Blogs > August 2012
17th August 2012
It's been a great summer of sport with the Euro's and the Olympics but finally the Premiership season starts again. Sunderland kicking off away to Arsenal, obviously without Robin Van Persie! There is always great anticapation around the first game, it's been a while since you've seen your team run out and there's so much expectation of what we could do in the coming season. Rest assured though it won't take long for us to be moaning about a decision or complaining that we should have played a different way it's all part of the beautiful game.
Do you get involved with a fantasy football team? Every season I say I'm not goingt to do one, because they can take over your life, but every year I give in. If you don't know how they work, you usually get given £100million to construct a squad of 15 players. You usually get points if they play, score a goal, have an assist, keep a clean sheet. I find myself checking websites and scrutinising scores to find who is playing the best and you can guarentee that I still don't get it right.
So here we go then 10 months of drama, heartache and ups and downs. Who knows what the coming season will bring, one thing that I can guarentee is that we will all whinge about our team at some point...but we wouldn't be withou them.
Posted by Mark Black at 4:09pm
10th August 2012
A little while ago I tried my hand at Free Running!!
This is basically running and jumping over and on stuff, usually in a car park or outside. As I was a complete beginner I was in the safety of a sports hall. Here is the footage from my session with AAA Sports...It's bascically me falling over a lot, enjoy!!!
Posted by Mark Black at 3:05pm
6th August 2012
So Friday night was my cameo in Fame at Empire Theatre in Sunderland. To be honest I don't remember a lot about being on stage, it was over so quickly, I do know that I didn't fluff my only two lines, which is all that I could hope for really.
I had been for a rehearsal the day before and that was when I realised what I'd let myself in for. I knew what my lines were but hadn't thought about it enough to think that there would be a small bit of acting involved, clearly I wouldn't just walk on, say my lines and walk off. Part of what I had to do was a small stage kiss! This came as quite a surprise, especially as I was thinking "my wife will be watching!" Thankfully it was a small peck on the lips, so I wasn't in too much trouble.
The whole of Friday I had been running through my lines, I knew what I was saying and how I was going to deliver the lines, I even had a hint of an American accent going on, which didn't really appear on the night. I wasn't on until the second half so watched from backstage. It's always really interesting watching from backstage and seeing how much activity there is. I was surprised at how noisy it was really with people banging props around and talking. I was pretty relaxed first half chatting to people and watching the show, that all changed after the interval. As I got closer to my scene I got more and more nervous to the point I was actually pacing back and forth. The assistant director said that he would let me know when I needed to go on stage, and so I got my cue. Now even though it was only a couple of lines, I started the scene as the only person on stage, and there would only be me and one other on stage so the focus was right on me. As I said it's a bit of a blur but I did it, and did enjoy it.
When I came off stage I was met with a crowd of small kids who were waiting to go on in the next scene. The little girl at the front, looked at me, paused, and said " who are you?". She had clearly missed the fact that I was on for one night only. It was great, because for all of my stressing and worrying I realised it really wasn't about me, and these kids were doing far more than me and did a fantastic job too.
My character was a sleazy record producer who offered the world, but really didn't deliver. I think you'll agree that the bad boy image really isn't me!
Posted by Mark Black at 3:18pm