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I tried tuning in from Leningrad for the 1968 Cup Final. Bad reception, worse result. [nt]
1959-73 on ships that early on were away for loooong periods. The only thing we had to keep up with footie and the Top 20 was that. It was mostly horrible reception but so what! I listened to the 66 Cup Final at about 3am in the middle of the Pacific. It was actually the next day to you lot. However, Iím 77 soon so #### that licence fee!!!!!
My most important English teacher was Paddy Feeny.
I started listening to the BBC World Service's Saturday Special on short waves in 1977. I had studied English at school, but as a 13 years old kid, I had learned more English from the Beatles's songs than at school. Listening to the programme became a habit that I rarely missed. At some point I noticed that until the late 90's, I had spent more Saturday afternoons with Paddy Feeny than with my then wife, a long-time girlfriend before that.
Through the broadcast I also learnt to tell many British dialects from each other, although in the beginning I understood hardly anything. For example, during the first half Paddy kept talking about "our commentary game" (which was live during the second half), and I kept wondering why he said so, when it then wasn't a Coventry game.
Until the late 80's, the Soviet disturbed the radio waves heavily, and I had to adjust the channel all the time, constantly turning the button a micrometer to right and left. It happened more than once, that Paddy said: "I hear there's been a goal at Goodison, so let's go there. Jimmy Armfield", and the next thing happening is a diesel motor starts banging. When it was over, it was back to Paddy in the studio again, and I didn't know whether we had scored or conceded.
Writing this, I get a bit sentimental, as I can hear in my head the words "BBC World Service, Radio Two. This is London", and then the band starts Lilliburlerlo...