This is a description of the day to day mundane life of a Cornish speaking journalist working in Kernow.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Day of politicians

What a Westminster whirlwind it has been in the newsroom today with Tory leader Michael Howard visiting Falmouth, and Schools Minister David Milliband in Camborne. My boss (news editor) went off to see Mikey Howard in his bid to boost the Conservatives a little. However, Howie baby has gone to a constituency where they have had very poor press of late. This is mainly down to the party trying to deselect their PPC because he is gay. Apparently Jeremy Paxman was down at Falmouth too, asking why everyone hates the Tories so much.

I went to Camborne School to meet David Milliband. He was a boring git to interview, although I did get some comments out of him on teaching Cornish heritage in schools. I can use those soon.

Just had a call from a BBC Radio 4 reporter who is doing a story on the Cornish language. She didn't want to speak to me (that's new) but wanted a contact from me.

Tonight I'm hoping to go off to the pub with a cute guy who lives up the road. Tell you more on this soon ;-)

Cornish phrase for you: Den na gar y gi a'n gwra devessor. (a man who doesn't love his dog makes him a sheep worrier)

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Here I am at the start...

How do you start a weblog that may prove a hit on the internet, or you might decide on finishing after just a few days? How can I start off giving you a hint of who I am and where I am at with so much blank space?

Firstly, I am a journalist who lives in Cornwall and speaks the ancient Cornish tongue. Secondly, I am gay, single, and happy with who I am. Thirdly, I believe I have so much more to learn about me, and now that I am filling in this weblog, you might be able to discover who I am at the same time.

I have just had an incredible Autumn (Fall to you people in the US). In July I helped the executive producer of the Simpsons come up with a phrase in Cornish for a special for UK television. I then put out a press release, and then followed incredible media attention globally. You only have to put 'Cornish' and 'Simpsons' into Google and you will see the coverage. This was all capped by my appearance on the Richard and Judy Show on Channel 4 on 5th November.

Today, and for most of the past week or so, it has been back to normal working life. Here I am at the end of a dull news day in Cornwall, sat in the newsroom. Last night I had my hair highlighted by friends around the corner. Only one person has remarked or even made a hint they have noticed. It is either because it is so subtle, or because it is so sad they would be too embarrassed to say. Anyway, I like it.

That wasn't too tough writing that, was it now?

Just to end off... here's a phrase in Cornish:

Kawgh an managh (PRONOUNCED: Cakka-manna) = Monk shit.
Say that when you next break a plate!