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TiM is from the suburbs of the wacky world of Liverpool where the people love to sing and dance and play football and kirby ball, and sometimes stare at the sea. MY TOP 5 lOVEd "Cool-fun-Eek-ooH!" memories from being a kid 1. POCKETS FULL OF SWEETS With £1 you could get 100 sweets, I had pockets full of sweets from cola fizz bottles to drifters, but the best of all were jammy donuts or a Turkish Delight my nan brought when she came to visit. 2. GAMES TO THE EXTREME I played games to the extreme. From kirby, British bulldogs, spotlight 123, and making dens all over the place, and building games with my brothers, like wool spider-webs to soldiers digging trenches. But my favourite thing to do was dares and stunts and anything dangerous. But was it the coolest reaching to the top of the tree seeking conkers beyond anyone’s reach? I fell 30 feet head first into concrete. For a while lots of people thought I was dead, but, I was at home off school watching TV with arms and a leg in casts and my head in bandages. While I was recovering, my friend Nick brought me a shopping bag full of the conkers we’d collected. Now that was BOSS! 3. GHOSTBUSTERS Going the cinema with family or friends was a regular thing. The coolest was watching Ghostbusters. We cued around the block to see it. Inside it was wild, when the Ghostbusters song came on everyone was standing up or throwing popcorn about like a scene from Gremlins and we all sung Ghostbusters. 4. THE MIRACLE FISH I love fishing. On a family holiday in Wales, Dad and I fished high tide to low tide and back to high tide for six full days and caught nothing. On the last day I said a prayer while fishing and on the last word of the prayer I had a bite and reeled in a fish. My prayer was answered. For the next half hour we caught several fish in a row wherever we cast. Then we went home delighted. 5. MUM’S BEDTIME STORIES Mum loved reading CS Lewis and Enid Blyton books to my brothers and I, (The Magic Faraway Tree was my favourite). It opened my mind and fed a world of imagination. Mums and dads reading to you is so magical. I think mums should go on stage and just read kids books to audiences, it would fix all the problems in the world. + My Quirky CHILdhOOD MEMorY IN a HOLE. When I was little-little, with blonde hair and blue eyes, I liked a hole I dug at the end of the street and sat in it. I still remember the dry summer dirt. It was a cool hole that I think I thought it might go to Australia, but I was a kid and didn't need a reason.
My Top 5 lOVEd "Cool-fun-Eek-ooH! memories from being an AdulT 1. SWIMMING DURING A STORM Swimming during a storm at night in a hotel roof swimming pool in Antibes during Cannes film festival was cool. The pool was ice cold, my buddy cameraman Phil was up for the dare of risking any lightening and we watched the glow of Antibes harbour as rain bucketed down. I’ve got to do that again! 2. SKYDIVING When I was thinking of being a stuntman I jumped out of a plane at 14000 feet. All I can say is an accelerated freefall was exciting like nothing else and safer than climbing a tree. The team at Langar airfield Nottingham were great. It was serious fun. 3. FUN DRESSING UP AT WORK I’ve done hundreds of TV, Press adverts, and thousands of extra work to bit part jobs for TV and films, I’ve worked puppets, made theatre and TV sets and operated cameras. But dressing up as a giant cartoon skittle was the best fun. I danced around in a 9 foot bowling skittle costume playing giant musical instruments for a TV advert. A real earthquake shook the studio as I was playing. Everyone ran for cover and I just stood there with open large cartoon hands thinking “Ooooh?” 4. CONNECTED WITH NATURE I fed hummingbirds by hand. I might be scared of spiders, but I love wildlife and when I was in the Caribbean sitting down for breakfast lots of hummingbirds surrounded the table. They hovered over my hand and landed on my thumb, or a finger and fed from the sugar in my palm without a worry in the world. It was beauty-fun! 5. I HAD HYSTERICAL GIGGLES While directing my short movie 3 Squid uncontrollable laughter hit. It was a kettle pot of ideas boiling over. Nothing beats working very very hard then finding something so funny you can’t stop laughing and crying. It started when I began thinking how serious you have to be while doing something, and one of your lead actors is standing there pan faced wearing a bobble hat in in a penthouse and your sound-man is passing out from long hours and has the boom-mike balanced on his head. Hundreds of suggestions from my imagination were popping into my head on how the scene could be done, or seen. I WENT POP! It’s spectacularly ridiculous and serious work. I love directing movies. It's like drawing a spider laughing.
TiM is from the suburbs of the wacky world of Liverpool where the people love to sing and dance and play football and kirby ball, and sometimes stare at the sea. MY TOP 5 lOVEd "Cool-fun-Eek-ooH!" memories from being a kid 1. POCKETS FULL OF SWEETS With £1 you could get 100 sweets, I had pockets full of sweets from cola fizz bottles to drifters, but the best of all were jammy donuts or a Turkish Delight my nan brought when she came to visit. 2. GAMES TO THE EXTREME I played games to the extreme. From kirby, British bulldogs, spotlight 123, and making dens all over the place, and building games with my brothers, like wool spider-webs to soldiers digging trenches. But my favourite thing to do was dares and stunts and anything dangerous. But was it the coolest reaching to the top of the tree seeking conkers beyond anyone’s reach? I fell 30 feet head first into concrete. For a while lots of people thought I was dead, but, I was at home off school watching TV with arms and a leg in casts and my head in bandages. While I was recovering, my friend Nick brought me a shopping bag full of the conkers we’d collected. Now that was BOSS! 3. GHOSTBUSTERS Going the cinema with family or friends was a regular thing. The coolest was watching Ghostbusters. We cued around the block to see it. Inside it was wild, when the Ghostbusters song came on everyone was standing up or throwing popcorn about like a scene from Gremlins and we all sung Ghostbusters. 4. THE MIRACLE FISH I love fishing. On a family holiday in Wales, Dad and I fished high tide to low tide and back to high tide for six full days and caught nothing. On the last day I said a prayer while fishing and on the last word of the prayer I had a bite and reeled in a fish. My prayer was answered. For the next half hour we caught several fish in a row wherever we cast. Then we went home delighted. 5. MUM’S BEDTIME STORIES Mum loved reading CS Lewis and Enid Blyton books to my brothers and I, (The Magic Faraway Tree was my favourite). It opened my mind and fed a world of imagination. Mums and dads reading to you is so magical. I think mums should go on stage and just read kids books to audiences, it would fix all the problems in the world. + My Quirky CHILdhOOD MEMorY IN a HOLE. When I was little-little, with blonde hair and blue eyes, I liked a hole I dug at the end of the street and sat in it. I still remember the dry summer dirt. It was a cool hole that I think I thought it might go to Australia, but I was a kid and didn't need a reason.
My Top 5 lOVEd "Cool-fun-Eek-ooH! memories from being an AdulT 1. SWIMMING DURING A STORM Swimming during a storm at night in a hotel roof swimming pool in Antibes during Cannes film festival was cool. The pool was ice cold, my buddy cameraman Phil was up for the dare of risking any lightening and we watched the glow of Antibes harbour as rain bucketed down. I’ve got to do that again! 2. SKYDIVING When I was thinking of being a stuntman I jumped out of a plane at 14000 feet. All I can say is an accelerated freefall was exciting like nothing else and safer than climbing a tree. The team at Langar airfield Nottingham were great. It was serious fun. 3. FUN DRESSING UP AT WORK I’ve done hundreds of TV, Press adverts, and thousands of extra work to bit part jobs for TV and films, I’ve worked puppets, made theatre and TV sets and operated cameras. But dressing up as a giant cartoon skittle was the best fun. I danced around in a 9 foot bowling skittle costume playing giant musical instruments for a TV advert. A real earthquake shook the studio as I was playing. Everyone ran for cover and I just stood there with open large cartoon hands thinking “Ooooh?” 4. CONNECTED WITH NATURE I fed hummingbirds by hand. I might be scared of spiders, but I love wildlife and when I was in the Caribbean sitting down for breakfast lots of hummingbirds surrounded the table. They hovered over my hand and landed on my thumb, or a finger and fed from the sugar in my palm without a worry in the world. It was beauty-fun! 5. I HAD HYSTERICAL GIGGLES While directing my short movie 3 Squid uncontrollable laughter hit. It was a kettle pot of ideas boiling over. Nothing beats working very very hard then finding something so funny you can’t stop laughing and crying. It started when I began thinking how serious you have to be while doing something, and one of your lead actors is standing there pan faced wearing a bobble hat in in a penthouse and your sound-man is passing out from long hours and has the boom-mike balanced on his head. Hundreds of suggestions from my imagination were popping into my head on how the scene could be done, or seen. I WENT POP! It’s spectacularly ridiculous and serious work. I love directing movies. It's like drawing a spider laughing.