I had such a treat earlier this week when I was invited, along with just two other media, to have an intimate dinner with Kevin McCloud and Peter Maddison in Melbourne. Kevin’s here for the first ever Grand Designs Live Melbourne which kicks off today. I do hope you’re planning to go over the weekend if you’re local. I went to the Sydney show last year and will go again this year (that’s next month). Kevin is only able to attend the Melbourne version so if you can, you really should go along! Having spoken to some of the organisers about the amount of work that has been involved behind the scenes, it’s sure to be fantastic!
Kevin lives in the same part of the UK I’m from, so we chatted about that and all kinds of things including Australian homes, social media and the popularity of Grand Designs here. Kevin, whose brother lives in Sydney, is a big fan of Australia.
For someone so incredibly well known, Kevin is remarkably down to earth and it was a real pleasure to spend some time chatting to him, no doubt making many of you very envious in the process, sorry!
The most surreal thing about it was his voice! It is so well known and my ear associates it so much with the television that to hear it actually coming out of his mouth while he was sitting opposite me was quite bizarre!
Grand Designs and Grand Designs Australia (hosted by architect Maddison) are both on the LifeStyle Channel on Foxtel. You can see some of your favourite LifeStyle TV personalities speak at the Melbourne event this weekend including Shaynna Blaze, Andrew Winter and Charlie Albone. Jamie Durie will also be at the Sydney show next month.
Photographs to follow soon…