A word to Jo, who e-mailed after Friday's programme: "Jeremy Vine, that
yellow suit, blue shirt (or was it pink?) and a mauve tie with
polkadots...... WHY? I haven't been able to sleep since."
As a result of that - to enable Jo and the others who wrote to rest easy
- I've now instituted an overhaul in the procedure for dressing in the
morning: the bedroom light goes on first. Nothing wrong with a spot of
We spent last night discussing Iraq; tonight it's Northern Ireland.
There is the faintest footballing connection - some years ago it emerged
that members of the Iraqi national squad were tortured after a series of
bad results. The news that Neil Lennon, Northern Ireland's captain, is
stepping down after an alleged paramilitary death threat is shocking; it
puts the Province's ongoing sectarian strife up in lights for the world
to see. We'll talk about it.
Then to another area of strife: Spain's Basque separatists have a
political wing which the Spanish Government wants to make illegal. Does
the move prevent Spain from ever striking its version of the Downing
Street Agreement, which brought Sinn Fein into the mainstream and
stopped the worst of the violence?
We'll also be talking about the internet. Who was it who once suggested
that an infinite number of monkeys, sitting at typewriters, would
eventually type the complete works of Shakespeare? The net seems to
disprove the theory, and a man who says we must resist American web
domination will tell us what his alternative model would be.
Plus, mortgage defaulting set to soar. Along with the beach hut that
went for £65,000, it's the latest 1988-style indicator of the property
market downturn to come.
See you at 10.30, in appropriate clothes.