Jake, me , John Mostyn and the blimp

Sometimes it’s good to put your hand up for stuff just in case. I was doing some writing on Friday, but keeping an eye on Twitter – and one of the people I follow mentioned that if any journalists wanted to go up in the Goodyear Blimp, the company was offering rides for a bit of coverage.

So I wrote an email to the contact person there and said “I’m not a journalist, but I do have a blog. Is that close enough?” Apparently it was. They’d been looking for a bit of blog and social media coverage – so… er… this is it here. I’ll try and keep up my end of the bargain.

I went back to them and said – well, I’m going to need to invite someone to come with me. I don’t have a car, and there’s no public transport anywhere nearby. So – can I have a plus one?

“Sure – no problem. Happy to oblige.”

Then I remembered that Jake starts his Easter break today.

“Um… plus two?”

“Yep – in fact, that’s perfect as it seats three passengers. You can all go together.”


The flight

I put the call out to my friends on Twitter and Facebook asking if anyone was interested in joining us, and taking the flight – and John Mostyn, local music business dignitary and manager of the lovely local analogue recording studio, Highbury, was keen for a daytrip.

It really was quite something. The airship itself is amazing, and the views were pretty spectacular over the Thames. We took off from Upminster in Essex and spent close to half an hour in the air, by my reckoning.

If you ever get a chance to go up, definitely grab it. An incredible experience, and we were looked after very well – with a cooked lunch beforehand, an afternoon tea afterwards, and all sorts of souvenir trinkets. We even have certificates and a fancy little lapel pin to go with our blimp keyring, blimp badge and blimp air freshener.

It was a lovely daytrip too. Nice day for a drive. John, Jake and I talked about all sorts of stuff (music, mostly – as you’d expect) and had a lot of laughs.

I tell you what though – if I ever own a car, I’m (almost certainly) putting Goodyear Tyres on it – and so should you. And that, I think, takes care of my end of the bargain…