Well, West Norfolk, you find me very, very tired.
For the last week and a half, I’ve been covering KLFM Breakfast for Si while he gallivants around with his family on some sort of ‘summer holiday’ or something. I’m not necessarily a stranger to the early starts – I used to do them when I read the news occasionally – but I must say I haven’t had quite such a long run getting up just after 4am for a while.
The first week or so went well, fuelled mainly by adrenaline, but the last few days have been a struggle. Never underestimate your ability to turn off your alarm without even knowing you are doing it. Anyway, Si is back soon, and I’ll be back to my more regular routine.
One thing our new lad Christopher Dean and I have noticed, is that despite Si being on an alleged holiday, he is still posting selfies left right and centre. So bewildered by the sheer number of photos he is posting, Chris and I made a wild on air challenge – Simon has to try and take 10,000 selfies with 10,000 different people in a year. Chris thought it was possibly a tad excessive, but knowing Simon’s love for the lens, he could be halfway there by now. Anyway, watch this space.
One of the best things about getting up so early at this time of the year is that 4am really is the beginning of the day. The sun is breaking through, there’s no one about and you can go about your business with a smile on your face, safe in the knowledge that you’ve somehow got one over the rest of the population who won’t be up and about and caught in traffic until three hours later. The suckers. But surely the best thing about this time of year itself are trips to the coast. Last week I went to Wells for fish and chips with my family (they were delicious in case you were wondering), and I also made a KLFM appearance at Hunstanton beach for a sandcastle building competition. The wind was blowing, and the sun was nowhere to be seen, but it didn’t seem to affect anyone’s mood.
I talked with some RNLI volunteers, and was staggered by how much it costs the coastguard for individual call outs. We’re talking thousands of pounds. If you haven’t seen the RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign video yet, I would urge you to search it out and share it with your family and children. It’s haunting, but effective.
Another nice thing about this time of year is the return of the Great British Bake Off. I love it, soggy bottoms and all. I’ve gone to the trouble of organising the first ever KLFM in office GBBO sweepstake. I am quietly confident about my contestant, Flora. Christopher Dean had Stu, who went out in the first round. Whoever’s candidate gets eliminated has to provide cake at out weekly station meeting. It’s not too late to get involved in your office – get a sweepstake up and running!
Finally, and briefly, I would just like to say a massive personal thank you to anyone who has sent the station messages of support over the last few weeks. Your kind words really have helped us through a tough time.