Forgetting my towel
As they always used to start in my Blue Peter annuals 'Hello There!" Here's a blog that is beginning at home but will be completed in a car, going to talk to 240 school kids aged 13. I am, justifiably I believe, terrified.
But first the weekend which I trust was a good one. Mine concluded with the Douglas Adams virtual 60th birthday bash at the Hammersmith Odeon last night. I have long been a huge fan of all things Adams and last night saw an attempt to capture the essence of the Hitchhikers Guide man in one brief 4 hour spectacular. It was a mixture of music (David Gilmore, Gary Brooker et al) Science (Robin Ince , Simon Singh and John Culshaw doing a great Prof Brian Cox impression) and comedy (Terry Jones, Sanjiv Baskar and the wonderful HeeBeeGeeBees). And lots of people in towels, this being the essential item for space travel.And if you've forgotten why, it's time to dust of the old Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and re-discover Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect et al one more time.
So to school! I am embarking on a recklessly imagined tour of UK schools to talk about Itch and today sees me on a platform with the aforementioned hundreds of well behaved students. My only hope is that I'm more interesting than the subject they would be having normally on a Monday morning. My father was a headmaster, my mother a teacher and my sister is a headteacher. I nearly became one myself but the call of the mic was too strong. Sitting in a room with one or two people is fine-standing on a stage in front of Ilford's finest, less so. I shall report back...
To the show! And we'll be having CALL THE MIDWIFE oldies as we welcome Jenny Agutter to Drivetime. The iconic star of Railway Children, American Werewolf in London, Walkabout and Equus has starred as a nun in the big BBC hit set in 1950's east London. It was re-commissioned almost as soon as it was first broadcast and Jenny is great in it of course. MIDWIFERY oldies should see us nicely through today's show I think.
Have a finely-judged and perfectly-balanced Monday, see you after 5