Tuesday 6th October
Our assignment for the day was straightforward. Ravi the producer simply had to get opinions from "salt of the earth" Mancunians about what the Conservatives needed to do to win their vote.
The ladies of our weather department got it dead right.
It was going to be heavy rain all day.
The pair of us ending up looking like two forlorn puppies after enthusiastically chasing a ball thrown into the sea but returning without it.
It took the best part of two hours in the pissing rain to get what was needed.
It was not for the shortage of hardy northerners grimly determined to shop despite the monsoon conditions.
We went through the full gamut of: "sorry I've got a bus/train/appointment to get to", "I don't really do politics", "Oh I don't want to be on television",
"Get ME on telli!"
"What could the Tories do for you?"
"I don't know really..... When will I be on?"
"Don't point that camera at me."
Of course there was a large number of people that either just stared straight ahead and kept on walking or gave us a look that said "no I won't allow you to take a dump in my mouth", when Ravi very politely approached them.
By the time we'd finished I was surprised that the coast guard helicopter was not overhead preparing to winch us up and dump us at our respective hotels.