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Harriet Oliver | 11:47 UK time, Thursday, 28 September 2006

The Aussies are rightly keen to ban racist abuse in their cricket grounds ahead of the Ashes, but new guidelines on language are ambiguous on their favourite term for us Brits.

Radio Five Live logo"Pom" is fine - affectionate even - "whingeing pom" (guaranteed to annoy us) is also allowed. "Pommie bastard" is distinctly borderline. We thought it would be fun to link up with an Australian radio station to get reaction on all this.

It's always a buzz to get radio listeners on different sides of the world talking to each other. It's a reasonably straightfoward thing to do technically, but a bit of planning can make all the difference between a smooth link up and a radio disaster.

Time was not on our side on Wednesday morning, and stress levels were soaring in the studio as we approached the agreed time for linking up. I just hoped for the best (not a great way of editing). Victoria was as chilled as ever and happily chatted to her Aussie counterpart and some of his listeners while I celebrated not falling off air.

It was great to hear a few opinionated Aussies on the radio. They can call us what they like as long as they promise to talk to us again soon.


  • 1.
  • At 02:45 PM on 28 Sep 2006,
  • J Westerman wrote:

I hope that it does not stoke up the sort of needless and mindless trouble that some people appear determined to produce between Scots and English. Discussion seems to be an excellent idea until sensitive subjects are arranged or taken over by the malevolent with an axe to grind.
Nevertheless you have scope for a lot of friendly banter. I hope that it turns out that way!

  • 2.
  • At 10:07 PM on 01 Oct 2006,
  • J Westerman wrote:

Why have there been no comments published yet?
Surely they cannot be so horrific thet they have to be censored.

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