It is 10:45 as I write this and, unlike yesterday, your web page has already been updated with today's programme details. This did not happen until after your programme ended yesterday, so how about devoting 30 minutes of your programme one day to discussing paid staff that fail to do their jobs?
Today's issue that affects me: I love Trebor (now Bassetts) Refreshers ... you know, the pink, green, yellow and orange fizzy sweets that come in a paper tube ... but nowhere around here sells them. What should I do?
I'm listening to you on Ken's show as I type this ... and it doesn't sound good. I suppose, if nothing else, your trail acts as a warning to those who, like me, don't wish to listen to your programme. Not that I need a reason to not listen, of course, but if there was a real reason to listen then I would. Unfortunately those instances are extremely few and far between.
Before we move on to today's menu, I thank valued blog reader Gill for drawing this to my attention:
So, what have you got today that might tempt me away from the poorly-named Prime Minister's Questions (should be Prime Minister's Answers, surely) and 6 Music then...?
1) ELDERLY - The Equality Commission says that elderly people are being abused by carers in their own homes. Is this the one area which makes you thankful that we have Human Rights legislation? : My parents are both in their late 80s, and they live an independent lifestyle of their own making, despite my Mum being partially sighted and my Dad having hearing difficulties. They do not have any carers of any kind, so my involvement with such things is non-existent at the moment. Having said that, a quick check of the BBC news page you link to tells me that "Basic care for the elderly in their own homes in England is so bad it breaches human rights at times, an inquiry says.". England ... so we can only assume that all is well in Scotland, Northern Ireland and here in Wales, can't we? I listened to you talk about this on Ken's show and now understand that your discussion is about the Human Rights legislation itself, and not carers who abuse their patients. Confused? Yes! Next...
2) SELF-IMMOLATION - We discuss the tragic case of the woman who doused herself in fuel and set herself alight on a petrol forecourt. Find out more in this article from the Bath Chronicle : Other than planting the seed of a similar idea in the minds of similarly troubled people, I'm not sure what discussing this will achieve. To be honest, it is not the kind of thing I want to listen to while eating my lunch but there is an obvious solution: Ban Petrol Cans! Next...
3) CAESAREANS - More and more women are choosing caesarean sections. Are you somebody who’s afraid of giving birth? : I'm bloomin' terrified of giving birth, but there may be a good reason for that. Next...
4) UNIFORMS - Finally, the Olympic uniform has been unveiled. What’s the worst uniform you’ve ever had to wear? : This is the hard-hitting cutting edge news that your listeners crave! Well, it is what you choose to spoon-feed them every day. From smelly handbags to ugly uniforms, does it get any better than this? Unfortunately not! In answer to your question: The only uniform that I have had to wear was my school uniform (and it wasn't that bad), so I have not worn a uniform since I left school in 1975. And, unlike you, I have never worked for McDonalds. Shall I phone in later with that information?
The Jeremy Vine Show - not as good as PMQs.