Just (7pm) had a phone call from a TV agency – had I heard of Mel & Sue’s TV show? Yes. Would I like to come on and teach something to Mary Berry & Paul Hollywood? Yes. When is it? Midday tomorrow. Do these people never plan more than 24 hours ahead?
I’m reminded of a similar (non)event a few years ago, when the Graham Norton show invited me to come along and teach a paper penis to Susanna Hoffs from the Bangles! This personal wet dream scenario was also the very next day and sadly also impossible.
My young apprentice in France, M. M. Grand, has unearthed some rare footage showing the origins of Paul Jackson’s “cube” design. As can clearly be seen, his original design wasn’t quite as pure, being held together with melted-down horse, combined with chip-shop lard.
Doing a quick google and I was led to this page where someone has posted a question about my sexual orientation, to which someone has replied outing me (although it could conceivably be an American actor). Whilst I have no problems whatsoever with people being gay, I’m sorry to inform you that it ain’t true. My wife agrees, my children are less certain. For the record, I’m 6ft 1″, 57 and have three brothers and a sister. I’m delighted that 6 people found the answer useful 😉
Not really origami related, but I’m just back from my trip to America for the 2014 OrigamiUSA convention – I shot this video (played the soundtrack as well) at Mark & Arlene Kennedy’s Fold’n’Feed – my first ever and truly magical sighting of a firefly 😉
That’s the snappy title of an article written by Koshiro Hatori in the Tanteidan Magazine 145. The Tanteidan (Japanese for “detectives”) are a high-end origami group who study the deeper ends of the folding art. I can’t read Japanese, but Hatori-san contacted me a while ago for details of how I have used paper within the field of music. You can read more here.
Most of the time, the students in my origami class are required to suffer my endless wit & wisdom and to struggle with my teaching but this week we actually had fun, making bangers from A3 paper, then firing them off in time to “The legend of Xanadu”, that classic from Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich.
It’s always a thrill when a large package is delivered, is it books? Paper? Models? An unexpected gift arrived recently from Paula Quiñónez, who spent a short time with us in 2012 when she was in the UK. Inside, a lovely 2 piece gift box with a beautiful crane inside.
I used to play in a band with a guy called Richard, who quit to focus on a new music shop business. A few years later, the business has grown (with his partner James) into the best guitar shop – www.richtonemusic.co.uk – for a long, long way!
They are both strangely fascinated by my work, so I made something to go on their Christmas tree this year, an Elias figure sporting a Gibson Flying V guitar (Richard’s favourite model).
I’ll take a photo when he is hung by the balls on the tree 😉