Deb's Digest
Debbie Atkinson’s family life column, as featured in the Southport Visiter.

Monday, 12 October 2009


Well, well. If at first you don't succeed...... A couple of weeks ago I sent a letter to the Times regarding train-speak. It wasn't used. So on Saturday I reworded it slightly and sent it in again. Not only did it get my favourite bottom-right position yesterday but it was read out by Sarah Kennedy on her Radio Two breakfast programme. My husband listens to her show on his way to golf and almost crashed the car when he heard my name mentioned. In fact he says that he thought I must have been writing in with a dedication for him (what? After 35 years of marriage, doesn't he know me any better than that!) I got the blame for his worst round of golf ever.

ps I did the listen-again thing to see if I could hear her read my letter out but had to give up - isn't she dire?

I also have to confess that the story really belongs to the London son, who uses Virgin trains a lot more frequently than me.


  1. What time does your husband go to golf? We heard Sarah Kennedy mention your letter between 7 and 7.30 am, in the car, on our way to the ferry in Portsmouth. I don't normally listen to her. Then while we were on the ferry, I read the letter in The Times. Congratulations on getting another letter published!

  2. Thanks Cheshire Wife.
    He gets pensioner rates if he starts early!