Twenty years ago I was sat in the living room of the grim, rented house, with no central heating, in Craven Road, Rugby that I shared with two friends when we flicked on the tube one night to watch an episode in the BBC Video Diaries series.
The series producers gave basic video camera equipment to fairly ordinary people for a few months, a year or so with the simple request to film their lives. The only episode that has stuck in my mind for the past twenty years was the one by Steve Feltham. I've embedded it from Youtube.
Steve gave up a humdrum life in the south of England to follow his passion, a dream he'd had since childhood – to find the Loch Ness Monster. And, twenty years later, he's still there, living by the loch in the same clapped out mobile library he drove to Loch Ness from Dorset just over twenty years ago.
It was a pleasure to go and meet him earlier this week and spend 3 or 4 hours chatting in his van about the past twenty years. I offered to help him get the original film online. I know the film inspired a lot of people to go and do something they might not have ordinarily gone and done. I'm one of them. The film still stands up, it's an entertaining yarn and I recommend you take an hour out to watch it.
He's an inspirational guy.