Last week I was asked if I would be interested in chatting on Canadian Radio about Memory.
It was a request from the CBC Radio One program, ‘Out in the Open’. who are interested in speaking to me as part of an upcoming episode on the fallibility of memory, and more acutely, on dementia and Alzheimer’s. They’d asked if I would do a pre interview via Skype video with producer, Debbie Pacheo.
I really don’t like Skype. It’s not very friendly and never works straight away but it was all they could offer as they usually do the interview by phone, which I can’t do. True to form, as the Skype call started, a blank screen appeared; I could hear them but they couldn’t hear me. Then I could see them but they couldn’t see me. Anyway after much faffing, we found each other.
Debbie, the Producer, was lovely and the pre interview seemed to go well and the real thing was arranged for yesterday.
They’d decided to send over someone to my house, to record the sound from this end so freelancer, Lucy Ryan arrived nice and early and then the internet connection decided to play up……..😳🤯….cuppa tea time…….when in doubt, switch off, switch back on again……
While I ignored the red light and flickerings from the little internet box, me and Lucy chatted away. She’d come on the train from Sheffield and, as well as being a freelance audio buff, taught Chinese students how to speak English at the University …..because she was Irish, I asked if they spoke with an Irish accent, but apparently she has a teachers voice as well as her everyday voice……..☺️
I was due to speak to the host of the programme, Piya Chattopadhyay and was glad to see red become orange and the internet connection come back to life again. Right on queue, the Skype sprung into action and Piya’s face appeared on screen. No technical hitches this time!
She asked if I remembered the detail of the pre interview I did the other day ……..😳………..nope……..🙄……as usually they relied on the person talking about the same thing😶………was never gonna happen. But I knew if she fed me words, that would bring out sentences I’ve said a thousand times before, we’d be ok. If I’m not reading my own words, the interviewer has to know the magic words which will ignite a sentence to appear out of my mouth. That’s why it’s so important for them to have chatted to me or read my book. Otherwise, I’ll ramble about anything. I’ve got a good excuse if it all goes wrong, but they just look incompetent……..🙄
We must have spoken for well over half an hour about this that and everything ……I so wish I could remember most of it but I can’t. I did remember one thing…..Piya asked me whether I trusted my memory. My response was no, and that I have to place a lot of trust in others…….and we also spoke about the advantages of living alone, as I remember her laughing at my responses……..🙄
Even though I’m typing this straight away after the interview, the detail has gone, vanished……..but hopefully I did a good job. What I do remember is that Piya had a nice smiley face and was lovely to chat to……..apparently, for anyone in Canada, this will air on January 6th and be up online the Friday before.
Once again, I forgot to take any piccies🤯…..so instead, I’ll show you the Korean version of my book that arrived in the post yesterday just before the interview….…stunning cover design…😍
Looks so weird but beautiful written in their language❤️