Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Paper Review

I don't have too many pleasures in life (all say 'awwwwww!') but one of them is to occasionally review the papers on BBC Radio Humberside's Breakfast Show, hosted by the indefatigable and talented Andy Comfort. I was pleased this morning to meet someone I met a few years ago when she then worked at a rival commercial radio station, Andy's new producer Christine Dexter.

I chose five stories on what turned out to be one of the quietest news stories of the week - unless that is you are interested in Ed Milliband, Tiger Woods not having a WAG with him or celebrity shagging. The stories were:
  • Smoking at work and a council's plan to make smoking workers clock out to have a fag;
  • Army 'bandsman' having to wear earplugs to comply with health and safety rules so they don't damage their hearing from their fellow musicians noisy instruments;
  • Theft of copper wire putting train services at risk;
  • Emma Thompson's tirade at the quality of teen use of the English language.
  • The deputy Chairman of the Bank of England asking the public to spend their way out of a recession.
You can listen for six more days on the following link for two spots at 7.20am (after 50 minutes) and 7.40am (after 1 hour 12 mins) BBC Radio Humberside. Pic above shows yours truly and host Andy Comfort in the studio.

Chat soon



  1. It's worse than that for smokers, Bro'. Apparently, employers are apparently going to weed smokers out 'because their too much hassle'.

    Probably read that in those purveyors of public outrage the Daily Mail :)

    Which probably links nicely into the 'elf and safety' issue.

    We wanted to hold a street party. No chance. Too expensive, too many hoops to jump through.

    Worse, my little lass went out to play in a local field with her mates and asked to borrow my camera. Fine I said.

    A bloke walking his woofler demanded to see the camera. He flicked through the piccies and said "Your dad can get done for piccies of little girls on his camera"

    Eh? Exit 4 or 5 upset lasses. What is the world coming to :(

  2. The world is indeed a strange place where common sense no longer holds sway and in unequal parts, there are many section of our society to blame because we no longer take risks or want ourselves wrapping in cotton wool.

    Don't get me wrong, I've said before that Health and Safety regs have saved countless lives, but it doen's mean H & S is an excuse not to do something, just assess the risk, take sensible steps to stop harm and DO IT!


  3. ooh you're a celebrity now :) xxx

  4. No, YOU'RE the celebrity Auntiegwen, I'm still waiting for you to announce your gig date at the comedy club!

  5. I followed the link and enjoyed listening to your observations. You'll have to get the similar gig on the BBC News 24. I possibly, like, offended Emma Thompson by using "gig" in the last sentence innit?
    I agree with the clocking out of council staff who spend large parts of their "working" days outside the building having a smoke. If they can last on a flight to Florida or the Canaries then they should be able to last until lunchtime before renewing their suicide pacts.

  6. Hi Troy - good point about the flight time, innit?

  7. I'd agree that people should take their own risks in their own time Troy :)

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