AND breathe… When I read ‘Mediterranean sex’ in the random notes and anecdotes I keep in my diary to remind me what goes on here at the Marine as reference for this column, it will give you a rough idea as to the exhausting but extremely satisfying few weeks we have enjoyed.
But before any eyebrows are raised or looks of disapproval given, I misread one of my rapidly scrawled notes that actually said ‘Mediterranean sea’, such was the perfect blue of the sky and sea earlier this month.
But what a month it has been starting with our latest programme launch party that saw eight of our new local councillors enjoying a drink alongside our volunteers, friends and trustees.
Unfortunately they arrived just as we were tidying up in the wake of our new lighting install so the Henry hoover and some empty boxes were littering the bar, but within seconds we were good to go and it was a lovely evening.
Our revue shows were brilliant, capturing the essence of the local performers. The ballerinas of the Lyme School of Ballet just melted our hearts, whilst Lyme Regis Pantomime Society had people literally rolling in the aisles.
I did a couple of the welcome intros that I managed to sandwich between Fizz Friday at the Pilot Boat.
We had two work experience pupils from the Woodroffe School who enjoyed seeing what goes on behind the scenes and how a show goes from its initial pitch to a performance.
They both had to muck in but also enjoyed an impromptu birthday party for PR manager John Puckey when we sampled a bottle of the Furleigh Estate’s Classic Cuvee. Carol Maund supplied an enormous slab of The Galley Café’s lemon drizzle cake and Ruth Cohen from B Sharp just happened to be here so it was cake and Cuvee all round.
And of course we enjoyed what will go down as one of the most memorable occasions in the Marine’s history, a night with Sir Ian McKellen. What an incredible man he is and the way he retains line after line of past characters is nothing short of remarkable.
Local businesses have been overwhelming in their support giving a selection of wonderful gifts to create a birthday hamper for Ian and we were told that he was visibly moved when he went into the dressing room and saw the filled hamper awaiting him.
With a medley of music, comedy, screenings and private hires, there hasn’t been a day without something going on.
I met a few people the day after The Dhol Foundation performance, many of them recovering from their Bollywood dance routine; ‘throwing a frisby’ and ‘screwing in a lightbulb’ were just two of the moves we were shown.
Now the fabulous summer sunshine has arrived along with the holidaymakers, and Claudia and I can enjoy the best view in the world from our office window looking out at the Mediterranean blue of the sea, I did something I haven’t done in all the years I have been here, went for a lunchtime swim.
With all this talk of sunshine, sea and no sex, it worked a treat and cooled me down nicely.