Gerry & Dave Interview Johnny Ball

This one might split the audience. If you are of a certain age you might remember Johnny Ball from Playschool in 1967. He was one of the few presenters that presented the programme during all three decades of its existence…pretty impressive.

However, if you’re a different age you might know him from Strictly Come Dancing which he took part in back in 2012. He was 74 at the time, and to this day he is the oldest contestant in the shows history.

However, Gerry & Dave steered clear of that whilst we were chatting to him as he was the first celebrity to be eliminated from the competition…so that might be a bit awkward.

But there was loads to talk to him about anyway. One of the most exciting things was his new book. “Wonders Beyond Numbers – A Brief History of all things Mathematical” was published on 5th October 2017 and it’s been going like hot cakes. It has sold to China, Russia, Japan, Spain plus English speaking countries – USA, Australia, Canada, etc. The Paperback will be released on 21st February, 2019.

Which lead the conversation on to something very strange. According to new research released today one in seven people said they only read on holiday despite it being ranked the most effective way to unwind, after watching TV.

The research was commissioned by the Gibraltar Tourist Board found that over half of people who only read on holiday say that they don’t have time to read at any other time of the year because they are busy doing other jobs. Ironically, despite being voted by a quarter of people as the best way to de-stress, 20% of people say they are “too stressed” to read at any other time except during holidays.

So, how can you make numbers interesting!? Is that really possible? Gerry & Dave tried to find out.

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