A little appearance at BBC Cambridgeshire
It was International Womens day on Wednesday 8th, and I was invited onto BBC Radio Cambridgeshire as a guest on their Breakfast Show. Chris Mann was the host of the show, and I had a really lovely couple of hours between 7am and 9am talking about International Womens day as well as many other things – including television memories!
It was fascinating to be there for the whole show and see how it works behind the scenes….there was a really bad crash on the A1 and the presenter of the mid morning programme was stuck in the pile-up so the producer had to think on this feet and re-schedule the next few hours. I thought in that respect it was like running your own business….having unexpected little curve balls gently lobbed in to deal with.
One of the experiences I talked about on air was when I was looking to book some fork lift training a few years back [little known fact: I have my fork lift license – v useful!]…
The story behind getting my license is quite funny! I phoned up a local Norfolk company to get the training – I had a good conversation with the person on the other end of the line……but she seemed a little reluctant to actually ‘seal the deal’ and agree a booking. Eventually she told me to email across the names of the people who needed training. So I told her the training was for me!
That kind of floored her, and she apologised profusely and said she’d assumed I was a PA phoning up to investigate booking for some ‘men’. Infact they hadn’t trained a woman in so long that the women’s toilets hadn’t been required on site for about 3 years. The MD of the company thought it was so unusual that did the five day training himself! It’s not often that I think I am doing something different, but then it comes up and hits you straight out!
My neighbour popped round that evening to say she’d heard me and I sounded good…..[phew!].
Thanks Chris, and thanks BBC Radio Cambridgeshire for having me! It was a lot of fun!