Posts Tagged ‘charity’

ROLF HARRIS

2011-02-28

This is my wee personal tribute to Rolf Harris. And I do not care if this is not “cool”.

This man has been around almost all of my life.  He has spend a life in the media, and yet there’s no scandal, no dramas, no disappointment.

Rolf Harris is talented, but as an artist people don’t take him seriously.  I watched him anchor cartoon programmes on TV as a kid, and he was inspiring — but not entirely in way you think; he inspired me to be happy — Rolf seemed pretty together and happy to me.  It seemed to me that he wasn’t wanting just 5 minutes of fame, or a big hit.  he was just Rolf Harris — he still is.

He did swimming instruction on TV in the school holidays.  He’s Australian — so of course he swims.  He painted the Queen, he cried on shows about vets and pets. Mostly though, Rolf Harris is a good guy.  Everyone likes Rolf.  He did Two Little Boys and survived.  He did Stairway To Heaven, and — somehow — managed to find a way to survive that as well.

This is a helluva guy we’re talking about here.  I have to do it.  I have to come out as an admirer of Rolf. You can depend on him, he’s real, and he’s talented, genuine and modest too. He’s got a helluva first name — Rolf!  Not a lot of those about.  He has a signature beard and tash.  This guy is a BRAND. He’s artistic and musical, he introduced the UK to Digeridoos and circular breathing, playing the saw, and generally being eccentric and quirky.  But anyone can see that underneath all this media stuff, Rolf is real.  He’s a people person and an animal person, and that is very unusual and very special.

He is not identified with any particular charity.  Nor does he belong to any particularly trendy bandwagon for saving thr world.  Instead Rolf just does the job, all day every day.

Rolf — I salute you man!

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EDDIE IZZARD

2009-09-15

Eddie Izzard is my hero!  I have always enjoyed his comedy; it’s witty, clever, thought-provoking, intelligent, surprising and yadda yadda yadda.  Basically the man makes you laugh on lots of different levels.

I can remember when he first started — what an influence he was!  Even people in the street began talking like Eddie, the murmuring, the speeding up and slowing down, the drawing out of vowels, the languidity, the erudition — this was not plain “stream of consciousness” -type comedy, this was the rapids!

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The man is a genius at what he does.  He unfolds a virtual world, develops it, draws you into it, until you reach a state that can only be called “glee” — all done with tricks and manipulation by a master of surprise.

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I’ve been following him on Twitter (twitter.com/eddieizzard). Check out his website too: www.eddieizzard.com.

Well, surprise of surprises Eddie has run a full length marathon every day for ages!  All round Britain for charity! How unexpected is it that this high-heeled “Action Transvestite” could run one marathon, let alone 43 in 52 days.

Sorry, but that has really blown me away; it’s so bizarre, so extreme, so altruistic, so … mental!

He has single-handedly restored some faith in humanity for me in my grumpy old age.  How inspiring, and awe-inspiring.  Eddie has actually rocked my world — and now that he’s finished, he’s off to do a 44 date comedy tour of the UK !

Like wow.

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