Saturday, 18 December 2010

The Blind Date

So if you see one of my earlier posts, the 99PROBLEMS ep3, you'll see it's a radio show about dating. For the show we came up with the idea that I should go on a date and record it. I couldn't muster up the balls to ask someone out on a date for myself so my friend and colleague Onyee asked her friend Matthew Parker if he'd be interested in going a blind date which will be recorded from start to finish for a radio show. He was totally up for it.. his text back was 'sure.. why not?' (or something along those lines).

And so it was, I was to go on a blind date with a man. After much deliberating we decided the Spurstowe, although pricey, would be right for the event. Not too loud, not too formal, warm and fun.

The date went ahead as planned, recording recorded as planned, editing happened all in time for the show.. but, yes there's a but. I couldn't bear hearing it as it was being broadcast during the show.. I got all sweaty and clammy. We lowered the volume and talked over the top of it. My fellow announcers asked questions about how I felt and I answered with honesty. Too much honesty for such a public forum.

Anyway here is an edit, the one I made to play in the show... I feel OK having it up here where I do not have to comment. Make of it what you will. It's pretty boring to the uninvolved but does tell a tale of it's own...

Experimentation Dateism by clairurbahn

Wednesday, 15 December 2010


An exciting new Radio Show requests your head!!

A new radio show
CAMP – as family, relaxed, nurturing environment
UNIVERSE – as all encompassing, everything is one, the intertwining of all subjects
CITY – as cosmopolitan, forward thinking, progressive and constant evolution

A radio show of new style, broadcast in two 1hr blocks over one day (Thursday, midday and midnight) in which the listener is exposed to different subjects (classes) of the Camp Universe City’s curriculum. Each class gets half an hour – four classes a day.

The CUC curriculum consists of 8 carefully selected classes:
• Philosophy
• Social Science
• Music
• Art
• Biology
• Film
• Lunchtime (food)
• Sweets (moments/objects/people of wondrous proportions)

Each class in the curriculum will be conducted by a tutor (scholar of that subject).

Once a month the scholars gather to present two topics within their subject to the CUC collective. All scholars discuss and dissect everything brought to the table, opening up the topics to be represented and viewed on from each scholar’s perspective. What unfolds is recorded and brought to the NTS audience as a new way of learning new subjects from the people.

As a CUC tutor you will be expected to have a thorough and fresh understanding of your subject. You will be open minded and unafraid to speak your mind on all matters involved in the CUC curriculum. You will be happy to dedicate one whole day per month (entitled The Gathering of The Heads) to gathering, presenting, discussing and recording for the CUC radio show. In preparation for this day you will do in depth research into your subject and bring 2 topics to the table to present. It is expected that your chosen topics are exciting, somewhat groundbreaking and evocative.

The Gathering of The Heads:
One day a month we will gather from 9am – 5pm for a heavily scheduled and somewhat formal day of discussion and recording. As we will have one day to record all 8 hours worth of air-time, we will present, discuss and record as if it’s going live-to-air. Chaired by one person, all scholars will have one hour (broken to a half hour in the morning and half hour at night) to present their two chosen topics, as everyone will be micro-phoned, all scholars are encouraged to speak their views on the presented topics and offer any additional information. Topics of discussion will not be disclosed prior to the gathering of The Heads. The only time the microphones will be off is during the one hour lunch break and two half hour morning tea/afternoon tea breaks.

The Heard Audio:
The recorded dialogue from The Gathering of The Heads will be lightly edited and aired over a period of one month on NTS: Every Thursday midday-1pm & midnight-1am
45% funny, 55% serious ///////// 80% love, 20% hate


Here's episode 3 of 99 PROBLEMS entitled 'The Dating Game'. In this show we introduce Dr Marcel Frieberg, a psychologist who has done a lot of dating in his time, we're re-acquainted with Sir Harold of Hackney who has written a dating poem especially for 99Problems, and I went on a real-life blind date and recorded it for the sole purpose of this show. The date went well, the airing of the date --- not so well.. You also hear tunes from Ian Dury, Big Toe's HIFI, Nick Holder and Tom Tom Club.

Monday, 6 December 2010


Episode 2: A Lot of Weird People Standing Around. A gathering of Rohyp, C_BASS and Dirty Barry to discuss the weird freakish people/animal/objects. You hear tunes - The Doors, The Pixies, !!! and Broken Bells, stories of a fish masterbator, a koala and The Big Man neighbour, recordings from a high-tech preacher in Soho and the sweet sound of coffee being crafted.