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1 hour, 55 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 01 February 2011

Everything you need to get you home, including the Sport from Matt Williams, Rebecca Pike on Money duty and Sally Boazman making sense of the rush hour travel. Plus, as it's a Tuesday, there's your chance to help choose a Jazzy Showstopper, a new Homework Sucks question, and another unmissable Confession for the collective to give their verdict on. After 6, Simon looks ahead to next week's Radio 2 Folk Awards with comedian, musician, poet and Radio 2 Folk presenter Mike Harding.

Music Played

13 items
  • Image for Steve Winwood

    Steve Winwood Valerie

    Pure Rock Ballads (Various Artists), Polygram Tv

  • Image for Sara Bareilles

    Sara Bareilles King Of Anything

    (CD Single), Columbia, 1

  • Image for Eagles

    Eagles Take It To The Limit

    The Best Of Eagles, Asylum

  • Image for Shalamar

    Shalamar I Can Make You Feel Good

    Friends - Deluxe Edition, Big Break Records, 4

  • Image for Debbie Harry

    Debbie Harry I Want That Man

    The Best Millennium Party Ever (Var), Virgin

  • Image for The Pierces

    The Pierces You'll Be Mine

    (CD Single), Polydor, 1

  • Image for Nancy Sinatra

    Nancy Sinatra These Boots Are Made For Walkin'

    The Greatest Hits Of Nancy Sinatra, Boulevard

  • Image for Electric Light Orchestra

    Electric Light Orchestra Shine A Little Love

    ELO's Greatest Hits Vol.2, Epic

  • Image for Eva Cassidy

    Eva Cassidy Fields Of Gold

    (CD Single), Blix Street

  • Image for Teddy Thompson

    Teddy Thompson Looking For A Girl

    (CD Single), Decca, 1

  • Image for Tears for Fears

    Tears for Fears Mad World

    Tears For Fears - Tears Roll Down, Fontana

  • Image for Adele

    Adele Turning Tables

    21, XL, 3

  • Image for Frank Sinatra & Shirley MacLaine

    Frank Sinatra & Shirley MacLaine Frank Sinatra & Shirley MacLaine - Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)

    Frank Sinatra - 20 Golden Greats, Capitol

  • Mike Harding

    Mike Harding

    Our very own Folk Hero joins Simon for a chat about the forthcoming Radio 2 Folk Awards - and manages to sneak in a bit of poetry too. LOVELY.

  • Confession: Pull Up To The Bumper

    Hi Simon and the Team,

    The events confessed here took place in the mid 70s when I was a schoolboy at a school in a leafy suburb close to an English city.

    It was a rather stuck up institution that liked to make its pupils play 'rugger', which was fine if you were a huge brute who had reached puberty early but total misery if, like me, you lagged slightly in the physical development department.

    Head in charge of recruiting cannon fodder for the first team to practice charging at was a terrifying, hairy chemistry teacher who we’ll call Mike Jones. He was constantly press-ganging me into the firing line as I was in his set for chemistry, which I also lagged behind in.

    Towards the end of a particularly cold and rainy season he collared me
    once again to play in a vital match that was coming up. Quick as a flash I blurted out the first lie that came into my head. "I'm sorry sir, but I am unavailable as I have to compete in the cross country.' The all important 'Cock House Run', as it was known, was scheduled for that same afternoon.

    This ruse had seemed like a good idea at the time but unfortunately Mr
    Jones consulted the head in charge of cross country – let’s call him Bruce Garner - who was an equally terrifying 6' 5" geography teacher. He was only too pleased to have an unexpected volunteer and so I found myself plodding
    reluctantly round the local country lanes in the freezing drizzle.

    My old chum Rich had been cajoled into the same race and we were
    chatting away at the back, trailing the rest of the field by some
    distance, when we came across a council truck stranded in deep mud in
    a ford. It was the sort with a cab at the front and an open pick-up section behind. The driver was at the wheel while his mate pushed, unsuccessfully at the rear.

    Quick as a flash I saw the opportunity for a break from the tedious run.
    'Do you need a hand?' I cheerily asked. Rich wasn't too keen, but with
    three of us heaving away from behind we soon managed to get the
    vehicle back on to the tarmac ready to go. As the council worker
    climbed back into the cab a brilliant wheeze struck me. 'May we just
    cadge a bit of a lift from you please?' I enquired. Of course they were only too glad to return a favour so I climbed up onto the open back section with the reluctant Rich. After a few directions to the driver we were soon sailing past the other runners, laughing and waving some ‘cheery gestures’ as we went. The looks on their faces were a picture that remains with me to this day.

    Once we had passed the leaders we asked the driver to drop us off and, in the interests of fair play, stood to one side as all the competitors dashed on their way before continuing to complete the race in joint last place.

    Our innocent little jape harmed no one and did not affect the all-important Cock House scoreboard. Unfortunately someone grassed us up. We were hauled before Mr Garner and given a right old rollicking - dangerous behaviour, disrespect to venerated school tradition, lying to get out of rugby... We were ordered to do 'defaulters' in 'The Quad' for a week.

    I seek forgiveness, not from Rich for getting him into trouble or from
    the other runners, but from the other more responsible members of our house, as my actions tarnished our House’s reputation, and despite our efforts, gained us no extra points whatsoever – just embarrassment. I would also like to beg forgiveness from Mr Garner and Mr Jones as I went on to become a teacher and now realise, through bitter experience, what an irritating little git I must have been to them.




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