Mark Mason (Standard British accent)
Hi, I’m Mark Mason. I’m the author of Move Along, Please. It was my book in which I went from Land’s End to John o’ Groats, the whole length of Britain, by local bus: not the sort of buses that take you along the motorway very quickly, but a bus from one town to the next. So I got the bus from Land’s End to Penzance, Penzance to Truro, so on. 46 buses and it took a couple of weeks to cover the country. So it was a brilliant excuse to put in lots of the trivia about Britain, facts like Birmingham being the inspiration for The Two Towers in Lord of the Rings because J.R.R. Tolkien was from Birmingham and he remembered two towers in Birmingham’s landscape that gave him the idea. Things about Loch Ness. Loch Ness can take all the water from all the lakes in England and Wales3 combined; you could fit it into Loch Ness. And quirky little facts about places like Crewe. Crewe Alexandra, it’s a curiously named football team that (was) actually named after Princess Alexandra, the wife of Edward VII. So it’s an excuse to put in all of that sort of trivia, all the things, the weird and wonderful signs you see as you go through Britain, things like the café in Wales which had... the sign... it was supposed to be called “The Carousel,” but they’s mispelt and then the C had fallen off, so you actually got the “Café Arousal.” Curious tales from Britain like that. It was fun to do, hopefully it’s fun to read as well!
(Mark Mason was talking to Mark Worden)