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The Last time I was in a local paper....


.... I was working for the Northants Evening Telegraph, and I'd rescued a dog from a river. I'm not sure if this is progress! Read more on "The Last time I was in a local paper...."!

Post-Roadshow Report Card - Edinburgh Stevenson


Me in front of the crowd at Edinburgh.

Oh alright, I'll stay awake despite the gentle rocking of the train, and the fact I've been working for a very long time now without a day off. Heading south from Edinburgh as I write this, so at least it's all fairly fresh in my mind.
  • Student Turnout - 8/10. Lots of folk, particularly for Dave, Dennis and Duncan's afternoon off-camera flash demo.
  • Number of Questions asked - 10/10. Pretty much all of this score is accounted for by Arek, who turned up with a bloody great shopping list!
  • Quality of Tea and Cakes - 9/10. Lunch wheeled out to us in the lecture theatre. Mmmm, lazy.
  • Ability of Tom's laptop to handle something simple like a USB key drive - 0/10. Time for a new one methinks. Mind you, this one's 4 years old and has been dropped more times than I care to remember, so no real cause for complaint.
  • Number of people who used their own initiative on the assignment and thereby knocked our collective socks off - 10/10. You know who you are!
Right, sleep now. Then some more work, then back up to Edinburgh for a shoot at the weekend. As a wiser, tougher and more handsome man than me once said "It's not the years Honey, it's the mileage!" Read more on "Post-Roadshow Report Card - Edinburgh Stevenson"!

Post-Roadshow Report Card - Aberdeen College


Aberdeen College - they're all paying attention to David, not me.

Up to the far north and Aberdeen yesterday, which was a new experience for me, despite having distant family up there. Some very good attempts at the assignment, including a couple of people who had actually read the blog beforehand! I was stunned I can tell you.
  • Student Turnout - 8/10. Pretty good numbers, although maybe helped by the fact it was raining and we were indoors in the warm.
  • Number of questions asked - 6/10. A few good questions, proof that I didn't cover everything in the talk.
  • Quality of tea and cakes - 8/10. Actually, make that scones, although I've still got one of the vouchers I was given for the staff canteen.
  • Inconvenience caused by having to change venues several times and making up the goodie bags out in the corridor - 8/10. That were a bit annoying, I don't mind admitting.
  • Ability to handle the assignment - 7/10. Pretty good, with only a few people who got the wrong end of the stick or messed up the paperwork.
  • Number of local papers that turned up - 10/10. Blimey. I'm famous. And I'm not a fan of being in front of the camera, but I already knew that!
Just on my way back from Edinburgh now, and may get time to write their report card too, or may succumb to my exhaustion and doze off! Next stop Lincoln. Read more on "Post-Roadshow Report Card - Aberdeen College"!