My Debut on the Mass Media
The big news of the week has been my radio appearance. After the departure of Russell Brand from Radio 2, I thought there was the perfect opportunity for me. They didn’t agree but I did speak on BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester for all of a minute.
They have a great gardening show on a Saturday morning run by Mike George and Reg Moule. Now it’s nothing to these chaps, talking on the radio, but to me it was really scary. As you may know, forum member and poultry breeder Grannie Annie was on BBC Newsnight before Christmas and goodness knows how she felt!
Anyway I spent Friday night lying awake in bed muttering ‘must mention the book’ and ‘must mention the web site’ and ‘address the presenter by name’ I’ve had my media training! So the phone goes and a lady checks who I am and says ‘putting you on the show now!’
Now, I said I’d spent half the night worrying, well by the time she said that I couldn’t remember my name let alone that of the guys who present the show. They’d mentioned the book so no need for me to do that and I never did get the web site in. I think I spoke about 20 words and was on for a minute.
The chat forums are running well now. Some members were not happy at the change, but it had to be done. One wanted them to be wider to fit his 22″ monitor, another narrower to fit her old monitor but it goes to show you can’t please all of the people all of the time.
It’s so powerful that I’m not to grips with all the bells and whistles yet but as I keep telling them, you can’t break them by pressing the wrong button. In the admin panel I can however, so much more scary for me and administrator Aunt Sally.
Between the forum upgrade, my hectic life as a media superstar and keeping customers happy, because they pay the bills, I’ve finished the third book. Now I can take a bit of time for myself and get on with allotment.
Back to the Plot
We’ve acquired a load of paving slabs from next door but one so I can put some hard paths between the deep beds. I’ll just lay them on the ground so if we ever move on the new tenant can take them up easily if they want.
I think it’s very important to remember you don’t own an allotment, you rent it and one day someone else will be standing where you are. In fact, that’s something some thing we should keep in mind about everything. One day we won’t be here and our children, or their children will stand in our place. Let’s leave the planet better than we found it.
Talking of the planet, I don’t know if you watched the Jamie Oliver program about pigs and pork. It’s an absolute disgrace that British farmers have to keep their pigs in relatively humane conditions but EU farmers don’t and can freely import their cruelly produced cheap pork into the UK, driving our farmers out of business.
I don’t mind admitting to shouting at the telly during this one. I always thought Danish bacon was good. Even though I was in marketing for years, I get fooled. They were too ashamed to show how a significant proportion of their pigs are treated.
I’m not a soppy person, well except about my cats, but this brought tears to my eyes. Castrating piglets without anaesthetic, keeping sows in stalls where they cannot move – it’s sick and abominable.
I’m wary of flash in the pan campaigns. They make a splash one day, forgotten the next. But I would ask you to take a look at Compassion in World Warming. They’ve laboured away for forty years to improve animal welfare standards. It was started by a farmer and they’re not extremists or ignorant of the economics of farming. They aim for realistic goals that are achievable and actually do make a difference.