Tri for life
Spencer Hannam, Digital Artist and Partner of Act Two-UM is taking part in his third triathlon, (a certain symmetry involved in that), on July 10th. Spencer has been training furiously for the past few months, he needs to get to a level of fitness where he can comfortably swim 800m in open water, cycle 30k and finish up with a 7,5k run. Not sure the word comfortably sits in with any of the above but that is the price you pay for choosing this type of activity as a hobby’!
Spencer starts his working day by swimming the equivalent of 1k in the local swimming baths. Not for the faint hearted this triathlon lark! After a morning spent sitting in front of a computer screen manipulating images he is often seen running from Shaftesbury Avenue to Primrose Hill of a lunchtime, when mere mortals are in the Lamb and Flag enjoying the same amount of calories which Spencer is burning off!
After work it is a brisk walk to Euston station to catch the train home, once he arrives home it is time to re-charge his batteries ready for the whole pattern to repeat itself the following day, those of you who are thinking re-charging his batteries involves sitting in front of the TV relaxing do not know about the 3 children and the dog who are needing his attention when he arrives home, not to mention the demands of his long suffering wife Joanne!
We wish him every success in the forthcoming event and hope he manages to raise lots of money for the very worthy causes involved.
Spence is raising money for 4 charities,
there is a link attached at the bottom of the blog if you would like to contribute.
Joe hits the big six '0'
It's not a secret that when people die after long distinguished careers, the obituaries that organizations seem to produce are in fact written well in advance. When I read such tributes, or hear them spoken, I always ask myself the same question: ‘I wonder if they knew, when still alive, the esteem, affection and admiration in which they were held by those who knew them?’
It's also now no longer a secret that the most energetic member of Act2-Um staff, the limbo dancing Tennis fanatic Joe is actually not in his 40's but is in fact this year celebrating the 30th anniversary of his 30th Birthday, yes he is 60.
For those that know him I can understand that this may have come as a shock. In the 23 years that I have known Joe, I'm convinced he's getting younger. Joe has worked here with some of the staff since the late 1970's, where he earned great respect as a conventional Retoucher and artist. He is the man responsible for introducing into the industry the now 'Managing Director' of Act2-Um Glen Ash, and remembers getting him a job as a runner and junior retoucher at Morgan & Swan.
Apart from being a god at the Guitar an avid Tennis player and baker of fantastic cakes his days are now spent away from the lightbox, brushes and chemicals. Joe's duties are now more geared to the running of the studio and that of chief morale officer. For clients that have visited our studio would no doubt agree that he is always on hand trying to feed you Cappuccinos, croissants or other fattening foods, and trying to impress you with his eclectic music collection and stories of how he saw `Jimi Hendrix play three times back in the day man’.
From everyone here at work and I'm sure from all those who know him wish our very own Benjamin Button a very Happy Birthday.
Many Happy Returns Joe x