Coronavirus Diary 63 – Speaking out on BBC 3 Counties Radio

Normally I’d write a history or quirky London piece on a Monday morning but today I just can’t.  I’m far too exhausted.   I’ve taken part in a national Charity video, headlined the British news and had getting towards 3,000 messages, comments and inquiries and yesterday morning took up the kind invitation or BBC Presenter Nick Cutter to appear on the Sunday morning breakfast show for 20 minutes.

I’ve been on the radio once or twice before but not like this time.  I spoke with Nick earlier in the week after he’d seen all about me on Sky News and the internet and we spoke for about 20 minutes.   He kindly offered me 5 or 6 minutes on the evening drive-time show or a much longer slot on the Sunday morning show which incidentally has a larger audience and more laid back tone.

I wouldn’t have done it for myself but the chance to help the 3 million #Excluded UK and #ForgottenLTD not to mention the millions suffering from mental health problems around the world was a price well worthy of being a nervous wreck for a few more days.

It doesn’t help it’s been so hot and sticky in London recently and with a still WIP house and all the problems that were all ready here last weekend before I spoke up.

I was up around 4.15am yesterday morning and pretended to try and sleep until about 5am but I wasn’t following anyone, least of all myself so I had a very early breakfast, answered some of the kind and also touching messages and waited for 9am to come.

Jordan from the BBC called up soon after 9am and I got to chat with Nick whilst a record was playing.  I asked if I might have a drink of tea with me incase I needed it, he said have some booze  if I want and that I can say whatever I want so long as I’m not horrible to him or slander anyone on air.    Oops, back to the drawing board over what to say then!!  No, not really.  I had a feeling of what we were going to talk about but not the ins and outs of it; rehearsing a conversation doesn’t make it very interesting to listen too and it also allowed us to go off at tangents.

Finally I was on and introduced but the studio couldn’t hear me.  Something had gone wrong with the Faders or whatever.  My 4 nights of pondering was in danger of being wasted and this combined with my asthma getting bad that morning meant it may have been all for nothing.

Not to worry however as I was called straight back and was on air in seconds.   Nick is a lovely fellow and very gracious and having been a presenter for longer than he probably would want to admit, is the perfect host mixing up his own anecdotes but importantly giving his guests a lot of time to speak.  It seems obvious to met if you want someone on your show but so many hosts don’t seem to get it.

We talked about all sorts such as sitting in The ruined church of St John the Evangelist in Stanmore and our very successful Sacred Secret Sanctuary Gardens Walk and the ordeal of trying to survive isolated and alone whilst shielding with a respiratory disease for 6 months but with the added pressure of both no income and no government policy.  A rather friendly mental health specialist also came on to give advice to those stuck in a similar situation.

All in all I think it went very well and I was on for 20 minutes. I have been flooded with even more messages of support.  I’m completely exhausted though which is why my 10am posting is coming out at 7pm.

I do find it strange that having had contact from people around the world in positions of importance and those without much hope, all of whom have seen, read  or heard me on the news I’m a little surprised but also not at all that I’ve not been contacted by a single elected official or someone working for them.

Can you imagine if nothing changes and in 6 or 7 weeks I were to jump off a cliff and the whole country and many across the world knew that government policies were deliberately forcing people to a lonely and impoverished end?  Even I know that would be a big scandal and in far less wealthy and kindly nations someone would appear to at least pretend they were interested.

If you would like to listen to me on Sundays show then in the U.K. and possibly overseas go to  the link below and I’m at around 3hours 10 minutes.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08lz2gy

About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including a #1 seller, I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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2 Responses to Coronavirus Diary 63 – Speaking out on BBC 3 Counties Radio

  1. Ankur Mithal says:

    Well done Stephen. Heard your bit on the show. Glad to know your tours have started. All the best.

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