Alison Humphrey, my old colleague from TDV days, is one of the writers of a revolutionary new type of soap opera (well, okay, a licensed clone of a revolutionary new type of soap opera) Train 48. It’s set on a commuter train in Toronto, filmed every day shortly before transmission so as to be able to include current events. Furthermore, all the dialogue is improvised. (Alison’s job is to guide the plot.) Even better, she says that she based one of the characters on me! (I’m not sure which one of the ten it is, but I have my suspicions.) It goes out every weekday evening on Canada’s Global TV.
And this plug is long overdue: My friend Michal Kahn has written a fantastic book on poi spinning. It’s a type of juggling involving rapidly-spinning balls on the ends of strings. (A lot of this goes on at Burning Man – usually involving fire) Anyway, the book is not only well-written and helpful but contains loads of lovely illustrations. When come back, bring poi!