So, Project Preston. Three weeks after its accidental genesis as an ad-lib gone out of the hand, this plan to ship an audience from Preston to Blackburn, to boost pitiful sales figures for Tuesday night’s show, is now all systems go. I have appointed Kay as Project Preston President or PPP. She sends this message to the willing.
Could anyone interested in Project Preston please send an email with your name, and the number of you wishing to attend, to email@example.com no later than Wednesday 3rd November at 5pm. You must be available to attend the gig on Tuesday 9th November and be at Preston bus station no later than 6.30 for departure (TBC).
I think what we said at the time was that there’d be FREE tickets for anyone who was at the original Preston show, and for anyone else who wanted to come along, I’d see what I can do. I have in no way checked this with the venue or my own long-suffering tour manager, Giles, but we’ll work it out. From the venue’s point of view, it’s more people through the door. Who might then come back in the future. Although perhaps only if someone organises a bus every time.
This could still not happen unless enough people get, quite literally, ‘on board’, so everyone that expressed an interest originally, send an email to Kay as soon as you can, and I’ll report on developments via this blog.
If we pull this off, it will be a truly impressive bit of silliness and also a heartwarming tale of me doing a gig to slightly less emptiness than last time I was in Blackburn.
Other news: for more on the Stephen Fry-controversy-that-never-quite-was, I refer you to Clembear’s pertinent Comment yesterday – including video link – and also this interesting blog (via Shell): bit.ly/cqM4Zk . This should give you a far more comprehensive overview of it than my rushed scribbling last night.
What I think is interesting is not so much what Fry says about male/female sex drives (though it is interesting, and very well dissected in that blog I supplied the link to), but the fact that he clearly WAS saying something fairly controversial and has said similar before, no matter how easily misquoted he may be. So many people rushed to say ‘oh it’s all the papers, they make things up, they took it out of context’, and maybe ‘they’ did, but Fry’s opinions are still worth debating even when you look at them word-for-word. (And even if he was being facetious.) I think sometimes with people as justifiably loved as S.Fry, the stampede to defend them sweeps people along so quickly that their actual words almost become irrelevant. He probably COULD say something extremely offensive – for example, that dwarves should be put into forced labour camps – and the Twitter community would storm in to bail him out.
Gosh, I hope that never happens to me. I’d hate to be so popular I could get away with anything. Seriously. I would. I might seem needy but I hate popularity. I hope you didn’t even read this.
(Pretends to leave room, but glances over shoulder)
…there was another link I was going to post, and then the title ‘Lynx’ would have seemed a bit less odd, but it’s slipped my mind. So it stands. Perhaps the strangest title of a blog entry since ‘Breasts!’ a few weeks back.