Sorry my blog has been a bit quiet of late. Over three weeks ago I came down with a very bad case of glandular fever. Not only swallow, sore throat, but nauseous, high temperature and dragging my feet. I ended up a few days off work in bed which after a week I began to feel some relief, except, I lost my voice, totally! That’s right for the next four days nothing came out. Medication, sprays and lozenges eventually got it back although a rather deep unrecognisable one. Work loved it of course, you can imagine the jokes. Anyway, since then, along with my deep voice I have been struck with a hacking cough that refuses to go away. I am now heading into my fourth week and I need to get rid of it soon as I am off on holiday in two weeks…. Sigh.
With a beautiful long summers weekend now upon us, and looking for something cheerful or interesting to take the mind off a problem, if only for a moment, a recent blog post on a friend’s blog did just that. Listen to this video on her blog… http://catherinemjohnson.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/poetry-friday-pam-ayres/ although this is an unusually somber poem than the normal laugh out loud quirky ones Pam Ayres is usually known for, I am always amazed at her talent and her incredible memory. I have listened and watched her on shows since… oohh I don’t know how long. She is a master in her craft, which by the way includes writing in various genres for children. I suggested to my writing buddy, Catherine, about posting some more of Pam’s incredible work so others who are unfamiliar may enjoy.
Here’s a recent treat….. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=yYrLwmQKcrk&NR=1
Here is Pam in all her wit…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzJgKaiFtfY&list=PL28B09A49E44AB953
Go on tell me you aren’t laughing after this…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4oydSZTAns&list=PL28B09A49E44AB953
Here is Pam being interviewed on radio here in New Zealand when she visited last year. Great listening to her getting her start in her craft, winning the Opportunity Knocks programme, and great information for poets and writers about public speaking….. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4wamq7Lxgo