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    And a very good morning to you too. The cusp of a new frosty weekend and already plans are being made, journeys calculated, bottles of pop placed in the fridge (does anyone actually say ‘pop’ anymore? Did anyone ever use say it? Maybe it was just in comics…). Hope you’ve enjoyed the shows this week. I’ve just been looking at the photos of Ed Sheeran on the show yesterday. We are, in my mind, just separated by a few years; I’m the sixth former, he’s the cheeky third year. Then I do the maths and realise the inescapable fact that I’m more like the teacher/headteacher/OFSTED inspector. But what a delightful chap he is and what a meteoric rise the Framlingham boy has had. If you missed his performance in the Radio Theatre, it’ll be knocking around the red button and the website for a while…

    Good tunes in the house at the moment from Rhiannon Giddens. The former Carolina Chocolate Drops singer has a debut solo album produced by T Bone Burnett. It’s called Tomorrow Is My Turn and I awfully expect young Bob Harris to be playing it very soon.

    Movie show duets followed by an ARF that kicks off with vibes and grooviness from 1968. A year of revolution, unrest and Esther and Abi…

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    Morning groovers. My BBC weather app tells me my degrees today are 2,2,3,3,4,4,4,4,3,3,3,3,2,2,1. So much to look forward to there! I might plan something special for that first 4. A trip to the bins maybe or a biscuit in the garden. Rocknroll! I see a cheeky 8 turning up on Sunday and next Thursday Radio 2 studios will be basking in a 9. Be still my beating spring wardrobe. Until then my new scarf is wrapped around anything that needs it. I also am being very nice to my boiler, just in case…

    Foody Fursday here again and Nigel swans in with Spanish chicken with chorizo and castanets (or something). Cue Matt correcting my pronunciation with barely controlled exasperation.

    And as the 500 words comp gears up again, we’ll have a go at SHORT STORY songs i.e. songs with short stories in, not short songs with stories although they’d be ok too. Think that’s clear. I’ve always loved the great singing storytellers so lets get some of the best ones on tonight.

    Tally ho, onwards etc

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    Wednesdays are better than Tuesdays, they just are. Psychologically we have moved on from the weekend and there is another one along very shortly. By the time we are on air, we are over the ‘hump’, as it gets referred to, and we are freewheeling to Friday night. Weird I know but that’s the way it is.

    Bad weather for some today, cold leaden skies here and the promise of 3 degrees all day (in fact that’s a show idea right there). I think yesterdays idea to do the show from the African Cup Of Nations is quite timely. We could have a competition to take some bloggers too-no interest in football needed. Just a question like ‘Which continent is hosting the African Cup of Nations?’ and we could be off. I’ll submit it and let you know…

    We’ll do a new year rockfest with Dr Mosh today and some WOLF HALL oldies please as the much-anticipated TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novel makes it to TV today. It’s the 16th Century, HENRY VIII, it’s Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell, tights and treachery. You know the score here!

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    Freezing cold Tuesdays in January are totally fabulous. Freezing cold Tuesdays in January are totally fabulous. Freezing cold Tuesdays in January are totally fabulous. Freezing cold Tuesdays in January are totally fabulous. Freezing cold Tuesdays in January are totally fabulous. Freezing cold Tuesdays in January are totally fabulous. Freezing cold Tuesdays in January are totally fabulous. Freezing cold Tuesdays in January are totally fabulous. Freezing cold Tuesdays in January are totally fabulous. Freezing cold Tuesdays in January are totally fabulous. Freezing cold Tuesdays in…

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    There’s a small white box flashing away in the corner of the room. It is spreading a message of hope and good cheer. Translated it means I bring wifi to all, yea even the darkest corners of this house. This is a wonderful thing as until now, many rooms have been dark to the 21st century but a younger mind than mine spotted the magic box and lo! I can write to you from everywhere. A good start to a fabulous week (I’m sure that’s true).

    We kick off with Mike Scott from The Waterboys on the show today. Their/his new album Modern Blues is out and the song November Tale is all over Radio 2.…

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    Still like Fridays. Even though the weekend can be busier than the week (and I get up at the same time anyway) the 'Friday Feeling', which must start at school, persists for ever. Hooray for the weekend. But first hooray for Friday and the takeaway/ the cinema trip/ the pub visit/ the early night with a cup of hot chocolate and some peanuts. Rocknroll!

    Quick film this morning then Domhnall Gleeson is in to talk Ex Machina on the movie show. And the ARF kicks off with 1990 as our opening gambit. I was still doing the breakfast shift, Glasgow is the European city of culture, John Gummer…

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    Well good people of the blog, greetings and warm toasty aromas from here. Chunky jumpers ahoy! Time for the warmest of clothing to be donned and sported and draped. You might think though, from the way this weather is being reported, that it is somehow surprising and terrible. It'll be winter and that's it. No snow here but as long as the boiler doesn't die again, all will be well. I have a friend in Australia who keeps ending me pictures of the beaches shes visiting and I can do without that provocation but her aside...

    Special bloggery mention to Amelia who has compiled an…

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    All good here with an early start and off to a screening of a movie (can't remember which one) in a screening room (not sure of that either). But when I get there it'll be lovely. Imagine this - you go see a film and everyone sits quietly and attentively. No one eats, no one talks, no one phones. This of course has a massive spoiling effect. When a normal cinema trip is underway, I spend most of the time appalled at the non stop eating, chatting and texting. And facebooking. And skyping. Then spilling popcorn everywhere. Then fighting. So I'll think of my local screen 8 crowd later as…

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    Good morning bloggers and here's another Tuesday in January to relish. It's everyones favourite time of course; we're feeling flush, the weather is lovely and no one is fed up at all. This morning we are having some singing and dancing classes with traditional instruments and rustic clothing being handed out as we arrive at work. Jeremy V sometimes insists on keeping his 3 piece suit visible underneath the smock but in general we all love it. Ken Bruce particularly looks fabulous and Alex Lester can do the Pousette like no one else. This is to keep morale high and I for one think…

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    First coffee on the go at 7.05. Any earlier seems hardcore. I still might be all done on caffeine by 8.30 but the first one feels pretty good so far. Papers, washing, books, post, random headphones and candles all cluttering up the table but it's the coffee that is the centre of my attention. I never drank coffee or tea until I was doing the early show for Radio 1 (sitting in for Adrian John) but there was a coffee machine that ground its own beans outside the studio. The need for something warm to lubricate the throat was stronger than my dislike for hot drinks. And slowly the…

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