My choir is recording some Christmas carols tomorrow night, to be broadcast on BBC2 on Christmas Eve. And I can’t take part because I’ve lost my voice!

I’ve had some nasty coldish lurgy (as has the rest of my office) for the past couple of weeks — possibly two in quick succession as it was getting better last week and then suddenly got worse again. And it’s just now got to the coughing and hoarseness stage, and I know I won’t be able to sing again for at least a week. It would have to happen now. I’d been looking forward to being on TV.

So boo to colds and illness. And to the call centre I worked in a few years ago, talking all day long — ever since then all colds have made me lose my voice for a week or too.

(And yes, it might be swine flu, but it probably isn’t.)