Back to yesterday and the recording thing …..
During the week of ‘We Cluster and We stick ” ,I was contacted and subsequently interviewed by the lovely Radio London journalist ,Louise Pepper .The interview went out on the Eddie Nestor Drivetime Show .
Roll on four and a half years ,and out of the blue, and I open an email from Louise asking if i would like to be part of ‘The Listening Project’.
She explained TLP is a collaboration between Radio 4 and The British Library which involves people up and down the country ,coming into the recording studio and sharing an intimate conversation with a friend or relative, to help to build a unique picture of our lives today. Living history perhaps ?
Some of these conversations will be broadcast across BBC radio and all will be archived by the British Library , preserving them for future generations.I see the British Library part of it as a sort of Time Capsule .In years to come people might listen to them to research language used in the two thousand and tens -who knows .
So yesterday we went up to The Radio 2 Studios in the very impressive Broadcasting House , had coffee , went to the loo ( about 8 times ) and then settled down in the studio with Louise . Vanessa Feltz was in the next studio and the whole massive television news team and studios were across the corridor . I was a bit wobbly .The microphones were turned on , the conversation started and then went on and on and on .My friend and I were very relaxed ,we laughed, I cried , we talked ,we got muddled and said stuff we might never have said had we not been there .I really enjoyed it .Louise took notes and asterixed a few bits .She said she could barely breath ,let alone let herself laugh out loud , when we were talking about keeping a diary and I said something like- ” I write every day in my Dairy Diary , ever since my milkman gave me one fifteen years ago ,I’ve never wanted anything different ” !
Louise then gave us a guided tour of the building – including the newsroom- amazing .
I felt like Will Humphries ,the work experience guy in W1A