Thursday, March 09, 2006

(161) Peter Fairbrass

On June 8th 1999 we attended the Orange Literary Prize http://www.orangeprize.co.uk/ award ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall in London. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Festival_Hall
The photo shows my son at the ceremony, gazing at a man daubed in chalk and posing as a statue.
I spotted that Peter Fairbrass was videoing it.
I had not seen him for almost six years.
We had first met in Leeds in 1991 when he had been hired by Chris White of Grandmaster Video to film a chess tournament there. I had subsequently recorded videos for Chris and GMVideo myself, and Peter had filmed some of them.
(Peter was an eccentric chap; here he sums up the life of an eccentric close friend - http://www.harrison-marks.com/george.htm )
He asked what I was up to and I replied that both Fiona and I were awaiting important news that very evening concerning a big project (the giant octopus expedition) that I was hoping to get off the ground.
"With Chris White?", he asked, and I affirmed that, even though it was nothing to do with chess, oddly enough it was my intention then to involve Chris White and indeed he had accompanied me when I had gone to see Cliff Stanford about the idea. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cliff_Stanford
Peter became very interested in my adventure, and, for a while, we even discussed his coming with us to film it.

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