New Years Reading…

Practise makes perfect – or so the adage goes.

‘Perfect’ being relative of course and depending on myriad factors including ability and talents. The awkward upshot of this being that some people’s ‘perfect’ is better than others. More perfect, I suppose. Which is awkward but a fact of life and why we venerate certain people and not everyone.Golf is a useful way to contextualise this. The hardest game of all – and famously associated with a quote…“the harder I practise, the luckier I get.”

A comedy draw…

We’re all down with charity, right? Giving over our money. And if not cash, then our time to help people less fortunate than ourselves? Comedians are in high demand by charities to perform at fundraising events. Some offer to pay for said services but most do not and I usually base my decision on my availability and the worthiness of the cause.

Nothing ventured…

Nothing ventured, nothing gained – is how the saying goes. An interesting cliché – which I tend to rely on.  Even, over rely on, perhaps? Ultimately, used as the upside to a defeat and there are alternatives… Look on the bright side/there’s always a silver lining or better luck next time.  But I prefer nothing…

No ordinary Sunday…

This is a blog I wrote today for The Brothers Trust website – which I thought to share here also in-line with advice gleaned from my sporadic bursts at becoming more on-line savvy – which is at best, plodding… * Like all Marvel films, for the diehard fans, Spider-Man Far From Home is more of…

I am arresting you…

Three boutique cinemas packed with children and their families who have been/are going through… some very tough experiences. People who were mostly invited by charities that the Brothers Trust have supported (Debra and Momentum), others through Make a Wish, GOSH (Great Ormond Street Hospital) and some who were invited more organically. Circa 120 people in…

New site, same old owner…

Hello all, This new site has been a while coming and many glitches along the way – and so been off-line and not  blogging for a week or so. How have you coped? (He asks, unrealistically…) I am rushing to a new material gig now – but I have much to write about and share,…

There are no short straws…

In 2010, I visited New York with Tom because he had been cast in a film called, The Impossible – and the story of Eclipsed was already fully formed in my mind whatever happened to my eldest son from here-on-in. As well as meeting the director and his co-stars, Ewan MacGregor and Naomi Watts (I…

Suckered again…

Back in the day, I used to do what became affectionately known in the Holland household as “The Fruit Bowl.” Each morning, I would pulverise a load of fruit and veg through an angry and loud  machine to produce a juice drink in the hope that the Holland boys would grow to be big and…