Simon Mayo Drivetime

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    And a very good morning to you too. This may well be the last blog posting for the season. The software is going on a holiday (not that it deserves it tbh) and can't be reached. In the meantime we can all just carry on adding top cheerful and festive messages to our heart's content. I might test the system and drop a surprise posting every now and then. Or maybe I'll forget, who knows. The show rocks on till Christmas Eve however with a bumper series of all request Christmas shows with Rick Wakeman starring in an all Rick-quest show on Monday. SingalongaRickandfriends should be lovely. If he wants to play the whole of Tales from Topographic Oceans we'll only have half an hour left to fill with other stuff, but we'll steer him away from that probably.

    Todays ARF will kickoff with a tip-top choice from 1978. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is broadcast for the first time, Naomi James is the first woman to sail around the world singlehandedly, and your host is in the library at university looking for books on Stalin and eating minced beef on toast (I know, sorry).

    In case this is the last pre-Christmas post, the compliments of the season to you all. Have a warm, peaceful,…

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    A night out with Nigel is always an intriguing time. We walk through the West End as he drops in on his clubs, waves to his friends and greets diners as they thank him for his top culinary broadcasting. He then picks our eating and drinking options and we celebrate until 9.30 at least. Now it may well be that there was a late night drinking option that was pursued by the younger and more vigorous members of our team, but the senior staff needed to be a'bed so devotion to the show won the day. Now it may well be that by the time we get on air it becomes apparent that (let's say) Matt spent the night jiving in a disco and (maybe) Rebecca fell asleep on the night bus, but I doubt it.

    Nige is back today to minimise stress at Christmas and offer you ideas for a Boxing Day biryani which could well be just the ticket. And we'll have a go with SANTA oldies please if you feel like some hohohoing ahead of next week.

    Well done everyone, carry on.

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    Well it's Drivetime's festive night out tonight. I do recommend an evening out led by Nigel Barden if you can fix one. It's a bit like being six years old again and dining with your parents; Nigel tells you what is going to be best. He has a word with the owner, the owner's staff and the head chef. Nigel looks at the menu and orders for everyone. Food arrives and everything is fabulous. Not making choices is so relaxing. Before you know where you are you've eaten something you've never seen before and never even asked for chips. Or maybe you did, who knows.

    Today's super Christmasy edition features the wonderful Victoria Wood. Her musical 'That Day We Sang' is on TV this Christmas. It stars Imelda Staunton and our own Michael Ball and is terrific. It's a musical (on TV! A very rare thing) set in Manchester 1969 and 1929 and tells the story of Enid and Tubby, two of the members of the Manchester Schools Children's Choir who made the iconic recording of Purcell's Nymphs and Shepherds. It's classic Wood and full of warmth, jokes about yoghurt and lovely songs. Don't miss it or her.

    We'll take your songs for the FAMILY and RELATIVES as you make your plans for next week and we…

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    Good morning to all fine and dandy folk of the blog. Tuesday dawning cold and dark here (quelle surprise!) and a day of 1)books and 2)the show. It's our book club quarterly today where the great and good sit in a large room and decide which books make into the Book Club next year. It is a well known fact that all meetings are off the devil and destroy the soul but this one turns out to be the last redoubt of creativity. So many books, so little time. You will hear the results of our labours in the near future...

    Then the show and we can bring you Sparks live in the studio! Yes it is…

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    What ho bloggers! A merry Monday to you and yours. The house is filled with tree and candle smells as we had the big 'dress the house' day. Most of the decorations survived their year in the loft and are back where they belong on the 8 foot non-drop, trunk-in-water Nordmann tree. And the Christmas music came out and the carol service was terrific and I had my first mince pie. So we are in season everybody. Even though your Drivetime show takes you all the way through to Christmas Eve, these feel like the final days to Christmas. Schools breaking up, students returning, work parties,…

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    Howling gale outside, dark till lunchtime, But midwinter approacheth and then the days will be getting longer and warmth and balmy days will return. I think that's roughly right anyway.

    Yesterday's extravaganza was great fun and I managed to have tea with Greg James. Ken was at the bar, Jo Whiley was sparkly and Steve was turning heads. Jamie, Sara and Trevor were mingling and some youngsters from Radio 1 were being energetic. Ed Sheeran-as you might have seen-is just about the least spangly superstar in the world. I was standing next to him watching the show and for all the world he…

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    A one hour show you say? But make it just as fabulous? No worries at all. Good morning bloggers from the silent house where no one has stirred yet. The newly arrived tree has filled the place with Christmasy smells and clearly everyone thinks it is holiday time already. Well we are nearly there but a few crazy days first...

    So it is BBC Music Awards day today and about time really. It's a big shiny new event and Radio 2 and Radio 1 are teaming with the TV and online comrades to bring you a whole bunch of live music from Gregory Porter, Paloma, Sir Tom (a quick 'Delilah maybe?) and…

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    The trees will be making its grand entrance today. I've spent a few hours cursing in the loft/cupboard that happens to be upstairs. I bought one of those tree bases last year to make everything easier-the kind you can leave some water in and it staggers on to the new year with some of its brittle needles still hanging on for grim life. This base is also blessed with the ability to burrow itself into the most back-breaking corner of the house and then surround itself with cases, boxes and rucksacks. Anyway I pulled it yelling and screaming into another Christmas.

    Update...the tree is…

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    Well the plan was to see most of Coldplay, then sneak out during Yellow and make it in time for the end of child 3's carol service. This seemed like a good plan, keeping everyone happy. I was sure I could do the 'nice singing, lovely atmosphere' chat, glancing at the order of service when needed. 'Ah yes the 'In Dulce Jubilo' was always a favourite' etc. Needless to say the carols wrapped at 8.30, just as Chris and the boys were getting stuck into 'The Scientist'. A swift new plan was drawn up involving me missing the carol service altogether. This was something i could manage easily.…

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    How lovely and festive to have the blog Christmas names back. Like getting the old decorations box out and finding that your sparkly favourites have made it through another year. Those months in the loft can be challenging for a bauble. Dodging the pulled-out suitcases, the casually-flung tents and the boxes of old tat are a year long trial but the wait is over and the tinsel is back. Hope the weekend was fun and didn't involve a concussion-induced trip to A&E in the small hours of Saturday night/ Sunday morning. That's an interesting place to spend a few hours. And yes all fine now…

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