So here I am and on time, even the iron exploding and taking out all our electricity the night before hadn't stood in my way.
'And who is expecting you?'
So I gave the producer's name with whom I had been in close contact all week getting these 400 words that I had to read out just right.
Frown...type into computer....another frown.
'Oh well she's based in Bristol.'
Might you have felt a bit sick then too?
Had I just jumped to conclusions? Was I really supposed to be in Bristol?
That would be just like me.
Fortunately all was well, right place, right time, right shoes and so I sat in the foyer and waited.
This helped no end. Nothing like a bit of Latin leering down at you to make you feel a bit daunted and out of your depth.
To the rescue O Level and I'd almost done a translational guess that my Latin teacher (who might still read this) would have been proud of by the time I was led through here
The programme, Off the Page presented by Dominic Arkwright requires lively studio debate so you can but oblige and after about a minute you completely forget the world will listen to all this and you're away, so heaven knows what I said but I think it is scheduled to broadcast on Thursday December 3rd at 1.30pm and I'll be leaving the country that morning:-)
One thing I will apologise for.
I read my intro piece out slowly as requested by several of you, enunciated wonderfully and expressively and didn't cough once. Except it was too slow and when the producer came back into the studio with retakes and everyone had a few words to repeat or the odd line, not me, I had to do the whole lot again and all I could think was 'they'll kill me for reading this so fast'.