The Whole Bloody Thing

Today I fulfilled a lifelong dream of being on the radio and what did I do? I swore.

Well, bloody is hardly a proper swear word, is it? Especially if you’re Australian. Speaking of which, I sound painfully Oz in this interview. I spoke to Micky Gavin on Edinburgh’s Talk 107 about Dietgirl and my fat busting adventures. If I could lose a kilo for every time I said AWW YEAH in my booming drawl, I would be at goal by now. Or bordering on malnourished!

Gareth taped the interview off the radio using an ancient Ghettoblaster and a strange plastic thing called a "cassette". He then did some jiggerypokery in Garageband and iTunes and now you can click the little Flash player below to hear it all in newfangled MP3.

(A word of warning: the cassette was 15 years old and you can still hear traces of Gareth’s teenage RAWK band jamming in the background. A nice angsty soundtrack for talk of fat and chocolate.)

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The interview was sparked by this article in The Scotsman today. I look a bit cockeyed in the online version of the photo, but as Gareth said, "It never did Thom Yorke any harm".

(I promise I’ll stop being a media tart and get back to the fat in the next entry!)

33 thoughts on “The Whole Bloody Thing

  1. It was so exciting to read you in the Scotsman this morning over breakfast. You’ve achieved true fame now. The only thing left for you to do, in my view, is to get a part in “The Archers”. (Ask your mother-in-law what this is, if by any chance you’re not quite British enough to know.) Well done, anyway! Will now try to get the radio interview to work.

  2. i just can’t stop laughing at G’s band in the background… you can just feel the RAWWWK. heheeeee

  3. Ok, heard it now. You actually don’t sound as Australian as I expected. A touch of Scottishness, I thought. But very fluent – a lot better than the interviewer. Well done once more.

  4. Bugger! I could only hear bits and pieces and it was a very disjointed experience. Your accent was not unusual to me but then again I’m surrounded by people who sound like you. I lurv the Scottish accent though!
    Is there anyway of being able to fix the sound so I can hear it properly? I’m a bit backward when it comes to these things.
    I’m so glad that you are being applauded properly for all your hard work. NJ

  5. You were great! I would have been so nervous it would have sounded more like duh…uh…well ya see..LOL Great job!

  6. You were brilliant as usual. And it might help you to know that the first time I worked in radio I played a Nick Cave song and forgot to fade out the c word…instant infamy.

    Congrats on everything!

  7. Awww your voice sounds so nice and sweet. hehe good for you, now you are a star!! πŸ˜‰

  8. NJ, like i said , it was taped off the radio onto a 15 y/o cassette, so this is as good as it gets πŸ™‚

  9. Fantastic interview, Shauna! And I loved Gareth’s baynd in the background, it suited the interview right down to the ground πŸ˜‰

    I love your voice, when I first heard the way I sounded on the radio, I couldn’t believe it – I sounded posh and pompous, eeeek! O_O You don’t need to worry about that though and I expected much more ‘aww yeahs’ than I was lead to believe. I WANT MY MONEY BACK! πŸ˜›

  10. Fantastic coverage! Well done dietgirl. And your write for a living dream will come true – you write so well – and like others, I can’t wait to see the book.

    Keep going; you ARE inspirational.


  11. I didn’t think you sounded overly Aussie – just a bit of a twang. And I liked the sound in the background too – a bit like a backing track.

    But you can’t be anonymous at all now – is that scary?

  12. Great stuff, Im sitting here in NZ about 10.31pm and listening to your radio interview, your a bloody legend girl, just amazing, very very inspiring, Cheers

  13. Lovely interview. I think you need to blow your trumpet a bit more girl!! What you have accomplished is amazing- not just the weight loss, the inspirational writing and changing yourself and your life. But here you are, as modest as ever πŸ˜€

    Thank you for sharing, and you sounded very friendly and calm on the radio!

  14. OK, it’s time for the movie based on your life. Who should play you? Who should play Gareth?

    No, I’m serious. I would definitely go to see it and probably buy the DVD. I hope some smart Hollywood agent out there picks up on the idea!

  15. Unfortunately I can’t hear your recording (blocked at the office) But i’m sure you were fantastic. You really do make all of us fatbloggers very proud πŸ™‚ You deserve all this and I hope you are enjoying every minute of it.

  16. Ace. Both the article and the interview.

    But now we know where the incentive came from for you to update the progress pics!!

  17. mwahaha! actually it was coz i’d promised to update them once i’d hit the 70s and six people had emailed me to remind me of the promise! nag nag nag! πŸ™‚

    marla – you know the big screen adds 100 pounds!

    sandra – yeah it’s bloody scary! but then i remembered everyone already found out last year with the sunday mail thing, but i’d just blocked it out. denial is a powerful thing i tells ya!

    how’s everyone doin’?

  18. Congratulations, DG! A few things: what do you mean, “painfully Oz”? Your voice (and accent) are just charming, a lot more demure than I expected actually as I usually think of you as sort of a high-power weightloss superheroine. And, lovely photo in the paper. And, have you changed your last name or were you incognito for the interview (none of my business, I realize)? And, Gareth’s teenage band really did Rawk. Are any other recordings lurking anywhere else? And, finally, I join everyone else here in saying I can’t wait to preorder your book! The sections you wrote were my favorite thing about Tales from the Scale. Signing off now that I’ve revealed myself to be a sniveling fangirl,


  19. cheers flora! i changed my name when i got married… i’m an old fashioned girl πŸ™‚ actually i was just a bit sick of the old one! hehehe…

    gareth’s band called it a day last year, but i’m sure he has some recordings lying round somewhere… πŸ˜€

    i’ve only written 1/3 of the draft of the book, let alone finish it and attempt to get it published… tis a bit of a pipe dream but nothing wrong with dreams eh?

  20. Hi Shauna, it’s really cool to hear your voice after all these years of reading…and you inspired me as always, good thing since I’ve gotten so lazy lately!

  21. Oh, how cool! I love being able to put a voice with the words. Great interview, too. Thanks to Gareth for putting it online!

  22. Oh wow, how exciting! And evidently I’m not the only one who thinks you sounded rather more professional than the interviewer…

    And I think your voice sounds lovely – what booming drawl?

  23. i guess because i am surrounded by scottish accents all the time, and use a lot of scottish lingo, i tend to forget that i am not from round here! so to hear my voice played back to me was a reminder… CROIKEY! I’m AUSTRAYAN! it just sounded so over the top πŸ™‚

    I also had Gareth mimicking me as we listened.. aww YEAH!.. oi KNOW!… sometoimes ya eat the whole bluddy thing! Mate!

  24. You forgot to tell me!!!

    Well done daughter dear…bursting with pride (as usual).

    Had a Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser with the kids today….figure I can master skipping the Can Can and join Moulin Rouge for my shot at stardom!

    Luv ya!

  25. Shauna you’ve definitely picked up a bit of a scottish/english accent and you’re aussie accent is very diluted (compared to your average ocker over here anyway!!).

    And I can just imagine your Mum with the Moulin Rouge!!

  26. Hey, bloody isn’t a swear and I’m canadian πŸ™‚ In fact, I freely use the word “arse” because, #1) It ain’t a swear and #2) sounds funny when Canadian’s use it ’cause, well – they just don’t… πŸ™‚

    (BTW, the arse is usually preceded by a feckin’, which just makes it funnier and always good for a laugh ’cause most people aren’t expecting it…)

    Then again, maybe I’m not civilised …feckin’ bloody arse!

  27. Shaunie if you are still reading these posts, hubby fixed it so I could hear the whole interview. You sounded like an intelligent and witty young woman who knows that there are no shortcuts. Just perserverance, eating the right foods the majority of the time and doing lots of exercise. I can just imagine how proud your family is of you because I’m nearly bursting with pride myself. You make me smile and I am sooooo looking forward to the day you come in and tell us you have made goal. NJ

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