Monday 9 December 2013, 09:22
(many a true word...)
Chris is playing a Wombling Merry Christmas and the steamroller's engine is firing (if indeed that is what steamroller's engine's do). The issue of when to start the festive songs is always hotly debated. In shops the question is whether to start in September or maybe, for the reckless, October but on the radio we are more finely tuned to your needs. Maybe a sprinkling this week (but no Slade, Wizzard or Macca) then next week we can allow anything in (but no Chris De Burgh). Then wall to wall Christmas 23/24/25/26 (including carols where directed) then drop everything. Clearout sales, move on, sweep up. But I'm ahead of myself...
Big Radio 2 Book club giveaway today-all of our 2013 choices and signed by the authors too. That's your presents sorted I believe! We've had some corkers. What have been your favourites? And outside our recommendations, what book did you enjoy the most this year? Your top picks please...
And we'll go with NIGHT SKY SONGS please. 580 square miles of Northumberland is to be given protected Dark Sky Park status. It joins Death Valley in California and Big Bend in Texas as one of the best places to see the milky way and thousands of stars...
Friday 6 December 2013, 08:11Good morning from my darkened office. Way too early but heading off The Hobbit 2 which starts in a moment and finishes about Sunday. Somewhere in there I have to make some shows and eat some meals. I'm looking forward to it however as Lord Of The Rings (all 3 of them) were some of my favourites of the last decade, maybe the absolute favourite. And given that The Hobbit is so slim, somehow they have made 3 vast movies from it!
Thursday 5 December 2013, 09:27Good morning to all, stunning sunrise in London town. Red sky in the morning etc and gales aplenty to challenge lots of us. I'm almost tempted to take a day trip to the east coast to see the tidal surge but this tomfoolery will not be tolerated. I've always been attracted to bad weather and have a hankering to be one of those storm-chasers that get as close as they can to tornados, then run away. Now that is a sensible way of spending your non-existant retirement.
Wednesday 4 December 2013, 09:40(not sure that entirely works really)
Tuesday 3 December 2013, 09:19
(the best on toast evs)
Well I don't know. I wasn't totally ambushed on the confession yesterday but not far off. There's a difference between reading something in your head and reading it out loud. When you catch sight of those listening and when you hear your words forming, everything changes. It's also why these occasional Tunesdays are popular. It's a communal thing. Knowing the person in car behind you or the folks at home are hearing the same thing as you changes the experience totally. All those who loved Telegraph Road last time almost certainly had it at home or with them on their generic...
Monday 2 December 2013, 09:00
(and highly recommended too)
A marvellous Monday beckons, a day full of promise and sparkle. I have no basis for that statement at all but it seemed an encouraging way to begin the week. We had a weekend of dog walks which is something of a turn up as we don't have a dog. But we were borrowing my mother's so we enjoyed an introduction to the world of plastic bags, dog food and smiling walkers. Followed by Morecambe and Wise Part 2 on the TV. I have become my parents.
Today we welcome the rather excellent Simon Singh. Top maths man, top scientist and all round good guy. He used to work at CERN,...
Friday 29 November 2013, 09:37
(and 100% vegetarian should you wonder)
Friday everybody and that is rather good news. I'm not having a particularly Black Friday myself as work appears to be in the way. This has the advantage of saving even more money than the sales might. Just buy nothing, works every time. Next blog, it'll be December and then things will be different. Buying things is compulsory and that's that. Arriving at work with loads of bags will become standard . Jo Whiley does this with effortless style every week but I'll look harassed and sweaty which will be a treat for everyone. Gather round everyone!
Film show time...
Thursday 28 November 2013, 08:59Overcast and gloomy but will we let the weather get in the way and spoil the party (rhetorical)? Actually it's the American tradition of Thanksgiving today so a party is in order. As I may well mention annually, I like this US idea where everyone just eats, drinks and is thankful for stuff they have. As festivals go, they don't come much more streamlined than that. Could we swap Trick or Treat for Thanksgiving? That would be so pleasing. So we'll have our own. Here's a list of things I'll toast imminently:
Wednesday 27 November 2013, 09:08
That Barlow is a pleasant chap you know. Wanders in, says hi to everyone, shakes hands, sings a couple of tunes in his donkey jacket, has his photo taken, shakes hands, says goodbye to everyone and he's off. (Lots of other stars-please take note. It is still possible to be successful and pleasant to all) His show in the Radio Theatre will be a cracker.
All the 3 worders-going back weeks now-about Christmas shopping/cooking/decorating and how advanced everyone is, finally wore me down and I succumbed to the premature-Yuletide pressures. Can't remember the last time I bought a present in November...
Tuesday 26 November 2013, 08:48(and very fine it is too)