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Billy 2.0 – Blogging on the BBC

Sorry for the lack of updates recently – in the last month I’ve celebrated my birthday, Christmas and danced in an RAF Uniform on New Year’s Eve. When fellow BBC employee Damon Rose asked me to join him in Broadcasting House for an interview for the Ouch! podcast, I couldn’t say no. I also wrote

Billy 2.0 – The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

Kaspar Hauser was a mysterious teenage boy who appeared in the streets of Nuremberg in 1828, with limited vocabulary and understanding of the world. He claimed that he’d been imprisoned in a cellar most of his life with nothing but a wooden horse to play with. History has revealed he was probably a fantasist, but

Billy 2.0 – Coming up on an E

I’ve been switched on for a couple of days now. After a great deal of reflection, I’ve realised that the only way to explain what I’ve been through is by using drug references. So be warned: this article contains references to consumption of illegal drugs and their effects on the brain. It may also make

Billy 2.0 – ACTIVATE!

A month since the operation, and I feel fine. There is however one unfortunate side effect which I need to share with you. I can’t blow my nose properly. If I sneeze with my mouth closed, or blow my nose REALLY REALLY HARD, I feel this sudden POP under the skin of my skull covering

Lord Jack Ashley of Stoke: The Measure of the Man

F Scott Fitzgerald once wrote: ‘There are no second acts in American lives.” He never met Jack Ashley, an Englishman who had a second, third, fourth, even fifth act in his life. He was a man who came from a Widnes slum to sitting in the House of Lords. It was a life very well

Billy 2.0 – One Week After the Operation

A week after my operation I went back to the hospital. They took the dressings off, did an X-ray and told me I was allowed to wash all the matted blood and dried gunk out of my hair at last. They’ve given me a list of dates from now until March when I’ll have to

Billy 2.0 – Failing Ugly

So, I’ve had the operation, and I feel pretty good, considering. I’m trying to stick to my policy of full disclosure as much as possible without dissembling or rationalising. Especially important in this post, as I’ll be talking about the operation I’ve just been through, and the side effects I’m now living with for the

Billy 2.0 – The Elephant in the Room

It’s time we talked about the elephant in the room. I believe there are people out there who don’t agree with my decision to have a cochlear implant. It’s been interesting to see people’s reactions when I tell them I’m having a bionic ear put in. The looks of mild disappointment, the tacit silences, noncommital

Why I haven’t used crowdfunding to pay for my next film… yet

I’ve been lucky enough to get money from various people – The BBC, Channel 4, the NDCS, Jack Ashley, the UK Film Council, Film London and BSLZone – to make various films over the years. I’ve never had to resort to writing letters asking for loans (OK, just the once, and I paid him back)