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Adil Ray | 12:49 UK time, Friday, 30 January 2009

Hello exciting...I've got a blog. Does this mean I'm important? And why would you want to read this?

I was rubbish at writing anything at school and always counting the words in an essay to see how much I had written. I even WROTE IN BIG LETTERS TO MAKE IT APPEAR LIKE I HAD WRITTEN MORE but it didn't work. It actually frightened Miss Thomas, my English teacher. Oh Miss Thomas. I felt sorry for her and the other single teachers at our school, female mainly.

I went to Handsworth Grammar School for Boys. Enough said. To be honest I haven't really lost my adolescent years, which brings me neatly on to my radio show. I guess I should talk about it, given this blog has been set up by my lovely colleagues at the BBC.

I've now done 4 weeks of The Adil Ray Show on BBC Asian Network (weekdays 6-9am on DAB, Online, Digital TV; Freeview 709, FreeSat 709, Sky 0119, Virgin 912 and good old Medium Wave) and it's hard work I tell you! Some stuff takes longer than you think. Do you know how tough it is to come up with something highly original? Check this out: A story about a dog from the slum on a game show. Inspired isn't it?

Listen to Brumdog Millionaire

It's probably the most challenging bit of radio I have done. I ain't just talking about getting up at 4am either. If only you knew what went on behind the scenes. Can you believe I have to make my own porridge in the morning and sit Wax on my knee and feed him his daily dose of farley's rusks.
I have to say I'm enjoying it. At the end of the day (or start of the day) I am just trying to be myself - playing music and talking inbetween. It has served me well thus far. I spend most of the day writing notes on my phone, thinking about what I can talk about. It works most of the time, conkers in the bathroom; lions on gate posts; eastenders nookie; my Mum's telephone manners and holes in the road. Honestly they sound great on the radio. Some ideas clearly don't make it - however good they seem at the time - such as "who watches channel 948 on Sky?!" and "did you see the..." It's usually at this point I realise even admitting watching this stuff could be dangerous.

Anyway, it's the weekend now and I intend to write to you 3 times a week my lovelies. If there's anything you'd like in writing on next weeks blog, post a comment here.

Take care and remember not to believe everything you hear. Was it Jemima who said "Yes we Khan". Look what happened there. Oof.



  • Comment number 1.

    Hey Adil, your blog has finally come out! (glad that it's not Christmas yet) And I am the first person making a comment! YEAH!!! Oh I really love your show, I bought a DAB radio (just for you) and get up at 6 everyday to switch on the radio everyday!

    Anyway, keep up the good work! When you talk about hard work behind the show, I think you should make a footage of the "behind scenes" (e.g. feeding Wax may be? lol) and show it to us! Ha ha...

  • Comment number 2.

    Hi there Adil, im happy for you, that your blog has came out. hey man, ur kinda cute. and its snowing too. well the christmas has gone. keep up ur good work. i realy realy love ur show. i wake up every morning and i turn on the digital TV 709, to listen to ur show, its cool man. i just cant do any thing without listening to ur show. i dont even want to go to the other room so that i might miss ur discusions, or songs. ur stopping me from duin everything. oh! dont take it seriously! cuz im just kidding. i love it!

  • Comment number 3.

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  • Comment number 4.

    ...I have read your texts...positive reception of your blog:) keep writing!....Im waiting for another stories!! I wont suggest about what You Adil should be is kaleidoscopic, we do not know what will it bring for us- simply write, write, write....:)


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