- So an email comes in from Speaker Finder Sue at Beeston U3A, and I am expecting the inevitable regrets etc. etc. at cancellation of my planned talk there in December. But it’s not a cancellation.
The very progressive people of Beeston had booked ‘Oprah Winfrey Touched My Elbow’ for their Christmas gathering on December 3, but instead of cancelling their monthly talks, they are resuming them via Zoom from their September meeting on, and asked me if I could still do December and join them on screen.
Technology tends to make me nervous but after ‘attending’ meetings and training for the Shannon Trust, the prison charity, via Zoom, and attending the AGM of the Broadcasting Press Guild in the same way, I’m now relaxed about Zoom get-togethers and very much looking forward to resuming my latter-day career as a guest speaker. I’m hoping I can generate just as many laughs reaching people in their own homes as I do in a hall filled with 100-150 people. We shall see.
I will have one or two tough acts to follow. September’s guest is novelist and actress Elizabeth Morton, whose husband is a past interviewee of mine – the former Dr Who and All Creatures star Peter Davison.
The other good point is that, unbeknown to the good members of Beeston, I worked for 18 months for Nottingham City Council, fostering good relations (or trying to) with residents affected by construction of the tram extension back in 2014/15. Beeston was very badly affected by the inevitable road closures, traffic congestion and business disruption. This way though, no one can get to throw any missiles my way…