Only In England

There’s a Gardener’s World Question Time programme on the car radio when I climb in after a brief visit to the allotment this is broadcast from the North east market town of Barnard Castle.

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The presenter, Eric Robson, after the obligatory history-in-a-nutshell begins, to laughter from the audience by reading out an article from the Teesdale mercury newspaper, headed :

“Sorry, No Nudists Here.”

Last week the Teesdale Mercury reported how Welsh nudists would be part of a panel at Gardener’s Question Time … this was a mistake. What we should have reported was that panel members for the radio programme have in the past visited Welsh nudist clubs. Our young reporter momentarily lost his concentration when he read the word nudist in the press release and made the unfortunate slip of the pen.

However we can gladly report that sales of tickets for the event have gone very well since we published our initial story.

We apologise to anyone who has booked a ticket expecting to see naked horticulturalists.”

By the time the reading was over I was back at home, smiling quietly. I didn’t care to listen to the remainder of the show; some catching up of work to be done and the time just stole away as it is wont to do at weekends.

This can be a marvellous way to lose half an hour or so when I am in the mood: the information, the opinions, the topical tip and pure exchange of stories and banter is charming and educational.

And, every now and again there is a small jewel dropped in to the programme such as this No Nudists opening.

Only in England, I suspect.

Tonight driving home from work I cannot help but marvel at the layers of sky, from pale blue at the horizon, pink overhead with a range of grey clouds dancing in the periphery of Storm Henry … and noting that at five pee em it is still light enough to drive without lights … spring is coming; this is February 1st after all!


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