If you like the videos I make, you might be interested to hear I am also a vlogger for the Dad Network TV (formerly Dad Channel). My latest project was to make a video about our family summer holiday, but we haven’t actually been away yet (other than a trip to Whitby for a two day vintage fair, when Jill and I had to continuously swap between selling duties and beach fun with Elsa for the entire weekend). I had to channel every meeting I have ever attended and ‘think outside the box’, whilst ‘touching base’ and indulging in some ‘blue sky thinking’ ‘going forward’.
We spend a lot of time in Scunthorpe; it’s my home town and my parents live nearby, Jill has a part share in a shop in the town and I am the pitch announcer for Scunthorpe United, the team I have supported all my life.
It’s fair to say Scunny has a less than favourable reputation, probably due to the unfortunate name. It’s a sort of shorthand punchline for tired, lazy jokes, just like ‘James Blunt’ seemed to be for a while. Most people have no clue where it is (I’ve lost count of the number of people who confidently state it is near the sea – it is not) or what it is REALLY like, so I thought I’d make the town the subject of my vlog.
I wanted to go for a kind of Judith Chalmers vibe, and this it what I came up with:
This probably won’t cause the hoards to shun Malaga and book a fortnight in North Lincolnshire next summer, but it’s my little bit to show there’s more to Scunthorpe than a name that causes havoc with your computer’s obscenity filters.