It's been a few years since I played rugby, and I think the thing I miss most is the peer pressure to drink. Thankfully, technology has the answer.
(Link sent to me by Señor Phin)
It looks as if I will be interviewed on Radio Wales next week as part of the Mousemat program. I'll again be talking about my experiences in learning Welsh. I've got to think people will get sick of me soon. I think the next logical step for me is to release some sort of comedy dance single, in the spirit of the 1985 Chicago Bears: "I'm Chris Cope, and I'm here to say/ I learned my Welsh the BBC way. Yeah!"
At some point in the video, I will dance with a cartoonish mascot dragon. It would be fitting for my Welsh experience, which is oftentimes surreal. The producer for Radio Wales asked if I had ever been on the air with Radio Wales before and I told him no*, which isn't quite true.
Many years ago, I got a chance to speak to Chris Needs MBE. I happened to be listening to his show after an episode of Catchphrase had aired and sent in an e-mail in response to a question he asked on air. The show called me, Chris, a Welsh speaker, taught me how to say "ardderchog," made me a member of the Friendly Garden (I'm member M-2214), and sent me a Radio Wales shirt and a tea mug.
I just realized that this story doesn't really have that "I think I may have taken drugs and I'm just imagining it" sense if you don't know who Chris Needs is. Here, listen to the first 1 minute and 20 seconds of his show from Thursday and you'll know what I'm talking about. Messes with your head, doesn't he?
Best radio ever.
Honestly, if I win the Learner of the Year award at Eisteddfod this year, one of the first things I'll do is contact Chris and try to bullshit my way onto his show by pointing out that he was the first real person to speak Welsh with me. In a perfect world, he would invite me into the studio.
Coincidentally, I saw him when I went into the BBC studios back in October, but I didn't talk to him because he had just stepped out for a cigarette and sometimes a fella just wants to step outside and not have people bothering him. When I came back out of the studio, he was still out there and being swarmed by schoolchildren.