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  I am the new speaking clock voice
Updated 13 October 2003, 17.43
Alicia is the new voice of the speaking clock
Alicia has recorded the speaking clock to raise cash for the charity Childline.

Her voice will be on the end of the line for the next seven days, 24 hours a day.

"I entered the competition because I thought it would be fun and interesting. Plus it's part of history and I want to be a part of that.

I use the speaking clock quite a lot cos I don't wear a watch!

Record

I'm not sure why I was chosen but Brian, the original speaking clock voice, was one of the main judges on the panel and said I won the competition because I had a warm comforting voice.

Alicia records
I went to record the words for the clock in a studio in Shepherds Bush in London. I was there for a day but it only took half a day really - we were also recording the news story to go out on Newsround.

First of all we did all the minutes, all the hours, all the seconds and the 'o'clocks' and 'precisely'. And then they chopped up my voice and put it together to make the time over 24 hours.

I sounded weird!

Although I hadn't practiced I was very nervous and when it was played back to me in the studio I thought "Oh no, that's too weird!".

It didn't sound much like my voice at all. I thought I sounded too high pitched!

Recording the speaking clock wasn't scary - I quite enjoyed it and I thought it was a lot of fun.

I've told all my friends about. Though I want them to ring in to raise money for charity it might be a bit embarrassing.

I've already had a bit of teasing from one friend but they're all very supportive."

Alicia, 12, Brookfield


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