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Posted Thursday, 15 March 2007 at 16:47

The last couple of days have been a bit of a whirlwind and I apologise for not having blogged.

I have just finished a Question Time panel with a group of schools from across Bedfordshire. There is nothing more stimulating than being in a room full of teenagers, and nothing more frightening  than sitting down in front of them and knowing they are about to fire numerous questions at you!

Frank Branson, elected mayor of Bedford was also on the panel. Now Frank thinks I don’t like him – that’s not true, a successful businessman and obviously devoted father and husband I have no problem with. Frank as the hypocritical politician is a different matter.

The students asked a question about the Olympics. Frank Branson is the Chairman of BOOST (Bedfordshire Olympic Opportunities Support Team). 

Frank answered the question by saying, “Frankly, I wish the Olympics had gone to Paris and not to here, I wish we hadn’t won it”

Excuse me? Is that not a tad hypocritical? I, like many people, are concerned about the escalating cost of staging the Olympics, however, I was thrilled that we won the bid, a great day for the country – and I am not even the Chair of an Olympics Committee!

I played two tracks in my car on the way here. The first is by Jose Gonzalez, Heartbeats – achingly beautiful. The second track is one which every politician should play in his or her heart every now and then - it’s Free by the Lighthouse Family. Whether you are rich or poor, strong or weak, black or white, ill or well – one day we all may have to carry each other.

John Ball is 94

 
 
 
John said:
Responded: Thursday, 15 March 2007
Enjoy your day out tomorrow at the Bedfordshire tourist attractions and think of them in the year 2012 as a fear they may experience a sharp drop in takings whilst that little event is staged. The info on the Tourism Week suggest £3 billion attributed by caravaners, good to see Madam Beckett has some use. Pity she didn't take it up full time, it may have saved us the £3oo million expected EU fine for the farming fiasco she presided over, and how many hospital Trusts would that get out the mire? Branson, he's in a pickle so don't fret about him.
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Thursday, 15 March 2007
Thank goodnes for that! I thought you had given up blogging for a minute. Just heard you on the radio, again.Do you carry a reporter around in your pocket or something?
 
 
James said:
Responded: Thursday, 15 March 2007
Why 94?
 
 
James said:
Responded: Thursday, 15 March 2007
Nadine I won't sleep tonight not knowing why 94. John Ball is column in BOS right?
 
 
James said:
Responded: Thursday, 15 March 2007
sleeping pills it is then.......
 
 
Katie said:
Responded: Thursday, 15 March 2007
Nadine could you please put James out of his misery. Men are not gifted with the brains (or beauty) of a women and need certain things explaining.
 
 
David said:
Responded: Thursday, 15 March 2007
Bloody good blog Nadine, entertaining read. Dorry don't worry James I don't get the 94 comment either, must be a bloke thing!
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Thursday, 15 March 2007
You have no idea the trouble I have just gone through to get to a computer to answer this, you really don't! Re '94 - don't any of you read Private Eye or Iain Dale?
 
 
Nadine said:
Responded: Thursday, 15 March 2007
Yes, it is John Ball from BoS!
 
 
Ron said:
Responded: Friday, 16 March 2007
Nothing more frightening than an audience of teenagers? How about those delinquents you face on a regular basis in Westminster? How about a real challenge? Get a few of your constituents together for a good old chinwag. Yes an audience with...Nadine, a one women show! That would be a Whirlwind Google came up with a Msgr John Ball (Roman Catholic)he was 94 until he died on Sunday.
 
 
Spycatcher said:
Responded: Friday, 16 March 2007
I reckon it could be a coded message. John Ball is 94? why not 93 or 95? Perhaps Jack is involved? Perhaps we should watch out for the next Blog or comment?
 
 
Katie said:
Responded: Friday, 16 March 2007
Could be a Liverpudlian expression meaning someone is very old and outdated. Hope not, not as intriguing. Could be slang language of course. Hope James managed some sleep.
 
 
Anonymouse said:
Responded: Friday, 16 March 2007
Could be Spycatcher. Just heard local news...Nadine is calling for Frankie to be sacked as Mayor....
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Friday, 16 March 2007
Ian Hislop would give your readers a good slapping !! Go out and buy the 'Eye' now !!!! 'dya hear ???????
 
 
Katie said:
Responded: Friday, 16 March 2007
Calm down Anonymous, it's only a bit of fun.
 
 
John Ball said:
Responded: Friday, 16 March 2007
Fame at last
 
 
Jane said:
Responded: Friday, 16 March 2007
What a great day for the tour Nadine. Doesn't it make you feel good.............even if it is down to climate change....
 
 
said:
Responded: Friday, 16 March 2007
No John Ball not fame, more like infamy
 
 
Anonymous said:
Responded: Sunday, 18 March 2007
"Frankly, I wish the Olympics had gone to Paris and not to here, I wish we hadn’t won it." Yes this is indeed one of the most outrageous statements this pompous ass has ever made, and well done Nadine for reporting it in your blog and getting it on the front page of Beds on Sunday today. The Labour hierarchy, which mainly supports Branston, will be hotly embarrassed by this development. Just out of interest, did Patrick Hall MP, who was also at the meeting, comment or say anything to Frank about it? Or was he as obsequious as usual in the presence of The Master?
 
 
 
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