Two regular guys. Two fantastic charities. One tough mudder funking challenge.

My nephew, Nick Pople, and his good friend Jack Yarrow are taking on quite possibly the toughest obstacle course you can imagine. Described as the premier adventure challenge series in the world, this 12 mile course separates the men from the boys:

Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie.

The pair of them are a couple of beer monsters. I know this having sat in on a couple of sessions with them! However, unlike a lot of lads of their age, they’re both getting off their arses and preparing themselves for what will be a grueling test of endurance and character.

Why are they doing this?

Because the charities they’re raising money for are dear to both of their hearts.

The two charities are Help for Heroes and the Bobath Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy. Nick served his country with pride and did a tour of Iraq when he was just 19 years old. Jack has a sister called Sarah with cerebral palsy who is one of the loveliest girls you’ll ever meet.

I’m proud to be supporting them both and I hope you’ll join me too in sponsoring these two young lads raising money for good causes.

Just the thought of attempting the course brings me out in a cold sweat. To both of you – Nick and Jack – I salute you.

Iver Heath Cricket Club

Iver Heath Cricket Club was formed in 1947 by a bunch of alcoholics looking for something to do when the pubs used to shut on a Sunday afternoon. Sixty four years on and we’re still boozing!

We’re looking for new players to join our Sunday social cricket team.

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Everyone is talking about Dynamo Player at the moment. Chris Jones, author of The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook, recently described Dynamo as being “more important than YouTube“.

Dynamo Player is seen by many as the missing link in the distribution chain for the low budget independent film maker. It allows you to embed your film on any web page and to make money. Chris covers it pretty well in his blog post above as do the guys at Dynamo themselves on their website so, if your unfamiliar with Dynamo, I’ll wait for you to read their posts before I continue.

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lolcat adaptation #3
Creative Commons License photo credit: Kevin Steele

What started out as a usual Friday afternoon quickly turned into the craziest 72 hours online that I can remember since I first fired up my 14.4k modem back in 1995. Over that period I have run pretty much the full gamut of emotions from despair to elation with every possible combination in between. I’ve cried, I’ve sworn and I’ve whooped with joy. My neighbours probably think I’m some kind of window licking mentalist.

Why?

Because on Friday afternoon, the film that I’ve put blood, sweat and tears into for over 4 years got pirated.

You want to know something? I couldn’t be happier.

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Lenin quote: Without a revolutionary theory there cannot be a revolutionary movement

If you are an independent filmmaker in the UK or you’re an actor involved in low budget films you need to mark March 18th 2010 in your diary.

A meeting is taking place in London which could potentially revolutionise the way low budget and indie films are made in the UK and change the landscape forever.

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