Charles Christian writes… Just following up on some earlier comments – including the question “when did I become a grumpy opinionated gossip columnist” (or grumpy opionated gossip columninst – as the commentator actually wrote – if you are going to fling jibes at me, do at least try to get the spelling correct). This has prompted a flurry of emails and phone calls from other readers saying “Yes please, we like it when you are grumpy and opinionated” and “it's about time we had a bit more fun”.

So, never one to ignore my audience, from next month we'll be running a weekly podcast (on here + a couple other blogs & social media outlets) in which I will be having an out-and-out rant about whatever takes my fancy. More details to follow.