Monday 15 September 2014, 11:22
Yes or no, which are you? That's the only question in Scotland at the moment. I get asked it a lot myself when I interview referendum campaigners from both sides. I was even asked it by our own Richard Bacon.
When it happens, I make like Zippy - the kids' tv character who has a zip instead of a mouth. Honestly I'm glad my job demands strict neutrality. This story of high passion combined with huge historic significance couldn't be done any other way.
My moment of the week was standing between Yes and No campaigners on Buchanan Street in Glasgow. I turned my microphone one way and it picked up the chant "Scotland says no". I turned it the other and it was "Scotland says yes". There could be no clearer indication that right now this is a divided country.
Later that day I was with Yes campaigners in the Dennistoun area of Glasgow. There was much excitement in their office as they got ready to unveil a new secret weapon - an ice-cream van done up with Yes logos. It'll tour the streets of this working-class area of the city, blasting out all the familiar jingles, combined with loudspeaker messages encouraging people to get out and vote yes. Sadly no double 99s will...
Thursday 21 August 2014, 11:22
Will a new volcanic eruption in Iceland cause travel chaos for air passengers in the UK? In 2010 the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull led to flights across northern Europe being grounded for several days due to the hazard to engines from volcanic dust. Could a new eruption have the same impact? Broadcast meteorologist Simon King on how much we should worry...
The Icelandic Met Office have recorded an increase in earthquake activity around the Bardarbunga volcano over the last few days – the countries second largest volcano, which last erupted in 1903. About 300 earthquakes had been detected in the area since midnight on Tuesday.
Iceland's authorities have evacuated an area close to the country's Bardarbunga volcano over fears it could erupt. The area, which is more than 300km (190 miles) from the capital Reykjavik, has no permanent residents but sits within a national park popular with tourists.
On Monday the Icelandic Met Office upgraded the colour code used by the International Civil Aviation Organisation on the status of volcanos to orange. This means the volcano is showing ‘heightened or escalating unrest with increase potential of eruption’.
While seismic activity has increased...
Friday 15 August 2014, 09:39
What a summer it has been in Scotland - like no other that I can remember over the last 20 years. It started with the Commonwealth Games in July. It will end with the Scottish Independence Referendum in September.
And when it's all over, we'll look back and realise that we've seen and witnessed things that have never happened before in Scotland, and might never happen again.
So we set out from Glasgow last Monday - that's me and 5 live producer Helen Thomas - with the idea of capturing as many of the sights and sounds of this unique Scottish summer as we could. We wanted to talk to as many people as possible to find out what it all means to them.
There aren't many places in the world where I'd rather eat a tea cake than the Ritz Cafe on the island of Cumbrae. I don't know if the Formica table tops, jukebox and faded beach postcards actually date from the fifties, but it certainly looks like it.
A father doing the ten mile bike circuit round the island told us he'd be voting yes in the referendum. He said Scotland was a wealthy nation full of great natural resources and it made sense to break away. His daughter didn't know what she thought. But then, she was only five. People in...
Tuesday 15 July 2014, 15:00
It’s been a very busy period on-air at BBC Radio 5 live with both the World Cup and Wimbledon. We are now putting the finishing touches to our plans for the Commonwealth Games, which starts on Wednesday 23 July with the opening ceremony. Then, the day after the closing ceremony there will be a poignant change of focus across Britain, as Monday 4 August is the centenary of the outbreak of World War One. More detail to follow below about our planned coverage. We also have the Open Golf Championship this week and the first ever BBC Sport Prom this weekend.
It’s also been...
Friday 11 July 2014, 14:54
Sunday’s World Cup final will mark the end of Mike Ingham’s distinguished career as BBC radio’s chief football correspondent.
It is fitting that Mike is calling time after a World Cup full of incident, shocks and stories; and I know his commentary on the final will once again live up to the occasion.
Mike joined the BBC more than 40 years ago, starting at BBC Radio Derby, and he took over as football correspondent from Bryon Butler in 1991.
Since then, he has set the standard in authoritative and intelligent football analysis, while his commentary partnership with Alan Green has become legendary...
Tuesday 1 July 2014, 10:20
Today I have just shared with the team here at 5 live a major set of schedule changes.
It is a sad time as, within this, we say goodbye to three of the great stars of 5 live, but it's also an exciting time as we look ahead to the next stage in our life here in Salford.
We say farewell to Victoria Derbyshire who has an exciting new opportunity with BBC News, details of which will be announced in the next few months. Victoria will stay with us until September and will play a big part in our Commonwealth Games plans. We will miss both her forensic interviewing ability and her award-winning investigative...
Tuesday 10 June 2014, 08:50
We have some very, very sad news to share with you. 'Rachel', our dear friend, a doctor, and an alcoholic in recovery, died several weeks ago. Rachel (not her real name) last appeared on our programme in March. She sounded so well. Before Easter, she began drinking again, briefly, before stopping. Just under 48 hours later, she died in her sleep, on Easter weekend. She was 45 and leaves her partner and her young daughter. Her family understandably wanted time to grieve privately but have now given us permission to let you know of her death.
Rachel first contacted our programme in February 2011-...
Tuesday 13 May 2014, 16:34
The Radio Academy Awards (formerly the Sonys) are probably the biggest night of the year for the radio industry and last night was a big success for 5 live.
We picked up three gold, one silver and three bronze awards. All the winners are listed below, but I wanted to particularly mention the three gold award winners.
The Day We Won Wimbledon is as creative a radio programme as you will ever hear – it actually had me in tears. It was produced by Steve Jones from the 5 live Sport team who is our tennis producer. It was a stroke of genius asking John Hurt to narrate the programme, and...
Tuesday 13 May 2014, 16:01
By Nicole Regan-White whose baby was stillborn
Our first child, Jessica, was, tragically, stillborn on Christmas Eve at full-term.
We’d had what was deemed by midwives as a textbook pregnancy, but when we arrived at the hospital during labour we were told that our daughter had died.
We couldn’t comprehend what was happening, and three days later Jessica arrived at 10:43pm on Christmas Eve weighing 5lbs 10 oz. We were able to spend a precious couple of hours with her. If I hadn’t got to meet Jessica it would have been the biggest regret of my life.
We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for...
Monday 12 May 2014, 16:32
If you've ever taken a long haul flight, or worked nightshifts, you’ll know that your body clock quickly pays the price. Now scientists and doctors are getting closer to understanding exactly why.
Human beings have long evolved to accommodate the fact the world turns according to periods of light and darkness, day and night. Our bodies can anticipate, not just react to, that circadian rhythm (circadia means 'about a day'). The body can prepare the immune system to adapt to what is coming. So what's happening when the rhythm goes wrong?
To find out more I spent four days and nights wearing...