Radio Fivee Livee (or, Mr E and Dr V’s five minutes of fame)

It was quite appropriate that when I was invited to appear on Radio 5 Live’s excellent Pods and Blogs segment it would be along with Mr Eugenides. Pods and Blogs is part of Up All Night, a radio programme that both Mr Eugenides and I are big fans of.

That’s not the only thing we have in common. It’s probably fair to say that neither of our pseudonyms lend themselves nicely to radio. At one point it was suggested that we could be referred to as Mr E and Dr V, but we wisely settled on using our real names.

I was on to talk about this week’s Scottish Blogging Roundup, and Mr Eugenides was this week’s editor of the Britblog Roundup, which has become a regular feature of Pods and Blogs in the past couple of months. If you’re interested in listening to it, the podcast is here (the relevant bit is around 27 minutes in, but I recommend listening to the whole thing) and show notes are here.

(Update: Matt Wardman has now uploaded the relevant bit on its own.)

Unfortunately, I was not on very good form, so I’m not sure if I did the Scottish Roundup justice. I had literally just got in from a tiring day at work and I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare (excuses, excuses! I know). Then I couldn’t work out how to use Skype, so that was even more last-minute rushing around. So I wasn’t very relaxed and to be honest I wasn’t really in the mood to talk much (which is why you hear a lot more of Mr Eugenides than you hear of me in the interview!).

When I did talk it was pretty nervy and rambling. I had to keep in mind that I was supposed to be brief and concise. At one point I was asked if I had an opinion on the story about the BBC, the media and bias. This is a bit like asking a fat drunkard to be sick, but just a little bit, and try to aim it in this cup. The result was a mess.

I even forgot to mention the name of the important blog that had the video of Brian Ashcroft! So many apologies to Pat Kane and Scottish Futures.

Also, in hindsight it might have been interesting to mention the time that I was kind of shot at by a kid with an airgun. I spent so long talking about airguns without remembering how close I was to the story in a way. But there you go.


  1. Tumbler of whisky first is the key.

    I made some notes somewhere that I’ll post.

    And the Pope is the Holy Father not the Godfather in case you overdo it…

  2. Milestone! Holyrood Watcher’s was the 4,000th legitimate comment posted here. Just happened to spot that.

    It’s funny, I’ve been on the radio four times now. The first time should have been the most difficult because not only was it the first time, but it was also live. But it went really well (no whisky was involved)! Since then I think I have become a bit worse each subsequent time!

  3. You’ve come a long way my son!

    Heh, well done chap and all the best for the future. Maybe you’ll end up on Newsnight or something next.