Michelle Gayle discusses her foray into the literary world.
Part 1: Hellos & Menu
Parts 2 & 3: Do Circuses Need Animals?
That very question will be debated by MPs tomorrow. I thought we’d steal a march on them by discussing it today. Animals have been entertaining people for 100s if not 1000s of years but that ancient tradition may be about to come to end. The animal rights lot say its cruel to make wild tigers and elephants dance to the ringmaster’s whip. But with so few circuses featuring animals these days due to falling demand, is the issue even worth discussing in parliament?
We’ll hear what you have to say about that before we go to Aldo for the rest of the day’s headlines.
Part 4: Today’s Papers
Part 5: Boys, Bedrooms & Broadband
The mother of a 19-year-old Essex lad arrested for alleged computer hacking has told journalists how her son had spent the last four years leaving like a recluse in his bedroom, a slave to his PC. I know he’s not the only home-based hermit hooked on computing: do you worry about what your teenager’s doing upstairs? Are boys the chief problem or do girls hideaway upstairs too?
Part 6: Don’t Give Money To The Homeless?
Then are you one of those won’t give money to the homeless? Do you walk past beggars without acknowledging them? Do you fret that if you give a pound they’ll only spend it on brown or crack or booze? Are you right to think that way? Or incredibly selfish?
Part 7: Do Fathers Need A Mumsnet?
Do fathers need an online internet forum like mumsnet, the dismal site frequented by foul-mouthed bullying harpies with too much time on their hands? One site for mums has as many as 25,000 posts a day. How many posts are there on a new site for fathers called Daddy be Good? I’ll tell ya: two and one of them’s a message from the founder. Proof fathers don’t need an online forum? That’s for you to decide.