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Wordee Number 4 – Cargo

Saturday, November 1st, 2008


Interview number 4 with Jay Martin, who redefined ‘cargo’ and ‘polyamory’ in Cologne, Germany.


Human Wikipedia

First of all I must say, Jay is one of the smartest guys I have ever met!  No matter the topic of conversation (and we covered a lot of topics during the day) he was an expert, from George Orwell to Japanese inventions.  I think he may be the closest thing to a Human Wikipedia.

149 beer

I have now made it to Cologne in Germany, leaving behind the lovely rain of Amsterdam for the…well…cloudiness of Cologne.  Still I cant complain, Cologne is a great place with 1.49Euro for 6 beers.  You couldn’t beat that with a big stick!  Myself and Anna (my newly recruited camerawoman) waited for Jay outside the train station on the steps of Cologne Cathedral.  I enjoy this part as it’s fun guessing what my next Wordee will look like. After a few wrong guesses a man started to make a beeline for us.  We thought this might be him.  ‘Paddy?’ He said.  (I guess we were right.) ‘Jay!’ I said.  After a firm handshake and a bit of small talk we headed to a small cafe on the square for a coffee.


Jay, Anna and myself had a great time discussing the world, religion, relationships, 1984, politics and language to name a few of the topics.  I must say some of the discussions were pretty deep, which was a welcome change from the last week of discussing complex issues like ‘which bar will we hit tonight?’ and ‘Will drinking this kill us straight away?’  Over a few coffees we learned that Jay is an accomplished writer and a member of the German Writer’s Guild.  Impressive stuff!  He told us all about his new novel, ‘Cargo’, a science fiction story. By the way Jay if you are reading this, I could make a great Alien if it gets made into a movie.  Just keep it in mind ;).

Jay redefined two great words as you can hear in the interview above and taught us a lot about the German language among other things.  I really should have been taking more notes I fear as my German is not so hot now :(

Jay Martin

Willy Wonka

We then met up with some friends and we went to the chocolate factory!  Yes Cologne has a chocolate factory!  But don’t get too excited, its not that impressive.  I think we had built it up too much in our minds to be like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory and the fact that there was now 5 of us just made it more anticipating.  We all made it out alive though and we went to a Chinese restaurant for dinner.  Jay joined us and was able to order for us in Chinese.  He never failed to surprise us!

Chocolate factory


So it was great to meet Wordee number 4!  Jay certainly has a love for words being a writer and we’re really happy he is part of The Big Word Project family :) Hope to see you again soon as I am back to discussing ‘Which bar will we hit tonight?’…