School run done (main conversation-simultaneous equations) and in my normal promiscuous listening habits, came upon a 5 Live/Nicky Campbell chat about Nicky's 25 years on national radio. Newsman Richard Evans took part, as did former Radio 1 controller Johnny Beerling. They were wondering-in passing-why i hadn't made anything of my 25 year anniversary as I joined Radio 1 a year ahead of Nicky. Well here's the answer guys: until this morning I hadn't done the sums. Also there comes a time when you don't fancy reminding the bosses quite how long you've been knocking around in case they have some crazy idea about 'freshening things up' and 'introducing some new faces'. That will never do. So let's keep this a little blog secret. I won't tell if you don't.
Today it is Paul Merton as our guest after 6. He returned to stand-up earlier this year with a 50 date tour and has just opened a show at the Vaudeville Theatre in London, last night in the gracious presence of Sally Traffic. I last interviewed him about his love for silent movies but there is no doubt that through Have I Got News For You and Just A Minute he is one of our favourite funny men.
And oldies please for the FIRST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE which takes place tonight. OBAMA V ROMNEY should be a fascinating encounter but it lacks musical direction which is where you come in. Thanks.
Have a cheery and optimistic Wednesday, see you after 5

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  • Comment number 140. Posted by Jennie Wren

    on 4 Oct 2012 08:44

    Good morning all - beautiful day here as well - the sun is shining brightly and "a gentle breeze is disturbing the leaves of the eucalyptus tree on the terrace" - well it is Poetry Day!!

    JW

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  • Comment number 139. Posted by WickedFairyFlo

    on 4 Oct 2012 08:13

    Good morning everyone

    A beautiful blue sky, sunny and no wind today... hopefully it stays like this!

    So pleased to hear lots of bloggers' names last night and a double mensh for Shona!

    #130 Katy, I'm a fan of Come Dine With Me and I enjoyed the programmes you mentioned. About three weeks ago I read in our local paper how one of the doctors from our medical centre (Kevin Fernando) was filming Come Dine With Me but I don't know how he got on or when it will be broadcast.

    On Saturday teatime my friend's daredevil daughter Freya, who is on our lifeboat crew and loves jumping out of planes etc, was on Total Wipeout, and was the last girl standing and got pipped at the post by about 15 seconds by one of the guys.

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  • Comment number 138. Posted by Tartan Queen Shona

    on 4 Oct 2012 07:59

    Good Morning Everyone

    A very frosty morning here but a beautiful walk this morning when the sun was rising and the moon was still shining. Slip Sliding Away was going round in my head as I tried to get round the park. Brrr.

    Deebee, I recommend you bring your thermals this weekend.

    Thanks for all the "congratulations" by the way. I couldn't believe it when I heard Jim Reeves being played! I wonder if Simon has memories of his parents playing it when he was a lad?

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  • Comment number 137. Posted by John B Good

    on 4 Oct 2012 07:58

    Morning all

    Lovely to have Katy back on the blog. And suitably rewarded with a mensh by his Lordship.

    Bright and blue here too, hurrah!

    See you soon over the page.

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  • Comment number 136. Posted by Tortie Cat

    on 4 Oct 2012 07:48

    Morning all

    Well dones to all the menshees last night, and psl's 3 worder and Lady Storm's mosh request! A good night for the blog indeed!

    Chilly and sunny here, thermals not needed just yet!

    T x

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  • Comment number 135. Posted by Billie on the Blog

    on 4 Oct 2012 07:41

    Good Morning All -

    A lovely morning here.

    Out of date with the blog but heard both shows and lovely blog menshees.

    Welldone All!

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  • Comment number 134. Posted by Deebee

    on 4 Oct 2012 07:27

    Good Morning All

    Chilly here this morning. Think I'll need my thermals for my trip to Aberdeen this weekend, me being a southern softie and everything...

    Well done for menshes last night. Loved Shona's Jim Reeves suggestion!

    Custard coloured hair - mmm, yes I can see that might be a bit of a shock. It could be worse though, at least it wasn't a tattoo. It will grow out. And he is technically an adult - although I'm not sure students can quite be described as adults... We used to have a PhD student at work whose hair colour alternated between peroxide blonde and bright pink. Never did find out her natural colour...

    ;o)

    #123 #133 When Richard Allinson was on DT once I remember he mentioned some of the songs that had been suggested which weren't played, and who had suggested them. Mind you, if we start getting menshed for songs that don't get played, we'll be in danger of completely taking over the show...

    See you over the page.

    ~X~

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  • Comment number 133. Posted by amelia

    on 3 Oct 2012 21:24

    And as ever I remember something else just as I post. I agree that the medley of rejected songs is a great idea. Particularly with a topic like today's where there are lots of good suggestions that would never get passed by those upstairs.

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  • Comment number 132. Posted by amelia

    on 3 Oct 2012 21:20

    Just popping in to say well done to Shona for her double mention, nicely done & pleased it was a song you love, always great when that happens.

    I did laugh Katy when I saw David Hepworth's tweet; I had imagined something much worse than dyed hair.

    I misread your post Katy, I thought for a moment you had been on the programme!

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  • Comment number 131. Posted by Jennie Wren

    on 3 Oct 2012 20:51

    Ah - mystery solved, Katy. They all go through daft stages, I suppose. I wonder what they will think of themselves, 20 years down the line? Same as we think of ourselves, I suppose!

    We live and learn - hopefully!

    JW

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