You encounter a rude shop assistant...somebody is letting off fireworks in your neighbourhood at what is quite clearly the wrong time of the year...the parking space you had your eye on is lost because somebody cuts in front of you...have you ever let yourself stew on something?!
Going into a bit of a downward spiral is the theme of a recent story called 'The King and I' produced by Natalie Kestecher for the BBC's Short Cuts, a show that's become a regular listen over the past few months.
In Short Cuts the comedian Josie Long (a host with an audible smile) plays handpicked short stories arranged around a theme. These stories can be confessional, comic, informative, cartoonish...some even sound like personal art projects: and because these stories are so varied you're almost guaranteed to find something you enjoy in every episode!
We play some of Short Cuts and a story called 'The King and I' produced by Natalie Kestecher for an episode called 'The Descent', produced by Eleanor McDowall and presented by Josie Long, a Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.