Straight down the line

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On Marty in the Morn­ing ( Lyric FM) Marty Whe­lan en­joys some ban­ter with his traf­fic cor­re­spon­dent, “the great Elaine O’Sul­li­van”. On Mon­day she re­ports on de­lays to trains due to me­chan­i­cal is­sues. “When you say me­chan­i­cal is­sues, does that mean it’s bro­ken?” Whe­lan asks, chuck­ling. When O’Sul­li­van fudges – “I’ll leave that to the en­gi­neers” – the host de­light­edly sug­gests that a ca­reer in pol­i­tics beck­ons. “It’s bro­ken,” Whe­lan con­cludes, “let’s call a spade a spade.” For a pre­sen­ter much given to his stream-of-con­scious­ness style, it’s un­usu­ally straight talk­ing.

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