Shereen's Sunday Interview with May Miles Thomas
After two days of respite from the freezing weather the thaw came to an abrupt end on Sunday morning. Back to scraping down the car and negotiating treacherous black ice on the way to the BBC Radio Scotland.
Perhaps that's why my panel seemed in a particularly bad mood this week, well two of them anyway. Ewan Crawford, former SNP advisor and now media lecturer at the University of the West of Scotland, was still smarting after being stranded overnight in Hamilton on white-out Monday. Meanwhile, journalist Christine Jardine was seething (like many of us) that we could be so unprepared for the Arctic onslaught. Lyndsay Moss, The Scotsman's Health Correspondent found herself piggy in the middle when the other two got going on the show.
First it was the resignation of Transport Minister, Stewart Stevenson. Ewan felt the media, especially the newspapers, had gone over the top in casting Stevenson as the villain. But Christine, a card carrying Lib Dem, was adamant that the whole mess was ultimately his fault and he had to go. It all got decidedly heated so I moved them on to the next item. Big mistake. The next item was the student protest against tuition fees. Christine had some defending to do and Ewan wasn't going to let her get away with it. They were practically at each other's throats until I called time.
My big interview with Scottish film-maker May Miles Thomas couldn't have come at a better time. May has some fantastic tales of growing up in Glasgow's slum tenements and has also launched a rather spooky website which has won a BAFTA award. It's called The Devil's Plantation and it occurred to me that Christine and Ewan might want to spend some time on it to let off some more steam after the show.
Shereen with guest May Miles Thomas
But as often happens after a major barny on air, the guests came out of the studio all sweetness and light as if nothing had happened. Still don't think they'll be exchanging Christmas cards.
The extended interview with May Miles Thomas can now be heard below, please accept our sincere apologies for the delay... I hope you enjoy.