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After some comments in The Glass Box for Tuesday

Eddie Mair | 12:44 UK time, Wednesday, 5 September 2007

here is the full version of the interview with Louise Christian for you to hear.


  1. At 01:43 PM on 05 Sep 2007, Vyle Hernia wrote:

    Where is Steve Fossett? No idea.

    Would ending cut-price alcohol deals reduce drinking? Only very slightly.

    Should putting your feet on the opposite seat on a train be a punishable offence? Yes, but not before the train operators have given adequate notice.

    Do you read onlien hotel reviews? No. And do you trust them? N/A

  2. At 02:25 PM on 05 Sep 2007, Jon Greensmith wrote:

    Is an "on lien" hotel review something to do with only being able to take your suitcases back with you if you leave a favourable comment about a hotel on a website somewhere? Not sure I'd trust one of those.

    Reducing cut-price alcohol deals will not reduce drinking, and especially the sort of anti-social binge-drinking which, I suspect, Mr MacAskill has in his sights.

    Notwithstanding news of the anticipated announcement from the fertility regulator later this afternoon, from what I have seen of the Big Brother contestants this year I had been led to believe that human-animal creation had already advanced further than the embryonic stage.

  3. At 06:51 PM on 05 Sep 2007, mittfh wrote:

    Oh yes, Big Bother. And we even put the specimens in a zoo for all to admire over the course of a few months.

    Although for maximum zoo experience, the rules should be changed slightly:

    1) No compulsory evictions - leave 'em cooped up together long enough and sooner or later those that can't cope will leave of their own accord.

    2) Ration their dietary intake - if university students can survive on pot noodles...

    3) Spice things up a bit - one (broadsheet/compact) newspaper per week - observe who actually reads it and who moans that the producers should have provided a red top (or The Daily Wail / The Diana(Daily) Express) instead.

    4) Abolish the usual petty tasks - if tasks are kept at all make them meaningful (e.g. mow the lawn in the BB garden, paint a wall - shopping budget reduced for each splash), or even introduce a long-term task to be completed by the finale - produce something useful that can be demonstrated to the outside world, e.g. poem, prose, artwork, song, dance routine.

    And last, but by no means least:
    5) Show coverage 24/7 - but on a minor satellite channel (or even share with one of the XXX channels)

    Optional, for extra fun factor:

    6) Only allow plastic cutlery and crockery - observe how long it takes the specimens to realise how useless it is.

    7) Completely ban cigarettes and alcohol (well, I suppose the former should already be banned courtesy of the latest legislation!)

    8) Given the average mentality of the contestants, provide a TV permanently tuned into a suitable station, e.g. Cbeebies, Nick Jr.

    9) Make use of an external laundry service - see how long it takes the specimens to realise it's run by the production company, and the weekly 'mistakes' aren't just bad luck...

  4. At 10:21 PM on 05 Sep 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Mittfh (3), I take it you're an avid viewer...

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