I asked some friends 9 questions about how they were making the best out of this current situation we find ourselves in, and here’s their answers. Next up, it’s the wonderful Blaise…
I was born and brought up in London and now live in Wandsworth. I’m married with two daughters age 11 and 13.
I went to St Martin’s School of Art and wrote comedy sketches for the BBC whilst there and ended up in advertising and after a bout of insomnia wrote my first film which I sold to Working Title.
It didn’t get made ultimately but now I write for a living – dividing my time between advertising, film scripts, TV, websites and the occasional book. I mostly work from home as my wife runs a large advertising agency, and I try to deal with the day-to-day running of things.
Please complete the sentence. This is a challenging situation that we’re facing right now, but one positive I’m taking out of it is…
…that I’m seeing micro societal kindness on a local level and it seems to me people (on the whole) have goodness in their hearts and just need a reason to pull together and be kind.
Please complete the sentence. One thing I’d like to do/ learn during this season is…
…I recently took up boxing at a local boxing club, but it had to close due to the virus – so I’ve recreated it in my garden (apart from the actual ring) and try and do a session every day.
What’s your happy song that always lifts your mood?
‘Mr Brightside’ – The Killers.
What’s a movie/ TV series or podcast that you recommend people watch or listen to?
Its been going a while but I’d recommend – ‘Have you heard George the Poet?’ – you can find it on BBC Sounds – it’s surprising, inspirational, innovative, moving and challenging and in its own hypnotic way makes you see, question and reevaluate our understanding of ourselves and the society we live in.
What’s one book you recommend people read?
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – it’s beautifully written and an affirmation of the goodness in people in the face of unprecedented evil and inhumanity.
What’s your favourite inspirational quote?
Actually, I’m going to choose UnderArmour’s campaign line which seems appropriate right now: ‘The only way is through.’
Let’s give a shout out to local businesses. When this is all over, what’s a local business you’d recommend people check out and why?
Sadly, I think society at large and the government, in particular, have taken these amazing people for granted, and it’s not until a time of crisis such as this, that we realise how heroic, generous, conscientious and underappreciated these front-line workers are.
And I hope when this is over these wonderful people are seen differently and given the ongoing recognition, renumeration and resources they deserve.
So thank you for being so brave, selfless and patient.
Thank you so much Blaise!
Do you want to read more thank you messages?
Here are some of the lovely thank you messages that I’ve been receiving to share for the amazing keyworkers
Actress, producer and the principal of Stagecoach Theatre Arts in Primrose Hill, Linette shares her thoughts…
Wife, mama to 3 and full time working woman, Fari share’s her thoughts…