…been a guest speaker
I was invited to be a guest speaker at the Greenwich Series, an informal evening where speakers talk for 10 minutes. The other speakers were from Amnesty International and Talk To Me London, an organisation making strangers communicate better – both worthy causes, unlike my self-centred adventure.
I had no idea how much I was meant to prepare. Was it best just to get up and speak? Prepare a PowerPoint presentation? Printed hand-outs? Or perhaps an interpretive dance? I decided just to talk.
As I started speaking my nerves took an unexpected hold on me. The audience, gathered in the top room of a Greenwich pub, stared at me intently. The more I talked, the more I was unsure what was coming out of my mouth, but I think something along the lines of “Blah Blah Blah”. At the end the audience asked a few questions, which was kind. I probably should have done the dance.
I’ve been invited to talk again at the end of these 365 days. I just hope I’m not dead by then. Or in jail.
…tried to read the Bible
I discovered it takes between 50 to 100 hours to read. I was expecting the bible to be easy to follow, considering how popular it is. I managed 17 pages.
At least I tried.
Neil’s book Review:
Title: The Bible
Price: free from most good hotels.
I was slightly overwhelmed by the numbers of characters and felt this book could have been shorter, however I certainly liked the snappy title and couldn’t argue with the price.
…tried a 5Rhythms
The basic idea is to move to the music however you feel, a bit like jumping around in a club without any alcohol. At occasional points, a somewhat camp man whispered into a microphone in a slightly creepy way to “just move like the sea” or “feel like the wind” or “set your mind free”
At the end we all sat around in a circle, with a candle in the middle (not sure why), and were invited to talk about our feelings. We sat in silence for a few minutes staring at each other until one woman whispered the words “thank you” whilst touching her heart. Yeah.
However, one middle-aged gent was rather disappointed. “It’s not as good as my usual one in Oxford,” he sighed. “People seem to be less into you being touchy feely here in London”.
…had lunch at a members’ club
I spent the whole time speaking in a gentle mannered voice.
I also kept looking around to see if there were any celebrities, wondering “who’s that guy?”
Perhaps everyone else was wondering that about me…
Who am I?
…Been to the Ballet
…eaten a whole scotch bonnet chili, twice
having not learnt a lesson from my experience with the Phall curry on Day 28, I tried a Scotch Bonnet Chili. It wasn’t as hot as I thought it would be, so I immediately popped another in my mouth – once again, I spent the whole night clutching my stomach just for the sake of a new experience. Idiot.
…bathed in £3,740.
No, it wasn’t mine (in case the Inland Revenue are asking)