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Andie Harper, Friday 21st August
What a great week we have had with Johnny Dee excelling himself with terrific ways of treating our various "sort-its." You will have gathered that I need little encouragement to sing or practise my thespian skills so when John comes in with new words to an old song or a play "what he wrote" then I am up for it.
The best this week was undoubtedly the Blue Peter sketch to illustrate how to turn a Smartie tube into a table top cricket game. At school we called it pencil cricket and I spent many hours when I should have been studying pitting a "Popstars X1" against Gloucestershire County Cricket Club or an England XI against the Newsreaders!
On Wednesday I was at it again as I turned a bog standard pencil into all you need to re-enact the Test Match but Johnny's Smartie tube was a brilliant idea. We had so much response to the piece with a lot of you listening again on our Click of the Day feature. This is what some listeners posted on our website…
Jock - great show what a double act andie & johnny! Blue Peter very funny, the whole show good, keep it up lots more please;
Jenny - Absolutely hysterical! Best laugh in ages, Smarties rule ok!
COL MUSTARD - Andie & Johnny, What a great show, Blue Peter brill! At home with bad back, on floor listened to the whole show worth having bad back! more please;
Pete - Table cricket, lovely, I'm off to the shops to buy some Smarties, oh and a roll of sticky back plastic!
Thanks to all of you who got in touch. We also had new girl Alex Dolan working on the show this week; she soon mastered the technicals and produced a couple of good vox pops, she was a great help and I have a feeling we will be hearing more of her in the weeks ahead.
We also had a lot of listener comment, particularly on Tony Martin as we marked the tenth anniversary of events in Emneth, hospital parking and tractors/lorries holding up cars.
On Monday we will be talking about wasp stings and foreign lorry drivers so no doubt they will generate plenty of comment.
I am only in on Monday and Tuesday so the show will be in the capable hands of Carol Wed to Fri.
Finally, here are this week's Audio Vault tracks.
Mon: Elbow - One Day Like This; Adam and the Ants - Stand and Deliver; The Lennerockers - High Class Lady
Tues: Steve Forbert - The American in Me; Neil Diamond - Girl, You'll be a Woman Soon; The Rolling Stones - Sweethearts Together
Weds: Lightning Seeds - Lucky You; The Kinks - Death of a Clown; Johnny Cash - I Still Miss Someone
Thurs: Chris Rea - Josephine; Marmalade - Rainbow; Emmylou Harris - Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Fri: The Mock Turtles - Can You Dig It; David McWilliams - The Days of Pearly Spencer; Hothouse Flowers - Alright
Andie Harper, Friday 14th August
Carol has been on holiday this week but Johnny Dee has done a tremendous job covering for her with numerous successes including Sally's tap and Frances's tokens. Sally had been trying to get her broken cold water tap replaced for three weeks but we managed it within an hour or so; and Frances had £170 worth of Dunelm vouchers which had long expired, but Johnny's silver tongue persuaded them to let her spend them which we thought was a terrific gesture.
If we can help you at any time don't hesitate to give us a call.
We also spoke to Tina on Friday about re-homing ex-battery hens. If you would like further details do get in touch and we will pass them on.
Once again we had enquiries about some of the tracks played in the Audio Vaults so here is the list of what you heard this week:
Mon: Lotus Eaters - The First Picture of You; Olivia Newton John - Please Mister Please; Cast - Walkaway
Tues: China Crisis - Wishful Thinking; Pink Floyd - Arnold Layne; Dr Hook - Storms Never Last
Weds: A Flock of Seagulls - Wishing (If I had a Photograph of You); Otis Redding - These Arms of Mine; Supergrass - Alright
Thurs: Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal; The Beach Boys - You're So Good To Me; Gram Parsons - That's All It Took
Fri: Snow Patrol - Run; Del Shannon - Two Kinds of Teardrops; Roger McGuinn - You Bowed Down
Andie Harper, Friday 7th August
Mark has been on holiday this week but Carol and Mo have done a great job producing the show. August is traditionally a quiet month for news but it hasn't really shown this week - we have had a succession of good stories to report on. Also Johnny D has done a grand job sorting out listeners' problems as well as keeping me on my toes!
There is no let up in people needing help and Johnny told me on Thursday that there are seven requests for help in the pipeline. However we always welcome hearing from you if you have a problem.
Carol will be on holiday for the next couple of weeks and so we will be hearing much more from Johnny. By the way, if you, a member of your family or a friend are celebrating a birthday next week do let us know and Johnny and I will sing "Happy Birthday" for you, now there's a threat!
Finally, as ever, here is a list of tracks played in the Audio Vaults this week, there was a particular favourable response to the Rod McKuen song, Caroline by The Fortunes and the Buddy Holly track.
Andie Harper, Friday 31st July
Another good week for us with some terrific audience response particularly concerning ice cream van chimes (brought up by Roy) and the decision by Thomas Cook to offer special deals for German tourists to include exclusive use of sun loungers to try and avoid "sun lounger wars!" We did, however, include serious topics such as ID cards, wind turbines and legal aid.
If there's ever anything you would like us to look at don't hesitate to let us know. Mark will be off next week so we need all the help we can get!
Here are the tracks which featured in this weeks Audio Vaults:
Mon: Elbow - One Day Like This; Benny Hill - Ernie; Bob Dylan - I Want You
Tues: The Cranberries - Dreams; The Herd - From the Underworld; Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal
Weds: Lloyd Cole & the Commotions - Lost Weekend; White Plains - When You Are A King; Patti Scialfa - Loves Glory
Thurs: Green on Red - Little Things In Life; David Garrick - Lady Jane; Glenn Frey - Part of Me, Part of You
Fri: The Zutons - Valerie; Procol Harum - Homberg; The Saw Doctors - My Heart is Living in the Sixties Still
Andie Harper, Friday 24th July
It's been the first week of the school holidays which can traditionally be a quiet period as far as morning radio is concerned but I have to say we have had yet another good week with so much response from the audience but more importantly we have had a number of listener-led stories.
It looks like being the case again on Monday when we will be looking at ice cream vans and their chimes which was brought to our attention by Roy from Bretton.
Facebook reaction has been particularly strong this week with some great suggestions for "Celebrity Flu Friends" and examples of the food you only (but always) fancy when you are unwell.
It has been good to have Carol back for the whole week and she seems to be getting fitter and stronger each day.
As I said it has been the first week of the school holidays but the weather has not come up to the mark. Can I please say officially that my garden does not need any more rain (for a while at least) so now I need it to stop raining as I keep getting the blame for all the rain we've had recently!
Finally here are the tracks from this weeks Audio Vaults:
Andie Harper, Friday 17th July
Thanks for all the goodwill messages for Carol and your kind enquiries about her health. The feeling is that maybe she returned to work too soon after her operation (which is typical of her) and after sitting in for me last week she was pretty run down by Friday. However this week off seems to have done her the power of good and all being well she will be back on Monday.
Meanwhile Johnny Dee did a wonderful job in her absence and it really is a pleasure working with him, not ever knowing what is coming next. The tennis, wrestling and shoe buffing were particular highlights of his treatments and his creativity knows no bounds.
We have covered a huge range of subjects in the past week and the audience contribution has been tremendous. One of the topics was replacing heating boilers on the back of the government's green initiative and we had a deal of reaction to my conversation with Peter Thom on Thursday's show. Peter is from Greenheat, the specialist home energy efficiency company based in Girton and he had some excellent advice. A number of listeners called asking for his number which is: 01223 277278.
As far as the Audio Vaults are concerned we had enquiries about a number of the songs we played this week, most notably for the Chris Rea track, so here is the complete list.
Mon - Richard Hawley - Serious; Mr Big - Romeo; Gram Parsons - Streets of Baltimore
Tues - China Crisis - Wishful thinking; Long John Baldry - Let the Heartaches Begin; Mick Jagger/Dave Stewart - Old Habits Die Hard
Weds - Chris Rea - Josephine; Roy Orbison - In Dreams; Fine Young Cannibals - Suspicious Minds
Thurs - Lotus Eaters - The First Picture of You; The Searchers - Four Strong Winds; OMD - Souvenir
Fri - REM - Don't Go Back to Rockville; Kris Kristofferson - Help Me Make it Through the Night; Doves - There Goes the Fear
last updated: 21/08/2009 at 14:29