THE BOGGINS SITUATION
So this whole Boggins situation is getting a bit out of hand. When he turned up in the studio after the Summer holidays we all thought he was adorable, if a little filthy and when Joe named him Boggins it seemed like our happy family had just got bigger and happier. This drawing by Elinor (who is a skilled sketcher of pets www.ElinorSketchesPets.com) actually comes very close to what he looked like back then.
Lovely drawings that really do capture the little fellow's sweetness, but ironically the thing that pen and ink can't convey is the stink (that's a little joke for cockney readers). Strangely the acrid funk of our dog chum seems to come across most strongly on the radio and some people find it hard to take.
We've received some wonderful tributes and supportive messages for Boggins these last few weeks. For example here's a great shout out from the canine community
But now we're beginning to get some more unequivocally anti Boggins material through as well. Check out this song and vid from Tommy Mackay:
In addition we're getting impassioned messages from people who seem alienated by the whole presence of Boggins. They don't indulge in any of the banter about him being sweet or slobbery or confused or even fictional, they just think he's juvenile and desperate. They want him out of the show and say that their enjoyment is being ruined by his occasional presence. I think what these people are experiencing is jealousy. It's like the feeling of anxiety and threat felt by older siblings when a new born baby comes home from the hospital. Except in this case the new baby reeks from eating birds and poo and has turned the carpets into a toxic wasteland from dragging its itchy anal glands across them all day. But it is VERY sweet.
Of course none of this is going to reassure the hardcore anti Boggins lobby. They want the show back the way it was before the Summer: a grown up radio programme with no fictional dog, just intelligent, informed political debate from two highly articulate intellectuals on the day's hot topics. To that lobby I say this: Boggins is reality, fictional or not. Deal with it. If Gordon Brown found a poo in the corner and ate it you'd want us to cover it right? Of course you would and that's why we'll continue to cover the Boggins issue. Meanwhile Boggins will continue to cover the studio in hair and foul smelling silvery trails like some kind of giant hairy slug from the bowels of hell. A very sweet hell.
Love you byeeeee! Adam