Richard and Judy's Blog
Tide Clocks and New Reads
Tuesday 7 June 2011
Getting lots of feedback out and about re. the R&J Summer Reads so far. Glad you’re enjoying them. Can’t wait to hear what you think about The Novel in the Viola, and The Return of Captain John Emmett. Absolutely terrific writing in both. On that note, we are really interested to know which will be the overall favourite this time round – WHSmith have set up a voting site here. But post your reviews as well please on either our website or theirs – we really enjoy reading them.
Also getting lots of feedback re Have I Got News for You after guesting on the show last Friday. I was a panellist this time (with Paul Merton) rather than hosting as I did a while back. TOTALLY different experience. I’m not saying hosting is easy – it isn’t – but you do get all your gags on script and the best thing to do is just deliver your links to camera, ask the questions, and sit back and let Paul and Ian deliver the ad-lib gold.
But being a panellist kind of puts you on the spot. I suspected it would. You’re on your mettle. I decided the game plan should be to relax as far as possible and just not try too damn hard. Just make a crack when you feel comfortable, and accept you’re there as pretty much the straight-man. (Which means you have to accept any wind-ups in good part. It’s awful when you see guests coming over all defensive, or even worse, aggressive. Did you see Bob Ainsworth, the former Defence Secretary, a few weeks back? Car crash stuff, especially when he made a cringeworthy attack on Hislop. Talk about a suicide pass. He was dead meat from there on in).
The wind-ups I was treated to were actually very funny. An absurd mocked-up shot of me jogging wearing speedos (shown for a reason I can’t even remember), and Hislop taking the piss over me tweeting last week about my new tide clock in Cornwall. As those of you who follow me on Twitter know, I really don’t mind people taking the piss so long as it’s a) not abusive and b) funny. (Come to think of it, actually, even abusive tweets can be kind of ok if they’re funny). Anyway, my bish-bosh with Ian over Twitter and tide clocks got a massive response on Twitter, and out and about too this week. Touched a comedy nerve, for some reason. Had some really funny exchanges and witty comments from people. (Actually, sod it, tide clocks ARE great. I’d never heard of them till last week. They look great on the wall and they’re just...interesting and different. So there). BTW, you can see HIGNFY online for three more days if you want to learn more about tide clocks....
Anyway, back to books... Jude and I have just taken delivery of the long-list for the autumn reads. We’ve read two of them already, and one of them is one of the best ghost stories either of us have read in years. I can’t say any more yet, but it’s a blood-freezer, trust me.
Bye for now, and thanks for all the feedback here, on Twitter, and d’ahn the shops...