I AM BACK!!!! But in the middle of dealing with the crappiest jet lag ever. I can barely string a sentence together today and everything I do is like wading through treacle.
I have spent the last week with some of the smartest people on the planet and today I feel like I can’t be trusted to butter toast LOL. Still I know it will pass and from tomorrow I can show you everything that goes on at the World Memory Championships ………………. its the one job I do in the year that combines my best mates, my past as a Stage Manager, my life as an International Grand Master of Mindmapping and skills of tact and negotiation that would make a Kindergarten Teacher proud.
I get to hang out with these two pals – Phil Chambers on the left and the Silver Fox that is Dominic O’Brien on the right. ……
Phil is a Mind Mapping Expert too – if you have read my books you will know him as my co-author. He runs all the stats and scoring at the WMC and heads up the team of Arbiters. Knows it all forwards and backwards and is looking pretty awake considering how many hours we travelled yesterday to get to Heathrow.
Eight times World Memory Champion Dominic is “Master of the Room”. Like me he is a wee bit OCD at getting stuff organised …. but we have a great working relationship in that he lets me get on with getting everything organised without getting involved too much LOL. No seriously, he trusts that a problem handed to me will be dealt with quickly and under the radar. Despite his job he is actually quite quiet and reserved – so it works really well having me as pet Rottweiler when we are on site.
Its the kind of relationship where he can turn around to ask for something and I already have it prepared and ready to hand over to him … kind of how great friends can complete one anothers sentences for each other. Oh – and as his name suggests … Irish extraction so can always be relied on to take me out for a beer when needs must
So now you have met the team ………….. can I show you what they are up to tonight??
They have only gone and recorded a show called Memory Slam with the gorgeous Rachel Riley from Countdown ….. and I have seen the trailer and some other bits of the recording.
Its funny watching your besties on telly … cos how they come across is so very different from how you know them.
Phil is like the ultimate Bond Villain ………….. seriously creepy and scary and all he needs is a white cat and sharp suit and I could be having nightmares for weeks. The thing is in reality he is calm and quiet and wouldn’t say Boo to a goose.
And as for Dom?? Well don’t tell his Missus Caroline but he has totally got the whole Silver Fox / 50 Shades thing rocking …… which is so NOT how I want to think of him ROFL. Its kind of how when mates are in the “Friend Zone” you really don’t want to go there LOL.
Still – I am popping over to a mates at 8pm to watch the full thing on Watch TV ……. I can’t wait to see which kids comes out the winner!! They were all brilliant by all all accounts but the boys spent a whole 24 hours travelling with me and wouldn’t tell me who the winner was LOL.
Back tomorrow when I am able to work my fingers on the keyboard and thoughts through my brain …… anyone who has travelled through a few time zones knows what I am feeling right about now.
Laters my lovelies XX