I had a little notification in the corner of my page this morning. ‘That’s odd,’ I thought, as I’m usually told of comments and followers via email and I had just checked my inbox. I clicked on it and it informed me that it was TEN YEARS AGO TODAY!!! that I started this blog. I won’t bore you with the details as regular readers have heard it all many times before, suffice it to say that Hanif Kureishi was partly responsible for setting me off on this path. I suppose I really ought to do something deep and retrospective, like picking out my favourite posts or summarising my journey or selecting the best comments, but the very idea fills me with a reluctance so deep that I can barely move my fingers across the keyboard; so I shall just say Happy Anniversary to lizardyoga’s weblog and a particular shout-out to those readers who have been with me since the beginning.
Thinking about it, the last decade has seen my transition from teacher/part time writer to full-time author and performing poet, which is quite a big deal. I was updating my CV the other week and it was quite startling how many things I’ve done, from the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square to Leicester Riverside Festival to Left Unity’s national conference and Quaker Yearly Meeting to Sing for Water at Leicester Riverside Festival. Publications include poems in Mslexia, blogging for the same and short stories in Everyday Fiction.
Maybe soon I’ll get it together and find some retrospective links. But right now I’m getting ready to go to Wales which includes checking the car tyres (am I the only one who hates doing this? I think I have a subconscious fear of blowing up one of the tyres.)
So if you’ve been a reader of this blog since May 2008, please drop me a comment and let me know how the last ten years have been for you.
In this photo you can see (left to right): someone from National CND, old man who looks like Michael Foot, Mark, Jan – (in red holding the banner) and – erm, some other people. Should have uploaded a different photo with all my friends in. Not to mention Bruce Kent. I’ll find another one later.
Present: Peter, Jan, Yvan, Claire. Also, back from Lifebeat – Holly! She brought with her a number of necklaces and bracelets that she’d made. I made pizza and salad and hoped that others would bring snacks. In fact everyone brought wine so we ended up with 2 bottles of rose, one of white, plus 2 wine boxes (one of which Steve had mauled in an attempt to wrestle it open) and half a bottle of red.
A good had was time by all.
the pizza went down well, and the plinth video generated a lot of interest. We watched another one of a woman in the middle of the night doing shadow puppets to an audience of one (a policeman). It is great to see what people come up with. And the best thing about this whole project is – it’s a celebrity-free zone!
We need this. We need a return to people being themselves, valuing what they are and what they have to offer. Being interested and interesting – and above all, not worrying about what they look like!
Long may it continue.
Gormley for President.
PS Oh, and Peter’s photos were much appreciated also – here are a couple – showing my supporters with their banners, and one with me doing a victory dance when I’d finished.
This is my absolute favourite photo of the Plinth – I’d just finished and was jumping up and down in elation!
Wrote an article about the Plinth for OM magazine, a yoga publication. Steve came round and we watched the video of me on the Plinth. I don’t seem to have made it into the week’s highlights, although that does say “Last week’s highlights” so maybe that was the week before (That was the week, that was – remember TW3?).
I am reading an Alan Bennett called The Uncommon Reader. It’s about the Queen discovering a mobile library outside the Palace and starting to read. As with all Alan Bennetts, every male in it is gay.
Trinity today. I shall wear my new skirt. Then this evening people are coming round to watch the video and eat pizza.
Drank a lot of wine last night. It was great! Oh, and Steve, having bought a wine box for the first time, complained about how hard it was to get the wine out. Turns out he’d dismantled the box and tried to get the wine out by wringing the bag!
We put him right.
PS Oh! And we have booked a week in East Sussex, near Pevensey Bay. Should be great!