Simon Mayo Drivetime

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    I'm not a fan of early filming. It feels harsh, especially for us chaps who aren't allowed make up on a casual basis. Can I request soft lighting? Maybe horizontal too? Or at least no close-ups please, come on guys play fair with us. Maybe voice-over would be sufficient. Anyway an early start and off to a plush hotel where the bottled water is imported from Tibetan glaciers and the ice is hand-chipped by monks clad in velvet using silver chisels made by elves. Or something.

    Thought Matt Haig was impressive last night - there was a very strong response from bloggers and listeners everywhere. It is one thing to write about depression but to get over everything you want to say in a brief time on the radio is something else altogether.

    Tuuuunes day today troops and those long songs are on the way to cheer your musical bones (if that's even a thing) and AMERICAN STATE oldies please. Ohio got a good bashing yesterday in the confession for being insular and families who might not be blessed with vast international knowledge (we have quite a few of those too!) I believe we'll be live in Ohio today, meantime some of those top American songs please! And if any last more than 5 minutes...

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    Another marvellous Monday, greeted with wild enthusiasm and lots of tea. Hope the weekend was all you wanted (though maybe the luxury treacle cheesecake was a little excessive). I can’t remember any sport at all so I can only report a trip around Radio for my mother-in-law who watched some live Pick Of The Pops! And met Tony Blackburn! I’m not sure she was that impressed with the hits of 1983-she was never a great Kajagoogoo fan really until Limahl left. 'That Nick Beggs can slap a mean bass’ is one of her catch phrases.

    So today we have writer Matt Haig on the show-his book Reasons To Stay Alive is a must-read. Matt’s a great writer-his novel Humans is a top work-but this isn’t a novel, it’s a survival guide. Reasons To Stay Alive is a read-in-one-sitting account of living with depression. Honestly I think every house should have one. It is funny, profound, and inciteful and written as much for the general reader as anyone with depression or anxiety. His 'conversations across time' with his old self are compelling. Matt's on from 6.

    And as we gear up for the Radio 2 Country, lets go country again! We had so many to choose from last time, lets's get some more on. We could do...

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    And Friday dawns sunny and cold but with a hint of spring. Just a few birds are starting to serenade the morning so lets throw open the shutters and sing a medley of songs from The Sound of Music. I have my mountain style lederhosen ironed and ready. That spring clean is only days away surely…

    It’s a 2 show day again and Sigourney Weaver is the guest on the movie show talking about Chappie, a new SF robot Artificial Intelligence film set in South Africa (also the talk of a new Alien movie of course) Then we shall ARF and it looks as though the Drivetime runes and our mystic waters are delivering a clear message-they want 1992 please if you would be so bold to be the ARFO.

    So I’m still on Breakfast duties, polytechnics become universities, Party Politics wins the Grand National and John Major wins the election. and Reservoir Dogs is the most talked about move of the year (although I preferred Aladdin). But which song do you fancy?

    And the (in case you hadn’t noticed) it’s the weekend! Mine’s a chamomile tea! Rock and roll!

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    Lovely Thursdays. Bob Harris Country on the way and much fun in-between. And I miss Bob’s show when it goes out so catch up when I get home-here’s my theory. Bob has the best time of anyone. And now I know it’s true because I have recorded my show for Radio 2 Country, our pop-up station which is incoming! And I loved doing a one hour show full of country songs from the movies and so will you (unless you hate country, obvs). More details next week…

    Later Nigel has a pear, chocolate and ginger crumble on offer (this is just getting better) and we’ll do deliveries as a special bespoke service....

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    A wet Wednesday in February and everything is awesome (to coin a phrase). Well I say everything is awesome without knowing for certain that that is the case. Shall we agree that most things are pretty good? A few things are OK? Right we’ll start there and picket up a bit…

    Wasn’t Mark Strong fabulous? Not only is he a great actor but he has time for everyone (spending ages with some school pupils who were studying A View) and is passionate about British theatre. He is welcome anytime.

    We are shopping today with Mary Portas on the show. Her new series is on Channel 4 now and her memoir Shop...

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    ...is of course to make it one of the most enjoyable days of the week, rather than the least. So treats please! Lets make Tuesday special. Even Matt eats on a Tuesday. Dress up, see a movie, buy an album (how very 1980s), shop, buy/borrow a top book, sit in a sauna (they extend your life apparently), study a painting, eat chips, begin that novel, see how long you can make one of those chocolate covered toffees last, learn a poem, choose a new doughnut flavour, get a piercing (not you kids), go surfing, learn about a new element (specialist), make a new playlist (repeat to fade)

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    Good morning groovers and welcome to another week of general fabulousness. Hope the weekend was a good one. Best thing here was seeing Big Hero 6 with child 3. I have never been asked to 'laugh more quietly' before. This was quite something. There are scenes in this Disney animation that are still making me laugh 48 hours later-as long as no one asks me for a fist bump, I’ll have calmed down by 5pm. I still haven’t seen Birdman but my bet is I prefer Big Hero 6 (so shallow).

    Book club day today and I’ve been aware of Gavin Extance’s The Mirror World of Melody Black since Matt raved about it...

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    Alarming to hear the evacuation of the studios this morning! As soon as you hear Alan D’s voice apologising for the loss of programme, I think everyone stays rooted to the spot, waiting for matters to resolve. Has Chris really evacuated to the pub? Can they do the show from Radio 1? Why not try Radio 3’s well appointed suite? Will it be sorted in time (I thought selfishly) before Drivetime? Anyway all was well but I will look at the emergency lights nervously tonight. The white one goes all the time but thats the phone light and always someone calling the wrong number-ordering pizza, taxis...

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    On the tube! In a cafe! In a presentation-type thing! Off on a BBC adventure with the Director General himself. So I'm up early with my best jeans on to applaud whatever it is he'll be saying and maybe help myself to a croissant or 2. Actually there won't be any is my guess so I'll bring my own. It's all about THE ARTS so I'm the man you need boss. Look I've even got my Radio 2 Book Club cape around my shoulders.

    Then later we are rocking the nation with another top show featuring as it does Nigel and his properly Vegan dish Smoky Moroccan Chickpea Stew & Saffron-infused Couscous. With...

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    So as the opening bars of Jamie Cullum were airing yesterday, I was donning the leathers, jumping on a taxi bike and heading for the theatre. All of this was for your benefit, not mine you understand; I live only in your service. The play was A View From The Bridge by Arthur Miller and starred the lovely Mark Strong who is due on the show very soon. More on this next week but suffice to say for now-it and he are wonderful. ‘One of the great theatrical productions of the decade’ says The Times this morning. And I only coughed 3 times which wasn’t too irritating for anyone. I think the voice...

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