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Is it possible to piggyback a pig?

Is it possible to piggyback a pig?

A few weeks ago on our radio show we asked the question, can you beat a dog in a swimming race? This morning we wondered, can you piggyback a pig?

That’s our co-host Jason in the helmet, who drew the short straw and had to undertake the challenge. (I understand the need for gloves, but a helmet?)

Jam the pig was a good sport: calm, measured and happy. That is, until we got him out of his cage, when he squealed like a hungry baby in a wet nappy. With colic. The noise coming from Jam’s chops was simply unbearable.

Jason adjusted his helmet and dropped to his knees. He was ready, but Jam wasn’t. The noise abated once we put him back in his cage, where he munched happily on an apple. He was not distressed, nor upset. His was the equivalent of a toddler’s tantrum and we all fell for it.

So, unless you have a high tolerance of high pitched squealing, it is not possible to piggyback a pig? Or even get the little guy near your shoulders. Which leaves me with two questions. Why is it called a piggyback? And, if a piggyback is out of the question, how about a 100m sprint?

PS. Here’s the video – though you may want to mute the sound

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‘Too Un-pc for Kids’

Whenever I get this response from a publisher I know I must be on the right track. I wrote an e-books series called The Fireboys featuring Red (the competitive one), Leo (the serious one) and Spark (the loveable idiot) and was told the latter set a bad example for firemen everywhere, mainly because such heroes shouldn’t trip, fall, screw up, play basketball when they’re supposed to be working, or tell ridiculous jokes. There are three titles in the series edited by the brilliant author Joy Cowley. They’re mainly aimed at 6-9 year olds and each is an easy read – with lots of jokes.