Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I have the perfect face for radio - I just need to work on the voice

My first press interview was published today in our local newspaper. Midweek is produced by the Bucks Free Press group and their website features the same story as appeared in print, plus a 10 minute audio interview. You can catch it for a few days by clicking here. It was a great opportunity to 'practice' being in front of a microphone before I have to do the real thing live on radio in a week or so. If nothing else it highlighted that (a) I speak too quickly and (b) start all of my answers with 'Yes' or 'Yeah'. That'll have to stop. Yes indeed. Bugger, I did it again.

Meanwhile, here's a funny that appealed to my sense of humour. It was sent to me by my friend Jooboz, who is keeping her pecker up despite the fact that she works for the ill-fated Lehman Brothers bank. It's good to see she can still enjoy a laugh despite everything. Good for her.

10 comments:

Stuart Peel said...

Don't be daft, you sound great. Interviewers tend to ask similar questions to each other and I'm sure you'll soon get some set answers sorted out for those. But you sounded very good, so don't worry.

chris hale said...

Who's that bloke next to Stevyn?

I note that they have included your profession in the article. Is this yet another example of the Press' continual astonishment that police officers are able to do anything apart from "proceed in a westerly direction"? They don't know us very well, do they?

I remember a few years back reading a headline, "Policeman's son accused of indecent assault". I question the need to include the father's profession (as if he were somehow implicated in the crime), but was even more surprised to read that the "son" was in his sixties, and the policeman father had been dead for twenty years!

Good luck with the interview, and try not to say "Thoined-up Jinking".

Rob (Inukshuk Adventure) said...

I've just spent the last 10 minutes listening to you and it was not an unpleasant experience. Well done and I know you'll do just fine.

Stevyn Colgan said...

Stu and Rob - Thank you for your kind words gents. No one likes hearing their own voice played back.

Chris - It's so true. I had to keep steering the conversation back to the book. And, even then, the final interview fails to mention when it's out, who it's published by, the fact that I write under the name 'Stevyn' or my involvement with this year's QI Annual! The press are curiously obsessed by police officers and police matters. It's all quite odd.

Thoined up jinking? Dammit! I can't get that out of my head now ...

Janet said...

I haven't been able to listen to the audio yet, but the article is fascinating! And for me, as I "know" you as writer/cartoonist/extremely witty man, it was very interesting to hear about your past life with the Met. You were in what sounds like a fascinating division.

And I must also admit that I spurted coffee out my nose when I spotted Ms. Withouterspoon! Thanks so much for sharing that one - fabulous!

I'm not sure how my colleagues will react to the coffee-stained documents on my desk, though.

Janet

Stevyn Colgan said...

Janet - Actually, I still am a police officer and will remain so until early 2010 when I 'retire' having completed my 30 years under the helmet. I had a five year plan to develop a new career but it's all come in around 18 months ahead of schedule - not that I'm moaning - so, consequently, I'm now balancing two careers and a family life. It is possible, if tiring. It just takes good time management skills. For example, as I write this, I'm sitting in a police canteen in North London waiting to meet someone at 10.30am (who's going to be 10 minutes late) so I've used my time profitably to read up on the project to be discussed and add some comments to my blog on my i-pod touch. It's what I do during coffee breaks when other coppers chat about last night's 'Eastenders' or nip out to the station yard for a fag.

Glad you enjoyed the Withouterspoon gag too.
x

Janet said...

And here I was, retiring you early! Very interesting. I wonder how you manage to do everything. Are you one of those I-can-manage-on-3-hours-per-night guys? If so, I'll try very hard to continue to like you anyway!

Janet

Stevyn Colgan said...

Janet - In some contexts I'd be proud to be a 3-hours-per-night guy! But, as it happens, I am a 5-6 hour's sleep a night guy. I don't need huge amounts of sleep. Sorry!

Janet said...

Sigh...

A 8 hrs/night - ideally more like 9 hrs/night - woman here. Time management becomes even MORE of an issue, as a result.

Janet

Stevyn Colgan said...

Janet - If have 8-9 hours sleep I'm tired all day. I guess it's just the way we're al wired up differently. After all, not everyone needs to juggle kittens every morning like I do.