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Word of mouth…

My six month tour of duty in the play of the book Birdsong is ending and the most pleasing aspect of it’s success has been the ‘word of mouth’ as we say in the theatre. In 1914 the word of mouth was that there was no chance of war however the human carnage of battles […]

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Buurtzorg…how to balance the books

It was quite strange to be outed and featured as a Labour supporter in the Guardian and Stage newspapers. And in the Daily Express. I am not sure whether my working life as an Actor, Blue Peter man or volunteer Chief Scout will resonate with the undecided voter but ever since I spent a few […]

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Defy Expectations

Take a deep breath and defy expectations. There is nothing worse than a sense of impending predictability. So resolutions for 2015 perhaps need to be contradictory and anarchic. 1. Would it not be lovely if I could designate my free over sixty pass on the tube to a cash strapped offspring. 2. Delete/ignore every form […]

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No apples for Clacton

After my visit to the Labour party conference and a weeks holiday in troubled Greece I had every intention expound my political thoughts but events just kept happening delaying the inevitable insight. So step by step…Ed Milliband’s speech in Manchester, as an actor I would expect a good review for such a long memorised speech […]

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How to engage in politics…be radical…then listen

Going to the Labour Party conference NHS…is it just about more money. I don’t think so…clear away layers of management. Take responsibility for your judgements. Dignity in death and sensitivity and continuity in birth. Health…don’t eat junk food, exercise and calm your mind whether you are 6 or 60 Cut down on prescription drugs. Simple. […]

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Tumble Episode 6 Farewells

  It is probably the crocodile lift that Kate and I did in Episode 1 that will always remind me of Tumble partly because Nadia Comaneci mentioned it in the final episode. I was of course to busy talking to notice and had to wait until I watched it  the next day to hear what she said. I was […]

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