This week Linda answers ten questions for me. Linda has had the 'pleasure' of interviewing me twice for BBC Radio Suffolk. On both occasions I was lost for words!!
You can find Linda on twitter as @Lindarella
1.Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Linda and I’m a producer and news reader for the BBC. I’ve worked here in Suffolk for 6 years, via Manchester and London. Suffolk is a great place, never to be underestimated as a so called ‘sleepy’ county. The trick is always trying to dig out interesting or surprising things that are hiding below the surface.
Outside of work I’m daughter to Celia and Andrew, Girlfriend to Scott, giver of food to Gus the cat and pupil to my long suffering drumming teacher Martin – I’ve been learning to play for a few months now and love it.
2.How did you get started?
Well I was always told I was a good communicator (code for I liked talking I think) and I remember doing some sort of ‘make a film’ exercise at school. I was given the role of producer and I remembered thinking, I can be a producer! After college I went on to study communications and loved the radio elements of it so I co hosted a show called Brown Ale and Tea Cakes with my jordie friend Vicky for the three years I studied. After uni I had planned to do a post grad course in Glasgow but the college lost its accreditation so I was left high and dry for a while. Un deterred I found an internship in Scotland and worked in radio at the Edinburgh Festival before getting a job at BBC Radio Norfolk through a BBC disability scheme (I’m partially deaf). After that came the job here in Suffolk and now here I am.
3.Who would be your dream interview subject?
I’ve often asked myself this and the truth is I really find it hard to answer. I’ve interviewed lots of different people and have found so called ‘ordinary’ people as fascinating (some times more fascinating) than celebs. It’s a very tough call but maybe Billy Connolly as he’s such a talent and my dad and I have always loved him so I know dad would really enjoy the listen.
4.Any embarrassing moments during an interview?
Plenty I’m sure but I struggle to remember them now, there are plenty I know that have happened to colleagues .. I have a feeling my worst ones are still to come.
5.What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to cook and am obsessed with cooking shows, Rachel Khoo is my current favourite. I also love my drumming and am a member of the Suffolk school of Samba which is great fun. I also love a good mooch around vintage stores, markets and charity shops.. I’m obsessed with old things like home wares and clothes.
6.What was the last item you bought yourself?
I had a splurge in Manchester at the weekend and bought a shirt, some new wedge shoes and a red satchel.. I love satchel bags!
7.Who makes you laugh?
Loads of people do, I think we should all laugh more and I’m very lucky with my job as we all have lots of laughs. My mum and dad have great humour which has been passed on to me. Comedian wise I love Kevin Bridges at the moment and Sarah Millican (who I am told I look like) and of course, Billy Connolly.
8.What's the best present you've ever received?
An Amiga 500 computer when I was very small. A friend of my parents programmed it to say ‘Merry Christmas Linda from your Amiga 500’ in a very Stephen Hawkinesque voice. I loved it.
9.What would you tell your 13 year old self?
Oh dear me…. Probably ‘your awful fringe will grow out’ or ‘stop obsessing over stupid boys’ .. most likely, ‘mum and dad are always right, stop questioning that’
10. Have you had an experience that changed your outlook on life?
Last year my dad was diagnosed with cancer and in one fell swoop the world turned upside down. About a month later complications in a minor operation meant he lost his sight and became blind (we think) permanently. It’s been so much to deal with but some how my dad stays upbeat and we manage to maintain the great humour he’s always had. He’s a huge inspiration to me and its made me realise how important each day is, even if you aren’t always doing big flashy exciting things.. just sharing a pork pie and listening to Any Questions on Radio 4 is important.