Whoo Hooo

big-tomJust found out that I am covering the switching on of the Guildford Christmas lights, with Bonnie Langford…. & the cast of Cinderella & Santa’s Singing Elves.

Beats some of the previous celebrities that have turned the lights on in the past, I seem to recall doing Floella Benjamin some time back in the 1980s, and fairly sure that Molly Sugden did it also…..

Continuing The Archive Theme

Sara Crowe and Ann Bryson before they shot to fame as the Philidelphia Cheese Girls.  Original Publicity photographs shot for their Cabaret Act the Flamin' Hamsters.

Sara Crowe and Ann Bryson before they shot to fame as the Philidelphia Cheese Girls. Original Publicity photographs shot for their Cabaret Act the Flamin’ Hamsters.

From back in the day, I think 1983/4, but it could have been even earlier than that. Photographed in a studio in Godalming. Sara Crowe & Anne Bryson went on to become famous as the Philadelphia Cheese girls, but first they had a cabaret act called “The Flamin’ Hamsters”, never really found out what the background to the name was.

They both went on to considerable success it TV comedy shows & Sara also went on to star in a Carry On film, admittedly it was one of the worst Carry On films ever made, although there was a memorable quote, but I can’t even remember what that was 🙂

Well that was different

big-tomAfter many years working for the national newspapers, this weekend was the first time that I have worked for a local paper. What a difference! Whereas for the nationals it was very rare that I would cover more than 2 jobs in a day, then it was a rush to wire the images as quickly as possible. Frequently “doorsteps” would involve standing around from stupid o’clock until late, usually with 10 minutes of frantic activity followed by a rush to move the photographs as quickly as possible. Because even if you are on a paid shift for a title, frequently the picture editors would use the first photograph to land on their desktop, (especially so if it came from Reuters or PA etc).

Anyway this weekend involved lots of jobs, and then a leisurely trawl through the images, and as long as they are on the FTP server by Monday morning all is good.

It is funny that the pictures that seem to be favoured by the local press do not seem to have changed much in the 25 years since I last did the usual “grip ‘n’ grins”, “cheque presentations”, “tree planting ceremonies”.

Good Fun anyway.