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Woodford Folk Festival: a Mud Odyssey

Let me officially go on record by saying this has been:

a) the wettest Woodford ever;

b) the wettest Woodford ever; and

c) the only way I console myself while trudging through the muddiest mud-pits is by convincing myself that I’m fulfilling my childhood fantasy of walking through a world made of melting chocolate.

But even so, it is still…well, Woodford.


I’ve had two beautiful gigs thus far – one on the first night with my gorgeous sister Ang accompanying me on keys for an improvised song devised by an audience suggested title of “Gumboots are better with socks.” Then yesterday was my personal fave event of the whole festival, The Great Debate, where us comedian lot went head to head on the topic: “There’s no business like show business.” My fave moment: Steady Eddie proclaiming the irony of Woodford is that “we’re paying for anarchy.”

My daughter videoed a bit of it too, so will upload that when I’m not otherwise occupied pulling bits of mud out of my ears.

I must admit, the first day I was freaked out by the wet so much that I doubted being capable of embracing the full magic that is this festival. But (thankfully) I was wrong, wrong, wrong.

Personal highlights thus far:

- having my mind twisted as far as the onstage cutlery in the mind-altering nuttiness known as the Space Cowboy. He bends metal, swallows everything in sight and juggles chainsaws on a 3 meter “suicycle.” And smiles pretty much the entire time. Insanity. Then finishes off wishing everybody “a beautiful and freaky life.” Loves it.

- hanging with my daughter all over the countryside, particularly lovely seeing as her very first Woodford she was all of four months old and hanging off the frong of me in a sling. Nowadays she’s trudging militantly throughout the festival streets determined to soak up as much goodness as she can. When I asked her what she loved about Woodford, she didn’t even bat an eyelid: “Because…it’s WOODFORD!”

- being asked for my first autograph and also having a little kid come up and wave to me, beaming: “Hello comedian person!”

Magic is real and at Woodford, I’m pleased to say, that mud or no, it remains rampant.

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Sometimes Good News Plays Hard to Get

I remember years ago feeling very down about my career (which at that point was very much focused on being a screenwriter) and the lack of progress I’d made since uni. I very distinctly recall a phone conversation with my sister, in which I dramatically sighed – a move I’ve since perfected – that “IContinue Reading

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2010: The Year In Gloriously Navel-Gazing Review

1. What was your New Years Resolution and did you keep it? I can’t even remember so I’m gonna go with “no.” 2. Did anyone close to you give birth? A number of people, most of whom I’ve noticed through facebook. Stop having children, please. They are making me too clucky and we can’t affordContinue Reading

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Why statistics are bad for the soul

*Moderately whingey blog entry to follow. Enter at your own peril. I have a confession to make. I’m finding it hard to get over my ego. It’s big, you see. It trips me up, you see. And it bruises and bleeds so easily one would think it was a member of the early Royal Family.Continue Reading

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Video from the Gumball Theatre launch!

I’ve been slogging my guts out this afternoon – you know, in a very sit down and exert no energy whatsoever kinda way – to put this little thingamijig together. It ain’t perfect, but I do like it.

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How to properly handle accidentally taking one’s sister’s sunscreen home with you

THE NEGOTIATIONS: A MESSAGE TRANSCRIPTION Me: “I have your sunscreen. If you want to see it again, send an unmarked box of fruit’n’nut chocolate to 58 Ticktock Street, Booltchy Town. Umm, I mean to a random drop-off address. Oops.” Sister: “Meet me at 23:00 at the wharf behind the old abandoned car-park.” Me: “Okay, butContinue Reading

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4 Semi-Coherent Thoughts On Keeping Momentum Going

My dear friend (and fellow chaser of the challenging performing/Mummy combination) Alex called me this morning, and asked me something which has since sent my cogs not just turning, but spiralling inwards on themselves in confusion not seen since I exposed the poor darlings to Inception: “How do you keep your momentum going?” I triedContinue Reading

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My best friend is back and she knows me so well…

So if you’ve been playing along for a while now, you’ll know of my beautiful bestest buddie Frankie. And if you’ve been playing along for a while now, you’ll also know of our beautiful bestest trip earlier this year to NYC. And if you’ve been playing along for a while now, you’ll also know ofContinue Reading

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What It Feels Like to Be Heckled

In the fabooshy Yen Magazine this month. Dig.

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5 Things That Have Happened During My Accidental Blogging Hiatus

1. I have officially been redeemed – at least for now – as not COMPLETELY sucking at this mothering thing. My babies won awards! Which you know, of course, is nothing more than an utter reflection on MY awesomeness! Huzzah! I celebrated by coating their respective trophies with tequila and licking it off while hummingContinue Reading

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