How to spend Halloween

Stalag Ice Age has me within its barbed wire and security camera monitored precincts. Chagford seems a long way off. Despite the high speed trains from Brussels to London passing regularly outside.

Amongst my touring highs… where I have dined on lobster with a Slovakian princess in Vienna, had Thai with her royal highness at her palace in Bangkok, sipped champagne with A listers at the Cafe de Paris and drunk an icey beer in the namib desert while waiting for the fresh-killed goat to roast… there must also be lows. Tonight was one.

Scavenged supper

Scavenged supper

Needs must… a week on the road already and there’s only one working machine to deal with seventy plus sets of grubby workwear, so I take advantage of this night of revels to watch my smalls rotate.

Evening entertainment

Evening entertainment

Age is never kind.
I took these shoes out of my wardrobe, as I wanted something comfy to slip into when I get out of the mammoth on the ice. I remembered them as being just right… but the years have not been kind, and on first wearing, the rubber soles began to disintegrate and came away from the leather uppers.
There are days when my skin seem separate from my soul.

Sole destroying

Sole destroying

Can’t say much, but…

We built the (set complete with cockroaches), developed the scenario… I lie between Nick’s legs and perform fruit, recorded Nick talking about how great bugs are (it’s when he’s at his best), laughed a lot (bodes well for the future) and celebrated with cake.

With thanks to:
Nick Baker… as himself (very challenging)
Ceri Baker… producing (with a bug of her own)
Lillian Todd-Jones… researching, ADing & mango wranglering
Sheila Mead… ensuring that we moved forward and bringing cake
Anna Louise Mead… thrown in at the deep end
And especially to Chris Vile… who made us beautiful

Alone in his room... save for everyone watching

Alone in his room… save for everyone watching

All on Nick

All on Nick

Looking good

Looking good

Serious business

Serious business

Professionals at work

Professionals at work