Barnes to Barnsley A1 tour
A month later! That was a long two days break from writing.
I forgot that first of the month was approaching so got distracted by the performance and all the things I have to do that surrounds it behind the scenes kind of stuff, including writing White rabbits wisdom, uploading photographs and editing films, then what do I go and do!!! Fall of a f**ing ladder almost killing myself, so I have been in recovery since then, all because I was trying to save a Squirrel, that had been stuck in my chimney for two days, sending masses of rubble and soot down my chimney and into the bedroom, which means the whole room has to have an intense cleans, I had started, then more crap came down. In my wisdom I got a ladder went on to my flat roof to climb on to the main roof (six foot up) but using inadequate tools, is a sure call for a disaster waiting to happen.
I get up, realized it was slightly too small so decided to hold on to a hundred year old cast iron pipe that came away from the wall, then snapped and I went crashing on to the flat roof, hitting the skylight and the heavy cast iron pipe landed in my groin causing a lot of bruising and damage, I was unable to walk unaided, but have pushed through it, the strangest of experiences, was not being able to call an ambulance, as it is unclear during COVID19 what consists as an emergency, there was no broken bones, or internal damage as far as I know, but I did go into severe shock.
All I can say is I am very thankful to be alive. xxx
And now back to the blog!!
I got in my car and headed up the A1 playing my A1 song to Barnsley where I was going to stay with a friend who lives in Barnsley. Having arrived very early in the town before people were up and about. I walked through a very quiet town without costume and explored the local area. The market stalls slowly setting up.
I came across the Barnsley Chronicle and met a journalist there Oliver Dyson, We arranged that I will meet him after I had breakfast and will return as the rabbit, which I did in the meantime he did a bit of online research. It was an unusual story, but I was pleased to get someone to write something at the beginning of the A1 tour, it was a bonkers thing to do, but my main drive was also to check out how the social media works, which was eating away at my credit, but still I kept an online live update on the travels.
There were some wonderful and funny encounters as the rabbit, I was enjoying being in a different town, also seeing the reactions of people have never encountered white rabbit, of course lots of selfies and lots of laughing and "OMG did you see a fully sized rabbit?" I love the chance encounters, the unexpected meetings, in a lift, in car park, in a shop, in a church, in a cafe, in a market, anywhere that I just so happened to wander in. In general it was a lovely welcome to the tour.
Next Stop Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Spike Mclarrity is a duration based conceptual performance artist.