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Start The Week

By - November 21, 2005

I’ve just got back from participating in BBC radio’s “Start the Week” – an analogy for which does not really exist in the US, sadly. It’s a conversation between four pretty different folks, each Monday morning. Apparently a lot of people listen to the show here in the UK. Today it was me, Clive Stafford Smith, PD James, and Frederic Raphael. The program will be available here. Next up is more BBC and then CNN and some newspapers. Wow. This is all buildup to the main event tonight, which is the book awards ceremony. It’s a pretty big deal, the #2 man in govt. here, Gordon Brown, will be giving out the award. I very much expect Freakonomics to win, it’s the hands down runaway favorite….In any case, it’s been great fun to be here, and to see a few Searchblog readers. I hope I meet many more, the ones I have met are extremely interesting folks….

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  • Peter Jones

    Good talking to you and Michelle at Floridita. Best of luck at the awards tonight…

  • http://www.fruitysolutions.com Phil Wilks

    John,

    I’m a big fan of Andrew Marr and often enjoy his weekend television show called Sunday AM. I didin’t realise that you were going to be on Start The Week, but thankfully the BBC take the trouble to make most of their programmes available online!

    The direct link is: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/radio4_aod.shtml?radio4/starttheweek

    All the best,

    Phil Wilks (Bristol, UK)

  • nick

    heard you this morning on my way to work (I was late). Nice to put a voice to the text.

  • http://www.harriyott.com Simon Harriyott

    I was listening to it anyway, and then you came on. I was particularly impressed with the idea of buying bound printouts of out-of-print books.

  • Wally

    I enjoyed the contribution too. You were a bit shut out on one or two occassions – as a result the converstion drifted off topic – the best strategy for people appearing on such shows seems to be to have two or three prepared soundbites to put over, and get them in at the first opportunity, irrespective of the question you were asked!

    W.