Shereen's Sunday interview with Janey Godley
It's amazing the difference a bit of sunshine makes. With the temperature in the twenties this weekend, everyone seemed to have a smile on their face. The holiday clothes had been dragged out and that distinctive Scottish tan (pink and white stripes) had made a re-appearance. Glorious. After a long hard winter it was a welcome treat.
My guests this week all had a spring in their step too. Joining me were the Daily Record's Political Editor Magnus Gardham, Paul McNamee, the editor of the Big Issue in Scotland, and the Herald's Foreign Editor David Pratt. Actually, David had more of a limp than a spring- a result of going out running for the first time in ages in preparation for his next trip to Afghanistan. Apparently they have to go through a rigorous medical.
Among this week's big talking points was News International's apology to some of the victims of phone hacking. Magnus admitted he nearly missed it because of its proximity to a story about Lady Gaga going nude. You don't think that was deliberate do you?
Paul had an interesting insider's take on the situation in Northern Ireland following the funeral of the policeman blown up in a car bomb and David was able to give context to the situation in Ivory Coast.
There was much cynicism from the panel about the Camerons' budget mini-break to Spain but Wayne Rooney's four letter rant didn't seem to cause Paul and Magnus any offence, in fact they defended him. The fact that Paul's a Manchester United fan is neither here not there.
This week's special guest was comedian Janey Godley. To say she hasn't had an easy life is putting it mildly: sexually abused as a child, married into the Glasgow underworld, running a pub in Glasgow's East End, and coping with a husband with Asbergers. That's where the spiky humour comes from she says. If you didn't laugh you'd cry. Have a listen to the longer version of the interview. Some of it is difficult to hear but she talks with an extraordinary lack of bitterness. She's a remarkably resilient woman.
Shereen is broadcast every Sunday on BBC Radio Scotland, 0900-1000