Broadcaster and campaigner Anne Diamond's take on the local issues that matter
PUBLISHED: 16:13 20 April 2010 | UPDATED: 11:47 28 February 2013
It's great to be writing for Berkshire & Buckinghamshire Life – as I have been seeing such a lot of it since starting my mid-morning show on BBC Radio Berkshire just a few months ago...
Broadcaster and campaigner Anne Diamonds take on the local issues that matter...
Its great to be writing for Berkshire & Buckinghamshire Life as I have been seeing such a lot of it since starting my mid-morning show on BBC Radio Berkshire just a few months ago.
This is undoubtedly the most interesting area I have ever worked in its full of characters, its bursting with song (so many choirs!), bristling with wildlife and waterways, sumptuous historic houses and gardens (spent a great day at Highclere, eyeing up the Egyptian collections) and history (did a fascinating outside broadcast from Reading Museum).
Right now, Berkshire has also become one of those intriguing political barometer areas, with several marginal seats in the General Election and an electorate who were rightly upset by the MPs expenses scandal from the earliest, when Bracknells Andrew McKay was exposed for effectively claiming for two second homes and using public funds to pay for both of them.
If theres any good to have come of it, then perhaps it has educated us voters to be far more demanding of the people who represent us in Parliament. But its no good just moaning about them, weve got to knowwhat we want and make them deliver.
So what do folk in this area want? From what I hear on my radio show, strong action to rid city centres of drunken youths at night, particularly in Reading, Maidenhead and Slough, a solution to the endless plague of litter and perhaps more financial help for those who want to embrace green technology like turbines and solar panels, but cannot afford it.
Talking of technology, this month, I found myself inside a surgical theatre at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, witnessing an operation being performed by a robot! Robbie the Robot is a multi-armed monster designed to perform the most finely-detailed cutting and splicing in the most hard-to-reach places, taking keyhole surgery to a whole new level, and so reducing the risk of infection and speeding up recovery.
So there I was, all dressed up in my scrubs, watching Robbie whip out a mans prostate. Just days later, whilst I was interviewing patients in the dialysis ward, I met the man whod been on that very table fit, well and full of beans.
Now the Royal Berks is having to campaign and raise a million quid to keep Robbie. Perhaps one of our new MPs will make such a good cause their new priority!
Something else well discover soon how BBC Berkshire has fared in the prestigious Sony Radio Awards. Its been nominated for FOUR, more than any other local radio station. One of the awards is for The New Ballad of Reading Gaol, a community based project which got local young offenders discovering a new talent for writing! The breakfast shows Andrew Peach is nominated for Best Speech Broadcaster, up against the likes of Melvyn Bragg and David Attenborough, so keep your fingers crossed for him! Well know on May 10!
Listen to Annes weekday show on BBC Radio Berkshire, 95.4 and 104.1FM, from 10am to 1pm.
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