I was sat at the kitchen table at nine o’clock this morning, minding my own business, making my way through my second cup of coffee of the morning, when a new email pinged into my inbox.
“Morning Jo!” said the subject line.
“Morning email!” I thought to myself.
The email was from the producer of a programme on BBC Radio Kent, asking if I would be available to comment on a story in The Daily Mail today about whether or not it is OK to ask people to take their shoes off when they come into your house. Clearly someone has been spreading rumours about my lack of enthusiasm for housework and my generally filthy carpets.
I have never actually been on the radio before, so was pretty excited at the thought of tens, if not dozens, of Kent pensioners listening to my take on household etiquette. I was also slightly nervous – regular readers will know that I am a little unsure of my voice sometimes, and I didn’t want to sound like a small child who had accidentally called into a radio show while her mum was busy doing the washing up.
So, after some time practising my best Mariella Frostrup voice, there I was, sat on the stairs, about to be live on the radio and wondering if it was really ok to admit to only having recently bought a hoover. As it turned out, it was actually really fun, and I don’t think I sounded too bad at all. I played it back to Bee when she got home and she was definitely impressed. “Wow,” she said, “you don’t sound like you at all, you sound like one of those women who has cakes on a posh stand.”
If you’d like to listen to what is sure to be the beginning of a long and profitable career in radio journalism, you can listen again on the BBC Kent website. I am an hour and forty five minutes in, so you need to skip through it a bit, unless you want to listen to a couple of hours of classic eighties rock of course.