VIC BAR­LOW TAKES AN AL­TER­NA­TIVE LOOK AT LIFE IN MAC­CLES­FIELD Sun was shin­ing, I could live with a dodgy rental car

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF -

OUR new pro­gram­ming sched­ule starts this month and you can ex­pect to hear new voices as well as the old favourites.

If you want to hear about all the lo­cal and na­tional sto­ries that are mak­ing the head­lines tune in to Chris Woolard on the com­mu­nity show Mon­day to Thurs­day be­tween 10am and 1pm.

Rob Bash­forth is also with you ev­ery Thurs­day evening with his Stop The Press show.

Chris and Rob will also be fea­tur­ing in­ter­views with lo­cal peo­ple who are mak­ing the head­lines.

Nick Wright re­mains in his ever-popular Rolled Gold slot ev­ery morn­ing be­tween 9 and 10. Nick is joined by his faith­ful friend DJ Dippy and will give you some gig­gles as well as play­ing some golden oldies and test­ing your mu­si­cal knowl­edge with his pop teasers.

Nick will also be co-pre­sent­ing the ra­dio club with Tr­ish Napier ev­ery Fri­day from 11am to 1pm. Scott Bar­ton con­tin­ues to wake you up ev­ery week­day morn­ing from 7 and keep you in­formed of any prob­lems on the roads and rail­ways.

Chris New­ton and his raiders of the lost ar­chive can now be heard ev­ery Mon­day at 10pm. Jessica Fo­ley moves to the af­ter­noon slot be­tween 1 and 3. We will an­nounce ex­cit­ing news about a new drive time pre­sen­ter in the next cou­ple of weeks – keep tuned in to 102.8 fm for up­dates. WHERE is the year go­ing! We can­not be­lieve we’re al­ready in Oc­to­ber – it must be be­cause we are so busy out and about with you, the lovely peo­ple of Cheshire!

We loved be­ing a part of the Mac­cles­field Half Marathon this week­end, it was great to see so many peo­ple turn­ing up to both run and support – even our mas­cot Cheshire got in­volved! Did you come and say hello?

Well done to ev­ery­one who took part, suc­cess was had by all. It was this week­end also that we started our Cash Card Give­away! We had our first win­ner call up this Mon­day with Ditchy in the Morn­ing and she won her­self a share of thou­sands. Want to get in­volved? Just look out for us at your near­est event and claim a card with your unique code and it could be YOU who wins! REG­U­LAR read­ers of this col­umn will know how Mrs B duped me into hol­i­day­ing in Bar­ba­dos on the pre­tence we were go­ing to Nor­folk.

Once my Visa card got over the shock I was quite look­ing for­ward to Cap­tain To­bias Wil­cox wel­com­ing us to Sun­shine Air­ways.

I was very dis­ap­pointed when it turned out to be a bloke called Colin from Vir­gin At­lantic.

It was dark when we ar­rived in Bridgetown so I didn’t no­tice the spare wheel miss­ing from the back of our lit­tle Jeep.

First thing the fol­low­ing morn­ing I phoned the rental company.

“This is Jeanette at you car hire company how can I help you?”

“I don’t know how to tell you this, Jeanette, but the spare wheel has gone from the back of our rental car.”

“Don’t worry I have it here.”

“Isn’t it sup­posed to be at­tached to our Jeep?”

“No, it will just get stolen.”

“So, what hap­pens if we get a punc­ture which, judg­ing by the state of the roads, seems ex­tremely likely?” “You just phone me.” “Then what?” ●● GIVEN the es­ca­lat­ing Ukraine cri­sis, the de­lib­er­ate goad­ing of world lead­ers by Is­lamic State mil­i­tants and the “I bring you the wheel.” “You’re kid­ding, right?” “I do it all the time.” I doubted Lewis Hamil­ton would ap­prove of Jeanette’s wheel change op­er­a­tion but as she seemed so happy I didn’t com­ment.

I prob­a­bly wouldn’t have been as con­sid­er­ate had I known that two of the tyres we did have were almost flat.

But hey-ho the sun was shin­ing, the palms swayed gen­tly and tur­tles swam in the warm ocean by our ho­tel. Bar­ba­dos is a place of con­trast­ing for­tunes.

Only a few miles from the ex­quis­ite homes of the rich and fa­mous teth­ered goats munch grass by the road­side while scraggy chick­ens scratch the dirt be­tween di­lap­i­dated wooden homes.

If you like rum Bar­ba­dos is def­i­nitely your spir­i­tual home.

It’s ac­tu­ally cheaper in Bar­ba­dos to drink rum than some soft drinks.

After a mem­o­rable evening at a beach bar one in­tox­i­cated mu­si­cian asked me to name my favourite mu­sic.

To which I replied: “I dis­tinct pos­si­bil­ity of war you would have thought the EU had bet­ter things to dis­cuss than the suc­tion of don’t like reg­gae no no. I love it.”

Sorry, that wasn’t me that was 10CC.

What I said was: “I like Bob Mar­ley,” and for some in­ex­pli­ca­ble rea­son he started play­ing Jingle Bells.

Maybe it was part of some Caribbean MegaMix?

Health and safety is def­i­nitely not a ma­jor con­cern in the West Indies.

On a short ocean cruise we were of­fered the op­por­tu­nity to swim with the tur­tles.

In the US this in­volves at­tend­ing a sem­i­nar be­fore sign­ing sev­eral per­sonal waivers but not in Bar­ba­dos.

“Look, there are the tur­tles,” I yelled.

The cap­tain grabbed a snorkel asked if I could swim and said: “Get in.”

Two min­utes later I was pad­dling around the Caribbean sur­rounded by tur­tles – job done.

There are so many won­der­ful things to like about Bar­ba­dos, but stand­ing at the top of Teggs Nose with my dogs to­day as the sun glis­tened off the reser­voirs be­low, I was happy to be home.

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