Monday 10 March 2014, 09:32Not when the sunglasses are needed, the thermostat is nudged down and thinner jumpers are being hauled from the back of the drawer. And it is all so much better than last March which was howlingly horrible, so we are chipper and grateful for vague feeling of warmth from the sky. Quite a bit of travel at this end with a jaunt to Southampton successfully negotiated, though I regret to report that way too many jelly babies had to be consumed as a result. I'll look at those new sugar guidelines later...
Friday 7 March 2014, 09:25
Well here we are for another Friday of lovely things. And already we are looking forward to 5pm. 1991 is the opening challenge...you host was firmly ensconced on Breakfast and child 1 arrived in the world with a flourish. And he-along with most of the children born this year-have Bryan Adams 'Everything I Do' as the number 1 song of their birth. It was a record of the week too so I'm partly to blame though don't bother choosing it as it is way too slow for 5.05 duties. And 16 weeks at number 1 is unlikely ever to be beaten. The most important event of the year was one that was unreported. Unwatched by almost everyone, Tim Berners-Lee started the first website at CERN and everything was about to change (sort of, you know what I mean).
Before that a film show with Terry Gilliam as our guest to talk about his new film Zero Theorem. He's always a fascinating guest with loads to say so catch him if you can.
Then it's your ARF and maybe your ARFO, should you fancy one.
Your place, 5pm.
Thursday 6 March 2014, 09:43
as your favourite book character for world book day should not be reserved for the kids. We all should do it. Why should schools have all the fun. Imagine spending the day dressed as Mr Darcy, Hannibal Lector or Pippy Longstocking. That could be fun. I'm thinking of spending a few moments as Jack Aubrey from the Patrick O'Brien series of novels set in the Napoleonic wars. I think I could carry off that 18th century sailing look. The sword might be an issue on the Underground I suppose but the boots and the naval attire would be a hit. Alex Lester wears that kind of stuff all the time.
World Book Day oldies? Of course.
Nige is cooking for Pie Week (another promo hoop!) and it's Clapshot Pie apparently (no me neither). Off to fit my earrings, see you at 5
Wednesday 5 March 2014, 09:24
Eric Church is the man. Not just a fine country singer but he had the sense to make sunglasses his trademark look. Perfect. He can wear them on TV, wear them indoors, wear them in restaurants. This is the way to go. Pop on the shades, instant cool and goodbye to whatever has been ailing you for the last 30 years. And I need them now. I may or may not still be in nightwear but I still need them. It's a health an safety thing you know. I could sue.
Now this might not be the best time to have Mary Berry on the show, what with some of you giving up a few things for Lent. But hey she's here so it would be rude not to speak to her. She has a new TV show and a 'Mary Berry Cooks' book full of things to break any resistance you might have to tasty indulgent morsels. Any way she's the nation favourite and peaking in her 70s! Way to go Mary! So BAKING songs again or MARY BERRY tunes of you'd rather.
Thanks! See you at 5!
Tuesday 4 March 2014, 10:16
Well that's what I was told anyway. But producer Claire has been laid low with vile germs and now Gabby Logan, who I sat opposite on the One Show last week, has signed off work with flu. I know that beneath their forgiving exteriors, the finger points at me. I have tried to keep my germs to myself but they seem determined to fight their corner. If you see me walking down the street, cross the road. Please don't sue. Get well soon.
Pancake day today and some live action flipping coming your way. Nigel has the batter, the recipe and wrist action to guide you after 6. It's a once a year feast of lemon and sugar, chocolate and frying and we would like to guide you through it. If you have a frying pan and the will to follow Mr B, do join us. And SHROVE TUESDAY, FAT TUESDAY, MARDIS GRAS, PANCAKE TOSSING themed oldies will be at treat (just like last year). You can mingle in the street and jingle to the beat of jelly roll. Sing merrily.
Things can only get batter etc
Monday 3 March 2014, 08:48
Always a useful standby. If in doubt, sunshine and showers will usually do it. Here we go with another week of (hopefully) audible recovery and fine drivetime shows for your pleasure.
I did a weird thing this weekend-nothing. Actually sat on the sofa and watched 4 episodes of Modern Family....in the afternoon. It felt decadent in the extreme. And then further TV shows were watched. And my book was read with gusto. And everywhere, hardcore relaxation was in evidence. Sloth was much in evidence and I can only apologise for my moral collapse. Hard work resumes today and the sunny uplands of moral...
Friday 28 February 2014, 10:15
Is the year for the ARFO today and i don't need to struggle for long to remember what I was up to. Starting on the breakfast show on Radio 1 isn't something you forget. Sheer terror is the dominant emotion which is one reason why I was impressed with Nick Grimshaw's first show-he seemed utterly nerveless. Plus I knew I didn't have universal support at the management level, a producer who was out of the country and a new on-air team to integrate. Apart from that, it was a breeze. We won in the end-the increase in audience calming nerves as it usually does-and we had a blast. And crazy hair. And Stock Aitken and Waterman, Bros and INXS for company. And what did 1988 bring for you dear bloggers?
First I feel some movie show goodness coming on (and an open mic for 2 hours. Work that cough button!) and a conversation with Emily Watson, star of The Book Thief as a reminder of what my voice used to sound like. Then, via the steam room, to ARF central.
Have a great weekend y'all!
Thursday 27 February 2014, 09:41
Which seems to be blowing out with a flourish of rain, snow, slush and gales. Certainly been notable for an absence of the white stuff down our way which might cause grumbling in the tobogganing reaches of the family but is fine with the less than healthy sections.
First early start for me for a while, testing my stamina with an arduous morning in a screening of the new Terry Gilliam movie. Followed by TG himself to explain the bits I was coughing through. Which is nice.
Then blown and buffeted, to the loving embrace of the Radio 2 family and a Nigel feast. He offers chilli & garlic oil, with aubergine puree with the small matter of roasted red mullet fillets. And this on national chilli day. Actually make that NATIONAL CHILLI DAY for your oldies please and a warming end to your day.
Onwards and upwards!
Wednesday 26 February 2014, 09:48Yesterday was lovely and calm didn't you think? The show and nothing but the show is always good and felt an oasis of calm to me. Let's do it again.
Tuesday 25 February 2014, 09:37
So the GP says its pneumonia. Now I've had pneumonia before (at the same time as gastric flu which was a riot) and this doesn't seem so horrid. But apparently it's not that kind of pneumonia and it was ok to do the show yesterday. We shall see. It was a stressy day really what with the One Show duties and the most complicated end of show ever. But all was made very easy by Matt B and Gabby L (not R) being so lovely, even more so once they were reassured that I wasn't infectious. The truth is I never get to see The One Show as I'm always travelling home, so I binged on them over the weekend and...