A short time ago in my blog I mentioned Greg Dion from ‘100 cups’. To refresh your memory (or tell you for the first time, depending whether you’re new to me or not) he’s set up a campaign of his own with the goal of meeting 100 people for a cup of tea. While a lot of us use sites like Facebook & Twitter it’s slowly taking over the way we interact. I for example would much rather just write on someones wall than call them. It’s not so much laziness but taking advantage of convenience. It’s getting to the point where I probably take advantage of it a little too much. That’s why I agreed to meet Greg and help him reach his goal.
Over a cup of tea at the Shakespeare’s Head in Carnaby Street we spoke about our goals and a little about ourselves. It was a welcomed break from the computer and a great experience to be part of something so great in it’s simplicity. If you like Danny Wallace and/or Dave Gorman then definitely check out Greg and be one of the 100 cups.
It’s always good to talk about ideas you have and today was no exception. Greg asked if I’d contacted any radio stations. I have to an extent but not in a great depth. He suggested that we take a short walk towards BBC radio and ask to speak to someone who could help us. That short walk later (which was actually not so short) we ended up at ‘a’ BBC radio building. Radio 2 & 6 to be exact. After explaining to them what I was up to they redirected me to BBC radio 1, I gave them a card and we went on our way. After a repeated conversation in the 2nd BBC building we finally found Radio 1 HQ and were informed that the BBC “don’t do that sort of thing”. A little bit strange but I suppose 2 guys wandering in throwing something like this at them must come across a little odd. I left them a card and we left the building. Greg then spotted a woman about to enter the building and we got talking to her. She’d just started work there and said a good bet would be to hang around and wait for a DJ to walk in or out. Fearne Cotton was due fairly soon and we might be able to catch her. Unfortunately I didn’t catch her name but thank you lovely lady for the tip.
Now, here’s where I’m a tiny bit disappointed in myself. I didn’t wait around for Fearne. The thought of me stopping her, explaining myself and asking for her help was more daunting than I could handle. So, Fearne, if you ever see me know that I could’ve been that weirdo screaming ‘get me a job’ but instead saved you from such an ordeal. Paint me yellow, call me chicken etc I just wasn’t feeling right about it.
All in all we handed out a load of business cards and got networking face to face. In a way it was a meeting of both of our campaigns. The ‘getting a job’ aspect for me and the ‘real life interaction’ for Greg. A proper good result.
Oh yeah, I forgot… I know this probably seems irrelevant and somewhat stupid but whilst looking at a map on my phone a man asked us if we were lost and gave us directions. When does that ever happen? What a nice man.