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As you’ll have noticed from my twitter feed yesterday, I managed to get a joke I’d written featured on BBC Radio 4 Extra’s Newsjack last night. If you want to hear it, then it’s available on iPlayer for another week, which you can listen to by clicking here. You should listen to the whole thing of course, but if you’re in a rush, my joke is at 21:20.

It’s the first time I’ve ever submitted anything to Newsjack, so maybe it’s beginner’s luck, but having something I’ve written appear on air does feel rather good. Now I just need to get on and try and think of things to submit for next week’s show.

Newsjack is open to anyone who wants to submit, so if you think you can do better than me, go ahead! The official website is here and the information on how to submit is here. Good luck!

UPDATE: And thanks to Jennie for reminding me that it’s available to download as a podcast as well.

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Because how many broadcasting companies attract this sort of love?

I’m trying to decide what my favourite rhyme from it is – is it ‘Fireman Sam’ and ‘The Ascent Of Man’, or ‘John Peel’ and ‘Children In Need Appeal’?

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I’m listening to Five Live, wanting to keep up with any news of Rasmussen’s withdrawal from the Tour de France, only to discover that one of the guests is Claire Fox from the Revolutionary Communist Party Living Marxism LM Institute of Saying Whatever Will Get Us On The Air Ideas, spouting the old nonsense about ‘why shouldn’t they all take drugs if they want to?’, though not taking that to the logical conclusion that, really, why should they do it all on bikes? Surely it would be quicker for them all to drive or fly along the route, or maybe even just take the Eurostar straight from Paris to London and declare themselves the winner. After all, why should the contestants let themselves be constrained by those outdated old rules that say they must follow a defined route using a bike?

While it’s good that the BBC are repeating On The Hour (Tuesdays at 10.30pm on BBC7) and are advertising it on other radio stations, I do have to wonder just how many people will notice it’s a trailer when it’s played in the middle of Nicky Campbell on Five Live?

Further to my previous post, I’m now trying to work out whether it’s worthwhile trying to influence the Virgin Top 500 next year. I’ve just been listening to the Top 10, and inbetween my bursts of extreme doubt about whether some people should be allowed to listen to music, I’m wavering between the opinion that a poll that can be topped by Snow Patrol needs to be subverted and the belief that even if we were successful, would anyone notice.

Indeed, has it been done already? I find myself gravitating towards that opinion, just because otherwise one has to believe that there are a substantial number of people in this country who believe that Snow Patrol, Razorlight and The Killers have produced some of the best songs of all time.

I’m just listening to Virgin Radio’s all-time top 500 songs and it’s got me wondering whether anyone’s ever attempted to organise joke voting for one of these polls? OK, you could argue that some of the results could only be the result of a sick joke on the behalf of the music industry, but has there ever been a poll of this sort where, say, ‘The Chicken Song’ has ended up in the top 10?