Today I raced 400 metres against the British record holder, Iwan Thomas, for a section of my ITV4 show where the contestants have to predict whether or not I can beat famous sportspeople in challenges. The catch was that – to make it a fairer contest - the 400 metres were divided into into 100 metres egg-and-spoon, 100m skipping with a rope, 100m sack race, and 100m on a Space Hopper. I won’t spoil the result, but my jumping, egg-carrying, being-ina-sack and hopping muscles are really sore.
I’ve sent an email to people who requested tickets to see the show being filmed, but if you still fancy it, you can click on this link: tinyurl.com/37val54 and stand a better than average chance of getting them. Because I won’t be tweeting this link until tomorrow. Because I love you, my blog readers, more than the general public. So do it now. As you will have gathered, the show is partly sport, partly stupid nonsense fun.
From tomorrow, MY TOUR WILL BE UNDERWAY. I will be at Leicester’s De Montfort Hall tomorrow night. Then Bradford; Stoke; Birmingham; Preston; and on it goes. For the last time – come if you can. Thank you.
To answer a common question, I will be staying behind after every show to sell and sign books. You don’t have to buy or feign interest in a book. You can still say hello, bring me a biro, etc. I shall, as in Edinburgh, be delighted to meet people who read this blog. Watsonians, as they are sometimes called.
In terms of the blog, the tour shows shouldn’t threaten its regularity the way Edinburgh show did, because it won’t be finishing quite so damned late. But there is a fair chance that the shows will dominate the subject matter of the entries for a few days to come. E.g. ‘well, Stoke was good’. Or: ‘gosh! Bradford, eh?’ Hopefully you will bear with me during these reflections and I’ll try to remain amusing.
I have to sleep now. I’m literally going to the Midlands tomorrow.