Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Talking History

There are many people who think that I like the sound of my own voice. I can’t deny that I am rather fond of butting into discussions and getting my opinion ‘out there’. But when it comes to literally hearing the sound of my own voice I cringe and hide behind furniture. That’s what I did last Sunday when I was listening to myself being interviewed on BBC Radio Leicester.

Bridget Blair,
BBC Radio Leicester presenter
The interview was for BBC Radio Leicester’s Talking History and that’s what we did... we talked history. I chatted with the lovely Bridget Blair on all manner of historical topics.

* We talked about Richard III and his recently discovered remains. [We’re still hoping it’s him. Only just over a month until we know for sure!]

We chatted about the way that archaeologists bring to life things that to me look like nondescript lumps of stone.

* The conversation worked its way around to my favourite historical topic from my blog Why does history hide in holes, the one about how history is always at the bottom of trenches and does this mean that the world is getting fatter.

And in true going-on-a-chat-show-to-plug-your-book fashion, Bridget held up a copy of A Children’s History of Leicester to ‘show’ the listeners.

If you want to hear my voice, and, indeed, the interview, you’ve got five days left to listen but I’m warning you that I sound nasally and I’ve got a Leicester accent! If you still want to listen then you can find the programme here.


33 comments:

  1. I do! I do! History is fascinating and of course I want to hear your voice. Funny how we follow people for years on their blogs and never meet or hear their voices yet become friends. I'm going to click on there now.

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    1. I agree, Karen. I feel as if I know some of you so well even though we've never actually spoken.

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  2. That's an interesting question: why does history hide in holes? Great observation.

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    1. Thanks, Michael, it's one of my favourite topics.

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  3. So good to see your face on my back-to-blogging post!!!!

    Well, my friend, my daughter Jen and I LOVE the BBC crime series we watch through ROKU that are set in various places in England. She's better with the "accents" than I am, but I love the accents, the actors, the setting!!

    Thanks for welcoming me back. Yes, the Serenity Prayer isn't always easy to follow, but I keep at it. As of about an hour ago, after I put up my post, I got a text message from my oldest daughter that made me go, Yes, that prayer is working!

    And I love your "And this is me" photo and blurb. I am especially like you with "committed worrier and nostalgia obsessive" !!

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    1. Good to see you too, Ann and believe me, the description 'committed worrier' suits me perfectly I'm afraid to say.

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  4. Ros - you are famous!! You've been on radio!! And talking about serious stuff like history.

    I am in awe.

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    1. Thanks, Jo, you say the nicest things... but you'll be making my head swell if you don't stop!

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  5. Excellent stuff Ros! I heard half of your interview as I was going about my day...will listen to second half now. I love history, it was my favourite subject at school, a long, long time ago.

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    1. It was my favourite subject at school, Maria. Wonder if we had the same teacher.

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  6. Very cool! I despise the sound of my voice too. I think it's okay until I hear it on tape *yuck*

    Off to hear your interview!

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    1. Hope you enjoy it, Jemi. I wonder what it is about our own voices that makes us cringe.

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  7. I'm so disappointed! I can't seem to hear it. Maybe it has to do with being on the other side, so to speak! Anyhow, I am also very mega impressed. Being interviewed on the radio is my dream!

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    1. Sorry to hear that, Val. It shouldn't matter where you are. Miriam heard it from Israel. You do need Flash Player though and can't listen with an iPad.

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  8. very cool indeed. Onward to television now

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    1. Goodness, no!! If I can't stand to hear my own voice imagine what I'd be like seeing myself too... although I was on the local news when I was campaigning for better care for the frail elderly in hospitals almost two years ago.

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  9. I've been wondering about this Richard III remains. It must be exciting waiting to find out if it's really him! A great piece of news for Leicester if the results are positive!

    Duncan In Kuantan

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    1. As far as I can work out, Duncan, it's pretty definite that it's him. Don't worry. I'll be blogging about it as soon as the news is out.

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  10. You were great Ros...and I'm not just saying that! None of us really realise how we sound to others....but we're all very self critical. I still am and I work in radio!
    Anyway, it was fun doing the piece with you so thanks....

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    1. Not at all, Bridget. Thank you for asking me :-)

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  11. I tried finding the interview but couldn't. Didn't know you did acting too. Hmmm.

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    1. I wouldn't call it acting, Peaches. I was just responding to the interviewer's questions. You should still be able to access it as long as you have Flash Player on your computer. It won't play on iPads.

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  12. OMG! An hour? I shall have to come back when I'm less busy! I know what you mean about hearing your own voice, though - I think I sound horrible. My only comfort is that my family and friends must be used to it by now.

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    1. If you're really stuck for time, Lizy, my bit is about 20 mins from the end. I suppose you're right. Our families are well used to the sound of our nasally voices!

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  13. Just listened to it ,you have a lovely voice Ros and it was so strange to hear it after all this time. I found it very interesting.

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    1. Thanks, Anne, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I have an idea in my head about your voice but that's because I always read your blogs with a kind of Scottish accent. Wonder if I'm right. Maybe one day we'll meet and I'll find out.

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    2. Ha ha!! It's a Glasgow one Ros. It's funny hearing the voice of someone you think you know, you have a youthful voice. It's always horrible hearing your own voice on tape. Yes we will meet up.

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  14. Love local radio! They're always so friendly! Glad you got a chance to talk about what interests you. Listen- the ultimate NOOOOO... somewhere on my FB page is the recording of me having my tattoo done (last Feb) LIVE on R$ PM prog. Was your experience worse then that?

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  15. You did such a great job Rosalind! You sounded sharp, funny, very upbeat and not the least bit nasal. I'm also very impressed that you never stammered, and came across like a professional talk show guest. I loved your stories, and can't wait to hear the upcoming news on Richard. I also never realized that boys were forced to learn Latin in school. I could go on and on....
    Julie

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  16. Hi Ros .. I poddled through til I found you - then saw your note just above about 20 minutes from the end - I was there by then!!

    You've got a great radio (or tv) voice - and sound very professional as you spoke about history around Leicester ... it's an interesting area of the UK ... I must read your history ... especially as I was living there for a while (well just outside Market Harborough) ...

    So looking forward to finding out about Richard - I didn't catch nearly all about the bone scanning etc ... but so much can be done now can't it - I hope they do a tv programme - but also will look forward to your post etc ..

    Cheers and I loved hearing your voice - good old British sound!! thanks - Hilary

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  17. This is so exciting, Rosalind. Congratulations! I listened for a few minutes, but thought I was listening to the wrong thing. I see from Hilary's comment, I needed to be patient. I'll be back to hear you speak (gotta run to work in a few). I'm sure you did a fantastic job.

    Be well.
    xoRobyn

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  18. I will be back to listen once my new computer arrives and gets set up. Congratulations, this must have been such fun for you. I can't wait to hear if its Richard that they dug up. So exciting!

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  19. PS Rosalind, I hope you're ready for a happy Hanukah. Unfortunately, I have to work during most of the local festivities.

    PPS You made my blog list today of the top 20 comments of the year.

    B'shalom,
    xoRobyn

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