Coming soon: Martin Clunes’ “Islands of America”

IMG_2354In a four-part documentary, Martin Clunes will explore the U.S. islands, beginning in Hawaii. 

“Now he’s setting off on a 10,000 mile journey, from the west to the east,  to explore the vast swathe of islands which are scattered beyond America’s shores. He’s travelling from the primeval landscapes of Hawaii and Alaska to the playgrounds of presidents along the eastern seaboard.”

Martin says: “I wanted to look beyond corporate America and discover the other United States, out past the mainland margins, and what life is like on these unique and diverse islands.”

Read the full story at: http://buffalopictures.co.uk/coming-soon/new-documentary-series-islands-of-america/

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Martin Clunes’ 10th Annual Buckham Fair judged “a great success!”

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The Buckham Fair on Martin Clunes’ property in Dorset offers everything you could want in a country fair–rides, food, dogs, horses, and, in this case, a chance to take a picture with Martin Clunes, star of “Doc Martin.” I attended the fair in 2014–an absolute riot! 

This year, Dorset County Hospital Charity Cancer Appeal was chosen as the beneficiary. It will receive a check toward building a new cancer center in Dorchester.

Jen Jorissen, Maplewood, Minn., has volunteered at the fair for the past four years. She very graciously shares her observations and photos. Thank you, Jen!

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Jen Jorissen and Di Gilmour, from Florence, Ore., outside the beer tent at the Sponsors’ Reception.

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Volunteering at the Buckham Fair

by Jen Jorissen

Every year for me has been like a homecoming because I get to see people I’ve met and friends I’ve made over the years–my “British Peeps” and  the “Clunatic” fringe. I stay at a B&B on a working farm about six miles from the fairgrounds. My hosts are lovely people who treat me like family!

What I do

My tasks as a volunteer have varied quite a bit: I’ve set up and taken down show rings, judges’ tents, chairs, and tables; sold official Buckham Fair merchandise; run refreshments to officials; pushed vehicles out of mud (but, fortunately, not this year!); pounded in signs; distributed straw bales; picked up orphaned garbage; directed lost visitors, and anything else I’ve been assigned.

I try to be a good ambassador, both for the Fair and for the Good Ol’ U.S. of A. (I figure we really need some good P.R. right now.)

A huge undertaking

Buckham Fair is a huge undertaking for a rural community. It’s managed by the Buckham Fair Committee, a small group of dedicated volunteers, including Martin and his wife, Philippa, who begin mapping out the next summer’s fair before autumn retires for the year. They are joined by others who help to execute those plans and manage the additional volunteers, especially at the fairgrounds on The Big Day.

Final attendance figures for 2018 are not in yet, but there is good reason to believe that this year may have set attendance and fundraising records: The parking areas were full; the weather was perfect (dry but with a bit of cloudiness, so not too hot); horse and dog events were chock full of participants; and the demonstrations were thronged with people. The amusement rides had good lines all day, as well as the food stalls and merchandise vendors. The beer tent is a perennial favorite!

Additionally, Fair Sponsorship was at all-time high numbers (including some 40 or so Americans).

Popular events

It is physically impossible to see and do everything, and I keep hearing about cool things that I missed! Martin is always very popular; events in which he participates draw the largest crowds. He judges the Specialty Dog Classes, like “Waggiest Tail,” “Best Fancy Dress” (in U.S.-speak, that would be “Best Costume”), and “Dog the Judge Would Like to Take Home.”

Martin’s “Doc Martin” canine co-star, “Dodger,” always appears to show visitors his tricks–and usually upstages Martin in the process.

Neil Morrissey joins in the fun

NeilMorrissey1-optNeil Morrissey, Martin’s co-star in “Men Behaving Badly,” made an encore appearance as judge in the specialty class, “Dog Looking even MORE like Neil.” Neil is a crowd favorite and a genuinely good egg! We had a nice chat, and he generously posed for photos for me.

Martin, Philippa and the Horses

Martin participates in a number of demonstrations in the main ring. My favorite is the Heavy Horse Competition. This year Martin and his Clydesdale “Bruce” took top honors.

Philippa judges most of the Specialty Horse Classes. I was hoping to catch some of them this year but missed out because I foolishly did not have my copy of the program with me and was off taking snapshots and visiting with fairgoers and their dogs (what can I say, other than I miss my poochers?!). {{{Sigh}}}.

I did see a small sample of the show jumping events; those kids can ride! I am a hack trail rider and do my best to be respectful to my horse, but she’s had much better training than I and has had to learn to be patient with me. She would be much better off with one of those accomplished youngsters!

Visit with Bruce and Ronnie

A popular new feature, oddly enough, was the addition of temporary stalls to house theBruceAndSmallFriend-optsm Heavy Horses. They provided a safe environment for both the horses and visitors to meet and greet–witness the little guy in the photo meeting “Bruce,” who was very gracious throughout a day of photo ops with his fans! His brother “Ronnie” was there as well, though seemed a little bored with the attention. He was often seen doing his best Greta Garbo impersonation:  “I vant to be alone.”

I enjoyed Buckham Fair, stem to stern! If pressed for my favorite part of it, I’d have to admit that spending time working and visiting with the committee members and volunteers are at the top of my list–right next to the very nice hug that I got from Martin!

 

Vote now for “Doc Martin” and Martin Clunes in TV Choice Awards

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Congratulations to the cast and crew of “Doc Martin” for once again being nominated for the TV Choice Awards!!

“Doc Martin” (Best Family Drama) and Martin Clunes (Best Actor) made the short list, and it’s down to all the fans around the world to vote quickly for our favorite TV show and dream guy Martin Clunes.

Deadline is FRIDAY, JULY 6, and you must vote before midnight (London time). All you have to do is click on this link and go through the categories to cast your vote.

https://awards.tvchoicemagazine.co.uk

You can read more about the awards in The Sun: https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/6617722/tv-choice-awards-vote-deadline-winners/

Martin Clunes is filming murder mystery for ITV’s “Manhunt”

Portraying Chief Inspector Colin Sutton is a very different role for Martin Clunes from his grumpy, but cozy Doc Martin. The murder mystery, based on real events, is part of the “Manhunt” series.

Residents in Walton-on-Thames were disgruntled because scenes were shot on the anniversary date and at the exact location where 13-year-old Milly Dowler went missing 16 years ago.

See the story and lots of photos in The Sun: 

https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/5902168/martin-clunes-milly-dowler-drama-manhunt/

Doc Martin should change his computer password habits–and so should you

This post is a bit offbeat for my blog, but I think it’s important enough to share with as many people as possible. In my real life, I write articles for business publications.  This one is about password management. Who knew we were doing it wrong (upper/lower case, number and special character) for years?  Here’s a formula for creating passwords that can keep hackers away for 550 years. 

https://www.tektonikamag.com/index.php/2018/02/09/its-time-you-upgraded-to-password-management-that-actually-works/

Use your own random phrases, of course.