Who listens to the radio?

We’re very busy getting everything in place for the Treadlie Bike Hub which kicks off on February 14th. I dropped in to 3RRR on Monday to chat with Kulja Coulston on the Grapevine about the TBH and bikes in Melbourne in general. If you’re a regular listener to the Grapevine you’ll know what a great programme it is.  You can tune into the podcast here if you want.

The Grapevine with Kulja Coulston on 3RRR Monday February 10th 2013

Paul & Charlie Farren on the Yarra Bike Radio Show on 3CR

The Farren Collection

Paul and Charlie Farren are bicycling royalty in Melbourne. They’ve been advocating for bicycles for decades and there aren’t many organizations, clubs, associations with anything to do with bicycles in which they haven’t been, or still are, actively involved. They also just happen to have one of the most amazing bicycle collections in the world.

The Farren collection is housed in a museum in Richmond, Melbourne and is rarely open to the public. We featured the collection in Treadlie magazine in 2012 and it was at an even earlier shoot for a Treadlie centrefold that I first had the opportunity to check out the bicycles in the collection. Occasionally, bicycles are brought out for the Melbourne Tweed Ride and various exhibitions, for Paul and Charlie the bicycles are very much there to be enjoyed, within the limits imposed by their age and condition.

The Collector: Paul & Charlie Farren Issue 10 Treadlie Magazine

Recently the collection was captured for Bicycling Through Time: The Farren Collection, a stunning book that documents not only the bicycles but the stories of their previous owners, of Paul and Charlie’s adventures chasing them down and of their place in history, socially and mechanically.

Val and I invited Paul and Charlie on to the Yarra Bike Radio Show to chat about the collection and the book but, alas, there is only so much you can cover in a half-hour radio show.

Paul and Charlie have very kindly decided to open the museum for two hours on Saturday, especially for listeners of the show. Its a very rare opportunity to check out the collection and, if you’re so inclined, buy a signed copy of the book.

Paul & Charlie Farren on the Yarra Bike Radio Show on 3CR

In the meantime you can listen to the podcast of the show with Paul and Charlie here.

All the questions

As someone who regularly has to think about what questions to ask an interview subject I’ve often wondered how those questions appear to the subject themselves. Sometimes when a writer hands in a story I’ve comissioned, I’ll find myself trying to work out what questions they asked from the story they’ve handed in. I know, its almost impossible to do so, but still find myself quizzing over it. Email interviews are the worst, your questions are there, set in stone so to speak, and evoke often very different reactions than if the same questions had been part of a conversation.

So, its a novel experience to be on the receiving end. When I was contacted by A City with Quirk for an interview I thought it might be a bit of fun. The questions that were sent to me, from writer Mark Lawrence, showed someone had done their research, enough so that I felt compelled to put a bit more effort into my responses. What I really enjoyed about it was coming away from the experience feeling that I’d discovered something new! Great questions can force you to consider connections, in this case, between different areas of work, in a way that you haven’t before. I think as an interviewer you’d have to be pretty happy with that!

If you’d like to read the interview you can do so here.