Dies Horribilis

Does anybody else have a day of the year when everything goes wrong? I mean, really unpleasant things like losing a relative or your house burning down?

I’m writing this on 1st August and today is my horrendous day – or, as our Queen would say ( that’s THE Queen by the way, not a bunch of drag acts on a street corner in Soho ) my ‘dies horribilis’. So many things have gone wrong for me on this day in the past and I dread it every year. I mentioned this to my flatmate yesterday and she compared the two of us by saying that major dramatic things happened to me on an infrequent basis but that she was (and I love this) a ‘slow-burner of constant mishap’. So far, and you won’t believe how many of my limbs are touching wood at the moment, nothing has gone wrong. However, I’m staying in for the rest of the day and not answering the phone. I might find a bucket of sand to bury my head in while I’m at it.

I’m also putting my feet up after a little vein op yesterday at the Whitely Clinic in Guildford, which, by the way, is the best place on the planet should you ever need vein treatment or surgery. Mark (Whiteley) and the team are just the nicest and most professional people you could meet. I’ve come to know them over a few years now and couldn’t recommend them more highly. I went there with some major circulation problems and a nasty diagnosis and they not only proved the diagnosis incorrect but sorted out the problems I had. Terrific people. Check the website at www.thewhiteleyclinic.co.uk.

‘The Secret Garden’ continues a very successful national tour. My second play, ‘The Moon is halfway to Heaven’ is into pre-production stage ( or as I once texted to my former business partner when the predictive text couldn’t deal with the word pre-production and, instead, put ‘softbugoo’  – consequently everything is now a ‘softbugoo’meeting ). We’re still on for a four-week run at Jermyn Street Theatre in the New Year, with the inevitable’ finance’ being the only foreseeable stumbling block. Very excited about this. I’ve also begun my first novel. Its based on my first play ‘Save Your Kisses For Me’ but with a major twist. More about this later in the year. I’ll also be directing a one-off production of ‘Kisses’ in November and will also update when I have all the details.

In the meantime, take much care of yourselves.

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