A brilliantly-timed bit of advice

The lovely Alexia shared this great post on Google Reader recently:

Let Them Love You by Elizabeth Potts Weinstein – a timely reminder to keep on doing what you do even though mistakes will happen and some folks just won’t like it.

Every now and again I need a reminder to keep on keeping on. I’m sharing this for anyone else who needs a reminder too. Read it, take it in, then go about your awesome business, whatever it might be.

“Is it hot in here or is it me?”

'Ello Jimbo
My comrade in cosplay Kez, rocking the nerd specs and raincoat as the Devil himself, DCI Jim Keats.

Doing what I always do when I’m feeling poorly and sorry for myself, have a lark about with some photo editing software. This is my first play with Picnik, a fun little online photo editor.

Now, time for lemsip and bed… bleugh.

“It Couldn’t Happen Here”

TV Cream » I thought we said, It Couldn’t Happen Here.

TV Cream celebrates surely the most delightfully surreal and downright weird film of the 80’s.  There are rumours it may be surfacing soon on DVD, worth a look if you haven’t seen it.  And, of course, the soundtrack is excellent.

DCI Strangeguv

(Or how I learned to stop worrying and enjoy being a cross-dressing cosplayer)

An update on my adventures cosplaying as the greatest TV copper ever to have existed in a dystopian limbo afterlife-type-place.

Ashes to Ashes Series 3 ~ Radio Times Promo Shot - July 2010

I’ve been doing this for a couple of years, I cannot begin to tell you how much fun this is. You could probably guess, actually. Every ounce of grumpy aggression I accumulate every time something grinds my gears – a repeated chorus of “unexpected item in baggage area” is channelled as a strut, a stare and a politically incorrect rant that would go down in my normal life “about as well as a pork pie at a jewish wedding”. Well since I’m obviously not the shoe-shopping and spa days type, I had to find another way to wind down, and donning man drag and shouting at people works for me.

I’m in a film

Yes. Yes I am. Called Same Old Scene, it spins off from Ashes to Ashes, and features Alex Drake’s daughter finding herself in her mum’s world. It’s a cracking drama and a brilliant piece of work by my young friends Harriet Kaczmarczuk and Charlie Bailey, known collectively as “Charriet Productions”. The girls have put so much work into this and it’s coming together really nicely, more on that as we get closer to release.

Same Old Scene Promo Picture


I’m officially “six parts Gene Hunt”.

According to Matthew Graham and Ashley Pharoah, the writers responsible for bringing Gene Hunt to our screens.

"Six Parts Gene Hunt"

They didn’t specify which six parts, but it’s still a pretty impressive endorsement. Oh, and they “adore pigpog”, which is very nice of them to say so even if they did get my name wrong.

November 27th 2010 – Guv Meets Guv

I have met Philip Glenister a couple of times before, but never in cosplay. He’s going to be at Collectormania London in November, so finally, The Guv will meet The Guv. Should be a very interesting experience for all concerned, I’m sure! Also, a lovely young actor by the name of Mason Kayne will be there. He played the ghostly young copper who haunted Alex during series three of Ashes and turned out to be… (what do you mean you haven’t watched it yet? sheesh). I met Mason at the last party thrown by the Luigi’s gang. He’s a smashing bloke.

There will inevitably be photos and videos aplenty, which I shall share with you lucky, lucky people at the time. But for now I will close by showing you what we get up to at our parties… this was filmed in July, in a hot bar, at stupid o’clock in the morning. And yet I still managed to bring the FUNKEH (here’s the original).