Now I don't much like the thought of public speaking, so it was fascinating watching myself as I built up from nervous beginnings to a state of heightened confidence, bolstered by the reaction of the adoring crowd! My whole manner changed, my body straightened, my voice found a firm level... though watching the video it looks like my main orational influence has been fracking Tony Blair!
Apparently I looked mightily confident to our guests from the start, or so I have been told, but I tell thee I was twisted up with stress at the start.
But anyway, enough of the blowing of mine own trumpet. I just wanted to share the following:
During DJ Tim's Best Man speech my write-blocked co-editor had described my "artistic" heritage (amongst other amusing anecdotes), highlighting (whithout explicitly naming) everyone's favourite time-travelling troubadores Viper Squad X amongst other formative outfits (Dieticians Featuring Fat, Lesbian Love Triangle Featuring The Leather Lads, etc).
But I had quite forgotten one thing until I re-viewed Tim's speech free from the overloading haze of wedding-day adrenaline...
Now one of the (few) notable things about Viper Squad Ten (aside from our grog-given talent and our ability to plumb the depths of juvenile innuendo) was our band-famous "X" logo.
And at this crucial part of Tim's speech, I jumped up from my seat and dashed across the floor towards a figure sitting in the corner, proudly crossing my forearms in the age-old salute of Viper Squad X in deference to Commander Aardvark/Armadillo - illustrious leader of our troupe of timetravelling troops...
Who said that this blog's shifted away from its original remit?