It’s 5am and I’m awake because?
Because it’s Murphy’s Law that when you really need to get a good night’s sleep – you won’t. I’m off to Melbourne today with Brad and Ava to do two days of media for Find Your Tribe. There’ll be some bookstore visits. An interview with the Herald Sun (or Sun Herald … I get confused), an ABC Breakfast Radio thing with Red Symons and a live appearance on The Circle on Tuesday (Channel 10, 10-Midday).
I think I’m looking forward to The Circle most of all and not just because I know one of the lovely hosts – Ms Chrissie Swan (who is in person exactly how she comes across on the teev: laugh-out-loud funny and utterly genuine). No, I’m a bit of a Circle fan. 10am is when Ava goes down for her sleep, so I’ll often put it on and listen to it while I’m writing, emailing, cleaning kitchen, picking food off Buster’s head (thrown there by Ava in her highchair). What I like about it is that the four female hosts have proven that you don’t need conflict and bitchiness for a women’s panel show to work. You don’t need the The View’s Elizabeth vs Rosie dynamic. The Circle works because the women are authentic, they’re from the same tribe and the focus is on laughter not squabbling. Sure they’re all different with different backgrounds but at the risk of sounding hokey, the focus is on joy. Not controversy. And whoever thought to put Yumi Stynes on morning television deserves a frickin’ TV award. She’s HILARIOUS and totally unpredictable and just a little bit wicked. So I watch Denise and Gorgi and Yumi and Chrissie and I think, “Yeah, I reckon they’d be from my tribe” – because they’re inclusive and funny and not afraid to be themselves. That’s why I like the show. That’s why it works. Here’s hoping I don’t completely screw up on Tuesday. xxx
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Over the past 25 years Rebecca Sparrow has earned a living as a travel writer, a television publicist, a marketing executive, a magazine editor, a TV scriptwriter, a radio producer, a newspaper columnist and as an author.