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Talking, Tension and Tight Pants.

17th October 2011

Firstly apologies for letting my Bloging lapse, it has been very busy around Sun FM towers lately...honest! So last week I was passing on my Knowledge (don't laugh) it was all part of the student radio awards being announced. I love talking about my job and am quite reguarly asked how I got into radio and to give any  tips. It's quiete nice to be honest as I remember being in that posistion and getting the advice, so to be on the other side is a great feeling. I did have Marie Gardiner for some moral support as I was talking about presenting and she was talking about social media.

It's still a little nerve racking doing stuff like this, which I know sounds odd coming from someone who talks for a living, but it comes down to what you are used to. I get comfortable in my studio not seeing who I'm talking to and the face they might be pulling when I'm talking, but in a room full of students you can see the yawns and the eye rolls. Thankfully they were all very good and interested in what we had to say, and I managed to get a few laughs, which is always good. The final possibly scary moment is asking if anyone has any questions at the end...silence!! Thankfully that didn't happen and we managed to ramble on for another forty minutes or so. So who knows you might hear some voices on the radio in the future which have got there on the advice that myself and Marie gave out! 

This weekend has been quite busy I've been to two comedy gigs and a christening, and also found out that marriage is making me fat! Last year I bought a pair of smart trousers before we went on our honeymoon, this was December, the pants fit fine. Fast forward ten months and they are rather snug. I had heard people say that once you are married you get comfortable and pile on weight, but I thought nah that won't be me, turns out it is. Also it doesn't help that Laura loves to bake, and she is quite good at it, and to get to our living room you have to walk through the kitchen which means I have regular access to the afore mentioned cake. I've always been quite skinny so this is quite a shock to the system, also when your sister in law comments on how tight your pants are, especially around the bottom area, you don't know where to put yourself.

This wasn't the only awkward moment of the weekend, and I'm sorry to mention toilets but this incident really stood out for me. I was at the Gala Theatre over the weekend and they only had one set of toilets open, so there was a queue at the mens! Women are used to queues, men not so much and you could feel the tension in the gents as we waited. There was no talking, just the odd nod. The other issue is whether to use the cubicle or not because there is always the danger of stage fright. Nine times out of ten it's fine, but do you take the risk. I'm not ashamed to say I didn't risk it!!

Next week I'll be flying through the air with AAA, like they do on Dancing on Ice. I'm not sure if I'll enjoy it or if it will make me sick, we'll see.

Posted by Mark Black at 3:11pm

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