Captain Breadbeard

A story.

I suddenly became aware of a woman of unknown origami walking towards me. I got as far as a friendly “hello” and she embarked on her introduction. To add context, we were attending a b2b event and although a “work hard, play hard” affair, this was the “work” part of the weekend. Having initially been unable to find me, she had enquired as to my appearance. The description clearly a good one, as she was now standing in front of me.

Said description? She was told to look for a man with bread on his face, and lo and behold, there I was.

Fortunately my bread masked the journey from confusion to wonder on my face. Such a beautifully unintended anagram; a lexicological masterpiece. I’ve oversold it now, but as a lover of words and live art, not to mention a bearded man, it stuck with me.

And hence the title of this blog. Expect more pictures of me wearing a beard made of bread, for now you’ll have to live with the following. Note to Aaron Prentice (aka Beardy Baker) – Fancy a collaboration?  I’ll bring the face if you bring the bread…

 

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A Recipe .

I love cooking (and eating for that matter). Typically I will start with 4 or 5 variations of a recipe, work out the “must-dos” for the dish to retain its name, then experiment with the rest depending on how I’m feeling or what’s in the cupboard.

My plan is to approach this weekly blog in the manner, so I promise not to give a blow-by-blow account of my bowel movements and calorie counts. More of a MOTD2 summary of the week’s events and mind wonderings; a creative journey that begins with me wearing nothing but my pants, much like George and Ben’s journey across Britain in their book Free Country. Just with more clothes, oh and less exercise. And mostly staying at home. Now that I think about it, what I am planning to do is nothing like that all. It’s a good book though if you decide to read it!

 

A week in review.

TFW your colleagues give you a cake in the shape of a gravestone, and it says “You’re dead to us”. Standard behaviour. It is more than a group of employees or even friends, LateSail has become my family over the last 15 years, so a very odd feeling to have left. Feeling the love after a great send off on Tuesday.

What’s next? Well, I have these magic beans… and I’m planning to spend the next few months on a creative journey seeing if any of them are actually magic. I am something of a creative jack-(and the beanstalk)-of-all-trades, master-of-none, so the plan is to hone those skills and see if I can create some financial potential.

 

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The first creative challenge was to sign up to write a play every day in February with 28 Plays Later. So far 3 down, 25 to go! If you are so inclined you can check out my attempt at day 1’s challenge. It’s silly, short and not really ready for to see the light of day…. but here you go.

Next week will include getting my home studio up and running, an audition, more play writing and watching some stand-up. Check back next Sunday.

 

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