Wednesday 5 October


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Part 1: Hellos & Menu

Parts 2 & 3: Teachers: Expect Violence!
For our first phone-in we’ll find out who else thinks teachers should expect to get assaulted at least once in their career? That’s what former maths teacher Richard Farrer who’d been stabbed by a 14-year-old pupil, was told by magistrates. We’re going to hear more from RIchard today - and from you. Do some jobs - nurses, coppers, post office workers - carry with them an expectation of violence? If you’ve got something to say, pick up the phone.

Josie’s in charge of this morning’s paper review.

Part 4: Today’s Papers

Part 5: Do Decent Dads Lose Touch With Kids?
Then for our next debate, do decent dads really lose touch with their kids after splitting from mum? 40 per cent do apparently - 40 per cent! They blame the ex for driving them away or moving to the other end of the country; their new families for grieving them if they see their other kids; while some claim it simply hurts too much to stay in touch. Do any of these excuses cut it with you?

Part 6: Don’t Paw The One Before!
After that: Don’t paw the one before - in short, should you consciously keep a distance from your most recent ex when you’ve found love with someone else? Was Mike Tindall dancing with danger hooking up with an old flame just weeks after tying the knot with Zara Philips? Even if you’ve parted best mates, isn’t it best to keep a little distance, if only for the sake of your new partner?

Part 7: Big Brother: Dowling Vs Davina
And finally, one for all you big brother fans: who’s the best host? The original, Davina McCall, or the newcomer, former champ Brian Dowling?

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Comments (18)

  • michael

    over 2 years ago


    quick comment about kids leaving at 14. my mom left at 15 with no skills or qualifications but worked full time in the 1950s, however the set up was different, employers then worked with schools and there was on the job training and apprenticeships and most.employers then didnt ask for long job interviews, application forms or c.vs., was not difficult then. now most employers require skills, experience and qualifications which means 14 year olds have little chance. its employers fault really by not providing training, apprenticeships and connecting with schools, colleges, unis etc and helping, supporting kids etc. although the attitude to work was different then, most worked for survival, gogetting really wasnt important as long as they had a wage and enough money to do what they wanted, pay bills etc, gogetting and getting ahead is a more recent thing from Thatcher based on status. in the black country most were in the same boat and helped one another. kids leaving at 14 wont work if there is no connections, avenues they can go through.

  • Wayne Briggs

    over 2 years ago

    Wayne Briggs

    The family courts in this country are a disgrace. Good fathers become embroiled in an extremist feminist system that is merely in place as an industry for corrupt people. I have had 4 years of hell, and have represented myself in court for what is over 35 hearings now! I have met grand mothers who have lost sons to suicide as they can't stand the pain, emotionally or financially. It happens on a regular basis. Perhaps the biggest argument though - that they work in the child's 'best interests' is completely falsified by the fact that unvetted step-parents i.e. mum's new boyfriend can simply stroll in to any childs life. And all this happens in secret courts on a par with the regime in North Korea. Conspiracy written all over it. Something has to be done

  • Dai

    over 2 years ago


    is the moderator a family court judge

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  • Rosebery

    over 2 years ago


    I would say one shouldon't expect violence as a teacher but school seems to be going up the wall now with kids not being allowed to put their hands up - another issue all together. Okay in my opinion I think he should keep seeing the kid and if a wife comes into the situation on the blokes side saying don't then he should get a back bone and push for it.

  • lesley Garratt

    over 2 years ago

    lesley Garratt

    Josie should be a regular on the panel as she is very funny

  • dell

    over 2 years ago


    dell i went to court for my daughter for about 3, 4 yrs and because the mom just told lies like everytime my daughters sees me she wets the bed and has nikghtmares. i pay csa but cant see my child. she told me she would say i was dead, i would send things in the post as the courts said i should but it all got sent back. i still send birthday cards but i dont know if she gets them. because of heartless csa and im only working part time {because if i work full time the csa take all the extra money} i cant affored courts. it has been 10 yrs now and my daughter is 15. now she is at the age to understand maybe, if i can find her i can get to talk to her and maybe get somewere

  • a worried dad

    over 2 years ago

    a worried dad

    My ex disappeared with my kid in 07, suffering severe psychosis, despite other professionals raising alarm bells, i was ignored by social services, Social services stopped me seeing my kid due to my size and removed me from police stating that i will use police powers to find her. She was passed back to me in 08 by another social services when the mum attempted to suffocate her and raised exact same concerns as i raised in 07. My social services still have no concerns. Since my kid has made disclosed serious stuff regarding another family member and we reported and still been ignored, medical reports been altered by social services. they have now done me for emotional abuse for reporting disclosures and taking her to GP

  • susan

    over 2 years ago


    Yes my husband lost touch with my 3 grown up children they are now 30, 24, and 26 years old he left us when my children where 4, 6,and 10 years old we live in the same town he lives 30 mins away from me and he never talks to our children as never sent them presents and never paid any money for there upbringing i have done it all myself and i love them all to bits and there children . he as missed out

  • sam

    over 2 years ago


    really wish liz would get her words out a bit quicker!!! get your veneers filed down love! aaarrrggghhhhh

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  • Mary

    over 2 years ago


    I worked for 5 years in a school for Emotionally Behavourably Disturbed Seniors Pupils, in the east end of London, as a school secretary, whilst the teachers were attacked, the ancillary staff made it quite clear that we did not have a career to worry about, therefore any thing dished out would be repaid double, we did not get attacked.

  • sue

    over 2 years ago


    my son is in primary school , and a child in his class aged 8 took a knife into school to threaten some other children i went to the head mistress and all she could say to me was he has behaviolal problems , he wasnt suspended the police wasnt called , i mentioned it to 1 of the school governers who had heard nothing about it . there is no guild lines for pupils no punishment i imagine he will be threatening teachers in high school he knows no better he gets away with it

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  • Tash Amis

    over 2 years ago

    Tash Amis

    Teachers should not be subjected to any type of violence whether physical or verbal! Bring back corporal punishment - that's why it's all gone wrong! No respect for teachers, elderly or basically anyone in their path!! My School was v. strict - you got the ruler or cane if you misbehaved, you got it once and you didn't want it again!

  • George, Glasgow

    over 2 years ago

    George, Glasgow

    I was employed as an office supervisor about 10 years ago, when one of my subordinates came up to me in the middle of the office and slapped me across the face! Shocked and unnerved, I informed my manager, to be informed the reason for the attack was pre-menstrual stress. She was given a two day paid holiday and I was told to get on with my work.

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