The inside edge with Sarah and Drew
John Kerr's kilt and Sarah's big scandal in this week's edition!
|John and Sinead Kerr in front of the new BBC Building in Glasgow, before the Scottish Olympic Ball fundraiser. (courtesy John Kerr)|
"The weather was pretty crap to be honest with you. I know everyone, including me, keeps going on about Global warming but it definitely hasn't arrived in Scotland yet."Yeah... a Scot once told us that Scotland has only one erotic dance, "The Dance of the Seven Army Blankets." Does this sound like a good idea for a free skate to you? "I don't think we particularly do sexy dancing in Scotland," said John "We usually leave that to the South American nations 'cause they just do it so much sexier than us Scots could ever manage. It probably wouldn't be the best idea for a free dance but then again I have had worse ideas suggested to me." We're kind of curious about what ideas those were, actually...Going back to last year's programs for a moment, we just loved your original dance. Did you know from day one that you were going to wear a kilt? "The first thing we had to check was whether it was within the rules to wear it. It pretty soon came from on high that people would be disappointed if I DIDN'T wear the kilt." John wore a pair of black shorts under the kilt. The traditional undergarb for a man in a kilt, is, well, nothing at all, which would have made John's twizzles rather too exciting for the TV audience. Did anyone back home complain about the shorts? "Absolutely everyone made a comment about it. Usually something along the line of 'Hey John, yer nae a true Scotsman with them shorts under yer kilt.'" Do you think you had ever skated the original dance better than at the world championships? "No, this was definitely the best we had ever skated it. I think in our wildest dreams we never could have expected the response that we had in Gothenburg. Moments like that make it all worthwhile." We loved your science fiction free dance too. What were the aliens' names? "Um, I don't know really, LOL. How about Zig and Zag from the planet Zorg..." Did you take any grief for the costumes or the silver hair? "Funnily enough, most people thought it was a pretty cool idea. It was a pity I missed a bit at worlds though and I had this brown blob on the back of my head." You got a deduction for Sinead's makeup in that program, though... "Yes we got a deduction at our nationals over it. Sinead decided to experiment a wee bit with her eye makeup to try and get a more ethereal look, but unfortunately our judges thought it was a little too much." You're so lucky you drew Trophée Bompard for the fall. Do you have any favorite haunts in Paris? "Funnily enough this will be my first trip to Paris so I'm pretty excited about it. If anyone has any recommendations about things to do then let me know." We just did a blog on superstitions -- do you have any special good-luck routines? "Yeah, usually I like to tie my competitor's laces together -- that's more cheating than a superstition though, I guess. I always put my right boot on first and I always have to sit in the same place when I'm at competitions." John said the rest of the summer is all about the training; vacation time is over. He and Sinead will be skating to "The Boogie Bumper" and "Minnie the Moocher" by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy for their original dance next season, and their free dance will be to "Ruled by Secrecy," by Muse. Off-topic By the way, Sarah's book, Uncle Bobby's Wedding, has been all over the news this week. It has been interesting! A library patron in Colorado challenged the book, and the librarian wrote an incredible letter about it. If you'd like to see more, there are links to the letter, and some of the articles, on Sarah's Web site, SarahBrannen.com That's all for now! Stay cool!
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