Tuesday, September 16, 2008

BBC car parks I have slept in...

Inverness - for almost an entire winter - and Aberdeen, for one night only. Fourteen years ago, I resided most weeknights in Inverness, in a dreadful Fiat camper. I would sometimes wake up with my cheek frozen to the wall...Aberdeen, just the other week, courtesy of Violetta the VW, in conditions of surprising comfort. No Chris Evans noisily arriving at 6.00am with his 'posse' of thuggishly overgrown adolescents, as happened for a week in Inverness, way back when he was the Chris Moyles of his generation...

Anyway, the Inverness car park in which the old Fiat once emptied its sewage tank (accidentally, and alas not over Mr Evans' feet) has now been turned into a rather lovely courtyard garden, and the BBC in Culduthel Road has been refurbished and extended. Jeff Zycinski, head of BBC Radio Scotland, has a video blog (see below) in which he provides a guided tour. Personally, I would have thought some sort of plaque, indicating exactly where my camper used to sit, and some of the accidents that befel it, might have been a nice idea. But there you go. Maybe that's just me.

I'm off to Inverness (boat tonight, Aberdeen tomorrow, then the horrors of the A96) to do some interviews for a new series on musical families, so at least now I'll know which entrance to use. And that those automatic doors open OUTWARDS, thus putting at risk my much-broken nose. Can't wait for a visit to the legendary Castle Snacker, a cafe once described by one of my producers, Colin Macphail, as 'specialising in brown food.' Fortunately, I like brown food.

1 comment:

Jeff Zycinski said...

Yes, the stories that car park could tell. A pity you have no photos of that era...but then blogs had barely been invented then.