Friday, 30 September 2016

Radio Review: 30 September

It was a laugh a minute, thanks to Noel Edmonds

Written by Louis Barfe
See 'Noel Edmonds speaks to Dana the cat' here: http://bbc.in/2cOoyfW

It takes a lot to make me listen to Jeremy Vine (R2, weekdays, noon-2pm), but when he tweeted that Noel Edmonds would be comforting a distressed cat, I tuned in pronto.Louis-Barfe-colour-176 While I waited, I endured a decade-too-late discussion on making money from blogging. Seemingly, the best way to do this is to blog about making money from blogging. Fortunately, Noel made the wait worthwhile. ‘Every animal in the country knows who I am,’ he announced, admitting that ‘I’m not a vet’.

Jeremy had Dana the abandoned cat from Celia Hammond Animal Trust on his lap and placed her close to the speaker so she could hear noel on the phone. Given that hypnotists’ routines cannot be broadcast, I was amazed that transmitting Edmonds’s intervention was legal.

Recently he told a tweeter with cancer that it was down to his own negativity, but with felines Noel is sensitive. His pep talk consisted of telling her that he loved her and rhapsodising about famous Danas. No mention of Dana International, but we had the Irish singer and Queen Latifah, ‘whose real name is Dana, and whose star sign is Pisces, which means fish’. Noel paused for a moment to let this sink in, before ordering Vine to play Rescue Me by Fontella Bass (more fish, more positivity, more happiness).

Spookily, just as I was reminded of Monty Python’s ‘Confuse-A-Cat’ sketch, Edmonds admitted ‘pythons are tricky because of the lack of reaction’. I was laughing so hard that Jessie (the beagle pictured left) became distressed and left the room. Elder statesdog Lyttelton just gave me a withering look.

What a long, strange trip Edmonds’s career has been, from multi-coloured swap shop to pussy whisperer. Is he sending himself up or in urgent need of professional help? maybe it’s both.

Louis on Twitter: @LFBarfe or email: wireless@cheeseford.net


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