WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS – AND IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED.
What is ANNOYING me this week?
Drivers who get in the right hand lane then turn left.
What is DELIGHTING me this week?
My new camera
Savoy Brown Live 1969-1972– Savoy Brown
SOME OF MY DOINGS:
The worry is over; I have my new video camera. I have been planning to buy a new camera for sometime, but with a massive amount of choice and limited budget, I had ended up confused as to what to buy. As is often the case with me, I put off buying one until I had more time. However my hand was forced by the opportunity to make a film early in the New Year, an opportunity to work with professional actors, with directing, filming and editing on a script that has been written by a local writer who is producing the film.
I sought advice from a fellow film maker on what I should buy and then searched the marketplace to locate one in time for me to familiarise myself with it before the shoot in early January. Panic set in as there were none to be found and a lead-time that saw the delivery at the end of January.
I finally found a firm in London, whose website said they had 4 in stock, a telephone conversation with their sales team confirmed that this was the case, that delivery would be 2 to 5 days and so I place my order.
Within minutes of the order being placed, I received a telephone call from the company, checking out who I was and whether I realised I had ordered a professional video camera (I would say it is a semi-pro camera) and was it to be used for professional purposes. What is to do with them, I thought and asked them for some credentials, which they gave me and I confirmed I knew what I was buying and that it was for professional film work.
Then the worry started, my thoughts turned to thinking they had not really got any stock in the warehouse in Gatwick, that they had taken my order and my cash and were now stalling until they could get one in from Japan, at the end of January (like all the others). A search on their website still showed four in stock – when I had ordered one – should that have not gone down to three.
Daily I viewed the order tracking webpage and day after day it said my order was processing, two days, five days, 6 days order processing but not despatched. Day 7 and I resolved to ring them, only to receive an email to say that due to the amount of Christmas orders, my order had been delayed but it would be despatched later that day and because they had promised me a 2-5 day delivery they were upgrading the delivery at no extra charge to me.
And true to their word it arrived the next day.
Christmas is upon us and I am not prepared yet again. Christmas never sneaks up upon me; after all it is fixed, if there is one thing I should be able to plan for it is Christmas. It never happens, though this year I have not worried about it and so my preparations and present buying, though late, have gone more smoothly than I could have wished for, with a couple of trips to the shops and most of it bought.
Work always seems to disrupt my planning and Christmas becomes another thing to worry about on top of the pressures I already face. This has, in the past had the effect of taking the shine off the festivities, leaving me shattered by the time the day comes and then worrying about the next tasks once the day is over.
It is no different this year as I have three main projects going on at the moment with the Poets Trail, the book launch and now the film that I mentioned above; plus plans are forming for three poetry residencies and some readings and workshops for next year.
Whilst I might fret about them, all of these projects are a delight and with Christmas just sort of happening – well not causing me stress, which to me is it happening, then this year may well find me in a better state of festive cheer, it has only taken me fifty years to achieve this. Better late than never as my Mother would say.
GIGS – there are only two gigs on my calendar for the rest of the year. One tonight at The Giggling Goblin Café in Ashby, the other is Word Wizards end of year “anything goes” evening on the 27th in Buxton.
Word Wizards is run by poet and singer/songwriter Rob Stevens and his wife Lesley, they regularly travel down to Burton for Spoken Worlds and I have promised to try and get to Word Wizards several times over the last twelve months and has always failed to get there. Buxton is quite away for me to travel on a Tuesday evening, but that has never been my excuse, I simply have just never made it.
So weather permitting I will get to the Word Wizards Event on 27th December.
Next week – I will do a review of my first year of blogging and will return to more lost poets in the New Year.
SOME OF MY COMING SOON DOINGS
13th Dec – Goblin Folk and Poetry Club – Giggling Goblin Café – Ashby de-la- Zouch.
27th Dec – Word Wizards – Buxton