Wonderful to be paid for doing what you love!
It's what we like to tell our kids, isn't it? Try and get yourself a job where you'll be paid for doing what you love anyway.
Today I met two guys who are doing just that - in very different ways. First, former Olympic champion skier Graham Bell, who's from Henley. Once his professional skiing career was waning, he was lucky enough to be taken on as presenter of Ski Sunday, and now spends his life talking about his sport - and being paid for it!
It was great also to meet a man who has a job you might not even know exists - Leigh Took, whose business is illusion! He came into the studio bearing one of the model heads which he has created for a movie.
As a young artist from Caversham, near Reading, he was taken on in the "matte" department at Pinewood Studios at 18, and has been working in the Big Movie Business ever since. His company now produces matte paintings (that's where the artist actually paints onto glass through which the camera shoots) and all sorts of special effects, including the most breathtaking "miniatures". For instance - the exterior of the Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland, where the Da Vinci Code plot draws to a close. The real chapel has all sorts of ugly corrugated iron and building work going on, so the movie producers asked Leigh to provide a totally authentic version of the chapel, but with a rather more ancient look. So the exteriors you see in the movie are actually Leigh's creation - and not the real thing at all.