Well, I talked about it. Talked about it. Talked about it. Talked about it.
And now I present. The first episode of the Type O +VE (Typo Positive) podcast.
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In the first episode I interview John Lavery about his life as a typewriter mechanic. He shares with us a few stories of his time in Olivetti in Australia, and gives us a look into the workshop conditions of Remington in Glasgow. After that, I make my first jab at a workshop session, where I talk about polishing up the carriage rails on an Underwood 5 so that it runs smoothly.
The first episode isn’t perfect. I’ve learned a few lessons while recording the interviews and workshop sessions that will hopefully make future episodes vastly improved. Also, the first episode clocks in at a bit over 45 minutes. I aim to keep it under an half hour in the future, even though I personally mostly listen to podcasts that last for about an hour.
What was worse, was that as recording progressed in the scheduled time I had for it I progressively suffered from a virus that blocked up my nose, and left me sounding more Truman Capote than Clive James. But I pressed on – determined to finish the first episode that had already been delayed 5 months because of work pressures.
So, despite internet drop outs, low flying planes and interrupted recordings in the workshop, Skype audio handling doing weird things (you can hear my voice echoing back occasionally from John’s computer as I interview him, while Skype ‘auto corrected’ audio levels – often badly)…. I got there. I even composed my own music for the show using the loops system on Garage Band on my iPad.
So pop off and have a listen. These will get better as we go. The podcast isn’t likely to be a regular event, but I’ll try and get in as many as I can. Hopefully I can organise one per month.
I’d like to say a big thank you to John for being my first guest.
Have fun! Hope to interview you all soon.