KL.FM Off Air, by Charles Bennett, October 27, 2015

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A fortnight ago I made my first appearance in a KLFM guise at a black tie do. The Fenland Business Awards to be precise – something which I cheerfully volunteered myself to host weeks back. As the day got closer, I realised that I hadn’t actually ever hosted a live event before. It was a realisation I wish I had had when I agreed. “I talk on the radio,” I thought, “how hard can it be?”.

Well, it is pretty much a completely different kettle of fish. I found it both terrifying and reassuring. Terrifying, because usually when I speak into a microphone I can’t see my audience, but reassuring because for once I at least I knew I had one. Anyway, after a bit of knee knocking and dry mouth, it all went rather well.

The big eye opener for me was the sheer number of fantastic small and medium sized businesses we have in our area. This is something which is not confined to Fenland, I am certain, with West and North Norfolk playing host to a fantastic range of diverse businesses doing incredible things in markets most of us don’t even know exist. The opportunity to talk to business people about the sacrifices they have made and the gambles they’ve taken, as well as the current state of things locally was very interesting indeed.

The awards weren’t the only occasion that I’ve had to smarten up for in the last ten days. After realising just how good I look in a suit, I was despatched to the Trafalgar Day Supper at the Town Hall to celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar and the exploits of Norfolk’s favourite son, Admiral Horatio Nelson. It was a fantastic night, learning more about why it is that Nelson is held in such high regard and why his spirit is still invoked in the Royal Navy to this day. Celebrating local connections is something I am very big on, no matter how small, and so to recognise the achievements of someone born in the borough of West Norfolk was very heart-warming indeed.

Now I haven’t written a Lynn News column in quite a while, so I haven’t actually had a chance to tell you about my newest feature on Hometime! It’s a bit of a brainwave, even if I say so myself. It’s called Small Talk and what it does is celebrate all the amazing things that kids say. If you are a parent, grandparent, uncle or aunt, or even a brother or sister with young siblings, you will know exactly what I am on about. What I do, is go to primary schools armed with questions, then record the children’s responses. Cue some comedy gold. The best question I have asked so far is “What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever seen your mum do?” Much of what the kids tell me is completely unbroadcastable, but the bits that are are genius! They have such amazing creative minds and imaginations, as well as being wonderfully honest sometimes. Out of the mouths of babes and all that!