Carnivals, conservation and copywriting

Copywriting, conservation and carnivalsThis Saturday, I'll be driving a small orange tractor (towing a sailing boat covered in bunting) along Fleet High Street in front of crowds of people. Oh, and I'll be dressed as the ship's captain.

It could be worse. Last year I was dressed as a ballerina, in feathers and a tutu (not an outfit I would generally recommend for tractor driving). We were trying to recreate Swan Lake. You see, the theme was Prince and Princesses, and we're a Pond Society, anyway...

It's Carnival time again, and this year I'll be cutting a nautical dash in the Best of British themed Jubilee procession. As a trustee of a conservation charity and an occasional helper of the local Lions Club, I've taken part in carnival processions, pulled pints at beer festivals, litter-picked from boats, and uncovered hidden medieval ponds.

Ten years ago, I moved to Hampshire from Kent and one of the first things I did was to take part in a volunteer work party at a local nature reserve. I met new people, and we had at least one thing in common; a love of nature and wildlife. Joining a local volunteer group is a great way to make friends, especially if you're new to the area.

Of course, once you get chatting you find you have lots of other things in common too. Over the years, I've met fellow writers, made valuable business contacts, and gained some wonderful friends.

Social networking is unbeatable for reaching large numbers of people worldwide. But it's no substitute for getting out there and meeting the folk on your doorstep and having fun in the process (dressing up optional).

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