Five things that have been amusing me this week:
Listening… to James O’Brien. I don’t like music radio (I’m too set in my musical ways to have anybody else choosing what I listen to) but I do like talk radio, and James O’Brien’s phone-in show on LBC (weekday mornings at 10AM) is always informative, entertaining and enlightening. Unlike some other phone in hosts, he never lets people get away with talking rubbish. If someone is talking twaddle or repeating lies they’ve read in the press, he’ll sort them out fairly quickly. He’ll admit when he’s wrong, admit when he doesn’t know something, isn’t afraid to get emotional and he’s deeply intelligent and an all-round nice person. He’s just brilliant. I think I may actually heart him a little bit.
Tying… a butterfly knot. The TV show Innocent, which ran this week Monday-Thursday on ITV, was a thriller about a man (Lee Ingleby, who was fantastic) who’d been falsely accused of his wife’s murder. But had he done it? If not him, who? There were loads of red herrings and several of them hinged around the knot that was used to tie up the woman’s corpse in a tarpaulin. Several of the characters knew how to tie a butterfly knot. And now, thanks to a handy app, I do too. This may or may not come in handy if I ever have to dispose of a corpse.
Watching… As well as Innocent, it’s been a good week on telly. The Split continues to be engrossing in a Brothers and Sisters sort of way. A new series of Humans started last night. And the latest series of Friday Night Dinner is as consistently brilliant as ever.
Avoiding… the Royal Wedding. I quite like Princess Markle from what I’ve seen of her, but I still can’t be faffed to get excited about a load of posh people having a party. Though when I put it like that it sounds very much like Made In Chelsea, which I do watch every week. Anyway, while the wedding of the year is in progress I’ll be on a train heading north for the golden wedding of my aunt and uncle. I wonder if Prince Harry and Princess Markle will still be married in 50 years’ time?
Hoping… that lots of bookshops decide to stock Holby City: Behind the Screen. So far people have mostly been buying it online, but I hope that having it stocked in more shops will attract the eye of Holby fans who don’t necessarily spend as much time on the internet as I do.