Category Archives: Sheffield

Post-election….

Wow, what a couple of weeks we’ve had.

Terror attacks, horrific fires. And May holding on to power by her finger tips.

I was very pleased with the Labour result in the election last week. Yes, a straight win would have been better, but things may change in coming weeks as May collapses. The Grenfell disgrace may just be the thing that finishes her off, so roll on the Queens speech and subsequent parliamentary vote next week.

I walked the streets delivering leaflets and knocking on doors for this election, and I have to say there was a great feeling of support for the Labour Party. When the time comes to go to the polls again, and it could be soon, I hope you’ll see we can actually win this thing, get out there and help turn the tide against austerity.

Since the election, I’ve been kept busy on the latest production from WellRedFilms, a left-leaning, Sheffield-based group of filmmakers.

The latest video, shot on Thursday evening, released Friday and online now, takes a topical look at the aftermath of the election and looks at various campaigns we still need to continue.

I took the production lead on this one, working 5 cameras, edited it all together once I returned home, suffering technical issues and internet problems. I’m very pleased with the end result. I hope I can develop more work like this.

In other news, BROKEN on BBC1 is getting great reviews and I return for the remaining episodes as Christopher Kerrigan, brother to Sean Bean. Not a huge role, but loved it. Jimmy McGovern has written a timely piece on British society, the cast is incredible. It’s not easy viewing, have a tissue handy, but you can’t stop watching.

And I had some good news about an upcoming project. I can’t say more now, but it’s a nice role in a new series from another hugely respected writer.

BROKEN is getting closer…

An interview with Anna Friel in the Sunday supplements said the new Jimmy McGovern series, BROKEN, is coming to BBC 1 soon. 

 I was delighted to see this tweet this afternoon that it’s already winning awards. 

Anna Friel wins award for role in Broken
I’m in 4 episodes, not a huge role, but I play Sean Bean’s brother, so it’s a great part. 

I’ll let you know more as details are released. 

Sciatica pain gone…. Thanks Doc!

As mentioned in a couple of recent posts, I have been in agony with sciatica as a result of some gardening work, I could barely move a month ago and wasn’t sleeping at all.

The NHS Doctor gave me painkillers but they did very little relief of the pain and nothing to get me mobile again.

So, I visited the local Chinese Doctor for Massage and Acupuncture. Two sessions and advice on where to self-massage with a tennis ball was the start to recovery and today I walked in (pain-free) to see him and offer my thanks.

This man cured my Sciatica

For anyone else in back-pain agony, I can strongly recommend massage and acupuncture, it worked for me.

If you live in Sheffield, I went to The Chinese Doctor in the Hillsborough Shopping Centre. Great friendly place and it’s covered by many medical insurance schemes (Westfield, etc)

Thanks Doc!
D

A tennis ball in my underpants 

Nothing sordid to see here, but I’ve had a tennis ball in my pants for the last couple of weeks. The back of my pants, in case you’re curious. And it’s brought me a lot of comfort. 

I’ve had sciatica for a few weeks now. Painkillers were doing little. Massage and acupuncture brought some relief , but the tennis ball has really helped me do deep massage on my left cheek when the pain is bad. 

Either standing back to a wall and moving around to roll it into painful areas, or rolling it by hand when I need it. I can sit on it and get deep pressure in the sore bits. It’s been a lifesaver. 

So if you see a ball drop from my  jeans, don’t worry, no funny business, just dealing with the pain.

I’m using a plain cheap Poundland tennis ball, not one of the HEAD balls I bought for tennis. That would just be weird 😜

Love & hugs

Dave x

New phone battery – back pain update & Teabagging…

Ey up pal!!!!

Lovely sunny Spring day today, very nice to see longer days and some sunshine.

Wanted to do a quick update about my iPhone 5s today. Okay, it’s getting on the old side, but it does everything I need, I like the size of it and it’s in good nick. But the battery life was getting to be awful…. Warning messages at 20% and then shutting down, battery lasting half a day so had to carry cables/chargers, etc with me if I was out and about.  And it would always die when I was about to take a great photo. So… I was thinking it was time for a new phone.

But the Yorkshireman in me said no, change the battery lad! I looked at the how-to videos (and this one is particularly good, very detailed). Ordered a new battery/tool pack from Amazon (£12.99) and swapped it over this morning.

Happy to say it all went well and the new battery seems good so far, easy job, just take your time, make room on a desk and have something white to put all the TINY screws on. I used a hair dryer to heat the sticky pads holding the old battery in (blowing on the back, not the exposed innards, and well away from the tiny screws mentioned earlier, didn’t want them blowing off the white pad I’d put them on). First time switched on the screen was showing odd stuff, which meant one of the screen cables wasn’t seated properly, so I went back in, sorted it and job done. I’ll post an update on the life of the new battery in a few weeks, but so far so good!

Oh the agony!

I’m still suffering from back pain. I’ve had sciatica for a couple of weeks now (gardening did me in!) and in agony much of the time. Doc gave me a variety of painkillers, muscle relaxants, etc, but did little to help it. I wasn’t sleeping well at all.

I visited The Chinese Doctor, a local massage/acupuncture place in Hillsborough, and he’s worked wonders. Pinpointed the problem area and I’m now doing my homework to stop muscles in spasm. Hopefully I’ll be back to fine fettle soon.

Teabagging

My back wasn’t feeling great last Friday when the Yorkshire Teabaggers were on the road, playing a gig with the bloody amazing Chuffin Ellvis at the Polish Catholic Centre in Leeds. Painkillers an hour before we went on and the adrenaline of being on stage got me through the show. And thanks to Tommy Teabag for driving me there and carrying my gear. We had a new set list, re-ordered our material, played some new stuff and had an amazing night! Leeds we love you!!!!!

Check the Teabaggers Page for new videos and upcoming dates – we’ve got another brewery show coming up soon!!!

Right, off to stick a tennis ball into the tense bits of my back.
Si the soon!
D x

The Yorkshire Teabaggers in rehearsal….

Hello folks!!!!

March is here! And so is a new video of The Yorkshire Teabaggers in rehearsal.

This one is our version of Shake it off.… Hope you like it,

Follow us on Facebook to keep update to gigs and new videos – The Yorkshire Teabaggers

We’ve got two new songs almost ready to go public, there’s a sneak listen to a snippet of one of them at the end of the video above  🙂

Here’s a link to our Video Playlist on YouTube…. which I’ve also added below for your convenience. [Until we add a new video, Shek it off! will be first up below as well]

Keep on Teabagging!
Dave x

Editing and Voiceover by me!

There’s an important by-election coming up in Stoke on Feb 23.

I’m a member of WellRedFilms, a group that produced this video about some of the issues in this election… I did the voiceover and video editing. Please take a look and share…

WellRedFilms is fundraising at the moment to make more videos like this…. please take a moment to look at this and consider donating.

WellRedFilms Crowdfunder.

Cheers!
Dave x

TV, Film and Teabagging!

It’s been an exciting few months here at McClellandMedia HQ….

I shot an episode of the new BBC TV series IN THE DARK, starring MyAnna Buring.
I shot an amazing leading role in the super new horror movie PANDORA.
I played a coach driver in new feature film DESTINATION: DEWSBURY
and there’s something new coming up very soon that I’m very excited about, but I can’t share as yet…
So it looks like you will see a lot of me on screens large and small over the next few months.

Add to that an upcoming gig by our band, THE YORKSHIRE TEABAGGERS, this very weekend at the Regather Venue in Sheffield – follow this link for all the details. We’ll be treating everyone to a drink, so don’t miss it!

Other recent events of note….. Well done Jeremy Corbyn! Let’s hope the Labour Party can now get on with fighting the Tories.
And it was a happy 84th birthday for my Mum, June McClelland, the very best mum in the world!

A few pictures for you…

PANDORA wrap party cocktails
PANDORA wrap party cocktails
Mum, June McClelland, out and about on her 84th birthday!
Mum, June McClelland, out and about on her 84th birthday!
Yorkshire Teabaggers rehearsal
Yorkshire Teabaggers rehearsal
Yorkshire Teabaggers rehearsal
Yorkshire Teabaggers rehearsal
Shooting DESTINATION: DEWSBURY
Shooting DESTINATION: DEWSBURY

The Yorkshire Teabaggers – LIVE!

teabaggersGreetings fellow earthlings!

Delighted to share this with you… The Yorkshire Teabaggers will be performing our first live gig on October 2nd at Regather in Sheffield, as part of the event BROKEN BISCUITS!

We’re just a small part of a fun-filled evening, along with Idle Eye, Shaun Doane (the one out of Everly Pregnant Brothers – standup) and Penny Capper (as Jenny Vegas). Plus projected animations from Daniel Ladler. Moist just thinking about it!

We’re working the new songs now, but here’s a reminder of what we do…

Tickets will go, so book early! See you there!

D x

An update for July… Vote Corbyn!

Hi folks! I hope summer is treating you well.

I don’t usually get political on my blog, it’s mostly work and life stuff. But the post-Brexit craziness and Labour Party internal struggles have led me to profess my support for a Jeremy Corbyn led Labour Party.

I’ve always been a Labour voter. I delivered leaflets with my Grandfather as a lad. But the honesty and passion displayed by Jeremy Corbyn had me signing up as a £3 supporter last year and becoming a full member shortly after Corbyn won.

At a time when we should be hitting the Tories, the Labour Party has chosen to rip itself apart. All I can say is that I hope Corbyn wins the leadership election and that the PLP will stand behind him. We need a Labour Government. I believe Jeremy Corbyn can deliver that.


In other news… we celebrated Bex’s birthday with a couple of nights away in a Yurt in Herefordshire. It was a glorious break, it was very, VERY, hot and we returned rested and refreshed.

Here are a few pics from the trip, along with a few other interesting images. I’m really enjoying Instagram these days and the image filters offered by the Prisma and Tadaa apps.

Until next time, stay hydrated and enjoy the summer!

Dave x