Me, Myself and MRI

Published Monday, 10 September 2012
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Sunday nights have traditionally been for relaxing. Seriously - it's as much as I can do to raise a cup of tea to my lips, or even eat a biscuit.

But since April, that has all changed.

Since I agreed to take part in Royal Does Strictly, at the request of my friend Tara Mills.

This is a big night to raise money for the MRI Scanner at the Children's Hospital, and involves hard working consultants dancing with media folk.

Every Sunday night between 7.30pm and 9.30pm we meet, my fellow dancers and I.

And while most have mastered the cha cha with ease, after almost 4 weeks working abroad for UTV I missed out on crucial practice.

I cannot get it no matter how hard I try. Mallett, on the other hand, is flying. And that's despite being away longer than me. He is doing so well that I am consumed with jealousy.

But I won't feel sorry for myself, I'm saving my sympathy for my poor dance partner. Finbarr is an anaesthetist and it's likely he'll need to use his skills to knock himself out after our dance to have his feet seen to.

I am not a natural mover, as any of my fellow dancers will testify.

But tough as this is, the children who need MRI scans know the real meaning of tough.

For the next 8 weeks I'll just grit my teeth and hope by some miracle to be transformed into Flavia.

Or at the very least Anne Widdecombe.

Now even THAT would be an improvement.

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Alison Fleming
Alison Fleming

Alison Fleming is a presenter and journalist at UTV who worked for a wide range of news outlets before joining UTV in 1998.

Her career highlights include interviewing Lord Attenborough and Shirley Maclaine in Belfast and hosting UTV's coverage of the MTV EMAs.

In her spare time, she likes to run and has completed a number of marathons.

Her motto is 'Everyone's different - if we were all the same there'd be no need for assorted biscuits.'

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