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- English journalist and radio presenter
Jeremy Vine has apologised after inadvertently offering to supply a 93-year-old bagpipe player drugs during a live interview.
The presenter made the blunder during a live broadcast from Glasgow for BBC Radio 2 while interviewing Scotland’s oldest bagpiper, Billy McVie.
Vine, 54, said of McVie: "Perhaps I can supply him with some puff?”
Puff is street slang for cannabis.
Vine later tweeted an apology for the mistake.
I apologise for the phrase I used earlier on the radio. While interviewing Scotland's oldest bagpiper, Billy McVie, 93, I told him: “I have got plenty of puff if you run out.” I now understand that means “I’ve got a shedload of ganja if you’ve smoked all yours.”
— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) November 19, 2019
During the live segment on McVie taught Vine how to play the Highland bagpipe, and discussed the history of the patriotic Scottish instrument.
Vine told listeners: "Bob is on a mission to convince us that the bagpipe is capable of producing the most melodic and beautiful music and that it has unfairly been described as discordant and screechy.”
He told McVie: “The joy of having you here is that we can cleanse our minds of all the election talk now.
"We don't have to do any politics. Do we? You don't need to say anything about politics here."