September 18, 2012

Aim High

In August 2008 Marc Hogan was bet £1 that he couldn’t become a stand up comic in less than 12 months and perform a one man comedy show at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in August 2009 for 21 nights. He won the bet!

It was in 1979 when I was 5 years old that I saw my first Alien planet. It wasn’t Tatooine from Star Wars, it was Jupiter. A planet my dad assured me did not have any Wookies on it.

My father even showed me where it was; the largest planet in our Solar System and the second brightest object in the sky after the moon.

Photos from Voyager 1 the NASA space probe were beautiful. But Voyager itself was amazing it weighed just 722 kilograms less than a Fiat Punto, and it contained a gold-plated audio-visual disc just in case it was found by Wookies. The disc carried photos of the Earth and its creatures, a range of scientific information, spoken greetings from people and a medley, “Sounds of Earth”, that included the sounds of whales, a baby crying, waves breaking on a shore, and a collection of Earth music, including works by Mozart and Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode”.

Even more amazing is the fact that Voyager 1 carried just 68 kilobytes of computer memory. To put that in perspective, the smallest iPod – an 8-gigabyte iPod Nano – is 100,000 times more powerful.

I don’t know about you but it amazes me on a daily basis just what we can achieve if we put our minds to it. Voyager 1 was only meant to have a 5-year lifespan (roughly the same as a Fiat Punto) however Voyager 1 is now 35 years old. In the next year or so it will cross out of our Solar System, the first man made object to do so.

Look what happens when you shoot for the stars…

Click here to watch Marc’s showreel. If you would like to find out more about Marc, visit or to book him for a speaking event please contact your favourite speaker bureau.


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