Thursday 17 May


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Part 1: Hellos & Menu

Parts 2 & 3: Are Lurid Recycling Bags An Eyesore?
First up: are lurid recycling bags an eyesore? Are the non-degradable containers in garish hues of red, blue and orange even more unpleasant on the eye than litter? Former daytime telly stars Richard and Judy have been moaning about how recycling sacks have destroyed the Cornish countryside near their mansion - but are they a necessary evil?

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

Part 4: Today’s Papers

Part 5: One In Three 11 Year Olds Can’t Swim!
After that: should we be alarmed by the fact one in three 11 year olds can’t swim as today’s papers claim. A lack of swimming lessons in schools, a lack of parental encouragement and the high price of tickets to public pools have all bee blamed. But what if anything are we going to do about it?

Part 6: Should Britain Go Fully Metric?
After that: Is it time for Britain to go fully metric? I was one of the last people to be taught imperial at school, so everyone younger than me - which is about half the population - was brought up decimal. Is it fair to them for dinosaurs like me to want to sup pints, weigh myself in stones and walk for miles?

Part 7: Lazy? Work From Home!
And to wrap up proceedings I want to know if working from home is the career choice of the lazy? They want more of us to work from home during the Olympics and why not eh? Start when you like, don’t bother getting dressed, keep the telly on all day and go out for frequent pub lunches. Cor it’s tough - right?


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Comments (9)

  • Seares

    almost 2 years ago


    Yes, 1.7 m - slip of the digit!

  • gordon

    almost 2 years ago


    most of this junk is just anti american verbal diarrhoea. so what if we use both metric and imperial

  • Patrick

    almost 2 years ago


    I'm surprised that no mention was made of the basis of Imperial measurements - the human body. For example, "foot"; "yard" - from finger-tip to nose, "inch" - the width of the thumb. That is why they are practical and easy to visualise. Oh, and if we do have to go metric, please learn the correct pronunciation of "kilometre" - it's part of a set (centimetre, millimetre) where the emphasis is on the first syllable. We seem able to get kilogram right - why not kilometre?

  • Anon

    almost 2 years ago


    I think it's like asking someone to be billingaul, except it's much harder than understanding two languages at once!!! I have been arguing this for many many years!! We purchase our petrol in litres and measure our distance in miles and usage by miles per blooming gallon?!?!? Buy a pint of beer in the pub, but 500ml in a can?? It's ridiculous!!! Part of the regeneration and growth policy could include gangs of workers changing the road signs to kilometres. And here's a thought, the USA SAY they are the most technically advanced and democratic society on the planet, yet the STILL use our outdated Imperial (GET IT, IMPERIAL!!!) system!! Finally, one fact I bet you didn't know about the metric system: The measurement of 1mm is as so because the distance from the equator to the North Pole is EXACTLY 1,000,000mm's.

  • Paul, Romford

    almost 2 years ago

    Paul, Romford

    The aim of recycling is to reduce waste to landfill and make the most of recyclable materials, which helps save raw materials. We have different systems across the country because local councillors take the political decisions based on what their electorates want and what is commercially feasible in terms of finding markets for the recyclable materials. The best way to reduce the number of bags or bins is to stop producing waste in the first place.

  • George, Glasgow

    almost 2 years ago

    George, Glasgow

    Tell you what Seares you are a VERY tall person indeed at 2,70m?? Sure you don't mean 1.70m???

  • George, Glasgow

    almost 2 years ago

    George, Glasgow

    I'll tell you what REALLY does my nut in. We're asked to put our rubbish into these recycle bins and they have a half life themselves of about 2 the a half million years!!! What an absolute waste of time!!!!!

  • Gareth

    almost 2 years ago


    I have heard news reporters use metric and imperial in the same sentence!

  • Seares

    almost 2 years ago


    Here I am, sitting in a caravan in Scarborough. The van is 6.5 m long and 2.55 m wide. It's pulled by a car taking fuel at £1.43 per litre, yet runs at 25 miles per gallon. In the local pub I get beer in pints, though soft drinks are sold in 330 ml cans. I weigh 67 kg and am 2.70 m tall. Easy to remember. Our two systems of measurement make life complicated. About time we joined the rest of the world- with one old colonial exception (USA) and became fully metric.