Organising a meet up in a pub

Hola. Hope you are well.

I went back to Manchester recently for my mate’s wedding (I was the best man). Prior to my return, I decided to ‘reach out’ and txted a number of people I’d not seen for a while. In the message I told people I would be in a designated pub at 8pm on the Thurs and for them to come along should they be around. As is often the case with these things, the people who couldn’t make it contacted me straight away.

By the evening of the meet up I only had one person who had confirmed they could make it. As I was walking to the pub I got a txt off this person saying they were too ill to make it.

This left me in the odd situation where I still had to go to the pub just in case those people who hadn’t contacted me at all, turned up.

By 8:15 no one had turned up, neither had my pint (apparently they were changing to barrel) but then my pint turned up, as did a colleague who I used to work with in the late 90’s. She proceeded to repeat back things I’d said from that period, all of which I had no recollection of.

I’m not sure what the moral of this story is, if there is one at all.

Til next time, stay safe!

@anunknowncomic

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My Black History Month 2014

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There was a time in the past, that I attempted to make a living from being creative (I got nowhere near). Back then Black History Month (Oct) was always a good earner, it also allowed me to reflect on the contributions black people have made to society but mainly it was a good earner.

These days I don’t make any money from creativity (not necessarily my choice) but this didn’t stop me contributing to this year’s Black History Month.

I created 6 posters, 3 writers and 3 musicians, to be displayed around the school I work in. These were basic posters, incorporating a picture and a few facts I’d found during my research (wikipedia). I decided to focus on Black British artists. I could for example have picked Michael Jackson but I thought a few people may already have written about his life and career. Instead my subjects were Jackie Kay, Zadie Smith, Benjamin Zephaniah, Laura Mvula, Jamal Edwards and Dizzee Rascal.

I’ve had some positive feedback from the pupils and my friend and colleague said “As long as they’re down by November”.

Please Note. They’re still up (and my friend was just joking)

Til next time, stay safe!

@anunknowncomic

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Ed and Tales

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If you were to only get your information from the newspapers you’d think Ed Miliband can’t do anything right, whether that’s eating a bacon sandwich to wearing a feminist T-shirt. (although the Fawcett Society, the charity behind the T-shirts deny the claim they were made in sweatshops)

Which brings me on to the saga that is Ed giving money to a homeless woman. At first it was reported that Ed had only dropped 2p in the woman’s cup. This was later disputed, with it said Ed had given a handful of coins. We may die never knowing the exact amount he gave.

Some people wondered if it was a publicity stunt, gone wrong. The argument against this, was that if it was a publicity stunt, Ed would have given more money and looked less awkward.

If however he had given more money, I’m sure Ed would have faced criticism for giving the money directly to the homeless person and not to a homeless charity.

In none of the pieces I’ve seen, has anyone questioned why we still have large numbers of people living on our streets but I suppose that’s not as important as scrutinising Ed Miliband’s every action.

Til next time, stay safe!

@anunknowncomic

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