Inspired by the #clapforourcarers event tonight, I was struck with the idea of a song to say thank you. As many of you know (although I’m definitely NOT a musician) I have written lyrics in the past and a whole bunch of poetry. It’s a pretty big challenge, but perhaps there are some people out there that would be interested in cyber-collaborating on putting this to music…?
THANK YOU NHS SONG
by Anthony James Donnelly
To all the nurses and doctors putting their lives on the line,
Tirelessly working to beat this virus in time,
We want to thank all of the people at our NHS,
Though in isolation, we think you’re the best!
These are critical times and we must all play our parts,
We want to thank you sincerely from the bottom of our hearts.
Day after day you turn up for work – uncomplaining
To save the dear lives of all us that’s remaining
Thank you NHS! Thank you NHS!
You do us proud, you help the sick.
Thank you NHS!
We’ll fight this together, we’ll work as a team,
What lies in the future remains to be seen.
But one thing’s for certain, of one thing we’re sure,
London is so vast, so fascinating, so full of life and things to observe. London is an experience. London is ever changing and evolving. In a way it’s like being at a cultural ‘all you can eat’ buffet…! Where do you start? Which bit do you see first? Well, having now experienced a Bullshit London Tour firsthand last night, I can safely say this would be a great appetizer for anyone new to London, AND anyone that’s lived here their whole life.
I arrived early at the front of St. Paul’s Cathedral where the tour kicks off every Thursday at 7pm, and just as the website says, the tour guide was VERY easy to spot. Quite a crowd had gathered for the first tour of their 2015 season – about 30+ ‘grown-ups’ looking for a good time and some serious BS. From what I could make out, the crowd consisted of a few couples and a large group of office workers adding a touch of originality to a leaving party. Many were already in quite high spirits, and adult beverages aren’t frowned upon (as long as you drink responsibly).
After a quick head count to ensure nobody will be left behind and the ‘legalities’ are taken care of (you’ll have to take a tour to find out what that’s all about!) the tour quickly jumps into high gear and the BS starts flowing like a Monsoon river in the rainy season! Some of the comedy is intellectual, but still very accessible to those without an Ox-bridge education, but mostly it is sharp, edgy, and downright silly, with the participants having to dodge the odd pun or two!
The tour trips along at quite a pace, and Reuben Williams (the creator of Bullshit London back in 2013 and the main tour guide) keeps the narrative lively and the group buzzing. Before you know it you are discovering ridiculous facts about The Roman Renaissance Movement of the 1800s… the new Russian Quarter of London… tales of the London Mermaid… and the spot where Queen Victoria exploded… amongst other things!
Taking about two hours to complete, it’s a good job for the drinkers that there’s a halfway stopping point and ‘toilet break’ location en route. This also allows the crowd to familiarize themselves with each other, chat about the jokes and gags, and generally allow their minds to soak in all the Bull.
For those readers that know nothing of Bullshit London Tours, I should add a little word of explanation at this stage before you get completely lost. These aren’t your average, boring city tours with a stuffy, old historian-type guide who knows it all and loves the sound of his own voice… no sir, no indeed… this is more a walk on the wild side… the type of tour of the cool kids on the block that want ‘in’ on what’s really going on. If you’re the kind of person that never gets invited to parties, or hear about things after the fact, you probably won’t even be reading this, let alone go on a tour! As their website (www.bullshitlondon.com) states they will show you “the kind of London that would have happened if Monty Python had been elected Queen.” The landmarks are real, but the facts about them are completely made up.
In three years, Williams has managed to grow quite a cult following, and the tours get bigger and bigger each year. The participants range from stag nights and office parties, to Australian tourists, along with locals just out for a bit of fun. When I asked him the largest group he’d ever taken round, he said it was close to 60 people for a special event. Confident, charismatic, and well versed in BS, Williams is the perfect host for a fun night out in London.
I certainly got my tenner’s worth of bullshit last night and have a thoroughly brilliant night.
A Well-earned Break From The Usual London Bullshit
LONDON, March 25th, 2015 — Election year again, while most denizens of London despair at the volume of Bullshit gushing around there seem to be some people who want more of it. Bullshit London Tours are gearing up for an even bigger third year of comedic tom-foolery launching April 9th 2015. Having been voted one of Time Outs top 101 things to do in London, tours run every Thursday at 7pm. Book through their website (www.bullshitlondon.com).
Do you want to see the site where Queen Victoria exploded? Perhaps you want to learn about the Roman Renaissance movement of 1860? These walking tour guides will show you “the kind of London that would have happened if Monty Python had been elected Queen!”
The tour begins on the steps of St. Paul’s cathedral, and meanders entertainingly around the South Bank, ending at Trafalgar Square. Audience participation is thoroughly recommended, and the tour is quite brisk, taking about two hours to complete.
Hi folks! Your help is need in a little bit of early research into a crowdfunding project I am hoping to launch in about 30 – 45 days time.
I have the fantastic opportunity to be involved with a brilliant, new actor pal of mine (Reuben) who devised an awesome, alternative London walking tour (www.bullshitlondon.com) back in 2013. I am rigorously learning the script as we speak…!
Together we hope to expand the business opportunity in many new and fun ways to create a wonderful new platform to help other actors earn a ‘dignified’ wage, whilst ‘resting’ and looking for acting work.
We haven’t established a monetary target as yet, but here are a few things you can help us with at this stage:
1. Would you consider donating to our crowdfunding appeal? (a pound or a dollar all adds up!) You don’t have to state how much you’d be prepared to offer at this stage, just a tentative yes or no is fine.
2. What sort of rewards/ incentives would entice you to offer more? Limited edition T-shirts (autographed!) posters, free tours, advertising… a tour dedicated in your honor… that sort of thing.
3. Would you help out with promotion and marketing – retweeting, sharing, commenting, liking the upcoming FB page, blogging, etc. Simple yes or no.
4. If you can’t help in any of the ways above, do you know of any workers/ offices in London that would like to book a private tour? (please add details below, or send them our website)
A HUGE thank you for reading all of this, I know you are all busy people, and we really appreciate any and all input. Please either email me (email@example.com) and/ or add your comments below.