Sweden calling

FRIDAY evening. My phone rings.

Me: Hello?

Caller: Hello, is that Mike?

Me: Yes.

Caller: Mike, I am a reporter from Aftonbladet, a newspaper in Sweden.

Me: Hello.

Caller: I notice you have on the Manchester Evening News website a campaign to save Sven.

Me: Yes, that’s right. It’s on the back page today.

Caller: We think it is rather funny, and we want to put it on our front page.


Me: OK.

Caller: Why did you decide to run the campaign?

Me: (Goes into lengthy explanation about how a lot of City fans are shocked and upset that Sven-Goran Eriksson is set to be sacked after leading the club to their highest Premier League points total in 15 years.)

Caller: Yes, but he hasn’t improved them that much, has he?

Me: (Goes into lengthy explanation about how Sven took City to the verge of qualifying for Europe after years of under-achievement.)

Caller: Have you done this with every City manager?

Me: No, no. Sven is the first.

Caller: Why with Sven?

Me: (Goes into lengthy explanation about how a mixture of his great managerial experience, his high profile and his charming manner have won over City’s fans.)

Caller: And do you think your campaign will change Thaksin Shinawatra’s mind?

Me: It might not, no.

Caller: OK, thank you, Mike. And how do you spell your surname?

Me: W-H-A-L-L-E-Y.

Caller: And you are a reporter for the Manchester Evening News.

Me: Yes.

Caller: OK, thank you for your help, Mike. Bye.

Me: Bye.


One Response to Sweden calling

  1. […] my conversation with a journalist from the newspaper Aftonbladet on Friday (as reported on this blog), I have once again made the headlines in Sweden. (It’s not quite up there with being […]

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