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Reasons to be cheerful…. April 2020

Greetings Dahhlings!!!
I hope this update finds you happy and healthy.

A couple of items for you… on the last post, I shared a video of me doing the opening Future Legend monologue from Bowie’s Diamond Dogs, a lyric I memorised at 16 and never forgot.

Today I have more remembered lyrics, and I’ve done a bit of a video production on this one. Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3, by Ian Dury and the Blockheads, is well lodged in my brain, and I will often rattle it off to the confusion of those around me… Until I get to the chorus and they realise what it is.
So here is my version of it. It makes me cheerful, I hope it does you during these Lockdown Days. My memory must be dodgy though, I missed some lines, should have listened to the original or checked the lyrics first!

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Right, last time I told you about the new Barry Pigeon Protects episode, Barry Goes Virala special Covid-19 episode.

Happy to report it’s been selected for an online screening in the South Yorkshire Filmmakers Network Online screening event Tuesday night. Going to be a few other short films on the bill, so it’ll keep you entertained on Tuesday night.
It’s streaming online and features a Q&A, so put your very best Pajamas on, grab a glass of your favourite beverage, and see you there. Here’s the streaming link. It gets underway at 7pm.

Stay Sane. Stay Safe.
D xoxoxo

April Lockdown Update

Hello my dears

I hope you’re all well and staying safe during this pandemic. I don’t know how it’s impacting on you, but for me, I seem unable to concentrate on computer stuff, hence the long wait since my last post. I just don’t have the willpower to sit at a screen. I’ve had to force myself to write this today.

Similar tale with TV. I can sit to watch a show and I’m constantly pausing to check for phone updates. And I fall alseep a lot in front of the telly, despite sleeping well at night. It’s different ways of reacting to the state we live in I guess.

I’m trying to be creative, done lots of garden work, tidying, weeding, planting. I make lots of videos, dog walks, bird song, etc. More of that further down.

A couple of things I’d like to promote though… 5 years ago, I worked on a web series called Barry Pigeon Protects, all about a night security guard sharing his life via webcam. Lovely project written/directed and produced by Kurt Brookes and Andrew Birtwell.

My old mate Doug Thorp asked if I could rekindle Barry as a guest for his Broken Biscuits  Online Cabaret.

I asked Kurt and Andy, and within a week we had it written, shot and edited. Due to lockdown, I shot at home with a green screen, and my old security cabin office magically appeared in editing.

Here’s Broken Biscuits Online No. 2. Barry Pigeon is the final artiste in the show… It’s well worth the watch as an alternative to the assault of information we have these days.

For those who want just a dose of Barry Pigeon, here’s the new episode….

And good new Pigeon fans, more Barry is likely to be forthcoming 🙂
I’ll update when I can.

Other bits of of creativity overcome me. The opening of David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs album, the spoken track Future Legend, is something I committed to memory at age 16.
The words kept coming back to me recently, so here it is, performed as a monologue…

I have another favourite song committed to memory that I plan to make a video for. A more complicated production, but hopefully coming soon.

As mentioned earlier, I’ve been filming my daily dog walks, and sharing on my Facebook feed as Virtual Dog Walking for Shut Ins. I also post my daily Twitter Feeds… the sound of bird song captured in the park.

I’m putting these on to my YouTube Channel now, so here’s a link to my Virtual Dog Walks Playlist….

Norfolk Park Twitter Feed

Okay, hope you enjoyed the walkies and the birds. I’ll keep adding to the Playlists so keep checking back.

Stay safe, love your friends and family – and tell them you do.
We all need it right now.
I hope to update again soon.

D x

New Barry Pigeon Protects…

Ep 6 live now….. but is Barry?

Season 1 of Barry Pigeon Protects reached a shocking finale on Friday….

I had a great time shooting this with the fab writer/director combo of Kurt Brookes and Andrew Birtwell. Well done lads!

What happens to Barry now???? Time will tell…

If you haven’t seen the whole series, here’s your chance… Follow this link for the whole series playlist. Follow Barry on Twitter here.

Wishing you all a super weekend!

Dave

I’m in BARRY PIGEON PROTECTS. Episode 5 out now!

I am so proud of our web series. I hope you’re enjoying it!

A different format this time for you….. This week Barry discusses the declining quality of flies, toilet time and boiled eggs….

One more episode to go now – and it’s a doozy!

Have a superb weekend my Little Valentine’s!

Tons of love

Dave

I AM BARRY PIGEON. Ep 4 out now

Another weekend. And another episode of Barry Pigeon Protects for you.

I had a great time shooting this series. Please take a look. Not long now until the explosive finale of Episode 6!!!!

You can see the whole series of Barry Pigeon Protects here so catch up if you haven’t seen it yet.

And the Barry Pigeon Twitter feed is great too! I wish I could say the funny words came out of my mouth, but it’s all down to the wonderful writers Kurt and Andrew!

Have a great weekend! And a Very Happy Birthday to my amazing son Benjamin! 14 on Sunday. How the years have flown. I love you Son!

Dave

LARDY BUM! New video out – and some new audio too….

Hello dear, dear reader…. I hope you’ve had a fabulous weekend.

Some wonderful New Dave to share with you this evening…..

I’m very happy to release the new Yorkshire Teabaggers video to you, a parody of Mardy Bum by The Arctic Monkeys.

Please have a look, subscribe and share…


I’ve also had the pleasure of an audio recording session today with my old chum Douglas Thorp. We last worked together many a year ago. As Doug says…

“David and I first crossed paths when I was a lily-livered art student at Sheffield City Polytechnic in the 80s. He played a mildly disturbed barber for my degree show film, which was shown throughout the land in one cinema. This brings us back together for the first time in 30 years.”

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Doug has a rather wonderful Blog and Book and I was delighted to provide some voice work for it. IE Audio 16 : The Blood Test – Please Take a Listen


And finally, remember my other alter-ego, Barry Pigeon, had Episode 3 released on Friday…. it’s getting exciting! Please subscribe and share…

Another episode of Barry is coming next week, plus there’ll be some Yorkshire Teabaggers Behind The Scenes to share soon…. Stay Tuned!

Dave

It’s Friday. Barry Pigeon Episode 3 out now

Hi watchers!!!!

Hope you’ve had a fab week. I did, my birthday celebrations went on most of the week and I still have more events gifted to come, including Jeff Lynne’s ELO in concert!

I’m happy with 2016 so far. I’m feeling quite productive. Barry Pigeon Protects episode 3 is available today. Have the Kleenex handy….. Please Subscribe, Watch, Like and Share…

You can catch up with previous episodes on the Barry Pigeon Channel

And coming next week – a new video from The Yorkshire Teabaggers!!!! I’ll be busy editing this weekend… We had a very funny two days shooting at 3 locations, this one will be epic!

Until then, love each other!

Dave

A bit of a web site tidy up…..

Hello folks!

Almost the weekend and almost my birthday, looking forward to food, fun and frolics.

I just wanted to share a few updates I’ve made to the web site.

I used to hand code everything back when I started, then moved to Dreamweaver for design, then added WordPress for the blog section of the site.

To try to keep everything fresh, uniform and handy for mobile devices, I’ve started moving the old pages to the WordPress format. It also makes updates easy from my phone.

So if you look up at the menu bar above you will see a few new additions. Many of my old pages will go under the Other Pages section, so look there for Memoirs of a Railwayman, David McClelland the Psychologist, the USS McClelland and Unique Urinals. I am pretty eclectic in my pages….

And (yet another) reminder that Episode 2 of Barry Pigeon Protects is online today…..
Please, please, please view, subscribe, like and share…..

Episode 1, in case you missed it (HOW????),  is below…