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Island Games Blog

Matthew Price brings you a small piece of Island Games life in his first ever blog for

Matthew Price will be bringing you a regularly updated blog on his experiences at the 2005 Island Games in the Shetland Islands.

As well as Matthews experience look out for special guest contributions from the rest of the BBC Island Games team and photos from behind the scenes at the Games.

BBC Island Games Team
BBC Island Games Team


Fogbound in Shetland
It's foggy. I feel like an extra in "Brigadoon". The airport here in Sumburgh is only across the road and yet I can't see the wall outside the bedroom window. We're supposed to be going home today after fourteen days in Shetland. That might not be the case.

In "Brigadoon" you'll recall the Scottish village only emerges from the fog once every hundred years, stays a while and then should you remain, you too disappear for a hundred years. I'm beginning to think this may be the case for us too.

It's 28 degrees in Jersey and the sun is beating down. Here in Shetland it's 12 degrees, there's low cloud, drizzle and yes, more fog. Hard to believe it's the 17th of July.

Our party is in good spirits nonetheless. I suspect the spirits include several measures of "Highland Park" still coursing through our bloodstream after our farewell party last evening.

The good folk at BBC Radio Shetland gave us a bottle as a leaving gift. It's distilled in Orkney but is the most northerly single malt produced in the British Isles. It proved to be most acceptable.

We're delayed at Sumburgh Airport, which is where I'm writing. Actually Roger Bara's not delayed. His booking didn't exist. He's not scheduled to leave now until five tonight, he flys to Aberdeen, on to Gatwick and then on
Monday morning onward and home to Jersey. Not what we had planned.

Then again, I hadn't banked on being stuck in Shetland - nice as it is - for yet another day. The rest of us were supposed to leave at 1100. As I write the fog shows little sign of lifting. The irony is Roger could get home before us.

You know there isn't even a boat in the morning....the boat doesn't leave for Aberdeen until Tuesday and it's fully- booked. If we don't get away today, it could be Tuesday or even Wednesday before we return to our own "septic isle".

Then there's the programme with our baggage. The BBC on tv, on radio and online doesn't travel light. Our half tonne of technical equipment was shipped to the airport yesterday. It'll be sent on to Jersey bit by bit over the next five
days, flights permitting. The problem was our suitcases....

Roisin and Isla have two each. Simon has a bag bigger than Herm and Crispin has bags and cameras and tapes. Even his smooth-talking couldn't convince the check-in operator to allow him to take everything on board as hand luggage. I fear Crispin may be losing his touch with women....

We had to prioritise our bags. Rosh wanted her make-up bag to go through first. Isla faced a dilemma. Should it be the one with her clean underwear in or the one containing her essentials? Ken said all his bags were a priority.

We're guaranteed one piece of luggage each should travel with us to Heathrow, then we have to collect everything and carry it across London to Gatwick on the bus service which runs between the two airports. Deep joy.

The rest of luggage - we're told will eventually end up in Jersey. Not much help when four of our party are bound for Guernsey. Still, we'll borrow that problem if and when it arises.

Shetland is a lovely place. The welcome we've received from islanders has been second to none. It's just that we're ready to go home. I'm sitting in the Visit Shetland Tourist Office writing this. I'd recommend a trip sometime soon.

Just remmeber to come in the summer, when the weather's better!

Submitted by Matthew Price | Permalink | Comments | 16 July 2005 at 18:00


From north to south
It's our last full day in Shetland. The games finished yesterday evening with a famous victory for the host island in the football final.

Shetland v Guernsey
Shetland v Guernsey

Shetland beat Guernsey 2-0 at Gilberston Park I one of the biggest sporting upsets in recent Games history. For my part it was a privilege to organise the first joint broadcast between BBC Radio Guernsey and BBC Radio Shetland.

It was quite an achievement. There's no means of broadcasting out of Gilbertson Park, so special facilities and a high-powered broadcast line had to be arranged.

Then there were the commentators to be found. Jersey's Brent Pilnick was the obvious choice. He's not Sottish and he's not from Guernsey either! His summarisers were BBC Radio Guernsey's Simon Fairclough and Brian Spence from BBC Radio Shetland.

More than a quarter of the population of the Shetland Islands - around six thousand people - packed into the park for the final.

Those who couldn't make it were tuned to BBC Radio Shetland on 92.7FM. Back in the Channel Islands all hopes were resting on favourites Guernsey to play to form and trounce the local opposition.

It wasn't to be. First one goal and then another were dispatched to the back of the net by the home team.

The crowd roared and you could hear the cheer all over Lerwick. Walk down "the Street" and all you could hear coming out of very shop was our Brent commentating on the "biggest football match ever staged in Shetland". What a result.

One BBC working together - linking the most northerly station in the British Isles with one of the most southerly. Even BBC Radio Jersey got in on the action and carried some of the match live too.

What an upset. Of course - had Jersey sent a team to compete in the football, I am certain they'd have run away with the gold.

But without Jersey in the final, what more could I do when faced with a choice between Shetland and Guernsey? Yes I was rooting for the home side and boy did they play a blinder!

I cannot think of a more fitting way to end the Island Games in Shetland than with the home Island taking Gold in one of the Games' best set pieces. A fairy-tale end to a magical event.

And it was a proud moment to hear our own Jersey-born Brent calling the outcome of such a super match on two far-flung radio stations.

Submitted by Matthew Price | Permalink | Comments | 16 July 2005 at 18:00


"rumpy pumpy" cakes
I've not been eating very regularly. I've not been eating very healthily. I've not been eating at all. But then neither have my colleagues. The Island Games are all-consuming.

Food Glorious Food
Food Glorious Food

Once we leave our breakfast table, a sixteen hour day has become the norm. We meet in the hotel lounge at twenty to nine each day and plan our coverage on radio, on tv and online.

Then we're dispatched to all four corners of the Shetland Islands to follow the fortunes of the Channel Island competitors. As you'll have seen we sometimes need to take a ferry, possibly cross a magnificent bridge or even catch a bus.

Colin - my bus-driver - bade me welcome the other morning when I climbed aboard the 10.57 service from Sumburgh to Lerwick. The fare was just two pounds for a forty minute journey which took in every village and hamlet between the two towns. And what a wonderful mix of people it was my privilege to meet.

Young and old alike, this is a true community service. A box for the school in the next village was dropped on and then subsequently collected a mile or two up the road. Shopping was bought for neighbours in the next place and delivered by mutual friends. Teenagers - on holiday from school - village hopped to meet their mates. And I just watched some of the most rugged, beautiful and hypnotic scenery pass me by.

Sometimes, when we're working non-stop, you need a little light relief. Covering the gymnastics the other day we discovered the island which boasts the best National Anthem of them all. Roisin Gauson felt it had a wonderful tune and a bit of "rumpy pumpy" about it! As you might imagine, the very mention of "rumpy pumpy" or might that have been "rumpity pumpity" immediately caught the attention of Roger Bara.

Matthew Price as a doorstop
Matthew Price as a doorstop

He asked to hear the tune in question, so a television tape of a gymnastics medal ceremony was produced and the tune played out. Within seconds it was off to the piano (They have one in the studio at BBC Radio Shetland) and Roger was giving us his own improvised rendition of the national tune of Bermuda. My role in all this, to prop open the studio door so everyone else could enjoy this musical interlude.

Over the past week, strange things have happened. I inadvertantly ordered Ken Park a vegetarian meal last night. Not a good idea. Ken's view is if there's no meat, it can't be proper food. I redeemed myself with a side order of mussels in white wine to accompany the delightful lasagne in question. A bag of custard donuts secured complete absolution from my sins this morning.

We've also taken to eating a strange selection of food-stuffs to sustain us through our odd shift patterns. We snaffle the biscuits from our hotel rooms and pool them on a "need-to-eat" basis.

We acquire a variety of crisps, nuts and cakes from the aptly named "filling stations" and corner shops around the island. And every so often someone volunteers to go to "the street". That's the main shopping thoroughfare in Lerwick. It's five minutes walk down Pitt Lane from our base at BBC Shetland.

It's down-hill all the way….but the walk back requires crampons and oxygen, so steep is the hill. The trip's worth it. We're regulars at the plethora of fast-food establishments in Lerwick. So much so, we've even had them re-tune their tellys to satellite channel 958.

Don't tell the Editor of "Reporting Scotland" but "BBC Spotlight for the Channel Islands" is fast becoming the evening news programme of choice in Shetland!

And then there's the tea-shop with the most "direct" waitresses in the world. Roger Bara and I have taken a shine to their "cheese toasties". Still at our age, you have to get your excitement where you can. Their egg rolls aren't bad either. But it's the menu that's most perplexing. In bold letters it informs you "our egg salad rolls contain salad".

There's no arguing with that. I wouldn't say the service is bad, nor is it not attentive. It's forthright. Orders are requested with brisk efficiency, the food is disptached promptly and the bill must be paid on demand before you've even sipped you tea or mucnhed your toastie. Must be a local custom?

Whilst I've been here in Shetland covering the most exciting of international competitions at this XI Island Games, enjoying such a variety of performances in fifteen superb sports, I have been unable to attend Jersey's most important sports event.

Laura and friends at JCG sports day
Laura and friends at JCG sports day

Yesterday my absence was noted at the Jersey College for Girls annual Sports Day. My seven year-old daughter Laura and her friend Reuben Taylor (BBC Radio Jersey''s Phil Taylor's son) were competing in a range of races aimed at Key Stage Two Classes.

The reports I've received is they're both potential Island Games competitors of the future. Isn't that typical. Just as I gain my own Island Games status, my sporting potential will be eclipsed by my daughter…..Suppose I'd better get used to it.

Submitted by Matthew Price | Permalink | Comments | 15 July 2005 at 18:00


Falling flags and yellow socks
It's a tough life on the road for the BBC. It's been one of those days when I've been forced to sample some local delicacies here in Shetland. But first I have to report I was taken to account at the breakfast table.

Matthew Price arriving at BBC Shetland
Matthew Price arriving at BBC Shetland

I reported yesterday about our waitress Rhanna. She keeps us fed at breakfast time. It seems not only did I spell her name incorrectly, but I attributed it's origins to the wrong author.

Rhanna Turbeville is named after the fictitious island created in a book by Christian Marrion Fraser and not Sir Walter Scott. I've made amends by inviting her to join us at Brent's 25th birthday party on Saturday. It's fast becoming the hottest ticket in Sumburgh. Still, look on the bright-side, at least we only got served white toast this morning - things are looking up!

Whilst I'm in an apologetic mode, Jacquie has also requested clarification. She was the recipient of the bouquet. She would like it to be known she didn't give the flowers to her Grandmother as I erroneously suggested yesterday.

Her Grandmother is from Orkney and is presently staying with Jacquie's family in Shetland. It transpires she just likes to re-arrange the blooms, not claim them for herself. Jacquie says she likes the flowers, but denies any knowledge as to who might have sent them. It seems the accompanying card contained a cryptic message and was un-signed. (Perhaps you could en-lighten her?).

BBC Jersey Team
BBC Jersey Team

On top of all this excitement, I've also met the man who broke his leg when he was taken on a late-night visit to Jarlshof. (see my previous BLOG) He confessed all last evening.

He's one of the excellent chef's at our hotel. It was two years ago he went "walking in the moonlight" like our brave colleague, but came-a-cropper in the darkness.

Darren is such a perfectionist, he stayed more than two hours late last night to ensure our team of intrepid reporters were properly fed after a long day at the Island Games.

When they finally returned around eleven, there was excellent salmon, superb seafood salad and divine roast lamb on the menu.

And talking of food, it's been a good day on that front. I met up with Tom Graham. He's the man behind the only company in Shetland which makes ice-cream - "Bloo Coo".

Our intrepid team of adventurers had discovered this early on, when the mint choc chip, the chocolate ripple and the cherry flavours all became firm favourites.

Tom once worked at "The Stocks" in Sark and met his wife there. These days they've two young boys and are happily settled in Shetland. I can confirm the "apple crumble ice-cream" is to die for.

BBC Jersey Team
BBC Guernsey Team

If that wasn't enough I got to sample "Puffin Poo" too. This is made by the Shetland Fudge Company. It's not as stomach-churning as the name suggests. Given we can boast our own puffin population in the islands, there's a natural affinity.

Caroline Browning moved from Leeds to Shetland more than a decade ago and now makes confectionery using only local island ingredients. The "poo" consists of marshmallow, white chocolate and coconut. All very acceptable. Just as "Shetland Rock" too. This is blue and white seaside rock with the new blue and white Shetland Flag right through the middle.

On tasting it Roger Bara was immediately transported back half a century to a family holiday at Hunstanton. Oh, the remarkable properties of food colouring and sugar….

I'm worried about Roger. His socks have gone yellow. Not known for his sartorial elegance, Mr Bara can "scrub-up" pretty well when necessary. But his feet are letting him down.

Yellow socks are not especially fetching and ceratinly not the done-thing in Shetland. Apparently they'd begun their lives "brilliant white" but the hotel laundry service experienced a little hiatus the other day! No names, no pack-drill and no worries. All is well. Roger's yellow socks have been turned to our advantage. We're telling everyone he's wearing Sark's colours.

And when it comes to "flying the flag" for our islands, I too have a confession. Upon our arrival at BBC Radio Shetland, we set up "Channel Island's Camp" in their large reception area. To "mark-out" our territory we've been flying the Jersey flag in one corner and the Guernsey flag in another.

Hotel Staff
Hotel Staff

We stuck the Shetland flag in the Radio Newsroom in the interests of inter-island harmony and understanding. Sadly the Alderney and Sark flags I ordered never arrived. (thank goodness for Roger's yellow socks).

The problem - as you might expect - is the Guernsey flag. It won't stay on the wall. Everyday, without fail, it falls down. We don't know why this is. The Jersey and Shetland flags remain resolutely in place.Not so Guernsey's emblem.

So, it falls to me to tape it up, again and again and again…..I think that may be pushing inter-island harmony a step too far. There's certainly no sign of the Orkney flag anywhere at BBC Radio Shetland…..

Did I tell you about the doughnuts? I purchased a packet of six only yesterday. The bag said they were jam. But they weren’t. They contained custard. Fotunately the dough was fresh and tasty, the filling plentiful and after a long day out and about, a swift sugar burst is just what you need.

Our engineer Ken Park enjoyed his so much, it seemed a shame to leave a lone delicacy at the bottom of the bag. So that one went too. Unfortunately Grant Coleman had already placed his name against it. It was not to be and they've not been speaking since…..

Submitted by Matthew Price | Permalink | Comments | 14 July 2005 at 18:00


GUEST POST (Simon Fairclough )
The bridge to Burra
I'm becoming one of the better travelled in the Shetland Islands on this trip.

Having made the pilgrimage north to Unst a week ago, taking in the island of Yell on the way, (which you may have read about in an earlier blog) I was assigned to covering the Guernsey men's football match in Burra.

Bridge to Burra
Bridge to Burra

Burra is a small island off the west coast of the mainland, but unlike the larger islands to the north it has two bridges which take you there, incorporating a game of dare along the single carriageway of each span!

The drive from Lerwick takes you over one of the narrower parts of the mainland (some six miles), and shortly before the pretty fishing village of Scalloway you turn off following signs for Hamnavoe - the "capital" of Burra.

The backdrop for the football pitch has to be the most picturesque of any football ground I have ever been to or played on.

And the memory of sitting amongst Guernsey's athletes, who were supporting the team in large numbers, whilst reporting on the match and looking out north across the pitch up the coast will live with me forever.

Guernsey Support
Guernsey Support

The game wasn't half bad either - a 6-0 win for the Sarnians over Greenland on a tight sloping pitch, followed immediately by news of Ynys Mon's failure to beat the Western Isles, thus guaranteeing a place in the final for Guernsey.

I interviewed manager Steve Ogier with the sound of the squad singing "gold" in the dressing room behind us.

A perfect day for everyone - I just hope the players are more in tune come Friday at Gilbertson Park, where the Final awaits!

Submitted by Simon Fairclough | Permalink | Comments | 13 July 2005 at 19:30


Representing Jersey
It's official. After four years living in Jersey I am now qualified to represent my island in international sporting competition.

The dilemma I face is which sport? Now I'm the wrong side of forty so many sports at which I might once have excelled are beyond me. Others require years of training, total commitment and even a modicum of ability.

I am torn. I don't know which way to jump….although having said that my boss did say if things didn't improve soon I'd be for the high jump! So maybe he's spotted my sporting potential after all?

Emma Douglas
Emma Douglas

I've invited callers to the BBC Radio Jersey phone-in to select in which sport I would be best suited to represent the island.

So far, the suggestions have been less than flattering….the "belly flop" could be my gold for the taking in the pool, the egg and spoon race my chance for glory on the track and I've lost sight of the numbers of people who've suggested I should be shot - so maybe I have a hope on the rifle range ?

It was my colleague Roisn Gauson who pointed out we have real athletic talent in our midst. The Jersey gymnast Ben Frith took Gold today in the Men's Pommel at Scalloway.

She was there for BBC Spotlight for the Channel Islands and we marvelled at the agility and experience we saw before us. Some of the gymnasts were as young as thirteen, others older.

The Jersey Gymnasts did well, but those from Bermuda were even better. I've never seen anything quite like them. In most categories they captured the top five places….quite remarkable. (to borrow the words of David Coleman).

So how does Jersey fight back ? Roisin had the answer. Our colleague Emma Douglas is a former international gymnast. You'll see her most evenings on Spotlight.

But once a gymnast, always a gymnast. When we get back to Jersey, we're enrolling her as a member of the Jersey team - and four years from now she'll be eligible to represent the island in Aland. (sadly there'll be no gymnastics in Rhodes in 2007). We reckon she's a dead cert for a Gold medal.

And there's hope for me too….Aoland are proposing Ten Pin Bowling be included in the 2009 Games - that sounds like one sport I might be able to acquire some ability in over the next 48 months.

So what of our present BBC Island Games team, I promised you an update on their condition. We're all shattered. No-one's complaining. We knew we'd be working long and demanding hours. The days start early and finish late.

But it's such fun ensuring the islands receive the most up-to-date news on the success of their athletes here in Shetland. Roger Bara, Isla Blatchford and Simon Fairclough, along with Brent Pilnick are the early-risers. Up at six, they bring you the results in detailed breakfast bulletins on BBC Radio Jersey and BBC Radio Guernsey.

Breakfast is at eight when the whole team comes together. Rhana is the person we need to thank for keeping us well-fed. She's the delightful breakfast waitress at our hotel. (delightful is Crispin's word - not mine).

She's named after a fictitious Scottish Island in a novel by that great Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott. Apart from that she retains an air of mystery about her….however we do believe she may have a surprise or two in store when the team meets to celebrate Brent's birthday on Saturday.

There are a number of breakfast mysteries too. Why do we all prefer paoched eggs? Why do the kindly staff supply brown toast when we all asked for white? How come Ken Park gets served baked beans, when they're not on the menu? What do Roisin Gauson and Isla Blatchford do with a whole jug of iced water ? And why does Grant Coleman never get the tea ? And then there's the mystery of the box of "seeds" strangely spread on brown bread by one of our number….?

By the time it's twenty to nine the breakfast bulletins and breakfast itself is over and then it's time for our planning meeting…..more of which tomorrow……And the update on the flowers…her Grandmother loved them!

Submitted by Matthew Price | Permalink | Comments | 12 July 2005 at 19:30


Isla at the Island Games
(but the Pom Pom girls clinched it for me……)

Flowers are expensive in Shetland, but the quality is second to none! According to my colleague it would cost as much to send a bouquet to Sumburgh from Lerwick as it would to buy the flowers themselves. I did offer to drive them down myself for twenty quid, but he said he didn't trust me not to say something inappropriate to the intended recipient. (maybe he was worried I would claim them for myself as my own "romantic gesture"?).

Isla meets Isla
Isla meets Isla

In the end, he asked the lovely Gail to deliver the bunch of blooms on his behalf, complete with a cryptic message. I know they recahed their intended recipient and that she "likes flowers", but I am sad to report the trail now seems to have gone cold. However your intrepid correspondent is on the case and I'll report back as soon as I am able.

This afternoon was spent at the Shetland Hotel in Lerwick. It's just outside the main ferry terminal and is the base for the International Island Games Committee. They gathered at two to decide who should be awarded the honour of staging the Games in 2009. It was a straight choice between Ynys Mon or Aoland. The Welsh put forward a strong bid promoting the redevelopment opportunities staging the Games would offer. Aoland's bid was based on previous experience and the determination their Games would be fun. They last staged them to great success back in 1991.

Each team had to explain their bid to the Island Games Committee and the two delegates from each of the competing islands. In the end a secret ballot was held and just before three the result was known. Of the 54 votes cast, 33 went to Aoland and 21 to Ynys Mon. So disappointment for the Welsh, who were encouraged to consider bidding again and delight for the Scandanavian bid. Their team mamanger told me they were confident they'd be the best Games to date as everyone in the islands was behind them and the news of their success would "go down a storm".

So it's a tough call. Why did Aoland beat Ynys Mon? There was much to commend each bid. In the end, I think Aoland had the edge. They brought in three beautiful blonde women at the end of their bid, complete with cheerleader pom poms and that infectious "Euro-pop" tune that's been going around inside my head ever since. From that moment I sort of knew the bid was theirs….in any case I've been to Ynys Mon before. It was July 1977, we stayed on a camp site near the Menai Straits and it rained! In those days the place was called Anglesey and the rain was the wettest I've ever remembered. On the other hand I've never been to Aoland and Sacndanvia sounds kind of appealing.

Before we get to Aoland in 2009, there's the small matter of Rhodes two years from now. I expect the weather there may be a little warmer than we've been experiencing of late here in Shetland, but they'll be hard pressed to beat the warmth of the welcome we have received here in Shetland. Our colleagues at BBC Radio Shetland have been especially tolerant and understanding. The team from the Channel Islands out-numbers them and, on occasions, we can seem pretty loud and over-bearing! There's not a lot of space around here, so we've probably claimed to what amounts to "squatters rights" in their reception area and second studio. That doesn't stop them sneaking back in from time to time. Today Roger Bara was turfed out of his studio to make way for ten minutes of news in Gaelic, whilst Isla Blatchford had to give-way to the weather for Orkney!

I worry about Isla. My colleague from Guernsey is as self-assured as anyone and can certainly hold her own amongst the squad here. However some evenings she disappears off to make and receive surrupitious phone-calls. We don't to whom these are made or from whence they come. I wonder if she's received any flowers?

Still, Isla's met her name sake. Helen Smith - who works at BBC Radio Shetland - has been keeping a dark secret. When we were first introduced just over a week ago, she smiled knowingly when we explained who Isla was. Now we know why. Helen's Dad Jimmy has his own special Isla in his life….and as our photo shows both Isla's have now met and get along famously…..

Submitted by Matthew Price | Permalink | Comments | 11 July 2005 at 21:30

Sausages for Supper
I'm pleased to report none of our party have any broken bones! The colleague who went on the moonlight escapade to Jarlshof returned to the hotel in one piece. I suppose it's testimony to the warmth of the welcome we've received here in Shetland. Wherever you go, the people we've met have been universally friendly, interested to know more about the Channel Islands and keen to share their own memories of having visited Jersey or Guernsey in the past.

As we're just half-way through our island odyssey, maybe it's time to take stock and to report on the condition of the BBC team.

It's almost eleven on Monday night and we're all hunched over computer screens, editing windows and television cameras preparing the news bulletins, television reports and web pages you'll see and hear on Tuesday. There's a frantic air of cameraderie about the place. In a neighbouring room there are colleagues from BBC Radio Shetland and BBC Radio Orkney doing much the same thing.

It's amazing how these so-called "friendly games" can bring old foes together - besides the harmony that's broken out between our Jersey and Guernsey co-workers - the Orcadians are even talking to the Shetlanders.

On top of that, after Jersey scored a magnificent victory over hosts Shetland in the Team Badminton event tonight, Jane Moncrieff from BBC Radio Shetland still found room in her heart (and her battered Audi) to drive me and Roisin Gauson back to base from the sports centre. The Jersey team were in excellent form and as you'll read elsewhere it was a famous victory! Oh, by the way, Guernsey won the bronze…..

Our engineer Ken Park is a man of many talents. He's gone to the chip shop, laden with a weighty order on our behalf. The Shetlanders have a lovely way with words. What to you or me may be a simple portion of fish and chips becomes the quaintly named "fish supper", "sausage supper" or even "haggis supper" once the order is placed over the counter. The Shetlanders are pleased to "batter" most foodstuffs on your behalf and after a long and tiring day, they taste mighty fine. (Incidentally, even if you order fish and chips at lunch-time - it's still called a "fish supper").

So, what state are we all in ?

Brent Pilnick still has a swollen eye. His right eye blew up the other day and we whisked him off to the local hospital for a medical opinion. With no sense of irony they told him he was allergic to Shetland Ponies! It seems he'd been patting one angelic looking little foal, without realising he'd then rubbed his eye with same hand. A course of medicine later and things are getting better…but Brent has vowed never to go near a pony again. His scheduled appearance at the "Horse of the Year Show" has been cancelled.

Roger Bara never sleeps. His room is home to our make-shift studio and so is in constant use. It makes the Weighbridge on a Saturday night look like a walk in the park. There's a constant flow of people in and out, in various states of dress and undress at various times of the day. Each demands their time on the computer or behind the microphone. Roger just sits on the bed, makes a cup of tea or looks wistfully out of the window while all this unfolds in front of him……and yes you did hear him taking a shower during Sunday's Jersey Today, just after the interview with the Bishop of Tanzania!

More on the intrigues of our makeshift studio another day…..but before I tuck into my "sausage supper" there's just time to let you know one of our party has been to the florists….the flowers look and smell beautiful. Sad to say, at present we don't know who the lucky recipient will be…..

Submitted by Matthew Price | Permalink | Comments | 11 July 2005 at 20:30


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