Wednesday 22 July 2009

This time next year, Rodney…

I’ve always wished I could come up with a corking entrepreneurial idea that would turn me into a millionaire with minimum effort. I’ve often thought about setting up a business writing wedding speeches, for example, having successfully helped out a few best men in their hour of wisecracking need. Then I heard recently about a wish-I’d-thought-of-it-myself service that eBays things on your behalf, saving you that frustrating queue in a piss-fragranced post office. But this weekend I came up with the holy grail – and this one, I reckon, has really got legs.

It was at the Race For Life. (£2,400 raised; 45 minute finish… step aside, Nell McAndrew.) With the event being in aid of Cancer Research UK, each participant was sent a sign to wear on their back, with space to write a dedication for whoever they were racing for life for. Some people raced for their parents, some for their children, some for their patients, some for themselves. In absence of anyone else to race for, my sign stated that my Race For Life was being done for, well, me.

Now, I appreciate that these signs are designed for moving, poignant dedications, often to loved ones lost through cancer. And in no way do I wish to undermine the seriousness of that. (Hell, I’ve seen more than a lifetime’s worth of that kind of seriousness.) But let me just say this. If ever The Bullshit does get the better of me (it won’t, like – I’m just being hypothetical), and you choose to run the Race For Life in my memory… for God’s sake, get your dedication grammatically correct, will you? Let me give you a few examples.

I race for life for…
‘Evry1 whose suffering with cancer’
‘Mum. Your always with me.’
‘Anyone effected by cancer.’
‘Grandad. Evie love’z you.’

I wish I could tell you I was making this up. I swear, you could hear the tuts from heaven.

But there’s a business idea in this, no? Surely, beside the Cancer Research merchandise stall and the portaloos and the burger van, there’s space for a proofreading service? In fact, screw money-making – I’d gladly do it for nowt.

That said, though, I fear it would make for a far less entertaining race. And, believe me, it wasn’t half entertaining. Because it was those signs – as well as the cheering onlookers, the kind pats on my back and the frankly terrifying volume of pink tutus – that got me round. Besides, who am I to change such a terrific event that does so much to assist a hugely important charity? In fact, the Race For Life is so terrific that I’ll be doing it again next year. And, provided there’s been no return of The Bullshit, I’ll be racing with a different dedication on my back. In 2010, I think, I’ll race for life for: ‘Evry1 who helped 2 get me thru da Bullshit. Your the best.’


Unknown said...

You bloody dare, Mrs. Lynch and I'll lynch you!!!!!!

Ps. I'll do it with you. Then we can go out for a lovely slap up meal afterwards to make up of all those lost calories.

Anonymous said...

Once again, one of your post totally made my day. Thanks! Things like these annoy me just as well. I get typos or anything in a blog comment, which you might type in a hurry and not proof-read thoroughly (putting this in just in case someone finds one in this comment).
But to find these mistakes in dedications or something like menus, ads, signs or anything remotely official is either cracking me up or pissing me off (depending on the mood I'm in when I see it)

Anonymous said...

No no yur da best xxx

Anonymous said...

If your hiring for more proof readers, make shure U let me no.


Freudus said...

One of the best idea's I've heard in ages. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

Top jogging, Lis. x

Anonymous said...

Do it for nowt indeed. Reader, she does it to her mates. No1 is safe.

Can we all do it next year? In 45 mins with logos on our T shirts?

Miss you LA girl x

Kate (aka Nose in a book) said...

Oh please do! I walk around museums wanting to proof read their information boards but those Race for Life signs are on telly!

Also: did you feel weird saying you were running for yourself? I'm doing that next month (for Lupus UK) and I feel odd about it...

Lisa Lynch said...

Hey Kate,

Aye, I did at first, but then I figured sod it. I had nobody else to run for, really, and after seeing those signs, I realised that keeping your dedication to yourself might be the kindest thing you could do...

Nice work on the run, by the way! All the best with it.

Head down, iPod on, tons of water (and loads of jaffa cakes before you start).