A mouse does come in handy when I’m writing this column and other articles on a computer for the Gazette.
But a BBC Three Counties Radio weather presenter wasn’t too keen on having one at hand during a live radio broadcast.
Why? Well, this mouse was an uninvited four-legged furry friend!
Kate Kinsella was reading out the weather bulletin when the inquisitive intruder suddenly popped up.
Listeners heard her say: “We could be seeing gale force winds from time to time through the afternoon.
“The good news is, it will start... arrgh!
“Sorry, there’s a mouse just run past me in my studio.”
The roving rodent appeared at the top of her computer screen and then fell on to the keyboard.
She revealed: “It’s literally just in front of me.”
And she told listeners: “It’s quite sweet, actually. Bless it.”
Presenter Iain Lee asked if she was OK to continue with her report.
Courageous Kate replied: “Of course I can, I just want to keep an eye on where it’s going...”
She kept her wits and carried on with her bulletin, wrapping up her report by saying: “That is your forecast – along with the mouse!”
Later, looking back at the moment when she spotted the mouse, Kate said: “Even my professionalism could not manage to hold in the shriek that inevitably followed!”
Thank goodness she managed to get through her live report.
But it sounds like she had a narrow squeak!
Potholes are no laughing matter of course, but I did have to smile at a message on the Don’t Let Dunstable Die Facebook page.
The writer was talking about a pothole on a Dunstable estate.
He wrote: “I’m not saying the pothole is deep or big on Canesworde Road by Langdale Road, but now it’s full of water, I just saw someone launching a boat there!”
The writer later checked out the hole once the water had drained away.
And he added: “Even in my 4x4 it was like the Land Rover experience test track I went to the other year.”
If the pothole is still there, let’s hope the powers-that-be are looking into it...
Life begins at 40. Or so say 40-year-olds everywhere.
Now research has been published on when Britons think old age kicks in, on average.
When do they think later life starts? Wait for it – at 59 years, two months and two weeks.
Yikes. Couldn’t they have been just a little more precise?
Happily, the government-commissioned research also points out that people’s ideas of when old age starts do vary widely, depending on their own age, gender and whether they’re in or out of work.
I heard about all this on Twitter, via Gransnet.
Never heard of Gransnet, www.gransnet.com? It’s like Mumsnet, but for the older generation.
Gransnet describes itself as a “social networking site for grandparents to discuss everything from baby buggies to learning Spanish, news to culture, relationships to lemon drizzle cake”.
I’ll support any group that recognises lemon drizzle cake as a legitimate topic for conversation.
Meanwhile, I’m sticking with Gransnetters’ definition of when old age starts – at 80.
Then again, maybe you should ask me again when I’m 80!