I was en route to a meeting yesterday and this was on the radio. Now, I wasn’t driving so I was going by the age-old driver chooses radio/music rule and it wasn’t my choice to listen to it. To be honest, I’ve only ever heard the odd snippet of the show but I’d be aware of it through its reputation for windbags ringing in and because of the Apres Match skit of Duffy etc. But it’s fooking mad.
It started with some auld wan from Kerry called Mary complaining about the vomiting bug in Lourdes at present and how on their recent trip over there all her group got very sick. She said Joe Walsh Tours should have warned them in advance of the widespread nature of the bug and given them the option of a refund before the trip. If that wasn’t possible then the very least she would have expected was to be very thoroughly warned about the bug beforehand and reminded on arrival at their hotel and also have been provided with courtesy tablets and wipes. She wasn’t very pleased at all.
Then another auld wan rang in and said she’s just back from Lourdes and was very sick. Then some auld lad rang in and said his brother-in-law is just back from Lourdes and he was very sick. Then another auld wan rang in and said she’s just back from Lourdes and was very sick. Then Fionnula spoke and she runs the hotel in Lourdes that the first auld wan was staying in. She said it was very unfortunate that people had got sick but she was speaking to a doctor in Lourdes and he said it was something that was ‘in the air’ and it definitely wasn’t anything to do with her hotel. Mary said they should have provided tablets but Fionnula said they’re not medically trained. Mary said they should have shut down the hotel but Fionnula said that wasn’t an option as it wouldn’t have been fair on the people who weren’t affected by the bug.
Then another auld wan rang in and said she stayed in Fionnula’s hotel before and it was a lovely hotel and she’d stay in that hotel again if she was going to Lourdes tomorrow. Then Fionnula said she wanted to reiterate that there wasn’t a problem with her hotel. The bug had hit the whole of Lourdes and everyone was affected. Then another auld wan rang in and said she was in Lourdes and that she was sick too. She said she was sure it was food poisoning because she had the chicken on the Friday night at a busy restaurant there and was sick from the Saturday onwards.
Then another auld lad rang in and said he reckoned it was the air conditioning on the airplanes that was to blame. Joe stepped in and said it was so widespread in Lourdes that surely all the different planes arriving into the locality weren’t experiencing air conditioning problems. Then Fionnula said the food in her restaurant was fine. Then Joe said we have to remember that a lot of people going to Lourdes are sick to begin with. Mary chimed in and said her group were in perfect health and had travelled over because of their devotion to Our Lady.
Then Joe said thanks to everyone who contributed to it and they took a break without resolving anything. I simply can’t believe how stupid people are and why they’d ring into this show. 'Twas quality stuff all the same though - any avid listeners out there?