Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Not a skateboard in sight
This evening I spent a couple of hours in the very pleasant company of Mr Tony Hawks. That's Hawks, not Hawk as in the star of many a skateboard-related video game. Mr Hawks is, of course, the bestselling author of such titles as Around Ireland with a Fridge, One Hit Wonderland, Playing the Moldovans at Tennis, A Piano in the Pyrenees and, most recently, The Fridgehiker's Guide to Life. He's also a stalwart of such radio icons as Just a minute and I'm sorry I haven't a clue and has appeared on endless TV panel shows. And, in case you've forgotten, he made a number of appearances in Red Dwarf too including being the voice of several vending machines and toasters. And he had a Number One hit - Stutter Rap - in the 1980s as Morris Minor and the Majors. A man of many talents indeed. But it was his philanthropy we were meeting to discuss tonight and, in particular, a London charity that benefits kids called the Safer London Foundation. He really is as nice a chap as everyone says he is so visit his site here and do a little towards helping kids in the UK and Eastern Europe.