Monday, 6 May 2013

I have eight years

You know what I really need to do. I need to start living life. I have always been a little bit reserved and played it safe, and that has given me a very dull life. Although I have noticed that over the past year or so, I've been a little more willing to go exploring and find out about this strange thing that you humans call life. You could say that I am a alien who is just stepping out of his star-ship for the first time.

The first thing that I need to do is take those chances that come along, I'm already doing it to an extent but I need to do it more, for example, last week I had a interview to work at a Apple store. Unfortunately I didn't it, but I am glad that I went along. It also sparked an idea to write a detective mystery series video thing. I've got a few off the characters, I've got an idea of how the events will unfold, and I've got the setting, I just need to put pen to paper, then call my friend and say 'hey, lets shoot this'

Also last month, I auditioned to go on The Chase (ITV game-show that is hosted by Bradley Walsh) and I'm though to the past where we could get called up at any time to go on the show. I don't know how I pulled that one off, clearly, I didn't get through on looks.
If you want this guitar, you are going to have
to prize it off my cold dead hands.

I need to start that band, you know, the one that I've always wanted, the one with my best friend, the drummer who we hardly know but ends up having a brilliant solo career and the one who ends up sleeping with everyone, including his fellow band mates, The maid at the hotel, Her Majesty the Queen, Brain May, Barrack Obama, Jeremy Kyle, David Letterman and whoever is reading this post.

I of course will take care of the main guitar duties, the one who is very serious but has moments of craziness where people turn to each other and say "......................................................................."

I really want to learn how to code, put simply, I want to learn how to make my own programs. No much more that I can add there. Mostly because I haven't got the foggiest idea of where to start.

I really want to travel around the world, I have a few cites in mind, I've got Paris, Berlin, New York and San Francisco.

I need to stop worrying about the things other people say. The people who matter don't mind, and the people who mind, don't matter. (I stole that from Charlie McDonnell, I'm sure he won't mind)

I really want to set up my own publication, no idea what it will about, I just want to do.

Surprisingly, this list ends here. I really expected more when I started wring this.

The eight years thing, Lets make it six.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

I wasn't nervous, I was more apprehensive

I wasn't nervous, I was more apprehensive. Today (Friday 26th April) was the first interview that I had conducted in about 5 years. One of the last ones was with a councilor from Boston, England. We talked about waterworks for a report on BBC Radio Lincolnshire, I was 15 at the time and manageress to persuade my headmaster to let me out for lunch to meet the councilor  I owned a Nokia 3310, which had three phone numbers on it, My own, My home number and the number of my school.

The very last interview that I did was with Jake Humphrey, I so wish that I had the original recording.

Fast forward to today, I'm now twenty, and I work for a independent youth newspaper. I'm sat on the train looking over the questions while adjusting to the pressure of the tunnels that come up, all while making my way through the every one of The Who tracks that I have on my iPhone, the one with a hundred contacts from those who I met very briefly during the course of my business, to my best friends some of whom I have known for about eight or nine years.

But back to the train, I'm (was, its now Thursday  on my way to Bite the Ballot HQ to meet with there founder and director, Mike Sani. I met Mike last week at the Why Should We Care? Event in Harrow last weekend and we had a good chat, but of course we both busy men, I mean, he runs a huge organisation, and I write about people.
Mike is a very interesting man, and I really want to delve deeper, but I need to stay on topic, I need to talk about Bite the Ballot, although I can afford my self the luxury of sneaking a few questions about his career at the end of  the interview. Let me put it this way, he studied Business Management and Finance in Southampton, became a banker in America, gave it up, when traveling for a year and then became a teacher and later set up Bite the Ballot.

Of course being the complete idiot that I am, I arrive at Southwark and hour and half early. How did I pull that one off? The journey was meant to take 3 hours, it took 90 minuets. I'm impressed, I felt like I have just outrun The Flash.

With 90 minutes to kill, I did the only sensible thing a person like me could do, I got coffee.

I decided to turn up 20 minutes early, that I feel is a sensible time to turn, early enough to show that I'm professional but not late enough to say 'oh my god, taxi'

The rest is here:

I know, I should have put this post up when the interview go published, but I have been really busy. Please forgive, I have Cookies.