My bio blurb on Twitter used to read:
“Writing. Comedy. Gaming. Not all at once. Blue Peter Badge holder and proud member of Rolf’s Cartoon Club.”
When I wrote it, things were a lot rosier in the garden of people who found the height of their fame in the seventies. It was a more innocent time back then. And then it came to light that Rolf was, in fact, a dirty bastard and I thought it was best at that point to remove the reference to Rolf’s Cartoon Club which, in all honesty, I wasn’t that proud to be in but I thought it tied in quite nicely with the Blue Peter badge thing.
So I took it off. I stopped at having a Blue Peter badge, thinking that I would surely be safe with that – once you could live down the shame of it being associated with Janet Ellis’ out-of-wedlock pregnancy, that guy with curly hair who presented it for about a month and did something, and Richard Bacon’s second income peddling drugs on the streets of London. Other than that, though, the Blue Peter badge was safe. Well, unless you considered the fact that people were selling them on eBay which ruined it for everyone. I would just like to point out that I earned my Blue Peter badge through hard graft and writing a letter about having written a computer game about unleaded petrol.
I’m not even making that shit up.
Anyway, I took any mention of Rolf off my Twitter bio.
And all was well.
Until I happened to, just a few days ago, glance at the blurb on my Facebook page. I don’t really look at the About Me section as I think I know me fairly well. But it turns out that I loved my Twitter blurb so much that I copied across onto Facebook. Where it remained. Entirely intact. Still saying how proud I was to be in Rolf’s Cartoon Club.
I took it off about three days ago, luckily, just before the verdict in his trial for being a vile man came in.
I’m just glad I noticed it was there!