Unfortunately, Jack's experience at the Deep Sea Diving Adventure didn't last too long either. The instructor got a case of nitrogen narcosis and they had to cancel the remainder of the course.
I don't think Jack was too bothered, and they paid his train fare home. Two weeks later there was also a cheque in the post, ''with sincerest apologies for the disappointment and inconvenience at the loss of your prize''.
It amounted to just enough for me to treat myself to a long weekend at a health spa, which is just the sort of thing I'd have chosen for myself as the prize, had the radio station given us a choice.
I'm going next weekend. I booked it on the internet, and there were three different packages available: ''
''Bronze'' got you two nights in a so-so cabin, with just a facial, massage, manicure and pedicure included in the price, and bed and breakfast. The cabin looked a bit naff too so I clicked on ''Silver''
That turned out to be just within my price range and was three nights - cabin much nicer - in the photos anyway. Facial, massage, manicure, pedicure, all exercise classes free, detox diet, and half board accommodation.
I had a quick look at the ''Gold'' Package,but it was a bit too pricey and included all the same things as the Silver deal except that it was full board and there were a couple of extra treatments including something called ''Hot Stones.'' I didn't like the sound of that so I didn't even bother to look at ''Platinum''.
I pressed a few buttons, selected ''Silver'', popped in my credit card number and got the email confirmation. Easy as pie.
Oh - I forgot to mention. This health spa's name - well, it's Magpies.
For some reason, whatever I did when I booked it online caused several copies of their brochure to wing their way to me the following day. Six of them in fact - each with a dirty great photograph of a magpie adorning the front cover. Fancy that!