Ms. FullSock decided to give the FREE STUFF a rest for a bit
(http://yannymac.blogspot.co.uk/?zx=22a724b421c5d621) and concentrate on getting crafty, ahead of the two-week long Waitrose Wobble in South Ken, that the rest of us know as ‘the festive period’.
In setting-up her grotto, Location Location Location star Krusty opted for Blenheim Palace as a venue.
As a keen whittler & car-boot man myself, I tried to book a pitch at Blenheim this very morning, and here’s how the telephone conversation went;
“Good Morning, Blenheim Palace Office Enquiries. How can I help?”
“Hi. I saw Krusty FullSock on TV last night and wondered how I went about setting up my own grotto?”
“I beg your pardon sir?”
“I’d like to book a pitch at your next car boot sale please?”
“I’m sorry sir. That was a one-orf. For Channel 4. For our Christmas Fire. ”
“So there’s no way of setting up another grotto at Blenheim? In the future? For free.”
“No sir. Not for the foreseeable future.”
“Oh. Ok. Thanks. Bye.”
“Thank you sir. Goodbye.”
To be honest, I was feeling a bit cheated.
If Pinter were still alive he’d have a field-day with that bit of dialogue, but I’m no playwright, and Harold’s long since gone; so I set about trying to create a Santa-Style grotto of my own, using some of Krusty’s ‘fregan’ tricks from her last money-spinning venture. http://yannymac.blogspot.co.uk/?zx=22a724b421c5d621
In last night’s show, FullSock made almost all of her Cath Kidston chintz in her ‘home studio’.
Living in a standard two up/two down, I don’t have room for a studio (nor a coffee table, nor a washing machine, nor a double bed) so I decided to get to work with my hammer & tongs in the bathroom.
Krusty also visited Norway.
I don’t have the money to buy even a coffee in Oslo, let alone jump on a flight to get Scandi-Inspired, so I visited Lowestoft, the further point east in the UK.
Lowestoft has loads of shops.
Lowestoft also has loads of grottos, ranging from the half-hearted, to the half-arsed.
But it wasn’t enough.
It was like Krusty had shown us a world where dreams really could come true, but we weren’t really invited (although we were allowed to watch).
Fullsock famously once said in the Hull Daily Mail;
"I didn't go to university, didn't do well at school, I didn't have an easy 20s, I never perceived myself - and certainly no-one else has - as cool……..
I bought my first flat when I was 21, and from a very early age I was the one at home fussing about”.