Well the awards keep coming for my mum so tomorrow I’ll be heading off back to Forest Row to escort her back to the Stag Theatre where she is the guest of honour at the ‘Friends of the Stag’ celebration of the theatre’s first 30 years. Being held in the Plaza Suite, I’ll be leaving Essex at 11.30, arriving for lunch at about 1, then going to the theatre for 5pm. Likely to be a long day but for a very special woman – and the last time she is likely to be seen at the theatre. Pics, hopefully, on sunday.
The world-famous Cottesmore Leap (oh don’t tell me you’ve never heard of it?) at the ‘Wayne Wover’ Burghley Horse Trials which saw absolutely nobody fall off, was a highlight of the course this year as usual. Won by a New Zealander, Jock Paget, who had the novel ignominy of getting stopped on the course twice for horses who had blood injuries, the crowds were massive, the Pimms was £6 a thimble full, and the weather was, thankfully, marvellous. ‘Burghlers’ does attract a certain demographic, which makes people watching a virtual profession across the day. Dogs are frequently noted as being off leads, small children who one day will have loads of ponies of their own wonder what on earth is going on, and the amount of ‘Abercrombie & Fitch’ and Dubarry’s begger belief. This writer however, contends that the New Zealanders cheated, as having 7 in the top ten wasn’t really true when you consider that Andrew Nicholson entered three, and Paget two. Their total was compounded by the only Brit to finish high up, William (7ft and rising) Fox-Pitt, who, ironically, added to the NZ total by coming in 4th.
On a New Zealand bred horse.
The Trout Hatchery, which saw many an ‘honest ‘orse’ come a cropper, was decently taught a lesson by this particular rider though.
The long awaited revolution in camera technology arrived on friday – the GoPro 3 Hero Black Edition. Along with all manor of extras including LCD Touch screen, Battery Bac Pac, tons of back doors and GoPole for hand held stuff, this piece of kit was to be used at Dunsfold until 47mm of rain dumped itself on us on saturday night, rendering the bank holiday sunday a no-goer. I’ve done that run a couple of times before, and I can tell you that it#’s a bit bleak with a 5 o’clock start, not many planes because of the weather, and 15 degrees. However, lots of playing around with the camera will be done before Philippa dives in with it on La Palma, in a few weeks time, so watch this space for some great footage! All I’ve got to do now is buy an Imac to be able to edit what I’ve done. Damnit.
In a blast of a shoot spanning a couple of days ‘back home’ in Sussex, Max Durdant-Hollamby, my razor sharp and very talented nephew, produced a film of 0872 shot across the Ashdown Forest and at various locations in Sussex.
Hanging out the back of the film car and looking every bit as daring as a wing walker with no head for heights, Max edited the rushes and had the finished item on my desk by 15.00hrs, sunday afternoon. So if anybody wants a precocious talent to spice up their GP media awareness, have a look at this and get in touch here!
Don’t miss the Police Car in ‘RUSH’, premiering September 10th 2013.