Wednesday 1 October 2014, 08:16
It says wifi. The icon indicates wifi is available. But nothing works and it is useless. This is a first world problem but there it is. Or rather it isn't. I'll have to rely on that phone signal thing to transmit these words (I have no idea what I'm talking about at this point).
It's early. 2 breakfasts before 7 and there might be a need for more. Still there is a lovely sunrise over Rugby at the moment to cheer us on our way and I might get to snooze past Coventry.
Then I get to do it all in reverse in time for showtime. Today we're in full Simpsons mode with their head script writer Al Jean and former writer, now executive producer of Futurama David X Cohen. Al has been with the Simpsons since the beginning - thats 25 years ago - and he and David have both helped Simon Singh on his Simpsons and maths book from last year. For any show to last that long is extraordinary but to be consistently voted the best show of all time makes it a one-off. And how about CARTOON oldies while we're in the mood.
10 miles till Worcester? zzzzzzzzzz
Tuesday 30 September 2014, 07:53
A day in the house, no trains. Back with the early starts tomorrow but this is slackness here. Casual attire, unkempt, unwashed (this will be sorted by showtime obvs. Highest standards apply as ever) Slovenly is the right word I think (from the Dutch 'slof' meaning negligent and careless).
Richard Curtis today which is a lovely thing. What a man he is. A thousand projects on the go and making the world better as he goes. He'll have a number of matters to address- movies, comedy, Comic Relief, pop music etc plus a neat little book for children called It's Snow Day. It's illustrated by Rebecca Cobb, winner of the Waterstones Best Picture Book Prize. Yes it's that time of the autumn (record temperatures) when it is time to talk about Christmas product. On the snow day in question, only 2 people have turned up at school- a small boy called Danny and his least favourite teacher. Lovely set up, beautiful drawings and classic Curtis territory. It could end up terribly of course but you might guess there's a warm and fuzzy ending. Hooray!
And how about DRY oldies? It is the driest September on record-we've only had a fifth of what we would normally have. Northern Ireland is the driest, Scotland...
Monday 29 September 2014, 08:00
I'm on a train and have already had a bacon roll. This doesn't count as a proper bacon roll as its for work. And apparently if you're travelling at more than 70mph it's only 10 calories. Isn't science a wonderful thing! First of my new term teacher assistant posts about to be sorted for the good students of Leicester. Hope those nice OFSTED inspectors aren't planning a visit.
Good weekend? Yes thanks not bad. Less hectic than last and more words written. They could all be the wrong words but it's a risk I'll have to take. And then what? Ah yes. After the educational needs of the East Midlands have been sorted, a swift return to base and a Drivetime with former Welsh and British Lions captain Gareth Thomas as our guest. He's Wales most capped player and came out as gay in 2009. It's an astonishingly honest book-it begins when his wife has just left him and he has crawled into her wardrobe where he spends the night surrounded by her clothes and perfume. The conflict between the alpha male he was a lot of the time and the scared man he was the rest of it is at the heart of the book. He should make for compelling listening.
And we'll try oldies that have a CLASSICAL MUSIC link. Ken is launching...
Friday 26 September 2014, 07:39
What ho! Friday is a wonderful thing all round. Well done whoever thought the Day of Frigg would be a good thing-Frigg being an old Norse god. wife of Odin and the queen of Asgard, obviously. So well done to her and her gift of Friday which we intend to celebrate with another ARF at 5pm. Between then and now there are a few words to write- hopefully a thousand but may well end up being fifty two. Procrastination is terrible thing. But it strikes when you at your most vulnerable. Just when you need to concentrate, the coffee needs making, the view needs checking and the internet is such a good research...
Thursday 25 September 2014, 07:24Let's get this out of the way. Fish soup is no way to encourage me through the day. No way Nige! You can dress this up anyway you like but ultimately, it's fish and it is soup. It's all about the sea bass. Well let's see. Come on Nige. I could see this deliberate provocation but I choose to be magnanimous. I'll bring my own croutons.
Wednesday 24 September 2014, 07:39Well I am, in a manner of speaking. Now we have no studio managers, I have to remember everything. The guests need to be faded up because no one else is going to do it for you, the news needs to be faded up because no one else is going to do it for you and the 7o'clock show needs to be faded up etc...If anything goes wrong, it's my fault. I have a face like a child concentrating on his joined-up writing. I always wanted to be a studio manager and now I am. I just have to talk and play tunes as well.
Tuesday 23 September 2014, 07:07Oooh Tuesdays, don't you love them? Always the most troublesome day of the week, it seems to have very little going for it really. No weekend gossip, an eternity till Friday and too many meetings. So, what better day to institute the TUNESDAY or maybe TOOONSDAY to make it sparkle and shimmer. All songs longer than 5 minutes and each one a monster. That's the plan anyway. There's something about an epic which feels like a treat to hear on air.. The longer songs get missed out in the hurly-burly of the daily show but here is their (occasional) moment.
Monday 22 September 2014, 08:30
Only Monday! Feels like Thursday I'm sure but that's what you get if you spend the weekend 'up to things'. And things are exactly what I have been up to. If you have been reading the posts here you will know about these things. Thank you for turning up. And thanks the the birthday wishes too. The manager of our brunch venue of choice guessed I was 35 and I promised her we'd be back (that's how shallow and easily pleased I am). Then it was down the M4 for some 'dropping-off' duties. ARF was full of parents and new students in cars packed to the rafters with the essentials of student living. And...
Friday 19 September 2014, 08:30
A fierce debate, passionately argued. A little bit of shouting, some jostling and a few bruised and battered egos. But now it is all over and 1986 has been chosen for the opening year for your ARF. To those disappointed with the decision, those eager for change, I ask you to hang together so we can move forward.To those who argued for 1979, I hear you. To those who argued for 1994, tough luck, it was a dreadful year. 1986 it is and I'd like thank everyone who took part.
(steps back from the mic, fade to black, music swells etc)
1986 is the year of the GCSE, replacing GCEs, Catchphrase and Casualty...
Thursday 18 September 2014, 10:13
Because that's what you have to do. Morning looks warm and lovely to me, that summer wardrobe hanging on in there for a few more days. Love that autumnal heat!
Now choosing oldies is always a fun thing to do very early in the morning. Usually the choice is obvious-either guest related or tied in some way to the news. On a Thursday however it's Nigel and this Thursday in particular, the news isn't helpful. All best avoided (and there are rules you know). So then, as manna from heaven, arrives news that Pointless has won best game show at the Rose D'Or (it's a thing still apparently). A fine show...