Tuesday 18th August
Early in the day I made the trek south to Hull.
At the railway station I met GMTV’s political correspondent Gloria De Piero.
There was a plan to do a bit of filming and a couple of interviews, but as soon as I spoke to Gloria she said that there was a possibility that the filming would not happen.
Along with George the sound recordist who had done the journey from his base in Nottingham we sat in the station cafe waiting for a phone call.
The call would tell us if it was a go or not.
There was plenty of time for coffee and scones because the call did not come until the barista had piled up all the tables and chairs, and suggested it was time we left because he was closing up for the day.
Gloria Passes the Time Munchin' a Muffin.
It was a no go on the filming. A vital interviewee was unable to do anything for us.
George said good-bye and headed home.
Gloria and I had a bit of a drive around Hull town centre looking for a place to eat.
We were looking with no luck when Gloria suddenly said, “I think John Prescott’s favourite chinese restaurant in the world is in Hull.”
She did a quick google and found loads of references to a Mr Chu’s, reputedly the largest chinese restaurant in Britain.
I loaded the address into the trusty Tom Tom and was pleased to see that it wasn’t too far away and on the route back to the hotel I had checked into.
We might not have done the filming we planned to do but at least we had a very nice dinner.
The other bit of good news was that I would be doing a down the line interview with the Tory leader David Cameron in the morning.
That wasn’t actually the good news.
The good news was that I would be doing it from the hotel I was staying in and it would not be happening until 7:30.
So the result was that I would not need to drag myself out of bed until 6am.