Friday, 2 February 2007

traffic violations and front pages

Paekak's little fringe has been enjoying some notoriety this week. Nigel Swan interviewed me for Beach FM on Thursday. I was amazed at how nervous I felt. I am feeling quite nervous generally. It's scary behind the scenes. I haven't spent much time here before. I've always swanned in done my bit and gone to have fun at the rest of the festival. Forgive me all you organiser types I took for granted.
Anyway back to the notoriety (courtesy of Sandi Hall who is sending out wonderful press releases and being less flakey than anyone else). Then the Fringe Truck got us in trouble. I arrived back in Paekak after the aforementioned radio thingee and Alan Wehipeihana came and told me the police were going to tow the truck, Chris has been trying to get hold of you. Then I went home and Tali from the Kapiti Observer rang me and asked me if I would like to comment on the 'Fringe Truck Incident'. The lovely people at the service station had allowed us to park the truck on the grass verge next to SH1, for everyone to see. However, this was difficult for some people to see properly as they left the service station and one such person complained to the police. The police arrived ready to call in the tow truck. Meanwhile the service station people have called Paul who is cycling over to move it. And Chris from Paekak Auto's gets roped into it by the police. He then tries to prevent a tow away; unsuccessfully trying to break in and calling around to find Paul. Paul arrives to find a $60 parking fine and moves the truck to another piece of grass a bit further away.
Then to top it all off at the same time as this is all going on Amanda Hanan of 'Girls in cars talking about boys' is being interviewed and members of her cast photographed by the Dominion Post. See Fridays FRONT PAGE!

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