I was delighted when the BBC contacted me to see if I would like to feature in one of the Real Time stories and on 16th August, BBC Director and Journalist Tom Beal came along to our Tugboat, the Hector Read, in Kent, to film the initial interview. The plan was to have the interview on Hector and then to go out on a "message in a bottle searching expedition" in Kent.
So, when we set off on our search, I was absolutely delighted and somewhat amazed, to see a message in a bottle after just 5 minutes or so. Funnily enough, it really was the last thing I expected to see at that time! And….. it was legible… and it was a good one, quite amusing, and signed with a full name so I could trace the author!
So after 2 message in a bottle finds in quick succession, I rather thought I was going to find even more messages, but that was it. I would have been very happy to keep walking along that coastline for the rest of the afternoon, but reluctantly, we turned around and headed for home. Very happy!
Through twitter, I traced Sean, the author of the message. He was pretty surprised at the whole story. I don't think he ever expected his message to be found at all!!
And 3 weeks later, when the video documentary came out, I was so completely impressed with Tom’s editing work. If you haven’t watched it then you can find the link at the top of this post. For all my talk of letting go of the outcome and of expectations at the end of the video, I was still kind of apprehensive.
There have of course been comments following the documentary regarding the rubbish and pollution, and I would like to make it clear to those who are anxious on that front, that I am not advocating throwing rubbish into the water at all. The focus of this video was on the finding of messages in bottles. There’s only one place for a plastic or a glass bottle without a message in it, and that….is in the recycling bin! And that’s common sense and we can all make a difference on that front.
Post video release, I was thrilled to realise it went out on BBC News, and I even did a 45 second interview on Radio 5 live which was a great experience although nerve wracking.
But what I really love too is the fact that BBC foreign languages “Learning English” used it in one of their videos. The link is here.