As promised this time my blog is from the viewpoint of one of my characters, hedge fund manager, James Cartwright. He’s known for being somewhat outspoken and please remember his views are not mine!
To be or not to be…
Jess & James Cartwright take a trip to the theatre…
“Network” at the National
Now let’s get this straight, I’m always up for a night out, so when the new girl in HR (pretty face, legs a bit short) offered me the best table at 'Network, The National', saying it was the hottest ticket in town, I thought it was that new restaurant in Soho. You know, the one where you have to wait a year for a table, or bribe the babe on reception with a bottle of Cristal and a promise of a date. But the last thing I expected was to be eating my dinner on the stage!
Yeah, you heard me, the f***ing stage! Looked bloody good - all set up as a TV studio with a bar and restaurant on the side - but who wants to be gawped at while they're eating their dinner? Admittedly, I was about the best thing to look at up there, but Jess was pretty embarrassed when I turned my back on the cast to take a few selfies. Good publicity for them, I told her. I have got a few thousand followers on Twitter after all @thebustedbanker. Anyway, about halfway through, just as I had shovelled a forkful of ribeye into my mouth, we were encouraged to yell:
‘I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more!’
Too bloody right I was! Ruined a perfectly good steak. So I threw a roll at that Lady Mary totty from Downton. Nothing much had changed with her – still playing a ball-breaker in need of a good you know what. Security didn’t like my take on audience participation much, but what do they expect with this ‘blurring the lines between the watcher and the watched’ crap?
Jess of course loved the whole thing. Well, except the roll-throwing bit. She went on and on about the ‘dystopian world of media’ all the way home in the cab and how it was a 'lesson in fake news'. Utter bollocks if you ask me.
Anyway, the upshot was I had to sit through a two hour play about some Yank news anchorman going crapshoot crazy on live TV, while eating my dinner in front of a load of left wing, Guardian-reading luvvies with too much time on their hands. Thank f**k there was wine. Otherwise I might have shot the bloody newsreader myself; and a lot earlier on. Oops. Spoiler alert.
Well, I mean come on. The bloke was bonkers. The news network quite rightly saw an opportunity and exploited it. Shit happens, right?
That Bryan Cranston (you know, Walter White from ‘Breaking Bad’) played the idiot newsman. Didn’t recognise him at first. He had hair. In my opinion the whole thing was humiliating for him. Going from box-set gold to batshit bonkers in just a few months. Needs a new agent if you ask me. In fact, I told him so towards the end of the show. Paid me absolutely no attention, which I thought was bloody rude considering I was only trying to help.
Anyway, I got into the office at Aaron Gold this morning to find HR had sent me an email asking for a review of the play for the firm’s newsletter. For f**k’s sake! As if I haven’t got proper work to do. Making money. Just like the Network was trying to do in that sodding play. So I simply wrote this:
‘I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more!’
For The Love of Money
“Network” is an Olivier award winning adaptation of Paddy Chayefsky’s 1976 Oscar winning film, by Lee Hall.
It’s beginning to look a lot like… London!
The storm that’s been dubbed the ‘Beast from the East’ may have wreaked havoc across the UK, it has also brought a lot of beauty to the East! This photo, taken by one of my besties, shows the aptly named White Tower gate covered in an icy blanket of snow.
If you’ve already read my book, then perhaps you’ll agree with me that the real Beast from the East is James Cartwright – my corrupt, contemptible and wickedly sexy anti-hero. If not, then please give it a read and find out exactly why James he should be incarcerated in the Tower with no hope of escape! And if James is the villain of the piece, then who will be my prince…? Alexander Swann? Or will money corrupt him too? Perhaps the debonair Doctor Edward de Vere is more suited to the role?
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Although it has a beautiful name, the White Tower is the dark heart of London. From the torture chamber at the top, to the dungeons at the bottom where the skeletons of the two lost child princes were buried, it’s legacy is long and bloody…
But it’s great fun to visit! https://www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london/explore/white-tower/
I am lucky enough to live in one of the greatest cities on earth. Well ok then, in my view it’s the greatest city on earth… but as a Londoner born and bred, I’m allowed to be biased!
Not only is London my home, it’s my inspiration and the setting of my latest book ‘For the Love of Money’, a saucy, scandalous story with a twist!
Of course living anywhere full-time, even the greatest city on earth, can give rise to a bit of wanderlust, and my characters and I love to travel, both in the UK and abroad. So I’ll make sure to take you around all the exciting locations that feature in the book too… Well, maybe we’ll skip a trip to Dartmoor Dave’s Caravan Park, but a weekend in Torquay is pretty nice!
Right, I think that’s enough for today, but I’ll leave you with a couple of pictures from a gorgeous winter walk I took around St James’s Park. It’s a great place to escape from the hustle of city life without missing out on any tourist essentials. In fact, not only is it the perfect place for a summer picnic or a winter walk, but it’s also the home of Horse Guards Parade, The Mall, Buckingham Palace and Whitehall. Check out it’s website for all the must knows www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/st-jamess-park and here’s my insider’s tip for the perfect photograph:
Find the bridge in the centre of the park that stretches across the small, but perfect lake. From here you’ll have the ideal vantage point to take a photo of The London Eye to the South and Buckingham Palace to the North.
And if you’re really lucky, you might even be visited by one of the park’s resident pelicans!
Until next time! Vxx
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