Posted by Andy “Why Didn’t I Tell My Therapist All This 15 Years Ago” Bell
A broadcast journalist by profession, a Melburnian by choice and inevitability, a bit of a wag and all too often a dag.
I was born in Fleetwood in the north-west of England in a year far, far away.
Since then I have moved around a bit between then and now.
Blackpool, Sunderland, North London, Swansea, Cardiff, Adelaide, Sydney, Perth, Wollongong and Melbourne.
Very much a bit of a “bitser”.
It’s left me a Welsh speaking, Western Bulldogs, South Sydney & Wales supporting, YouTube cruising, beer drinking, tabouli eating gay bloke. With a twist of a twist.
My first 50 and then some years have left me enthusiastic for The Ting Tings, ga-ga over Yma Sumac, mad about Mabel Mercer and oddly intrigued by R & B.
I love music made well before the year of my birth and know I will adore tunes yet to be written.
All About Andy – or what I will admit at this late stage
Single, but not yet world weary!
I adore cricket, wear tracky-dacks, enjoy a good bacon sandwich and love ironing.
Who’d have thought:
5′ 9″/178 cm, blue eyes, brown hair and one tattoo … not saying where!
I have a Welsh blog – http://anndraobell.wordpress.com/ – the only one in that language that originates from Australia … I think. The blogs are translated via the glory of Google Translate so you can get some vague notion of what those ramblings are about. Much the same as here, but more harp and rugby references.
He is called Tydfil (pr: Tid-ville) and is 30 years old. He knows where all the bodies are buried, but would never dob me in. He was heavily involved with an american bear called Chuck, but that has cooled off a tad. He is now in a menage with Benny Bear & Ferdinand Caswallon. By the way, Tydfil is a girls name, but that’s a long story.
Fave footy players:
The Kiwis’ spinner of balls and hearts Daniel Vettori
Fave Eurovision song:
Un jour, un enfant (A day, a child) A powerful ballad sung with emotional elan by the incomparable Frida Boccara. It was one of the songs involved in a messy 4-way tie in 1969 in Madrid. This was the first ESC I have a clear memory of, although I had watched some of the Royal Albert Hall gig in 1968. As for ESC camp horror – this is up there with the best!! But it makes soooooooooooo much sense in the original Dutch.
The Eurovision Thing
Along with Hikaru Freeman, Andy poured his enthusiasm into JoyEurovision.com in 2012. The result was 30+ hours of podcasts, hours of radio and much enjoyment. It’s about history, pioneers, poltics and technology … and songs.
Views from the left in the US. Whatever your politics there’s always something worth reading here.
Public radio at its finest in the US. All Things Considered & Talk of the Nation my favourite shows.
Australia’s own public broadcaster.
GLBTI news from the US.
What’s going on over the Ditch. Media Watch and Kim Hill well worth a listen.
BBC’s Welsh language site – it’s a home away from home.
Rapal is top show on radio on TV promoting Scottish bands who sing in English and Gaelic. It fosters new talent and is a gem.
For any self-respecting showtune queen.
Bizarre claims to fame:
Have shaken hands with the Dalai Lama, interviewed Britney Spears, Bob Hawke & Eartha Kitt, went to school with Simon le Bon, featured in a cameo role in a TV cartoon.
Roast dinners, Squiggle biscuits (an NZ delicacy), cawl (soup a la Wales), chicken parma done properly, treacle pudding and anything involving burnt cheese
Would never say no to Monteiths beer (NZ), Coopers Pale Ale (SA), a crisp Sauvignon Blanc or a G & T (tall or otherwise)
Fave hang outs:
Bay 23 at Etihad Stadium (Level 3) when the Doggies are woofing, South Melbourne Markets (vegie-buying heaven), Edinburgh Castle on Sydney Road, Fitzroy pubs with parma and bands, second hand cd stores, any book shop.
The Wire, Mad Men, Family Guy (according to the BBC’s Family Guy quiz, I am “urbane, cultured and sensitive” – I’m Brian!), Frontline, Clarke & Dawe (7.30 Report), Curb Your Enthusiasm, 30 Rock, Seven Periods With Mr Gormsby, PBS News Hour, Micallef Program/Pogram/Programme, Insiders.
Joy 94.9 (goes without saying), ABC Radio National, Coodabeen Champions on ABC 774, BBC Radio 4 Extra, National Public Radio (US), WNYC (US), Radio New Zealand.
Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin, Farewell My Lovely by Raymond Chandler, Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray, Iridescence by Peter Wells, anything well researched and written about broadcasting, musicals, trains, cricket and football of all sorts.
Guys & Dolls, Chicago, Urinetown, Merrily We Roll Along – yep, a showtune queen from way back!
Under the doona with freshly laundered sheets … with or without company!
Fave geographic places:
Brunswick West, Fitzroy, Hobart, Napier NZ, West Wales, Dublin
Places still to be tasted:
T-shirts with obscure logos, tatty jeans, leather jacket, Blunnies or Johnny Rebbs. However, can be quite presentable if the need arises. Dead cow is always an option and I have been know to wear a bow-tie AND a vest!
Current appropriated motto or lifestyle support statement:
Cha bhi fios aire math an tobair gus an tràigh e – The value of the well is not known until it goes dry (Scots Gaelic)