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early morrnings....

  • Fi Glover
  • 16 Sep 06, 07:27 AM

it's 7.28. although you will now be able to tell how long it takes me to type - given that this post probably won't be published until about 7.52. anyway - if you are up at this thankless hour on a Saturday morning then huge greetings and sympathy to you.

we're almost ready to go now - the only thing that stands in the way of me and the on-air light is a small trail into the Today programme at 8.30. it's the closest thing that i'll ever get to appearing on Today so you can imagine that i am treating this with high excitement.

Should i call them Mr Naughtie and Mr Stourton or just Jim 'n Ed?

i fear that the latter implies that i know them both in the cuddly world that is Radio 4 and this is not strictly true although i did once have a corridor conversation with Mr N at Andrew Marr's leaving party (when he left being the BBC's Political Editor, not when he left the BBC - because obviously he hasn't).

Strange thing was that i don't really know Andrew Marr either. You can tell by now that what i really should be doing is focusing and not rambling away on this blog - so i shall leave you in peace. enjoy the programme - we intend to.

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  1. At 09:18 AM on 16 Sep 2006, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Hi Fi!

    I must admit I missed the trail (as I was in the shower at the time) but made sure that I could get to the radio for the start of the show. Not sure the Tarzan yell hasn't made the neighbours think I've gone crazy! Still, have fun this morning! The show sounds good so far :o)

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  2. At 09:41 AM on 16 Sep 2006, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    Hi Fi,

    I've so far managed to hear about three minutes of the programme in about 20 second bursts. (I need more radios around the house).

    Sounds good!

    I'm looking forward to downloading the podcast, so that I can listen to it tomorrow while BH is on...

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  3. At 09:50 AM on 16 Sep 2006, e wrote:

    It's 9:49 and thank goodness this tosh is drawing to a close. Saturday morning R4 should be entertaining and ease the chore of weekly housework not cringe-worthy. Please make it stop!!

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  4. At 09:57 AM on 16 Sep 2006, John wrote:

    Great programme. I have had to turn off Radio4 4 at 09:00 for so many years, but now.....

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  5. At 10:00 AM on 16 Sep 2006, Jenny Cook wrote:

    I turned your programme on during the deadly boring item about a woman who does competitions. I assumed it was a blip but no, it was followed by more tedium, each item being more squirmyly boring than the last and I hear next week we have Teter Snow to tell us about what's in his attic, my excitement is being taken to new lows. The feeble show is an insult to listeners and should be axed immediately.

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  6. At 10:01 AM on 16 Sep 2006, Ben wrote:

    Oh Fi!

    A great start to the series - very witty.

    Will be sure to tune in next Sat.

    Ben

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  7. At 10:03 AM on 16 Sep 2006, Kit Byatt wrote:

    Lovely to hear you back again on R4. Your cheerful, cheeky, but probing style is just perfect for a weekend morning (whether Saturday or Sunday!).

    Keep up the good work.

    PS It was GK Chesterton who said "funny is not the opposite of serious, just the opposite of not funny" - I passionately believe in that philosophy...

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  8. At 10:07 AM on 16 Sep 2006, John Newman wrote:

    Congratulations on your new status prog. I wish you every success. Your blog reveals your nerves...and this is good. You are only human. I am writing at the late hour of ten a.m. and you sounded good...nerves did not show. Good prog well done to you and the team.

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  9. At 10:10 AM on 16 Sep 2006, jim wrote:

    Good morning Mam,

    Great programme , Eddie M...(who?) eat your heart out.

    Best wishes

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  10. At 10:10 AM on 16 Sep 2006, John Lightbourne wrote:

    Wonderful to hear Fi Glover again, pity about the plodding programme content. You had Carol Thatcher and Fi together and you end with this dismal offering!

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  11. At 10:10 AM on 16 Sep 2006, Dave wrote:

    Welcome back - it's been too long. But isn't your photo on the masthead the one from GLR days or do you have a picture in the attic?

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  12. At 10:24 AM on 16 Sep 2006, Mark Ogilvie wrote:

    Thank goodness, just what we needed! More vacuous coffee-bar chit-chat from a roomful of Londoners!

    My heart leapt at the words "...and here's Carole Thatcher" as it meant I could turn off the radio and finish reading the paper without missing anything either entertaining or informative.

    Congratulations to you all for swinging a contract from the BBC.

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  13. At 10:26 AM on 16 Sep 2006, James wrote:

    Welcome back to Radio 4 Fi. We've missed you. And get a better signature tune!

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  14. At 10:40 AM on 16 Sep 2006, nationwide wrote:

    Fabulous show.

    Congrats to the luvverly Fi Glover and Paula McGinley for producing a genuinely enjoyable show to listen to, not one that I felt as if I was being lectured to, or one that I felt as if I HAD to stay to the end no matter what.

    Brave idea to have the cop on first and for so long and both Mark Thomas and Elvis were stars.

    If you really love us, then you'll get on a poet called "The Fire Poet" whose real name is Philip Wells. His best poem is "How Many Beers" and he's not as famous as John Hegley.

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  15. At 10:56 AM on 16 Sep 2006, Ric Cooper wrote:

    Seatbelts on, Saturday Live production team...

    Oh dear, oh dear. What a dull, unoriginal waste of time that was...from the depressing theme music, the sixth-form montage edit (amateurishly laboured), the fifth form poet, a far-too-long interview with a hostage negotiator so much in love with his own voice he presumably BORED his subjects into surrender...unfunny banter with Carol Thatcher who, bless her, is hardly "cutting edge", and complete and utter failure to live up to the endless hype of the promos. It's as though Home Truths laid a large, pointless unfertilised egg.

    And after struggling to stay awake through the hour we were left with a trail for next week inviting us to find out what Peter Snow does in his attic. Hullo? We all KNOW what P.S. does in his attic: he has a model railway layout. It's already famous, and it's SPECTACULARLY BORING! COME ON!

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  16. At 11:35 AM on 16 Sep 2006, Jeffrey Wilson formerly The Rover wrote:

    Dear Fi

    Welcome back great show. do you ever hope to have Jimmy Page on again? I sat in awe at at your last meeting with him some years ago ruined by A Yorkshire Idiot. (I am one too But am now living in Rickmansworth)

    I suppose I should not mention this but if You go into YouTube and tap Led Zep some fantastic snippets of real special items await you.

    Trusting That You Still Keep The Faith

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  17. At 11:59 AM on 16 Sep 2006, David C wrote:

    Wonderful: witty and (mostly) engaging.

    1. The timing of the show - now on Saturday is definitely better. It just feels right.

    2. The poet guy should be on at least every fortnight - very funny and sparky: rich.

    3. Will Self - always good value: could have been more depth here though.

    4. Competition winner - fine, entertaining stuff.

    5. Pageant podcast: hmm - bit boring this one. Fi did not seem to be able to spark it to life.

    5.5 Banter with Carol T. - excellent.

    6. Overall 8.5 (out of 11).

    PS I think I am in love with Fi's language patterning. I really look forward to Gordon Brown being on the show.

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  18. At 02:01 PM on 16 Sep 2006, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    I enjoyed it. Put me down as a positive response.

    I usually like Will Self, and did this AM

    I loved the little poem (s)

    Good with coffee

    xx

    ed

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  19. At 11:38 PM on 16 Sep 2006, Roberto Carlos Alvarez-Galloso,CPUR wrote:

    Great Blog.

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  20. At 05:41 PM on 18 Sep 2006, Roger Blackmore wrote:

    I've just found this site and write to say that the programme is as good as anticipated. BUT, Miss Glover's pronounciation of the word "to" (tuh) stills irritates hugely.

    Suggest the Stainless Steel Cat does what I do and invests in wireless headphones. Invaluable for Radio Four and Test Match Special.

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  21. At 12:34 PM on 08 Dec 2006, nationwide wrote:

    Don't you love us any more? why haven't you got on Philip Wells the Fire Poet yet?

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  22. At 10:51 AM on 06 Jan 2007, Joe K wrote:

    Ric Cooper wrote:

    'Oh dear, oh dear. What a dull, unoriginal waste of time that was...from the depressing theme music...'

    I *like* the feem toon. Word of advice to the SL crew. Put the details of it on here, and anyone (me, for example) Googling for 'Saturday Live theme tune Fi Glover' will be brought to this page, and have their curiousity satisfied...

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  23. At 10:52 PM on 02 Feb 2007, Joe K wrote:

    Maybe the YouTube link was a step too far, so make that just 'Steady As She Goes', by The Raconteurs. Kind of a Jack White project.

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  24. At 03:06 PM on 17 Feb 2007, John Richardson wrote:

    I enjoy your prog; How is this for a true story. . In 1934/5 My brother, Bill, then 16, and I, 11 with help from our sister built a wooden bungalow which was transported to the Yorkshire dales where it is still standing & in regular use to this day. The story of how it csme about is interesting, at the ages of12/13 & 7/8 we converted some old rabit hutches, that father had made out of timber that a merchant had given him, into an AVERY. When the merchant saw what we had done he offered enough timber to convert the whole garden into a giant bird cage. We decided why "AVERY" why not holiday bungalow. Having sent him our drawings sufficient timber arrived by rail whilst we were away at school Working thro' Xmas & Easter holidays we transported and errected the "bungalow" in Wharfe Dale where it has doubled in size & served three generations of our familly. Although it has now passed to friends we still have some connections with it & ensure that it is still standing with our original "HUT" as the centre piece. There is still no piped water or electricity but it proves ever popular.
    Now at 83yrs I have started to write a book not only about how we built it but some of our exploits there over the years. I hope that I shall manage to finish it in my life time?

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  25. At 11:40 AM on 06 May 2007, david hurdle wrote:

    I would really really like to know what the theme music is!

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