Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A KENTISH DIARY

A WEEK OFF FOR CREATIVE WHATNOTS...

Hello beasties!

This week I'm going to tell you a bit about what I got up to on my week off between Friday the 31st March and Friday the 7th April 2017... It was a really lovely week - just as good as the one I spent there last summer. Once again, I'd have been quite happy to have spent a couple more weeks there. I managed to have quite a lazy time and yet managed to work on some editing and post two new podcast episodes - not to mention all the new shows that I recorded. I watched loads of films, had a day-trip to Canterbury - spoke to friends in the States and took lots of photos whilst out and about... The weather was pretty good too; but I shall tell you in a little more detail... imminently!!

First up I'd like to share with you my most recently published episode of THE SHY LIFE PODCAST...

THE SHY LIFE PODCAST - 67: ADVENTURES ON THE OTHER SIDE... (1 OF 2)


Here we are for episode SIXTY SEVEN - where Paul and Yeti Uncle John begin recording their latest show - but once they are done some rather odd things begin to happen to Mr Yeti after he jumps on the wrong bus. It may take a little while for him to get back too!! Guest stars this time include Toppie Smellie, TLB Tim and Deadiegrams. Some sections were scripted by Paul Chandler, with ad-libs by the cast. Thank you to TLB Tim and TLB James for the use of a small section of episode 222 of Tastes Like Burning, Copyright TLB, 2016. Our next episode, number 68 - sees Mr Yeti continuing his adventure on "the other side..." in the 2nd part of a two part adventure!! It'll be out soon!! Both Tastes Like Burning and The Smellcast are available from iTunes. Please email me at shyyeti@yahoo.co.uk if you have any comments - you can even send me a sound-file and I'll include it on the show. The music is by Shy Yeti and Luca. This episode and all contents are Copyright Paul Chandler, 2017. Episode 67 was recorded between the 4th February and the 3rd March 2017.

This episode can be downloaded on iTunes, Acast, Podbean and also from Soundcloud at the following link:

67: https://soundcloud.com/shyyeti/the-shy-life-podcast-67-adventures-on-the-other-side-1-of-2

I'm pleased with this new episode - it took a while to put together and involved me writing scripts for some of the dialogue and also for the next show. I may share those little scripts for you in upcoming posts; we'll see. It did take me a while to decide on the final title for the episode - at one stage or other it was briefly christened THE AFTER-LIFE (which is what the files were entitled on my phone) and also DEATH ETC. 











So, here's some of what I got up to during my week in and around Lyminge, near Folkestone...

Friday 31st March 2017

Today went quickly - although there was a lot of travel involved. I didn't leave home until 11am, but was safely ensconced in my little flat in Lyminge near Folkestone by 3pm. The rest of the day I let slip by whilst I unpacked and watched a bit of TV (80s sitcom, Sink Or Swim), although I did record around 10 minutes of the first SHY LIFE PODCAST that I have planned for the trip. What was recorded was all the links for the first of the 3 linked episodes that I am recording whilst away (although there are a number of other segments and a Halloween episode that I also intend to record!) It was nice to have gotten there safely and I went out for a little walk before dark... I didn't have a great deal planned for the next day - but what I did have planned meant that an early night was probably advisable... In the end I'm not sure that I did go particularly early, but there you go... #sleepyyeti

Saturday 1st April 2017

I didn't go too far today - but I was certainly up busy! The day began early with some recording with Toppie Smellie for a whole number of forthcoming episodes. I'd like to say more - but I think I really ought to keep things under-wrap for a little longer. For the rest of the day I was busy editing episode 65 of the podcast, although I did head down to the local shop in Lyminge to buy some extra provisions. (Wine!! Okay... Not JUST wine!) On top of all this I also did a lot of recording - ranging from one of my Shy Yeti scripts to scenes from a number of episodes that I'll be posting over the next couple of months. Most of these scenes were recorded inside, as although it was sunny it was also quite breezy outside. I also stayed up late to go on the Poke It With A Stick podcast for the first time in 2017. I didn't say a lot, but I did chuckle quite a bit just to remind people that I was still there.

Sunday 2nd April 2017

Sunday also began early - not quite as early as Saturday, but I was up before 7 to get ready to record with ThatPeterG from LOTSL - an interview that I've been keen to do and aim to post as episode 66 later in the week. Recording with Peter went very well and that episode was pretty much recorded in one sitting, which was nice. That morning I also recorded another random question section for a future episode along with links for future episodes that I intended to record in the week. The rest of the day is a bit of a blur - made up of films, naps and... I honestly don't remember much more of note!

Monday 3rd April 2017

Another sunny day and once I'd done some recording for my Halloween episode up in my apartment (!) and also published episode 65 I got outside and recorded some more for the Halloween episode and also some links for a "little shooooow!" that I recorded with Toppie on Saturday. I even recorded a short video to advertise that episode which I'll be able to release nearer the time. I managed to record quite a lot all in all, that day - although I didn't go far - deciding to postpone my Canterbury trip until tomorrow.

Tuesday 4th April 2017

Today I headed for Canterbury - it wasn't the sunniest of days, but I did record quite a bit for a number of forthcoming episodes! All that and I had a nice lunch in Pret, had coffee and cake in Marks And Spencers and managed to spend a bit on DVDs and blurays in HMV. My only slightly negative experience was just how busy everywhere was - not just with schoolkids on Easter holidays, but hundreds (and literally hundreds!) of French school-children visiting the city and taking up all the space in what I had presumed was going to be a nice peaceful park... (It was quiet there last summer when I last visited!) Never mind - they moved on pretty quickly and although I had to share the place with some students playing football, it was slightly quieter than it was when I arrived. Not only did I get plenty of material for my show - I was able to record some bits for Toppie Smellie's Stick It Out Your Backdoor for The Smellcast. I made it home safely and continued work on editing projects - it was definitely my busiest day of my week and the furthest afield that I travelled from Lyminge.

Wednesday 5th April 2017

I stayed put for most of the day - but was certainly no slouch... I was busy working on episode 66 - which featured the ThatPeterG interview that I recorded on Sunday. Although not much editing was required it still took a while to edit and to shuffle a few segments around. As far as recording was concerned I recorded 26 different segments - most of them for the episodes that I'd been working on  - but also one or two more for short appearances on both Big Fatty Online and Vera Speaks... For Real. At one stage I thought I make take another trip out of the village on Thursday - and so I wanted to get as much completed as possible. In the end it was unnecessary as I didn't go so far - but it was still good to get things done. There was still plenty of time to get out for a little outdoor recording, not to mention time to watch more of the (many) films and TV programmes that I had brought with me. 

Thursday 6th April 2017

Plans for today were a bit uncertain beforehand as I was half expecting it to be raining - but in the end the weather turned out to be really pleasant and so I was able to spend the morning backing up all my holiday recordings - but then head on out to do my last bit of outdoor location work for this trip. I also got a chance to catch up with my old friend Ceri, who I went to University with and who appeared in many of the first 1000 Sutton Park episodes between 1993 and 1995. Once we were done chatting I headed out to record the last scenes that I had planned for the episodes that I'd been working on. As I mentioned, it was a far sunnier day than I'd expected and I didn't fancy walking anywhere too energetic, but recorded a scene from an episode involving Charlie Grrr and then the last scenes of both my Halloween and third Kent episode - although due to a light breeze I ended up doing some of the final conversations back at my apartment, as it allowed me to focus a bit more on the voices and not worry about people suddenly showing up and wondering why I was doing a silly accent. In the evening I watched the last of the TV that I'd brought with me and prepared for an appearance on another little show - which actually I didn't record until the early hours of Friday...

Friday 7th April 2017

As mentioned my Friday began early - at about 1.30, when I rose so that I could appear on another episode of LOTSL (my 3rd successful appearance, not counting the first time - about a year ago when I couldn't access Skype when it came to recording time!) I did manage to go back to bed for a while - but was up by around eight to finish packing, have breakfast and to be ready to depart around 9.30. Yes! It was already time to head home... The week went by so quickly - and yet I couldn't have asked for a better one! I achieved a great deal! As it was I was lucky and caught a bus just after 10 and was at Folkestone Railway Station in good time to pick up some lunch and then get a train back to London soon after 11, reaching Waterloo with time to pick up a ticket and get the 1.20 train home and was back in my flat by 2pm.! Once in I unpacked, had a nice soak in the bath - received shopping and then enjoyed supermarket pizza for dinner! Result!! I do hope that I can go back to Lyminge in 2018!

Here are some more holiday photos that I'd like to share with you... 




I'm not yet sure quite when I'll be releasing the episodes that I recorded in Kent - quite possibly not until June and one of them won't be going anywhere until Halloween! Recording this episode also made me consider what I'd like record to celebrate my birthday, as it occurs around the same time of year as Halloween... I've pretty much worked it all out - and it should be another goodun'; a two-parter, one part going out before my birthday and one once I have returned.

Anyway... Let's turn away from discussing October and November! We have a lot of other things to look forward to before then - although this is all we have time for this post!!

Next time, I should have another podcast episode to tell you about and we'll hopefully have recorded our next live show - which should take place on Pride48 on Sunday 16th April 2017 (Easter Sunday)  at 4pm (EDT) and 9pm (GMT) on Pride48...

Take care - more soon,

Yeti hugs,

Paul (aka Shy Yeti) xx

This post and all contents are Copyright Paul Chandler, 2017.