Out of the Ordinary

27 February 2014 | by D.J. Taylor


The politely sceptical tone in which Jolyon Jenkins tends to conduct his Radio 4 features was perfect for the first instalment of Out of the Ordinary (24 February), a three-part series which, according to the accompanying publicity, will supply “stories from the left field”. Certainly the brotherhood of self-styled “pick-up artists” who formed the subject of his opening foray seemed to have their impresario on his mettle: aware that what he uncovered might not be to his, or most people’s, taste but determined to do his best by the vagrant humanity who swarmed beneath his metaphorical lens.It had all begun, Jenkins assured us, with some spam emails advertising a chat-up technique that would “make hot women stare at you”. This had led him to a best-

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