"After stuffing myself with Breakfast, I've decided it's time for some Lunch," says Declan Curry…
For the last eight years I've been getting up for work in the middle of the night, as the business presenter on "Breakfast" on BBC One. The hours may be anti-social, but I've been incredibly lucky: I've had a fascinating job, I've worked with colleagues who are much smarter than I am, I've met the most interesting people and I've had loyal and frank viewers who weren't shy to say what they thought (however brutal!)
And it looks like my luck has held, because Working Lunch has all that, and more.
I asked one of my best friends in TV how he would describe me. He said I'm not afraid of "looking like an idiot". What I'm hoping he meant is that I'm not afraid to ask simple, direct questions. I don't think interviews are an excuse for presenters to show off. If you want peacocks, go to the zoo. It's all about finding out the information you need to navigate this increasingly-complicated world.
So what else can I tell you? My first paid job (as a school boy) was with a company that sold cash machines. The boss had set up the company himself, and was one of those guys who had a million ideas a minute, most of them rubbish but some of them real gems. He taught me to back your own hunches even if no-one else believed in them. And always deliver for your customers.
I've been a hotel toilet cleaner and a building site nipper. But for the last 15 years I've been a journalist. I started off writing snippets for newspaper diaries, then moved to business magazines, national papers, commercial radio and finally the BBC.
I used to play the trombone - badly. I used to speak French - so badly they wished I was playing the trombone instead. I hope to improve on those sometime. As you'll know the moment you see me, I also like my food and drink. I plan to make that less of a spectator sport ...
I'll be honoured if you welcome me into your home or office at lunchtime, or download me when it's convenient later on. But tell me afterwards what you think! Just email or leave a comment on my blog.