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A Funny Thing Happened Today – Day 3…..

As expected, I’ve got a bit behind with my ‘365’. Initially, this was due to having gigs last Wednesday and Thursday so I wasn’t home until around 12 am both nights – not really a time I feel like writing a blog.

Of course, once I was two days behind, it started to feel like a bigger job to catch up so now I’ve gone a week without a post.

However, my daughter (365 expert) tells me that it’s legitimate to catch up; otherwise I’ve fallen at the first hurdle. What matters, apparently, is that I keep to the spirit of 365 pieces of work (I use the term loosely) by this time next year.

So day three was Wednesday last week.

You would think that, since I was at a comedy gig, there must have been hundreds of funny things that happened. Not necessarily so.

The gig was in Bristol (in a lovely cafe bar called The Lazy Dog), and I’d made the two hour drive straight from work to do five minutes of my set. It wasn’t in the main drag of Bristol so I had relied on Google Maps to get me there – and by the time I did my phone had run out of charge. So, I arrived tired and panicking that I wouldn’t find anywhere to charge my phone so I could get the hell out of there after the gig!

The gig itself was a friendly, intimate affair to begin with and I had a nice early slot which meant I could leave before it got too dark (I’m not good on the M5 in the dark).

I’d say the thing that came closest to amusing me last Wednesday was a man who was sat in the garden of the Lazy Dog, drinking red wine and talking constantly on his phone. I was there for two hours and, every time I went out for a ciggie, he was still talking and topping up his red wine. He seemed to be randomly calling people from his contact list so that he didn’t look like a sad, lonely man drinking wine alone in a trendy cafe bar.

I was very impressed by his battery life.


The Lazy Dog, Bristol

A Funny Thing Happened Today – Day 2…..

I’m back! I’m doing day 2 of 365.

Luckily something mildly amusing happened this morning to enable me to write anything at all here. This 365 is gonna be a tough one.

The local weatherman on BBC breakfast television walked off screen during his forecast. He was halfway through when he suddenly said something like “Let’s do that again, it wasn’t flowing right”, obviously not realising it was a live broadcast.

I’ve been unable to find out his name (haven’t really made that much effort) so here’s a picture of him.

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A Funny Thing Happened Today……..

I’ve been struggling with writing. This is nothing new, I always struggle with writing. The main reason is that it’s hard work and I’m lazy.

So, in an attempt to kick start a writing habit, I’ve decided to attempt a ‘365’.

If you’re not familiar with the concept, it’s where you decide to do something every day for a year. It’s usually reserved for creative types: my daughter is a photography student and set herself a goal to take a self portrait every day; my cousin is an art teacher and her 365 was a new drawing (mostly of her dogs – although that may have been the point).

The trouble with this task I’ve set myself is that I know at the start it’s doomed to failure. I can’t imagine I will get my arse in gear and tenaciously do it every day. I have all good intentions with these things but am easily bored (and, as I’ve already said, Iazy).

Anyway, my ‘365’ is to write every day for the next year about something funny which I experience every day. To be clear, this just has to be funny to me not necessarily to you so don’t rush to bookmark this blog in the hope of a daily dose of hilarity.

The reasons for my choice of subject are threefold. Firstly, it forces me to write every day and I’ve read that the more I write, the better I will get (you can be the judge of that). Secondly, it forces me to find something positive about each day – although that does introduce a risk that I’ll end up like some kind of middle aged Pollyanna; flouncing around the internet screaming about how glad I am before throwing up half a bottle of gin in an empty Ben & Jerry’s container. (That won’t happen, of course. I don’t drink gin. It’ll either be wine or Jack Daniel’s).

But I digress.

Thirdly, something might actually happen that is so funny I’ll use it in a future set. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but someday……..

This all seems like a great idea but I’m mindful of the fact that I’ve been off work today after a weekend and feeling all happy and creative and positive and that. Will I feel the same way tomorrow when I get back from work? Not fucking likely.

So, onto the task itself. What happened today which amused me?

As part of my research I watched the introduction to hit 70’s children’s program ‘The Banana Splits’. We all know that one of them was a dog and one was an elephant but what were the other two? I know. I looked it up. Bet you don’t know.

Fans of Lee Evans might also be amused to know that the head came off the mallet when my husband was bashing in stakes for the new fence and nearly broke his leg.

But, like I said, it’s about what amuses me.