A frankly amazing day in Cardiff, during which Richard and I had a hearty Holiday Inn breakfast then headed off to Torchwood to record four, that’s four, brand new, exclusive podcasts in a professional studio deep within the bowels of the magnificent Millennium Centre, where I recorded my audiobook this time last year. It was quite a feat. We have decided to make the people who have downloaded the 100+ free podcasts since February 2008 pay for these four podcasts, which we themed around the four elements: earth, wind, fire and water. These will be available through the excellent, Cardiff-based Go Faster Stripe within weeks, or months, but hopefully weeks. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, here is an indulgent photo diary of our crazy day, which ended at the St David’s Hall, where 250 Welsh people paid to come and see us, and some of them had their photo taken with us, too, and bought our overpriced merchandise. It was a truly memorable day: a near-hysterical day in the studio (you’ll have to wait to hear the results), and a very warm gig, the podcast bit of which will be available to download tomorrow. In the meantime, here is the view of the Millennium Stadium from my hotel window, followed by some larking about in the studio, and some shots of Chris Evans, not that one, from GFS, and Felix, who commandeered the buttons in the control booth.
And this is the volunteers Secret Dancing during my stand-up set. They were brilliant, although we forgot to give them their prizes of free Marple DVDs from the Daily Mail because I had lost them. Their prize was glory.
All in all, a lovely evening, and a mad day. Thanks to Chris and Felix, obviously, but to everyone who came to St David’s Hall and made us feel welcome. A nice way to launch this indulgent blog. The podcast follows tomorrow. When we got back to the Holiday Inn at 11.30, the bar was closed, but they kindly opened it for one round of drinks, as long as we took them to our rooms, so we had them in my room, with Chris, and we suddenly felt as tired as we should feel. It’s been a gargantuan effort to get this lot up, so let me off.
Oh, and here’s a late pic just in from Axemanbob, who is really called Adam.