Gabba gabba hey!
I have no idea why I put that except that it's on a placard on the cover of an old Ramones album I have somewhere. It's from a song of theirs called 'Pinhead' I believe and will not be featured on the show today. But gabba gabba anyway.
Weather induced thoughts yesterday of damp beach huts and cup-a-soup produced quite a response. It seems there are few things more evocative than wet seaside holidays we have endured/enjoyed. Soggy fish and chips on the sea front, damp tents and snug caravans, going to the cinema just because it's dry- we've all done it. And this weather makes me feel it wasn't all bad. However I was tweeted by Zoe Ball offering me both soup and a damp beach hut yesterday and I am tempted to accept. My guess it would be slightly more glamourous than our Bude beach front offering with, at the very least, chocolate digestives and ginger cake on offer.
Today I'm off to talk to some keen school pupils about matters literary and thence to Radio 2 where we have The Chieftains playing on the show. Yes really. They have a terrific new album called Voice of Ages in which they celebrate their 50th anniversary with a host of new tip-top talent. Secret Sisters, Decemberists and Paolo Nutini star in a great collection of songs. Paddy Moloney and the boys will be joined by Secret Sisters and it should just sparkle from start to finish.
So it seems HAIL TO THE CHIEF oldies would work today. Chiefs were higher than chieftains but CHIEFS will work well enough. Being in charge and ruling stuff, that kind of thing.
Have a well-honed and flexible Tuesday, see you after 5.