This is from ‘Clockwise’. It’s very funny indeed, John Cleese at his best. If you haven’t seen it, you must.
Alas: with just over four hours to go, I am in eleventh place. And all of you have done your utmost, I know you have.
This chance – to walk across Britain, telling the stories of the paths and the places – it is not, and has never been about ego.
It is about the stories which plead and cry and laugh to be told, to all of us across the world. Stories are the way we make sense of our world, and I have always felt that special word – a vocation -to tell them.
I have no career to advance, or I would have put the last three years of daily stories to better political advantage.
I have no desire for the kind of fame of which one can only ever thirst for more.
I just want to tell stories. Not just to a small group, but to many, many people so we can all share in the wisdom and reflection they bring. Perhaps if mankind turns away from the moving image, which so often tells us what to think at every level; and back towards the contemplative walk, and the story round the fire; perhaps we will all be a little happier.
And if there is anyone out there who has, by slim chance, not cast their vote, then let’s at least say that we did not give up the ship lightly.
I’m there as Kate Pitt at www.ajourneyonfoot.com.