My Life in Media: Jon Link


Last week I read...

The Brighton Argus, which has come up trumps again with a story about "gangs of four-year-olds roaming the streets on the Whitehawk estate, firing ball bearing guns at buses and homes". This has resulted in the one of Britain's first self-regulated curfews. I found the website memorial pages in various papers after last week's teenage suicides in Wales quite disturbing. They stood out because they were like Facebook scribbles and text memorials such as "RIP, take it easy yeah?" in bubbly writing. I have just finished reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy. It was quite late at night and it scared the daylights out of me. I had to get up and find something else to read and the only thing that did was the sports pages of the News of the World.

Last week I watched...

I know it was about three weeks ago, but one of the only things that has stuck in my mind from TV recently is the sight of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (right) crying over a crippled chicken. Last week I watched Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares USA and there was a lot of crying in that, too. There's a lot of food-based crying going on at the moment. In our new series we tried to put a lot of crying in the sketches thinking we'd get a good slot but they still put us on after midnight. In the morning I tend to swap between watching GMTV and the BBC's Breakfast until someone comes on talking about an illness, which is quite often, and then I turn over to the other side.

Last week I listened to...

I've been listening to an internet station called Radio Déliro (www.radiodéliro.com). It's a music station and describes itself as "French variety before Seventies jazz and blues." I don't really know what that means but it just plays a really good mix of stuff, anything from Kraftwerk to Duke Ellington.

Last week I surfed...

News Now (www.newsnow.com), where I found out that Barack Obama is a West Ham fan, like me. The West Ham websites picked up on it really quickly. Apparently he's got relatives in Kent who are West Ham fans. I had a strange thing sent to me, lasagnacat.com, about a guy who recreates Garfield cartoons in real life. He wears a cat costume and it's overtly stylised. The bloke's obviously got a bit of time on his hands, and maybe a bit of money.

Jon Link creates the 'Modern Toss' cartoons, currently showing on Channel 4 on Thursdays at 12.10am

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