Budget

Posted by Jeni in LBC | 12 March 2008

If you want to know how much I know about budgeting - look at my bank statement. Imagine my terror when I was told we were going to be doing the budget for the whole of the programme. As it turned out we had Tom Cheal in, LBC reporter, who was articulate, informed and 'just the job'. Apart from Tom I had an estate agent and a Green Pundit, both of whom highlighted the omissions of our dearest Darling and, before you could say, 'pass me my calculator', Chancellor Darling, dear heart, had left Westminster Palace - and so we moved on - to 'Rudeness'!

Calls came in thick and fast with stories of bad manners yobbish behaviour in Dartford and how little energy it takes to say a simple 'thankyou'.

I was given nine and a half out of ten, from Palmers Green, for my broadcasting skills and much less from some geezer in Lewisham.

I wanted to talk about Delia Smith and how she's put the culinary clock back years on the mistaken premise that the poor prefer to cook food if it comes out of tins. Supermarkets are laughing all the way to the bank.

Gambling addiction was our last subject in which we talked about the young man who tried to sue William Hill for 2,000,000. He lost - and most of you thought it was fair. Addiction' however, is not fair on anybody, especially the addict.

That's it for tonight. I have to work out my budget for next week.

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Comments

1. At March 13, 2008 9:34 PM Stephanie wrote:

I wanted to talk about Delia Smith and how she's put the culinary clock back years on the mistaken premise that the poor prefer to cook food if it comes out of tins.

The fall - or rather, smug saunter downwards - of St. Delia has been the subject of oodles of e-mails this week. I confess, I did buy the book, but it was online, weeks ago and before I knew it was so stuffed full of brand names. And what a bad plan to have this on the BBC! It's hilarious and tragic at the same time to see her trying to coyly hide the label on what is screamingly obviously a tin of M&S mince.

Hmm, there's a thought. If it's a publication aimed at the poor, then the M&S slant is probably a little misguided.

Friend of mine suggests the whole deal should be subtitled 'How To... make a packet by opening one' :)

On a completely different note, was there any discussion of Terry Pratchett and his donation on the show? I've liked his books since I was a kid, and thought his speech to the AD society was one of the most funny, near-the-knuckle and sob-inducing thing I've read in a long time.

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