In May 2012 I had the privilege of meeting and filming Sir Terry with colleagues from TTV Pictures, for the charity Veterans Aid. We met at the BBC on a Sunday morning shortly before he was due to go on air.
He was affable, relaxed, professional and friendly – interested in the charity’s work and in no hurry to get the recording done; in short, one of the nicest individuals I have ever met. His time, to raise awareness of the charity’s event (The Big Bus Pull), was freely given; it was a relatively brief encounter, but the memory of his charm and gracious reception will endure. I know that colleagues at Veterans Aid and TTV Pictures will be as saddened as I am to learn of his passing.
I’ve often thought I was perhaps a tad borderline in the conformity stakes – but when I heard that three guys were taking an 11,000 mile cab ride to the capital of Mongolia I realised that my eccentricities were strictly minor-league. Straight from university, looking for adventure, and accompanied only by a 16-year-old called Mildred who had nevertheless been round the block a few times, adventurers Oliver, Olivier and Will joined 400 other teams leaving London on Saturday, 19th July to take part in the 2014 Mongol Rally. To be fair the 16-year-old is a London taxi – affectionately nicknamed Mildred – and purchased on eBay for less than £1000.
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Good luck guys – and be grateful that Mildred meter isn’t running!
More on Veterans Aid website.
In October I wrote about a most unusual makeover, at a hostel for homeless men, in East London. It appeared in The Lady
The transformation is now complete and already jaws are dropping.
Pix to follow!