Prince’s Trust: Day 31 (Friday 12th May 2017)

Hey everybody.

Today was really intense, I’ll get to why in a minute. Worryingly it was so intense and knackering, I nearly fell asleep in the back of my supervisor’s car on the way back from Manchester – how embarrassing! Don’t worry, I didn’t fall asleep.

We went up to a conference up in Manchester. Before you ask, no I’ve never been to Manchester before. We didn’t get to see much of it (just the inside of a conference centre). As requested by my supervisor, I was there to produce the podcasts (did I ever get around to telling you about that?). Sarcastic jokes aside, being there and looking at the experience from my skills-tinted spectacles was a tough gig. The subject matter of said podcasts really isn’t something that I subscribe to. The idea of producing and podcasts are two concepts which I am keen to learn more about. So if anyone wants to teach me everything they know, I’m all ears.

“But you’re not supposed to like it Lex. You’re supposed to be doing a job.”

Well, yes, I know that. But what if I told you that Ash thought it was too intense for him as well.

“We all find things intense sometimes.”

You should have been there. It was tough on all of us.

I’ve a lot of respect for what they are trying to do in terms of their lifelong project. It’s just not for me.

You wanted that cheeky nudge I promised you yesterday? Google ‘Urban Shalom Project’ and ‘Eden: Message Trust’. The former is Ash, Andre and Lianne’s project and the latter refers to the conference we went to. You never know, it might be something that is right up your street.

I’m saying nothing.

Next week I’m doing that database I promised Lianne and editing chapters of a book for Andre. Wish me luck, I think I’m going to need it.

Speak soon,




P.S. Note to self: Must use writing to unwind after tough day like today.

Prince’s Trust: Day 30 (Thursday 11th May 2017)

Hey everybody,

Just like I warned, Karma came knocking in footnote form. I’ve spent an entire morning correcting bad footnotes from high ranking academics. No-one likes footnoting but equally no-one likes bad footnoting either. I can’t talk though, footnotes and I are a bad match, even when I was at uni.

I’m keeping busy with copyediting and also researching into the audio software in time for tomorrow’s podcast. Still not telling you exactly what I’m doing, but maybe tomorrow I’ll give you a cheeky nudge about the organisation Ash is in charge of.

I met Lianne, she works with Ash too. She’s asked me to do this database for her and send it back to her by the end of next week. Again, I can’t tell you because it’s highly confidential and let’s face it I’d be for the high jump. No-one wants to see that!

I love a challenge and am happy to get stuck in – besides which, I’ve been told there’s no rush for the database.

Towards the end of today, Ash, Andre and myself sat down and discussed the programme and how to use the software for the podcasts tomorrow. The last time I used it, I was still at school (around about a decade ago… brrr – sorry, that was a shiver going down my spine). My knowledge of how to use it is quite foggy (it’s like training a muscle, the more you use it, the easier and the quicker it is to pick-up). It’s still a work in progress but we managed it between the three of us – just about.

After the day was over, I stayed behind to do yesterday’s blog and to have dinner with the local community. Of course, me trying to upload a blog post amongst distractions, it never actually came to fruition.

All in all, a good productive day.

Speak soon,




P.S. Note to self: Must take more breaks.

Prince’s Trust: Day 21 (Wednesday 26th April 2017)

Hey everybody,

Another short blog post from me today.

We managed to apply two coats of magnolia on the kitchen walls. Honestly, walking into the kitchen was like walking into a freezer and that was down to the really British weather we keep having. British summer is here because it keeps snowing! It’s been so cold that my nose could have run the London marathon all by itself, or at least the distance from where I live to where the project is.

This afternoon, some of us managed to start on the artwork side of things. I need more practice and that means less opportunities to nanna-nap when I get home. When it’s finished I’ll post pictures of what we created and you can make the judgement for yourselves.

Speak soon,