Karen Cannard: The challenge of finding a quiet spot

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What a luxury it is to have been in the BBC Radio Suffolk studio launching the Rubbish Diet in recent weeks, especially compared to locations in which I’ve been interviewed over the last few years.

What a luxury it is to have been in the BBC Radio Suffolk studio launching the Rubbish Diet in recent weeks, especially compared to locations in which I’ve been interviewed over the last few years.

The truth about radio interviews is that you never know when a call will come in, but the beauty of radio is that the presenter never actually knows where you are. A good mobile signal and a quiet spot are all you need.

Hunting for a peaceful corner at Paddington Station was an exceptional challenge as was shutting myself in the shed during noisy playtimes. Then there was escaping a packed pub in favour of shivering in the car. As for bathrooms, sometimes the en suite has proved the only option when you’re stuck in a hotel room early in the morning while the family still sleeps. And I mustn’t forget hiding in a friend’s attic or tucking myself into a converted gents loo in an art gallery.

I bet it’s not just me who gets caught in an unusual spot either. I reckon there are many people who have found themselves in even more peculiar locations for an important call.

So yes, being in the studio with a chair, desk and mic, without noisy distraction, is a real luxury.

However, the location that wins the prize for the worst place I’ve ever been interviewed is Great Blakenham’s landfill site, trudging around on dirty paper, plastic, food waste and old clothes – on a rubbish heap that was almost 50m high – watching valuable resources being buried unnecessarily.

But with all the people signing up for the BBC Radio Suffolk Rubbish Diet, that was worth it.

So thank you! It really makes a difference.

Hopefully, I won’t be needing any of my curious interview hide-outs over the next eight weeks, but if I do, perhaps it would be better not to declare it!

Join in by going online and visiting the website at www.therubbishdiet.org.uk