Thursday 12 July


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Part 1: Hellos & Menu

Parts 2 & 3: Who Should Bail Out Flood Victims?
First up: who should bail flood victims? Rather than have insurers refuse to cover homes at risk of water damage, the government wants to set up a special repair fund - how? By getting every householder to pay 10 per cent more for their insurance! Is that fair? Surely those who live in daft places like flood plains should pay the consequences?

We’ll take calls on that before it’s over to Alex for the rest of today’s headlines.

Part 4: Today’s Papers

Part 5: What’s The Point Of Learning By Rote?
Moving on: What’s the point of learning by rote? Schools minister Nick Gibb wants kids to learn their times tables by heart. But teaching unions worry that’ll only serve to make maths even more boring. Lots of us learned by rote when we were young but times have changed. Will traditional techniques serve future generations well now we’re in the digital age?

Part 6: Good Wife? Doormat!
After that: Does being a good wife ultimately mean you’re a doormat? Alex here has said - perhaps tongue in cheek - that she wants to be a good Italian wife: work less, listen more to her husband and stroke his ego. Begs the question do good wives have to sacrifice their own interests for the greater good of the family? If so how can men be better husbands?

Part 7: Pink Clothes Worse For Girls Than Rihanna?
And to wrap up - Are pink clothes worse for little girls than Rihanna? While Rhianna, one might argue, is self-consciously sexy and in control, the pink thing is more insidious and subconscious: little girls associate pink with fairy tale princesses who can’t do anything with their pathetic little lives until some dimwitted prince comes to rescue them. So does pink stink worse than rhi-rhi?


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    Lively magazine show in which Matthew Wright and guests discuss the topical issues of the day.


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    Joining Matthew and panellists Saira Khan and Stephan K Amos, Dan Wright ((Big Cook Little Cook) has all the latest information on his Edinburgh show, Michael Jackson Touched Me.

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    Tough-talking property guru Sian Astley tells Matthew and panellists Saira Khan and Stephan K Amos about her latest series, Half Built House.

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  • Q.Silver

    almost 2 years ago


    Interesting. So "feminine" women are not allowed to be submissive? Submissive women have happier and longer relationships so you can keep your modern day divorces. Women who are in control haven't been asked out because men don't want or need the hassle, so keep your bossy, controlling selves and us men will marry the submissive women.

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  • Marion

    almost 2 years ago


    I would like to thank you all for highlighting the heartbreaking case of Lennox. You seem to be the only people in the media to have brought this to the public's attention. It has been noticeable that no one else will touch on this story, yet over 200,000 people world wide have got involved. You then announced the news of his death so sympathetically.......on behalf of all of us.........thank you again It seems there are more details emerging of the shameless harassment to people like the dignified and experienced Victoria Stillwell for one and so many questions unanswered..... we are hoping an inquiry will go into B.C.C's behaviour throughout this last 2 years. If so we would appreciate a follow up to this on your programme.

  • George, Glasgow

    almost 2 years ago

    George, Glasgow

    It just goes to show how we are so controlled in society. Up until Victorian times, it was baby boys who wore pink and baby girls wore blue!! So what does that tell us about following the crowd??

  • Richard

    almost 2 years ago


    Flood Victims - Why has nobody mention the EU. The UK pay loads of money into the coffers as an EU member. It's situations like these where the EU supplies funds to member states when disasters occurs. It seems the UK raises money to send for diasster relief abroad, but when diasters happen here it is not reciprocated.