The Chinese section of the BBC got in touch after the new Sheep Coin from The Royal Mint was released on the 1st September, and invited me to visit. What a wonderful day out!

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I saw the stage where they present breakfast TV and the weather cubicles, and many people looking very serious, typing away at hubs of information. Apparently there used to be 43 different languages spoken in the BBC, now cut back to 30. Upstairs was the radio channels which were very funky and with a great view. Of course I had to pretend to be a rock star for a minute or two before we got to work…

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Jacky (Chuanzi Xing) interviewed me about the commission, asking me how my printmaking interest first started, and whether being a mix of Chinese British has influenced me in any way. She was very cool, calm and professional with perfect English, so it was easy to chat to her. You can read her interview here (it’s in Chinese but google translate gives you an idea of what we talked about). There is also a link to my description of the sheep personality here (sounding very serious even though I’m making it up!)

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The Royal Mint had couriered a gold-plated solid-silver coin over to the BBC for the interview, but of course, being a lump of metal arriving in the National Headquarters of information meant that it was a potential bomb threat, and had to undergo extensive tests before it made it inside!

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It was worth the wait, and the gold contrasted nicely with the reflection of the BBC’s red upholstery, which picked out the detail in the landscape well.

IMG_6166_eI’d brought along a coin from the Year of the Horse with me, so we put them side by side to compare. They looked pretty handsome in their cases, and I began to see the fun behind collecting.

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Looking forward to the next coin now: the Year of the Monkey. Should be lots of fun!

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Photo courtesy of Chuanzi Xing, BBC

To read the interviews please see

http://www.bbc.co.uk/zhongwen/simp/uk/2014/09/140906_iv_sheep_coin_designer.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ukchina/simp/uk_life/2014/09/140904_life_sheep_coin_wuongen_ho.shtml

And to see the CCTV (China Central TV) video and interview please see here

http://english.cntv.cn/2014/09/01/VIDE1409573879279610.shtml

http://english.cntv.cn/2014/09/01/VIDE1409573879279610.shtml#.VAZD60P2J1A.facebook

And finally the BBC Radio Oxford Malcolm Boyden show interviewed me on Tuesday 2/9/14 at 2:20- 2:25 (two hours and 20 mins into the programme) about sheep related things…

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