Another thing that came out of my chat on Radio Leeds the other day – did I mention I was on the radio? - was a surprisingly generous plug for the Cooling Awards.
I think it was probably motivated by the fact that host Martin Kelner himself had once presented the Concrete Awards (I know, who’d have thought?) and wanted to poke some fun at the fact that lots of small industries like ours have their own ‘industry Oscars.’
However I think he was genuinely surprised to hear that the Cooling Awards is such a big thing for our industry, rather than just ‘a bit of fun’.
We don’t have a few people at a Travelodge or a novelty venue, we have 600 people at the Hilton – ‘the one on Park Lane?’ says Martin, somewhat taken aback.
But most of all I think he was impressed that the Cooling Awards recognises environmental progress – companies doing some good for their customers and the planet, not just slapping themselves on the back.
By the way, our roster of Cooling Awards comedians in recent years is worth basking in for a minute – John Bishop, Rhod Gilbert, Alun Cochrane, Russell Kane, Henning Wehn.
All of them have gone onto bigger things – some much bigger than others, like arena tours and prime time TV, and of course we take all the credit for unerring talent spotting, but they were all originally chosen on one basis alone, being funny.
I am confident that this year will be no different and that anyone who attends, whether they have an interest in the competitive part or not, will leave thoroughly entertained.