I replied and told him that I would turn the radio on and listen, but by the time I had done so the item was finished and JV had moved on to the next topic.
Later I used Listen Again to hear what the manufacturer had said as he is in much the same line of business as myself. I wrote back as follows:
"I have just used Listen Again to catch this. His experience sounds about the same as mine, so good for him. However, I can't say that my life has been enriched by what he said. Best wishes, ..."
I received a reply soon after: "Best Wishes to you. We must get you on the programme one day.".
Now there is an invitation to which I will have to give some thought. There is a chance, I feel, that any meaningful discussion would be so loaded against me that I would be made to look an idiot. After all, perhaps the best place to say "I don't like xyz" is not in xyz's studio surrounded by all of the people that disagree with you. And I can imagine caller after caller saying "You're wrong, JV's show is great!" because anybody who has strong feelings that agree with mine will not be listening. A lot of calls end with "Love the show Jeremy", and not once have I heard anybody say "Your show is rubbish, get off", or similar. Hmmm...
The prospect of continuing to be a festering sore is perhaps more tempting!
Reply received: "What a wonderful quote from Stuart Maconie!"