So, after hiring me as his dating coach, we set to work in rebranding him on We had Tom fill out my long questionnaire and submit to an hour of questions from me on the phone.You can see what a great experience it was in this CBS Early Show clip: What I haven’t yet mentioned is that Tom Pandolfo is 5’3″.hese modest researches complete, I returned to the Radio 4 version – and loved it.This adaptation, by the poet Michael Symmons Roberts, has several narrative layers.He began by quoting Plato’s warning that, while “sedate” music imparts “discipline and virtue to the soul”, the “barbarous” rhythms of dance music could produce in young people “traits of character which no civilised republic should allow”.hese days, no one could be stuffy enough to – oh, hang on. Scruton described, rather movingly, how “serious” music (by which he means classical) civilised his own teenage soul, its complex harmonies reflecting and describing the very best of human nature.I didn’t want to mention it for the same reason that Tom didn’t want to mention it in his profile: because it’s irrelevant to anything that makes him a good accountant, husband, or father.Yet his height defines him, since it has prevented otherwise interested women from being interested in him over the course of his entire life. He’s just been confronted with a very ugly reality that has shaken his confidence in people.
Sure enough, few women give a fair shake to a man who is 5’3”, no matter what else he has going for him. So I tried changing my profile for three days just to see what the difference was between being 5’3″ and 5’10”. You don’t really need to feel “protected” from the dangers of suburbia. “It really matters what the young are listening to.” ow useful, then, to have Chris Hawkins, usually of 6 Music, reveal what that might be.In Band Politics (part of Radio 4’s series The Art of Now), Hawkins argued that rock music is going through its most political phase for decades.But then Mc Kellen started bandying about words like Oreb and Siloa’s Brook; and then up popped Simon Russell Beale, playing Satan but seeming to address someone else entirely called Beelzebub. ess than four minutes into the programme, I found myself Googling the demonic hierarchy of Hell.And because that was so interesting, I then looked up the poem itself, read it all the way through (accompanied by explanatory notes), and followed up with some light critical analysis.