I guess more people wanted Erik to do this post, but he said he wasn’t up to it because I guess Parker wasn’t up to it and Amar couldn’t convince the both of them to be up to it. David decided to make himself “unavailable”, but at least I convinced him to email me a “report” as a special reporter. So it looks like you’re stuck mostly with me for a few pages! Lol
It’s kind of been a while since I’ve done this, so you might find me a bit rusty around the edges, but I’ll try to do my best as Amar would prefer. (And also see if I can add a few photos for a bit of spice.) I hope you enjoy the twist I gave this, because I just wanted to have a bit of fun and show my doofy side.
Oh, by the way, Amar chose the title, “A Bit of Benliness!” He probably thought I would have done something lame like “Ben Here”, or “This is Ben!” But I decided to change it anyhow and treat this like a BBC Newscast – hence the title I chose!
So in Three, Two, One. . .
Good Evening and welcome to the BBC School Report. I’m Ben Matthew with The Benliness Report, and we start our newscast with some breaking news from the red carpet in downtown Amsterdam:
It has been reported that famous author, scholar, Master Liaison, and Theatrical Director Amar Edward, has been spotted arriving at the Concertgebouw Orchestra Hall with his special date for the evening, a lad named Carl; a dashing lad who attends the same school.
The dapper couple are quite stunning together and already appear to be enjoying themselves as they mingled with the crowd before grabbing their programmes and heading into the Great Hall to locate their seats. They are here for the Ultimate Vision of Beethoven performance by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe with Bernard Haitink conducting.
It is well known among Amar and Carls’ circle of friends that the two well love the likes of Ludwig Van Beethoven, and will be enjoying the likes of the Overture ‘Leonore’, the Fourth Symphony in B flat, and the Seventh Symphony in A.
An insider reports the two could possibly spend an intimate time together later this evening as they discuss and review the concert afterwards in a private location.
In other news:
Reports that a bit of rival jealousy broke out earlier in the day are being investigated by the Scotland Yard inside ***** School. It appears two students by the name of Shayne and Lars were vying for a bit of attention from Amar and Carl, and were even seen in the Dining Hall blowing kisses at the two.
It has long been known that Shayne has had a mad crush on both Amar and Carl, and today’s episode of blatant puckering and kiss blowing proved this. Of course, Lars, being an accomplice in these air kissing gestures, seems at this point to be caught in the middle of a love triangle.
As one observer mentioned off camera, “Those two [Shayne & Lars] do need to go out on a date of their own to find the hidden love they evidently have for each other.”
And now we have a special report from our reporter in the field about today’s events in Gyms. Take it away David.
As all the Forms at ***** School wind down their Basketball Championship playoffs, the 10th Form in particular had a couple of big upsets today!
Percy’s Pirates took a stunning blow on the courts this afternoon with a devastating defeat against James’ Jets by ten points! This was especially upsetting to the team’s Captain, Percy, who was so pissered at his team’s loss that he refused to be interviewed. To make matters worse, he was seen taking his frustration out on the wall, but in doing so, badly jammed his large toe and was last seen limping angrily to the locker room, where it was also rumoured he literally went mental and ripped off his gyms shirt in anger! Sheesh, what a sore loser!
In another bloody upset, Ben’s Badgers, a team favoured to go on to win the Championship Game on Monday, was raped out of a playoff position, losing by four points to the underdog team of Tom’s Titans.
Afterward, in the consoling huddle after their loss, Ben continued to praise his team for their efforts, and there were claps on the back, several hugs, and some high fives!
There was even a quick kiss exchanged between the Captain and his long time teammate in life, Amar. It was also learned in the locker room later that another quick kiss took place between Amar and a teammate, well known for his love of ojos verdes!
So now it is on to the final playoff game for the Championship on Monday between James’ Jets and Tom’s Titans. It should prove to be quite the exciting game!
Reporting via email, this is David James.
Now back to Ben in the newsroom.
Thank you for your report, David.
In Medical News:
As reported a couple of weeks ago, a fragile, small waif by the name of Francis Reece had fractured his right arm on the basketball courts in Gyms. Because of the location of the two fractures, Reece’s Pieces, as he is lovingly called by his close chums, had to have a large and awkward plaster cast on his arm.
This cumbersome cast made it impossible for the little lad to bend his arm since it ran from his wrist to his arm pit.
But according to the milk-drinking tyke, the extra calcium evidently helped him in the healing process and today he had his larger, heavy plaster cast removed, and replaced by a lighter fibreglass cast, much to his delight, in the flaming colour of red!
In his own words, Reece’s Pieces was heard to say:
“I was a bit nervous when the Doctor turned on the saw, but he promised me he wouldn’t saw my arm off and he was right. My arm underneath looked real nasty and I almost puked, but the nurse gently washed it and then they took an x-ray. That’s when they said I could get a different cast on, and I chose a bright red one! It is sweet to be able to bend my elbow again!”
Ah, the miracle of science technology!
It is good to see Reece’s Pieces manoeuvring his arm better, and he appears much more comfortable. His close chum and roommate, Joopey was the first to autograph his new cast.
More news on the Theatre Scene:
It appears the stage production of The Prince and the Pauper is gaining speed as the cast and crew are gliding through the last few days of February. Once March comes roaring in, things will start moving at a faster pace as the lads begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel known as Production Week.
The set construction head, along with his helpers, have nearly finished putting together the jail cell, and will begin work on the Palace Gate starting Monday. Monday will also be the day some of the Art Club members will begin painting the jail cell a dirty grey.
The Set Designer will also begin etching his drawings on several of the canvas flats next week, and some of the more advanced artists of the Art Club crew will be brought in to begin on the artistic level of painting the scenery.
The fine cast of characters, under the direction of Amar Edward, is doing a phenomenal job, memorizing lines, developing their characteristics, and now beginning to move with grace about the stage. Some have already memorized all their lines, such as Joopey, Prince Brendan, Pauper Braden, and Lady (Shayne) Gwen.
But we can’t fail to mention someone special; He’s faster on the light board than a speeding bullet, more powerful with the spotlight than a locomotive; he’s able to leap onto the stage in a single bound (not really! He uses the stairs!) So who disguised as Erik Christian, it’s Super Light Man!
In future news Amar will be looking at having a platform built to hold the spotlight. He plans to incorporate the talents of a fine Carpenter and son team.
It’s a platform that will need to be high enough for the spotlight to shine well over the heads of the audience members. Most likely it will also be large enough to house the table for the light and sound boards.
That wraps it up for this news report.
Reporting live from Amsterdam, I’m Ben Matthew. Goodnight.
Special thanks to Amar for giving suggestions and parts of the storylines for this newscast throughout the course of this news day.