got and email from Tracey last night to see if i wanted to be on her panel this morning, as some bloke had dropped out (it’s great to be wanted!). She had actually talked about me coming with her to somerset sound for a while, so i didn’t feel like too much of a stand-in.
i was on a ‘green’ panel, consisting of Tracey, who created ‘national downshifting wk’ and who lives just round the corner from me, my good self, and Gyles, director of the Magdalen Project (a few miles away from us, and where Fraser is going for 3 days on a school residential in Oct!).
We talked about stuff in the news (I selected this story where a woman had won £1.1 million on the lottery but not changed her lifestyle… i put forward the question, not ‘can money buy us happiness’, but ‘can STUFF buy us happiness?’. I was sort of making the point that it can’t, not always, even though most of us live as though it can and will). It was tricky as they only gave us the tabloids to select stories from, whereas I was kinda hoping for the Guardian, leftie snob that i am!).
any-hoo, it all went swimmingly. I mainly promoted fair trade, inc the monthly stall and bag scheme we do. I took in some choc-related FT snacks for the presenters to munch on – that seemed to go down well!
the presenter was the same one who had me on her show about 4-5 years ago, re dearbob… and she remembered! OK, so i mentioned that i’d been in before, and she said she remembered… it was the point at which I said ‘the book is very pink’ that i could see the cogs in her brain clicking before me.
i wonder if i might win an award for the most links in a post on a blog? well, it might win if i just compared it to other posts on this blog alone, i guess.
moving on… part of what was great about it was being able to chat freely about other ‘stuff’, and not just eco/FT stuff. I ended up promoting ben elton’s eco novels (‘stark’ and this ‘other eden’) but trashing his latest: Chart Throb (sorry Ben, but it’s just not as good as the rest) as well as contemplating, live on air, selling hubbie on ebay, along with his 20 or so boxes of CAR magazines currently sitting in the loft… as long as the price was right.
should you desire to listen to such varied waffle… i mean, life-changing discussion… then you can go to their website here, click on the ‘listen live/listen again’ bar, and under ‘morning Jo’ click on monday (18 June). We were on from the start of the show, for just over an hour.
Another plus to doing this sort of thing is just meeting like-minded people, like the fab mad Tracy, and Gyles, who lectures on sustainability in London when he’s not getting his hands dirty down on the farm! It’s great to make links with people who are almost literally on yr doorstep, who are keen to live simply and lightly on this planet, so that others can, as Tony Campolo once said, simply live.