Feel (and hear) my pain...
In my defence, I had to submit three news stories in advance to discuss. When I arrived at the station, I was kept waiting in reception until 11.14 (I was due on at 11.15) - when I was dragged up to the studio and plonked into a chair behind a microphone.
Quick hello to the presenter (I've been on with her before) and we were off.
The three stories I decided to talk about were something to do with the local theatre, then something about the new Culture Secretary (as I said before, Derby's Cultural Elite), before we talked about the thing I really wanted to get onto - MS Awareness Week.
Obviously, she decided to flip the order and go straight for the jugular, which is why - IF YOU CAN BEAR IT - you'll actually be able to hear me flapping. In the break in our chat she did say that she would've told me what she was going to do if I'd been brought into the studio earlier.
Man, do I really use the word "STUFF" that much? And me a fricking English Graduate.
If you listen carefully, you can actually hear me physically groping for words. I think I even managed to avoid describing what MS actually is - informative. And I seemed to get really stuck on the word AWARENESS.
Anyway, it makes me want to die of embarrassment and I forgot to mention so many things but people tell me I did OK.
By the time I talked about the other stories it was much more chatty - like I'd warmed up. Which is what I would have ideally done if I'd left the MS story to last.
MsCrankyPants - if you're reading this, I'm guessing that you'll also have a Vanessa Williams power-ballad in your head right now - "Just when I thought my chance had passed, you go and save MS to last"
Like I said, Cultural ELITE.
In other news, I called my local GP surgery to find out the results of my Vitamin D test - they said there was a note that I needed to either see my doctor or make an appointment to have a phone conversation with her. So I'm calling her Wednesday lunchtime - should be interesting.