Last November, I appeared on BBC Radio Newcastle and a journalist from the Hexham Courant heard the broadcast. He then did an article about me. Then his colleague Emma Andrews decided that it might be good to do a lifestyle piece for the glossy magazine Tynedale Life. I duly did the interview and had the photos taken. The months (and issues) passed. And I forgot about it.
Then last week, the latest issue appeared. The paperboy never brings it as it is far too heavy and if you want it, you must pick it up from the newsagent. Therefore, I tended to think that not many people read the magazine.
Last Friday, I happened to be going to the RNA Northumberland meeting and giving a lift to two writers who live in Hexham.
'I saw the article in the magazine and brought a copy.'
'You mean the Guardian,' I said trying to concentrate on the road as it was rather busy and I was not quite sure where we were going. 'Oh I have a copy from the Internet.'
'No, Tynedale Life. My husband read the article aloud to me, it is lovely and has lots of photos.'
I managed not to hit any cars in my surprise but it was a close run thing.
Anyway, I have spent a good deal of the week as I went around Hexham, having sales assistants and others say that they saw the article. The girl in the pet shop said that she read everything. And the hairdresser said that she just liked the magazine. The women in the hairdressers agreed with her. Someone had even seen it and mentioned it when I was on the train down to London. So much for my thinking that no one reads the magazine. And it is a good magazine -- full of uplifting articles.
You can see the article here. It starts on page 18.