With the #WorldCup around the corner, Dan’s got football fever this week…. …


With the #WorldCup around the corner, Dan’s got football fever this week…. ⚽⚽⚽

But not everyone is a fan of the round ball game, as he found out when he he filmed a Q&A video with new Mayor of Worthing Paul Baker…


You’ve been welcomed to this week’s blog in Russian as there’s only nine days till the World Cup. Nine days!

Half of the comms team can barely contain their excitement. We’ve installed a World Cup wallchart in the office and the majority of the lunch break discussion is revolved around the glorious game.

The other half … well they’re not so keen. I couldn’t stand football not that long ago, so I can totally see where they are coming from. But whether you love it or loathe it, it’s impossible to not get behind your nation in the planets biggest competition.

As I found out last week, one man who loathes the game is the Mayor of Worthing, Cllr Paul Baker. Nope, his heart’s set on rugby.

I found this out as I had the pleasure of meeting up Worthing’s new Mayor and filming a Question and Answers video.

When arranging a video with someone you never really know what to expect. Will they be a one take wonder or take a lifetime to produce something that they are happy with? – It’s no easy task, and I can see why people feel uncomfortable doing it. I’d be too, but I’m just lucky that I get to hide on the other side of the camera …

To be safe I’d arranged an hour with Paul in the for the video, but we were done in no more than 20 minutes. He was a one take wonder!

It was great fun recording the video with Paul, so I thought I’d share a few highlights with you from our meeting…

As well as being comfy in front of a camera, I’ll have you know that our Mayor is a bit of a joker! The third question I asked was “What makes your different to our previous Mayors?”. I’m not to sure what I was expecting really … But it wasn’t what Paul came out with!

“Whereas the previous Mayors have been complete Mayors, I’m somewhat of a three-quarter Mayor with a leg missing” – Did you know our Mayor is disabled?

This came as a bit of a surprise, but it’s nice to see that Paul doesn’t take his impairment too seriously.

Another highlight of the recording was when I asked Paul what his hobbies were. Immediately he answered singing. After this it only seemed right to ask Paul what his favourite karaoke song is, and he replied by saying “Mack the Knife”.

Clip captured I explained to Paul that youths of today only listen to Drake and Ed Sheeran and that I had no idea what song he was referring to … Well the man only went and gave me a live performance!

Impressed, I gave him a mini round of applause and then confessed to still not knowing what he was on about.

So what’s your karaoke song? Mine would be ‘Around The World’ by Daft Punk. Not only is it actually a pretty decent song but there are also only three lyrics for me to remember, meaning that the chance of me getting it wrong is virtually impossible!

I hope you enjoyed this extra piece of insight into what we can expect from our new Mayor of Worthing.

Cllr Paul Baker seems to be a great character and I’m looking forward to seeing what he achieves in his Mayoral year!

See the video here: https://youtu.be/xlgmW0kO_I8

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