I was in the sandwich shop near Smith Square in Westminster when I got the call from the Journal a couple of hours ago. They wanted my views on Gateshead applying for city status. A great idea, I replied. Go for it. As a Gateshead lad, born and bred, wouldn't it be great to be on Gateshead City Council?
By the way, do you realise how difficult it is to do a media interview at the same time as ordering a sandwich? If I am quoted tomorrow, and the words, "Yes, I'll have onions with city status" appear, we will know that the two conversations got mixed up!
Now, back in the office and I am being buried under the weight of budget details. I need a mug of tea to revive me!