Wednesday, 23 November 2016
Lives & Times Meets Tom Rosenthal
I made a rather difficult tube trip to Arsenal to meet up with and photograph comedy actor and writer Tom Rosenthal after earlier having met Christopher Biggins in central London back in April 2015. Covent Garden tube station was closed to passengers entering so I had to walk to Leicester Square, and then there was a signal problem on the Piccadilly Line. So a journey that should have taken me about 20 minutes took twice as long, but I got there just about on time to meet up with Tom. We went to the same school, Reading Blue Coat, although I have a few years head start on him!
We are both fans of Arsenal so it made sense to me at the stadium to do the photo. We just missed out on the setting sun which was a shame, but we still managed to get some good photos, and the one in the book features Tom standing by a statue of Arsenal legend Herbert Chapman.
No messing from Tom with the bowel cancer tie, and he was happy to wear it like a tie should be worn. When we met, Tom was working hard on his recent BBC Three comedy series Flat TV.
It was also interesting to discover that Tom supports a Sepsis charity. This medical condition can be fatal, and sadly my dad died from it after having contacted pneumonia in 2009. It's another illness that needs talking about and have awareness raised about it.
My mum was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2012. She had a successful operation to remove a tumour from her bowel. Unfortunately the cancer spread to her lungs and then to her brain. After a brave and courageous 4 year battle she peacefully passed away on August 29th. Please support this fundraising book as every sale counts both in raising money and raising awareness about bowel cancer.