Friday, 7 December 2007

Flowerpot's Moments of Fame Part Two

Mum rang at six o’clock last night.

‘In my paper it says something else is on at 7.30,’ she said. You could hear the panic bubbling down the phone. ‘Are you sure?’

‘Well, that’s what Dermot said and I guess he should know,’ I said. Thinking, well, there’s not much I can do about programme timings.

‘You will tape it, won’t you, so I can see it when I come down?’ bleated poor Mum.

I reassured her – Himself had spent some time making sure that the video would tape, and all went well up until 7.20 when I dashed next door to put the tape on.

It wouldn’t work. I hollered to Himself who grunted, abandoned the last of his meal and hurried down the corridor, saying, ‘Don’t be silly, Pop, it was working this afternoon.’

Ten minutes later, it still wasn’t working so I ran back to the snowy screened telly in the kitchen, shouting at Himself to come and watch.

He emerged, nearly in tears of rage and threw the remote onto the floor. It broke.
He was past caring.

‘****ing thing,’ he said – and other words in a similar vein.

Then we sat down and watched my fleeting glimpse of fame together.

I can’t tell you what a relief it was not to come over as some idiot who couldn’t string two words together. Then Mum rang for her debrief – she approved, saying, ‘you looked almost intelligent.’

Thanks, Mum.

Then my mate Deb rang to offer congratulations and Himself kissed me and said, ‘I’m so proud of you, Pop.’

By this time I was so excited I was running up and down the flat, saying ‘Mollie, Mollie, Mum’s famous!’

Mollie looked at me quizzically and jumped up and down as well, and after about half an hour, Himself said, ‘Careful, Pop. You’ll burst.’ And sent us out for a long walk.

I'm glad to say that a friend has taped it for me, so I can relive my moments of glory over and over and bore myself rigid (I won't inflict it on anyone else, never fear).

But The main reason I was so pleased was that the object of the programme was to vote for your favourite Westcountry author. The others on the panel voted for Thomas Hardy whereas I was torn between Daphne du Maurier and Mary Wesley.

I was glad to see that they opened the programme with my first soundbite on Mary Wesley and sex, (yes they did keep that bit!) and closed it with mine on Daphne du Maurier’s gift for writing. So I had my say.

26 comments:

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Congratulations! I'm so glad you managed to get it on tape after all. I love Daphne Du Maurier too.

Crystal xx

Flowerpot said...

I'm glad to find another Daphne du M fan - I think she's terrific. the beginning of Frenchman's Creek gets me every time.

Ellee Seymour said...

I am so sorry to have missed it, how frustrating about the tape, that's a familiar scenario in my household too.

Those are two authors I read widely in my youth, time to revisit them if I could drag myself away from the computer.

Well done, and a thousand congratulations for a great TV debut.

Lane said...

Well done fp. It must have been so exciting to watch! Love Mary Wesley and Daphne Du Maurier too:-)

Loved your mother's comment. Sounds so familiar:-)

Akelamalu said...

I didn't get to see it unfortunately but congratulations and well done. x

Philipa said...

Oh flowerpot, any chance of a YouTube? I'd love to see that.

The Rotten Correspondent said...

Won't you post it? Please?

Pretty please with sugar on top?

The Rotten Correspondent said...

I bet the station has a copy. (Meant to say that last time).

Frances said...

I saw it, but because I hadn't read your post, I didn't realise you were on it and so I have no idea which one you were. Isn't that awful? Who did you vote for in the end? I have a clear image of the five people, four with their cards held up - I know you are not the man!

laurie said...

wow! that's terrific! you opened AND closed it? they liked you.

i'm so happy. how about a screen grab for us?

and hey....do we have the same mother, or what...

Sweet Irene said...

Congratulations, I am sure you did a wonderful job and made your point completely.

Miss Understood said...

You were great, FP! I had a huge smile on my face when I saw they left your comment in.

Your curls are lovely, by the way :)

Flowerpot said...

ellee - I'm glad it's not just us being incompetent with the video!

lane - it was very exciting, and glad to find another MW and DdM fan.

Ak - many thanks!

Flowerpot said...

philipa - well I haven't got the tape yet!

rc - I will be picking up a copy of the tape on sunday but don't know how to get that onto Youtube - any ideas?

frances - oh, a viewer!! I was the one who voted for Daphne du Maurier.

Flowerpot said...

laurie - I know that chuffed me to bits. Funny that about mothers....

sweet irene - you evidently have great faith in me!

MissU - and another viewer - I'm quite overcome! So glad you liked it. The curls entirely what they want with no input from me.

Ellee Seymour said...

yes, this is definitely one for youtube.

Graham, Prince & Tilly said...

I missed the damned thing whilst dropping Tilly off at my Mums house! Let's hope someone uploads it to youtube.....

liz fenwick said...

Congrats. How exciting!!!

liz fenwick said...

Just watched it playback - well done:-)

Flowerpot said...

G - if I can get hold of a DVD of it I will upload it - or get someone else to.

Liz - thanks! Did you go on to the westcountry site?

liz fenwick said...

yes i did :-)

Em said...

Just watched it - loved your opening gambit!! lol. Great to put a face (and name) to the ..er .. you know what I mean..

Must go read some Mary Wesley :D

Flowerpot said...

Em - thanks and glad you enjoyed it. I keep getting accosted by people shouting SEX at me now!

lady thinker said...

I just linked the show to my blog. was lovely to see you Flower.

Cathy said...

I'd love to see this tape. Where can I find it?

Cathy said...

I found it, thanks. Very interesting...and your contributions were great!

I would associate Betjeman much more with Metroland, where I now live, than with North Cornwall where I grew up. I think you as a panel reflected that in your choices too.