December 12th, 2014

Stargate SG-1 - Stuck on a glacier with


So, a few weeks ago I started uploading some basic designs of mine to Redbubble. I'm kind of excited that I've actually managed to sell a few - although only once my earnings reach a certain threshold do I actually get any moneys, and given that manufacturing costs are deducted from my earnings, I've not managed to sell enough to actually make any money yet. Still, it's early days. The full portfolio is here, should anyone be interested, and no doubt more designs will be added as and when I think of any.

Which brings me on to the fact that I've just done a new one, involving Captain Samantha Carter of Stargate SG-1...

...which some folks may like.
Stephen Fry - jovial

So, picture the scene.

It's summer 1991. I'm with a bunch of fellow Petheads, waiting outside the Radio 1 studios in London where the Pet Shop Boys have taken up a week-long residency sitting in for Simon Bates as part of the "Bates' Mates" thing where he invited various pop stars to sit in for him - and whereas the others tended to pre-record their slots, the PSBs did theirs live, to the delight of loads of PSB fans who flocked to the Radio 1 studios every day to meet the Boys going into and coming out of the studios. I have many photos of that week, and of another week they did the following year. (Radio 1 and the censors may have been rather less delighted when Chris Lowe, live on air, described Sabrina Johnston's Peace as "f***ing brilliant.")

Anyhew, one day, who should turn up at the studios but a certain Stephen Fry. So, I took a photo of him. And then, shortly afterwards (possibly the same day - ISTR that on many days between the PSBs entering and leaving the studios one thing I'd do would be to head down to a nearby branch of Boots, get the photos developed and printed as quickly as possible, often in an hour, and then take them back where all the fans present could squee about each others' photos and how we'd got Chris or Neil looking just right), I managed to get the picture signed by him too.

Sorry, but just typing this is making me feel very very nostalgic...I'm also thinking, youngsters today probably won't understand the notion of "developing photos"...
Stargate SG1 - cast & logo

This... the Thames Sailing Barge, Xylonite.

Back in May 1989, I, with my friends from the Church of the Ascension youth club, spent a bank holiday weekend aboard her, sailing around the coast of Essex. I don't, if I'm honest, remember much of the detail of the weekend, except that we embarked (after a hearty fish and chip supper) from, and returned to, Maldon (and I have a very vivid recollection of, when I hit terra firma at the end of the weekend, feeling a bit wonky on my feet), that I befriended a rather scruffy ship's dog, and that there was porridge for breakfast. It's possible that we may have taken turns at the wheel, and/or helping with rigging.

It was, I do remember, a very enjoyable long weekend.

The Cirdan Sailing Trust, through which our weekend away was booked, is still going strong. Xylonite is no longer with them, but is now a private boat, with a heavily tarted up interior, available for private hire.