The people of Ireland clearly have great taste, as I was invited to appear on another two Irish radio shows!
The first was the Red Rooster Show on Cork’s Red FM. This was a really fun interview with two very amusing hosts: KC & “Lenny from Blarney”! My part was phoned in using my mobile phone, so I hope the sound quality was good enough. I was asked what the ultimate blag would be, and I said that I would love to blag a holiday, somehow. I hate to think how much buttering up would be required to score a holiday, but I do love a challenge!
The second interview was for Dublin’s Phantom FM. This was a very relaxed interview with Roisin O’Dea about the Silly Beggar concept. I discussed the book’s penguin theme (obsession?). It amused me that when I looked up the station’s website to provide a link, I saw that I was billed thus: “Plus - we’ll be chatting to James Spence, author of “Silly Beggar”, who spent a year getting by on handouts.” I did? My memory must be getting worse! I love this ‘Chinese whispers’ description of the project!
Word of the Silly Beggar project has spread overseas to Ireland. I was interviewed on not just one, but two Irish radio stations! The first was on the national broadcasting corporation, RTE for the Dave Fanning Radio 1 show. Dave and I discussed the book in a light-hearted way, and I offered some blagging tips to his listeners. Listen again to Dave Fanning, RTE Radio 1
The second Interview was for Today FM, one of Ireland’s most popular commercial stations. This time I spoke to the Ray D’Arcy Show. I recorded my part in a BBC studio in Edinburgh this very morning. Unbeknownst to Ray who was recording his part in Ireland, Tiffany, my missus, joined me in the recording studio although she remained silent throughout, so you’d never know she was there. It can be our little secret.
So Scotland, England and Ireland have covered the story. Wales, I’m coming for you next!