Eek, cheers Joe.
Right, I appear to have been blog-tagged,
1) after about a month of my first PGCE placement my mentor told me to give up teaching, that I'd never be any good at it. It was only thanks to St Mary's, Twickenham's fantastic PGCE tutor, Anna-Lise Gordon, that I'm a teacher. I am forever endebted to you for giving me the life that I now have.
2) after 2 weeks of being an assistant in Cordoba, Spain, I was mugged. By oneof my pupils' best mates. Nice. By the end of the year I swore (repeatedly, loudly, and using a wide variety of languages) that I would never be a teacher. Anyone spot a trend here? This time the thanks go to my girlfriend, Ali, for pointing out that even after my finals I might still get on a PGCE, and that I may well be good at it. Cheers!
3) I spent most of my childhood either sat in front of a video or sitting with a sore neck on the front row of the local cinema with my best mate, Gog (Al Smith). He now runs his own theatre company and is far too disgustingly successful. He promised to buy me an island if he ever made it big. I'm holding him to that one. So if I ever disappear...
4) When I was younger (says the ancient himself) I came 3rd in the Rosslyn Park (National) rugby 7s tournament. 2 years later I put my spine out of place. Twice. Now I'm far more of a football man, playing Saturday and Sunday league football for the occasionally mighty J&A Cameras team.
5) Unknown to many I used to work in Westminster for one of the few completely honest politicians- Ken Clarke. As an 19year old boy did I feel out of place, but it was a mindblowing experience. But can people please stop nagging me to go into politics myself- NO NO NO!
Well, I think that's probably the 5 things that the fewest people will know about me, hope they're reasonably interesting!