I'm such a pompous snob that I have never bothered to watch this show before, but my common-as-muck friends love it. Plus everybody's heard about it through all the unavoidable news headlines. And I've got to admit I'm hooked, and am watching it now. It's quite troubling to see people voluntarily submit themselves to public humiliation, and I'm not comfortable with the way insects and reptiles are mistreated so that we can be served up with squeamish entertainment. But Ant and Dec provide some quality links. And I want Stacey to win!
Talking about public humiliation I have offered myself up for some. I am appearing as my creation "Fred Slattern - Colchester's Slum Poet" with extracts from Fred's latest collection "Fanfare for the Common Van".
It will be at "The Poetry Slam" at Colchester Arts Centre on 2 December. As audience reaction helps decide the winner, I'm hoping Fred's people will turn out for him. Or will it be the current day equivalent of bear-baiting, with the audience wanting to rip me to shreds? Give me no sympathy; I am, after all, a voluntary patient.