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So the last few weeks have been utterly busy!
Not only have I been travelling lots. Just check it out below:
But I’ve also been doing a bit of media stuff.
And you know what?
I won’t lie.
I like doing things with the media.
I’m not afraid of the camera or the microphone. I like talking.
And I have bundles of enthusiasm and “presence.”
If you want to see some of the things that I’ve done in the pass. Simply go here!
It’s fantastic being a British expat!
Firstly, I was featured as a guest blogger on the University of Chester Alumni website, and I’m going to be on the University of Chester’s official Case Study posters for postgraduate recruitment too!
I love my academics so it was a great pleasure to do something on behalf of my alumni!
Then a week ago, I was to be featured in the Sunday paper. In Germany!
It happened so fast, that I didn’t even have time to tell anyone!
But you know what, I’ll tell you all about it anyway.
My favourite social media forum is Twitter!
I’m not a Donald Trump by any means, but you can find me there practically every day.
A fortnight ago, I received a message from a German musician pal, that there was a call going around, for British people living locally.
He sent me the tweet, and I responded accordingly.
Before I knew it, we were in correspondence.
Now, this feature was for a national Sunday paper called Bild am Sonntag, which is the largest-selling German national Sunday newspaper!
The LARGEST-SELLING German national Sunday newspaper!
It was a great opportunity, but I was a little nervous as it’s a tabloid paper, similar to Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World!
They wanted to write a feature on Britain and British people living in Germany, because of Article 50 and the question of EU Citizens’ Rights in the UK.
After much contemplation, and a promise that I would get final approval of everything we discussed, I went ahead.
The journalist who contacted me was as good as her word.
They also booked a photographer who took a few nice photographs, at the location of my choice.
I chose the gardens of the Humboldt University in Berlin!
Sadly, the feature had to be axed in order to make room for the passing away of the well-respected and most honoured former Chancellor of Germany – Herr Helmut Kohl.
If they bring the feature back, you’ll be the first to know!
Then last Saturday, I was a member of a five (5) member academic discussion panel on Brexit, at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin!
I was awfully excited and honoured to be asked.
It took place as part of the Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften, or the Long Night of the Sciences on behalf of the Centre for British Studies, Berlin.
The Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften or the Long Night of the Sciences is an evening where more than 70 universities, research institutes, universities of applied science, and technology-oriented companies in Berlin and in Potsdam, open their doors to the general public between 17:00 and 24:00.
Activities such as hands-on live experiments, installations, lectures, presentations, exhibitions, science shows, and guided tours in laboratories, are organised through the night, so that people can take a peek into the diverse world of science and research.
My discussion panel was at the Main Hall of the Humboldt University and the topic was Brits in Berlin after Brexit!
It was chaired and hosted by the lovely Melanie Neumann, and the Speakers were:
We were an interesting mix of British people, and the discussion brought about heated debate.
Which is a very good thing!
Thanks so much everyone!
However, the most amazing thing that is ultimately to take place is the invitation to take part in a radio programme, at the BBC!
Yes, the BBC!
OMG! Isn’t this exciting!
I’ve been contacted by the BBC before, but I wasn’t able to accept the project…! However, they must have still liked me as I was contacted a few weeks ago, and asked if I would like to be a part of BBC Radio 4 – Woman’s Hour – Late Night Woman’s Hour.
BBC Radio 4 is a huge deal in the UK.
A HUGE DEAL!
BBC Radio 4 is a radio station owned and operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), that broadcasts a wide variety of spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history.
It replaced the BBC Home Service back in 1967 and is part of BBC Radio and the BBC Radio department.
The station is broadcast from the BBC’s headquarters at Broadcasting House, London.
And let me tell you, when I got the call, I was leaping up and down in excitement.
BBC Radio 4 is the second most popular domestic radio station in the UK!
It broadcasts throughout the UK, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands AND can be received in parts of Ireland, the north of France and Northern Europe!
It’s also available through Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media and on the Internet. Its sister station, BBC Radio 4 Extra (formerly BBC Radio 7), complements the main channel by broadcasting repeats from the Radio 4 archives, extended versions of Radio 4 programmes, and supplements to series such as the The Archers and Desert Island Discs!
Woman’s Hour is a radio magazine programme broadcast consisting of reports, interviews and debates on health, education, cultural and political topics aimed at women.
I’m going to be on the spin-off series called Late Night Woman’s Hour, presented by Lauren Laverne.
The series airs on a late night slot and each episode is on a single topic for discussion every month!
Our topic is going to be on travel!
The series is not meant to be genteel, and has even raised eyebrows and proved shocking in some quarters!
The series aims to talk about things that intelligent women talk about with their friends.
It’s a good thing my teen won’t be listening!
We’re going to be a panel of 5 women including the host –
If she can do it. So can you!
So, I’m going to be in London sometime this week.
The BBC is flying me out, organising a hotel, and paying me an appearance fee.
I’ll be writing all about the experience on my blog next week, but meanwhile, keep checking on Twitter and Facebook for daily updates!
The BBC 4 show will be at the BBC Broadcasting House, and consist of the radio show recording, as well as a podcast version, a photo shoot, and a little bit of filming!
The programme will be out on Radio 4 at 23:00 on 30.06.17, with the release of a slightly longer podcast version beforehand!
I’m also going to be tweeting from @BBCWomanshour using #LNWH, so look out for that.
So, what do you think. Isn’t it grand?
That’s it for now.
See you next week!
This article is not sponsored and all opinions and the thrilling time, I’m bound to have at the BBC, are my very own!
In July, I’ll be writing about the awesome time I had in Slovenia, and spending the summer in France and Germany!
From July 4th – July 7th, I’ll be at Berlin Fashion Week.
I’ll be there. Will you?
If you’re not in Berlin right now, you’re mad!
Save the Date!
June & July are going to be fantastic!
Watch this space!
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A win-win for all!
Thanks a million!
Congrats on all the great news!!
Thank you so much Kathy! It’s an mazing time! 😀
Thanks so much Kathy! I’m extremely pleased! 😀
Congratulations! Onward and Upward! I know you did well on the BBC show and too bad about the passing of Helmut Kohl stealing the thunder (sad he passed though) , but l am positive there will be more opportunities along the way :-).
Thanks so much KemKem!
I’ve just done the BBC show and it was awesome. And you wouldn’t believe it, but the Bild am Sonntag piece was published after all! I haven’t seen it myself, but the newspaper is sending me a copy as you can only see it on the day!
And when I do, I’ll let you all know. Gulp!
p.s. The Music Producer has said that this is my year. I think he’s right! 😀
Wow – this is so cool! Congrats! Also, you look freaking awesome!
Hey, don’t even get me started on the orange headed idiot that was voted President here. I didn’t vote for him. Take my word for it, the majority of Americans didn’t, and we are not like him at all. I pray the world gets better soon. This is crazy.
Thanks so much Phil. Awww. You’re so sweet! 😀
Things have been great media-wise & there’s much more to come! 😉
Re-all the political idiots – US & UK included. I hope they come to their senses. But somehow, I doubt it! 🙁
We can only hope….
Hear! Hear! 😉
Victoria I love your passion and enthusiasm…you go girl, fantastic work 🙂
Thanks so much Gilda! It’s great news!!
We’re certainly trying our best! 😀
Congratulations. Such a great news !!
Way to go!
THanks so much Sagrika! It’s such a n amazing opportunity.
We’re all very proud! 😀
Indeed it is 🙂
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Loving all your great successes :). Well done!
Thanks so much Kerwin. That’s praise indeed.
All the hard work has certainly paid off. Thank you for your support and encouragement over the years. It’s been invaluable & a great pleasure to have. 😀
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