Museum Assistant and Super Squirrel’s holiday was at an end. As they staggered off the Isle of Wight ferry and into the dock at Southampton, Museum Assistant held the warm bag of squirrel sick at arm’s length.
‘Never have developed my sea legs, it’s almost like I’m supposed to be up a tree and not bobbing around on the briny stuff like you make me do’ said the squirrel, with a belch.
‘I just wish you’d used another bag Soops, and not the one with the train tickets back to Edinburgh in it’ moaned Museum Assistant, wondering if they would still go through the barrier in their mushed up state.
‘Never mind that, they’ll be dry by the time I finish my radio show’ announced Super Squirrel.
‘I’m doing the lunchtime gig at BBC Radio Solent, it’s a guest slot for the animal listeners on the region. There’s a lot of red squirrels on the Isle of Wight, and as you know, our musical taste is sublime.’
Super Squirrel took out a notepad. On the cover, the word ‘requests’ had been written in crayon.
‘The question is, which 1980s Radio One DJ should I emulate for my broadcast debut?’
Super Squirrel flipped open the pad and showed Museum Assistant a list of names.
‘You can’t have that one.’
‘Oh, right enough’ said Super Squirrel.
‘Or that one’
‘And definitely not that one!’
Super Squirrel took out his crayon and started scoring out names.
‘I’m pretty sure Beta Max was a recording system, not a DJ Soops’.
Super Squirrel thought very hard.
‘I’ll have to go for my back up plan. I’m going to be Jan Leeming presenting the Eurovision Song Contest in Harrogate in 1982. It’ll be Nicole with A Little Peace before the news and Bardot and One Step Further before the travel report! See you at the station at 3!
Museum Assistant looked at the mushy train tickets. It was hard playing second fiddle to a squirrel sometimes.