So today I went to BBC WM to do an interview with the great Les Ross. I was understandably worried and a little scared. I was worried mainly about how it would go and if I would say something bad. Thank you to everyone that sent me good wishes via twitter they really helped calm me down some.
Naturally I went on the bus to the mailbox, the home of BBC Birmingham. I had never been there before and had no idea how to get there but fortunately for me the instructions were very clear although the final one took me by surprise, follow the coloured lines on the pavement, and I made it in plenty of time for my slot. I signed in and waited for the produced, a very nice lady called Bernadette Shortt to collect me. I didn’t have to wait long and was soon shown into the studio and was introduced to Les. They both made me feel very welcome and manage to calm at least some of my nerves. Les and I talked for a few minutes while a record was playing. Although we didn’t talk much, he said it was so that we didn’t think that we had already talked, I got a friendly vibe from him and it really helped.
The record approached its ending and suddenly the red light (yes there is one) went on and this was it I was live on air talking about my life driving my bus.
Listen to it here (thanks @bounder)
or you can listen to it via the BBC Iplayer. My interview starts at about 1hr 38 ish. Sadly this is no longer available
The interview lasted about 20ish minutes but I didn’t notice the time despite there being a clock on the wall in my eye line after a short time I relaxed and it felt like I was just chatting over a pint in our local pub. I really felt welcome and involved.
Sadly shortly after the news it was time for me to go. I said my goodbyes and walked out with Bernadette. We talked for a little while and she mentioned that it was a shame that Phil Huxley, my first interview, wasn’t in the building that day as she was sure that he would have liked to meet me. I thanked her for everything and headed home.
Once again I would like to thank Les Ross and Bernadette Shortt for asking me to come in and everyone that listened and sent messages of support.
Once again I have been interviewed.
The interview is HERE so please go and have a read.
A very big thank you to Brummie Broad for respecting my privacy and being so patient with me.
So there I am sitting at home one day checking my e-mail when what pops up but a message “Email from BBC Birmingham – Love your blog” from a gentleman called Phil Huxley.
In it he said “he loved reading my blog and that it was one of the most refreshing that he had read“. High praise indeed! He then goes on to explain who he is and what he does and that he would like to feature me on the site.
WOW was the first thing that I thought and then “but what about staying as Twm_Driver” so I read a little further and discover that he had no problem with me remaining anon. Now that was a great relief and with that I reply and say that I would be happy to answer his questions.
This was over the weekend and I sent my answers to him on Monday morning (30th June) the results of which can be seen HERE. I think he did a wonderful job and the excerpts that he chose are wonderful and the second one was the hardest post that I had written and he chose to keep it fairly intact.
My thanks to Phil for a wonderful first interview and I hope you all enjoy reading it.
And just incase the link wont work here is the address for the article
Yet again someone else has found this blog and linked to it.
So i would like to welcome visitors from The Stirrer who came from here. Sit back, put your feet up, the tea trolly will be around shortly
Once again this humble blog has been mentioned in something much better.
Jon Bounds mentioned HERE this little blog. I must admit it was quite a surprise to read the post. Only recently I passed the 1000 post mark and I don’t post that often. It can take me a couple of days to compose one and I do try to make it worth the wait.
I will try and continue the good work and please continue to read.
Wow its amazing. A milestone has been reached in this little blog of mine.
Sometime yesterday i reached the 1000 visit mark.
Its amazing as I did not ever think it would make it this far.
Thanks everyone and I will do my best to keep posting
I was brought up to always say thank you when someone does something for you. So a very big thank you to the wonderful people at Birmingham: Its Not Shit for mentioning my litle blog HERE.
Please pay them a visit and have a look around. Its a very good site and I enjoy it.