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    Blog posts by year and month March 2011

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    1. What a week for everyone involved in Desert Island Discs. It began with a blizzard of checking, fixing and not a little sweating to get everything ready for the launch of the new web site. Of course in the event, it all went very smoothly and soon there were people passing by my desk saying, "it...

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    2. We recognised Marty Wilde first. He was the tall one with the full head of hair dressed in a camel coat. Vince Eager came next, a man who once quaked the nation with the soda pop fuelled Buzz, Buzz. Buzz. Then came the drummer who has quite possibly played on more No 1's than any other man alive...

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    3. "Events, dear boy Events"! That was the apparently unflappable Prime Minister, Harold MacMillan, discussing what most concerned him. He meant the crises that arrive out of clear blue skies and changed the political weather overnight. Well we have had plenty of 'events' during this latest run of...

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    4. Elizabeth Taylor, perhaps the last of the movie icons of the golden era, has died, aged 79. She was a troubled person but an undisputed star. Philip French, The Guardian's film critic, said in a profile: ...she was exploited by every gossip columnist and patronised by virtually every film revi...

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    5. Andy Parfitt, the Controller of Radio 1, is clearly devoted to his job. Why else would you agree to curl up in a sleeping bag on the floor of Chris Moyles' studio while the Breakfast King and his sidekick Comedy Dave try to stay awake for 51.5 hours in order to create a new world record for Red ...

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    6. Editor's note: it's a new Archers drama. It's going to be on Radio 4 Extra twice a week and you'll be able to download it as a free podcast. More information from scriptwriter Keri Davies on The Archers blog - SB. People who follow me on Twitter will be aware that I've been very busy recently b...

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    7. Editor's note: when Down the Line first appeared on Radio 4 there was uproar. A popular phone-in with an award-winning presenter most obviously recruited from a different part of the speech radio spectrum? Not a popular commission. However, Radio 4 listeners - ever tolerant - have taken the show...

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    8. The Time - 10am on Thursday 10th March. The Place - The Grimond Room in Portcullis House. The Occasion - pre-appointment hearing with the Government's preferred candidate for the role of the Chairman of the BBC Trust. In the corridor outside, the media pack compares notes about what is a uni...

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    9. As this video preview confirms, the brutal inter-station comedy smackdown that is Stand up for Comic Relief is under way. Six of the BBC's national radio networks are represented this time; Radio 4 by Woman's Hour legend Jenni Murray and the others by various presenters I can't quite bring mysel...

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    10. Nine a.m. on a cold March day in North London. I knock on the door of a flat in a new tower block. When the door opens I'm straight in with my questions before the occupant can shut it in my face. How long have you lived here? Are you on your own? Who else lives here? Emboldened by the fact th...

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