July 23rd, 2012

Blokes Do Stuff

Someone in the local library likes 'Blokes Do Stuff' books, they are often in the 'quick picks' rack. Today, there was a 'Bloke goes to SF conventions' book i.e. media cons in the UK, don't know if there was a 'real' fandom con, I don't think so. There was certainly a ZZ9 meeting, a Blake's Seven con, a Trek one and a Who one. [I have found it on Amazon but will not be giving it the oxygen of publicity - it mostly has positive reviews].
I shall be pitching a 'Blokes Do Stuff' TV show, entitled 'Blokes Do Stuff'. The theme will be to the tune of the Rainbow theme, in the spirit of blokeish nostalgia:
"All around the streets and houses blokes are doing stuff
Building robots, playing Subbuteo, skateboading in the buff
Blokes do stuff 'cos that's what blokes do"
I hope for it to be presented by someone vaguely Top Gear related.

Local shops for local people

1. I went to have a look at the coffee-and-ice-cream-shop-in-doomed-location. Sadly, I think it would be doomed if it weren't in a doomed location, it wasn't clear what sort of coffee they had and the ice cream looked uninspiring.

2. On the other hand, the bookshop managed to get a copy of The Apocalypse Codex in one day - not very surprising but I was experimenting with getting books from the local bookshop, which I assume pays UK tax unlike certain large on-line stores.

3. Another estate agent has closed - next to the deli. I weep bitter tears.

4. At some point I should organise Big Society Bingo - guess which box people in Waitrose put their green token in (the money is split between 3 local causes based on the percentage of tokens dropped into 3 boxes). Currently ahead in the 2 Waitroses are (a) buying a digital projector for the local theatre / cinema (b) some cancer charity or other. Winner to be chosen by least mean squares or similar.

Book concept

"I never meta bloke I didn't like"

Mr Weasel goes round the country / world interviewing authors of 'blokes do stuff' books, obviously starting / finishing with Tony Hawks, who perhaps can be said to have started the genre with 'Round Ireland With A Fridge'.