Greetings from Hollywood

BEFORE I start I want to apologise if this blog seems a little all over the place. My laptop blew up last week. I’m currently using the working half of an old laptop which is plugged into my TV to act as a monitor. If that sounds awkward that’s only half as awkward as using it. I’m bent up all over the floor with the keyboard up close to the screen. OK, apologies out of the way. Where was I?

I’ve just returned from a week in Chicago celebrating Thanksgiving where I managed to gain half a stone. If you don’t know too much about the festival it involves a dinner which is almost identical to a Christmas dinner, watching a lot of American football on TV and going to insane sales the next day (they call it “Black Friday”). I didn’t hear too much about our Essex brethren that sailed the seas to America on the Mayflower but never mind.

I managed to avoid going to Wal-Mart, Target etc with the in-laws the next morning. When my wife told me they were getting up at 4am to go and buy a lot of things at a fraction of their value I chose to stay in bed. You could offer me an ever lasting can of beer which refills itself as soon as it’s empty, but if I have to get up at 4am to buy it you can forget it. OK, on second thoughts an ever lasting can of beer would get me out of bed at 4am, but a laptop or plasma screen certainly wouldn’t.

Things have been up and down recently with regards to work. I went out a few weeks ago to audition for a big movie coming out in 2012. Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump etc) is remaking the Beatles movie Yellow Submarine. I was called in to audition as George Harrison which was a great experience. Fingers crossed something comes from it, but I was just happy to be there as I’m a huge Beatles fan.

In 2 weeks time I will be returning home for the first time in 20 months. I can’t wait to see my family, friends, have a nice pint and get to the football with my Dad. I’m counting down the days. I doubt very much anything will come my way now as the studios usually close for the holidays. So all of my thoughts are on 2010 and trying to make it my best year yet. I was in a nice dramatic movie which gets released next year and hopefully does some nice festivals. So I hope that opens a few more doors for me next year.

I’ve just watched the World Cup draw and we have USA in our group. I’m pretty pleased with that actually. I think it will be a really good opening game, certainly out here in the US. I’m looking forward to going down to the many British pubs in Santa Monica in my England shirt! I have a feeling (like I do every World Cup to be honest) that we could do it this time. If England make the final then I will make sure I fly home. I don’t think I could be in the US if England made the final. As much as I like the place I would have to be around family and friends for that one. I have a few mates out here who are football coaches and they want to fly to South Africa without tickets. But I would sooner watch England back home. Don’t get me wrong I’m not an arm chair fan. I’ve had a season ticket for many years at Arsenal and went to watch England in the ’98 world cup. But I’m not too sure I would feel as connected if England won the World Cup and I was in Africa. If I was in the stadium that would be different. But I doubt I would get a ticket. So realistically if England made the final where would I prefer to watch it on TV…? The USA, Africa or home….? Home sweet home. A house party or my local social club would be calling my name from almost 6,000 miles away. I can’t believe I’m getting this over excited already. Oh well, you have to have a dream right?

A merry Christmas and a happy new year to everyone in Britain’s best county – Essex!

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