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Waiting in Dublin's boutique Dylan hotel, I was excited about interviewing my late grandmother's favourite television personality. Bibi was part of my childhood -- a touch of glamour on a Saturday night.
But little did I know that the scarlet upholstery in the hotel's front bar would soon be matched, figuratively speaking, by blood on the carpet -- mine. Dressed in a sharply tailored cappuccino suit and a pair of killer black stilettos, Bibi swirled into the room. We shook hands, but then my well-intended compliment on her elegant dress was met with an icy stare.
Lovely to meet you," I smiled.
Perhaps we just need to get warmed up, I thought, as she walked outside to get her picture taken on the front steps of the hotel. After snapping Bibi in a few poses, the photographer called it a wrap and she turned to join me on the front terrace. Again I complimented her on her revamped image, but I got no reaction.
We made our way over to a quiet table on the veranda and I took a seat beside Bibi, while an RTE press officer -- who later had to step in like a referee in a prize fight -- looked on. From the moment I switched on the tape recorder, our encounter descended from suspicion into barely concealed hostility on Bibi's part. I wasn't to know it, but her last two interviews on RTE television -- first with Pat Kenny two years ago, and then again last Saturday week with Miriam O'Callaghan, had left her defensive and deeply wary.
Behind the painted smile for the cameras, Bibi was infuriated to be asked what she calls "the dirty little question" by Miriam. The "dirty little question" being why there is no man in her life. And so even though I didn't intend to ask anything along those lines, I got a glimpse of the hot-headed Bibi. Was it something I said? So why did you decide to take on this project? It was offered to me. It was that simple. Because I'm connected to hotels and I'm passionate about hotels.
So it seemed to fit. And I think the third reason is because it's live, and I've always particularly liked live television.
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And really that was it. I mean, there was no great think process because I'm afraid I don't really do life that way. So if you've come looking for, 'What's the plan? And how many years have you been living in India now?
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How are you finding life over there? Why would I stay seven years [otherwise]? What's so good about it? Well, most people like the weather. I don't particularly like the sun. But it is 30 degrees every day of the year, which is a great attraction for a lot of people.
For me, it's the people. South Indian people are very gentle, and I think when you live there you start to realise just how aggressive Western people are. And how nasty they can be. There's just a friendliness and warmth to South Indians, and they don't have ulterior motives to the degree that people have here. And they have a great tolerance. With the risk of sounding boring, the history of India shows that it's one of great tolerance -- of religion and belief.
And India has been invaded over the centuries so often -- by Muslims, by European people and the rest of it -- and yet they live pretty much harmoniously together.
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Do you think [the Irish] have become a bit more aggressive in the past couple of years? I think what I have noticed has changed in Ireland more than anything is that nobody has time for anything. Especially not time for people. I think that's terribly sad.
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I've got used to living with people who would always make time and who would consider it very rude if you said, 'Could I possibly see you tomorrow? So do you feel more, I don't know if it's more 'wanted' over there or that you fit in more over there, more so than you would over here? I'm not that desperate. No, I mean that people make time for you over there and people make more of an effort to see you over there, where people here are just so focused on their own lives.
No, it doesn't bother me that much -- if people don't have time, they don't have time -- it's not going to make me feel particularly bad. I just think it's terribly sad to see people rushing all the time. And you talked about ulterior motives there as well. Show business is a tough business, did you find it [tough]? No, not here, not as much. I would find interviewers perhaps more than anybody else, coming with their ulterior motives I understand you got into that when you went over to India?
I've been into that for 20 years now. Long before I went over to India. And you were talking about bringing it to Ireland as well? I started becoming familiar with that system of health in Ireland, and the reason I went to India seven years ago was to learn more about it. The Irish connection there that you're talking about -- I put out my back for the first time ever and I went looking for some sort of Ayurveda centre in Ireland, and I found a fabulous one in a five-star hotel in Cork called the Kingsley hotel.
So I went there and it worked terrifically well, and then I got to know the family. And I would go there for my Ayurveda treatments even though we do it in the hotel in India. It's a bit like the shoemaker always wearing the worst shoes in town -- we could have the Ayurveda treatments in India in the hotel, but I would still prefer to do it on holiday.
So I would go to this place in Cork and have treatments there, and that's really the Irish connection that you're talking about. I had read somewhere that you wanted to bring it here at some stage?
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In May I started sourcing the oils. I bring the oils from Kerala, where I live in India -- which is the home of Ayurveda, 5, years ago -- and I source staff for them. Because the staff are all Indian in that hotel and they're fully qualified Ayurveda staff and they have to come and go, so that's the connection. Do you think there's a big market for that here? Do you think it will catch on? I think there's such a huge market for spas in Ireland, that was another big change, there's a huge market for pampering and spas -- but all the spas in the Republic seem to be to product-led, so 'you come to my spa because we have certain products', but this one is the only one in the Republic that is actually led by a system of medicine and that system of medicine is the one that started 5, years ago.
So you do think there is a market? I think there is a market and I think it's growing. Also, when I was doing some research prior to our meeting, I noticed you talked a lot about liking solitude as well. Oh, that was years ago. That's all changed now. Sorry to be so rude [picking up her phone and texting], it's been a hell of a day. Normally the days are very quiet. It's all changed because there are one thousand million people in India I hope I don't need to say more on that.
I used to, but it's gone forever now. You just can't be alone in India. When I would come home there were flights to Sligo airport, my sister would pick me up, and we would drive through these Irish towns at six in the evening, and I still say to myself today, 'Where are the human beings? Where are the human beings? I read that you said sometimes you want to be on your own, you hate being in other people's company. I hate to have company when I'm not in the mood. This is why I don't do interviews.
I have never said I hate being in other people's company. Where did you read that? I can get it for you again. It's just that I heard you said you sometimes like being alone, you don't like being around other people Don't read a load of shite that is perhaps misquoted by other people and assume that that is the truth.
That's why I'm asking you. I cannot imagine any time in my life that I would say I 'hate' being in other people's company.
So do you think you get a hard time in the media? No, not in recent times. It is just that 'solitude' was a key theme that came up. What are we talking about? I'm just trying to build up a general picture of you. Isn't this article supposed to be about a programme about entertainment, Failte Towers, and why I went to India? So can you please tell me what this has to do with solitude of years ago?
I'm just trying to build up a picture of you. You can appreciate that, being in the [media]. This article was based on the premise that it was about And I'll ask you about that as well, but you know yourself Bibi, you've been in the media for years now. I thought we laid down terms of reference. I think that Niamh is just maybe referring to things that had appeared before. It's just nice to build a bit of colour.
I'm not going to make you answer anything. If you don't want to say something, just say, 'Look I don't want to talk about it. I just think it's not what we agreed to do.
That's fine; do you want to move on then? He is a very practical guy, full of positivity and like a breath of fresh air every time we meet him. I remember when the storm clouds first came in on the economy we were listening to a national radio station and heard Louis being interviewed with loaded questions of doom and gloom.
Doreen going that extra mile! It was so refreshing to hear such a simple solution and both Greg and I vowed we would do the same. This was over two years ago; our alarm clock goes off now at 6am every morning; we are at our desks for 7. Greg, our Ringmaster, drums into us the value of customer service and going that extra mile for clients.
Because of this we have all become great practitioners of going that extra mile for clients. She took time out for a client and then went that extra little bit to record the successful event. For me this photo sums up going that extra mile for a customer.
There are other things we have done within Fuzion. I joke that I dropped a dress size for a client!!! Well my client Kate, was starting a really fab weight loss programme DietDeli.