People can amaze and delight

10 Feb


Today’s post is a positive one.  You may have thought that I was some sort of bitter curmudgeon from reading my previous ones, so thought I’d mix things up a little.   I stumbled upon this chap, JK Keller at some point last year when I saw the above video.  Stuff like this genuinely amazes me.  The sheer dedication to the concept and the execution is incredible.  Apart from it being a fantastic piece of stand-alone art, it also serves as a great reminder that humans will do anything to amuse themselves if bored…

CROWBARRED IN SELF LOVING STORY: It reminds me of a little time last year during snow-11 when I, or should I say my once alter-ego “Greenman”, became a brief local and national celebrity by making the front cover of The Metro.

This strange turn of events started years beforehand with one of my all time favourite shows, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.   I was introduced to this slice of pure televisual gold, by my friend Ian whilst we were living and drinking (lots) together in Manchester.  He would always argue that I resembled the illiterate drunken janitor, Charlie Kelly in every perceivable way.  Charlie’s drunken alter-ego was a character he created to be a fan mascot for the Philadelphia Eagles, called, yep you’ve guessed it, Greenman bitches!  We obviously became obsessed with this character and constantly shouting Greenman bitches! at everyone and everything.  That Christmas I received a mysterious package from a Mister Rhydian John Megick Williams, my very own Greenman Morphsuit!

He quickly became a favourite visitor at house parties, festivals and in jumping out at house mates and shitting them up.  This brings us back to the day of Snow-11 as it is not known, Tuesday 5th January 2010 as it is.  My then house mate and still paparazzo extraordinaire, Pat had been snowed in in our house in Chorlton but was being pressured by his editor to get some photos of the snow.  Now photos of snow are not that exciting are they?  Just lots of white, surrounded by more white.  So what could liven that scene up I hear you ask?  GREENMAN BITCHES!

So down we went to Chorlton Water Park, Pat with camera in hand and me with my secret friend on under my clothes like some green sex offender.  Needless to say the photo above was the eventual product of our insanely cold photo shoot.  Pat never thought that the photo would be used and only sent it as a joke, little did we know that it would create a mild furore.  The next day we were headline news on The Metro in Bath, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle and Sheffield!  We also became embroiled in a rather strange month long battle, based around pitting my photo against other weird things and getting the on-line public to vote on their favourite.

Week One – Snow Bloke Vs Cow on a Roof Week two – Snow Bloke Vs Nann Jesus Week three – Snow Bloke Vs Tallest Man and Shortest Man

I lost eventually to that tall twit, booo.  However the competition did generate one of my favourite, badly written quotes:

Britons – clearly tired of struggling through the snowy weather – have clearly rallied to the cause of a man prepared to fight back against the wintery conditions.  Albeit in a vague and somewhat gimpy way.

So, what have we learnt today then children?  Nothing useful as always, but we do know that people can do incredible or mildly amusing things when given the right mixture of artistic integrity, boredom and green Lycra suits.  Great times.

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