Thursday, 21 May 2015

Hands up anyone who knows how to peel a potato

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If there's one thing I have learned over the last couple of years, it is 'never volunteer for anything'.

When I was a kid and we had a couple of pianos in the house, my uncle used to say that - if ever I should find myself in the army and the Sergeant-Major asked anyone to raise their hand if they could play the piano, I was not to admit to it. He said the thing would go like this:

"Hands up anyone who can play piano."

Gullible private raises hand.

"Right. Follow me. You're peeling potatoes for the next two weeks."

Two years ago, a Board member asked me if I could think of anything that the pub could do for the Bath Fringe and associated activities. I said he had left it too late to do anything worthwhile, so we should speak after Christmas.

About three months after Christmas he asked me again, and I came up with the idea of a video-mapping event (don't ask, just find out for yourselves if you're that interested). Good idea he said, could I organise it?  Yes, I said. That was when my persona was taken over by Linda Snell.

If I had known exactly how much work was going to be left entirely up to me in order to make a 6 minute video a reality, then I would have kept my bloody mouth shut.

I only hope it will be worth it.

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  1. Sounds interesting. Do we get to see the video?
    I read 'Pee a potato' at first. I thought that might be some Stephenson-esque way of saying you have kidney stones and was all ready to be commiserating.

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    1. Ha ha! You must have spotted it within the first few seconds, because that is how long it took me to correct it! It will be on You Tube next week. I put it up here too.

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    2. Kate, that is exactly what I saw and thought! Figured it was just me or one of those brain hiccups.

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  2. You should have paid that geezer to do it.

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    1. No, you should have. I can't afford to.

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    2. Linda Snell could have shown you a thing or two.

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    3. She said Linda Snell, not Barbara Cartland.

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  3. On the other hand, it is said that if you want something doing, ask someone who's always busy. They always find time.

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    1. A bit like, 'No good turn goes unpunished'?

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  4. I saw pee the potato, too, but was on the way out the door and had no time. I could never have reconciled the fate of the potato to the content.
    Anyway, calm down. I think it's called first night jitters. The rest is your normal complaining.

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    1. It's still not over. I am now home and it's 1.00am. Someone forgot the right lenses for the projector, and had to drive a round 30 mile trip to replace them, and the amp blew. The amp is still not fixed. Tomorrow is another (and the last) day. Stressed? Me?

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    2. The electrician has gone away for a long weekend, he asked me to tell you.

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    3. You don't know how true that is.

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  5. For half price I bought a left-handed peeler. When I got it home I couldn't work it. There were hundreds of them in a wicker basket marked Spud Peelers 50% off.

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