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Fame at last!
01 May 2014 @ 09:59

I have proof positive that Eye On Spain blog posts figure high in Google search results. Last Friday morning, I wrote an opinion piece about the 90,000 Brits that have allegedly returned to the UK from Spain. On Friday evening, I was contacted by a BBC researcher who was bringing a film crew to Spain to talk to British expats who were returning or staying, and find out more about what life is really like for expats in Spain.

I was pretty flattered that my seemingly innocuous post had attracted the attention of the BBC, so of course I agreed, although when they said they were filming over 100 miles away, it looked as if my media career would be over before it had even begun. However, they were keen to get my views on camera, so they agreed to come to me in Algorfa on Sunday morning. Since I was pretty emphatic that it is possible to eat cheaply in Spain if you eat like the Spanish do and shop at the markets, it was decided that the interview would be filmed at our local Sunday market.

When Sunday arrived, I was even more nervous than I was when I appeared on Mastermind back in 2007. You may think that sounds strange, but when I was on the quiz show, I knew that all I had t do was sit in that black chair and answer questions, whereas an on camera interview is something very different. I'm not media trained, and it's the first time I've done this, although I was interviewed on the radio for the Jeremy Vine Show last year. Again, that was because a researcher had picked up my blog post about the Winter Fuel Allowance.

I need not have worried, because the film crew were very helpful, and briefed me on the sort of questions the presenter would be asking. Basically we just wandered around the stalls in the sun, causing a stir among stall holders and shoppers alike. The stall holders were so delighted to be on the BBC they showered us with meat, fruit, cheese and fruit - so much so that I asked the film crew to come back next week and film at the paella stall at lunch time!

Since Sunday, I've heard that my piece on camera went really well. I still don't know when it will be aired - apparently it's for The One Show - but they'll let me know in plenty of time. All I'd ask is that my friends here on Eye On Spain resist the urge to sell their stories to the tabloids about how they knew me before I was famous. Even us media celebrities deserve a private life!

Edited to add: I just heard from Laura. The piece will air on The One Show at 8.00pm Spanish time on Monday 5 May. I've also discovered that another EOS blogger, Donna Gee, will also feature in the programme. EOS certainly gets you noticed!

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eggcup said:
01 May 2014 @ 09:51

Hi Sandra. When you know what day it's going on, let us know. I'm sure we'd all like to see it.

wodger said:
03 May 2014 @ 10:19

Nice story Sandra!
Why don't a few more of us write about our "fifteen minutes of fame".
Mine is appearing on Polish TV national news. We rented a house for Xmas & New Year 2003 in Zakopane, the ski resort in the Tatra mountains of Southern Poland.
On New Years Eve the town attracts thousands of visitors for the celebrations & fireworks ( a bit like Trafalgar Square in London, but in the snow covered mountains ) Everyone was walking home at the end of the evening,I had two pretty 20 year old girls with me one on each arm, one was my daughter & the other my niece. The TV crew spotted us & heard us speaking in English.
They asked us if we would walk towards them and wish everyone a happy & prosperous new year in English, & would the girls kiss me on the cheek. They explained that it would show how international Poland was becoming, later that year Poland joined the EU.
Not fifteen minutes! but a good ten seconds!

SandrainAlgorfa said:
03 May 2014 @ 10:34

@wodger What a lovely story - thanks for sharing it with us! Yes, I'd love to hear about others who have been on TV too. Actually, it's surprising how many people have, even if only briefly.

freddyx said:
05 May 2014 @ 11:27

No siestas, no cava, U K I P, Nigel Farage would be very interested in this! Best wishes. Freddy

galaxy59 said:
06 May 2014 @ 07:59

Hi there,
I recorded The One Show last night and am looking forward to watching it later.
I would love to arrange a meet up in Spain, I do need to check with our friends first and see what they have planned for us. In any case, if we love Spain and I am sure we will, we are planning a return trip in a few weeks to look for a place of our own and so can meet then. I am working on my husband and telling him what a great idea it would be to drive down next time!

blueeyes said:
06 May 2014 @ 08:11

About 10 seconds of fame here too, doing a can-can style exercise with my hotel colleagues on Brighton seafront for the Green Goddess.

eggcup said:
06 May 2014 @ 09:44

Well done, Sandra. You came across very well and intelligently. My husband also thoroughly agreed with your comments. I admire your confidence; I hate being in front of a camera. But you're a natural.

SandrainAlgorfa said:
06 May 2014 @ 10:18

@galaxy59 You would love the drive. My email address is Message me when you know what's happening and we'll take it from there.

SandrainAlgorfa said:
06 May 2014 @ 11:12

@eggcup Oh, thank you! I'm blushing now! Funnily enough, I was nervous before the recording, but once I got chatting with the presenter, I was fine. He was rather lovely!

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