Paws for Thought
Somethings in the hols are easier, some much trickier. Driving, eating sweets and chocolate, getting to the computer- all easier. Getting to the gym, staying sane and working- less so. So the Easter break beckons with some of us hunkered down for blizzards, others still daring to wear the shorts. Yesterday's correspondence to the show had all that, with snow in Dundee and sunbathing in Eastbourne-a nation divided. Farmer on the radio this morning said we'd need 3 months of steady rain to get back to normal. And not just any rain- a steady, relentless drizzle is what he needed. The estate has become a dustbowl which even the mangey foxes find trying.
Once I escape the tangle of weeds and cactus and make it to R2, a fine show awaits of course. Today we speak to journalist Alex Crawford, 3 times winner of the Royal Television Society's Journalist of the Year. She has just spent an extraordinary few months reporting on the Libyan uprising and was the lone journalist able to report from the rebel army convoy that captured Green Square in Tripoli. Her reports for Sky News earned her many accolades and an OBE in the New Year Honours List this year. I knew Alex when we were both at BBC Radio Nottingham-she in the newsroom, me spinning vinyl. Today we will re-create those heady days- she in Jo'burg, me playing songs from a hard drive playout system (not quite as romantic really). Her book is 'Colonel Gaddafi's Hat' and Alex will be with us after 6.
And oldies I think for the GIANT PANDAS of Edinburgh Zoo. This of course is TIAN TIAN and YANG GUAN who have something like a 5 minute window to get it together either today or tomorrow and then they go back to ignoring each other. The stakes are high, we are excited, the zookeepers are excited, it's just the pandas we are not sure about. Over to you guys...
Have a fragrant and glowing Tuesday, see you after 5