A super silly o’clock start yesterday for another surreal day in London…….but what a wonderful day I was heading towards……I know all this won’t last so I just enjoy each moment.
The lovely people at Bloomsbury had me down for 3 interesting outings.
The first to be on BBC Woman’s Hour, the second for an interview with AgeUK and a final one on Magic Radio.
The article in this weekends Sunday Times magazine, about my book appears to have gone down very well if Twitter was anything to go by! Apart from a few inaccuracies it was a lovely article thanks to journalist Decca Aitkenhead. A strange world I’m living in at the moment but won’t last so will enjoy the moment.
Anyway, so Round 20 started yesterday. The taxi man was super early for the first train of today. So at 5.30am I was heading off to the station 😴…..lots of other weary early travellers joined me on the platform and we all sleepwalked onto the train….
But it was a beautiful morning as we trundled past the Humber.
Emma and Kate were meeting me at Kings Cross so we could all share a taxi to the BBC for the Radio 4 Woman’s Hour programme…..it still always amazes me how long it takes to drive a couple of miles in London🙈
We arrived at the BBC to find mega security but we were soon through and taken upstairs and met by the same smiley producer who had FaceTimed me originally. I was then taken straight into meet Jane Garvey, the presenter, clutching my cuppa tea which they had ready and waiting – ha!
Jane Garvey was so lovely and so kind. We chatted while the 10 o’clock news was on and before she introduced the programme, as I was first on. Apparently she spent 12 minutes chatting to me about this that and everything. Their Twitter feed went mad ……obviously I havn’t a clue what we spoke about as I’m typing this at lunchtime and it’s already disappeared. I just know I had a lovely time. I then made a short video to go on their website, before seeing Jane again at the end of the programme to record a podcast both of which were a bonus.
You can download the programme here: Think I’m at the beginning and about 40 mins (I think!)
don’t know if this one is any different or with added bits – did try and compare the 2 but got in a right pickle 🙄
Once I was back in the cab, I tried to get through the hundreds of tweets, only to have one special one pointed out to me, sent by singer and actor Will Young…..how amazing ❤️
Back at Bloomsbury, there was a chance for a catch up and a cuppa before heading downstairs for the next interview with James Hickie from Age UK. He recorded our interview and that should be available today I believe. We spoke for about 30 minutes I think…..once again, no idea what we talked about now, but he was very nice.
you can read the interview here….
Back upstairs for a final cuppa before heading to Magic Radio. I was sat with all the lovely staff but they’d been given instructions to leave me In peace😂 wonderful to be sat amongst all the publicity people and be surrounded by books, including mine! And look at these amazing chandeliers!!
So time for the last interview. We got the taxi to Magic Radio, which happens to be near the BBC where we were this morning! They’ve introduced a new slot about books and my book is their Book of the Month for March!
We arrived and were met by the producer who took us up to presenter Emma, who was very smiley and nice.
My cuppa tea arrived and then we started recording.This one was pre recorded so not sure when it will be on but again, we think, this week. If I manage to keep up with everything I’ll put links on at some point this week on a different blog. We chatted and laughed for about 30 minutes and Kate had to ask the taxi to wait😳….but just enough time for more piccies.
I realised I did the whole interview in my coat and only took it off for the official piccies at the end😳 Well I’ve had my coat on and off so many times today I probably didn’t know I was wearing it 🤣
Finally went back to Bloomsbury to pick up my stuff before a nice walk in the fresh air and sunshine back to Kings Cross.
The lovely people at Bloomsbury always look after me well and make sure I have everything I need – meaning cuppa tea on tap 😂. So today Emma, Kate and Hannah looked after me perfectly. Couldn’t do all this if they didn’t look after me…….makes sooooo much of a difference to my day.
Back to normality and the real world once I got back to Kings cross to see all trains delayed…..including my own 🙈😳🙄🤯
What a day…….I really am very lucky. Exhausting it might all be and yes the banging head was very much in situe come the afternoon, but What’s the alternative? To sit at home with dementia as my only companion? I don’t think so.
As I’ve said many times before…..I’d rather die of exhaustion than dementia……..