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  1. Never been used before

    Friday 11 April 2014, 09:48

    Simon Mayo Simon Mayo Presenter

    (thanks to Jennie W I now know I'm safe with that one, top research!)
    Here we are then. The weekend (and a week off) beckons just as it clouds over. My memories of Easter holidays are associated with freezing temps and snow everywhere so no complaints from me-this is balmy indeed! Caravanning in the New Forest, as the condensation freezes on the inside of the caravan windows-that's my abiding memory of these holidays. Oh and ice in the chemical toilet now I come to think of it. Anyway We are grateful for 13 degrees if that is all we have.
    No film show for me today as esteemed actor David Morrissey takes the helm again so it is straight to ARF for me and 1974 will be our ARFO year. Tom Baker is the new Dr Who, its the 3 day week (oh joy) and we are awash with Bay City Rollers, Yes, Abba and Paper Lace. Wide lapels. Big hair. We have photos.
    5pm then!
    (and I'll have a go at 578 blog entries while I'm away)
  2. lightly salted cheese

    Thursday 10 April 2014, 09:14

    Simon Mayo Simon Mayo Presenter

    Well that works for me. Morning to all bloggers.The thing about holidays is that they seem to be harder work than work. Thinking of things for everyone to do is exhausting. I know they should work these things out for themselves but somehow it never works out like that. I'm off next week but might just come into work anyway and bring everybody. Chris brought Noah in today and the BBC is FULL of tours ALL the time so maybe we'll just walk around the 'creative clearings' as seen on the painfully accurate W1A last night. (I want a creative clearing by the way. I had a word with Tony and he's right on it too. Sort it out will you?)
    How good was Eric Carter with Dermot yesterday? We need to hear these stories first hand while we can, so hats off to Dermot for making it happen. And Eric's account of shooting down a Messerschmitt over Murmansk in WW2 and then meeting its pilot last year and drinking champagne with him was something else. And,as I think you could tell, there was quite a twinkle in his eye!
    Nige today with a one-pot Indian chicken and how about RESIGNING/GETTING OUT/QUITTING tunes? Everyone's doing it: Maria Miller from the Cabinet, Lord Myners from the Co-op and Daniel Craig...

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  3. Natural sweetness

    Wednesday 9 April 2014, 09:53

    Simon Mayo Simon Mayo Presenter

    Sun streaming in here, illuminating every imperfection, both household and personal. Blinds down, sunglasses on. The house is also bursting at the seams with a full compliment of wives and children and a mound of washing the size of Everest. I might have lots of work to take me out of the house...I'll get the head of values to sort out some meetings.
    On the show today after 6, Dermot O'Leary and the sole survivor of 81 Squadron Eric Carter. In 1941 he and RAF colleagues were dispatched on a top secret mission to help defend the port of Murmansk in northern Russia against the Nazis. The project was code named Force Benedict and two squadrons of Hurricane fighters were shipped to Russia in total secrecy on the first Arctic convoy. Dermot met Eric at a fund raising dinner at an RAF club in 2013 and suggested he tell is story-which he now has. Hear Eric and Dermot after 6.
    And fascinating to hear Ian Hislop talking to Paddy K yesterday about his 'Olden Days' series on BBC tonight. Nostalgia, rose-tinted spectacles and so on. OLDEN DAYS oldies? Why not. And does the word 'olden' only get used in this context? It seems so...
    5pm then.
  4. Sweet apricot kernels

    Tuesday 8 April 2014, 09:39

    Simon Mayo Simon Mayo Presenter

    Yup don't think I've used that one before. Good morning to all bloggers, bright sunny and cool here. Warm radiators too. None of this 'central heating off' nonsense just yet; April can be a pesky month!  Off to the airport today to welcome back Wife 1 and child 1 who have been in Brazil for 2 weeks. I have kept everything on an even keel-everything that needs to be is clean, swept or ironed-and I have cooked my 4 meals in perfect rotation. No one has been ill or badly behaved. Very few take aways have been ordered. Brownie points have been earned, enough to last till Easter surely. There may yet...

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  5. Sprig of mint

    Monday 7 April 2014, 09:50

    Simon Mayo Simon Mayo Presenter

    Yes, I've gone back to kitchen ingredients. Friday's blog was late because the system gets confused if I've used a title before. So extra work has to go into coming up with a title I've never used before. So sprig of mint should be fine, but we shall see. Prepare for part two of a tour around the larder/fridge/shopping bag.

    Good weekend? A little twitching from me, in the company of some wise bird spotters who singled out a Cetti's Warbler, a Great Tit, a Heron, a buzzard, chaffinch (which get capitals? I'm confused) and a million coots. And I had a packed lunch which, in the great tradition of...

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  6. So it's a great big well done everyone

    Friday 4 April 2014, 10:52

    Simon Mayo Simon Mayo Presenter

    (especially Canute on getting his job) Here we are then with another lovely Friday to embrace, hope all is good with all DT bloggers everywhere. Enjoyed Michael Palin yesterday, always a fascinating conversation. And to state the obvious, he charms the pants off everyone he meets. He has the twinkle in the eye still and is clearly looking forward to the O2 and making each other laugh. And us hopefully. Lots more Python to come...
    Film show today with Darren Aronofsky the director of Noah, the big new movie of the week (or 'wet gladiator' as Mark K is calling it) and then some serious ARF action...

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  7. Something completely different

    Thursday 3 April 2014, 09:25

    Simon Mayo Simon Mayo Presenter

    Well it is for a Thursday anyway. Having had our food a day early, we welcome Michael Palin to the show tonight. Now this is a good and a bad thing. Routine is good, Nige on a Thursday is good. Confusing people is bad. Feeling it's Thursday when it was Wednesday is bad. However! This is how it had to be! Meetings were had, diaries consulted, spreadsheets prepared. And Palin on Thursday is how it all fell. I've spoken to Michael before but the Python stuff was always the last question you asked just because it was so old and feeble; there was nothing he hadn't been asked before. This time it is...

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  8. Rearranging a few things

    Wednesday 2 April 2014, 09:39

    Simon Mayo Simon Mayo Presenter

    Happy Wednesday to us all. Time for an extra coffee and we'll be ready to go (notice I'm saying 'we' here, an early sign of DJ madness. If it gets worse please tell me). Moving things around today and tomorrow. This is because we are ALL OVER the Monty Python reunion this year and Michael Palin has an announcement to make. And if Michael is going to say something, he'd like to come on the show and say it. Good for him. So MP tomorrow but Thursday is Nigel Day, so rather than hurry him inappropriately we declare a Foody Wednesday which might fail the alliteration test but passes the top guest test...

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  9. On fools, knaves and scoundrels

    Tuesday 1 April 2014, 09:27

    Simon Mayo Simon Mayo Presenter

    Never liked April Fools day particularly-I'm with Matt on practical jokers. Having endured the 'hilarious' pranks on the Radio 1 Roadshow, I developed a terror of April 1st merely through being on the radio. It was expected that you'd come up with some wheeze that would be hilarious and memorable and the fact is that most of them aren't. When 1/4 fell at the weekend we all breathed a huge sigh of relief-it was someone else's problem. And as they all have to stop by midday (for some reason) you'll be safe with us. Everything ridiculous you hear is true.
    Top guest today is journo and Newsnight host...

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  10. Ready when you are

    Monday 31 March 2014, 09:05

    Simon Mayo Simon Mayo Presenter

    And welcome to another ripsnorting week of Drivetime. Confidence is high, the air is warm and BST is here! Lovely light evenings here we come! When we pack up and go home tonight it will feel like summer is here, even it isn't. We banish the dark and skip merrily with garlands of daisies in our hair into the sunlit uplands etc (might have overdone that a little). A weekend of movies, Modern Family and a few chips. I watched 2 minutes of Liverpool/Spurs and then went and asked my Liverpool-supporting neighbours not to gloat too much. The unfortunate truth is that housework is more fun than watching my team. And the house is looking good let me tell you.
    Frank Skinner today (at least his team are worse than mine). Always enjoy talking to Frank and he's decided to return to stand-up, as well as try a Radio 4 series about history. Frank After 6.
    And I can't escape the clock change. How about songs for LIGHTER EVENINGS, songs for the extra hour, tunes to accompany my daisy garland...(stop now).
    5pm then.

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