Cummings Adventures with Mark Cummings, June 2022


6:00 p.m. June 6, 2022

with Mark Cummings of BBC Radio Gloucestershire

The hills are alive with the sound of panting

The Cotswolds are going bike crazy from this month. The women’s Tour of Britain comes to town on Wednesday June 8, followed by the men’s event in September. They both start at Tewkesbury and end at Gloucester Docks. I have a raging internal debate about whether I should ride both routes to find out the route and meet the people who will come cheer on the pros.

It’s amazing fun to have full day stages based here and the opportunity to promote the Cotswolds is huge. The world will see images of finely tuned athletes photographed in front of Tewkesbury Abbey, climbing Cleeve Hill, rushing through the Stroud Valleys, effortlessly scaling the hills of the Forest of Dean and sprinting furiously into the amphitheater at the edge water from the quays. The last time the tour came to town I rode the route a few days before with the Cotswolds Tourism team and local cyclists. We took hours to do Bourton, Stow, Moreton, Stanway, Winchcombe, Cleeve Hill and Cheltenham – what took us a day took the minutes of the pros. Previously, I organized the Tour of Gloucestershire, a two-day 220-mile marathon in the Cotswolds to promote all the best. This route started over the old Severn Bridge, through the Forest of Dean, Tewkesbury Abbey, around the Cloisters of Gloucester Cathedral, past the finish line at Cheltenham Racecourse, Cleeve Hill, Stanway Hill, Chipping Campden and a night’s rest in Moreton. Day two took us to Stow, Windrush Valley, Fairford Runway, Cirencester, Stroud and Frampton on Severn, ending at Berkeley Castle. It was an amazing experience with BBC Radio Gloucestershire listeners lining the course and cheering us on. However, having just remembered the pain of those hills, I think I have now made up my mind about my crazy idea of ​​volunteering to ride the Tour of Britain route. Never!

What are the ingredients for the perfect street party?
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If Carling had street parties

A good friend of mine confessed to me that they had no idea of ​​the Jubilee street party that was going to take place in front of their house. This anxiety was exacerbated by the fact that they had agreed to be part of the organizing committee and that they needed to come up with ideas. Fortunately, my listeners came to the rescue. The perfect street party starts with at least three barrels of raw cider. Bunting can be a great team building opportunity – created by at least five people working together seamlessly, it’s the perfect mix. Massive bowls of trifle, fish paste sandwiches, cheese and pineapple on sticks should be included. You need to embrace new technology, so besides the obvious photos, how about something a little more memorable? Find someone on the street who has a license to use a drone and soar it high, record the festivities and share later on everyone’s smart phones. Finally, I love the idea of ​​the “Know Your Neighbor” contest. Someone needs to interview the whole street and dig for little snippets of their life. It turns into a quiz that goes something like this… ‘Who on the street has Zebedee’s middle name?’ Of course, it’s Alan at number 23. “Which person in the street got scolded by Prince Philip for straying from the official badminton course?” Of course, it was Mary at number 3. “Who has a cleverly concealed electronic tag on their ankle?” Of course, it’s the shy Derrick at number 48.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

If you could have one element of a famous movie, what would it be? And Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s car?
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The madness of memories

If you could have one element of a famous film, the real element of the film, what would it be? This is a question I asked after Dorothy’s dress from The Wizard of Oz was to fetch over a million dollars at auction. I would like the car Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and the bike Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid when they walked around the garden to the sound of the song Raindrops keep falling on my head. My listeners chose the following: The Shark of Jawsthe canoe of IssuanceSuperman’s outfit, KITT’s Ridera DeLorean from Back to the futurea snitch of Harry Potterthe golden ticket Charlie and the chocolate factoryJohn Wayne’s hat The real couragethe Aston Martin DBS of Doctor NoApollo Creed’s shorts Rocky IIIJohn Travolta’s white suit Saturday night feverthe flying cows of Tornadothe green door of Notting Hillthe Harley Davidson of Easy Riderthe Triumph motorcycle The great EscapeWilson the ball from Castawayand finally the most useful, because you can put a lot of things in it, the Mary Poppins bag.

3D walk

I challenged my team and listeners to try something new this summer. The simple principle is to do the walk you do regularly and try it three different ways. First, do it at a much slower pace and engage your senses by listening to the sounds around you. Take the time to look at all the mundane or magical things you pass by every day. By slowing everything down, I hope people will see something different, experience something new, and maybe enjoy something new for the first time. The second dimension is to find a different route from your starting point to your final destination, and thirdly to stop and chat with someone you might see regularly but have never had the opportunity to meet. start a conversation. Those who have tried it have found it deeply satisfying, although my friend Sally on May Hill got completely lost and her 20 minute walk took two hours!

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