Hail to the Chief

So there it is, the world’s first -a bit- black president of America is in the Whitehouse.

It makes you proud to be a white middle class Englishman, I’m not sure how or why but it does.

So is the world going to be fixed by this man? Well no, that is highly unlikely. The world is far too broken for one man – no matter how charismatic- to fix overnight. But perhaps he will inspire enough people: who with time will  put some Elastoplasts over the wounds and begin the process of healing the sick giant that is planet Earth.

So anyway what have I been up to since I spoke to you in October. You may not care and if that is the case I salute you; as you are a man (or woman) after my own heart.

Well I’ve been doing lots of stuff including the regular fortnightly podcast and cleaning my oven. Oh and I had a hair cut…yep think that’s most of it. Better skip to now I think.

This week I started writing a script for the first anniversary episode of the podcast. We decided that it would be fun to have an episode where we perform a comedy adventure.  I’ve written the first and final scenes and Tom, Andy and me will be writing the middle bit together.  It’s rather an ambitious project for us to produce a radio quality audio adventure, for no money and with a cast of mostly non performers but I’m confident that we’ll get there, in time for the anniversary on the 21st March. We’re recording it in Manchester on the 28th February so it’s going to be fun getting it written in time.

Strangely I’ve had a script on the go for nearly a year now and I’ve struggled with it and not proceeded very far at all. Yet give me a silly story to write and I’ll knock it out in two hours. Perhaps that is the limit of my talent and I should stick to writing scatogical comedy and forget about anything more ambitious. Naaaaaa! A good writer should never know his or her limitations: and anyway, I still dream of one day writing an episode of Doctor Who. Yes that is the beginning and end of my ambition. Films are all well and good but unless they have the perfect cast, crew and story they are forgotten no sooner than they are released. Yet an episode of Doctor Who (even a bad one) is kept alive forever by the love of its fans.

Thus endeth the lesson.

Martin Wolfenden

Back in the early days of this Century, I made some money by saying the odd funny thing in public. On one of these occasions a fellow funny talker told me that I should write a blog (because that was the sort of thing funny talking people did back then.) Now, I’m not the sort of person who does things the easy way, so I rejected all the ready made blogging platforms and started my own website. Since then it’s become a repository for whatever stuff is bubbling out of my brains and a directory of various podcasts and videos that I’ve made with my friends and is completely unnecessary.

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