This evening I travelled from Stevenage to the Aldwych Theatre in London, where I saw Andrew Lloyd-Webber's new show, Stephen Ward.
Before the show started, I walked round the back of the theatre and saw this sign - naturally enough it was above the Stage Door.
I like to think that I am competent on stage, but I am nowhere near the standard of the professionals. These guys bring energy and enthusiasm night after night; they have astonishing voices and amazing consistency. They learn dance moves in minutes that would take me weeks, then they perform the dances with grace and power I could never match. Their acting draws you into the storyline.
So today's pic is for all professional performers out there - you do a great job, and the more I learn the more I realise how much better than me you are!
This is the Plaza, Stevenage. Just off the town square, it hosts a few pubs and a couple of takeaway food places. Yet it looks so sad and underused.
Even so, I really like the shapes of the buildings. the sweeping curve in the distance, coming towards the foreground and then swooping off to the right of the picture. Set this somewhere warm and sunny and it would be raved about. Here, it is simply ignored.
What a shame.
A one-foot glide (that means "on one foot", not travelling twelve inches) is one of the earliest things taught in the NIDA SkateUK ice skating course. This is me trying one.
Don't you notice how relaxed everyone else on the ice seems to be... and how amazingly tense my whole body looks!
Oh well, practice will make less imperfect!