Interviewing the Interviewers

I watched a really interesting programme on Channel 4 last night called ‘Interviewing the Interviewers’, in which veteran Labour politician Tony Benn interviewed four leading TV journalists about their jobs. I liked the fact that he asked pretty much the same questions of each of them, and found their answers fascinating, if a little predictable at times. Jeremy Paxman, in particular, I thought came over rather well – good humoured and honest.

I find that the older I get, the more interested I become in politics and in the society in which I live. When I was in my twenties (way, way back in the mists of time) I took only be vaguest notice of what was going on around me, being far more interested in music, fantasy and science fiction and technology. Yes, I know, a typical geek. But as I become more decrepit I find that I care more and more about ‘real life’. I always cared about certain things, such as the environment, but I find that my concerns are far broader now. I suspect that this is normal and that I’m far from alone, but it’s still a bit of a surprise to me to realise how much I’ve changed. I wonder what I’ll be like if I’m still here in another forty years.

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