realise I had the gig until Thursday when I happened to be flicking through my diary. And despite Prong 2 booking the gigs, he never seems to know where or when we are gigging, and yesterday was no difference. As we both had things we were doing over the weekend it meant we had no chance of meeting before Monday, so we decided to do something different for us and come up with a set on the train to the venue.

Our first hurdle was to make sure we got the same train. Prong 2 lives two stops further up the train line, so I got  the train and texted him that I was on my way. This kind of thing is probably a simple proposition for most normal grown adults but we are the 3 Prong Attack, so I’m used to things not working out as they should. As the train approached his station I genuinely felt nervous but then I spotted him and because this had worked out I felt more positive about the night as a whole, there’s a little glimpse into my psyche.

I think doing our sets on the day of the gig maybe a step in the right direction. In the past we’ve met a few days prior to a gig and worked out a set and then had to meet again on the day of the gig. Occupying two evenings for a 5 min set is probably not the best use of our time.

Talking of time, I can announce that I am currently Time Rich. A few weeks ago I blogged that I’d slightly changed the route I take to school and how this had shaved a few mins of my journey. I was having a conversation about this with a few colleagues at work and one of them said I should get on and off the station that is one down from the one I have been getting on and off at. So after 8 months of going to one station I tried this new route and the results are amazing. By using this new station it means I can get the early train after work, a train I would always miss (unless I busted a gut getting there) at the previous station. This means that I now get home at 4pm instead of 4:30. To me this is a big deal. However, I can’t stop thinking of all those many half hours I’ve missed out of in the previous 8 months. If I had had them I can’t help think poverty would have been sorted, injustices would have been righted (or more likely I would have spent the time on the internet).

And Finally… I can exclusively announce that this morning I finished reading Catch 22, it’s only taken about 3 months, but with no book on the go I have even more free time. In your face poverty!

Til next week, stay safe!


Shoe Laces and St Monica

Hola. Hope you are well.

Things are good with me. I compered the gig John Hegley and Some Other Poets on Friday and it went well. I think I was the right amount of tired from work, combined with the adrenaline from going on stage. It also helped by having a good audience, who were happy to contribute to the show, for example who knew Friday was St Monica’s day? Certainly not me until, a member of the audience told me she was celebrating such a day. Her name… Monica.

Also last week, I learnt that you can’t buy shoe laces in Shoe Zone (other budget shoe shops are available). ‘Her With One Permanent Job’ explained this away by saying the shop is called Shoe Zone, not Shoe Lace Zone. I’m not having that, if I went into a bike shop, I’d expect to be able to buy a lock. In the end I got some laces in a shoe repair shop (they’re not afraid to diversify), the laces I bought were 1 metre long which initially struck me as being too long, but as it happens they are about right. Just in case anyone is in the same position and looking for laces, the footwear I needed laces for was ankle boots. I wouldn’t want people getting 1 metre length laces for shoes, as that might be too long.

On last week’s blog post I mentioned how I’d recently watched 6 DVDs, ‘Get Him To The Greek’, ‘On the Waterfront’, ‘Moneyball’, ‘Harry Brown’, ‘Good Hair’ and ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ and speculated that no one reading the blog would have watched all 6 films. Well you can add the film ‘Submarine’ to the list as I watched it the other day. Feel free to let me know how many of the seven films you have watched. (You can contact me via the comments button)

Also last week, I had to send an organisation proof of my address, so I sent a copy of a recent credit card statement but I didn’t want randoms knowing what I’d spent my money on, so I blanked this info out. I even blocked out the estimated interest, just in case someone could work out how much I’d spent on my credit card from this. Is this normal behaviour? Do you do things like this? Feel free to let me know.

And Finally…. For all those people who have been coming up to me in the street and asking me what page I’m on in Catch 22, I can let you know at the time of writing I am on page 432 of a 519 page book. So under the 100 pages to go mark. I’m not sure why I didn’t let you all know this when you approached me in the street.

Til next week, stay safe!