Paul and Gary Show 24th February 2004
Diary from The Launch Day
night travel to Nottingham book into Hotel and Un-pack 22:00
Awoken in our hotel room by the phone ringing at 06:40
BBC request our services to talk about Choppers on the
various BBC Breakfast shows;
dashes for the bathroom and fills the kettle while I finalise
some of the details and schedule the programmes 07:30
of us then Discuss the Schedule through the bathroom door
while attempting to shower and get dressed!
07:45 BBC West Midlands call for the first
interview which goes out live - Gary
I am on the phone BBC Southend call at
07:50 to speak with Paul this is also live radio, this was
awkward due to both talking on our mobiles, so I move swiftly
into the bathroom and shut the door to stop my interview
interfering with Pauls!
this point my other mobile starts to ring and Poor Sophie
(Paul's daughter) is running around the hotel room with it
Like a Bomb was about to go off in
her hand, trying to pass it to Paul then me in the bathroom!
finish my interview and take another call at 08:00
its BBC Suffolk, this interview is for Paul who is just
wrapping up his other interview and takes over, this is also
this point I start to pack up some of my bags and carry them
down to the front of the hotel and
load them into the car.
continues to take calls at 08:10
with BBC Yorkshire then at 08:20
with BBC Coventry.
and I then attempted to take our choppers from the Hotel room
to the cars and load them up for the trip to Raleigh at
doing this I take another 4 calls from work and other RCOC
Members on route to the launch.
08:40 BBC Sussex call for another live interview - Gary
at 08:45 BBC Nottingham call for a live interview - Paul
its my turn again 08:45 with BBC Leeds - Gary
Paul again at 08:47 with BBC Radio Newcastle, all this is
going on in the Hotel Car Park now while we sit in our cars
with the heaters on trying to defrost the windows!!!
Paul speaks with BBC Cambridge
this time I am taking calls from ITN Central TV asking if we
will be at The launch by 09:00 for more interviews.
09:05 we both leave for Eastwood, the traffic is quite busy. I
take another 6 calls on route from members asking about the
day and members confirming there times of arrival.
finally arrive at Raleigh - Eastwood at almost 10:00
An I decide to try and find a coffee as both of us still
hadn't managed to get one it the hotel before we left!
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