As Paul reports, the tankard has hit New York, greatest city on Earth, according to those from New York. Faris is in control of the sacred cup and he looks pretty happy about it all (Faris is on the right).
Things you may not know about Faris:
He has some hair
He lives in New York
He likes Stone Junction (one of the best books ever written, for sure)
He knows Geoff Baker
This last part might not mean much to many people, but it sure means something to me, and Geoff.
After receiving David's suggestion in the comments under this post, I ended up speaking about those sunsets. You know, the ones you take pictures of. I think it went well - I managed to mention how sunsets are linked to death, but then end on a rather upbeat note, which was a relief, as I spoke at the end of the day and there was no-one to be upbeat after me.
Thank you Russell for organising it. And thank you to Marcus, whose video contribution to my sunsets bit has now turned into an informative series.
Gordon Comstock recently interviewed me for Creative Review (September 2009 edition). I like Gordon (not his real name, but then you knew that) - his blog is as funny as it gets, and he's a good man to have a cup of tea with.
I swore a little bit in the interview, which I now regret, but it wasn't really bad swearing, so that's OK.
The interview is here - I think you need a login to read it, but if you don't have one, don't worry; you're not missing that much.
This Saturday 12th September 2009 I will speak at interesting.
I haven't been able to go in the last couple of years, so it'll be my first time attending as well. I have no idea what to talk about so I thought that if anyone was reading this they could help me decide. This is the shortlist:
Beards and how they have made me think differently
My Granddad and why he was a champion
I hate jugs
Living under martial law - Indonesia, 1998
Why I'll never write a proper book
If you have a preference or indeed another suggestion, I would appreciate your thoughts.
I should blog more, and I should have a good excuse for not doing so, and I'd like to say I've been busy, but then everyone's busy. Maybe I just took the summer off, but then I know some people who blogged while they were on holiday, about the quality of the towels in the hotel they stayed in.
Putting my finger on the reason for not blogging more is tough. Maybe I had to take some time out to reconsider my whole situation when an Australian woman said I looked a bit like Gerry Adams.
Or is it just because I am now a proper parent with other responsibilities, such as parenting, tidying, scolding and toilet monitoring. Maybe it's because I have a job and a house that are quite far apart. Maybe it's because I am a lazy good for nothing who was never gonna amount to much.
Or maybe it's because blogging sometimes gets a bit boring, like anything you do a lot (washing up, teaching English as a foreign language, growing tomatoes).
So I had a rest. And now maybe things will get more interesting.