Here we go once more with our ‘Getting to Know You’ series where we get to… know you. Of course, we can’t get to know everyone (gets trumpet out) and thus we are selecting some of our favourite followers to get involved. Video blogger Bob Currie (call him Bob because it’s a sensible thing to do) has been making videos for YouTube for over a year now and it appears there’s no stopping him. Well, he’s not making them for YouTube specifically as he’s making them for his audience but you get my drift. His videos cover a range of activities, such as days out, festivals and smells. With every video there is wit and creativity. Bob has a playlist of videos he is most proud of, so here is a couple to give you a taste.
I’ve been advised to use videos he’s most proud of, so I’m gonna be in a lot of trouble for writing the following but I feel this video needs to be shared. Why? It’s my favourite. It also goes to show that even when the footage isn’t what you expected, a good narrative and therefore good video can come out of it. If we’re in trouble and he calls his lawyers then it’s been fun folks!
We e-mailed 10 questions to Bob in the hope that he’d spill the beans (not literally) on tea, video making and dancing. He didn’t disappoint with his answers. Make a cup of tea, crack open the custard creams and relax. Here’s what Bob had to say…
1) Hello Bob! It’s Monday morning and we’ll kick things off with a short but sweet one: where do we find you today? Unless it’s not Monday or morning. Still the question remains valid.
Well, it is indeed Monday morning and you’ve got me at my mildly untidy desk at home. It’s a bit wet outside, so I’m going to stay in at the minute with a nice big mug.
2) Your Twitter bio is tremendous. As we’re the #teaclub let’s start with the most obvious… what’s your favourite song to dance to?
Hmm, this is a tricky one. Good songs come and go, so picking an overall favourite is quite the task. I’d probably have to go with ‘Clap Your Hands’ by Parov Stelar due to its creativity of mixing an old 1940s swing tune to some modern house music.
3) Speaking of dancing, when you’re on a night out (or night in) dancing, have you ever ordered a cup of tea?
I tend not to go on many nights out, and on the times that I do I usually just order a Coke. I feel that tea is more of a relaxing drink, not one you’d use to bring hype to da club. (That’s me trying to sound cool).
4) Ah tea! What’s your favourite type of tea?
For years now, I’ve drank the Tetley English Breakfast Blend, which I enjoy due to its simplicity but in fairly recent times, different teas have piqued my curiosity. A couple of years ago, after a sleepless night in a Travelodge on the way to Alton Towers, I headed on down to the Little Chef outside where I ordered breakfast. It was here that I discovered the joys of Earl Grey. Now the Earl has been one of my favourites for a very long time, but I recently noticed that Tesco were doing a special offer on a Twinings multipack. This featured both the English Breakfast and Earl Grey blends, but also included Assam, Ceylon and Lady Grey. Needless to say, I picked that one up and immediately started going through the different flavours once I returned home. Ceylon and Assam are quite nice, but it was the Lady Grey that really got me. The excellent blend of citrus fruit and the strong, colourful taste gave it the perfect taste but even with that fantastic blend, it still couldn’t scratch the fantastic simplicity that is English Breakfast Blend.
5) As a gentlemen who likes tea, have you any tips on tea etiquette?
Never should anyone ever rush a cup of tea. A cuppa can only be enjoyed wholeheartedly if you’re comfortable and happy. Even if you’re running late for the most important meeting in your company’s history, you should never rush a cup of tea. (Well, maybe in that situation you might have other things to worry about, but in most situations, you shouldn’t rush your cuppa).
6) We love the YouTube videos which showcase some of your days out and experiences. For us it’s all about the wit and humour, which, as Northerners, we can relate to. It’s like a travel programme which we can sit back and enjoy with a mug of tea. Anyway, which video are you most proud of and why?
This would have to be ‘30 Minutes in St Pancras International’ as it was completely unplanned, yet turned out to be a really sweet, short video. I’d been going there as a means of getting into London with my Granddad for probably just under a decade, but had never really explored the station as I always had somewhere to be. However, on one day, there was a thirty minute space before the next train I could get home, so decided to use this to my advantage and go exploring. The station is a very special place to me because I love its intricate design, it’s history and the fact I’ve been going there since I was quite young. Some of my other videos usually take about a week to plan, a day to film, a further day to write the commentary (if there’s going to be one) and then a couple of days to edit. The fact that this was completely spontaneous is what really makes it for me. I see it as a sort-of tribute to the station.
7) You’ve got loads of videos now. Wales, London, Brighton… not to mention Smelly Smells and Revision. We think they’re all great in their own right. Even if the camera work was shaky in Alexandra Palace. What drives you to turn out such glorious, creative videos?
From a young age, I’ve always wanted to be an entertainer. Admittedly, I started out as wanting to be a music conductor or a professional musician but one day my cousin showed a series of Lego stop-motion animations and we set out to produce some of our own. In the early days, we weren’t that good and after a couple of slow years, he gave up on the idea. I, however, have continued to make more videos since then, and it hasn’t just been limited to stop motion. From the Lego videos, I moved on to various silly vlogs and even tried gaming at one point. However, in July 2014, I decided to start making vlogs again because I wanted to try and develop my skills and knowledge within film. Since then, I’ve developed my skills significantly and now try to create a wider range of video styles, experimenting about and seeing what I like the most. I’d also say that the support I’ve received has given me a fair amount of motivation and knowing that people do enjoy my work, I strive to produce more videos.
8) We love the power of social media. What’s been the biggest coup for you on YouTube or Twitter? A famous follower, a non-famous follower but should be famous follower?
Well, nobody particularly famous has ever contacted me on YouTube or Twitter. I’ve had brief conversations with cartoonist Matt Melvin and the YouTube channel FunFoods (approximately 25,000 subscribers) has subscribed to me on the site but nothing particularly exciting has ever got me too hyped up. I don’t usually get too caught up in celebrity culture but if I Ben Cook, Edgar Wright or Geoff Marshall said they were fans of my work, that’d make my day.
9) If you could throw a tea party anywhere in the world and with anyone in the world, where would it be and who would you take?
The location would easily be Greenwich Park because of the phenomenal views of London from the top of the hill. In terms of people, I’d probably take my Nan (she’s without doubt my biggest fan), my good friend Naomi because of her ongoing support for my channel, fellow videomaker and friend of mine, Aaron T Hastings, and actor/producer Thomas Ridgewell. That’d be a right laugh.
10) Finally, the question on everyone’s lips right now. Will there be a video dedicated to tea? Bonus points if you can fit in a cameo by a low door frame.
There are ideas in the works but nothing is definite right now. Here at BobCorp, we (most often) like to ensure that quality is to the highest standard before releasing something. And in terms of those bonus points, I think I’ll let you keep them if it means that I don’t have to dent my head! Thanks for having me, #teaclub, it’s been an honour to be here.
So there you have it. It’s been a pleasure to put the spotlight on Bob Currie and we thank him for his time. We hope you have enjoyed his thoughts and the tea you had to read this blog post. If you want to follow bob on Twitter or YouTube, here’s the links you need.
Official Bob Corp YouTube Channel