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insomniac-surfer asks "Ever turn down a job or didn't buy shares that could have made you rich and possibly famous?
Tell us what you did or didn't do that could have turned out possibly life changing."

(, Fri 2 Oct 2015, 8:28)
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A Letter from Auntie Beeb

So there I was, sitting in a lounge in Heathrow, when the new and novel S55 in my pocket chriped to life revealing that 'Maw and Paw' wanted a word.


If the titular Mathers and Fothers were calling a mobile phone back in the day then someone had died. 35p a minute? To speak to someone? I'd already decided that God was related to The Lurkers of Scotland and had promptly fucked off to visit Valhara for the weekend and not left a note.

Dramatic postulating aside, it turned out that there was a letter for me. From Mr and Mrs BBC. Offering me an interview for a traineeship with Radio 1. Back when Radio 1 was just-after good, well, Mark and Lard had left.

Well mon b3tans, this was going to be the start of the career. My four years experience in studio radio was surely going to get me producing the Breakfast Show in a matter of weeks, I was a certainty for the job in my head. "Tell me Mother dearest, when is this interview and the start of my perfect life?"


I'll phone them, I've another twelve months of battery life left.

The interview was supposed to be when I would be on holiday in Boston, and the furtherest they could push it was three days later - New York.

"I'll be back, in London, the next next day."
-"We can't change the whole schedule for your holiday"
-"No Buts"
"How about.."
-"I said no buts"
"That joke only sorta works read out loud."

I was reliably informed that the interview could not be moved and I was to think very carefully about what I was to do. Come back early at great expense, or miss out. "Have a think and call back" she said.

A stiff drink and a bit of a think led me to the conclusion "If I can get one interview, I can get another." Right? RIGHT?

Having spent the last thirteen years scrabbling away at the industry and making friends over the wall at the hallowed BBC I have been informed that my stories are far too long and full of unnecessary prose, and that Auntie Beeb holds a grudge. Literally a black mark against my name. Turn us down would you? Fuck you. No job for you kid.

Guess who did get that job? Aled Jones. The intern turned producer of the Chris Moyles Show.

It could've been me. Thank fuck it wasn't.
(, Sat 3 Oct 2015, 14:08, 10 replies)
Yeah right;
You would have gotten pissed off after four years of fetching tea and went out and got a real job.
(, Sun 4 Oct 2015, 2:41, closed)
this story was almost completely unreadable.
I have no fucking clue what you're on about.
(, Sun 4 Oct 2015, 12:24, closed)
I think Dr. Skagra might have regenerated.

(, Mon 5 Oct 2015, 9:35, closed)
Sorry, Sweetie!
Still the same old, sexy old, me, with small (but pert) breaststs, and the biker Audrey Hepburn thing goin on.


(, Tue 6 Oct 2015, 8:13, closed)
I'll always carry a torch for you.

(, Tue 6 Oct 2015, 10:03, closed)
Is that what the glowing red end in your pocket is?

(, Wed 7 Oct 2015, 13:26, closed)
Correct me if I'm wrong here but..
I'm fairly sure if they offer you a traineeship you're pretty much a shoe-in yeah? Ie. the interview is usually just a formality to *hopefully* weed out the fucking nutters.
If that's true then
Come back early at great expense, or miss out.
Really should read
Come back early at great expense, go on to have a lucrative career in a field I clearly would've enjoyed working in (with the distinct possibility of job-related travel or at least the ability to afford it on my own)or miss out.
Shouldn't it?
(, Sun 4 Oct 2015, 13:44, closed)
I could have been a contender.

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