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Hello There!

Simon Mayo | 08:35 UK time, Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Another blog from the coffee shop. It is strangely deserted for some reason and I'm beginning to wonder whether it's a bank holiday and I've missed the schedule telling me there's no show. But I've checked the paper; we are on as normal. This is good news as it's a perky little show we have lined up.
First things first. Ralph McTell was much appreciated yesterday. Emails and texts cascaded in after he'd sung "Streets of London". His other stuff is great but this was the song people wanted to hear- I was grinning from ear to ear as played the opening bars. Humility and talent is a winning combination and that is what we had in spades yesterday. Nice one Ralph.
We have more live music today. When I was standing in for a few weeks on Drivetime in 2009, a blind aboriginal singer by the name of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu blew a lot of listeners away with his extraordinary voice. You might remember that he only speaks a very few words of English and it's his bass player who does the talking. He sings in the Yolngu language and it his voice that, if you missed it last time will make you stop and listen.
And the 'hello there' at the top today is to honour BLUE PETER, today's oldies theme. They have just moved the whole show to Manchester and celebrated another birthday as the world's longest running children's tv show. Their traditional annual may have been axed but we salute the spirit of John Noakes et al with BLUE PETER tunes as you see fit.
The coffee shop is now full of screeching women and it's time to go. Have a charming and delightful Tuesday, see you after 5.




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