My Dubai eye radio interview! Click to listen….

Posted on July 14th, 2009 by Jim

I’ve just had permission granted by the John Deykin’s Saturday extra’s team to share last Saturday’s radio interview with you. It covers the story so far, flowers through to coffee and discussing the pro’s and con’s of a community website.

Just click on this link: grab a coffee and listen in – it’s 45 minutes long!


All content copyright ARN : The Saturday Extra show with John Deykin.

It was recorded live, with no idea of the questions that came in the middle of the flowers / coffee debacle.


It’s not perfect by any stretch but a great start in sharing my passion and qualifying the recent events in my life.


Thanks for listening, thanks to John and the team of Dubai eye and I welcome your comments here! Thanks.

31 Responses to “My Dubai eye radio interview! Click to listen….”

  1. Jo Parfitt says:

    I can hardly believe that several years have passed since I first spoke to Jim about his idea for a book, based on his experiences with Emma and their travel adventure. This was before the blog. Before the community. Before GSTC. Before we spent many hours and many drafts working on Go Smell the Flowers, together with Emma. It was not until a year ago that I met them both. Jim’s drive, passion and enthusiasm has not waned. His belief in smelling both flowers and coffee is writ large on his forehead. He walks his talk and wears his heart on his sleeve. As someone who has been involved in some small way with this from the start, I know how much this means to him. I, for one, cannot wait for the book to see the light of day and for the world’s nose to start to twitch with anticipation.

    • Jim says:

      Thanks for dropping by Jo – you were one of the early writers at GO! Smell the flowers and as expat inspirer you do exactly that!

      The last 4 years have flown by and I well remember pacing around the balacony in Cyprus to you whilst you were in Holland, willing to take a look at our fragmented effort of a book….

      Thanks again for your support and we’re looking forward to getting GSTF back, launching the book and cracking on.

      Coffee it is , then!

  2. Jim,

    You actually have a voice and a very nice one!! I’m really glad that you put the link in the post as I was unable to find access to it. 45 minutes went by quickly, but, of course, coffee helped as did your soothing voice. It was a great interview and that for the suprising mention.

    .-= Clinically Clueless´s last blog ..My 42 Day Adventure!!! =-.

    • Jim says:

      Hi CC…

      Glad you listened and sorry I couldn’t post it sooner….the mad thing was I had no idea what questions were coming up and John Deykin was a great host to bring out the contents of my head!

      I’ve another radio gig lined up at the middle of next week and will keep you posted…..!

      Glad you liked the mention – you, if anyone, deserves that and thank you.

  3. ‘Nice haircut, Jim’ — great radio.

    Should’ve replied with ‘Nice notice, John’
    .-= O’DB in the Forest´s last blog ..Lib and Kathleen are now friends =-.

  4. Good interview Jim – your story & you came across well.

    John Deykin mentioned the American composer Steve Reich. I just saw him opening the Manchester International Festival with a specially commissioned piece entitled 2×5 composed & directed by Steve Reich & played by Bang on a Can; opened proceedings before Kraftwerk took to the stage.

    Impressive stuff.

    [BTW, Rufus Wainwright's opera 'Prima Donna' was great; & his intimate (400 capacity) solo set on Sunday night was also ace - very talented, great voice & dueted with his equally talented mum, Kate McGarrigle, for a cpl of songs.]
    .-= O’DB in the Forest´s last blog ..Lib and Kathleen are now friends =-.

    • Jim says:

      Cheers O’DB…..that Manchester festival sounded great, gutted I missed the Rufus solo set….here is with with Moby n Sean Lennon:


  5. oh 45 minutes is too long for me! Is there a transcript?

    • Jim says:

      LOL Hannah – but here goes:

      2 people meet with similar interest.

      Quit their jobs, sell belongings and travel.
      Try stuff like raw food, reiki, colonics, crystals, yoga.

      They keep journals – combine them and get them edited – call book GO! Smell the flowers an dbuy ISBN #.

      Domain is bought, website hosted, photos shown an blog is started.

      Affiliate florist is chosen.

      Flowers are sold, flowers are donated, content could be better. We visit Mumbai twice an donce I go alone, stay at OSHO and meet Dalia Lama.

      Aforementioned couple return to Doobye, qualify is life coaches – she doe sit for a living, he goes back to construction.

      Community is formed.

      Project loses the essence for florist.

      Florist pulls out, hands equity back then changes mind.

      Domain is held hostage – $50,000 etc etc.
      Bloke goes on radio in a bid to get it released.
      Twitter, facebook and this safe house of a community blog that was once flowers.

      That’s about it, really.

  6. Sarah says:

    Difficult keeping two rowdy boys quiet whilst i listened to you Jim, but you where sincere, articulate and ever the professional!!. Well done, hope things work out for you.

  7. Lib says:

    Fair play Jim, cracking interview all told. And it adds a lot of clarity to the whole situation.

    Back to basics, I sure winner.

  8. Gareth in Thailand says:

    Web site demanding 9US$ membership fee for anyone in China or South East Asia. Sorry mate, I’m not that keen to here you drone on, done it too many times before in Watergate’s, Harkers, Golden Eagle et al….

  9. Kathleen says:

    He said you are inspirational! How cool. Very nicely done. I look forward to the next interview.
    .-= Kathleen´s last blog ..Grab Some Health News – Breast cancer, Obesity, and Healthcare Reform =-.

  10. Purple13 says:

    I promise i’ll try to listen to it by the end of the week – between end of school year activities, daily doctors appts and work of course, i’d be as happy to find five spare minutes as a fiver on the ground at the moment.

    .-= Purple13´s last blog ..How do we measure blog post failure? =-.

    • Jim says:

      No worries Purple – people have lives to lead!

      • Leeba says:

        I’ll be telling otrehs about your site I already have many of the books you list thanks for telling me about otrehs to obtain.I already have bought many, many books for my grandchildren. I just became a Great Grandmother!Books are valuable.Thanks,JunePS I replied on another place as well.

  11. Mark in Peru says:

    Hey Jim,

    The passion you show for this whole project is inspiring. You have put an enormous amount of energy into it and have faced a lot of criticism recently.

    In terms of turning it into a viable business, whether or not it is possible I have no idea, but I do not think there is anything wrong with making money out of something that is also trying to bring something positive to people’s lives.

    The 2 do not have to be independent of each other. We all have to live in the real world and to do that requires money.
    .-= Mark in Peru´s last blog ..Kathleen and Clinically Clueless are now friends =-.

  12. Joanne says:

    Can’t wait to hear the interview – travelling at the moment and not enough time to sit down with the coffee and concentrate so will do it when back home!
    Jim and I did Mount Kilimanjaro together a few years ago and he was just amazing – truly inspirational and a great companion. Friend for life stuff!

  13. Stewart says:

    Hi Jim,

    The radio interview was good to hear and gave your online audience a chance to put a voice to the name.

    I have been involved with this project from the outset from a branding perspective and can confirm that I am glad the debacle is coming to an end and you are to get your domain back in full. As your innovative original idea combined with your unrelenting passion for the community it serves should not be restrained.

    Good luck moving forward!!

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