One can learn a lot from the radio, even from radio comedy programmes. One such, on BBC Radio 4 Extra, even calls itself 'Genius', and proposes genius ideas from members of the public which are later voted on, to find the day's winner.
One such recent genius idea was aimed at the simple Parking Meter, an object that we all hate so much.
Instead of Parking Meters, it was proposed that we would have Parking Meter Fruit Machines. Pop your £1 in the slot, pull the arm, and wait for the result. You might lose your £1, you might just get an hour's parking, you might get anything from one to five hours parking, or you might win a jackpot, with coins flooding-out from a slot at the bottom.
It wouldn't only be car owners who would feed money into these machines, passers-by might just have a quick flutter on the chance of winning, school children might gamble their lunch money, or OAP's might risk some of their pension in the hope of making a few quid. It would be FUN FOR ALL.
I must say, just like the audience members on the show, I too thought this a genius idea and I would encourage the 'Minister of Parking and Nastiness' to consider the idea very seriously.