Tonight's Radio 4 PM news programme had a feature on pauses (a few minutes ago). but no one there had asked me to go on the show.
Nor had anyone bothered to ask me about how pauses work in conversation, speaking, presenting - whether on radio, television or everyday life.
Maybe the trouble is that there's no one at the BBC - including PM presenter, Eddie Mair (above), who has read any of my books.
If he, they (or you) had done so, they'd/you'd have a fair idea about how pauses work in a wide variety of different settings. If the feature continues tomorrow, there's plenty of time to phone me or perhaps even read one of them.
I'm not very optimistic, but watch this space.
(P.S. note the quadruple alliteration in the title).
Watching highlights from the third 2010 election debate makes me wonder (again) whether they're a good idea
I've just been watching David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Gordon Brown (above) slugging it out in the prime ministerial general election debates (HERE ) and wondering whether we'll get to see and hear Messrs Cameron, Clegg and Miliband in 2015?
One thing I'd forgotten was that the BBC website magazine had asked me what I thought about the debate (notes under the above video clip).
But they haven't yet asked me what I think should happen in 2015 - even though I've blogged extensively about why I think it's not a very good idea.
I hope that, given my former associations with Paddy Ashdown, the Liberal Democrats, critical comments elsewhere on this blog about Messrs Cameron and Miliband, etc. the BBC doesn't think I have any political bias.
One of the things I take considerable pride in is the fact that none of my books, including the latest one published last month (Seen & Heard) is anything other than politically neutral.
One of my agents tells me that the best way to sell my new book is to put a picture of it on my blog.
I am grateful to Mark Pack for drawing my attention to this new slogan - for which I was not directly responsible, even though the third item is longer than each of the first two!
For those of you who, unlike me, didn't have their eyes tested yesterday, the list is as follows:
- Stronger Economy.
- Fairer Society.
- Opportunity for Everyone.
As for why a longest third item is a good idea, all is (at least partially) explained in my books.
As for the main message about the growth of wind power, I fear that my brother and his wife will not approve - for reasons best known to Christopher Booker...