I'm sticking with the theme for today of all days and then I think we'll let Bugle Boy have a little rest after all this activity.
It's been a truly memorable week and probably more to come but I have a stack of books lined up to share on here and we must move on to them.
Despite the trying journey home, the Tinker and I did have a great day in London with the delightful Sophie Rochester, the PR whizz who has worked very diligently with Long Barn Books on promoting the book.
We quite enjoyed being met by a big car at Paddington and being whisked off across the city for media appearances.
Out through Chiswick, where we waved to Curzon, and onto the Sky TV studios where Channel Five news is tucked away.
Sitting in the Green Room whilst the Tinker was taken off to make-up, we had passed three lads dressed in desert gear who had done the previous interview. It transpires they were three brothers off to Iraq. The first question the Tinker was asked, live on air, was what advice would he give them.
Quick off the mark he came up with the perfect answer, he wouldn't presume to give them any advice, they're fighting a very different war and they've been trained to do it, they're highly skilled and they'll do a great job.
It all went extremely well, he was as cool as an arctic convoy and surprised people all day long as they looked for a doddery old man with a zimmer frame and in bounced this very sprightly chap.No one would believe he was eighty-two and they all found it even harder to believe that fourteen year old boys had gone to war in 1939. Many a laugh through the day at the suggestion that he must have lied about his age to join up because there is still incredulity surrounding the idea that fourteen year olds went into active war service, but when you look at the book cover he looks about ten, let alone trying to fool anyone into thinking he was sixteen.
After lunch we were off to BBC Television Centre to record an interview with Radio 5 Live. More trying to spot celebs but not a single one to be seen, but then it was radio, we hadn't a clue what they look like. That interview will be broadcast this morning on 5 Live at about 10.45am in the lead up to the Silence at 11am.
Then back into central London for an interview with the Daily Express Online and a welcome pot of tea.Reporter Nicola McCafferty had certainly done her homework and asked intelligent and interesting questions and the hour whizzed by. I was flagging a bit, the Tinker was firing on all cylinders and was on top form.
Needless to say today we will be out at the Rembrance Day parade, pondering on all the exciting and unexpected events since the last one, but as the Tinker says, as the silence begins he can't help but recall all those fourteen year old boys, his friends, who died.