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Lucky escape for the Trafalgar Square crowds

September 1st, 2009 · Posted by Skuds in Life · 3 Comments · Life

I received the email today that told me I was not picked for the final tranche of people to take their place on the 4th plinth as part of Antony Gormley’s One & Other.  While I am a little disappointed, that is far outweighed by relief.  I have seen quite a few of the past plinthers and there are some tough acts to follow.I was starting to get a bit worried in case I was picked, because I really had no idea what to do. Anything I could think of had been done and/or I couldn’t do it anyway.  The list of things I am incapable of doing through lack of skills and talent got to be quite long…

  • Juggling
  • Stilt walking
  • Any other circus skills
  • Singing
  • Dancing
  • Knitting
  • Yoga
  • Posing as a statue
  • Tai Chi
  • Playing guitar
  • Playing violin
  • Playing trumpet
  • Playing any musical instrument

Also I was getting paranoid about doing anything that would require amplification as I had a mental picture of the sky opening and pouring down on expensive hired electronics.

I was left with only a couple of possibilities:  getting in touch with LMHR for some decent banners and reciting the poem The Hangman, leaving me with only 50 minutes to fill, going to the fancy dress shop in Horsham for a suitably eye-catching costume – perhaps even doublet and hose and reciting some killer Shakespeare solioquys.

Mind you, I did see a statement from the Met police that nudity per se was not a criminal offence so there was always that last resort….  I think we all had a lucky escape.

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3 Comments so far ↓

  • Andrew

    Shame – would have liked to have seen you up there! Doublet and hose would have been excellent.

    Did you see the guy who played two new Marillion tracks?

  • Skuds

    Missed that. Seen a lot of hula-hooping (which I forgot to put on my list of things I can’t do).

    There is still the tiny possibility of being called off the subs’ bench, so maybe I should brush up on my “once more unto the breach dear friends” just in case.

  • skud's sister

    I can let you have some FoE postcards and a cardboard cut-out cow….. Just in case….