Archives for July 2009

Day 10 - Loch Ness!

Greg James | 12:47 UK time, Friday, 31 July 2009

Woke up a bit of a tired mess this morning in Glasgow and did the show from BBC Scotland. Got the call from Chris Moyles at half 7 telling me that today, I was off to Loch Ness!  
Listen to the show here (audio available until 6 August)
It's a beautiful drive from Glasgow to the Highlands.  Look:


In a change to the usual author, me, I'm going to let Iona do the talking and let you know what happened when I popped round for the afternoon...

Iona, take it away:

I'll give you a different font - this one.

Today was an ace day :D. Greg arrived and i showed him around some shops and stuff - he tried on some scottish hats and i taught him all about shinty (a Scottish version of hockey). 
We had a hoot.

OK, Greg again now - I had a look round the exhibition which lets you delve deep into the loch and learn a bit about the history of it and the monster.  I was then instructed by the lovely Iona to wear the 'Nessy Suit'.  Yuup, yet another career high took place today - dressing up as the a big green monster and giving people advice in the car park in a questionable Scottish accent.

The stupid costume:

Ok its iona again. Thankyou so much for coming Greg. I had a terrific time and your all more than welcome to come back to the Loch Ness Centre and visit again. Thankyouuu. Greg, i think you are soo sweet and witty :D

Ooo, that's embarrassing - not enough to take it off though.

Here are some more photos:

I found her:

Now to Inverness airport - hometime!

On reflection...

Greg James | 17:28 UK time, Thursday, 30 July 2009

I've travelled flipping thousands of miles over the last 2 weeks.  Here are the places I've been to:

Tried to cover as much of the UK as possible...

- Bath
- Bristol
- Swansea
- Ammonford, Carmathenshire
- Manchester
- Oswestry, Shropshire
- Strabane, Northern Ireland
- Belfast
- Portsmouth
- Mersea, Essex
- Nottingham
- Hull
- Lincoln
- Newcastle

and.... I've just arrived in Glasgow where I'll be doing the big show from tomorrow morning.  Then on to my last summer job of the tour!

Day 9 - Baywatch!

Greg James | 13:19 UK time, Thursday, 30 July 2009

I've come to expect the ridiculous from this tour so far.  From shovelling cow mess, to drinking tomato and egg smoothies, it's all been weird, but a lot of fun.  I'd like to also add 'getting rescued from the North Sea' to that list.  Today it was all about Thom and the rest of the RNLI lifeguards at Seaburn beach.  Thom is 20, and works as a lifeguard during the summer as a break from his job as a marine engineer.  He does this from May to September and absolutely loves it - as do they all.  A really nice bunch of lads doing a really fun, chilled out job - well, in between the emergencies that is.

I woke up in Hull today after the Moyles Karaoke night last night, did my show and drove straight to the North East - Sunderland to be precise and to Seaburn Beach.  I'm very fond of the North East, and the coastline is beautiful and thankfully the weather was gorgeous today, unlike every other day!

Listen to the show here (audio available until 6 August)

So, I was a busy boy today and they got me to do a bit of beach training first up - a 200m dash.  I almost died.  Then I did a little safety announcement to the paddlers over the beach buggy tannoy - what is it with me and microphones? Add to this a wacky Baywatch style photoshoot which I did for the local paper and it turned in to a very eventful day.


The big challenge set by Jo Whiley was to get rescued by Thom 60 metres out to sea!  So, I donned my very tight wet suit and dived in, pretended to be drowning and was rescued very swiftly and professionally by Thom.  A radio first perhaps?  My first broadcast whilst drowning...

So, it's now on to Scotland for the final leg of the tour...

Anyway, here are some photos of the day:

Thom and Me



The emergency BBC local radio CDs...

Greg James | 06:08 UK time, Thursday, 30 July 2009

In case of emergency at BBC Radio Humberside, where I did the show from this morning, they have a stack of emergency CDs that they can just leave playing.  I decided to use these instead of the traditional MP3 game today.

Here is the tracklisting:

Amy, the caller picked Diana Ross - I Will Survive


Day 8 of the Summer Tour...Lincoln!

Greg James | 14:04 UK time, Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Today it was all about Demi who works on the Deli at a big supermarket in Lincoln.  Now, this is supposed to be the summer tour, but so far, it has rained every day.  Oh well. Demi is 17 and is in the middle of a media course at Lincoln college and she works at the supermarket most weekends and is doing loads of overtime for the summer months so she can save up for a bit of a weekend at Leeds Festival next month.


I helped out this morning by collecting a few trolleys, stacking a shelf or two and making a nuisance of myself by announcing rude names on the tannoy.

This is the boss of the shop, Gavin, who wasn't best pleased I shouted out for 'Ben Dover' to come along to the information desk:


Sampling some of the delicious deli:

Jo then got me to do a version of Supermarket Sweep in order for Demi's favourite song to be played:

Look at my BRAND NEW Flickr page with loads of behind the scenes photos from the tour 

The big tour team...

Greg James | 15:46 UK time, Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Thought I'd let you in behind the scenes of the big tour and tell you a few of the likes and dislikes of the people who are travelling the UK all in the name of radio.

Producer Neil - The brains - has a soft spot for:

- Turkish Delight
- Apple turnovers
- Crumbly mints (that nans buy)
- Camp dance music

he doesn't like:

- Water
- Breakfast
- Wales (lack of Turkish Delight)

Assistant Producer Alex Full (or 'Footdown Fullus' for short as he's doing all the driving) likes:

- Salmon and capers
- Hand sanitiser (he has mild OCD)
- Everything to do with Cornwall.  His hometown.  I slag it off at every available opportunity.
- Driving like a Grandma including cutting people up.
- Wearing board shorts and flip flops whatever the weather

Me - The star

- Egg custard tarts
- Plain cheeseburgers
- Bottles of milk to drink that get left in the footwells and go rancid
- Inflatable head pillow
- Farting as loudly as possible so as to disrupt the journey.  All put under the umbrella of 'attention seeking'.  Forcing all 4 windows to be opened is the goal.
- Trying to call travel hotlines to report comedy incidents on made up roads.

Day 7 - The seaside again!

Greg James | 13:19 UK time, Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Today it was all about Mersea Island which is part of the glamorous Essex coastline.  I went to visit Emily who works long hours in the Seafood Shack on the island.  They have a lovely array of bits and bobs - whelks, cockels, oysters and jellied eels.  Jellied eels are my new worst food, so congratualtions to them.

Met a load of friendly fans of Radio 1 at the Shack who came down to say hello.  I was straight to work selling the seafood and ice creams to passers by.  I only messed up the till twice.

Emily is 16 and has just done her GCSEs and, unlike Anna from the aquarium yesterday, she wasn't quite as passionate about forging a career in seafood!  Good day though, and I was bought a celebratory pint afterwards for being such a brave little soldier for eating the seafood.

Me and Emily and Sebastian (Little Mermaid joke, there)


The Love Wagon next to the Shack:

carshack.jpg The jellied eels that Jo Whiley got me to eat.  Horrible.


Serving ice creams.  It's a tough life being a saint:


I'm blogging in the Love Wagon on the way to the next destination.  I'm still not being told where though.  It's up north - currently zooming through Cambridgeshire.

Just doing my bit...

Greg James | 04:30 UK time, Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Swine flu is no laughing matter.  We have been instructed to wipe down the studio every morning.  So I have been.  4:10am everyday.  I found a cleaner's jersey too...


Day 6 of the Tour - The Seaside!

Greg James | 15:34 UK time, Monday, 27 July 2009

After a restful-ish weekend, it was all go for week 2 of the Summer Jobs Tour.  Today, I was sent to Portsmouth to meet Anna - a 16 year old who works at an aquarium.  I love a good aquarium so I was looking forward to it and I was right to!  Anna was lovely and had just finished her GCSEs and was really keen to work with animals after college and Uni.  It was really nice to meet someone so passionate about their weekend/summer job.

Listen to the show here (audio available until 4 August)

I got there and was straight to work helping out cut up bits of old fish to use as food.  I gutted a few squid and chopped up some other tiddlers:

Me and Anna:

I got my face painted:

I fed a shark called Dotty - Climbing up the tank, here:



This is the shark I fed. I am such a brave boy...


Alphabetical Wonder Years...

Greg James | 17:45 UK time, Friday, 24 July 2009

A = Armand Van Helden - You Don't Know Me

B = Blur - Girls And Boys

C = Crazy Town - Butterfly

D = Dr Dre - Forgot About Dre

E = Evanescence - Bring Me To Life

F = Feeder - Just The Way I'm Feeling

G = Gorillaz - 19-2000

H = Hoobastank - The Reason

I = Ian Brown - F.E.A.R

J = Justice vs Simian - We Are Your Friends

K = Katrina And The Waves - Walking On Sunshine

L = Linkin Park - Somewhere I Belong

Day 5 of the tour - Northern Ireland!

Greg James | 15:32 UK time, Friday, 24 July 2009

Today's destination was Strabane in Northern Ireland!  I recieved the phonecall from Chris this morning whilst I was at Manchester Aiport.  The flight was at 7:45 and 30 mins later, I was in Belfast.  Quick drive to Strabane to meet the lovely Rioghnach (pronounced Ree-owner) who had just finished her GCSEs and was saving some money to go to a summer college in a few weeks and go back to 6th form in September.

She works at Strabane Play Club for kids aged between 4 and 14 to keep them amused during the summer.  It's a lovely and friendly set up there and the kids were good laugh.  I was instructed by Jo Whiley to teach them 'Poker Face' by Lady GaGa and 'Boom Boom Pow' by The Black Eyed Peas'.  Both tasks completed and enjoyed actually! 

I'm now sitting in the excellent BBC Radio Ulster studios in Belfast about to go on air for the final time this week...

Here are a few photos from today:

Me making the tea for the staff:


Me and Rioghnach on the swings:


A reminder:



Day 4 - Down on the farm!

Greg James | 15:23 UK time, Thursday, 23 July 2009

Day 4 - Down on the farm in Shropshire

The location was revealed to me this morning as per usual by Chris Moyles and I was sent to a farm!  So from bridal shops, to making smoothies, then getting my legs waxed at the beauty salon to something completely different - shovelling cow poo.  It's a glamorous life all this.  I'm finding it really interesting travelling the length and breadth of the UK and seeing the variety of things young people are getting up to.

Today, it was all about James Evans and his family.  He has just finished his A-Levels and is saving up to do a ski season next year by working hard on the family farm.  I had a tour of the farm, saw the milking parlour, met some of the cows, got my finger caught in the thing the udder goes in and messed up my trainers.  It's a very cool place to live though, his mates must love coming round for quad-bike races around the fields as long as they avoid the cows and slurry.

Hear what happened in the show here (audio available until 31 July)

I'm now racing back to BBC Manchester to get the show on at 4pm.  Good luck everyone!

Photos from today: (including the poo I shovelled. Awful.)







More photos from the show in my fancy BBC Manchester studio:

I've found some Mark Radcliffe props:




Day 3 of the tour - Carmarthenshire!

Greg James | 14:36 UK time, Wednesday, 22 July 2009

So, it was Bath on Monday, Swansea yesterday and today, Chris Moyles sent me off to a beauty salon in a little place in South Wales called Ammonford.  I met Ffion and her sister Lowri who were lovely and I was forced to have my nails painted and get a spray tan.  I also took time out to answer their phones and book in some appointments.  A lovely old lady rang up to get her tash waxed next Tuesday at 10:30. 

Then, Jo Whiley suggested I get my legs waxed.  I thought this might happen, and there was nothing I could really do.  Never give in to peer pressure.  Like I do.


Listen to the show here (audio available until 30 July)


And we're just stopping off for a bacon double cheeseburger as we rush back to BBC Bristol to do the show at 4pm!

Hello to the people in the blue Reanult Scenic who waved at us as I write!

Anywhooo, here are a few photos from today:

By the way, the photo of me breathing in with my top off was requested by the girls in the salon as they want to send it to Heat magazine.  I said that if a picture of an untoned skinny boy gets 'torso of the week', I'd go back and do a days work in the salon for them for free.





Day 2 of the tour - Swansea is DONE!

Greg James | 19:04 UK time, Tuesday, 21 July 2009

I found out from Chris Moyles this morning that today's task was to travel to a smoothie shop in Wales.  So, after a three hour rainy train journey, I arrived.  Dan, a second year criminology student, got in contact with Radio 1 to get me to come along to the shop. Also there were Zoe, James, Darren, another James and Jake.

I had a little chat with the lovely people in there, learnt how to use a coffee machine, put together a smoothie and then was set a challenge by Jo Whiley to make an English breakfast smoothie.  Yes, that meant eggs, beans, sausages, tomatoes and brown sauce.  Disgusting.  If I drank it, Dan would get his favourite Blink 182 record played on the radio.  I did it, spewed a bit, but the record got played!

Listen to the show to hear what happened (audio available until 29 July)

It's nice to give a bit back.  And bring a bit up.

Here's me trying the death smoothie:






I'm off for a little night out in Bristol...Bye bye!

Day 1 of The Summer Jobs Tour...

Greg James | 17:23 UK time, Monday, 20 July 2009

Good luck everyone...

Here I go then.  It's simple.  2 weeks, 10 different destinations, 10 really boring summer jobs to try and liven up.

The first one was Emily's job in Bath at a bridal shop.

Listen to the show to see how I got on




Listen to The Chris Moyles Show tomorrow morning at 7.20am to find out my next destination!  The tour begins!

Jordin Sparks...

Greg James | 15:34 UK time, Friday, 10 July 2009

I had a lovely interview with Jordin Sparks on the final big show before my holiday today. 

Have a listen to the show


brapper2.jpgBye bye everyone!  I'm off to catch Venga Airways to Lanzarote.  See you in a week!

A new craze? Kind of.

Greg James | 05:17 UK time, Friday, 10 July 2009

I used to do this at Uni (I will try and dig out the photo) but it appeared in the papers yesterday that people are starting a new craze by lying down in odd places and taking photos of it.  Like this:


Why not do your own and send it to me?!

Beaten by a girl...

Greg James | 05:39 UK time, Tuesday, 7 July 2009

I had a fantastic morning at the home of cricket, Lords, yesterday.  Excitement is building for The Ashes which starts tomorrow!  If you don't know what the Ashes are, then have a look at this brief history.  Suffice it to say, that it is one of the greatest sporting rivalries bewteen England and Australia.

Although the majority of the attention will be on the men's game, the England women's team are also playing Australia.  It has been in the press lately about the incredible success of the team,  They are world champions and currently hold the Ashes.  The women's game has come a long way since the days of them running around in skirts.  It has taken years of hard work for the women's game to be at the level it is now and it's brilliant for the future of cricket.

Now, I went along to see just how good they are.  I had a practice session with them.  Turns out - very.  I got bowled by a girl.  World champions though, so no shame really.

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I love a bit of cricket and used to play loads, but haven't for a couple of years and was a bit rusty!




Greg James | 19:47 UK time, Monday, 6 July 2009

So, bear with me on this one.  Calvin Harris had a rant last night about some TV woman getting him to do a rubbish interview where he had to open some a jar of jam three times.  He ranted about this on his Twitter and it made me laugh a lot as he got more and more angry as the night went on.  So much so, that he created 'JAM TV' where he wants to get as many people to film themselves opening jam.

His original one is on YouTube.  Search for 'Jam TV Episode 1'

Here is my one.  Have a go yourself and I'll put it on this blog! GO!

Take That.

Greg James | 19:06 UK time, Monday, 6 July 2009

I was bleating on about this on the show today.  I'm not the biggest Take That fan in the world but they're kind of hard to ignore and not love them even a little bit!  My theory is everyone loves at least one Take That record.  My favourite is 'Never Forget' and I played it this morning at about 6:15 if you care to listen again.  I also played out my exclusive recordings from the gig.  On my phone.  BUT - it was before Chris played out the official highlights!  Again, another exclusive for the big show.

Here's a selection of photos from the gig.  It was mega.

Mum and Dad loving it:

takethat4.jpgChris played out an hour of highlights this morning from 9. Listen to them here


Greg James | 05:44 UK time, Thursday, 2 July 2009

I decided to pop down to Wimbledon yesterday and queue up for some ground pass tickets which allow you to wander the grounds and all the courts except the good ones basically.  It took about 3 and a half hours but was well worth it as it's a great place to spend a lazy day.

Here are a few photos from the day:

Look!  It's all the officials you see on TV.  Just 'chillin'


I was sat on Court 3, looked up to the posh person lunch bit and saw....Sir Cliff!  (He's in the red jacket).


I sneaked in to David Garrido's (from Newsbeat) amazing commentary box position.  So cool:


Have a look at David's videos from the last two weeks including the infamous "grunt tennis" one!

I  then snaked my way down to pretty much courtside, without the security seeing me.  It's a beautiful place:


Mark live in Canada!

Greg James | 04:59 UK time, Thursday, 2 July 2009

This morning, I spoke to our man travelling the Americas on his bike for a new BBC One documentary.  I'm following his progress on the show and he's currently in Canada!  Look!


This is him talking to me on his satellite phone in Canada.  Cool eh?  That's his bicycle too.  Obviously.

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