Some good initial responses to yesterday’s appeal for a life-plan for Chris. The themes developing seem to be charity work and travel. This topic will remain open for the rest of the week. At the end of that time, we will have devised a viable plan by which Chris can live the rest of his life.
I’ve had very limited time to write a blog today, as I was in Bristol unveiling a big piece of artwork to launch the Actionaid child sponsorship campaign I was banging on about before. It was horrible, charity-ruining weather, pissing down with rain, but a few people made it to the event, where dogged folks in Actionaid jackets were doing their best to generate an African atmosphere by hitting bongo drums, eating spicy food, and so on.
Two of the people I met were regular readers of this blog – one a regular poster, one somebody who has never posted before. It was very rewarding to meet both these individuals; my relationship with regular readers has been a purely online one. I am always a bit sceptical that people are reading the jumbled contents of my brain which find their way into this repository of fears/projects/ill-thought-out impressions. But some clearly are. At the turn of May into June, it seems as good a time as any to thank everyone whose participation is keeping this going.
The blog now begins its fourth month in existence and I continue to be very grateful for the people who are following it, even on days like today when I’ve got no time to do anything more than scrawl a few words in the back of a taxi (on the computer, that is, I’m not defacing a taxi – you get fined fifty quid minimum). May was quite a month for me. Among other things, I went to Africa, went for 50 hours without sleep, gave a paper at an academic conference, raised money for my brother, did a Best Man speech at a wedding, saw my favourite band live, went to Barnsley, and recorded a red button feature for the BBC. And was on telly with Charlie Brooker.
In the midst of all this it is sometimes hard to keep records; at times when my life has been this busy I’ve consistently failed to keep a diary in the past. But the pressure of having regular readers forces me to maintain this account of my daily deeds. So thank you for your loyalty and patience, and I hope we can keep this going. Last month we had to employ guest bloggers, but we still survived. June may hold many obstacles in store, but I will keep doing this bloody blog. Hope you will keep reading it. Thanks.