Friday 25 July 2014, 08:33
Welcome to all new bloggers! Loads of new names in here and hope you enjoy being part of the busiest blog around (I have no basis for that claim but I'm making it anyway). You join us just as I go quiet for a couple of weeks. Does that mean that you need go silent? Au contraire The occasional game of 'guess the number of posts while Simon's away'. I'm going for 783 but that might be embarrassing. But guess away and see what happens.
Sally of course will continue for 2 more weeks-thanks for the tunes yesterday- a bumper crop. And her final selection of Bob Seger was a corker. I don't know what happens next, but Sally will 'reappear in some form' which is quite a claim. Good luck Sal!
And a broiling, busy ARF is on the way with 1999 selected by the sands and dust of the Drivetime fairies. The fabulous eclipse was the event of the year for me-how packed was Cornwall that August 11th? I almost ended up sharing a room with Zoe Ball which would never do. The euro was launched, the Millennium Stadium was opened and your host was just about hanging on at hot rocking Radio 1. And your song would be?
Look after RT while I am away, keep posting and see you in a fortnight...
Thursday 24 July 2014, 08:35
Not exactly today but she doesn't work fridays and I'm off for the next two weeks. Sally has decided to call it a day at the Radio 2 Drivetime travel desk after years of hard slog and devotion to the M25 as people drive home. Afternoons will not be the same! What will I do without someone to find an innuendo in every sentence? Who can match the throaty appeal of the trucker's pal? (she's snorting at that one obviously) Even from afar I always thought Sal had one of the best voices on the radio and it has been great to have her on the team (stop it Sally). How can I mark our last show together? Why, SALLY TRAFFIC oldies of course. What greater honour...
That being said, Nigel's offering of Sweet Soy Beef Cheeks might not be tailor made to Sal's tastes. There is a mango salad on the side, so maybe she'll have to make do with that. A few green leaves and a slice of fruit is not exactly a gold watch but maybe better for you...
Keep cool, drink water, mind the gap, fight the power.
See you at 5 (still no shorts).
Wednesday 23 July 2014, 09:55
The queues are forming, the crowds are enthusiastic. They've been looking forward to today since the tickets were announced. Years in the making, today finally and with great fanfare, the Ken Bruce show is live from Glasgow. Let the adulation flow! Sure there is the sideshow of Simple Minds playing live and the running and jumping later but it's Ken that is the star of the show. Give the man a medal now.
The Commonwealth Games is always a bit of a curiosity I think but their big trump card is the friendliness. 'The friendly games' is a great label and seems to make participation a treat. Drivetime will be in Edinburgh in August of course for our Scottish extravaganza but from today it's all about Ken Bruce and Glasgow. And we should of course do COMMONWEALTH GAMES/ FRIENDLY GAMES tunes as our small contribution.
Scottish and Northern Irish schools have been off for a while and this week the last of the English schools pack up for the summer. The magic of the end of term. A Megamosh is called for. You have been warned.
Until 5 then...
Tuesday 22 July 2014, 09:11
No helicopter, no hassle. ZZZZZZZZZZ. Thank you for your concern. It'll be the foxes next but for the moment, the 'hood is silent (as no one says, ever). Not even any mossies in the room-this will never last.
So the always charming Midge Ure today (I know, more insects). I first interviewed him when he was in early days Ultravox and I was at Radio Nottingham (and about 15). We talked about his days in Slick and Rich Kids but it was the Ultravox years that stick with us, then his many solo hits. His love of electronica is never far away and on his new album he has a collaboration with Moby. The...
Monday 21 July 2014, 09:04Window open? Window shut? Hint of a breeze or airless night? Woken by the police helicopter 4 times or blissful silence? So many decisions, so early in the day. What seems like a sensible choice at bedtime appears reckless in the small hours. At times like these I remember why I'm a spring and autumn sort of chap really. Weather when you might need a cardigan later seems more natural. Not that I'm wishing the year away you understand-those Hyde Park travel rugs are only a few weeks away anyway-my summer wardrobe is only just coming together (ironing a few t-shirts).
Friday 18 July 2014, 08:54Well there are a number of ways of being woken up, some more objectionable then others. But a mighty thunderstorm counts as a good awakening I think. I've always loved wild weather and last night was pretty spectacular. Even the house teenager woke up. Imagine that! Who knew he even acknowledged the world before lunchtime? Anyway today will be steamy I think so this blog is being typed in the garden as the cooler hours are appreciated. By the time we get to ARF
Thursday 17 July 2014, 08:36I am going to be hardline on this. There is a need for thin flowing fabrics today but no need to wear shorts. I am not on the beach (not yet anyway), I am not encased in suntan cream (though maybe I should be-more on that later) and I'm not reading a Wilbur Smith novel (my summer of reading is sorted already). I might wear linen. I might wear cheesecloth. But my trousers will be full length. If Alan Deadicoat wears shorts, I will too. Until then, the ankles stay covered.
Wednesday 16 July 2014, 08:04
Well these things are sent to try us and they most certainly do. More problems somewhere in the vast world of BBC IT delayed proceedings again-hopefully today things will be faster, sharper, fabulouser. WE SHALL SEE.
And onwards. Garden door open, swifts are screeching already and the telephone man imminent (maybe my phone is, in some weird pan-BBC way, connected to the blog. When the blog is sick, my phone dies. Or something). I only have the phone man/woman's word for the fact they are imminent and it may well be that they are interpreting 'imminent' in a slightly looser way than...
Tuesday 15 July 2014, 08:44
Well first of all apologies for more blog meltdown yesterday. Honestly I have no idea what happened and can only hope it's sorted now-there seems little point in writing an early morning bulletin if it arrives mid-afternoon. Thank you for your patience, even if you haven't been.
A swift exit yesterday to The Aldwych Theatre in London's glittering West End to see Wolf Hall. Nathaniel Parker plays Henry VIII and is on the show today. He is terrific as the monarch obsessed with siring a son and heir. I haven't read either of Hilary Mantel's novels (for shame) but knew them to be brilliant...
Monday 14 July 2014, 09:12
So in a room full of people, I found myself sitting next to my lovely German friend Sybille. And when the goal was scored, obviously felt it was entirely appropriate to embrace her. This was a good thing. I had been supporting her side anyway and she was feeling decidedly edgy at the prospect of penalties. My calm reassuring presence was a help I think (though her husband sitting on her other side was probably more than enough now I come to think of it). Anyway, that's that. Here comes summer.
Book Club today with Laura McBride's We Are Called To Rise. She's a debut novelist but you really wouldn't know it. It is set in Las Vegas, but not that Las Vegas. This (I imagine) is the real Las Vegas where people work, raise families and pay bills, not play, go to shows and lose money. Read a chapter here! Hear Laura from 6!
And how about SWIMWEAR oldies? Apparently men are wearing LESS and women are wearing MORE. Men are going all David Beckham (thanks Dave) and women are going all 50's. It'll all be nonsense of course but it's time for our swimwear edition anyway.
But fully dressed st 5 please.