This has been a busy and incredibly exciting month. The fun started on the third. As previously arranged, I did a very enjoyable recorded interview with Hannah Murray at Talk Radio Europe. This lady was an interviewer who gave me time to promote the book as well as answer her seemingly endless questions about the Prison Service and crime and punishment. A very enjoyable forty five minutes with a transmission date to be fixed. This was closely followed by a live interview conducted by the inimitable John Gaunt at Fubar Radio. Fubar is a digital station based in London. The big topic, that particular day, was a report by HM Inspector of Prisons concerning a recent inspection conducted at Wormwood Scrubs prison.
I was able to read up on the report before the interview. John is a very in-your-face interviewer and you need to be on your toes. He asked loads of questions about conditions in UK prisons and I think his opinions were well balanced. He also gave me the opportunity to promote the book and he added that he intended to buy a copy. Who knows. The thirty minutes flew by and I think I handled myself well, or so Margaret said! But, there again, she would wouldn't she.
A couple of days later we entertained Nikki Luxford from the Costa Blanca News. Nikki was with us for a couple of hours and her article, which appeared later that week, certainly did the interview justice. We found that we did, in fact, have something in common with regards to my previous job but I will not include that piece of information without her permission. As I write Nikki is abroad doing charity work. A lovely young lady who deserves to succeed in her chosen profession.
I was checking my emails, early one morning, when I opened one from a Mr Eric Fuller. Now, I knew a man of the same name back in the 60s when I worked at the Daily Mirror. After we exchanged another email it turned out that he was the very same Eric Fuller. The last time I remember seeing Eric was circa 1967. Eric was up to speed with this website so it wasn't necessary to send pictures but I was happy to receive his. Eric now lives in Florida and has obviously done very well for himself. I mustn't forget to mention his guitar collection. I told Wilf about it and I had to stop him buying the plane tickets!
I visited Cornish Pride, High Street Heaven and Quiucksave to sign copies of the book and the response was been very encouraging. I met some very interesting people and in particular, Brian, who has just finished writing his first novel. He's bursting with enthusiasm and I'm looking forward to reading the manuscript.
We've had some very enjoyable meals at a restaurant that Wilf and Sheila found. Last Saturday we had a belated nine-years-in-Spain celebratory meal at our favourite restaurant in Javea. It was belated because when we had planned to go on 6 September we had to cancel because Giorgio had an accident which could have been extremely serious. Fortunately, the old boy is made of tough stuff and was merely badly shaken. He has his good days and I think that he sometimes forgets that he should be slowing down and behaving more like an elderly cat. God bless him.
Wilf and I continue to practice our music and we are going from strength to strength. I'm still not sure about my singing but the consensus seems to be that it's OK. Our time will come. Watch this space.
When you have a moment check out www.CBBlues.com and read our reviews. We trade under the name WilfRaydo. Catchy eh? As well as the Question and Answer interview which we did with Andrew Duhon we are waiting for answers to questions which we sent to John Sebastian. John was in a 60s band called The Lovin' Spoonful, who had a massive hit called 'Daydream'. John said that he was happy to answer our questions so, it's baited breath time!
Last Saturday, Wilf and I played our respective parts in a Coffee House morning at the Bar Mediterraneo in Teulada, which is a village a few clicks from here. The theme was blues music and, although very enjoyable, the turn out could have been better. We will be helping at another one on the last Saturday of this month so, if your are in that neck of the woods, pop in and see what's going on.
We continue to enjoy our intercambio meetings with Pasquala and her sister-in-law Inma. They are bright, sharp ladies and we are lucky to have met them. Margaret is doing extremely well with her studies and I'm making progress. I've decided to really give it a go because I want to enjoy this beautiful country and having a working knowledge of the language is a must.
Margaret has almost finished her latest quilt project. Without blowing smoke I must say that it really is superb. Her attention to detail is a joy. Giorgio tries to sit on it, at every opportunity, so we have to be very careful!
As I said earlier, a very busy and enjoyable month. A big thanks to you all for your support and interest in the book.