The Worldwide Weblog of Donald Pincher

by Joshua Gaskell

Tag: Radio 4

Sunday, 3rd June 2018

Absolutism, n.

Pronunciation: /ˈabsəljuːtɪz(ə)m/
Etymology: < absolute adj. + -ism suffix

1. The practice of absolute government; absolute authority, despotism.
2. The belief among interviewees on the Today programme that ‘absolutely’ is a superior way of saying ‘yes’.

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Tuesday, 14th June 2016

I’ve just realised why Nicholas Parsons sounds so rambling when signing off at the end of Just A Minute: he does it as if he’s playing the game.

Saturday, 9th January 2016

I’m beginning to think that Radio 4 will only let you on the air if it’s possible to sing your name to the theme tune of Mona the Vampire:

  • Nomia Iqbal
  • Razia Iqbal
  • Chi Chi Izundu
  • Sima Kotecha
  • Sanjoy Majumder
  • Tulip Mazumdar
  • Sangita Myska
  • Lizo Mzimba
  • Mona Siddiqui
  • Anne-Marie Tomchak

Q.E.D.

Saturday, 19th December 2015

I wouldn’t mind the Book at Bedtime being so boring if it weren’t scheduled with such pinpoint precision at bedtime.

Saturday, 7th November 2015

A discussion between female friends, overheard in a stationary carriage at New Cross Gate:

PASSENGER 1: By my reckoning, only one in twenty episodes of the Today programme is actually listenable.
PASSENGER 2: How d’you work that out?
PASSENGER 1: Well, there’s a twenty per cent chance of Webb presenting, and then a twenty-five per cent chance that he will be paired with Husain. Ergo, there’s a five per cent chance – one in twenty – that Humphrys, Naughtie, and Montague will all be absent on the same day.
PASSENGER 2: I see. …But what about the news?

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