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Archives for December 2011

Teckles teaser

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Mark Cummings | 10:16 UK time, Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Let us end the year with a little inspiration. Have a great New Year and the blog will be bursting with life into 2012...here is an email I got the other day.

Mark I've been walking my dog... In the rain on Rodborough Common and came across this bush and thought you might like to see it. It's decorated with photos of cats and dogs and has a box for donations of food, etc for Teckles Rescue Centre. Laurence (Devil)

Christmas Celebration highlights

Mark Cummings | 08:40 UK time, Thursday, 22 December 2011

It was wonderful to see Gloucester Cathedral full for our annual Christmas Celebration.

You can hear it on Christmas Eve at 1200, Christmas day at 0900 ... and also on Boxing day morning if, like me, you'll be up early!

One of the many highlights was the Stroud ensemble "Shimmering Flutes" and their medley of christmas music.

Christmas Celebration - online preview. Enjoy this medley from #Stroud"s Shimmering Flutes (mp3)

Bauble bashing

Mark Cummings | 12:01 UK time, Tuesday, 20 December 2011



This is my Leeds United bauble appearing with The Cirencester Town Band.

My loving sister provided me with this present and I have proudly paraded it around the county. However this tale of Christmas joy has a tragic end. The bauble's final resting place is in my studio after Lunchtime host Anna King callously smashed it into smithereens.

I'm in pieces...as is my limited edition, vintage Leeds United keepsake.

If you have any examples of decoration excess...the tackier the better I would love to see them...Cummings@bbc.co.uk

Ps...I think the death of my prized possession might have been a genuine accident but I'm still milking the guilt from my well respected colleague for as long as I can.

Twas The Night Before Christmas (revisited)

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Mark Cummings | 09:01 UK time, Saturday, 17 December 2011

I hope you enjoy this annual Christmas gift...my Gloucestershire version of the classic "Twas the night before Christmas" ...please take a couple of minutes to listen...light a candle...gather around the computer and share the magic of the best day of the year!

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Happy winter weekend

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Mark Cummings | 11:22 UK time, Friday, 16 December 2011


Thanks to Mark and Susan Lake for this from Harrow Hill in the Forest. There was a little snow around certain parts of the county this morning!


Have a great, cold, cosy, weekend.

The stars of Stonehouse

Mark Cummings | 11:41 UK time, Thursday, 15 December 2011

Next week on the show we will be visiting all the streets in the county that have suffered with road works this year.

We will kick off at Stonehouse. A recent ceremony dedicated ten newly-planted trees as part of a traffic calming scheme in the high street. Six and a half thousand pounds was raised to buy and plant them.

Look out for us in Stonehouse, Cirencester, Gloucester and Cheltenham next week.

The wonders of Wycliffe all week

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Mark Cummings | 11:32 UK time, Monday, 5 December 2011



Every week we go to a Gloucestershire school for a "show and tell" session.

I had a great time at Wycliffe College in Stonehouse meeting the pupils, teachers and Steve the gardener!

Each morning this week you can hear their entertaining thoughts on the Leveson phone hacking inquiry...what their career dreams are...the school's relationship with Stonehouse and Stroud...how the school has changed over the years...how hard it is for the teenagers to get out of bed...and the special dancing skills of the man who cuts the lawn!

Tune in and enjoy...and of course if you are a former pupil I would love to hear your memories of school days and any classic old photos...cummings@bbc.co.uk

Mark Cummings | 09:13 UK time, Friday, 2 December 2011

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