Despite my occasional outbreaks of good intentions and fine words, this blog has slipped into desuetude. Blame habit, circumstance, lack of purpose and the lure of Twitter. Let's say it's been lying doggo (Chambers Dictionary definition of doggo: "remaining quiet and hidden until it is safe, appropriate, etc to emerge, esp in the phrase to lie doggo").
Among the things I've been up to was writing and presenting a five-part series for BBC Radio 4 about dogs, called Dog Days — produced, like my Archive Hour on pubs, by the ingenious Tim Dee. It was broadcast daily from the 15th to the 19th of July, in the post-World at One slot. Responses have been uniformly enthusiastic, to the point where I have begun to wonder whether everyone is in on some horrible practical joke, the punchline of which will involve the entire world shouting at me "ACTUALLY IT WAS RUBBISH."
Because self-publicity makes me blush I did not tout the series as hard as I should have, and a number of friends, relatives, hangers-on, would-be lovers, etc., have asked how they can hear it. So here, by popular demand and until the BBC gets heavy about copyright, are mp3s of the series:
Anyone who has trouble downloading these can contact me through the comments box, or through Twitter, where I go by the uncompromising name of @RobertHanks.