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Blast reporter Kerry Gill

Kerry's Diary

By Blast reporter Kerry Gill
Find out what has been happening for me in my final week of Blast at BBC Coventry & Warwickshire. This week; a night recording a music video, a road trip to Preston and preparing to say goodbye. Grab a tissue because this is an emotional one!

This week has been a strange one for me as it’s been my last here at BBC Coventry & Warwickshire. It’s odd to get used to something so quickly and then have to leave it. I can’t quite believe it’s the end of my summer already, where did it go? Did we actually have any sunshine at all? In a lot of ways I feel like I’ve been at home and working here forever, but at the same time it’s like I only just walked through the door yesterday. Odd to leave it now when I’ve only just found my feet and start another year of university.

Girl dancing
Dancing at The Big Dance

On the work side of things it’s not been too demanding and I’ve had a lot of fun. On Tuesday night I went along to the Hope and Anchor pub in Coventry city centre to watch young indie band The Enemy make their first music video. Luckily some friends were also going which meant I didn’t have to go alone, or worse try and convince people to come along to keep me company. The night was great fun, despite the tiny room and very hot atmosphere. It didn’t feel like working at all and I think had I not been working I still would have gone along anyway.

There was a small grasp of that celebrity status as the band were introduced by Bonehead of ex-Oasis fame. For a friend of mine this was clearly a huge moment in his life and he managed to get a picture taken with him. Personally I was quite content stood in my corner watching and taking notes.

Kerry tries her hand at DJing
DJing with the 2006 Blast Academy

Apart from that the week has been a quiet one, unless you count helping my friend move into her new flat in Preston, a long day of traffic jams, torrential rain, and re-arranging the smallest room with the most items! It’s made me start to think about packing up my own belongings again and preparing to move into my new flat in Bournemouth. I honestly can’t imagine how I managed it last time and in a week I’ll be doing it again.

I’ll be leaving a lot of things behind me, not just family, friends and the clothes that I couldn’t squash into my suitcases, but my time here at the BBC as well. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself working here and made some good friends though I’m sure my mentor will be looking forward to a slightly less manic life! It’s given me a good insight into what a real job outside of university will be like. If I ever got to work here again I’d be extremely lucky. I really have had an amazing experience with my placement which is what it’s all about. I’ve had the opportunity to do a lot of things that I would never have done before, and I’ve had a lot of responsibility too which has been fantastic.

Blast Academy filming
Filming with the Blast Academy

When I started Blast back in July, I thought it would be going out, finding stories and putting them on the website but I didn’t realise just how much I would enjoy doing it, how nice it would feel for someone to comment on the work I did and to know that someone was reading what I had written. I’ve met some fantastic people this summer both in the BBC Coventry & Warwickshire office and through interviews. It’s given me a lot of confidence to work on my own and a desire to do something more in the future.

To see everything I've done click on the A-Z of Blast link on the right-hand side of the page.

So, I’ll leave you here on my last diary entry with a huge thank you to everyone at BBC Coventry & Warwickshire, everyone involved in Blast and anyone who has read these pages. Thanks for putting up with me and I hope that you will get to hear more from me in the future! Check back here during the rest of the year and the next when you will get to meet your 2007 Blast reporter who I’m sure will give you an interesting summer.

I’ve had a blast!

last updated: 15/09/06
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