MY GAP YEAR 2007/8Last Day at the Broadcast Centre
That’s it, no more Red Bee Media for a year. No more waking up at 6am and dragging my fat lame arse down to the Broadcast Centre to monitor such entertaining show tv shows as ‘How Does Your Garden Grow‘ and ‘House Invaders‘ for the umpteen time in a month. Don’t get me wrong, I do love my job, but I have to wonder sometimes, why can’t they dig out all the excellent TV shows sitting in the BBC archive? I guess it comes down to money and contracts in the end. UKTV GOLD use to be an excellent channel with its ever changing schedule of classic comedy, but now they repeat the same old shows to frequently, flogging them over again and again. However, the channel does surprise me once in a while, like the other day when I had to watch a whole night of ‘The Young Ones’. It’s an absolute classic in my eyes, it still has me in stitches after all these years.
It was sad leaving the Broadcast Centre for the final time yesterday. After all my years working at the BBC/Red Bee I have made some great friends. Still, its not like i’m leaving forever, i’ll be back in a year and tonight I get to see them again when they stitch me up at my leaving do. I can almost feel my hang over coming on now. Then it happens all again tomorrow down at the Big Chill Bar, and one more time in Colchester on Saturday night. I’m going to need this year off just to recover from all these parties. Still, it will get me in training for all the vodka that will be forced down my neck in Russia.
Moving quickly on to a geeky subject, I went to the local secondhand camera shop yesterday and bought myself a Leica 35mm F2 (4th edition) lens. I managed to haggle the price down to £675 from £790, which is a pretty good price. I wanted a 28mm F2.8, but the ones he had in stock were really tatty, which is no good when you are a Leica snob like myself.
Right, I’m off to pick up my slide film and buy a filter for my new lens, oh, I’ve just realised, this time next week I shall be in South Africa. WOW!