One of the first things I thought I would need to try and convey the message of "Bournemouth Creative Breaks" was a parcel of pretty pictures.
With this goal in mind I assembled my team (they'll hate me calling them that, mark my words) in the Lower Central Gardens, just outside our venue hotel the Arlington, and thrust an elderly but serviceable digital camera into my brother's hands.
So, that's one's first tool:
But just as quickly I realised that my first tip was "don't try and take photographs out of doors on a very sunny day with an unfamiliar camera" - see the unfortunate results.
(but who's the lovely guy with the ice-cream cone in the background?)
A shame, because it's a lovely picture of the four of us - on the left, writer Brian Jenner. Next along is me, then artist Trish Jubb, and the tall lady at the back is Sara Uzzell, who runs the Arlington Hotel with her husband Bernard.
I'm reliably informed that the pictures can be 'tweaked'.
See that Sara has a tray with three glasses of red wine on it? They didn't last the whole afternoon. But no! I DO NOT mean we drank them. I mean a sudden gust of wind lifted the tray and the whole three-glasses-full ended up down the back of my shirt and trousers. Boy, did I smell choice in the car on the way home. Luckily I didn't have any high-powered meetings with local celebrities or business moguls that day. In this picture you can see me trying to put on a brave face whilst Brian and Trisha reel from the alcohol fumes emanating from my rear-side, whilst Sara stands guard over the broken glass. NOT the image we want to convey of Bournemouth on a Saturday afternoon!