Archives for November 2012

Time to kill.

Simon Mayo | 08:53 UK time, Friday, 30 November 2012

And we made it to another weekend, well done troops. The estate cold and uninviting (partially naked except toffee wrappers and this morning's papers, Mr Jones got run down. Lyrics that just sprung to mind. Not many songs I can quote but Down In A Tubestation At Midnight is one of them). The autumnal leaves still not swept yet and each one reproaching me for my slovenly gardening. Or no gardening at all really. Job 1 Tomorrow I reckon, unless its freezing and then obviously I might be damaging the er, turf and things like that. Fortunately tons have accumulated on the trampoline so I can bounce those off. And burn the rest.
2 show Friday and the first movie show in our new studio which will be lovely. No more Television Centre for me and no more dashes on the central line and breathless cookie-buying if I'm the quiz loser. My arrival at Radio 2 will be even more serene. Guest on 5L is Helena Bonham Carter who stars in Great Expectations with Ralph Feinnes.
All request time then and todays ARF opener from the year of 1972 please. The crown could be yours!
And before we go, thanks to top producer Gary Bones who has execed this show since we started and whose job it has been to read this nonsense before you do to make sure I don't break any rules. Like say ******* *** ******** ** ****** and tell you about ******** **** and ******* *****. Or mention Itch. Things like that. Thanks Gary, top work. Your life is now easier!
Have a chilled and insouciant Friday, see you after 5. and 2.

Hold the front page!

Simon Mayo | 08:57 UK time, Thursday, 29 November 2012

Busy busy blog yesterday. That map reading, sat-nav conversation is a good one! I never realised that so many folk have names for their sat-navs. I mean I know it talks to you but I'm not sure we are encouraged to talk back to it. Though now you mention it, that sounds rather fun. I turn the sound off on mine as it always rather hectoring. Even if I choose the 'sultry Swede' option, it still sounds irritating so I just settle for the images and get lost quietly. But Simon Garfield's book is right about the joys of unfolding a map and just gazing at it, wandering o'er hill and down dale but not leaving your front room. Will kids/grandkids lose the ability to read a map as SG suggested? Seems a possibility to me, particularly if they grow up thinking maps are free along with music, books and papers.
Enjoyed the family newsletter section of the confession and the fact that everyone seems to hate them. One listener calls them the 'boast in the post' and I have to say we have indulged in the past. It seems to be a useful way to tell distant friends/family what's been happening but try to avoid too much grandstanding. Any bloggers do the newsletter thing? And do you read the ones you're sent?
So Nigel is back with another cheese based creation and songs today please about THE PRESS, NEWSPAPERS and JOURNALISM as the Leveson report will turn up today and may well generate a headline or two. Generate a tune of your choice!
Have a perky and chirpy Thursday. See you after 5

There may be trouble ahead...

Simon Mayo | 08:28 UK time, Wednesday, 28 November 2012

The train south from Waterloo. A bacon and egg roll (with ketchup) and a coffee to hand and (as JY used to say) 'orft we jolly well'. Stockbridge in deepest Hampshire is the destination for this morning's fun and games and not the Stockbridge in the James Taylor song '1st December was covered in snow, so was the turnpike from Stockbridge to Boston'. Not that one. Wrong turnpike.
Then a speedy return to Radio 2 and tonight's top show which will not ask you to lick your elbow, smoke a pipe or another deviant activity but might tempt you to open a map. Our guest is Simon Garfield who has written 'On The Map' an account of our fascination with maps. From the earliest sketches of explorers, treasure maps and google maps, Simon tells a fantastic story. He also addresses the prickly subject of the different ways men and women approach map reading! Tread carefully...
And how about MAP oldies? Plenty of scope for bloggers imaginations to roam free (and special credit to John B Good for his 'This Is Not America' suggestion yesterday- maybe my favourite ever).
Have a fragrant and encouraging Wednesday, see you after 5

Supper's Ready

Simon Mayo | 09:52 UK time, Tuesday, 27 November 2012

My house, my desk, my coffee. No schools today so I get to do the wild and windy school run and I detect an end of term weariness amongst us all. Understandable methinks. So here's a thought...shorter nights are only 3 weeks away. So if the proximity of Christmas scares you, that is a consolation I feel.
So Michael Morpurgo. What a guy. I could have spoken to him for twice as long as I did and then gone to the pub for more. He is such a master and yet so humble that we can only marvel. I have spoken to him a few times now and each interview has left me wanting more. To be able, still, to write in a state of permanent surprise is a wonderful gift. Long may he rule.
Today is Steve Hackett day. He released Genesis revisited 2 last month and is off on a world tour next year. He's essentially updated some old Genesis tunes (like really old-Horizons, Ripples etc) that he co-wrote. There is a hard core of Genesis fans that might even consider this a golden era for the band and you can hear more after 6.
And oldies marking the announcement of the new boss of the Bank of England. So we need CANADA oldies please. Mark Carney may be taking British citizenship but he's Canadian for now so let's celebrate ALL THINGS CANADIAN please. Never been, love to go, come and get me. I'll even visit some schools if you like.
Have a strong and reassuring Tuesday, see you after 5

Are you sitting comfortably?

Simon Mayo | 08:24 UK time, Monday, 26 November 2012

Grim old train journey this. Dark clouds, huddled travellers. However, heading for the bright lights of Winchester with a song in my heart and a bacon roll in my stomach. My relentless cheerfulness will get them in the end.
A weekend when I finally pressed 'send' on book 2 and of hoping it doesn't come back with a 'see me' attached. I also had to write the acknowledgements in double quick time and I'm now hoping I haven't forgotten anyone. Then it's the dedication. Much angst. The last book was dedicated to child3 so should I do child 2? Child 1? All 3? Maybe wife1. Or Tottenham Hotspur FC. Or the drivetime bloggers maybe...that needs to go today too...too much indecision is not good for you..
Today we welcome the rather clever Michael Morpurgo to Drivetime. One of our best-loved authors and storytellers, he has had over 120 books published, been children's laureate and received the MBE in 2006. Warhorse has been such a huge hit for him-the latest production is wonderful-and Private Peaceful is about to be a movie as well. He has 2 new books out 'A Medal for Leroy' and 'Where My Wellies Take Me'; a novel and a poetry anthology respectively. And he's good company too. And we should do STORYTELLER oldies please.
Have a smart and ingenious Monday. See you after 5.

A happy throng

Simon Mayo | 09:28 UK time, Friday, 23 November 2012

Assuming all our roofs are on and hair is in place, here we go for another fabulous Friday. And having been grateful all day yesterday in the Thanksgiving way, we had the Radio 2 presenters gathering-that-wasn't-a-party in the evening. Although we all come out of the same speaker, we rarely get to see each other. I see Steve and Jo of course and sometimes Lord Bob and Jamie C but that's usually it (occasionally Chris and Mark Radcliffe at the gym, Mark with his clothes on). So an evening with Ken, Jeremy, David Jacobs, Claudia W and the Dark Lord is not to be sniffed at. Speeches were made, propaganda film were shown and sausages were nibbled. When I left- to cries of lightweight-, Matt and Rebecca were still going strong and maybe are still there with Nigel Ogden and Frank Renton getting the next round in. Party on.
Movie show today on 5L with guests Cameron Diaz and Colin Firth-not a bad double act. They star, along with Alan Rickman, in a remake of Gambit which originally starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. It's got a Coen brothers script (though it doesn't feel like it) , Colin F loses his trousers and Alan R does his Sheriff of Nottingham act again. I watched it next to Claudia W who laughed a little more than I did but there are some good gags and a Colin/Cameron movie will always find an audience.
Then to R2 towers and today's top year for the ARF opener is 1984, so the gauntlet is laid...
Have a stable and sure-footed Friday. see you at 2&5

Thanks etc.

Simon Mayo | 08:46 UK time, Thursday, 22 November 2012

Morning all. A lovely (wild, stormy, floody) day here, with a trip to some where! Who knows where! The leaves are piling up in vast wet piles around the estate waiting for someone to get a grip. I have a feeling everyone is thinking that person is me (precedent m'lud) so if I could just stop running around to assorted schools and presenting assorted radio shows, the garden might look as though someone could give a monkey's...Maybe this weekend (but probably not).
Hope everyone enjoyed Taylor Swift and her germs yesterday. There was a moment when I was going to greet to her and one of her entourage tried to tell me that was ok to go and talk to her now. I think I might have used my rarely seen withering 'it's-my-show- and I'll-greet-who-I-like' smile. And all was well.
Today and entourage-free, Nigel with a veggie stew with shallots and other earth goodness. The Nigel deal is that with 5 seconds to go before the end of the post-6 o'clock song, there's still no sign of him. Then, as I open the fader to start wittering, he appears in a flurry of sweat, flowery shirt, floury pastry and steaming pots. And we're off on another culinary delight.
Oldies please today for Thanksgiving Day. We did this last year of course but it's a great festival and I wish we had it here. A big old feast linked to being grateful. What could be better? So songs of THANKS AND GRATITUDE please and it'll be our small contribution to the day.
Have a count-your-blessings kind of day, see you after 5.

Like Ever

Simon Mayo | 08:51 UK time, Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Good morning from a wet and gloomy car/station/train/school. As my old colleague Jane Garvey tweeted yesterday, if only there was a winter,party based celebration on the way...
Having explained about my chat yesterday with Naomi Watts, an unusual turn of events meant that Naomi turned into Ewan McGregor who plays her husband in the film The Impossible. Fortunately Ewan is always a brilliant, thoughtful and engaging guest and all was well. I had to lose my questions about Princess Diana (she's just finished filming a bio-pic) but otherwise (hopefully!) no one, apart from you dear blogger, will be any the wiser.
Today Taylor Swift graces us with her presence. One of the biggest American country and pop singers in the world does a turn. The stats on Taylor are staggering but Grammys and CMA awards and 20 million album sales tell their own story. She has a huge entourage which is unusual among the stars that usually come to R2 but when you reach Taylor herself, she is delightful. A woman in control of her career and team (it seems to me) and if her new album is anything to go by, someone poised to try a few new ideas. Duets with Gary Lightbody and Ed Sheeran are very good I think and the Lightbody track particularly show a generous nature-it sounds more of a Tired Pony/Snow Patrol track really. But he won't be here and Taylor will from 6.
And oldies today please for THE LAST TYPEWRITER which was made yesterday. My mother had one and was very fast too. As a kid she used to tell me how useful it would be if I could learn to type. Ha! I scorned, who's going to need those skills? I had no intention of being a secretary after all and so ignored her advice. You were right ma! If only I'd listened I'd be able to blog at twice the speed...
Have a vigourous and thorough Wednesday. See you after 5

Healthy options

Simon Mayo | 08:52 UK time, Tuesday, 20 November 2012

And I'm off again! To the wilds of High Wycombe this morning before turning round and heading back for a lovely drivetime. Also today a chat with Naomi Watts who stars in The Impossible, a movie about a family caught up in the tsunami of 2003. And to say it is a terrifying ordeal for the viewer, is an understatement. A more harrowing opening hour I am yet to see (with the exception of The Road; nothing beats that). She is quite something. Her character (it's a true story) is the mother of 3 boys and she has a comfortable opening 5 minutes before being washed away and having a nightmare 100 minutes. I left the screening exhausted.
So after Naomi, which we are recording for the movie show, it's all systems go for DT with Greg Wallace as our guest. Fruit and veg expert, writer and greengrocer, and Masterchef host. His book is Life on a Plate and he's on from 6 of course. And let's do FRUIT AND VEG oldies please. Consider it part of your 5-a-day.
Have a an ordered and controlled Tuesday, see you after 5.

Rock with ages

Simon Mayo | 08:09 UK time, Monday, 19 November 2012

Watcha. Top work from all phone answerers on Friday. Money taken, tunes selected, customers satisfied. It was good to see all the bloggers working while Tim Smith wafted chocs at you all. Hope the photos looked ok given the brief amount of time allocated between show 1 and show 2! And a grand total at the end of it all. Trebles all round...
Saturday evening at the O2 and an evening with Killers. Just settling into our seats when young Jeremy Vine arrives with his posse/entourage/friends&family. I can report that he's a mean dancer and jigger. There was many a Radio 2 listener there, all of us basking in the glow of still going to a rock concert that our kids wouldn't laugh at. Brandon Flowers is one hell of a frontman and considering he couldn't perform past song 5 on Monday, he was in good form. We spent a while trying to work out who the crowd were straining to take photos of. We saw Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter but it wasn't them. The clue was in the cover version of 'With or Without You' they struck up. Turns out Bono and family were in attendance and he told me he is really big fan of Mr Flowers. Killers supported U2 a while back and they have obviously stayed in touch.
I left just before the end and JV was still bopping. The man has stamina.
Today it's another book club offering and it is Simon Tolkien's Orders From Berlin. It's a WW2 story of a Nazi plot to assassinate Churchill. There's a chapter online here and yes, he's one of those Tolkiens-JJR's grandson.
And oldies please for the 60th anniversary and 25,000th performance of AGATHA CHRISTIE'S THE MOUSETRAP at the St Martins Theatre in London. Never seen it! Not sure whodunit! Don't tell me! Songs please...
Have a clear-thinking and muddle free Monday, see you at 5

You know you want to

Simon Mayo | 09:58 UK time, Friday, 16 November 2012

Gloomy and dark here due to a) the weather and b) the scaffolding blotting out all traces of sunlight but I understand it is daylight out there and Children in Need day is once more with us. The money is rolling in already, the auctions are rocking and the phone answerer tribes are gathered. The jukebox rolls out all day with your messages and music choices and by the end of the day a very nice total indeed should be added to the CIN total. The jukebox works because instead of bids for many thousands of pounds (and that was an unbelievable total that Chris reached this week!) you get a song on for whatever you can manage.
So it is the jukebox/all request Friday/CIN update show and will feature the debut of BECKS ON THE DECKS/PIKE IN THE MIKE making her debut with a selection of 80s hits. We have asked her to wear an 80s outfit with a bow in her hair or something but she'll probably wear that Pudsey onesie as normal. Dr Mosh will rock the non Abba/ELO tunes and all in all FUN WILL BE HAD OR THERE"LL BE TROUBLE.
And your opening tune please from the year of 1990. And if you get the crown, the deal is you cough up to your nearest CIN bin. Thanks. This week the crown costs cash!
Have a generous and cooperative Friday, see some bloggers later and on air at 5.

Curry night

Simon Mayo | 08:29 UK time, Thursday, 15 November 2012

Well I am delighted to report a normal day, normal show and in general, a return to normalcy. Thank the Good Lord Reith for that. It was fun at the science Museum but thank heavens I don't have to perform in front of so many bosses every day. There are many radio folk who hate performing with anyone in the room and, in some cases, don't like anyone walking past the studio window. And there is a strong part of me which goes along with that but the Breakfast show and 5 Live hammered that out of me. And Drivetime would hardly work if I insisted Matt and Rebecca stayed outside the room! But that's one thing, a semi-circle of tense, crisp-eating programme makers and execs is something else all together. Anyway, opinion is divided about Damon's piece but I thought it really beautiful and barmy (as the Guardian calls it) and it repays further plays. It has it's own podcast too should you want it.
And the rest of the day l was at Breaking Dawn Part 2 premiere and wandered home full of stories of ripped heads, fighting werewolves and lovelorn vampires. My photos of my chat with Kristen Stewart reveal the worlds highest paid actress in a Special AKA t-shirt. Which can only be a good thing...
Nigel delivers a lamb masala which claims to aid insomnia. I can vouch for the wonderful dish but contest the sleep-aid claims. If you're stuck with bad sleeping patterns, it'll take more than a few well-place herbs and spices to sort it! But let's do INSOMNIA oldies anyway as that will be a fine side dish to accompany the main course.
Have a chilled and comfortable Thursday, see you after 5.

2LO Calling

Simon Mayo | 09:40 UK time, Wednesday, 14 November 2012

So this is a busy day! Helena Bonham Carter and Kristen Stewart interviews to be done before our Drivetime special tonight from the science museum. HBC is Miss Haversham in a new 'Great Expectations' and KS is of course Bella in the final part of the Twilight saga 'Breaking Dawn part2'. And then hotfoot to Knightsbridge for the British Broadcasting Corporation/Company's 90th birthday jig. This has been a while in the planning as you might have realised.
The 5.33 moment is the focus of most of our thoughts as this is the bit that EVERYONE WILL HEAR. All the network radio stations, local stations and World Service will all be JOINING OUR SHOW. This is a scary moment. What if I play Kylie by mistake? What if Damon's mic doesn't work? Do I speak in a Radio 4 way, a Radio 1 way, slower, faster, in a Cornish accent? I DON"T KNOW is the answer. And the BBC could do with a good news story really so WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?!
Anyway we'll have your RADIO OLDIES please and at least that part of the show will be secure.
Have a CALMING and STRESS-FREE Wednesday. See you at 5

A little bit of politics for you

Simon Mayo | 09:22 UK time, Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Back in the saddle. Back in the smoke. Had a great time in Cornwall and met a stack load of Drivetime listeners as well as, shall we say, future Drivetime listeners (i.e school kids). Via Sherborne, Yeovil, Truro, St Mawes, Exeter, Tregeny and Bude I picked up my own body weight in cream teas and pasties. If there's a health food that Devon and Cornwall specialises in, I wasn't offered any. I don't think there were any bloggers in queues and apologies if I missed you. Didn't hear the show yesterday, I trust all good and lovely and Liza a hoot as usual.
Normal service resumes today with Ben Elton as my guest after 6. He's written a monster of a novel called 'Two Brothers' about , unsurprisingly, two brothers separated by war. They are twins born into the chaos of Weimar Germany with one ending up fighting for Hitler, the other fighting for Britain. Far fetched you might think, apart from the fact that it actually happened to two of Ben's uncles. As such it is the story he's been waiting to write a long time. He's always good company, so hope you enjoy Ben after 6.
And so BROTHERS will work for our oldies today please, which we will scatter liberally over 2 hours.
Have a flamboyant and daring Tuesday, I'm off to watch Twilight. See you after 5.

Away day

Simon Mayo | 08:44 UK time, Monday, 12 November 2012

Hi bloggers from wild and windy Cornwall. Final 2 schools to be visited today in Tregony and Bude which means I'm away from my desk today. Young Liza Tarbuck in charge with Mick Hucknall as her guest.
Should be on last train into London and back on the show on Tuesday.
The school bell is going, another assembly awaits...

Best PJs...

Simon Mayo | 10:14 UK time, Friday, 9 November 2012

And Friday dawns cloudy and unpromising. Builders swarm, children depart and parents shamble. Feels like another duvet day again (this is becoming a trend). But it is impossible to have one when you have roofers, tilers and plasterers outside, aware of every movement. I actually dress up a little because they're here to be honest, and appear to be busy and serious. While providing top quality biscuits of course.

The other reason for busyness is work of course and the small matter of the movie show on 5Live and the mighty ARF for 2. Ben Affleck is our guest and Argo is his film. It's a fantastic film which is both a tense 70s adventure and Hollywood satire. If it wasn't a true story, it would be dismissed out of hand but its tale of 6 American Embassy workers in Tehran who escape when their building is occupied, prompting the CIA to try to rescue them under the guise of a mock sci-fi movie, is all fact. And that sentence was way too long, apologies.

Then to R2 central and let's kick off the ARF with a song (chooses year from ARF hat) 1978. No idea if that is any better than last week but over to you pop pickers.
Have a decisive and clear-thinking Friday. See you after 5.
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Oh, I'm not here on Monday as I'm in Cornwall doing that other thing I do. But only briefly.

ABC

Simon Mayo | 09:33 UK time, Thursday, 8 November 2012

And good day to you. Thursday already. Week disappearing. Everyone seems to have enjoyed Squeeze last night and I just loved hearing Labelled With Love. There is something about those songs Glen and Chris wrote in the 70s and 80s particularly that resonate still. It would be absolutely fantastic if their new tunes withstood comparison. Singers and writers tend to have their golden period when they have the Midas touch (too much gold in that analogy) and then spend the rest of their years reliving past glories. So we look forward to the new Squeeze album and the tour with that great idea of selling the gig CD's at the back. A new economic model is emerging...
A post show trip to see the mighty Bellowhead in Camden at the Roundhouse where we had the Electric Proms a while back. They didn't exactly rock but rather jigged and reeled. The mosh pit (everyone standing up basically) heaved with pogoing morris dancers and sweaty shanty singers. They really need to be seen live to be enjoyed in all their 11 piece glory. Not all the songs are easy and they started with some of the more challenging tunes but it only takes a handful of songs about debauchery before we were all succumbed in the end.
Nige cooks tonight (pudding I think) and songs please the NEW ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY. Who appears to be the Bishop of Durham Justin Welby . Your ABofC oldies please.
Have a well-balanced and enlightened Thursday, see you after 5

2 more hours

Simon Mayo | 09:18 UK time, Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Blogging and watching TV. It's that president chap making a speech. Decided not to stay up but had all the tension I needed waiting for the 6 am news to start. Breakfast with the TV on this morning in contravention of family rules I expect. Normally it's radio only of course but occasionally pictures help a little if you're trying to explain the world to the kids. And then the need for music returns...
And this morning I'm recording Taylor Swift for Drivetime consumption. She's played for us before and the woman appears unstoppable. 22 million albums sold and her new cd 'Red' has sold 1.2 million in the first week. This is popularity the way few solo artists aged 23 ever get. She'll sing a couple of tunes and I'll report back tomorrow...Then it's a Cameron Diaz chat for the movie show (I know, it's tough here) and we are again live at 5 for DT and Squeeze playing live. This is always good news. Glen and Chris have so many great songs that we hardly know where to start. They're off on tour again and will strum some favourites tonight. I saw them live in Southend in 1987 and it was one of the best gigs ever. Like ever, as Taylor Swift might say. Some Squeeze memories from 6.
And oldies for OBAMA please. A slight variation from yesterday's theme I believe and certainly enough to produce a different crop of tunes. And come 5pm it'll still be the only show in town.
Have a healthy and encouraging Wednesday, see you after 5.

No one would have believed....

Simon Mayo | 09:36 UK time, Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Me again. Bright, sunny, cold, and first defrosted school run of the year. Kids discussed their imminent history exam and I puzzled over getting a twitter direct message from President Obama. For those who don't indulge, you can either post a general message which everyone can see, or a direct message to one person only. But to send a DM to someone, you both have to be following each other. I follow the Pres but he doesn't follow me (no offence I'm sure). So how come he sent me a DM? Special twitter friends in the CIA? Anyway, in case he didn't send you one here it is:
Be the difference in this election today--help people find their polling place and know where to volunteer.
I think that is uncontroversial enough to get through don't you?
Thanks for the mentions about the Carnegie medal nomination which made the news yesterday afternoon. Being mentioned on the news was a scary experience-even if the story was a good one. Mrs M's reaction was "what's he done now?" which was hardly reassuring. Anyway, it's a very long list but very flattering anyway. God bless librarians.
Today we welcome back Jeff Wayne to talk War of the Worlds as the album is out soon and the tour is imminent. Album has Gary Barlow, Joss Stone and Liam Neeson, the tour has Jason Donovan, Marti Pellow and a hologram of Liam Neeson. Everyone has the album, no one listens to side 3 and we all join in the 'Ulaaaaa' bit.
And songs for the US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION DAY please. I'll tweet Barack an see what he wants.
Have a clear-headed and logical Tuesday. See you after 5.

Gunpowder, Treason and Cop

Simon Mayo | 08:11 UK time, Monday, 5 November 2012

Dark and cold. Time for a duvet day! Let's not work at all. I'd like to read the 3 books I need to finish, bake some toffee and let a firework off. In between, I'd like to snooze and tidy the house. Mrs M has been away a few days, leaving me in sole charge of house and 2 children and I need to make sure everything is as ship shape as it needs to be. I only broke one bowl, managed to cook all the meals that were expected, taxied as needed, finished the new book's rewrites and all with a lovely cold to moan about. I need a break. However I have just been informed I need to provide a protractor and pair of compasses before 10am. Right. You couldn't have mentioned that a little earlier? Maybe when the shops are open and there was time to shop? Oh well, we'll muddle on through somehow.
And there's a show to put on! The Radio 2 Bookclub features the new Ian Rankin novel 'Standing in Another Man's Grave'. It sees the return of his top cop Rebus investigating a series of murders on the A9 and is, as you would expect, a terrific read. Actually he's not a cop at all. He's working in the Cold Cases Unit of the Lothian and Borders Police in Edinburgh and not exactly thrilled with his retired status (and we are not surprised). But the law has changed and cops don't have to retire at 60 anymore so Rebus is reapplying. He may well be back for a while. You can read some classic Rebus here ahead of Ian's appearance tonight from 6.
And oldies of course for BONFIRE NIGHT. Remember remember, the 5th of November etc even though it doesn't seem to hold the imagination the way it used to. A few years ago we had rockets exploding around us for weeks but now it all seems a little more gentle and restrained. But 5TH NOVEMBER tunes please and we can have our own fireworks and toffee evening.
Have a sparky and illuminated Monday, see you after 5

zzzzz

Simon Mayo | 09:29 UK time, Friday, 2 November 2012

A slow day. A one show Friday. Might even fit in a nap somewhere along the way. And all in the cause of hitting the ARF-high needed at 5pm. I will be as focused and disciplined as a high-performance athlete, albeit one that might have chips at lunch.
The cold continues to make its slow inexorable progress through my finely-honed body. Eyes-streaming, and hanky-dabbing, I made it through yesterday with the occasional sympathetic glance from Matt, Rebecca and Sally. The 2 Aussie Rules guys looked as though I might have been a danger to their sporting prowess (which I may well have been) and Nigel was so busy being 1) late and 2) waving his horrible mushrooms around that he wouldn't have noticed.
So we move on.
The weekend is almost here, there is shopping and washing to be done (yes I will be the one doing it). No movie show as the other one takes half terms off (lightweight) so just the all requester to sort. How about an opening song from (picks year at random, blindfold, terms and conditions apply) 1988? Might be tough.
Have a healthy and sneeze free Friday! See you at 5.

A quick facial

Simon Mayo | 09:20 UK time, Thursday, 1 November 2012

I think it was probably 3 hours sleep, but can't be certain. Maybe having got up at 2 and read for a while I might have drifted off around 3.30. Crazy. I counted backwards from 500 in 2s. I wandered round my old school and the first house I remember living in. I worried about book plot details. And it was raining. And the builders' tarpaulins were very flappy. And the scaffold creaks, the house creaks, I creak.
Who knows why. It was probably that nightmarish falling asleep for 30 seconds, waking up and then staying that way till you grow sleep boosters again (I know that sounds stupid but it's true for me). It certainly wasn't halloween as I missed most of the callers who wanted some free sweets. This was because Muse played the Radio Theatre and, as I mentioned yesterday, this seemed like a good opportunity to see a stadium band in a rather intimate setting. The crowd were very excited and excitable! It was standing room only (unless you were sitting down) and they put on a great show I thought. Where Matt Bellamy(the slightest of frontmen) finds that voice of his, is beyond me. I was sitting one along from comedian Mitch Benn who clearly wishes he was in the band as he knew every note, every word. He played every chord and hit every drum. You can watch and listen to loads more on this here website.
Today Nigel cooks a pie of some sort and can we have some HAIRY oldies please. Chris has been talking MOVEMBER matters (moustache growing for men's health charities) so HIRSUTE HITS will work a treat.
Have a calm and surprisingly positive Thursday. See you after 5

A quick facial

Simon Mayo | 09:20 UK time, Thursday, 1 November 2012

I think it was probably 3 hours sleep, but can't be certain. Maybe having got up at 2 and read for a while I might have drifted off around 3.30. Crazy. I counted backwards from 500 in 2s. I wandered round my old school and the first house I remember living in. I worried about book plot details. And it was raining. And the builders' tarpaulins were very flappy. And the scaffold creaks, the house creaks, I creak.
Who knows why. It was probably that nightmarish falling asleep for 30 seconds, waking up and then staying that way till you grow sleep boosters again (I know that sounds stupid but it's true for me). It certainly wasn't halloween as I missed most of the callers who wanted some free sweets. This was because Muse played the Radio Theatre and, as I mentioned yesterday, this seemed like a good opportunity to see a stadium band in a rather intimate setting. The crowd were very excited and excitable! It was standing room only (unless you were sitting down) and they put on a great show I thought. Where Matt Bellamy(the slightest of frontmen) finds that voice of his, is beyond me. I was sitting one along from comedian Mitch Benn who clearly wishes he was in the band as he knew every note, every word. He played every chord and hit every drum. You can watch and listen to loads more on this here website.
Today Nigel cooks a pie of some sort and can we have some HAIRY oldies please. Chris has been talking MOVEMBER matters (moustache growing for men's health charities) so HIRSUTE HITS will work a treat.
Have a calm and surprisingly positive Thursday. See you after 5

A quick facial

Simon Mayo | 09:20 UK time, Thursday, 1 November 2012

I think it was probably 3 hours sleep, but can't be certain. Maybe having got up at 2 and read for a while I might have drifted off around 3.30. Crazy. I counted backwards from 500 in 2s. I wandered round my old school and the first house I remember living in. I worried about book plot details. And it was raining. And the builders' tarpaulins were very flappy. And the scaffold creaks, the house creaks, I creak.
Who knows why. It was probably that nightmarish falling asleep for 30 seconds, waking up and then staying that way till you grow sleep boosters again (I know that sounds stupid but it's true for me). It certainly wasn't halloween as I missed most of the callers who wanted some free sweets. This was because Muse played the Radio Theatre and, as I mentioned yesterday, this seemed like a good opportunity to see a stadium band in a rather intimate setting. The crowd were very excited and excitable! It was standing room only (unless you were sitting down) and they put on a great show I thought. Where Matt Bellamy(the slightest of frontmen) finds that voice of his, is beyond me. I was sitting one along from comedian Mitch Benn who clearly wishes he was in the band as he knew every note, every word. He played every chord and hit every drum. You can watch and listen to loads more on this here website.
Today Nigel cooks a pie of some sort and can we have some HAIRY oldies please. Chris has been talking MOVEMBER matters (moustache growing for men's health charities) so HIRSUTE HITS will work a treat.
Have a calm and surprisingly positive Thursday. See you after 5

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