Monday, November 13, 2006

I got the last word, bitches

Many moons ago, when the child bride and I still lived in the United States, one of the things we most disliked to see on television were joint press conferences with President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The presence of someone who grew up properly articulating words always served as dramatic contrast to Bushy's mumbling Texan style of speech*. Impossible as it may seem, he would sound even dumber.

I thought of those press conferences Monday night as I listened to my interview with "Eye on Wales." If you missed it, you can listen again (follow the link to the programme and then click "Listen Again" on the upper right-hand corner) and you'll hear that when contrasted by British accents, I come off as ChrisCo the Slack-Jawed Yokel: "Yee-haw! Put on yer clean pair o' pants, darlin' -- we's goin' to Kumree!"

All in all, though, I'm pretty happy with how things turned out, because I got the last word in the programme. And, I think I got more airtime than Annie (although her story of going to the dentist was more interesting than my yammering on about trains). Go me.

As an added bonus, the BBC is sending me a CD copy of the programme. I plan to burn additional copies and make loads of cash selling it illegally in East Asian black markets. Because that's what East Asian black markets are clamouring for these days: Kalashnikovs, teenage prostitutes and bootleg copies of "Eye on Wales."

*It really is a Texas thing. Some Texans just don't like putting in the effort to speak clearly. I refer you to the recording of my grandfather saying grace as proof.

11 comments:

Annie Rhiannon said...

Ooh, go you! I didn't hear it yet, will listen tomorrow when I can "get the plug-in", whatever that is. I felt completely inarticulate while I was doing the interview, but they assured me that "everybody talks like that" and that they totally rescue it in the edit.

Did you do some questions in Welsh? Well done for learning it by the way, I'm very impressed.

Chris Cope said...

The multi-talented Peter Johnson, did, in fact, interview me in Welsh. He said he would give the tape to Radio Cymru, so who knows if or when (or why) they would use it.

The only highlight from the Welsh interview is this: I am the person who decided that the word "blog" is feminine in Welsh.

Annie Rhiannon said...

Ha, that's cool. And we call it "bloggio", right? We must do, surely.

Chris Cope said...

One "g," yes. That's the verb. To blog = blogio

It follows regular verb patterns.

Present tense:
blogiaf
blogi
blogia
blogiwn
blogiwch
blogiant
blogir

The noun is simply "blog" and is feminine (y flog).

Ah, shit. I think I'm suffering a geekery-induced heart attack.

Crystal said...

I think your grandfather and my grandfather are the same grandfather.

Chris Cope said...

For the sake of certain personal fantasies, Crystal, I sincerely hope that is not true.

Huw said...

Well, I listened to you, then Annie, and then it got a bit serious so I switched off. But then I hear you got the last word?!? So I listened again. And I hate to tell you this, but the 'listen again' cuts off the last part of the programme, and with it your last word. What was it?

Annie Rhiannon said...

I think it must have been "bitches".

Anonymous said...

Plug plug plug plug!!

But seriously, you don't have any connections back in the states that can send you crap American goodies? Did you really burn all those bridges?

Curly said...

Good stuff, I'm a bit disappointed that they faded your reading out, then replaced it with err..you, when you were about to talk about Welsh Women.

Annie Rhiannon said...

I know! I thought exactly the same thing. It was probably too raunchy for the BBC.