Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Radio fame and the games

It's the British Transplant Games this weekend in Bath and I'll be doing the 5km cycling time trial and the table tennis competition. I'm dead nervous and I reckon it'll be a fairly hopeless performance from me, but hey it's worth a go.

I had a call out of the blue yesterday afternoon from BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and then they rang back to do a little interview about my 'story' and the fact I was taking part in the games 10 months after transplant. It was broadcast yesterday at about 5:20pm on the Drive Time show.

If you want to hear what I had to say, and how posh I sound (an awful surprise for me!), then you can get the show on BBC iplayer (I think this only works if you're in the UK).

Start listening at 1h18m18s.

After this weekend I'm sure we'll do an update with photos of the experience of the Games!


  1. The link does work here across the pond. I haven't gotten to your bit yet, but who cares! I'll listen to anyone with a British accent talk about anything!

    (And yes, I realize (sorry, realise) I'M the one with the accent, but allow me my novelties if you will, Will.)

  2. Bo, glad you can listen and enjoy a bit of southern posh English accent. There really isn't a British accent (any more than there's an American accent I guess), although I would go so far to say the range of accents in the UK is greater than in the USA? Try searching for Glaswegian accent, Geordie accent, Scouse accent, Birmingham accent and Norfolk accent if you want a good range of unintelligability!

  3. Oh, you do sound posh and very self-composed as if you have been doing radio interviews all your life. Best of luck in the games.
    Barbara, USA

  4. I don't think you sounded posh at all, but I don't think we American use that word in the same sense as you do. Or at least we use it less effectively.

    But good on you, Will, to do the games and the radio interview. You're an inspiration.

    And I'm not so certain that the UK accents are a broader range than the American accents. I have the standard Midwestern accent (I never pronounce the 'g' in 'ing') which is pretty bland I suppose, but from the r-less New Englanders to the dark-voweled Southerners to the lilting Minnesotans, I think we might be about even. (Though I'll say that the UK has more accents that require more work on my part to understand. I'll look up the ones you suggested and have a listen.)

  5. Will, if I'd known you were oblivious to your posh-soundingness, Croydon girl here could have enlightened you!
    The interview was great, you are a brilliant ambassador for CF and for organ donation; and once again I have been moved to tears to be reminded of what you go through.
    Good luck for the weekend. I hope the ping pong training has paid off; and try an appletini before the time trial... Enjoy it.

  6. Have fun, hopefully all those Wii Table Tennis skills will be put to good use ...

  7. Just listened, can only reiterate the above and what the presenter said - an excellent ambassador, very moving.

    But you always sound like that except when you're trying to pretend you're from Norfolk with that weird accent !

  8. Posh? Scott sends his reassurances that you sound like a barrow-boy!
    I think you sound like my completely charming nephew! Great to hear you.
    Good Luck in the Games! Hope you and Vicky enjoy yourselves. xx

  9. Sounded great Will! As others have said, a great ambassador for CF and the ODR.