The Road goes ever on and on; Down from the door where it began;
Now far ahead the Road has gone; And I must follow, if I can;
Pursuing it with eager feet; Until it joins some larger way;
Where many paths and errands met; And whither then? I cannot say.

[JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings]

Monday, 17 March 2008

Page 3 Girl!

In deciding to try to raise a bit of money for Macmillan in walking the length of Britain we acknowledged that a bit of media publicity would be beneficial. I don't expect that newspaper articles about us will draw in many, if any, donations directly, but it will give a bit of extra publicity to the charity.

Last week we contacted our local paper. They talked to Husband at some length and then sent a photographer.

On Friday we achieved a half-page spread on Page 3 of the paper. The article is also online, here*.

If I was to nit-pick, the story isn't entirely factually correct (and obviously the 'family tragedy' aspect was what was most interesting to the paper and therefore dominates), but I'm happy with the coverage given.

(*For anyone who reads the article, who heretofore thought that my name was Bird, and now thinks that it's Blackburn, let me just clarify that it's neither of those!)


  1. Hi Gayle,I'm somewhat puzzled as to why the Newspaper used the surname of Blackburn if that isn't your real name.

  2. I just figured that it was easier with the whole 'married couple going for a walk' aspect to go with my married name (technically, I am Mrs. Blackburn; it's just not a name that I've adopted).