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It feels incredible to reflect that we are coming up to the third Christmas for the Just Plain Sense Podcast. The show has covered so much in the last 80 episodes and I hope to continue for a long time to come.

Usually, as the producer and presenter of these shows, it is my job to ask the questions. With the occasional exception, I try not to be self-indulgent.

The festive season provides an excuse for us all to let our hair down and forget the conventions though. That's why I thought it would be nice to turn the tables and present this recent on-air show where, instead, the questions were coming my way.

Andrew Edwards presents the Saturday Forum on Gaydio -- the Manchester based LGBT FM station that I featured in a recent show. The last half hour of every show features 'the Mix Tape' where a guest selects and talks about four music tracks that mean something special. This was my turn in the hot seat...

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  • Sarah Lake

    Very moving, Christine. Glad you are now a happy granny.

    What a nice guy Andrew Edwards sounds.

    Happy Christmas xoxo

    Dec 16, 2010 at 4:26 pm
  • Arnold

    I did appreciate your ‘Just Plain Sense Christmas Special ” as found via Cheryl Morgans Blog, but … Its not just trans folk or Gay Lesbian Community folk who appreciate The Carpenters you know .. you could have mentioned ” Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft ” -How could Karen Carpenter have died as a consequence of Anorexia Nervosa given her talent,Wealth and that she lived in the most prosperous country in the world at the time of her death. She appears,in retrospect,to have been on the very cusp of balancing her life before her final heart attack robbed us of her talent.

    But, BUT, beyond that … You interrupted Carly Simon in full Flight !! Oh the Horror!

    Dec 19, 2010 at 7:33 pm
  • Christine Burns

    Oh yes, I know that The Carpenters have much wider appeal than LGBT folk :-)

    But, on fading and talking over Carly Simon I’m afraid that you HAVE got me banged to rights. It’s what we broadcasting types do, I’m afraid. Rest assured, however, that I was just as sad that Andrew had to fade out Thunderclap Newman just as I prepared to switch from Air Piano to Air Guitar

    Dec 19, 2010 at 8:08 pm
  • lizzie

    I must be the ugly duckling, given I was called a man by a workman, despite dressing as a woman, 4 years on hormones

    Happy a happy christmas Christine, I doubt I will have one as my family ditched me some years ago

    Dec 20, 2010 at 12:14 pm