me about the first time you can remember being thrilled.
1.A When my brother was born and I
was nearly 3 years old.
been your most frightening thrill ever?
2.A car tyre blow-out at 95 mph on
the M1 where I had to slow down, get from the fast lane to the hard shoulder
whilst keeping control of the car. But I did it, cool as a fridge full
the smallest or slightest thing to have thrilled you?
3.A Receiving a radio-controlled Dalek
as a leaving present.
me why you're not a sensible person.
4.A I am my
own worst enemy and it burns me that it?s taken me over 25 years to work
that out. I?ve allowed laziness and nonchalance to dictate my life more
often than not. I tend to make the wrong decisions then regard the consequences
as ?fun? or ?a learning curve?. I believe in the National Lottery and
the possibility that it could be me and I hate that.
were you doing the last time you were really bored?
I was sat at my desk at work, staring blankly into my computer screen
and wishing I had the guts to walk out and do what I?ve always wanted.
the most uninhibited thing you've ever done?
6.A Standing on stage in front of
people I know and performing comedy material. Doing it in front of strangers
is much easier.
things have you considered doing for thrill, but were too concerned about
7.A Hiring a tank and driving through
London at speed, parachuting, burning down the Millenium Dome. Also, considered
London-bus-surfing, going to the away ends at Millwall or Cardiff City
to watch football (been to Millwall recently and NOT a thrill) and shouting
obscenities through the glass at Richard and Judy (couldn?t be arsed to
travel all the way to Liverpool).
always dreamt about being a paramedic, driving an ambulance and saving
lives; what about you?
8.A When I
was a teenager I wanted to be a Customs Officer at Heathrow Airport. Then
I didn?t really know what I wanted to be for about 15 years. Now I know
that I want to be a writer (of sit-coms, books, drama and instruction
manuals for small toys ?the last one is a lie actually).
To answer these next 14 questions, you should
think about a particular time you were thrilled.
this thrill in a nutshell, in one sentence. (there's time to expand later)
live-threatening, annoying but really exhilarating.
and when did it take place?
On the M1, near Luton, November, 1992.
me a bit about yourself around this time.
11.A Confused, directionless, happy,
young, immature, full of confidence but waiting for something to happen
rather than making it happen kind of guy.
did the moment arise? Was it planned?
12.A Not planned
at all. I was trying to get to central London from Sheffield in less than
2 hours. I was well on target.
the sequence of events leading up to your thrill, and how you felt at
each stage. The smallest detail could be important (this is your chance
13.A Driving very fast and then the
steering wheel being all over the place and me trying to control it. Then
my friend who was traveling with me thought I was messing about. I assured
him I was not but guessed what had happened. I put my left indicator on
and remember the faces of motorists looking at my disintegrating tyre
but not letting me pass. At one point I actually had to accelerate to
get past some cars. Within a mile or so I had come to a stop in the hard
should. The remains of the tyre were powder.
the exact moment of thrill, how did your mind and body feel?
14.A Absolute concentration on not
letting me lose control of the car. Part of me thinking that this could
end up fatal and the majority of me thinking that I can get out of this.
thoughts were going through your head?
happened? Thank God it?s not a front tyre, and why won?t you bastards
let me get onto the hard shoulder? I can?t make a mistake here or it could
be bad. What are you bleeding looking at arsehole? If I lose control,
I?m taking some of you with me. That sort of thing.
did you do immediately afterwards?
had a look at the damage, got a sandwich out of the bag in the boot and
laughed. Then I cursed the Gods because I?d have broken my record. My
friend kept saying how we could have died, I responded by saying ?yeah,
but we didn?t?.
were the most likely things that could have put you off going through
17.A I didn?t
have the time to consider this as it was a sudden thrill.
were other people important to your thrill?
18.A My friend
was nervous but kept quiet for the best part, I had to concentrate. Somebody
shouting at me would?ve made it more difficult. Other people weren?t that
do you imagine other people were thinking throughout your thrilling episode?
19.A My friend initially thought I was messing
about, then, I imagine, he was scared to death as he effectively had to
trust me with our lives. The people in the other cars displayed the reason
why I have little faith in mankind; instead of helping, they were gawping
and thinking about what could happen.
people probably don't understand how such a thing can thrill you; explain
it to them.
with something unexpected and having the control and skill to get through
it. Afterwards, considering the permutations and then laughing at the
fact that you?ve won.
were certain objects or equipment important to your thrill?
21.A I was
driving a car with what would appear to be a dodgy tyre.
you've done something like this before, how does the last time compare
to the first time you did it?
22.A First time thrill in a car was
when I spun a car (and after that an ice cream van) 360 degrees in wet
conditions. This was more of a thrill though.
If you did it again, what things could
be added or changed to make it even better?
23.A I have had several
car accidents subsequently, one where I went off the road and mounted
a wall. Again, I reacted quickly to avoid over-turning. This was the nearest
to that M1 incident. However, I wouldn?t really want to do it again. If
I did do it again, I?d want it to be in a better car.
Is there anything you want to add?
No, good luck though Brendan.