Always an early riser, Andrew has spent hours this morning counting his column inches over and over again and feeling rather self-satisfied at the result.
Andrew is very proud indeed because the entire article was probably written with his pen which Jay Rayner still hasn’t returned following their night out.
Phil was up slightly later and at the time of writing has not read it all although he has read the bit about the West End Whingers three times. This is only partly in order to satisfy himself that there is nothing in it which might alarm his mother.
Highlights of the piece include this lovely quote from Charles Spencer of the Telegraph on the West End Whingers:
‘I don’t think they’re very helpful, Mildly entertaining, I suppose, but that brand of camp humour doesn’t do it for me. They’re not really critics. The last thing of theirs I read was them whingeing about squeaky seats at the Old Vic.’
We love you, Charlie!
The general view of the newspaper critics seems to be that to be a useful critic you have to be very old and have experienced a lot of whatever you are writing about – a theory instantly undermined by a cursory examination of Phil (whose “early rising days” are long behind him).
But there was nonetheless a highlight for Phil as the Whingers are described as being “middle-aged”. For the record, Jay Rayner is “about the same age” as Andrew.
Phil feels he’s found a new friend (and contemporary) in dance critic Clement Crisp (76) who says “I don’t really understand the beastly internet”. But is worried that Jay Rayner thought that there was “quite a lot of alcohol” the evening Jay accompanied them to the theatre. Phil thought they were being quite restrained, it seems the youth of today just can’t take it.
Lowlights include the photograph for which the Whingers were made to wear tragedy masks. Still, it was an improvement on the first photoshoot in which they were handed one comedy mask and one tragedy mask which led us to believe that no-one had actually bothered looking at the blog. Which says it all really.